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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Maine Snowfall Totals: Snowfall Accumulations For Maine, Expected To Terminate Later Today!

..Historic Storm Will Exit Maine Later Today After Dumping More Than Two Feet of Snow in Some Areas...

Published: Sun, 30 Oct 2011 07:23:17 EDT
A rare late October winter storm was still impacting parts of New England early Sunday, with heavy snow falling over parts of New England. Southern Vermont and coastal Maine could receive up to a foot of snow today. Storm Warnings and Hurricane Force Wind Warnings are in effect for the waters off Maine. Widespread Frost and Freeze Warnings are into effect behind the storm extending southward to Mississippi. The heaviest snowfall amounts from this storm so far have been reported in western Massachusetts, with 27.8 inches in Plainfield, 26 inches in Windsor and 24 inches in Savoy. West Milford, N.J. — about 45 minutes northwest of New York City — saw 19 inches. New York’s Central Park recorded 2.9 inches of snowfall during the storm. This is the first time since records began in 1869 that an inch or more of snowfall has been recorded during the month of October. Details...

Check your specific area here:

847 AM EDT SUN OCT 30 2011


********************STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL********************

                     SNOWFALL           OF
                     /INCHES/   MEASUREMENT


   BRIDGTON              17.4   720 AM 10/30
   GRAY NWS OFFICE       12.9   800 AM 10/30
   S CASCO               11.0   828 AM 10/30
   GORHAM                 7.9   844 AM 10/30
   1 N CUMBERLAND         7.7   733 AM 10/30
   PORTLAND - N DEERING   6.5   503 AM 10/30
   CUMBERLAND             6.0   808 AM 10/30
   PORTLAND JETPORT       5.2   832 AM 10/30
   1 ENE SOUTH WINDHAM    4.8   818 AM 10/30
   PORTLAND - DEERING     4.2   200 AM 10/30
   1 WSW BRUNSWICK        2.0   737 AM 10/30

   WINSLOW                4.0   556 AM 10/30

   1 W OTISFIELD         14.0   733 AM 10/30
   4 E PARIS             12.0   239 AM 10/30

   2 N KNOX               6.5   842 AM 10/30

   1 SSW CORNISH         14.8   753 AM 10/30
   HOLLIS                 9.8   723 AM 10/30
   2 ESE VAUGHAN WOODS    9.0   158 AM 10/30
   5 NW HOLLIS            8.5   305 AM 10/30
   2 NE KENNEBUNK         5.0   248 AM 10/30


   3 SSE GILFORD         20.0   637 AM 10/30
   LACONIA               13.0   459 AM 10/30

   WOLFEBORO             14.0   819 AM 10/30
   1 N MADISON           10.0   541 AM 10/30

   PINKHAM NOTCH         10.0   514 AM 10/30

   1 NNW BRISTOL         11.6   759 AM 10/30
   3 E ORFORD             6.0   821 AM 10/30

   CONCORD ASOS          22.2   704 AM 10/30
   NORTHFIELD            19.1   645 AM 10/30
   2 E NORTH PEMBROKE    19.0   837 AM 10/30
   1 SSE HENNIKER        17.0   802 AM 10/30
   SALISBURY             13.0   646 AM 10/30

   3 WSW LONDONDERRY     10.5   727 AM 10/30

   1 SSE ROCHESTER        8.5   638 AM 10/30

   1 ESE WASHINGTON      19.5   708 AM 10/30
   2 N LEMPSTER          16.0   635 AM 10/30
   1 S UNITY             12.0   839 AM 10/30
   1 E WEST UNITY        12.0   807 AM 10/30
   CROYDON               11.0   817 AM 10/30
   1 SE CHARLESTOWN      10.0   843 AM 10/30
1016 AM EDT SUN OCT 30 2011


********************STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL********************

                     SNOWFALL           OF
                     /INCHES/   MEASUREMENT


   HOULTON 2 ESE          6.0   951 AM 10/30
   PORTAGE 2 N            2.0   847 AM 10/30
   CONNOR                 1.7   823 AM 10/30
   CARIBOU 1 NNW          1.3   800 AM 10/30
   ISLAND FALLS           1.0   719 AM 10/30
   ALLAGASH 1 ENE         0.5   635 AM 10/30

   SURRY 2 E              2.2   710 AM 10/30
   WALTHAM 1 NNE          0.5   825 AM 10/30

   SPRINGFIELD 7 SSE     11.0  1014 AM 10/30
   LEVANT 5 ENE           7.0   756 AM 10/30
   BANGOR 2 W             6.0   800 AM 10/30
   CORINNA                4.0   700 AM 10/30
   PATTEN 3 NW            4.0   700 AM 10/30
   KENDUSKEAG             3.0   812 AM 10/30
   MILLINOCKET            2.5   636 AM 10/30
   MEDWAY                 2.0   633 AM 10/30

   KINGBURY 2 SSE         8.5   706 AM 10/30
   ABBOT 1 SW             2.0   935 AM 10/30
   GUILFORD               2.0   712 AM 10/30

   TOPSFIELD              6.4   700 AM 10/30
   EAST MACHIAS 4 E       1.0   813 AM 10/30

"Taste Like Chicken" Dedicated To Lisbon's Chief Of Police David T. Brooks Enjoy!!!

Billy Currington - Bad Day of Fishin'

Gregariously & Willfully submitted by: Todd Comber

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Carolina Camera: The Original Motorcycle Dog

Man's Best Friend  DOG, when looked at in a mirror is GOD
"Easy to get along with then a girlfriend, a little less expensive" 'and more loyal then some wives.'

Submitted by: LNT

Friday, October 14, 2011

Lisbon PWS Students Attend Service-Learning @ Beaver Park‏


Beaver Park Ranger, Verla Brooks, guides students from Philip W. Sugg Middle School in Lisbon during a service-learning project.

Lisbon - Students at Philip W. Sugg (PWS) Middle School recently completed a service-learning project at Beaver Park in Lisbon.  Located off of Cotton Road, Beaver Park is a family oriented day use park that is used by residents and non-residents of Lisbon.  The project was initiated by teachers and staff at PWS, consisting of Ms. Sue Welch, Mrs. Veronica Koza, and Mrs. Karen Bergeron.

Under the direction of Verla Brooks, park ranger, the PWS students dismantled a bridge that was in much needed repair.  From there, students transported materials and select natural resources to the bridge site on the trail.  Beginning with the moment the students arrived on the work site and throughout the process, student showed great initiative and motivation to overcome the natural obstacles and to get the job done right.  "I am not surprised by the great effort and results these students put forth on this project, in fact, they do this everyday in some of the most difficult and challenging tasks here at school.  I am very proud of these students and excellent work they have done for the betterment of our school and community," said Assistant Principal Thomas Landberg.

The Park also provides a cross-country course for the PWS and Lisbon High School cross country teams, hosting two events annually. Be sure to visit Beaver Park to experience the natural beauty of the Maine woods here in Lisbon. 

FMI on other Lisbon School events and projects call Community Resource Coordinator, Monica Millhime at 754.0021 or email  Like us on FaceBook @ Community Resource News in Lisbon Schools.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Damariscotta Pumpkinfest and Regatta


 WHEN: Oct. 2 through Oct. 11.
WHERE: Various locations in Damariscotta, Newcastle and Nobleboro.
HOW MUCH: Most events free.
FOOD OPTIONS: Area restaurants will be preparing and selling pumpkin-centric menus. Area groups will also be selling from outdoor booths.
PARKING: Parking and shuttle available on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 9-10, at Lincoln Academy parking lot and Great Salt Bay School. Maine Eastern Railroad train service between the festival and Brunswick.
DON'T MISS: The pumpkin chunkin rivalry on Saturday; Sunday's pumpkin boat regatta; and Monday's pumpkin drop.
KID-FRIENDLY FACTOR: They'll have a hard time deciding what they liked best: the hands-on carving and games or those monster pumpkins being dropped onto targets.
BENEFIT: Event proceeds benefit Pumpkinfest. Giant pumpkin sponsorships benefit area nonprofit organizations -- chosen by the growers -- and Pumpkinfest. Pumpkin Drop raffle tickets raise money for the Lincoln County Energy Heating Fund.
IN CASE OF BAD WEATHER: The Pumpkinfest goes on.

Submitted by: Rufus 

Lisbon's Loss, Sad News From Council Meeting Last Night

Tuesdays Council Meeting was a sad night for Lisbon.

After decades of public service to the Town of Lisbon Faye Brown informed the Council she could no longer work with the current town administration. Her resignation, from the Green Thumb Gang, was colorfully submitted in the form of a beautiful plant perfectly manicured to resemble the infamous single digit salute.

A number of councilors acknowledged and thanked her for her years of dedicated service to Lisbon. Faye also received a resounding round of applause from the audience.

Lisbon cannot afford to alienate her hardworking volunteers.I feel an investigation needs to be done to find  and correct the problems that lead to the loss of one of Lisbon's long time volunteers.
Thank You Faye for all the beauty you have brought to the
median strips and gardens of Lisbon.

F.E, Stacey

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fryeburg Fair 2011 Schedule

Fryeburg Fair 2011

Sunday,October 2,2011:
8:00 am
Church Service - Hayseed Theater
8:30 am 4-H Riding Horse Show - Infield
9:00 am Firemen’s Muster
           Sheepdog Trials - Infield (All day)
9:30 am Shuffleboard - Turkey Shoot (16 years And Older, cash prizes)
10:00 am Poultry Show
11:00 am Flower Show - Expo 1
               Fleece and Fiber Show And Sale
11:30 am Society Pig Scramble - must reside in towns of our Society - PR (Ages 8-10) Entries close at 10:30 am
12:00 pm National Pinzgauer Show
12:30 pm Horse Pulling 3300 lbs - Distance
1:00 pm 4-H Dairy Goat Show
             Flower Show - Expo 1
1:00 pm Parent/Child Baking Contest
3:00 pm Ox Pulling - 2500 lbs - Distance Trophy
            Flower Show - Expo 1
4:00 pm Tractor Pull - after Horse Show - Infield Area
5:00 pm Flower Show - Expo 1
7:00 pm Horse Pulling - 3300 lbs 20’ - Elimination
Monday,October 3,2011:8:00 am Official ADGA Dairy Goat Show
9:00 am Show of Scramble Calves
            4-H Beef Steer Show - Showmanship
            Ox Pulling 2100 Distance
9:30 am Woodsmen’s Field Day
10:00 am Wreath Making Demonstrations every two hours from 10:00 am ‘til 4:00 pm at Christmas Tree Exhibit
10:30 pm Horse Pulling 3000 lbs. - Distance
               Flower Show - Expo 1
11:00 am Flower Show - Expo 1
12:00 pm Skillet Throw - SGG - Entries close at 10:30 am
12:30 pm Exhibitors Meeting Beef And Dairy
1:00 pm Ox Pulling - 2500 6’ elim.
             Dairy Goat Show continues - Milking Classes
             Flower Show - Expo 1
             Whoopie Pie Contest AEC
1:30 pm Market Lamb Show
             Market Lamb Showmanship
3:00 pm Horse Pulling 3000 lbs 12’ elim.
5:00 pm Flower Show - Expo 1
7:30 pm Ox Pulling - 2100 lbs and under 6’ elim - Trophy
8:00 pm Night Show - Always Patsy Cline
Tuesday,October 4,2011

Senior Citizens Day (65 and over - gate free)
Antique Tractor Show Day
8:30 am
Show of Draft Horses, Ponies, Cart, 2 And 4 Hitch, 4 Abreast
8:30 am Llama Show
9:00 am Sheep Show - Open Show all day
             Tractor Pull
9:30 am Dairy Show Jersey and Guernsey
             Beef Show - Charolais And Belted Galloway - Youth Show
10:00 am Society Shuffleboard Tournament
                Wreath Making Demonstrations every two hours 10:00 am ‘til 4:00 pm at Christmas Tree Exhibit
11:00 am Flower Show
1:00 pm Blueberry Dessert Contest
             Ox Powder Puff - 2900 lb. & under - Distance Trophy
             Flower Show - Expo 1
1:30 pm Harness Racing
2:00 pm Ox Powder Puff - 2900 lb. & over - Distance Trophy
3:00 pm Flower Show - Expo 1
             Horse Pulling - 3600 lbs. - Distance
5:00 pm Flower Show - Expo 1
7:00 pm Horse Pulling - 3600 lbs. - 12’ Elim.
8:00 pm Night Show - John Stevens & the Beantown Orchestra
Wednesday,October 5,2011:
8:30 am
Show of Draft Horses, Ponies, Cart Class, Male Driver Unicorn, 6 Hitch
             Show of Working Oxen, Show Oxen & Steers
9:00 am Beef Show all other breeds
             Ox Pulling - 2900 lbs Trophy and 3700 lbs - Distance
             Sheep Show - SSB (all day)
9:30 am Dairy Show Milking Shorthorn & Brown Swiss
11:00 am Flower Show - Expo 1
12:00 pm Beef Show Herefords, Simmentals
1:00 pm Open Pig Scramble - PR (Ages 8-10)
12:00 pm (Drawing)
               Show of Working Steers Handy Class for kids
               Flower Show - Expo 1
               Cookie Contest
1:30 pm Harness Racing
2:00 pm Horse Pulling - Sweepstakes - Distance -Trophy
3:30 pm Horse Pulling - Three Horse - Distance
             Flower Show - Expo 1
5:00 pm Flower Show - Expo 1
7:00 pm Horse Pulling - Sweepstakes - 15’ Elim. - Trophy
8:00 pm Night Show - Stealing Angels
Thursday,October 6,2011:
8:30 am
Show of Working Oxen, Show Oxen And Steers
            Show of Draft Horses, Ponies, Tandem, Pair, 4 Mare Hitch, 8 Horse Hitch
9:00 am Ox Pulling - 4100 lbs - and Sweepstakes - Distance Trophy
             Sheep Show
9:30 am Beef Show Beef Shorthorns, Angus
            Dairy Show Holstein and Ayrshire
10:00 am Dick Snow Memorial Shuffleboard Tournament (18 years And over ) Cash Prizes
11:00 am Flower Show - Expo 1
1:00 pm Draft Horse And Pony Show - Halter Classes
             Flower Show - Expo 1
             2 Crusted Apple Pie Contest
1:30 pm Harness Racing
3:00 pm Overall Champion Sheep - Ram And Ewe
             Flower Show - Expo 1
5:00 pm Flower Show - Expo 1
6:30 pm Horse Pulling - 2900 lb. And under - Distance
             followed by 3100 lb. & under - Distance
8:00 pm Night Show - Randy Houser
Friday,October 7,2011:
9:00 am
Ox Pulling 900-1100, 1101-1300, 1301-1700 - Distance
10:00 am Calf Scramble
              Pig Scramble (Students MSAD #72) - (third grade)
11:00 am 4-H Market Lamb Auction
              4-H Beef Steer Auction
              Flower Show - Expo 1
12:00 pm Wreath Making Demonstrations every two hours
12:00 am ‘til 4:00 pm at Christmas Tree Exhibit
12:30 pm Horse Pulling - 3200 lbs - Distance
1:00 pm Swine Show
            Calf Show and Sale
            Flower Show - Expo 1
            Decorated Cake Contest
1:30 pm Harness Racing
2:00 pm Ox Pulling Sweepstake 6’ Elim. - Trophy
3:00 pm Flower Show - Expo 1
4:30 pm Horse Pulling - 3200 lbs - 12’ Elim.
5:00 pm Flower Show - Expo 1
7:30 pm Ox Pulling, 3300 lbs - Distance
8:00 pm Night Show -David Foster And the Mohegan Sun All Stars
             Fireworks After Night Show
Saturday,October 8,2011:
9:45 am
Speaker - American Farm Bureau
10:00 am Grand Parade - Trophy Presentations
11:00 am Flower Show - Expo 1
12:00 pm 4-H Sheep Show Class
              4-H Swine Show
             Wreath Making Demonstrations every two hours
Noon ‘til 4:00 pm at Christmas Tree Exhibit
1:00 pm
Flower Show - Expo 1
            Horse Pulling - 3400 lbs - Distance
1:30 pm Harness Racing
             4-H Beef Heifer Show
             4-H Dairy Show
2:30 pm 4-H Showmanship - Working Steer
             Ox Pulling 3300 - 6’ Elim - followed by 2900 and under - 6’ Elim.
3:00 pm Flower Show - Expo 1
5:00 pm Flower Show - Expo 1
7:00 pm Horse Pulling, 3400 lbs - 12’ Elim.
            4-H Sheep Lead Line
8:00 pm Night Show - Hotel California
Sunday,October 9,2011:8:00 am Church Service - Hayseed Theater
8:30 am 4-H Working Steers
            Scooting Contest
9:00 am 4-H Sheep Breed Classes
             4-H Beef Heifer Show
             4-H Dairy Show
10:30 am Open Pig Scramble - PR (Ages 8-10)
               Entries Close at 9:30 am (Drawing)
11:00 am Flower Show - Expo 1
12:30 pm Scooting Contest
              Children’s Pet Rabbit/Cavy Show
              Horse Pulling, Grand Sweepstakes - 12’ Elim. - Trophy
1:00 pm Flower Show - Expo 1
1:30 pm Harness Racing
2:00 pm Horse Pulling - 2 lbs. of rock per pound of horse
3:00 pm Distance - Trophy
 Flower Show - Expo I5:00 pm Following Races is 4WD Pull  (Grandstand seats reserved until racing ends) - Infield Area.

Submitted by: Rufus

Monday, September 5, 2011

Our Private Property Is Under Attack Here's An Excellent Website To Explain

Agenda 21 and other individuals are working to acquire land for Governmental Purpose.  Please share with everyone and try to get them to Open Their Eyes before it is too late.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Escape the parade. LABOR DAY 2011 Weekend Relaxing Music

Escape the parade. LABOR DAY 2011 Weekend Relaxing Music Acoustic Guitar Solo #4 Instrumental songs Best New Classical Spanish Original composition gypsy HD ≈ ≈ Relax Now. Visit our Channel. 8-) North Casey Key, Sarasota + Sanibel / Captiva Island, Fort Myers / Charlotte Harbor Florida

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wildlife Wednesday Enjoy!

 He's not heavy -- He's my Brother!

I promise I won't do it again, Momma!

Just wait a couple'a years and try that again! YEAH!!

 Come on, throw the ball, throw the ball, I'm ready, yeah throw it!

I know you think you understand what you thought I said, but I'm 
not sure that what you heard is what I actually meant!

We gotta get a bigger bed!

I really didn’t mean to hurt your feelings!

HEY!!! What's with this 'warm spot?' 

You woke me up to tell me THAT???


Send this to someone who needs a smile.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

2012 The TRUTH You're NOT being TOLD The clock runs out Sep 25th 2011?

Dec 2012 or sooner? Yes much sooner, the clock runs out September 25th THIS YEAR. The truth the governments of the world are keeping from you. This seminar presented by Alex Retrov and Krystal Alexander-Hille will wake you up to the truth behind the 2012 doomsday prophecy. Dec 21st 2012 is a fake date created by the 'Illuminati' to catch us completely unprepared for the horrific events to come in September THIS YEAR . The clock runs out this year, NOT 2012. Could this be True? You be the judge, see the overwhelming evidence for yourself!

This is the link to part two, however they are charging a small fee, it will be a downloadable file but it is currently not up an running yet. They are finalizing it now. You can go to this site and leave messages and get prompt replies. Good Luck Everyone. Our Future Is In Our Hands.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Take Off With A Maine Wilderness Experience Like Nothing Else

As we communicate, commend and commiserate the end of the Space Shuttle Program let it be known to ALL that you can STILL step back in time with, KATAHDIN AIR SERVICE, INC. and their phenomenal Time Machine.  "SHARE THE FREEDOM"

We take to the skies in our fifth New England Short episode. We feature a Katahdin Region pilot and learn of his Seaplane as well as his passion for the sky and chartering people along the local waterways! Special thanks to Jim Strang for his time, knowledge and experience for making this episode possible.

Be sure to tell them where you were introduced to this memorable occasion, nothing will happen either way just makes good conversation, tell Jim you heard it from a "Big Guy" and I guarantee he will fill in the rest. He might charge you 10% more but if it goes to a local charity it will be well worth it. :)

Katahdin Air Service Golden Road, Millinocket, ME 04462 (207) 723-8378  

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Just What Is Going On In The World?

Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic chain, about 575 miles south of the capital, Santiago Chile

Several Latin American countries in the path of volcanic ash unleashed from a Chilean Andean crater are facing critical shortages of water, agricultural collapse, disruptions in transportation and growing risks to human and animal health. Toxic ash clouds, seen to be dispersing toward Australia, have dumped the powdery substance across vast swathes of territory in Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. And it blowing all the way around the southern hemisphere!

Qantas has cancelled Tasmania and New Zealand flights after warnings from the Australian and NZ Volcanic Ash Advisory Centres (VAAC), with flights from Hobart, Christchurch and Queenstown to Melbourne and Sydney affected. Chilean volcano Puyehue-Cordón Caulle continues to throw an ash cloud into the southern hemisphere, which has now circled the globe and threatens to affect more flights. Passengers to other airports on New Zealand’s South Island and lower North Island are also likely to be affected, with ash cloud predictions from the Wellington VAAC also covering Wellington. Ash is forecast at 20,000-35,000 feet across the entire South Island and much of the southern North Island, including the capital, Wellington.

More photos and details on this link:

Monday, June 13, 2011

Lisbon Class of 2018 Leave Legacy‏

A New Tree Grows at Lisbon Community School

Lisbon —On Monday, June 13th, George Janosco, Sr., co-owner of Pine Knoll Lawncare & Landscaping with his two sons, joined Lisbon Community School’s fifth-grade class on their last day of school to present a very special and lasting gift to their teachers and school. 

Pine Knoll Lawncare & Landscaping donated and planted a beautiful yellow butterfly magnolia tree along the entrance way to the school. The tree will grow 25 feet high by 25 feet wide and has a lifespan of up to 100 years.  The meaning of magnolia trees varies around the world, but magnolia trees often are associated with strength, beauty and love of nature.“In the years to come, when you return for a visit, you can remember this day, this tree, and the friendships you made here at LCS,” said Carlene Iverson, LCS’s principal.   “It’s wonderful that in these challenging financial times, Pine Knoll was willing to donate a tree to the school on behalf of the fifth grade students,” continued Iverson.
Amy St. Pierre, a fifth-grade teacher, shared her thoughts about the students’ last day at Lisbon Community School, “As teachers we hope that the students’ years at LCS have prepared them well for the future and we all wish them the best of luck as they now head to Sugg Middle School.”
Photo by:  Sue McPhee, Lisbon parent volunteer

Friday, June 3, 2011

Join a 'Mainah' from Morocco at the Moxie Day 5K Race

  Tim Long & his Moxie Day 5K Race t-shirt at the Coliseum, Italy;

 Atop the Eiffel Tower in France

  The Sahara Desert, Morocco

 and with his wife Carolin at the 2009 Moxie Day 5K Road Race.  

Applications for the 2011 Moxie Day 5K Road Race are now available.

  If you sign up for the 2011 Moxie Day 5K Road Race on Saturday, July 9th, then you may meet fellow runner Tim Long.  Tim, a Brunswick native currently living in Morocco, considers the run a “must do” event.

Tim and his wife Carolin return to Maine about every two years.  In 2009, they decided to participate in the Moxie Day 5K Race. 

Tim wrote in a recent e-mail:  “Unlike other races we have been in, there was no jockeying for a better start position, no anxious anticipation of the starting gun; instead there was casual conversation, joking and laughing, pats on the back, and a general feeling of collective fun.
To make a long story short, we ran and we finished; not knowing or really caring about our time or place in the race.  While driving back to Brunswick, I recall thinking how this day marked a moment of great enjoyment and humble pride in the warmth and simplicity of life in Maine.

A short time after returning to Ecuador (where we have been living for the past ten years), I found myself wearing my Moxie shirt often, feeling even more prideful of my Maine heritage and our iconic beverage.  I even brought back a few bottles of the good stuff to share with friends, trying to convince them that while Moxie may be a peculiar drink and an acquired taste, it is more than that. 

There is a certain intangible quality to Moxie; inside each bottle of bitter-sweet elixir are years of tradition, countless stories, and myriad moments that represent the essence of Maine.  This is when I began my own Moxie tradition: my shirt would accompany me, like a bright orange security blanket, on some of my most exciting travel adventures. 

The Coliseum, Rome, Italy
And now, with my prized Moxie shirt somewhat battered and a bit faded in color (but not in spirit), we are on our way back to Maine for another summah visit.  As always our trip will include all the usual “musts”; lobstah and steamahs, I-talian sandwiches from the corner store, Frosty’s Donuts, Fat Boy Drive-in, chili dogs on The Mall, Wicked Joe’s every morning, camping on Casco Bay, candle pin bowling, maybe a Sea Dogs game, and definitely fireworks on the fourth…… and now, we officially add our newest “must” to the list: the Moxie 5K! 

See you at the starting line!”

The Lisbon Recreation Department and the Moxie Festival Committee are pleased to announce that the application for the 2011 Moxie Day 5K Road Race (3.1 mile) on Saturday, July 9th is now available.  Last year’s Moxie 5K Race attracted over 480 runners from throughout New England.

The 16th Annual Moxie Day 5K Road Race begins at 7:30 am rain or shine.  It is an early and quick scenic run through the outskirts of Lisbon Falls. The route includes two steep upgrades, one at the start and the second at the two mile mark.  The Moxie 5K Race begins and ends near Lisbon High School.  The $15 preregistration and $20 day of race fee includes a free Moxie 5K Race t-shirt. 

Prizes will be awarded to the first male and female finishers. Awards will also be given to the first and second place male and female finishers in the following age categories: 12 and under, 13 - 16, 17 - 19, 20 - 29, 30 - 39, 40 - 49, 50 - 59, 60 - 69, 70 and over. Additional awards will be given to the first male and female “Lisbon Resident” finishers!

There is also a Kids Pre-Race Fun Run starting at 7 am where kids of all ages race and everyone receives a prize.

Since 1983, The Moxie Festival in Lisbon, Maine has been held on the second weekend in July.  The 2011 Moxie Festival weekend is July 8-10, 2011.  The Festival now includes a three day Pow Wow; Friday night fireworks; a Saturday parade, Festival, and 5K race, and on Sunday, the Chief Worumbo Androscoggin River Race.  Moxie was designated Maine’s official soft drink on May 20, 2005.

According to Lisbon Public Safety Officials, an estimated 40,000 people attend the three-day Moxie Festival.  The Town of Lisbon has approximately 9,300 residents.

To get a Moxie 5K Race application and Map, visit the Moxie Festival website:  or call the Lisbon Recreation Department at 207-353-2289.  

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fern, most likely found near Babbling Brooks!

The benefits of eating fiddleheads

I’ve seen the first roadside sign of the season: Clean Fiddleheads, $2.75/pound. I have to commend the fiddleheaders who go out early each spring to forage for these little ostrich fern delicacies and then go home and clean off the brown, papery skin covering each one. It is a labor-intensive activity.
Fiddleheads actually are the curled young fronds of a fern. In the early spring, new growth of a fern emerges as curled leaves. Fiddleheads grow in New England and along the east coast of Canada as well as in Quebec and Ontario. In Maine, fresh fiddleheads are usually available from late April to mid-May.
There are many varieties of ferns around us, but the ostrich and cinnamon fern are the only two that are edible and safe to eat. Other varieties of ferns look similar but may be poisonous.
When gathering fiddleheads, you only want the first one to two inches of the stem that is attached to the coil. Anything else should be broken off and thrown away. Never harvest all of the fiddleheads from a patch or it could destroy the whole fern. It is best to take just two or three coils from each patch.
Fiddleheads should be cooked thoroughly before eating. Raw fiddleheads can carry food-borne illness and may cause stomach upset if you eat too many of them.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

World's Greatest Sleigh Rides set for Lisbon

LISBON — The 18th annual World's Greatest Sleigh Rides, a benefit fundraiser, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, in a large field off Route 125 (upper Main Street) in Lisbon Falls.

Since its inception, the popular winter event has raised $43,550 for the Pine Tree Society for Crippled Children and Adults. Donations for the sleigh rides are $4 for adults and $3 for children.

The event is sponsored by the Pejepscot Snow-Chiefs Snowmobile Club and the Farmers Draft Horse, Mule and Pony Club.

There will be a variety of food booths available, with the highlight being the dozens of homemade doughnuts made by Steve, Louise and Gordon Curtis. For more information, contact Gordon Curtis at 353-2200.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Black Fawn Photos Beautifully Incredible Almost Unbelievable

Photo credit to Richard Buquoi of R. M. Buquoi photographics. If you want, please feel free to direct them to our website, 

The images were taken near Austin, TX in May of 2010. The deer are wild and the black one has a normal colored sibling. Highly melanistic deer such as this one are extremely rare and are much rarer to see than an albino. The central Texas area has had a number of sightings of deer that have this trait.