Public Spaces

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.


A rockin' send-off for Mr. Harley

A rockin' send-off for Mr. Harley

Join us for a rockin' good time with Mr. Harley!

Children's Discovery Museum of Augusta will be saying "Goodbye" to Mr. Harley, Songwriter, Singer and Entertainer of children (and adults!), as he prepares to move to Florida!

The Party is on September 21st 6 - 8pm at The Children's Discovery Museum.

Pizza provided by Dominoes, Popcorn provided by A Partner in Technology of Gardiner, and Cake provided by Heavenly Delights!

Normal Admission Price applies for the evening: $4.50 per adult, $5.50 per child, members are free.

No need to pre-register. Just come!

Oh ya, and Mr. Harley will be singing some of our favorite songs!


Ceremony Marks the Restoration of Mid Coast Hospital’s Nature Trail

On September 27th, Mid Coast Hospital will host a ceremony to mark the restoration of its Nature Trail. This wooded walking path winds through the forested wetlands area between the hospital and the protected estuary and salt water marshes of Thompson’s Brook.

Accessible through the hospital’s Healing Garden and parking lots, the trail offers more than 3,300 feet of prepared walking paths that patients, visitors, staff, and the community can use for exercise in a beautiful outdoor environment. Benches located near scenic areas along the path allow those wishing to pursue a more leisurely pace, a place for quiet rest and contemplation.

The Nature Trail is part of Mid Coast Hospital’s initiative to provide a healing environment for patients, their families, and the community as a whole.

New Faces, Titles on Maine Municipal Association Executive Committee

New Faces, Titles on Maine Municipal Association Executive Committee

Oakland Town Manager Peter Nielsen won a recent election to become the next Vice President of Maine Municipal Association.

Nielsen, who began his career as a Town Manager in 1990, will assume the vice presidency at MMA in January 2013. That puts him in line to become MMA President in 2014. Stephan Bunker, Chair of the Select Board in the Town of Farmington, will lead the MMA Executive Committee as President in 2013.

"My goal is to keep the word ‘municipal’ front and center, synonymous with effective, efficient and responsive, as the answer to those who have weakened faith in government," Nielsen said. "Public safety, good roads, trash, recycling – these things can’t be taken for granted, but local voters are best suited to decide how much of each they need."

In other MMA election results, Glenburn Town Manager Michael Crooker will join the Executive Committee next January for a three-year term. Lewiston City Councilor John Butler, Jr.