Monthly Archives: October 2010

Coffeehouse observation No. 219

I’m in the coffeehouse trying to put the finishing touches on a cover letter, but I’m hearing voices. … Well, actually, it’s the voice of the guy sitting behind me having an argument with himself … and losing. … Aw, Stockton, your list of characters would fill a phonebook.

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Economist: Maine growth slow, state budget stable | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Economist: Maine growth slow, state budget stable | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Isn’t it grand? Trader Joe’s opens in Portland | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Isn’t it grand? Trader Joe’s opens | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Maine tourism traffic up this summer | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine tourism traffic up this summer | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Coffeehouse observation No. 218

I just spotted a guy wearing a Kinko’s apron walk into the coffeehouse. This is the fourth or fifth time this week that he’s been in here wearing the apron. I’m pretty sure doesn’t work at Kinko’s. He just likes wearing the apron.

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Maine stuff in my California apartment No. 12 – Maine Black Bears T-shirt and Fryeburg Academy sweatshirt

The other day I was wearing Maine stuff on my sleeve – and back and front and … . Well, you get the idea.

I woke a couple of days ago, had breakfast, showered and pulled on a T-shirt that just happened to be Maine stuff in my California apartment.

It is a gray University of Maine Black Bears T-shirt.

University of Maine Black Bears T-shirt.

University of Maine Black Bears T-shirt.

The university in Orono is the largest in the state system, I believe, and has a fine reputation as a state institution of higher learning and for some of its sports teams. It also is involved with research in alternative energy and providing housing – tents – for deployed servicemen and women that are more resistant to explosives than current housing.

The T-shirt was sent to me by my sister, as I recall, several years ago. I’m not sure exactly why she sent it since she and I both attended the University of Southern Maine with campuses in Portland and Gorham. (I believe there is now a satellite campus in Lewiston, as well.)

It’s a cool enough shirt, as you can see from the photo.

Fryeburg Academy sweatshirt.

Fryeburg Academy sweatshirt.

And as I was stepping out the door, I pulled on a Fryeburg Academy sweatshirt that my sister sent me a couple of years ago. Fryeburg Academy, in Fryeburg, Maine, is a college prep school and has a fine reputation. I like the sweatshirt very much.

So, I have plenty of Maine stuff.

This is an occasional multipart series of photos of things related to Maine that can be found in Keith Michaud’s California apartment. All photos in this series are shot by and are the property of Keith Michaud.

 

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Coffeehouse observation No. 217

A great Dane just plopped down on the coffeehouse floor next to his owner and the owner’s toddler son. … Now it’s trying to be a lapdog. … Now the boy is climbing onto the great Dane and the dog is letting him. … Pretty much a gentle giant.

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First Wind cancels initial stock offering | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

First Wind cancels initial stock offering | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Maine haunts to visit if you dare | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine haunts to visit if you dare | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Sneaking a peek at Trader Joe’s | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Sneaking a peek at Trader Joe’s | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

UMPI recognized for climate leadership excellence | Bangor Daily News

UMPI recognized for climate leadership excellence | Bangor Daily News.

Ashland man seriously injured in crash | Bangor Daily News

Ashland man seriously injured in crash | Bangor Daily News.

Canadian loggers cited by Maine court | Bangor Daily News

Canadian loggers cited by Maine court | Bangor Daily News.

Down East diver uses camera to fight off shark | Bangor Daily News

Down East diver uses camera to fight off shark | Bangor Daily News.

Rockland: Halloween Dance Party with ‘Thriller’ workshop | Bangor Daily News

Halloween Dance Party with “THRILLER” Workshop | Bangor Daily News.

Maine stuff in my California apartment No. 11 — wild blueberries, moose and lobster

These dish towels, about 16 inches by 24 ½ inches, are decorated with the image of one of Maine’s most iconic images, wild blueberries. I received these as a gift from my family years ago. Photo by Keith Michaud

These dish towels, about 16 inches by 24 ½ inches, are decorated with the image of one of Maine’s most iconic images, wild blueberries. I received these as a gift from my family years ago. Photo by Keith Michaud

I have not added an installment of this feature for quite some time. That does not mean that I have run out of Maine stuff in my California apartment; it just means I have been distracted by other things.

But I wanted to add this entry before we moved too far beyond the blueberry season, which probably ended about a month or so ago.

Beginning years ago and over the course of several Christmas seasons, my family sent along to me several aprons, oven mitts, and dish towels printed with reminders of Maine. Several, of course, were printed with the famed Maine wild blueberry.

Blueberries are as much a symbol of Maine as are lobster, moose, L.L. Bean, and Patrick Dempsey. (Yes, Dr. McDreamy grew up in Maine and regularly returns to help raise funds for a cancer center in Central Maine.)

It may still be the case – I’m not sure – but once Maine wild blueberries accounted for very nearly all wild blueberries. And by “all,” I mean the entire world’s annual harvest.

So blueberries are something we Mainers, whether living in our homeland or “from away,” discuss with a certain amount of pride.

Here is a closer look at the image on the dish towels. They look nearly good enough to eat. Photo by Keith Michaud

Here is a closer look at the image on the dish towels. They look nearly good enough to eat. Photo by Keith Michaud

This is one of two oven mitts decorated with wild blueberries that I received from family over the years. There’s a matching mitt … somewhere in my apartment. I’m not exactly sure where it is. Photo by Keith Michaud

This is one of two oven mitts decorated with wild blueberries that I received from family over the years. There’s a matching mitt … somewhere in my apartment. I’m not exactly sure where it is. Photo by Keith Michaud

An apron decorated with wild blueberries also was among the gifts over the years. Photo by Keith Michaud

An apron decorated with wild blueberries also was among the gifts over the years. Photo by Keith Michaud

Today’s photos include the apron, dish towels and an oven mitt on which Maine blueberries are printed. For full disclosure, the dish towels never have been used as dish towels, simply as ornamental accents in my apartment’s kitchen. And the lone – and rather well used – mitt has a mate, but I cannot seem to find it. I know it is here somewhere, but I’m just not sure where.

By the way, I do have two other aprons on which Maine symbols – on one, lobster, and on the other, moose – are printed.

Wild blueberries are not the only iconic Maine images. Moose are big in Maine, not just in size but in state image value. Here’s an apron decorated with the tall antlered creature. Photo by Keith Michaud

Wild blueberries are not the only iconic Maine images. Moose are big in Maine, not just in size but in state image value. Here’s an apron decorated with the tall antlered creature. Photo by Keith Michaud

Here’s a closer look at the images on the moose apron. Photo by Keith Michaud

Here’s a closer look at the images on the moose apron. Photo by Keith Michaud

Among the most familiar icons of Maine, of course, is the lobster. And what kind of family would I have if they had not mailed to me an apron decorated with lobster. Photo by Keith Michaud

Among the most familiar icons of Maine, of course, is the lobster. And what kind of family would I have if they had not mailed to me an apron decorated with lobster. Photo by Keith Michaud

Here’s a closer look at the images on the lobster apron. Photo by Keith Michaud

Here’s a closer look at the images on the lobster apron. Photo by Keith Michaud

This is an occasional multipart series of photos of things related to Maine that can be found in Keith Michaud’s California apartment. All photos in this series are shot by and are the property of Keith Michaud.

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Lewiston teacher wins national award | Lewiston Sun Journal

LEWISTON — After her name was called out, jubilant Montello Elementary School teacher Kristie Clark ran to the podium. Delighted students screamed and applauded.

 “What a way to start a week! Woo-hoo Montello!” Clark cried out during a K-3 student assembly.

 During the surprise assembly students were told they’d soon learn about a secret: Clark is the winner of the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award for excellence in teaching. Only one teacher in Maine will receive the award this year, according to the Maine Department of Education. The announcement was made by Education Commissioner Angela Faherty.

 As a Milken Award winner, Clark becomes a model teacher for Maine and the nation, wins an all-expense paid trip to California in April, and receives a cash award of $25,000.

Click for the rest of the story by Bonnie Washuk in the Lewiston Sun Journal.

As a football fan, this Mainer is a can’t-miss | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

As a football fan, this Mainer is a can’t-miss | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

THE NEVER MISS A SUPER BOWL CLUB

DON CRISMAN, of Kennebunk: He was living in Denver when he was given tickets to the first Super Bowl by the insurance agent who was handling his mortgage, and continued attending with him even after he moved to Maine.

TOM HENSCHEL, of Natrone Heights, Pa., and Tampa, Fla.: He compares the Super Bowl to “the Fourth of July and New Year’s put together.”

ROBERT COOK, of Brown Deer, Wis.: He was introduced to the other three at Super Bowl XXXIII by a member of the Green Bay Packers front office, who vouched for his perfect attendance.

LARRY JACOBSON, of San Francisco: Attended the first Super Bowl with a date he was trying to impress. She didn’t like football, so he stopped seeing her.

To see the Visa commercials featuring Crisman and his friends, go to: ww.visa.com/advertising

Pot stores slowed by glitches, resistance | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Pot stores slowed by glitches, resistance | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Fort Kent man, 94, surprised with long-overdue diploma | Bangor Daily News

Fort Kent man, 94, surprised with long-overdue diploma | Bangor Daily News.