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  • To our readers: Early holiday deadline for next week's letters

    Offices of the The Forecaster will be closed for the Independence Day holiday on Monday, July 4.  Because of that, the deadline for letters to the editor intended for publication next week is noon this Friday, July 1. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend.

  • The Universal Notebook: North Woods park? Raye says nay

    On one hand, I’m sure the vast majority of Maine citizens want to protect Maine’s precious natural environment. On the other hand, I’m guessing the majority of Maine citizens do not yet support, as I do, the creation of a North Woods National Park in Maine. Thanks to a sn... 5

  • No Sugar Added: Whose bed is this, anyway?

    My mom was visiting recently, ostensibly for the graduations of two of her beloved grandchildren. The real reason she visits, of course, is because she so enjoys the fact that we have no guest room. This limits Louise’s sleeping options to the sofa (which could give even a 12-year-ol...

  • Letter: Falmouth library board seeks input

    On behalf of the Falmouth Memorial Library board of trustees, I would like to thank the residents of Falmouth for the encouragement they have given us during our efforts to find more space. One of the most rewarding elements of this whole process has been meeting people of all ages and hearing t...

  • Letter: Vote displays Falmouth's strong center

    Three lessons I took from last week’s election results: 1 — We want strong, excellent schools. The civic noise generated by individuals and groups who claim we spend too much on our schools was far out of proportion to their showing at the polls. Falmouth voters overwhelmingl...

  • Letter: Close loopholes, don't cut benefits

    As a retiree and a member of AARP, I am writing in defense of Maine’s seniors who are now threatened by Congress in its attempt to resolve the debt ceiling crisis. There are proposals being considered by Congress that would make harmful cuts to Medicare and Social Security as part of...

  • Letter: Looking ahead to Falmouth community supper

    The town of Falmouth has come together over the last three years to support a community supper in the fall, held by the churches in town to help support the Falmouth Food Pantry. This year on Oct. 20 we will again be holding a free community supper in support of our food pantry. Our goal this yea...

  • The Universal Notebook: The perils of parking in Portland

    While attending the First Friday Art Walk earlier this month, I got a $25 ticket for parking in a no-parking zone on Oak Street in Portland. I must say, I got no sympathy from my lovely wife Carolyn: “You saw the no-parking sign. You parked there anyway. You got a ticket. And you&rsq... 2

  • Forecaster Forum: A dance recital reveals more than ballet cliche

    I was in no mood to go to our daughter Elizabeth’s dance recital at Maine State Ballet in Falmouth. It was the Saturday after the Tuesday I got my new hip. Before minimally invasive surgery, hip replacement meant days in the hospital, weeks of inactivity and months of painful rehab....

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Salute to our graduates

    We have just completed graduation season in the Portland Public Schools. All of the graduates of our four high schools and Portland Adult Education deserve praise for their accomplishments in completing their degrees. Since my space is limited, I will tell you about a representative sample.