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    June 14, 2017

    Thomaston reelects Select Board incumbents

    Voters reelected Peter Lammert and Lee-Ann Upham for additional three-year terms on the Select Board June 13. A total of 250 voters turned out. The tally showed Upham with 174 votes and Lammert with 155 against challengers Ryan Jones, with 84 votes, and Alex Nimon, with 50. Lammert is a longtime selectman and has served in a multitude of capacities in town government. Among his priorities are attracting new …

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    June 14, 2017

    St. George approves solar project, school budget

    Voters passed a ballot question asking whether to allow the town to enter into a contract with a solar power company that would install panels on the roof of the Transfer Station. The measure passed by a wide margin, with 205 voting in favor and 41 in opposition. The approval allows the town to take advantage of current rates for net metering, which is the practice of selling excess solar energy back to the grid. …

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    June 12, 2017

    Medical marijuana returns to Thomaston

    Caregiver Mark Crockett wants his business to appeal to a particular kind of marijuana consumer: professionals. “What happened originally is we’d grow our marijuana and go to McDonald’s or Starbucks and do our transactions across tables,” he said. But that model is not ideal for anyone involved, particularly members of the community who may be worried about how it looks for them to be buying a substance with a …

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    June 6, 2017

    Under pressure, Select Board nixes ballot question

    The St. George Select Board voted June 5 to pull a planned June 13 ballot question after facing opposition and accusations of bias from some of the roughly 20 attendees. “It is the right thing not to rush it,” said Chairman Richard Bates before the vote. The measure would have allowed the formation of a committee and the hiring of legal representation to evaluate risks and negotiate a benefits agreement with Aqua …

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    June 2, 2017

    Town budget down, school budget up on Vinalhaven

    Vinalhaven voters will gather June 21 at 7 p.m. at the Vinalhaven School to decide on a significantly lower municipal budget of $2,765,399, not including costs from Vinalhaven’s school district, county taxes, abatement and a tax increment financing account. Adding in these expenses has in recent years brought the total budget to more than $6 million. According to town budget documents, the proposed 2018 municipal …

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    June 2, 2017

    Vinalhaven School brings ashore new superintendent, principal

    Starting in July, Vinalhaven School will have a new superintendent and a new principal. Superintendent Bruce Mailloux will retire in June, as planned. Principal Nate Purrington resigned earlier this year because of long-term health problems that could not easily be treated from the island. “He had what it took to be a good principal, and I think he will be,” said Mailloux. Mailloux called his own five-year term …

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    May 30, 2017

    St. George to vote on wind, solar power issues

    Voters will have a say on two renewable energy projects June 13 in addition to the St. George Municipal School Unit budget and state bond question. One question will ask whether voters approve of the town entering into an agreement with a solar company to install panels on the roof of the Transfer Station. The other will ask whether voters will allow the town to establish a committee and hire legal representation …

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    May 26, 2017

    Residents face prospect of crematory and pot businesses

    Proposals to regulate marijuana facilities, allow consideration of a crematory application and change sign restrictions are set to appear on the Thomaston town meeting warrant June 14. The Planning Board and Select Board made the ordinance amendment proposals official at a public hearing May 26 in Watts Hall attended by about 20 residents. Michael Hall of Hall Funeral Homes gave a presentation on his desire to …

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    May 26, 2017

    Local students school the community on immigration

    It can seem hard to come by a calm, fact-based discussion on the state of immigration in the United States, one that doesn’t devolve into partisan bickering. On May 24, however, one needed to look no further than Oceanside High School for just such a discussion. Students from Oceanside and Medomak Valley high schools made the impossible look easy, almost, with a series of presentations under the heading “Immigrati…

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    May 26, 2017

    Old Waterman's Beach Lobster could become microbrewery

    A family that helped run Waterman’s Beach Lobster for years has applied to turn the spot into a microbrewery and tasting room. The South Thomaston Planning Board approved the application for a change of use May 18. Sandra Manahan said it would be a family business “totally different” from the lobster restaurant that closed last September. For starters, the microbrewery will not serve any food. It would be open to …

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