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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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Camden Hills State Park recognized by Tripadvisor

Camden Hills State Park recognized by Tripadvisor

AUGUSTA, Maine – Camden Hills State Park, in Camden, has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor, which bills itself as “the world’s largest travel site,” offering online advice to travelers.

The award honors “hospitality excellence,” and is given “only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews,” according to the certificate. Only 10 percent of establishments receive the award, according to the company.

Camden Hills State Park also is listed as the No. 2 attraction in the Camden area, out of 12 listed on the trip site. No. 1 is Mount Battie, which is located in the park.

The 11th Annual Carol Dyer Memorial “Light the Way to a Cure” Luminaria Evening

The 11th Annual Carol Dyer Memorial “Light the Way to a Cure” Luminaria Evening

The 11th Annual Carol Dyer Memorial “Light the Way to a Cure” Luminaria Evening to benefit the American Cancer Society will be held on Saturday, August 4th, 2012 (rain date Sunday, August 5th) on the Bar Harbor Village Green from 7:00-10:00 p.m.

When Carol Dyer lost her battle with brain cancer in June of 2001, her friends decided to channel their grief into planning an event that would honor her by giving others a fighting chance.  Light the Way to a Cure is an evening to remember those who have been affected by cancer in every way, shape and form.

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.