August 17 – 23, 2018 Vol. 20, No. 11


Summertime in the Belgrades

August 17 – 23

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The audience applauds at the groundbreaking ceremony for a 16-suite Fisher House, offering comfortable lodgings to families of veterans receiving care Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital at Togus. More . . .


Cover Story

VA Groundbreaking Fulfills Healthcare Vision

Recognizing that "a family's love is good medicine," the Fisher House program, founded in 1990, currently provides a home away from home for families of patients receiving medical care at 76 major military and VA medical centers around the world and allows them to focus on the healing process. The most recent VA medical center to receive a Fisher House is Maine (Togus), and the groundbreaking is especially significant. More . . .

Legacies

A Baptist Bicentennial: Waterville’s First Church Celebrates 200 Years

What do Colby College's founder and the author of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" have in common? Both were former pastors at Waterville's First Baptist Church. This year, that storied church marks the bicentennial of its founding. It was possibly the first and is certainly longest operating Protestant congregation in Waterville. More . . .

Books

A Piece of the World

All last summer I was looking for A Piece of the World, the next novel by famed Maine author of Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline. A work of historical fiction, the novel graphically portrays the struggles Christina Olson, the crippled subject of the famous Andrew Wyeth painting "Christina's World"; the history of the Olson house; Andrew Wyeth's friendship with the Olson family; and the hard, cold Maine winters. More . . .

Conservation Too

Importance of Native Pollinators

Recently the Knox — Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District hosted a workshop, in which farmers, gardeners, and others walked around farm land in Damariscotta, catching and IDing different pollinators, explaining their habitat and important role they play on the farming industry. Pollinators can be insects, like bees, moths, butterflies, beetles, flies, ants, wasps, and the list goes on. Hummingbirds are also pollinators. More . . .

The Luckiest Boy

A Village Stroll in 1959, Part V

Last week, we stopped strolling at the Pulsifer house and Sybil's Store. Now, please close your eyes and get your head back into 1959, so that we can pick up where we left off and complete our journey. More . . .

Take It
Outside

Mushrooms and Flowers in the Hills

The weather has continued to be variable — mostly hot and humid with a few thundershowers, but occasionally really nice for hiking in the shady woods. There have been a few wet days that haven't done much to raise the water levels in the lakes but at least have brought out a bunch of wild mushrooms for those of us who forage these delicious treats. More . . .


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