A look back at 2013

By Staff | Jan 01, 2014

Dramatic fires, high turnover in top positions and moments of victory on the basketball court were highlights in the news in 2013.

In Rockland it was another year of "you can't get there from here" as water projects dug up roads and backed up traffic. It may also be remembered as the year Wal-Mart left Rockland and moved to neighboring Thomaston, where its superstore has changed the economic and physical landscape.

The city and some of the surrounding communities have seen changes in leadership. City Manager James Smith ended the year by resigning, and Larry Pritchett took over as new mayor in November.

Warren's town office staff has changed over the course of the last year, including the town manager, and Waldoboro has seen its town manager resign.

Meanwhile the Coast Guard in Rockland has welcomed a new commander.

Many of the events were not unique to this year. A Sea Goddess was crowned, high school students graduated and festivals and fairs were held.

The following is a look back in photos at some of the highlights from the year that was 2013.

Oceanside senior Kennadi Grover walks across the court to her teammates holding flowers and the game ball after a brief ceremony celebrating her achievement as the first player in Mariner history to reach 1,000 career points. Grover's 23 points helped the No. 1 Mariners beat visiting Nokomis of Newport 57-45 Friday night, Jan. 11 in Rockland. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
On Sunday, Feb. 10, Frankie's Garage on Weskeag Road in Owls Head burned to the ground as numerous local fire departments worked to contain and extinguish the blaze. No one was injured. About 48 firefighters responded. Their effort was hindered by the lack of fire hydrants in that part of town. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
The Medomak Valley boys basketball team won the Eastern Class B championship for the first time in 33 years with a 56-50 win over Mount Desert Island Feb. 23 at Bangor Auditorium. Medomak Valley's Brandon Soper, left, jumps into the arms of Panther assistant coach Ryan McNelly after the game. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
A terrorist attack on the 117th running of the Boston Marathon hit close to home as it left three dead and more than 150 wounded. Seven of the 11 local runners were able to finish the race before two explosions went off near the finish line around 2:50 p.m. Monday, April 15. The race was immediately halted and runners were rerouted to different areas for safety. (Source: File photo)
Former Sen. Chris Rector of Thomaston was named Community Person of the Year at the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala Saturday, April 20. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Rodney Bouffard was named warden of the Maine State Prison in May, replacing Patricia Barnhart, who abruptly left the position in January 2013. (Source: File photo)
McKenzie Belcher wipes away tears of sadness and joy during Medomak Valley High School's graduation ceremony June 5. Belcher was one of many who received scholarships to further her education. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
U.S. Coast Guard Station Rockland held a Change of Command ceremony Friday, June 14, in which new station Commanding Officer Justin Uyttewaal and his family were welcomed to the community. Friends and family of the Coast Guard crew attended the event along with invited dignitaries including police officers, Marine Patrol officers, Rockland city officials, firefighters and members of the Rockland City Coast Guard Committee. Outgoing Commanding Officer Sebastian Arnsdorf was recognized for his accomplishments at the event. In the picture, Uyttewaal, right, inspects the crew as he assumes command of Station Rockland. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
The 20th annual North Atlantic Blues Festival kicked off Saturday morning, July 13, bringing a massive crowd from all over the country to Harbor Park in Rockland. Pictured is Corey Harris playing with True Blues. (Source: File photo)
Melissa Lena Philbrook of Warren is crowned 2013 Maine Sea Goddess July 31 as part of the 66th Maine Lobster Festival at Harbor Park. Hannah Elizabeth Plourde of Rockland was named Crown Princess and Zoey Jeanne Proctor, also of Rockland, was named Miss Congeniality. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
A 9-year-old boy visiting from Cohassett, Mass. was killed Aug. 11 when 61-year-old Cheryl Torgerson of New York crashed her car on the Monhegan Boat Landing in Port Clyde. Dylan Gold was killed and his mother, Allison, and 6-year-old brother, Wyatt, were injured. Also injured was Jonathan Coggeshall, 68, of Port Clyde. The crash also damaged several vehicles and a building. As of year's end, no charges have been filed in the case. (Source: File photo)
Just moments after donning the Miss Congeniality sash, Elise Murphy Wallace of Friendship is crowned 2013 Maine Wild Blueberry Festival Queen during a ceremony at Union Fair Aug. 18. Brittany Anthony of Thomaston was crowned princess. (Source: File photo)
Harness racing is a popular event at Union Fair's Arthur Kennedy Race Track. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Tristan Sawyer, 9, gets a final adjustment from mom Ashley Southard before heading into his first day of fourth grade at South School in Rockland Sept. 3. (Source: Beth A. Birmingham)
Ground was broken in September for Pen Bay Healthcare’s Hospice House on the Pen Bay Medical Center campus in Rockport. Businessman Donald Sussman visited in November and pledged $1 million as a donation. The facility will be called the Sussman House. Pictured are Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and Pen Bay president and CEO Wade C. Johnson observing as Blaine Buck of Cordjia Capital Projects Group describes the Hospice House layout to Sussman. (Source: File photo)
A boat shop at Clark Island Boat Works burned down Oct. 2 on Rein Road. Andrew and Dan MacCaffray filed the application Oct. 16 to rebuild. The cause of the fire was undetermined, according to Sgt. Ken Grimes of the state fire marshal's office. (Photo by: Juliette Laaka)
The Wal-Mart Supercenter on Route 1 in Thomaston held its long-awaited ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 16. The event drew a large crowd including public officials, store employees and interested members of the public. Store Manager Shawn Ames is pictured, left, joining two of his veteran associates as they cut the ribbon to welcome shoppers. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Three separate MaineWater projects going on simultaneously snarled traffic in Rockland. It seemed to be the year of "can't get there from here" with road construction projects in the city. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
The Red Sox won the World Series Oct. 30, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game 6 at Fenway. It was the team's third World Series victory in 10 years. This picture was taken at a game in Boston in June. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
The City Council handed the mayor's gavel to Larry Pritchett for the next year during a meeting Nov. 18 at City Hall. Pritchett had been reelected to the council Nov. 5, and was voted the next mayor by his fellow councilors. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Elaine Clark took over as the new town manager in Warren Nov. 4. She replaced longtime Town Manager Grant Watmough, who left the position in November 2012. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
After 27 months on the job, John Spear resigned his post as town manager in Waldoboro to take on a new position in South Thomaston. Wes Richardson was tapped to serve as interim manager. (Source: File photo)
Rockland City Manager James Smith resigned Dec. 19 after less than two years on the job. He is going back to Brewer to serve in his former position as assistant city manager. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
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Daniel Dunkle is editor of The Courier-Gazette and news director for Courier Publications. He lives in Rockland with his wife, Christine, who also works for Courier Publications, and two children.

Dunkle has previously served as editor of The Republican Journal in Belfast. He has worked as a reporter and photographer in the Midcoast for 15 years.


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