Maritime Mistakes the Focus of Sweetser Lecture

Saco/Sanford, ME, October, 2010 — Those interested in maritime history are invited to attend the final entry in the fall Sweetser Lecture Series on Thursday, November 4, at 7 p.m. at the Dyer Library, when Chester Hopkins, former Vice-President of Marine and Terminal Operations for French Lines, will present a personal narrative complemented with visual images, of commercial shipping's disasters at sea and in port in Fragile: Handle With Care - Maritime Mistakes.

Chet Hopkins grew up in Reading, Massachusetts, and is a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy.  He served at sea for 18 years with American Export Lines, working up to Master.  This was followed by ten years in Europe and fifteen years in the New York area working for German, Chinese, Korean and French steamship companies.  He retired  from the French Line in 2005.  Captain Hopkins continues to consult in the maritime industry in the U.S.

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Monday, November 1, 5 to 7 pm
Storms, Seawalls, and the Winter Beach. Walk Laudholm Beach at the Wells Reserve and learn how and why sand and stones shift between summer and winter. $7 general, $5 Laudholm member. Registration required at 207-646-1555. FMI

Wednesday, November 3, 7 pm
You, Birds, and Birding. Nationally acclaimed authors Don and Lillian Stokes will be at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm to present their brand new book, the Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America and tell how they designed it for you, the birder of today. More than six years in the making and with over 3,400 color photos, this is the most comprehensive national photographic field guide ever published.

York County Shelter Programs Appeals For Thanksgiving Food Donations

Last year, the York County Shelter Programs' Food Pantry gave out 1400 Thanksgiving food boxes.  Once again there is a great need for food to share with folks who are having difficulty feeding their families during these challenging economic times. Some people who were donors a few years ago now seek help from the Shelter's Food Pantry.

The donation of turkeys or a $10.00 donation to buy a turkey and the fixings
would be greatly appreciated. The donation of cranberry sauce and gravy
is also always welcome.

Please call Martha or Sandy in the Shelter's Food Services Department
at 324-8811 or Joan at 324-1137, ext. 105.  To send a donation towards the
purchase of the Thanksgiving boxes, please mail your check to:
York County Shelter Programs, P.O. Box 820, Alfred, Maine 04002
Please note  "Turkey Fund" on the check. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Delise Decor's Drool-Worthy Home Collection Hits the Web

Summer vacation is well behind us, but if you didn’t make it to Maine you can still "get there from here" by visiting

DeLise Decor, Portland, Maine's newest home decor shop announces the launch of their website, which features a broad selection from their unique and unusual home furnishings collection.

DeLise Decor opened its doors in the Portland’s bustling Old Port district in June, and has been creating a buzz ever since. Apartment Therapy ( has hailed the DeLise Decor collection as "drool-worthy" and locals and visitors alike are finding an enchanting experience at the shop.

Owner Lisa Daggett spent the last 13 years in New York City and has moved back to her native Maine to open the shop. She and her team of pickers comb the New England landscape for vintage and antique paraphernalia.

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LaHood announces $20M grant to help replace Maine-NH bridge

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) -- A deteriorating bridge connecting Maine and New Hampshire will be getting a multimillion-dollar replacement.

Top elected officials from the two states joined U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Wednesday as he formally announced a $20 million grant to help pay for the replacement of the aging Memorial Bridge that links Kittery, Maine, and Portsmouth, N.H. The grant will help New Hampshire partner with Maine to replace the bridge.

The two states jointly own three bridges over the Piscataqua River.

In 2009, the metal truss bridge made it to a national list of endangered properties.

Maine Gov. John Baldacci, New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch and members of the states' congressional delegations attended the event.

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DOC offers foliage events

Augusta, Maine (NEWS CENTER)--The fall foliage season is beginning in Maine and the state is offering a number of events to encourage people to get outside and enjoy the season.

Old woodsmen say the color "moves ten miles a day" and the state is following this pattern with events that move north to south over the three week period.

This Buereau of Public Lands and the Maine Forest Service are coordinating the events which include eight paddles and one hike.

"It's a great time of year to encourage people to get out and experience the beauty of the changing seasons in Maine," said Gary Best in a statement.  He is the assistant regional manager with the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.

If you would like more information about the events including meeting places and degree of difficulty, click on the link to the right.