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An Entrepreneurial Opportunity

 Andersen Design currently has a promotional show in the Trading Post above Calypso in downtown Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Since we were told by our fiscal sponsor that we must raise 1000.00 in personal donations to prove that there is an interest in what we do, this fundraising event has stalled. Doing crowd-funders is not in our skill set, which is why we applied for fiscal sponsorship- so that we can apply for grants from organizations that exist to give money away. It seems to me that if we are awarded such a grant, that should stand as evidence that there is support for our cause. So while the fundraiser for the museum is still ongoing, it is back burnered. In the meantime as I am sitting in the gallery where our current show is  display, I am feeling that this show as a permanent display will attract its own energy the longer it exists. Alas the space is only temporary and so we are looking for a collaborator- perhaps someone in antiques, an art gallery or a home furnishing s

The Blessings of Liberty

At times, when reading a statute one finds instructions to interpret the statute strictly or liberally. Instructions found in the statute chartering the FAME corporation (Finance Authority of Maine) are of another sort all together, falling into the category of a justification, as opposed to clarification of how the law is to be interpreted These instructions tells us that "Any benefits accruing to private individuals or associations, as a result of the activities of the authority, are deemed by the Legislature to be incidental to the public purposes to be achieved by the implementation of this chapter. [1985, c. 344, §5 (AMD).]" FAME is the state corporation whose function is to concentrate and redistribute capital. Even if publicly acquired capital is redistributed to a corporation hiring 1000 or more employees that is but a very small segment of the public, but none the less a segment of the populous which directly benefits from FAME's redistribution of public weal

The Spirit of the Law VS the Text of the Law

The letter of the law versus the spirit of the law is an idiomatic antithesis . When one obeys the letter of the law but not the spirit, one is obeying the literal interpretation of the words (the "letter") of the law , but not necessarily the intent of those who wrote the law. Conversely, when one obeys the spirit of the law but not the letter, one is doing what the authors of the law intended, though not necessarily adhering to the literal wording. "Law" originally referred to legislative statute , but in the idiom may refer to any kind of rule. Intentionally following the letter of the law but not the spirit may be accomplished through exploiting technicalities , loopholes , and ambiguous language. Wikipedia . For clarification's sake: The Botanical Gardens is listed on the Maine corporate name search as  COASTAL MAINE BOTANICAL GARDENS, INC. I attended the appeals board meeting  pursuant to giving permission to the Botanical Garden's 30 milli

Do the Boothbay Botanical Gardens Hold The Key to The Clay Pancake Mystery?

In my last post , I published a map of the area around the Boothbay water supplies, which includes four construction project, The Boothbay Harbor Country Club displays a small mountain top, where I have heard rumor that condominiums will (or are?) to be built as if offering an elite view of the kingdom, like castles on a mountain top, where water streams down the hilltop. Then there is  Muirgen , the high end real estate development where Lepage picked up his home in a sweet deal in 2014 and now is reported to  be offering it for sale at $300,000.00 below market value. There is also the Botanical Gardens, with an ongoing 30 million dollar expansion. The Botanical Gardens was cited for environmental violations in the spring. Last spring Andersen Design could mix clay casting slip with Boothbay water, which is no longer possible, for the first time since 1958 when we began mixing casting slip on our location.  Connecting them all, we have the public-private transporta

Does LePage Know Something We Don't Know?

News update on Boothbay Water. I have attempted to report my findings per the use of Boothbay water in the ceramic slip making process at the municipal and state levels to little avail. Even non-profit organizations formed in mutual interests fail to respond, consistent with my experience for many years, leading to the impression that the whole system is afraid to go against the established line of command. And so this is my venue for reporting my findings on the public water supply in the Boothbay Region. One might say that the ability to mix a functioning ceramic casting slip is its own scientific test. The results tell us only that something is amiss. A while ago I decided to try to dry the slip made from Boothbay water to a bone dry state and then mix it with my new water source to see if the materials used could be recovered. In ceramic slip casting we use plaster molds because the plaster quickly absorbs the water from the liquid slip in contact with the plaster. After a