We're heading to rally school where pros learn to rally. We'll go fishing with a man who was in the first wave on D-Day and hear his amazing story. And we'll learn about samplers -- a fascinating record left by women two centuries ago.
February 2, 2013
This week's blog written by Bill Green:
This week on Bill Green's Maine we learn to drive on snow at Tim O'Neil's Rally School and Car Control Center. Tim is a five-time North American rally champion. He opened his school to teach soldiers to drive back in 1997. He kept adding to it, program by program and piece by piece. Now it is a 300 acre facility with programs for rally, security professionals as well as the military. It is located in Dalton, N. H. It's a fun place to visit. The instructors thought I was decent for a first-time, one-time driver. They were amused that I drove with one hand on the stick shift. I did that growing up to brace myself doing doughnuts or to hold hands with a girlfriend. They didn't seem to want to make that part of their curriculum! For more information on Tim O'Neil's schools, please click on the link.
The Larry Lewis story is kind of a gimme. What a great guy! We turned on the microphone and camera (you don't really turn on a mike and camera) and let him talk. I probably need to move ahead and stop with the WW II stories, but I find these last veterans of the Great War fascinating. Larry was in the middle of it. His opening sentence, "I have seen the best of everything," really rings true to me.
The coldest day in Maine history was January 16, 2009. That temperature was on the Big Black River. The Big Black ain't so big. It's located about a third of the way up our Northwest Boundary with Quebec. There is a small weather station there. You may have seen similar ones on the side of the road in places like Farmington. The look sort of like beehives. The thermometer has to be about chest high and inside a covering that protects it from wind and piles of snow. I heard about the cold temperature the next morning. We left the day after that to drive six hours out of Portland. By the time we reached the Big Black it was 17 degrees. That's cold, but when you think of it, it's not that cold! The difference between 50 below and 17 is 67 degrees. If you went the other way with that, it's as if I was reporting on a 17 degree day when it was 84 outside!
I hope you have a great week and thanks for tuning in!
Our final story tonight is about samplers, you know those needlework "A, B, C's" that girls used to do in the Federal Era. They are important because they are a record of the period. Sometimes they are the only record that the young woman lived. Often, she sewed the names of family members and their dates of birth into the cloth. She also inscribed recognizable buildings and mottos of ethical or religious importance that give us some clue of how they lived. The samplers in the York Institute Museum and Dyer Memorial Library in Saco were mostly put together by middle to upper class young women. They went to private academies when there weren't significant educational opportunities for women. The style of the sampler often represents a particular school. It's an interesting exhibit put together by museum Executive Director Leslie Rounds. Her book is entitled, "I my needle ply with thread." The title is taken from a sampler in the collection. Here is a link with more information.