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Sage Advice from Uncle Oscar: Boyhood Memories of Blue Hill


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Sage Advice from Uncle Oscar: Boyhood Memories of Blue Hill

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Sage Advice from Uncle Oscar: Boyhood Memories of Blue Hill


by Sage Collins

The memories of Sage Collins transport us to an earlier time in Blue Hill, Maine, the small coastal town where he grew up in the 1950s. It was a time when things were different for kids, when boyhood included explorations, bikes, boats, puppies, Huck Finn rafts, young love, “boy time”—and the steady hand and kind eye of his Uncle Oscar.

Those who know the town and the area will delight in in Sage’s recollections of Blue Hill life at the time—and will likely recognize some of the characters. Even if Blue Hill is not familiar to the reader, his memories transport us to that era when life was gentler and time seemed to pass more slowly.

Sage’s stories first appeared as the column “Uncle Oscar’s Beeline” in The Weekly Packet, Blue Hill’s long-running weekly newspaper. The book contains 34 stories and photos from The Packet’s early 1960s files.

Sage Collins still lives in Blue Hill, just up the hill from town, with his wife Alexa. He has two grown children who also live in the area with their families. He earns his living as a land surveyor and enjoys renovating and building houses, working outside, cutting wood and occasional travel.

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Publisher: Penobscot Books, a division of Penobscot Bay Press, Inc.
Printer: 360 Digital Books, a division of Whitlock Business Systems, Inc., Madison Heights, Mich., USA
Publish date: 2015
Edition: First
Features: 13 photographs from the 1961-65 archives of The Weekly Packet newspaper, Blue Hill, Maine
Dimensions: 5.5x8.5x.376
Pages: 152
ISBN: 978-0-941238-20-5
Library of Congress Control Number: 2015955584
Genre: Biography; wit and humor; nonfiction