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Wednesday, January 23, 2019
  • The purchase of the house at 63 Washington Street in Camden by Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition (MCRC), a nonprofit that supports individuals and families recovering from alcohol and drug addiction, is set to close on January 17. . . .
  • Waldo County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) will participate in a grant-funded program beginning in March to train “recovery coaches” who will strengthen substance abuse recovery support services. Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center . . .
  • Rockland Amends Zoning to Allow for “Infill” Construction
    On Monday night, over the vocal objections of some residents, Rockland City Council passed Ordinance Amendment 48 by a vote of 3-1, with Mayor Lisa Westkaemper and Councilors Amelia Magjik and Valli Geiger voting in favor. . . .
  • “Tiny House” Concerns Dominate Hearing
    A special workshop with the Rockland City Council on Monday brought out residents who, in large part, opposed prospective changes to a zoning ordinance that will affect residential neighborhoods. Ordinance Amendment 48 . . .
  • Fallout of Student Loan Debt Felt in Midcoast
    A recent survey about financial difficulties resulting from student debt found that in some categories, midcoast residents were harder hit by the repercussions of education loans than the rest of the state. The “Student Lending Reform” . . .
  • Developers have submitted an initial proposal to develop apartments in the building that once housed Peirce Elementary School in Belfast, which will require zoning changes but minimal exterior alterations. Yet some neighbors . . .
  • Container Bans Arriving In New Year
    Rockland is one of a trio of midcoast towns, including Camden and Damariscotta, that are set to join an ever-growing movement of communities adopting bans on containers believed to harm the environment. . . .
  • Moorings Moratorium Rejected in Camden
    Camden residents defeated a proposed inland moorings moratorium during a December 18 special town meeting that saw passage of two other warrant articles — confirming a parking lease and establishing a town charter . . .
  • Tight Recycling Market Forces Adjustments
    Maine prides itself on being a leader in recycling as part of its long commitment to preserving the state’s natural beauty and resources. While trash burning still occurs, recyclable materials largely remain out of the flames even as . . .
  • Conference Addresses Consumer Protection
    A former federal official and leading expert on the student loan crisis spoke to Maine consumer protection advocates Monday, urging them to organize their efforts to defend consumers while offering both criticism and hope for the . . .
  • Goose River Exchange Closing After 41 years
    They started out calling themselves “the trunk merchants of Rockport.” Now after four locations and 41 years in business, Ken Shure and Joe Reilly have decided to close the doors of Goose River Exchange. The shop at 21 Bay View Street in . . .
  • Farley, Inc. of Rockport will take up an effort to clear a Warren site of a large amount of carpet material that has been decomposing there for years after the state Department of Environmental Protection chose its cleanup bid earlier this . . .
  • Rockland’s Wastewater Department will receive a $10 million infrastructure investment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for work on the wastewater facility and the city’s sewer infrastructure. The USDA’s Rural Development . . .
  • Ferry Fees Hearing Draws Large Opposition Crowd
    More than two hours were needed to hear all of the area residents and municipal officials who lined up inside Belfast’s Hutchinson Center on November 28, waiting their turn to speak about a new fee structure for the ferries . . .
  • Climate Change Scenarios for Coastal Maine
    Climate researchers at the University of Maine have laid out five scenarios for environmental conditions in coastal Maine over the next two decades, including the possibility of substantial change that could impact the region’s weather . . .
  • The Rockland City Council indefinitely postponed a vote that might have lifted a limit on non-owner-occupied, short-term rental (STR) units. The delay was in response to an offer from two business owners on opposing sides of the . . .
  • An ordinance intended to regulate changes to Rockland’s historic facade passed the city council by a unanimous vote on November 14. The 5-0 approval of a Historic Preservation Ordinance lays the groundwork for a seven-member panel . . .
  • The City of Belfast paid $384,000 to a commercial landowner to repay property taxes that were overcharged through valuation, ending a legal negotiation going back three years with one of the city’s largest taxpayers. Belfast City Assessor . . .
  • The organization that oversees commercial fishing regulations in northern New England voted November 16 to extend a ban on shrimp fishing in the Gulf of Maine through 2021. The 2-1 vote by Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission . . .
  • Camden will hold a special town meeting to vote on a proposed 180-day moratorium on new inland moorings in Megunticook Lake and its waterways. The town Select Board voted 4-1 to open the issue to a public vote following a . . .
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