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  • Surviving COVID by Doing What Worked
    Maine recorded its first positive test for COVID-19 on March 12. The next day, Tina Lee caught what would become case number 800-something. About two weeks earlier, Lee spotted an iMac on Facebook marketplace from ...
  • Black Lives Matter Protests in Newcastle and Wiscasset —
    Demon- strators line the streets in Newcastle and Wiscasset on June 15 to protest for racial equality. Organizers of the Newcastle protest say roughly 200 people participated there....
  • A Defiant Juneteenth in Rockland
    Rockland closed a section of its Main Street to vehicle traffic at 5 p.m. on June 19 as part of a plan to boost downtown business, and peaceful demonstrators immediately occupied it, calling for an end to police violence against ...
  • Belfast Hires Police to Lead Bias Training for City Employees
    Responding to a national uprising against police violence and a local citizenry agitated by the restrictions of the pandemic, the Belfast City Council on June 16 approved anti-bias training for city employees, to be conducted by a ...
  • Judge Tilts Toward Nordic Aquafarms in Land Dispute
    Waldo County Superior Court Justice Robert Murray on June 4 issued four orders in the ongoing lawsuit brought by Jeffrey Mabee and Judith Grace against their neighbors Richard and Janet Eckrote and Nordic Aquafarms ...
  • Life, we know, is full of risk. The challenge is to find a risk-benefit balance that produces the best outcome. So it is with COVID-19. During the early days of the pandemic, the risk of COVID-19 appeared high and we at Pen Bay ...
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  • On Photographing the President
    In Rome in the late ’90s, I went to one of the pope’s Wednesday appearances at the Vatican. As he rode through the crowd in an open-top cart, passing 15 feet or so from where I was standing, I held my camera above my head ...
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  • Hundreds Protest Killing of George Floyd
    Social distancing and isolation are two words I’ve heard most frequently since this pandemic began; we use those words as if they were new to us,” Jinwoo Chun, pastor of United Methodist Church in Belfast, told a crowd of ...
  • Conflicting Numbers on PPP Use by Maine Small Businesses
    Sen. Susan Collins on May 23 announced that nearly three out of four Maine small businesses have used the federal Paycheck Protection Program. But available data suggest the actual number is lower, and possibly much ...
  • The Free Press is sad to report that friend and colleague Robin Anderson died on May 16, 2020. Her obituary appears on our Obits page. Below are personal reflections by staff and friends on a woman that left a lasting mark for the better on our newspaper and our lives:
  • An email from Nordic Aquafarms appeared to declare victory after a day of permit deliberations by Maine Board of Environmental Protection, but the company rejected that interpretation, pointing instead to a press release that expressed optimism ...
  • Reopening Business, Closing Streets
    Maine Center for Disease Control issued its final weekly influenza surveillance report for the season last week, logging zero flu-related hospitalizations or outbreaks. The email closed on a cheery note: “Have a great summer!” ...
  • Another Sign of the Times —
    Even the arboriculture in Warren is on board with best practices. Stay home, stay safe, keep your needles and branches covered....
  • BEP to Start Deliberations on Nordic Aquafarms Environmental Permits
    Maine Board of Environmental Protection will hold a deliberative session Wednesday, May 20, and Thursday, May 21, on applications by Nordic Aquafarms for four permits required for its proposed land-based salmon farm in Belfast....
  • A COVID-19 Lockdown Hike on Belfast’s Little River Trail
    When the Waldo County and Penobscot Bay YMCAs closed down back at the end of March, I felt I was completely out of luck. As a swimmer, getting in workouts three or four times a week is an opportunity to clear my head, get my heart ...
  • Week 8 — Adaptation
    Governor Janet Mills on May 8 announced two phases of a plan for certain types of businesses to reopen in Knox, Lincoln, Waldo and nine other rural counties. Retail stores were turned loose May 11, provided they could limit the ...
  • Note from The Free Press founders — Happy Birthday to Us!
    Dear Readers, May 17, 1985, was the first issue date of The Free Press. It was founded on the premise that the midcoast community needed and would support a free community newspaper that was advertiser-driven and provided readers ...
  • Three of Rockland’s major outdoor summer events were canceled last week over concerns about COVID-19. Organizers of Maine Lobster Festival, North Atlantic Blues Festival and Maine Boat and Home Show canceled their 2020 ...
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