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Welcome to an edition of Olympic proportions!


...well maybe not quite, but these puns only come around every four years!

The 2021 Tokyo Olympics are underway. The surfing competition is wrapped up at this point and those storms did provide some super swells.

Also does anyone remember this Cary Grant film about the 1964 Olympics, “Walk, Don’t Run”? Get a better sense of walking as a sport with the BBC’s look back at the strangest sport of the 19th century.

The rest of the roundup includes a snapshot of a food service helping Maine’s Angolan community (Muito Bem!) and also the growing kelp production in Maine.

I know a little something about underwater archeology, having spent a summer in Bermuda looking for ship wrecks being pulled behind a boat on tow board (see this Wiki), so I feel like I can relate to the BBC’s story on a shipwreck find in Antigua. (Tip: You have to look for the ballast stone outlines on the seabed). Also, just take a moment to say Antigua…it is such a satisfying word and name.


Ok Tchau for now,


Mark Simpson, News Director

Maine Public: One Year In, Angolan Community’s Mobile Food Program Keeps On Trucking

For decades, some members of the Passamaquoddy Tribe have shared a message with family members and visitors coming to the reservation at Pleasant Point: Don't drink the water. They've long complained about its color, smell, and tests reporting excess levels of contaminants.

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NPR: How An Altered Strand Of DNA Can Cause Malaria-Spreading Mosquitoes To Self-Destruct

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BBC: The Strange 19th-Century Sport That Was Cooler Than Football (Hint: It Involved Lots Of Walking)

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PBS NewsHour: Will The Olympics Ever Truly Welcome Nonbinary Athletes?

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Maine Public: Coastal Entrepreneurs Continue To Ramp Up Maine's Production Of Kelp

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Maine Public: Environmental Group Seeks Stronger Water Protections For Norridgewock Landfill Expansion

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BBC: Excitement Over Wooden Shipwreck Found In Antigua's Seabed 

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WBUR: CSA Craze Continues As Pandemic Wanes, Benefiting Local Farmers

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NPR's Fresh Air: Think Of Your COVID-19 Vaccine Like A Very Good Raincoat, Says Dr. Leana Wen

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NPR: Simone Biles Highlights Unique Stresses Athletes Feel At The Tokyo Olympics

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Our next All Books Considered Book Club must read:  "Landslide" by author Susan Conley.    

Pick up a copy of our August and September book selection at a Sherman’s Coast Book Shops location, BookStacks in Bucksport, Print in Portland, Left Bank Books in Belfast, DDG Booksellers in Farmington, and any Bull Moose location. Not a book club member? It’s fun and totally free!

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