Farewell From Scott

A lot has changed in the library world since I started here 40 years ago in 1981.  We’ve gone from paper card catalogs to electronic retrieval.  I’ve been here through floods, downtown fires, ice storms, Celebrity Who Reads What lists, and many a blizzard. I have been very lucky in those 40 years of change.  I have had the good fortune to work with two wonderful directors: Glenna Nowell for 10 years and Anne Davis for 30 years.  Both of these wonderful directors allow their staff to shine in their position and grow professionally. I have been fortunate to have …

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Holiday Treats

Time for holiday treats!  I’m not a baker by any means, so when I thought about posting a recipe for cookies or bars I wanted to find something with few ingredients and limited instructions.  Bingo ! Marjorie Standish saves the day again.  Here is her recipe for Quick Party Bars which is featured in her book Cooking Down East.  Enjoy. Quick Party Bars 1 stick margarine ½ cup light brown sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla ½ cup flour ½ cup oatmeal 1 cup chocolate bits Nuts Cream shortening.  Add light brown sugar.  Add vanilla, egg and beat until light …

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Apple Crisp

Fall is in the air and apple crisp should be in your oven on its way to the table.  Want a simple recipe from the best Maine cook book?  Here is the Marjorie Standish recipe from Cooking Down East. APPLE CRISP Place in buttered baking dish: 4 cups sliced apples Sprinkle with: 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp salt ¼ cup water Combine ¾ cup sifted all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup butter Use pastry blender for mixing flour, sugar and butter. Turn mixture over apple slices.  Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.  Serve warm with cream, ice cream …

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Castle Tucker

Have you been to Castle Tucker in Wiscasset?  It is part of Historic New England, a trust that preserves historic houses and architectural designs. TheCastlepoet writes, “Perhaps the most original and prominent historic house in Wiscasset, Maine, Castle Tucker dates from 1807. It was built at the behest of Judge Silas Lee, a leading jurist and politician of the Federal period, when Wiscasset was the busiest port in the United States north of Boston. In 1858 Captain Richard H. Tucker, a local shipping magnate, purchased the house. Tucker subsequently enlarged the home, adding the Italian features that give it its …

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