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Maine’s Famous Thunder Hole Is Out of Order. There’s Some Sort of Problem in Acadia National Park, Too

paul lepage creative commons-flickrACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — One of the park’s most popular attractions, which usually is accessible year-round, will be closed to visitors for the next two months while work crews make repairs to the site, according to park officials. Thunder Hole, where people can walk down to the ocean’s edge and risk getting soaked as they watch pounding surf spray high into the air, closed down Friday and is expected to remain closed until May 22. The closure has been planned for some time, according to park officials. The site is one of the more heavily visited in Acadia and gets a lot of wear and tear. When high tide comes in or during storms, the pavement, railings and stairs down near the water’s edge frequently take a direct hit from the impact as waves come crashing ashore. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Ted Kennedy Center Dedication Expected to Feature Open Bar Despite Its Mortgage Being Underwater

ted kennedy centerBOSTON — Before his death from brain cancer in 2009, close family members said U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy insisted a building that would one day bear his name be less about his own legacy and more about the institution he loved and toiled in for more than half his life. “He never envisioned this place as being about one man,” said Victoria Reggie Kennedy, his widow and president of the board of directors of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. “He saw it as being about the nearly 2,000 men and women who have served in the United States Senate and about the future senators who will be walking through those doors.” On Monday, the $79 million facility that sits adjacent to the presidential library of his brother, John F. Kennedy, is scheduled to be dedicated at a politically star-studded event attended by President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and a host of current and former senators of both parties. It opens to the public on Tuesday. Kennedy, the Democratic “liberal lion” of the Senate, began to conceptualize the institute long before he became ill, with its centerpiece being a full-scale replica of the chamber where visitors can role-play as senators weighing the pressing issues of the day, family members said in recent interviews. (read more at the Portland Press Herald)

Thirty-One Teams Vote to Make Patriots Punt on Third Down

patriots ravensIf you can’t beat ‘em, change a rule to stop ‘em. On Wednesday, the NFL did.  On the final day of the owners meetings in Phoenix, teams voted to eliminate the unconventional eligible/ineligible receiver play that the Patriots used to change the complexion of the AFC divisional playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens.  Under the change, “an offensive player wearing the number of an eligible pass receiver who reports as ineligible must line up within the tackle box.” If a team was to use the same play as the Patriots did against the Ravens, it would get flagged for illegal substitution and lose five yards.  Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay, who serves on the Competition Committee, announced the rule change on Wednesday.  Against the Ravens, with the Patriots trailing by two touchdowns in the third quarter, running back Shane Vereen was declared ineligible but lined up in the slot, away from the four offensive linemen and tight end Michael Hoomanawanui. Vereen was announced as ineligible, and when the ball was snapped, he went backwards as Hoomanawanui ran straight ahead. The Patriots ran the play twice and earned two first downs, much to the ire of Ravens coach John Harbaugh. (read more at the Providence Journal)

Coast Guard Icebreakers Hoping to Break Up The Kennebec Glacier In Time for Earth Day Global Warming Demonstrations

icebreakers on the kennebec rivericebreakers on the kennebec riverAUGUSTA — After making little headway on the Penobscot River’s thick ice, U.S. Coast Guard icebreakers will hit the Kennebec River on Wednesday. Hoping to fend off spring flooding, four cutters, including the 140-foot Thunder Bay, are set to break ice from Bath to Gardiner for four days next week, said Lt. David Bourbeau, the Coast Guard’s waterways management chief in Maine. It might be an important trip. Last week, a state weather commission heard that an unseasonably cold winter has left strong river ice and snowpacks that should linger into April, leaving the state vulnerable to flooding if heavy rainfall strikes. Lately, Coast Guard icebreakers have run into difficult ice conditions along the Penobscot. They were able to advance only 650 yards on the river between Bangor and Brewer on Wednesday, finding giant pieces of ice ranging from 10 to 15 feet thick. Bourbeau said it “looked like Arctic conditions” there. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

Local Humorist Surmises Incorrectly That You’d Be Interested in His Cold

Tim Sample Wiscasset ColumnistIf there’s one thing I’m really good at it’s nothing. Hmm, somehow that didn’t exactly come out the way I’d hoped it would. So, in the interest of dodging a multi-concept, verbal pile-up right here on the virtual on-ramp I’ll just back up and take another run at it. OK, here’s what I’m not saying – I’m not saying that there’s nothing I do well. Like just about everyone else, I do plenty of things well. But I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about another matter entirely. Like, for instance, what happens on those rare occasions when the situation literally requires you to do nothing? What then? Well, frankly, whenever I find myself someplace where “do nothing” is listed in the official job description, I just figure: “Hey, I’m the man for the job.” What can I say? It’s a gift. Now, as you may have noticed, this particular gift – the ability to do nothing when doing nothing is what’s called for – is a surprisingly rare commodity in contemporary American culture. (read more at Wiscasset Newspaper)

LePage and Kasich Are Totally Going to Build a Clubhouse With No Girls or Democrats Allowed, Black Magic, No Erasies

lepage and kasichAUGUSTA, Maine — Maine should join a national movement for a constitutional convention in support of a federal balanced budget amendment, said Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday. LePage was buoyed by a visit Thursday from fellow Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, one of the loudest proponents of the convention, which would be called in accordance with Article V of the U.S. Constitution. Kasich is a former member of Congress and was chairman of the House Budget Committee from 1995 until 2001. There, he was one of the architects of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. Kasich has long said that a balanced budget amendment was necessary to instill a permanent sense of fiscal prudence in Washington, where national debt has reached $18 trillion and counting. “Without the balanced budget requirement, presidents are going to come and presidents are going to go and the debt will keep growing,” Kasich told reporters during a joint news conference in LePage’s Cabinet room. “We need to change the culture of that town [Washington, D.C.].” (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Local Woman to Fill Out Forms at Entirely Different Desk

mechanics savings bankMechanics Savings Bank announced today the appointment of Sonia Theberge to Business Banking Specialist. In her new role, Theberge is responsible for serving Mechanics Savings Bank’s businesses and developing new business opportunities for the bank. Theberge will serve the Androscoggin and Cumberland counties from the Auburn and Windham branches. “I have worked with Sonia for over 30 years and have seen firsthand how customers enjoy working with her.  She has both retail and commercial expertise, enabling her to service her customers well. This is a great move for Sonia and the bank,” said Ray Teixeira, VP Retail Manager, Commercial Loan Officer. (read more at the The Independent)

Pro Bowlers Exiled to Portland. Advised to Buck Up, Man, and Not Drag Negative Energy in to the Tournament

the big lebowskiPORTLAND — The big rollers are coming to town, courtesy of the Professional Bowlers Association, and Charlie Mitchell is ready for them. “We always knew (Bayside Bowl) was special, but to have the PBA understand that is a very nice feeling,” Mitchell, the bowling center manager, said last week as Bayside Bowl was preparing to host five days of events showcasing the best bowlers in the world. Beginning with a pro-am event Thursday night, the bowling center at 58 Alder St. will be the scene of a unique tour all-star event, followed by a singles tournament, all to be broadcast digitally and on cable by ESPN. PBA Commissioner Tom Clark said Bayside Bowl is ideally suited to show how the sport is changing and reaching a new generation of bowlers. “The leagues that take part there have a great demographic,” Clark said March 20. “People enjoying the game they might not even know it, but what they are doing is cutting edge.” Initial discussions last year centered on bringing a full tour event to the city, with Spare Time Portland on Riverside Street and Easy Day in South Portland possibly hosting qualifying rounds. (read more at the Forecaster)

Readfield Fire Department’s ‘Save the Basement’ Strategy Works Like a Charm

readfield maine fire departmentThe occupant of a mobile home and his dog escaped injury Monday morning when fire ripped through the building on Butman Boulevard in Readfield, bringing firefighters from a number of local departments. The blaze was reported prior to 11 a.m. at 14 Butman Blvd., just off on Route 17 south of Maranacook High School. “We’re in the process of doing an overhaul, taking care of hot spots,” said Readfield Fire Chief Lee Mank, just before 1 p.m. as firefighters remained at the scene. Mank said the home was destroyed. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

Good News, Lisbon Parents! While Japanese 3rd-Graders Waste Time With Language, Math, Music, Art, Science, Homemaking, Phys Ed and Civic Values, Yours Learn How to Mill Around in Their Pajamas

Lisbon public schoolsStudents in Kathy Dow’s third grade class at Lisbon Community School recently earned the right to have a Stuffed Animal Parade as a result of their good work toward a classroom goal of transitioning from one part of the day to the next. (read more at the Twin City Times)

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