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Sunday, October 22, 2017
  • In spite of sustained attempts to dismantle or overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it hasn’t happened. But Mainers will need to be on top of things if they want 2018 coverage and don’t want to get dinged by a tax penalty. There are four major changes for 2018 . . .
  • Book Review — An American Sickness
    Who among us hasn’t opened a medical bill or an explanation of benefits statement and stared in disbelief at terrifying numbers? Who hasn’t puzzled over an insurance policy’s rules of co-payments, deductibles, “in-network” and . . .
  • The Wiscasset traffic bottleneck in July and August is a persistent regional problem that has defied solutions over the past three decades, in spite of millions spent on the effort to at least alleviate it. . . .
  • King’s Senate Field Hearing Focused on Generating Electricity from Maine Wood
    Senator Angus King convened a Senate field hearing at Robbins Lumber in Searsmont on Friday, October 6, to hear testimony on the impact of combined heat and power (CHP) biomass plants on Maine jobs and electricity . . .
  • The Salmon Dilemma
    “Can you tell me the difference between the wild-caught and the farm-raised?” I asked, pointing to the pale pink salmon fillets in the fish case. The man in the white apron and plastic gloves gave me a look. . . .
  • The heaviest blame for the sinking of the El Faro and the loss of all 33 crew members aboard fell on Captain Michael Davidson of Windham. En route from Jacksonville, Florida, to Puerto Rico, Davidson mistook the path of a worsening . . .
  • The volunteer Knox Clinic, which is dedicated to providing good health care to Knox County residents and surrounding towns based on a patient’s ability to pay, has saved people in the local community over $15 million in prescription drug . . .
  • CIFF Film review — The Elusive Philosopher-Farmer
    I kept waiting to see the literary farmer activist in “Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry,” a poignant documentary by director Laura Dunn (Sundance, 2017) that will be shown at the Camden International Film Festival. . . .
  • The death toll on Maine highways this year rose to 104 people by midweek, an increase from 96 fatalities on the same date last year, according to the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety. Twenty-two of the 2017 deaths were in August . . .
  • Bernard ‘Blackie’ Langlais — Uncommon Art for the Common Man
    Bernard “Blackie” Langlais got a phone call during the Watergate years from his art dealer telling him kids were throwing rocks at his large outdoor sculpture of Nixon, which was on display at a museum. Known by locals as the guy . . .
  • Courthouse Gets New Copper Topper
    The Knox County Court- house got a new copper cupola this summer, with final touches and solar lights installed this week. The original dome was erected 143 years ago along with a weather vane to see which way the winds . . .
  • Hurricane relief — How to Help Flood Victims Without Getting Burned
    Aid organizations are stepping in with assistance and seeking donations for victims of Hurricane Harvey as the impacts of the storm continue to worsen on the Gulf Coast. Federal officials are predicting that 30,000 people will occupy . . .
  • Artist Linden Frederick — Night Stories: Cozy to Creepy
    Night Stories, a show of 15 oil-on-linen paintings by Linden Frederick and the 15 short stories by literary luminaries like Lily King, Ann Patchett, Louise Erdrich, Andre Dubus III, Luanne Rice, Tess Gerritson and Richard Russo in . . .
  • Changes in Lobster Land
    “Thick as pudding out here,” says Richard Waldron, 77, taking his glasses off and tucking them in the folds of a red plaid shirt sitting on top of a lobster crate in the stern of his 16-foot skiff. He’s pretty disgusted. This morning he was distracted and forgot his coffee thermos. . . .
  • Reade Brower, a Camden businessman who founded The Free Press in 1985, announced Monday that he will buy the Sun Media Group, which includes the family-owned Lewiston Sun Journal, its printing press and 16 other publications. . . .
  • National Public Radio foreign correspondent Anne Garrels was sitting in her Moscow office contemplating the map of Russia on the wall. It was 1993, the Soviet Union had fallen two years earlier and the flash and splash of the new Moscow . . .
  • The Global War on Lobster
    Lobster wars aren’t new. In 2009, lobstermen on the outlying island of Matinicus made international news after taking up arms to defend their fishing grounds, but the real war on lobsters is less of a shoot-em-up-cowboy kind of . . .
  • Maine Home Sales Brisk, Inventory Down, Prices Mostly Up
    The Maine real estate market is hot, with 20 percent fewer homes for sale in the state this year than last, sales prices on the rise in most places, and multiple offers more typical than not. Maine home prices climbed over 5 percent . . .
  • Camden Landowners Meet Maine DOT Over Route 1 Overhaul
    Camden landowners affected by the scheduled rebuilding of 1.54 miles of Route 1 from Camden Hills State Park to the Lincolnville town line met with Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) experts last week at an open forum . . .
  • New Literary Group with Big Plans Takes Ownership of Edna St. Vincent Millay House
    A new literary society inspired by Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay has big plans to put Rockland on the national poetry map. Last week, the Millay House committe . . .
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