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  • Capitol Notebook: Trying to break Maine’s bottle bill

    A few weeks ago, several middle-school students holding a bottle drive arrived at my doorstep to raise money for their sports team. Fortunately, I had a full bag to give them. Bottle drives, redemption centers, and the bottles that are left out on trash pickup night for folks to take and r...

  • The Universal Notebook: A Portland Museum of Art Biennial beef

    The Portland Museum of Art Biennial has become an important exhibition of new Maine art. This year it will be held from Oct. 8 to Jan. 3, 2016, but it is already generating controversy because of the way the artists were selected. The exhibition is underwritten by a bequest from the estate...

  • Editor's Notebook: Add a dash of irreverence and a pinch of biology, but hold the extra sugar

    This week I'm pleased to introduce two new faces at The Forecaster: Sandi Amorello and Victoria Fischman. Amorello, a Cape Elizabeth resident, is the latest addition to our Opinion pages. If you're familiar with her website,

  • The Universal Notebook: How to be a grandmother

    When baby Jackson, our first grandchild, arrived July 1 at 4:14 a.m., I was asleep in the back of the car in the hospital parking lot and Carolyn was in the delivery room with Hannah. She called me on my cell phone to let me know I was a grandfather. Bleary-eyed, I stumbled out of the car ...

  • Forecaster Forum: Proof of the pudding is in Falmouth facilities vote

    No matter how you dress it up, eating crow is not a pleasant experience. With that said, let me take the first bite. Last week’s edition of The Forecaster carried a story regarding my non-scientific survey of Falmouth residents who receive a periodic newsletter from me regarding town...

  • Forecaster Forum: Fireworks! July 4th, Eastern Promenade, Portland, Maine

    Before the brilliant images fade, the way fireworks do almost the moment they explode, a kind of cotton candy for the eyes, image like flavor evaporating almost on perception, I want to capture some of what happened at Portland’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration. One moment I especiall...

  • Letter: Falmouth facilities panel provided cost, tax data

    I was disappointed to read the significant error in last week’s article on the Falmouth Community Facilities Planning Committee’s recent recommendations. Over the past two years, directed by the Town Council, the committee gathered public input in various ways, including keypad polli...

  • Letter: Scarborough Library book sale a success

    On behalf of the Friends of the Scarborough Library, I would like to thank the many members of the Scarborough community who helped make our annual book sale so successful this year. The success of this sale is due to the generosity of those who donate, as well as those who purchase. Proc...

  • Letter: Freeport library policy disappoints

    Returning home from college a couple of weeks ago, I went into the Freeport Community Library in search of books for summer pleasure reading. When I went to check out my selection, the librarian asked for my library card. I didn’t have a current card, so they had to look up my number. The l... 1

  • The Universal Notebook: Heluva good excuse to be a conservative

    Here on the Beem ranch, we all enjoy a good dip. Cream cheese and chives go a long way toward satisfying this sinful craving, but for sheer unctuous indulgence, nothing quite measures up to a good clam dip. Recently, however, I discovered that I may be a clam-dip conservative. Every... 8