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Walking "The Useful Walk"

Walking "The Useful Walk"

I just passed my 2nd Anniversary of writing The Page Turner.  You know how I remember now?  I volunteered at the local library used book sale again!

Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile

Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile

Freeways clogged with cars and soul-killingly long commutes vs. mass transit, bicycles, and walkable cities?  Which would you prefer?

Taras Grescoe's Straphanger: Saving Ourselves and Our Cities From the Automobile has had a profound impact on the way I think about my car.

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Veterans Administration to open a National Veterans Burial Ground in Calais

Veterans Administration to open a National Veterans Burial Ground in Calais

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today that it is moving forward with a plan to provide burial services for Veterans in rural areas where there are no available VA national cemeteries, state Veterans cemeteries or tribal Veterans cemeteries.

"VA is committed to improving service to Veterans in rural areas," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. "Through an innovative partnership with existing cemeteries, we will be able to ensure burial for Veterans in more locations that meet the high standards of national shrines."

Under the Rural Initiative plan, VA will build small National Veterans Burial Grounds within existing public or private cemeteries in rural areas where the unserved Veteran population is 25,000 or less within a 75-mile radius.

Pirates to "Run Amok" at Fort Knox - Saturday, July 21

Pirates to "Run Amok" at Fort Knox - Saturday, July 21

Prospect, ME - The Friends of Fort Knox are hosting their annual "Pirate Day" at the Fort Knox State Historic Site, Prospect, Saturday, July 21, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. In addition, the professional pirates of the Dark Rose and their vaunted ship the "Must Roos" will be plying the waters of the Penobscot River, letting loose cannon fire at the pirate cannon battery at the Fort.

This is the ideal event for all those who have harbored a secret desire to be a pirate. Those wishing to participate in this event are asked to don their best pirate costume and practice pirate speech and accent. The pirates will engage in a cannon firing demonstrations, sword fighting, gunplay and creating general mayhem.

The Friend’s "Pirate Day" will feature contests to include best-sounding pirate, best-dressed pirate, a pirate parade and a treasure hunt.

Cutler's Little River Lighthouse to host Open House on July 21

Cutler's Little River Lighthouse to host Open House on July 21

Boats will depart from the Cutler Town Boat Landing to take visitors to the 15-acre island where they will be able to tour the restored Little River Light keeper’s house, climb the tower, hike the trails, and enjoy sea songs performed by local musicians.

In 1996, the 1847 historic lighthouse, which is now on the National Register of Historic Places, was listed by Maine Preservation as one of Maine’s Ten Most Endangered Historic Properties and it was also on the Lighthouse Digest Doomsday List of Endangered American Lighthouses. In 2002, the Little River Lighthouse was the first lighthouse in New England to have its ownership transferred to a non profit group under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act.

Visitors to the lighthouse should be prepared to possibly get their feet wet while getting on and off the boats. Small children will be required to have their own life jackets.