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Friday, October 18, 2019
  • Views of Point Lookout
    On September 24, we ran a cover story about Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center after the owners announced plans to lease working parts of the property. This week, Managing Editor Ethan Andrews, who wrote the story, talks with ...
  • ‘Rise and Renewal’ in Rockland
    Near the end of “Rockland, Maine: Rise and Renewal,” a new comprehensive history of the city released this month, author John Bird distills the most recent transformation of the city to four newspaper headlines: The opening of the ...
  • The town of Camden has been awarded two grants totalling close to $14 million to upgrade its wastewater treatment system and further study the possible removal of Montgomery Dam. A grant of $1.4 million with a loan of ...
  • Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap on September 18 received signed petitions for a people’s veto of LD 798, the contentious law that removed most philosophical and religious exemptions from Maine’s school immunization ...
  • You Can Get It if You Really Want
    “At 1:30, I’m going to start hurting like a son-of-a-bitch.” Sonny had just finished unloading a bag of cannabis products onto my office desk. It was late morning, so there was plenty of time before the witching hour, but there was also ...
  • Option of Last Resort
    On September 20, as students around the globe were walking out of classrooms to protest the inaction of adults on climate change, David and Tami Hirschfeld were getting proactive about their real estate, summoning the region’s ...
  • In a Ranked-Choice Election, Is the Winner Who We Want?
    Late last year, in the messy aftermath of Maine’s 2nd Congressional District election, Nathan Tefft, then the chair of economics at Bates College, refuted a claim by two-term U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin that ballots in the ranked-choice votes ...
  • Bill Keeps Searsport Magnet School Open
    An emergency bill passed in the Maine Legislature on August 26 should head off a statutory sunset clause that would have closed Maine School for Marine Science, Technology, Transportation and Engineering. LD 1849, sponsored ...
  • One Day All of This Will Be Yours
    If you wanted to see two possible futures for a Maine island, you could look at Clark Island and Rackliff Island. Both lie on the east side of the St. George peninsula, between Spruce Head and Tenants Harbor, flanking a stretch of east-west ...
  • Maine’s Secretary of State is trying to educate business owners about two types of equally valid state ID cards that they might now encounter. Starting in July, Maine residents applying for, or renewing, driver’s licenses or ...
  • Buying and Trying the New Medicine
    About two weeks ago, a caregiver at Scrimshaw in Rockland brought me into a back room that is reserved for medical marijuana patients. On past visits to this former church on the main drag, where cannabis plants in various stages ...
  • The course catalog this fall at Unity College will reflect not just the aspirational ideals of “America’s Environmental College” — a desire to return to a primeval planet, say — but the real condition of the earth, with a new online degree ...
  • Playing the Pot Card
    “What is it you want to use it for? What are you trying to treat?” This was the question I’d been kicking around in my head for three weeks, ever since The Free Press offered to reimburse me for the cost of a medical marijuana card ...
  • The downtown revitalization and economic development group Rockland Main Street is starting the search for a new executive director to replace Gordon Page Sr., who will step down in 2020. Page joined Rockland Main Street in ...
  • What’s in the Nordic Plan for Us (And What Are We in for)?
    The $500 million salmon farm that Nordic Aquafarms has proposed to build in Belfast would have wide-ranging benefits, from a reduction in property taxes for city landowners to new job opportunities for graduating college students ...
  • A Second Act for Belfast’s Amphitheater
    Local theater veteran Aynne Ames has been spreading the word about an upcoming run of the Greek tragedy Medea that she is directing at Belfast’s amphitheater. There are a lot of things a person could ask about that ...
  • State entomologist: Browntail Moth Extermination Plan Unlikely to Work
    A Camden man’s plan to squelch the browntail moth population by attracting the bugs to land on an ultraviolet lightbox and sucking them up with a vacuum cleaner might not have the desired effect, a state entomologist said this week....
  • Where the Magic Happens: Cushing Artists Open Their Studios August 3 & 4
    As art places go, Cushing might be best known as the town where Andrew Wyeth had a summer home and painted his neighbors, the Olsons — their house on Hathorne Point Road, which served as the backdrop of Wyeth’s most ...
  • Megunticook’s Sea-Run Return
    On one of the rare sunny days this spring, Alison McKellar climbed down an embankment behind several Main Street shops near Camden’s public landing. “Unfortunately the waterfall’s looking really nice today,” she said....
  • If you don’t know how to make a hands-free phone call while driving, you have until September 19 to figure it out. That’s when a new law takes effect banning all use of phones and other handheld electronic devices for most drivers....
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