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  • The Universal Notebook: The trouble with trains

    The Amtrak Downeaster passes behind my house every day. I’m glad that it does. Passenger rail service north of Portland is a good thing and it’s no bother at all. It only takes 15 seconds from the time you hear it coming until it’s gone and even the whistle blast for the Sligo R...

  • Abby's Road: The problem with pants

    “Do you want to wear pants today?” “Sometimes it’s fun not to wear pants!” “You take your pants off right now!” Hi, I’m Abby, and I’m a potty-trainer. The subject is my son, who will be 3 in September. Neither one of us ca...

  • Letter: Scarborough issue is access

    This is a request to Scarborough Town Councilors Roy and Sullivan to ask for reconsideration of the July 15 vote by the Town Council to give Depot Street to a seasonal business in exchange for a 22-foot corridor access to the beach. Depot Street has belonged to the town and has provided year-ro...

  • Letter: Scarborough needs 'outrage'

    It is my hope that the people of Scarborough will express their outrage at the action of the Town Council on July 15. A good portion of Depot Road will be given to a private organization free of charge in what is characterized as a "land swap." A public hearing on the matter was hel...

  • Letter: Inconsistency in Scarborough

    We want to thank Scarborough Councilors Sullivan and Roy for the interest, concerns and reservations they expressed at the council meeting July 15. The concerns and reservations that you stated, that are now part of public record, are inconsistent with the way you eventually chose to vote. We were q...

  • Letter: Reconsider Pine Point vote

    A "tired" chairman of Scarborough's Town Council and an eager new town manager campaigned successfully to shut down a historic roadway to our ocean beach here in Pine Point forever, gifting it to an abutting ocean business, under the guise of a fair exchange for a narrow parking strip of l...

  • Forecaster Forum: Remembering Walter Cronkite, the newsman's newsman

    As a reporter for the Portland Press Herald in the early 1980s, my notebook and pen in hand, I walked up to Walter Cronkite at a Maine Mall bookstore. I figured I had him cornered and I went in for the kill. "Isn't it a bit commercial for you to be selling books?" I asked. I a...

  • The Universal Notebook: The eternal vigilance of beach-going

    Back in the 1960s, Higgins Beach in Scarborough attracted teenagers from all over greater Portland. Scarboro Beach, then known as Jordan's Beach because old Mrs. Jordan sat on the access road in her beach wagon collecting parking fees, was the family beach, but Higgins was the hot ...

  • Letter: Share the beach in South Portland

    The City Council of South Portland acted wisely and correctly when it enacted its Willard Beach compromise last winter. This compromise allows dog owners and their supervised dogs on the beach from 7 am. to 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m during the warmer months of the year. The misnamed Save W... 1

  • Letter: Falmouth teacher a 'father figure'

    My son spent a great year in Paul Rosenblum's Falmouth class, and when he got an award from the Red Cross three years later he wanted Paul at the ceremony to share that moment with our family. I volunteered over 40 hours in Rosenblum's class. At all times Paul was an outstanding example and tea...