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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Owl & Turtle Bookshop in Camden Turns 40's the deal....

I was in this bookstore the other day.

I've planned to visit it since they moved from their previous location on Bayview Street (kicked out by a competing bookstore with more moola and clout).

The new location is not the greatest.

I wasn't impressed. 


It's hard to make money in a new bookstore these days....for many reasons.

But its even harder in a depression, with books selling at or above retail prices...and limited space.

Today when you go into most bookstores all of the books are placed side-by-side instead of vertically because inventories are down 30-70%. Bookstores have make it "look" like they've got a ton of books to choose from...but it's a weak ploy.

Anyway, I'm glad they made it 40 years...but I wouldn't be surprised if the owner "secretly" has the business for sale. You can't pay inflated rent, charge above retail prices for books, carry almost no a depression....and make money.

On the other hand.....the used bookstore on Main Street in Camden (Stone Soup) is doing just fine...and the guy that runs it is a classic bookworm and retired hippie. A really nice guy.

That's it.

Marc Charles
Your Handsome Host

Friday, May 28, 2010

Blues jam heads to Amalfi

Rockland — Midcoast blues man Blind Albert (Vince Gabriel) will host another blues jam Saturday, May 29 at Amalfi on the Water, 12 Water St. (parking on Ocean Street).

The live music will run from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., and there is no cover charge. The evening will feature whatever local and regional blues performers offer. Blind Albert blues jams are open to all musicians 21-years-old or older; musicians should bring an instrument.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

House for Sale -- Rockland Maine 32 Birch Street - $45,000

You know how I feel about housing prices. I still think they're overvalued and that we're in a depression. Almost no one agrees with me....which is a good sign.

But once in awhile there are reasonably priced homes for sale.

This house was built in the 1800's! But its only $45k...and it's a nice area.

Here ya go........

Year Built: 1895
Square Footage: 879 sq ft
Lot Size (Acres): 0.180
Rooms: 5; Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 1
Commercially zoned TB!. Ideal spot for a small business or office. Plenty of space for parking. Some improvements have already been done to the home. Newer roof, bathroom & windows. Road frontage on Maverick & Birch St.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Rockland Receives $600,000 Downtown Grant

It looks great on the surface......and I'm glad money is flowing and improvements are being made.

But whenever a group of people get together........especially on seems they always make mistakes.

And often...someone on the committee has a serious self interest in a proposed project. Often meaning 90% of the time.

My question is this...........

$800,000 plus for side walks? It doesn't sound right.

I could get it done without government help, committee members, politicians, and "connected" contractors...not to mention union crap.....for about a third of this price. In fact, I would guarantee it in writing with a deadline...after a survey and professional proposal was completed.

Oh well..........

Here's the deal.....

Rockland Maine — The northern section of Rockland's downtown will undergo a major transformation starting this fall.

The project will move ahead with the announcement May 4 that Rockland has received a $600,000 Community Development Block Grant Program Revitalization Grant.

The grant will be used to build new sidewalks from Summer Street to North Main Street and install crosswalks, including two raised crosswalks (one by Lindsey Street and one by the Maine State Ferry Terminal). The new sidewalks will be wider than the existing ones and reduce the width of the street in an effort to slow traffic that tends to speed up after passing the business block.

City officials have repeatedly pointed out that new sidewalks in this section of the city are desperately needed because the old ones are in deplorable condition.

Only one downtown revitalization grant was awarded this year by the state, said Rockland Community Development Director Rodney Lynch.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Rockland council remembers Reilley

As some of you know....Second Read (I still refer to it by the original name) is my morning coffee hangout.

Patrick was always friendly and helpful.

He'll be missed.


Marc Charles

By Stephen Betts

Rockland — The Rockland City Council held a moment of silence May 19 in memory of former Councilor Patrick Reilley who died recently.

Reilley was elected to the City Council in 1996 and served until 1999.

He and Susanne Ward founded Second Read Books and Coffee (now called Rock City Books and Coffee) in Rockland and had operated the business since August 1992. Reilley also opened Rock City Coffee Roasters in 1999.

A full obituary is expected to be submitted to VillageSoup.

Second Read (Rock City)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Topless March Held in Farmington Maine

Ya gotta love it......

Freedom :)

About a dozen women marched topless down Main Street in Farmington on Friday in an event similar to a rally held in Portland last month.

The goal of the march was to call attention to the fact that it's legal for women to be topless in Maine, and to expose what participants call a double standard when it comes to attitudes about men and women being topless.

A large crowd turned out to watch the marchers, but police reported no problems.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

New England shrimp fishermen have solid season

PORTLAND, Maine — The combination of a healthy shrimp population, favorable weather and stable markets have made for solid shrimp fishing in New England — so solid, in fact, that the season is closing early because fishermen have caught so many of the small, sweet crustaceans.

So far they've caught nearly 11 million pounds. That's the biggest seasonal harvest since 1997. Because the harvest has exceeded the recommended maximum catch, regulators are closing the season Wednesday, more than three weeks earlier than originally planned.

Even so, the shrimp markets have rebounded from last year when the global recession dampened demand, said John Norton, CEO and president of Cozy Harbor Seafood Inc., a seafood processing company in Portland. Last year's shrimp season began just two months after the financial markets collapsed in October 2008, causing seafood buyers to pull back on their purchases, he said.

"The market was certainly able to handle more volume at a higher price than last year," Norton said.

This season, which began Dec. 1, marked the continued rebound of the markets for New England shrimp since they collapsed nearly a decade ago after fishing seasons were cut back sharply because of weak shrimp populations.
Northern, or pink, shrimp are found in the cold waters of the Gulf of Maine and provide an alternative winter and spring fishery for scores of New England fishing boats that normally fish for haddock, flounder and other so-called "groundfish" that live near the ocean bottom.