Switchel, The Perfect Refresher That’s Amazingly Good For You

You might already expect so, but I am, indeed, obsessed with food on the internet. From Australians Taste Test American Sweets to The Guide to Chinese Dumplings on Lucky Peach; I am obsessed. I can’t even pass by the Aquafaba page Vegan Meringue, although I have no aspirations to eat vegan. I plan meals this way, …

Congress panics, yet again, over refugees

Editorial By Neil Rolde In my last BLOG, which dealt with refugees and was posted well before the ISIS atrocities in Paris, I predicted the reaction in Congress to support for Syrian refugees. The exact words of my final sentence were: “One can read the handwriting on the wall for …

Scientists Produce Graphene 100 Times Cheaper Than Ever Before

Zothecula writes that researchers at the University of Glasgow have found a way to produce large sheets of graphene 100 times more cheaply than previous methods. Gizmag reports: “Since first being synthesized by Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov at the University of Manchester in 2004, there has been an extensive effort to exploit the extraordinary properties of graphene. However the cost of graphene in comparison to more traditional electronic materials has meant that its uptake in electronic manufacturing has been slow. Now researchers at the University of Glasgow have discovered a way to create large sheets of graphene using the same type of cheap copper used to manufacture lithium-ion batteries.”

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Waterville building cited for preservation

WATERVILLE — When Charlie Giguere bought 2 Silver St. in 2011, the building had a successful restaurant on the first floor, but the upstairs apartments were in a state of disrepair.

“The building had been nearly condemned by the city because of the living conditions,” Giguere said. “Everybody was forced to move out because of code violations and stuff like that. It was a distressed property.”

Four years and about $300,000 later, the building is home to two brand-new apartments and six offices, all occupied. It’s also one of 16 properties across Maine to recently be recognized by Maine Preservation, a historic preservation group, for the rehabilitation and use of a historic building.

“I think it adds character to the property,” Giguere said of the renovation.

“It’s a good example for what can be done with other buildings on Main Street, because there are buildings that are on the historic registry and have not yet been rehabbed.”

In a news release, Maine Preservation stated that the renovations at 2 Silver St. “transformed derelict spaces into usable apartments and offices, while also maintaining the building’s historic integrity.”

Other area properties recognized by the organization through its statewide honor awards include the former Hallowell Granite Works Office in Hallowell, a converted office space; Campbell Barn in Augusta, a property of the former Augusta Mental Health Institute; the Unity Food Hub in Unity, a former three-room schoolhouse turned local agriculture hub; and the Cony Flatiron Apartments in Augusta, a housing complex for the elderly built in the former Cony High School.

In Waterville, the 2 Silver St. building dates to 1877, when it was built by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Over time, it has housed a number of entities, including the Waterville National Bank, a U.S. post office, a clothing and footwear store and more recently the Silver Street Tavern, which opened in the space in the 1970s.

Giguere explained that while the tavern ran successfully on the first floor of the building for years, the upstairs apartments fell into disrepair.

He decided to invest in the building in 2011, noting the restaurant’s success.

It was named as part of the Waterville Main Street Historic District and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.

That designation was part of the impetus behind the renovation of the upper floors, because it allowed the building to qualify for federal and state tax credits through the National Park Service for the repairs, Giguere said.

“In order to do the work, we really needed help of federal and state tax credits,” he said. “It wasn’t a viable project if you had to invest that much money without having some money reimbursed in the form of tax credits.”

The credits will allow Giguere to recover about 45 percent of the $300,000 investment in the building, he said. Renovations started in 2012.

He said the renovation at 2 Silver St. is an example of what can be done to revitalize downtown Waterville. The state and federal historic tax credits also have been used in other Waterville and area projects, including the renovation of the Gilman Street School into low-income housing, the Hathaway Creative Center and the Gerald Hotel in Fairfield.

“(The tax credits) work,” Giguere said. “They encourage people to rehab these old buildings.”

Maine Preservation said in its news release announcing the awards that 10 of the projects this year used the tax credits.

Some 70 privately developed projects since 2008 “have injected more than a third-of-a-billion dollars ($350 million) into the state’s construction economy through the use of Maine Historic Preservation Tax Credits.”

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Frank Gifford suffered from brain disease, possibly football-related, family says

NFL great Frank Gifford, who died in August of reported natural causes, had a brain disease that may have stemmed from his Hall of Fame football career, his family said in a statement released Wednesday. The family revealed that it had medical researchers study Gifford’s brain after he died at …

The creator of James Bond bought this Bentley Type-R, now it’s worth $1.4 million



You can’t buy James Bond’s current car, the Aston Martin DB10. But you can buy this 1953 Bentley Type-R Continental commissioned by the character’s creator, Ian Fleming — for $1,495,000.

1953 Bentley Type-R Continental

Image: Gullwing Motor Cars

Although 007 is currently an Aston man, he used to be one of the Bentley boys. In fact, he drove a Type-R Continental in the book Thunderball.

Whether art was imitating life or the other way ’round, Fleming ordered the Bentley you see above for his friend Ivar Felix Bryce who served as the inspiration for CIA agent Felix Leiter in the Bond book series. Read more…

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Puppy kicked while walking on Augusta trail, woman says

AUGUSTA, Maine — An Augusta woman says a man punted her puppy like a football while passing by on a popular path. Police are investigating. Like his owner, 4-month-old golden retriever Brewer loves to greet everyone in his path. “I mean, he’s social. He’s met hundreds of people being out …

UMaine beats Longwood, snaps nine-game losing streak

BANGOR, Maine — Longwood University made repeated challenges to erase the University of Maine’s lead during the second half of Wednesday’s matinee at the Cross Insurance Center. The Black Bears were able to answer every one. Garet Beal connected for a career-best 23 points, and coach Bob Walsh’s Black Bears …

Longtime leader of Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade dies

BOSTON — John “Wacko” Hurley, the longtime leader of the Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade and the plaintiff in a 1995 U.S. Supreme Court case that allowed organizers to bar gay groups, has died. He was 85.

The O’Brien Funeral Home in South Boston confirmed the death.

Hurley’s daughter, Lisa Hurley McDonough, told the Boston Herald her father suffered a seizure Tuesday and then “just slipped away.”

Although most famous for the court case, friends including former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn say Hurley cared deeply for his fellow veterans and the city.

A Korean war veteran who served in the U.S. Navy, Hurley was the longtime leader of the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council. For more than 50 years he organized the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston, his lifelong home.

Hurley and the council sued after state courts ordered that gay rights organizations be allowed to march in the parade. The high court ruled unanimously that it would violate the free speech rights of private citizens if they were forced to include groups that don’t share their message. The parade didn’t allow gay groups until this year.

McDonough said the origin of her father’s nickname, “Wacko,” was a closely-held secret and even she didn’t know it.

A funeral for Hurley will be held on Monday.

The turkey pardon is just an excuse for Obama to make some dad jokes



In a rather odd Thanksgiving tradition, President Barack Obama pardoned Abe the turkey on Wednesday. Two turkeys, Honest and Abe, were flown in from California this year. Read more…

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