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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
  • Plans for a test run of a winter homeless shelter in Rockland have been put on hold until December 2020 as the group behind the effort seeks additional volunteers and donations. The Community Emergency Shelter Committee ...
  • A Clean Room for the Art Capital of Maine
    Recently, at Dowling-Walsh Gallery in downtown Rockland, Jake Dowling was talking about his position in the slow caravan that is the life of a great work of art — a role that, for him, recently expanded from selling the wagon to taking ...
  • Point Lookout Owners End Search for Resort Lessee
    The owners of Point Lookout Resort formally ended their search for someone to lease large portions of the Northport resort and conference center, but they plan to keep some of the facilities open. A November 22 letter sent to Point Lookout ...
  • Dutch Aquaculture Company Lands in Jonesport
    A Dutch aquaculture company with plans to expand to the U.S. appears to have settled on Jonesport. Kingfish Zeeland will debut plans for a land-based fish farm to the town this week. The news was first reported by the Machias Valley ...
  • Up the Waterfall!
    For 15 years Waterfall Arts has been Belfast’s sophisticated, ecologically minded art hub and its creative rec center, dealing heady talks and freewheeling creative play with equal aplomb from a former elementary school ...
  • 2019 Local Election Results
    Midcoast voters over- whelm- ingly favored two state ballot questions — a $105 million transportation bond and a constitutional amendment to allow people with physical disabilities to use alternative methods to sign citizen initiative petitions....
  • Searching for a Lost Norse Settlement at Ducktrap
    Looking for Norse artifacts in the Maine woods might be like wandering the state of Virginia in search of the hatchet that George Washington used to chop down his father’s prized cherry tree. At best, it’s like looking for a rusted ...
  • Opponents Say, ‘No Trespassing’ on Contested Tidal Land
    A recent visit by state officials to Belfast to size up the proposed Nordic Aquafarms site included a low-tide walk along a wide stretch of intertidal flats, the ownership of which is the subject of two lawsuits and multiple complaints to state ...
  • BEP Lays Eyes on Proposed Belfast Salmon Farm Site
    In blaze-orange hats and vests, members of the state Board of Environmental Protection and Department of Environmental Protection on October 24 walked the Belfast site of Nordic Aquafarms’ proposed land-based salmon farm ...
  • Four More Years
    Former presidential yacht USS Sequoia, the “floating White House” to commanders-in-chief for half a century, arrived in Belfast on a barge October 21. The yacht is scheduled for a “stern-to-bow” restoration at French & Webb Boatbuilders....
  • Warmer Winter Coming Says NOAA and One of the Almanacs
    Winter is likely to be warmer than usual in Maine this year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center, which released its 2019–’20 Winter Outlook last week....
  • Restorative Justice Gets Almost $1M to Expand and Take Stock
    Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast recently was awarded a $924,307 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Innovations in Community Based Crime Reduction program. The funding will help the Belfast-based organization ...
  • 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 ...
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