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Cookies have always been a part of my life, always a reward or a treat as a child there was nothing like a cookie. Usually it was a toss up of the oreo, always a challenge to figure out what new way to eat it, or mom’s fresh baked chocolate chips. Really it didn’t matter they both are great and over the years I don’t think I have met anyone that hasn’t enjoyed some type of cookie. Beside its tastiness it provokes memories and good times. But a few years ago while hanging out with a bunch of fellow chefs  I truly learned how valuable a cookie can be. While in an airport one day with a gro...
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Words of Wisdom from Our Finance Director September 11-14, 2009 Income: Four day weekend in Boothbay Harbor, Maine A boat ride up the Kennebec River, spotted 1 seal, 2 porpoises, 3 bald eagles Won the Maine lottery for $3.00 Lobster dinner every night Won a $35.00 gift card from LLBean Expenses: Stayed in a beautiful Bed & Breakfast, Blue Heron Seaside Inn Shopping in Freeport—LLBean, Coach, NorthFace, Dooney& Bourke I had to half my Maine lottery winnings with my brother Gas & Tolls Buying Christmas gifts in Boothbay Harbor Net Income/(Loss) The Way Life Should Be
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On Friday, August 28th we had the pleasure of hosting the wedding reception for Brooke Rogers and Tucker Kelley here at the Inn. A number of family members were staying in-house that night including Emily Kelley, the groom’s mother. She arrived around midday to check in and I escorted her up to her room. We had a delightful conversation going up the stairs during which time she told me that her now 85-year old mother had spent her wedding night at the Inn many years ago before going to Atlantic City for a one-night honeymoon. Mrs. Kelley’s comments immediately took me back to two years ago whe...
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I have not been in the hospitality business my whole career and if that is a surprise to some, I say “thank you”.  I spent the previous twenty five years in the transportation industry.  Most of my friends had quite a chuckle when I told them of my future plans.  They all said that I was crazy for getting into such a tough business and my reply to them was that I was coming from a very tough business. Well, three and a half years later, here I am.  My associates at the Inn have guided me and I have learned quite a bit.  Like anyone else, there are functions that I loo...
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Last Sunday, my wife Tiina and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary. It was a great day in a lot of respects. Probably most significant is that we made it this far without one of us strangling the other. I guess that’s the sign of a successful marriage. The weather was just as beautiful as it was on the day we were married—blue skies, bright sunshine and a cool breeze. In the morning we opened the cards we had gotten for each other. Tiina’s was wonderfully sentimental. The message talked about taking care of each other. Mine was sentimental in a different sort of way. It had a picture of ...
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