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    February 16, 2020

    J.P. Devine: What we talk about now

    Around us now are empty chairs once filled with those who shared our talk, touched our pained hands, felt our fears and laughed with us, and we discover the memory of them gives us more to talk about, J.P. Devine writes.

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    February 14, 2020

    Amy Calder: The ‘Iceman’ is a role model of the finest kind

    Bert Languet has for years volunteered time and funds to develop recreational facilities for children and adults, with the latest being an ice skating rink next to City Hall in Waterville.

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    February 12, 2020

    Dana Wilde: Removing the scorpion-like beast from the bathroom sink

    Commonly known as a house pseudoscorpion, aka Chelifer cancroides, these tiny creatures are sometimes known as book scorpions or false scorpions because they’re arachnids, Dana Wilde writes.

  • Published
    February 9, 2020

    J.P. Devine: Mr. Isgro goes to Washington

    Shocked at the paltry prices for breakfast, lunch and dinner, J.P. Devine suggests the next time the city's mayor should "GO before you go" when visiting the nation's capital.

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    February 7, 2020

    Amy Calder: Valentine’s Day, 1960s style

    Attending a school Valentine's Day party 50-plus years ago meant creating a fancy box at home and bringing it to class to be placed on display in a contest for most the most beautiful box judged by the teacher, Amy Calder writes.

  • Published
    February 6, 2020

    J.P. Devine Movie Review: ‘1917’

    The entire cast, British to a man (and one woman) are without fault, J.P. Devine writes.

  • Published
    February 5, 2020

    Liz Soares: My mother’s faith

    A recently discovered declaration shined a light on my mother's faith and made me revisit her day-to-day beliefs, writes Liz Soares.

  • Published
    February 2, 2020

    J.P. Devine: 2020, a chair odyssey

    The sleek, gray, maybe mauve stairlift chair has arrived in the Devine household, signaling a journey into the capricious and unknown future.

  • Published
    January 31, 2020

    Amy Calder: If MOMA doesn’t want it, we’ll take it

    "Christina's World," the Andrew Wyeth painting the Museum of Modern Art in New York City placed in storage, ought to be in Maine, Amy Calder writes.

  • Published
    January 29, 2020

    Dana Wilde: Trees in winter sleep deeply, but life is stirring

    Trees seem to have a disposition in their bones, as it were, to cooperate with winter, writes Dana Wilde.

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  • Dana Wilde lives in Troy. You can contact him at [email protected]. Backyard Naturalist appears the second and fourth Thursdays each month.
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