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Friday, May 24, 2019
(Photos by Glenn Billington)
(Photos by Glenn Billington)
Thursday, May 23, 2019 1:40 PM
A crowd gathers in front of Knox County Courthouse May 21 to protest the abortion ban enacted in Alabama and “heartbeat” laws adopted in Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio and Mississippi. Inset, a protester wearing the costume from ...
  • From Mental Health Challenges, Short Lessons in Peace
    When I met Jeffrey Conrad at his apartment at Megunti- cook House in Camden, the first thing he did was invite me to look around at all of his things. After I’d done a quick self-guided tour of the living room, he invited me to look ...
  • Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on May 21 confirmed the first case of measles in Maine this year in a school-aged child from Somerset County. According to Maine CDC, the child was vaccinated, did not have any ...
  • Shave and a Haircut for Rockland’s Ram Schooner
    If you wanted to know the dimensions of a river lock in the vicinity of Chesapeake Bay in the early 20th century, you could fly over Victory Chimes and look down. The three-masted schooner, built in Bethel, Delaware, in 1900 for ...
  • Nordic Aquafarms Responds to Critics, Says Land Rights Are Clear Enough
    Nordic Aquafarms on May 16 responded to claims by opponents that the company lacks the necessary land rights for a $500 million land-based salmon farm it wants to build in Belfast and Penobscot Bay, saying the rights are ...
  • Deep State: Public Power: Would It Be Green Power?
    The May 14 hearing on the bill, LD 1646, to have the state government take over our two big electric utilities, Central Maine Power Co. and Emera Maine, produced a predictable flurry of news, with the proposal’s pros and cons fiercely ...
  • Maine Department of Transportation has canceled a dozen maintenance and repair projects around the state, including work on two bridges in Belfast. In a May 9 press release, the department blamed rising construction costs for the ...
  • GO Lab, Inc. will be one of two Maine recipients of U.S. Forest Service Wood Innovation grants in 2019. The Belfast-based building products corporation and the University of Maine each will receive $250,000 to support environmentally ...
  • Nordic’s Blunder
    In a recent Facebook post, Nordic Aquafarms made what appeared to be a staggering admission, that in contrast to prior claims, the company doesn’t have the necessary land rights to run critical water pipes between its proposed ...
  • Exit & Entrances
    This will be my final week as publisher of The Free Press. Coincidentally, but pretty fittingly, it coincides with the paper’s 34th anniversary. On May 15, 1985, the first issue of The Free Press was printed, and I started with the paper as its ...
  • The Thomaston 4th of July Committee invites suggestions for a parade theme for the 2019 festivities. Suggestions for a theme must be expressed in 10 words or fewer and should be something that can be easily demonstrated through ...
  • Deep State: The ecosystem defends itself — The Sierra Club’s Climate Conference
    Three people stifled sobs when they spoke. I was surprised how emotional things were. But I shouldn’t have been. In Maine, May is the cruelest month. Here we were on this cool-warm, cloudy-sunny spring day, with blossoms on ...
  • Salmon Farm Opponents Claim the Intertidal Zone
    At the end of April, Penobscot Bay advocate Ron Huber posted a cryptic message on Facebook: “Looks like Nordic Aquafarms is toast. Next?” Nordic Aquafarms had just come off its best public relations moment in the 15 months ...
  • An Electric Car Charging Station for St. George —
    This past Saturday, an electric car charging station was installed at The humble Farmer’s home base and B&B, on Route 131 in St. George. It is believed to be the first, and so far only, electric car charging station in St. George....
  • Midcoast Weed Culture Is Out of the Shadows. Now What?
    April 20 fell on a Saturday this year. Paul McCarrier, a longtime marijuana advocate and owner of the Belfast medical cannabis shop Puffin Relief, ran special deals all week. He carries 144 products, from smokable buds and resins, or “dabs” ...
  • Feds Designate Eight Electric Vehicle Road Corridors in Maine
    On January 31, Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) asked the Federal Highway Administration to approve its nomination of eight high-speed electric vehicle charging corridors and one overlapping propane fueling corridor....
  • New Turnpike Travel Signs Aim to Help Motorists Save Time —
    As the peak summer travel season approaches, Maine Department of Transportation and Maine Turnpike Authority have been installing new travel signs along I-95 and I-295 that will share traffic information with motorists based on ...
  • Deep State: In the North Woods Power-Line Fight, Who Will Triumph? Insiders or Outsiders?
    Whether CMP’s unpopular transmission line should be built through the Maine North Woods—a policy question—is being debated widely. But less has been discussed about the politics of the battle. Who’s fighting whom was the subject of ...
  • Rockland Cruise Ship Forecast: One Large
    Sapphire Princess, a cruise ship with a capacity of 2,670 passengers and 1,100 crew, is booked to drop anchor in Rockland September 29 on a 24-day cruise from London that includes stops in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince ...
  • MDOT Invites Comments on Goose River Bridge Overhaul
    Maine Department of Transportation will hold a formal public meeting Thursday, April 25, at 6 p.m. at Belfast City Hall, 131 Church Street, about the planned replacement of Goose River Bridge on Routes 1 and 3 (Searsport Avenue)....
  • Deep State: Why the Deeply Unpopular CMP Power-Line Corridor Through the North Woods May Nevertheless Be Built
    Whether CMP’s giant transmission line should be built through the Maine North Woods — a policy question — is being debated widely. But less has been publicly discussed about the politics of the battle. Who’s fighting whom, and who’s ...
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