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Sunday, September 25, 2016
  • A handful of Rockland City Council’s most ardent critics showed up Monday night to offer councilors ideas of what to look for in a new city manager. The roundtable discussion kicked off the search process to find a candidate . . .
  • Where the Candidates Stand on Climate Change
    Although climate change doesn’t get the kind of clicks that drives campaign media coverage, the 2016 election could have a tremendous impact on which direction the country moves on environmental policy. As NASA reports . . .
  • Gov. LePage has agreed to pay a $500 fine for violating the state’s open meetings law when he held a closed-door meeting at the Blaine House of a special Blue Ribbon Commission designed to reform school funding . . .
  • Camden Int'l Film Festival — Climate Change & the “Sacred Cod”
    “Cod is the foundation of New England’s prosperity,” says marine historian Karen Alexander in the new documentary film “Sacred Cod: The Fight for the Future of America’s Oldest Fishery. “John Smith came up here in 1614 . . .
  • Meeting the Muslim Neighbors
    When the interfaith group Midcoast Faith Connec- tions (MCFC) got together to invite a group of Muslim Mainers to a public supper, they never imagined that the event would fill up the Rockland Congregational Church hall with 180 people. . . .
  • With a court defeat & FERC rejection — What’s Next for Natural Gas Pipeline Proponents?
    Last week, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court dealt a severe blow to a three-prong effort by the natural gas industry, manufacturing interests and the LePage administration to levy a multi-billion-dollar tax on electricity . . .
  • Last week, tempers flared at a meeting of the Mid-Coast Solid Waste Corporation (MCSWC) board as members clashed over how to proceed with a recommendation to its member towns for waste disposal options. . . .
  • The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled on Wednesday that it is unlawful for state regulators to force electric customers to subsidize the construction of a private interstate natural gas pipeline . . .
  • New Mainers Establish Cooperative Farm in Lewiston
    Last Thursday, around 100 people gathered in a 30-acre pasture on the edge of Lewiston to celebrate the groundbreaking of the New Roots Cooperative Farm. The group listened to speeches, sang songs . . .
  • Following the opening of the new Center for Maine Contemporary Art building earlier this summer, a mini explosion of angst erupted among certain longtime Rockland residents about the city’s changing cultural identity. . . .
  • On behalf of The Free Press, I would like to thank all the readers who responded to our plea for assistance in purchasing air conditioners for residents of the Methodist Conference Home, a senior apartment complex . . .
  • Wind Power Taking Off in New England
    With all of the election-year static, it’s easy to overlook that 2016 will very likely be the hottest year on record. Fifteen of the 16 hottest years recorded have occurred since 2001, according to the National Oceanic and . . .
  • The “Mushroom Maineiac” and His Wild Edible Landscape
    On a bright, warm July morning, Washington author and professional forager David Spahr saunters through his yard past fruits, berries and assorted vegetables. But unlike most backyard gardens, this one has very few . . .
  • On Tuesday, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted unanimously to give conditional approval for a plan that would require electric customers to pay up to $1.5 billion to finance the construction . . .
  • Maine PUC Could Decide Fate of Solar in Maine
    When fourth generation mill worker Sadie Ferreira heard the news that Verso’s Bucksport paper mill would be shutting down at the end of 2014, she was devastated. “I was really upset by it because so many . . .”
  • Councilors Reflect on City Manager & the “Culture of Secrecy”
    Upon last month’s resignation of Rockland City Manager James Chaousis after a chaotic year at City Hall, it appeared that a dark cloud over the city had lifted. Chaousis’ brief reign was distinguished . . .
  • After several months of debate, Rockland City Council voted 4-1 on July 11 to enact new standards for power generation facilities in the city. The ordinance, which was crafted by the Planning Board . . .
  • Midcoast Towns Struggle with Trash Tug-of-War
    In the coming weeks, Camden, Rockport, Hope and Lincolnville will hold special town meetings to decide where to send their 6,000 tons of annual household trash after March 31, 2018. . . .
  • CIFF Launches Film Institute in the Midcoast
    This week Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) announced the formation of Points North Institute, a new nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing and promoting nonfiction film and storytelling. . . .
  • City Attorney Kevin Beal announced his resignation on Monday in the midst of an ongoing battle at Rockland City Hall that resulted in the resignation of City Manager James Chaousis last week. City Councilor Will Clayton . . .