Tag Archives: Westbrook

Fish passage is the next step for Presumpscot | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Fish passage is the next step for Presumpscot | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

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Moose on loose looks to stay that way | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Moose on loose looks to stay that way | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Westbrook schools recognized for energy efficiency | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Westbrook schools recognized for energy efficiency. | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Tariff on paper to spare Maine jobs | The Morning Sentinel, Waterville, ME

Tariff on paper to spare jobs | The Morning Sentinel, Waterville, ME.

Maine ‘topless’ organizer reflects on fallout | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

‘Topless’ organizer reflects on fallout | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Before Sam played it again, there was Rudy

Casablanca is a wonderful, classic movie. I love it. One of the best parts, of course, is when Rick prods Sam into playing a song that meant something to Rick’s past, “As Times Goes By.”

When, according to DownEast.com’s trivia question today, a Mainer recorded it 15 years before Casablanca. Here’s the question and answer.

What crooner popularized the song “As Times Goes By”?

Answer:

Westbrook native Rudy Vallee (1901-1986) recorded “As Time Goes By” fifteen years before it was featured in the film Casablanca. Vallee sang in English, Spanish, French, and Italian, using a megaphone and the backup of a big band.

IDEXX says it plans Westbrook expansion, adding jobs | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

IDEXX says it plans Westbrook expansion, adding jobs | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Landfill gas would heat UM – Bangor Daily News

Landfill gas would heat UM – Bangor Daily News.

I’ll have a pair of Maine-made pajamas – and make ’em silk

The DownEast.com trivia question stumped me today.

 What exotic fabric was once produced in Maine?

Answer:

Maine was once a center of silk manufacturing. The Haskell Silk Company in Westbrook produced silk textiles from 1874 to 1918.

I did not know that silk was once made in Maine. Interesting. The worms must have been a bit chilly.