Road crews began work on Route 26 last week. The 2.6 mile stretch of road between Davis Park and Hancock Lumber in South Bethel has been resurfaced. Portions of the road have been one-lane for the past week. So, if you are traveling Route 26, allow a little extra time. If my memory is correct, the road was supposed to have new bike lanes on both sides from Davis Park to Taylor Smith Road. Although stakes are marking the path, there is no sign of any new bike lane construction yet. However, the old sections of the bike lane were resurfaced along with the roadway.
Other roadwork: A few weeks ago the crosswalks were repainted in Bethel, an annual event that I applaud. I always want to remind people that crosswalks are there for a reason: so we’ll use them. In Maine it is illegal for a vehicle to not stop when someone is in the crosswalk. I stood on Main Street one morning and car after car continued down the road while people attempted to cross the street in the crosswalk. Most of the cars were from out of state. Good for our economy, but not so good for our pedestrians.
If you missed the Native American demonstrations and exhibits at Mollyockett Days, you have another opportunity. The Maine Native American Summer Market and Demonstration is August 24, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in New Gloucester on the grounds of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village. The event will feature hand-woven ash splint and sweetgrass basketry, traditional etched birch bark vessels, stone sculpture, wood carving, jewelry making, flute making, and storytelling. There will be twenty Native American artists representing the Penobscot, Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Maliseet tribes in Maine. For more information, contact the Shaker Museum at 207-926-4597 or visit the website at www.shaker.lib.me.us.
Although most lupines have gone to seed, my mother still has several bright pink lupines blossoming in her garden. If you want to save lupine seeds, now is the time to harvest them before the pods burst. The best way to harvest seeds is to cut off the stalk and store in a brown paper bag. The seed pods will burst releasing the seeds into the bag. Plant (or scatter) the seeds before winter. According to some gardeners, the seeds need to freeze before they can germinate in the spring.
Do you read the messages posted on Telstar’s electronic sign? Last week’s message was “Sport for the eyes: reading.” This week the message was “Books: the other channel.” Thanks to the person who posts the messages promoting reading. It’s a sport we can participate in for the rest of our lives.
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