Leaf blowers … bah humbug. Most of us live in Maine for the beauty and quietude, right? Some years ago I bought my first home on Lovejoy Pond, a nice quiet neighborhood. In recent years many of my neighbors, some new, some old, have begun using leaf blowers as opposed to the old fashion rake method. It takes them all day to do a section of lawn that takes me less then an hour with a tarp and rake. The noise is a constant high pitch shrill which ruins the peace and quietude that I once enjoyed. The downside for the user of these leaf blowers is that they are affecting their own hearing and not getting any exercise whatsoever. They really should be banned or given up willingly for the sake of peace and quiet once again.