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Saturday, August 24, 2019
  • Belfast Company Closes on Former Paper Mill
    GO Lab, Inc., the Belfast-based building products manufact- uring startup, on August 20 announced it has closed on the former Madison Paper Industries mill in Madison. The company plans to make three wood fiber insulation ...
  • 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 ...
  • Deep State: The Maine Mountains Park
    I’ve recently been writing about the increasing environmental threats to the Maine North Woods, especially to the forests of the western Maine mountains. This column proposes a Maine Mountains Park, modeled on New York State’s Adirondack ...
  • 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 Free Press Moving to Tuesday
    This is our 35th year publishing The Free Press; what a ride it has been. When my wife, Martha, and I started this journey, we weren’t even married. The newspaper started on May 17, 1985, and we were engaged to be married September 28....
  • 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 ...
  • Deep State: Threats to the North Woods Multiply
    Why is a Democratic governor who professes environmental concerns supporting two policies that environmentalists fear would help destroy Maine’s magnificent North Woods? Both are policies Janet Mills inherited from the administration ...
  • 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 ...
  • Deep State: Political Anxiety 101
    The author Arlie Russell Hochschild gave a talk a couple of weeks ago at the Damariscotta library about her 2016 book, “Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right.” The room was packed with liberals ...
  • 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....
  • Public Access at Alna Dam Closed for Repairs
    During construction the contractors will occupy the entire property with machinery and materials and there will be no river, swimming hole, parking lot, or paddle portage access before November 15
  • Deep State: Prison Reform
    In March, Deep State disclosed that there had been a big increase over several years in prisoner assaults on guards in the Maine prison system — especially, in the maximum-security Maine State Prison. Corrections commissioner ...
  • What’s the Plan for 215 Talbot Avenue?
    The Free Press talked to Matlack by phone on July 10 to learn more about her plan and fill in some of the missing pieces. Some questions were provided to her in advance by email. The transcript that follows has been edited for length and clarity.
  • Filling the Power Vacuum: UPDATE! Waiting For the Moths
    The oak trees on William Glen Drive in Camden, like many oak trees in this part of Maine, are easy to spot. They’re the ones with no leaves. More specifically, the leaves have been stripped down to their major veins by ...
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