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    October 18, 2019

    Thomaston writes off $91,000 in unpaid ambulance bills

    At the request of EMS chief Amy Drinkwater, the Thomaston Board of Selectmen agreed Oct. 15 to write off unpaid ambulance bills. The accumulated amount of $91,760.34 is from services dating from 2010 to 2017 that cannot be collected. Drinkwater said the reports she received from T.G. Higgins Business Services, who the town has hired for billing services, indicated there have been no write-offs since 2010. “These …

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    October 10, 2019

    Thomaston receives MMA award for second year

    The town of Thomaston was presented the Superior Award by the Board of Judges in the 2019 Maine Municipal Association Municipal Report Competition at the 83rd Annual Maine Municipal Convention in Bangor Oct. 2 and 3. Awards were given to the top three reports in five different population categories, with Thomaston placing second in its population group. Interim Town Manager Kara George was present to receive the …

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    October 8, 2019

    Residents express concern over drug activity at local beach

    A handful of Owls Head residents demanded the Board of Selectmen do something to help stop the consistent drug activity they say is taking place at Crockett’s Beach. At the Oct. 7 meeting, Adra Lovely led the conversation. “One of the concerns we have is the amount of drugs being passed down there,” he said. “It’s happening at all hours of the night and day,” Lovely said, adding that he has found numerous needles …

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    October 2, 2019

    Sandy Shores project nears completion

    After a year’s delay, the Sandy Shores Culvert Replacement Project is now nearly complete. Contractor Travis Noyes of CES Inc., based in Brewer, was given the task of conducting a cost proposal for a new and simpler design nearly a year ago, after no bids were received for the project. The new design features a box culvert instead of an arch span that will be Smart Stream compliant, and the road was widened. A …

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    October 1, 2019

    School, community celebrate outdoor garden's 10th birthday

    Students, staff and community members gathered at Thomaston Grammar School Sept. 27 to celebrate the school’s Common Ground Garden & Outdoor Classroom’s 10th birthday. Four teachers — Lynn Snow, Colleen Kreps, Anne Pavalkis and the late Dan Allan — started the garden and outdoor classroom as an Expeditionary Learning School in 2009. After a tour of the garden, a birthday party took place in the school’s …

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    September 27, 2019

    Shocked customers meet to share stories, seek help

    A handful of people who say they were bilked by Castle Builders met with Robin and Rob Milliken and her son, Brandon Rubenstein, owners of SRB Homes LLC, and a couple of volunteers Sept. 26 to debrief and try to come up with a plan of action to secure any homes that need to be buckled up before the cold sets in. The Millikens opened the meeting at Thompson Community Center in Union with an emotional sentiment. …

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    September 26, 2019

    Thomaston registration fees increase

    At its Sept. 23 meeting, the Thomaston Board of Selectmen agreed to increase the agent fees for vehicle registrations. Motor Vehicle Agent Donna Culbertson said the maximum permitted municipal agent fee has increased from $3 to $5 for re-registration and from $4 to $6 on new registrations in the most recent Maine legislative session and took effect Sept. 19. Although the fee increase is not mandated by the state, …

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    September 25, 2019

    Craft fair looking for more participants

    A fall craft fair is set for this Saturday, Sept. 28, at Ash Point Community School and organizers are seeking a few more crafters. Organizer Jane Newcomb said this is the first craft fair being held at the school, and it is sponsored by the Rockland Rotary Club. “The proceeds will go toward the club’s various endeavors, such as the Hospitality House, college scholarships for area students, among other fundraisers…

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    September 24, 2019

    Trash talk continues in Warren

    The Warren Board of Selectmen is being forced to review its options for the town’s trash hauling, as increased disposal and overweight fees threaten to deplete the budget. The board met with Scott Johnson, owner of Thomaston Recycling Inc., Aug. 14 to discuss the situation. Thomaston Recycling took over Warren’s trash hauling in January when the previous company, Ahlholm Inc. Roll Off Service, suspended service …

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    September 24, 2019

    Whistleblower details contractor's activity

    When an established contractor went to work for Castle Builders, little did he know he would be the one to uncover massive fraudulent activity by owners Malcolm and Elizabeth Stewart. “I was under the impression he [Malcolm Stewart] was a legitimate businessman,” Corey Staples, owner of Staples Building and Home Repair of Pittston, said of taking the position of general manager at Castle Builders in August. Howeve…

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