Today, on Election Day, a big thank you from me to all of you – those who have helped on the campaign, as well as those who’ve had a friendly word for me at their door, or in Hannaford, or at the dump – you name it. This marks the end of a fascinating period, and the beginning of something else – who knows exactly what, but time will tell.
Curious about what’s going to be on the General Election and Referendum ballots tomorrow? I have created an informative YouTube video outlining and explaining what you’ll see. This is a starting point. It is up to you to research the candidates and issues and then get out and VOTE!
Want to learn how to lighten up your holiday meal?
Join us this Thursday from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM at the Penobscot Bay YMCA in Rockport for a free Healthy Holiday Eating - Class & Demo! Join Marcy Kyle and Phoebe Carlson, our YMCA Nutrition Experts, for a class and food demonstration with strategies to continue to eat healthy during the upcoming holiday season.
Americans voting tomorrow will find a record breaking number of women on the ballot, some of them in the position to make real history should they win election. Stacey Abrams of Georgia, who has the potential to be America’s first black female governor. Gina Ortiz Jones, a LGBTQ Iraq war veteran who could be our first Filipina in Congress. Paulette Jordan of Idaho, running to be America’s first Native American woman governor.
Keeping a year-round island community vibrant means thinking of what residents need to flourish at every age. In my last post, I described the schools on Islesboro. Today I will touch on some important community centers, and why they are so crucial to the town’s survival.
How do you keep a year-round island community vibrant? One key ingredient is a flourishing school, a fact that Islesboro realized generations ago. Education has always been important to islanders, from the days when there were half a dozen one-room schoolhouses dotting the winding roads to today, when the halls of Islesboro Central School hum with engaged kids from kindergarten through twelfth grade.
For eleven years, I have been sharing the wonderful stories of The Lincoln Home through my photos, press releases, print and social media. My job is an easy one, my passion runs deep for what I have witnessed time and again in the competency, compassion and integrity of the team that makes life full and rich for this community of seniors.
An incredible benefit of my State Representative campaign has been getting to know the people and places of Islesboro . Although I’ve been out to the island many times before in my 30+ years of living in midcoast Maine, these past few months have been a real study in what makes this vibrant community tick.
Halloween is a fun and festive holiday but also quite trashy. Please make sure you collect all your outside decorations. Left outside not only do they look sad and forlorn but anything made of plastic starts to break up into tiny pieces. We might not notice but small creatures think the bright colored bits are tasty morsels. Pack everything away to use next year. You’ll save money and less will end up in the landfills.
You may not have considered what a tutor could do for you and for your child.
Is your child having trouble with organization? Where does a student learn how to take notes, keep vocabulary lists, make flashcards, practice pronunciation of a foreign language or memorize key math formulas? Classroom teachers have a great deal of material to cover in every class. They may not be coaching students on how to keep on top of everything. Tutors can help.
On Sunday I sat next to my mother in church and prayed for the victims of the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue. Last night, I listened to members and friends at Adas Yoshuron Synagogue in Rockland decry the intolerance that gives rise to hate crimes, along with the incredible resilience of Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh and so many other communities.
November can be a bit gloomy and a trip to the Maine Harvest Fest can really brighten up your weekend. The Festival is presented by Maine Potatoes and is at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor with lots and lots of easy parking. It’s held on Nov 17-18 from 10-4. It’s soooo much fun! So many great farm and foodie businesses- it’s a real taste of Maine. If you are looking for local, unique and low waste holiday gifts it’s the perfect pla
As the election winds down I feel that it is important to let the constituents of Camden, Rockport and Islesboro know where and how I spent my clean election funds. I appreciate the Clean Election system and feel fortunate that the program exists here in Maine. It was nice to know that I could go door to door discussing public policy without having to ask anyone for over $5.
Yesterday I shared a letter from Camden resident Susan Crysler, a former Republican Town Chairman and former Republican State Committee Woman who has given her wholehearted support to me for State Representative. I’m humbled and honored, although I can’t say I’m completely surprised, as other lifelong Republicans have told me in the past few weeks that they will be casting their votes for me.
UMA Rockland's forum on "Careers in Computing and IT" was an excellent discussion among employers, faculty and interested students on the growing and lucrative field of computer technology. Many myths about what it takes to get started and what skills are needed were challenged.
Hank Lunn will share his personal story and photos of growing up on a Maine farm in the county, centering on the work the family had to do each season to keep the farm going. We welcome the public to join us on Monday, October 29, from 2:00 to 3:00pm.
I have known Vicki Doudera since she moved to Camden over 30 years ago, I immediately realized this energetic person had such a great spirit about her. She created a successful Bed and Breakfast and threw herself into her life here in Camden. Her energy and vision can be seen in all her endeavors and accomplishments since, whether it is working in Real Estate, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity or her successful writing career. She is passionate and very dedicated to our local way of
UMA Rockland will host a "College Completion Day" on Thursday, November 15 from 10am til 6pm for adults with some college but no degree who want to talk with professional academic advisors about how to create a path to degree completion.
Allen Insurance and Financial of Camden hosted a lunch & learn for the Maine Planned Giving Council on Tuesday, Oct. 23.
The topic was “Exploring Key Elementary of Successful Planned Giving Programs,” and the presenters were Sarah Ruef-Lindquist, JD, CTFA, of Allen Financial and David Warren of Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
Paper whites are one of the best treats you can give yourself or others. They are simply bulbs that are grown inside a pretty bowl filled with stones, shells or marbles. I sprinkle sea glass on top for added beauty. The stems grow tall and green topped with fragrant white flowers.
Do make sure you buy from a garden center that knows and loves plants otherwise you’ll get withered, unhappy bulbs unable to bloom.
The legislature and state government is a complex organization that takes a lot of time to unpack and understand. How complex is it?
186 state Senators and Representatives sit on 23 Joint Standing Committees, which oversee 13 state government departments and 199 smaller state agencies. Although School House Rock did a great job of laying out how a bill becomes a law, they left out the immense complexities legislators face on a daily basis.
Have you heard of “plogging”? The word is Swedish and a mash up of jogging and “ploka up” or pick it up. That’s our #tuesdaytip for less trash. You don’t have to be a jogger to pick up trash, just get outside, open your eyes and you’ll see trash everywhere.
I’m a “dog-plogger”. I pick up trash while walking my dog. What you call it doesn’t matter- the fact that you notice and pick up trash is what is important.
You are sure to have a fa-boo-lous time at the Penobscot Bay YMCA's Open House this Sunday, October 28th from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM! This event is free and open to all in our community! Costumes are welcome!
Special thanks to our Event Sponsors!
SINK YOUR TEETH SPONSORS: Granite Coast Orthodontics and Wallace Events
FRIENDS OF FRANKENSTEIN SPONSORS: Rockport Granite, Rockport Steel and VIking, Inc.
A PRAISE REPORT: The recent Eastgate "School of Spiritual Trainers' meetings were life-giving, inspiring and spiritually energizing. We thank Jesus for the powerful life-giving, transformational moves of the Spirit that touched everyone present. The fellowship with one another by those that came from various areas of the Nation was wonderful.
Do you want to create the Universal Home Care Program to provide home-based assistance to people with disabilities and senior citizens, regardless of income, funded by a new 3.8% tax on individuals and families with Maine wage and adjusted gross income above the amount subject to Social Security taxes, which is $128,400 in 2018?
Shelley’s Flowers and Gifts will join us on Monday, October 22, from 3:00 to 4:00pm.Shelley, whose floral business is in Waldoboro, will demonstrate ways to arrange the spectacular colors of fall through her flower arranging. We welcome the public to come, enjoy and maybe be one of the lucky few to take home an arrangement.
It's that time of year to be thinking about basketball! Sign ups are happening now for both Penobscot Bay YMCA and Rockland Harbor YMCA (Flanagan Community Center) fall/winter basketball. Stop by, call or register online!
A recent post from The Zero Waste Chef about the joys of of handmade pasta was inspiring and thought provoking. She is a great resource if you want to begin your Zero Waste/Plastic Free journey. The post is also a reminder that we can’t do it all- especially all at once. Our latest blog is all about this phenomena. Pick your battles, Do what nourishes you. And of course shop small, local and indie b