Sunday, August 2
CNN - Looking for an inexpensive change-up for your next backyard barbeque? Try lobster. "Per pound, it's less expensive than hot dogs right now," grumbles lobster-boat captain Mike Dassatt, who fishes the coast near
The wholesale or "boat" price of lobsters has crashed from a peak price of about $10 a pound in the winter of 2006 -- average prices in recent years have hovered around $4.50 a pound -- to a mere $2.25 today. . . Add in the high price of diesel fuel and the rising price of herring that lobstermen use as bait -- herring has doubled in price since 2007 -- and the end result has been a kind of economic Nor'easter for the
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Troy R. Bennett, Brunswick Times Record - With July coming to a finish today, the state needs just one heavy thunderstorm during the next month to break the all-time record for
Press Herald - Clam diggers here and in other coastal communities pulled on their boots and headed back to work Friday . . . This week, the record-setting red tide - a bloom of toxic algae - retreated in many parts of the coast. At the same time, contaminants flushed into coastal water by rainstorms also subsided.
Defending the egregiously unfair new sign-up requirements for would-be governors before they can get public campaign funds, House Speaker Hannah Pingree blew her cover by admitting that the bill was designed to "to make the system more attractive for major-party candidates." But as the Phoenix points out, of the six gubernatorial contenders who have used Clean Election funding since the system was set up, "three have been Republicans; one was an independent and two were Greens. No Democrats have used the system to run for governor.. . . Lynne Williams, the
Chicago Sun Times - A recent study on the effect of sound levels on music teachers found 68 percent of them had noise-induced hearing loss. "It's difficult to state that being involved in a band or orchestra will lead to noise-induced hearing loss," said lead researcher Douglas Owens of the
Portland Press Herald - Owens' journey started soon after he learned that the ringing and hissing in his ears, also known as tinnitus, were signs of hearing loss. . . . Comparing eight-hour exposure rates, Owen found noise levels for all of the band directors were more than three times higher than recommended by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.
Owens suggested that band directors take a variety of steps to limit their noise exposure by wearing noise-filtering earplugs, improving sound-absorbing acoustics in performance spaces and controlling how loudly student music groups play throughout the day.
Ellen W. Todd Sanford News - Poland Spring has removed its test wells from a wildlife management area in Shapleigh and Newfield and no longer plans to pursue extracting spring water from the area, according to a spokesperson for the company. The withdrawal of the 13 test wells and four spring wells from the Vernon Walker Wildlife Management Area is seen as a victory by local residents who opposed the large-scale water extraction from the aquifer that lies beneath the 4,000-acre wildlife preserve.
Boston Globe -
On Top - Opponents of gay marriage in
American Profile featured tales of readers' favorite teachers one of them came from Maine: "In ninth grade, Mrs. Fisher wanted to teach us the power of concentration, so she slowly walked around the room during a test, cracking a wooden ruler on her big desk, opening and slamming the door, or pulling down a window shade and quickly letting it up so it flapped round and round," recalls Mrs. Lenny Sweet, 78, of Hulls Grove, Maine. "I'm not sure how many times she did this before I learned to ignore events around me and concentrate on the business at hand, but learn I did."
Lance Tapley on the Maine media: The country's turn to the right, which accelerated after the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, began a new phase: Gradually, nationally and in
Press Herald - Filmmaker Ken Burns calls the national park system "
Village Soup - This fall, 2005 Deer Isle-Stonington High School graduate Ian McCray Martin will release his film "Life by Lobster," a documentary portrait of six of his classmates and friends. Part of Martin's undergraduate work at
Village Soup - Half of Nancy Manter's current show at Waterfall Arts Belfast is given over to a deceptively simple set of photos - views through the front windshield of a car, after a snowfall, taken over the course of several years. In most, Manter's windshield - we'll assume it's hers - is rendered opaque by newly fallen snow or ice. Into these unassuming blank canvases, Manter has scratched and dusted wonderfully casual gaps revealing the sky and trees outside. Nancy Manter's "Desire Lines" runs until Aug. 28, ,