The Maine Department of Transportation is planning how to make traffic (car, bike, and foot, presumably) flow more safely and smoothly at Exit 7, off 295. But several groups, including the League of Young Voters, the Maine Alliance for Sustainable Transportation, and the Franklin Reclamation Authority, are expressing disappointment that the most recent MDOT plan does not include a scheme to connect Franklin with Back Cove for pedestrians.
We mourned its untimely demise, but Polaroid insta-film is making a comeback! At a news conference in Hong Kong yesterday, Polaroid announced that, in collaboration with an Austrian company called The Impossible Project (which acquired the Netherlands Polaroid factory when it shut down), it will start selling Polaroid cameras and Instant Film again in 2010
MTV's "I Want My Music" contest has been won by ... Sparks the Rescue!
Olympia Snowe (whose fashion sense is the subject of a survey here) says she will vote for the Finance Committee's healthcare reform bill today, according to Ryn Grim. She's not promising how she'll vote on anything down the road, and we know the thing will be reworked substantially, but it's a move in the right direction.
Got a book in the mail: Wicked Maine Limericks, it's called. Published last month by Maine Line Press, the slim volume contains about 50 pages of limericks (five lines, AABBA form, a la "There once was a man from Nantucket," etc.) written by and about Maine and its people.
According to the "Curator's Note" written by UMaine professor and Bangor resident Henry Garfield, the project was conceived when August Pomerleau, acting interim director of the Pine Tree Foundation for the Preservation of Fine Poetry, asked Garfield to generate, select, and edit new limericks from new poets in an effort "to save the rapidly dissappearing Maine Limerick from extinction."
ABC's George Stephanopoulos has predicted how Senator Olympia Snowe will vote on the Finance Committee's healthcare-reform bill today.
Most interesting - the 15 percent chance he gives to her taking a pass on the most significant committee vote of her career. Do you think he's right?
Former (fired) Morning Sentinel scribe Joel Elliott has definitely found someone worse to deal with than the Blethens and their minions: the police in Delhi, India.
The pictures have to be seen to be believed, and we're happy to report he is home in the US and recuperating.
Roger Doiron, of Scarborough, was instrumental in the long campaign to get Barack and Michelle Obama to break ground on a "Kitchen Garden" at the White House. His Kitchen Gardeners International organization, based in Maine, encourages people not just to plant gardens in their backyards or windowsills, but to think more about local, sustainable food sources
Since moving here in 2007, I've heard many times about Sacred & Profane, the mysterious arts festival that takes place at Battery Steele on Peaks Island every year. (We've written about S&P here and here.) This Saturday, I ventured out in the rain to see it with my own eyes for the first time. Along with 80 percent of the Portlanders who I know or at least "see around," I took the 2:15 ferry from Portland to Peaks.
Last night, the fine folks at David's in Monument Square hosted their first beer dinner with the brewers from Harpoon Brewery, from Boston. They were kind enough to invite me along to taste the menu Chef Neil Handwerger dreamed up with the help of Patrick Morang, the beverage manager, and (apparently) large quantities of after-work alcohol at a "sanctuary" somewhere in Portland.
Stats analyst Nate Silver, who became famous for his blindingly accurate meta-polling during the 2008 presidential campaign, has tackled Question 1.
I have blogged before about the complacency and backwardness of the No On 1 campaign strategy: "Will
Maine discriminate? Only if cowards and defensive-minded people hedge
and engage with this kind of idiocy.