Most of this week’s news had to do with either election coverage or results and is not information I feel like posting about. I appreciate that we get to vote but by the time we are two weeks out from election day I’m done with the whole thing which is usually why I pick up a ballot ahead of time at city hall to bring home and fill out then mail back in. This saves me the trip on election day and the headache of waiting (though by going early in the morning while most people are at work, like I did this year, you can avoid the busy crowds and get in and out pretty quickly.)
Anyway here are a few interesting tid-bits I picked up this week.
Via the Facebook page of The Flotsam Diaries (I follow them on Twitter & Facebook) on 11/9 “This image came from Flotsam Diaries follower Rosemary Hill. It’s a lobster trap vent from “Friendship Trap Co.” in mid-Coast Maine. It no doubt was part of a Mainer’s lobster trap that was laid (and I guess wrecked) in the Gulf of Maine. It broke free and washed onto Rosemary’s beach. Rosemary lives in Waterville, Co. Kerry, Ireland. The vent looks pretty good for its 3,000 mile journey!”
Portland Native Steals the Show on “The Sing-Off” (Bangor Daily News) – More than four million people watched “The Sing-Off” last Monday, the NBC a cappella singing competition show, and a lot of people loved the Dartmouth Aires’ medley of Queen songs. But Mainers may not know that the Aires singer who had the captivating, theatrical, soulful solo during “Somebody to Love” is a native of Portland, who stole the show that day. (NBC has the clip – sooooo worth checking out! It’s a great Queen medley and “Somebody to Love” is my favorite Queen song!)
BEDANDBREAKFAST.COM ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF “BEST OF” 2011-2012 AWARDS” (press release) – BedandBreakfast.com™, the most comprehensive site for finding bed and breakfast properties around the world, today announces the winners of its seventh annual “Best of BedandBreakfast.com Awards™,” recognizing the top inns around the world providing the best travel experience, hospitality and customer service. (Berry Manor Inn in Rockland was named 1 of the top 10!)
Rockland Revisited (Portland Press Herald) – From rough to hip, arty and foodie: If you haven’t been to Rockland lately, you haven’t been to Rockland. This gritty little tidal treasure on Penobscot Bay has all the vigor and spirit of a working waterfront with the upscale twist of a vibrant museum and gallery scene, fabulous restaurants, eclectic shops, plus enough lobster, lighthouses and schooners for folks “from away.”
Stephen King offers $70,000 for heating fuel aid (Bangor Daily News) With poor, elderly and disabled Mainers facing deep cuts to the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program which helps keep them warm in the winter, Bangor’s most famous resident, author Stephen King, is stepping forward to help out.