Tag Archives: Portland Maine

Talk about your dream jobs – island caretaker

OK, there is something mystically adventurous and appealing about living on an island. You don’t have to worry about traffic, noisy neighbors, or getting too lost.

On the other hand, there’s only so much you can see on island, entertainment options are pretty limited, and help can be a long way away should anything go wrong.

Still, this ad on MaineJobs.com caught my eye. I kind of wish I met the job requirements.

“Summer community of approx 50 families in Casco Bay, Portland, ME, seeks year-round caretaker who is a self starter with strong people skills and can juggle multiple demands. Preference given to candidates with strong mechanical and trade skills, and waterfront capabilities. Compensation includes salary, aid to partner, benefits, housing, utilities, and a mooring. Owner of a sturdy boat is preferred.”

I can pass along the address if anyone is interested.

Haitians in Maine wait – and pray | Portland Press Herald

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Portland is a capital city … once upon a time

OK, I probably should have known this one, but I didn’t. This is the latest from DownEast.com’s collection of trivia questions.

What city was Maine’s first capital?


Portland. In 1832 the capital was moved to the centrally located site of Augusta.

Portland metro area on top list

The Portland-South Portland-Biddeford area are on the list that goes with this Forbes.com story on the “best bang-for-the-buck cities” in the country. Yeah, the region comes in at No. 36 and I have no idea where the metro area might have placed previously, but considering how many cities there are in this country and that the area ranked above quite a few areas that have a lot to offer, it is a very good thing.

Clicking on the head and text below should get you to the story and then you can click within the story to get to the overall list.

Best Bang-For-The-Buck Cities

Solid housing markets, relatively stable employment, enviable cost of living and quick commutes make these metros among the country’s most affordable to live.

Rocker performing with Portland Symphony

Peter Wolf, former frontman for the J. Geils Band, is performing with the Portland Symphony Orchestra tomorrow afternoon on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus. Judd Nelson, a Portland native, was supposed to be there, but had to cancel due to an injury.

The rocker, a Bostonian, apparently loves Portland:

“I love Maine, and I love Portland particularly,” Wolf told a Portland Press Herald reporter. “Great bookstores … great bars. The heart is a lonely hunter, so I thought I would venture up and give it a try. So you can tell people that I am rolling into town, double-parked in the highway of love, and rolling in and out of your different barrooms, of which Portland has some very good ones. I’m looking forward to trying some of your city’s fine home-brewed beer and some of their good wine.”

The story also has an “If You Go” box with information on time, location and ticket prices.

It might be a fun cultural event for those of you living in Southern Maine. I would consider going if I was back there; as I recall, the Portland Symphony is really pretty good. But as we know, I am writing Letters From Away.

Disclaimer: I remember the band, but for the life of me I cannot think of single song they did.

Maine voters pass medical pot law unlike California law

With all the noise about Question 1 on the Maine state ballot earlier this week, I forgot to mention that voters also passed a law making Maine the fifth state to allow retail medical pot dispensaries.

The vote when 59 percent to 41 percent.

Supporters claim the Maine law will not turn the state into the “Wild West” as they say it has in Los Angles where there are an estimated 800 dispensaries, not all of which are selling their product to the ill as the California law is intended. Maine law enforcement officials, of course, say there was not enough in the way of oversight and controls in the referendum.

Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Director Roy McKinney told the Associated Press, in a story published yesterday in the Bangor Daily News, that the potential exists for a dispensary to become “nothing more than a storefront for the criminal activity of drug dealing, which is the experience in California.”

 “If there isn’t sufficient oversight, inspection, audits, etc., the potential is there for criminal activity to flourish,” he said.

Ethan Nadelmann of the New York-based Drug Policy Alliance doubts Maine will have the same problems found in California. The Maine state government must license a dispensary, which California law does not require. And the Maine law narrowly defines the illnesses for which marijuana can be prescribed, while California doctors have broader latitude in recommending pot’s use.

“You aren’t going to see hundreds of dispensaries popping up all over Maine,” Nadelmann said. “You’re going to see a more regulated system.”

My experience is that law enforcement tends to overstate such pronouncements. My experience is that “advocates” also tend to overstate counter-pronouncements, so it is usually a tie.

Others said the dispensaries in Maine most likely pop up in the more liberal areas – such as Portland, Maine – than more conservative areas.

By the way, Colorado, New Mexico and Rhode Island are the other three states that allow for dispensaries.

Maine has allowed the use of medical marijuana since 1999, but did not provide for dispensaries. Patients suffering from the effects of cancer, AIDS and other really awful diseases could possess a couple of ounces of the drug and a half dozen plants.

I have written this before elsewhere, so it should not come as a surprise what my feelings are. If a family member was suffering from the ravages of cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, whatever, I would do what I could to ease that suffering. And if pot was the answer, then pot is what they would get, whether there was a law to prevent it or not.

I was proud of Maine voters when they allowed the use of medical marijuana by seriously and terminally ill patients. Having dispensaries makes sense.