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    July 16, 2017

    Habitat for Humanity expands role to meet Midcoast housing need

    Harmony Fuller struggled to find a stable living situation for years. As a single mom with a young son, it was hard to make ends meet living in area rentals. Even with a job as an administrative assistant at Maine Behavioral Healthcare, she said, it was difficult keeping up with $900 monthly rents in small apartments that were expensive to heat. “The last apartment that I was living in wasn’t too overly expensive,…

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    July 9, 2017

    From dirt and decay, Union man builds something new

    Strange experiments are under way at a workshop in Union, near the banks of the St. George River. Gary Harriman toils with saw and hammer, separating legs from their former bodies and cobbling parts together to create something new – something with a life of its own. “I don’t know what you’re going to do with this Frankenstein furniture,” Harriman recalled his friend, Kevin Davis, telling him a few years back. Tha…

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    June 30, 2017

    After initial defeat, Vinalhaven School budget passes

    Vinalhaven passed the $3.9 million budget for School Administrative District 8 in a June 29 vote, less than three weeks after voters had rejected the same budget 160-126. The June 29 vote had a lower turnout of 253, with 143 voting in favor of the budget proposal and 109 voting against it, with one ballot left blank. Subtracting revenues, the remaining $3,083,975 proposed is up 6 percent from last year. The …

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    June 29, 2017

    Port Clyde residents mount opposition to Bean's Wyeth reading room

    A decision on Linda Bean’s proposed Wyeth reading room was postponed by the Planning Board June 27 after a public hearing that included coordinated presentations in opposition to the plan. The board is not likely to address the issue again until Aug. 8. More than 50 people gathered at the Town Office for the hearing, with voices against the facility proposed for 20 Horse Point Road in Port Clyde dominating the …

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    June 25, 2017

    Since 1980s, Rockland school builds cultural bridges

    Rockland’s recent history tends to be told as an evolution from stinky, working-class port town to increasingly pricey art haven. But it was back in 1986 when a modest former garage on Gay Street began its transformation into an international destination for language learning and cultural education. Founded by French teacher Julia Schulz and attorney Joe Steinberger, the nonprofit Penobscot School, recently …

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    June 22, 2017

    Fiber Faire to offer arts, crafts and a trip back in time

    On a fine June day, a variety of vendors, artists and craftspeople will haul tables and tents to a forest clearing tucked away from nearby villages to sell their homemade wares. Skilled artisans will weave, spin and work with needles in demonstrations for all comers. A variety of colorful quilts, garments and gifts made from natural fibers harvested at local farms will be sold for purposes both playful and …

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    June 20, 2017

    Union votes to ban marijuana retail, permit changing signs

    Voters in Union approved a proposal to ban all recreational marijuana facilities at the annual town meeting June 19. After some discussion, the ban was approved by a 33-19 vote. About 50 people attended the meeting, approving a $4.7 million budget, which represents an increase of $61,416, or 1.32 percent. Town Manager Jay Feyler said in May that the increase was not expected to affect the property tax rate. Most …

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    June 17, 2017

    Dig seeks signs of elusive fort, general's estate, African presence

    The St. George River has everything Harbour Mitchell could want, but he’s not looking for a big catch, a quick current or a cool dip. “You name it, it’s got it, from about 10, 11,000 years to yesterday,” he said of the river during an interview last winter at his dining room table, littered with dirty bits of ceramic and glass. “It’s got everything you could ever want in one package, you know, and it’s not a huge …

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    June 15, 2017

    Thomaston voters open door to crematory, pot sales

    With little fanfare, voters passed ordinance amendments at the annual town meeting June 14 that will allow the Planning Board to consider applications for crematories and retail marijuana establishments. Hall Funeral Homes has already expressed interest in building a crematory at the Village Cemetery. In the case of marijuana sales, cultivation and testing, however, the Legislature is still writing statewide …

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    June 14, 2017

    Vinalhaven voters reject school budget proposal

    Voters rejected a $3.9 million budget for Vinalhaven’s School Administrative District 8 June 13. Of 287 total votes, 160 voted against the budget, 126 voted for it and one ballot was left blank. Subtracting revenues, the remaining $3,083,975 proposed was up 6 percent from last year. The proposal had been approved at an earlier district budget meeting June 1. In his annual budget summary, Superintendent Bruce …

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