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    May 24, 2017

    Man dies in Union house fire

    A Union man died early Wednesday morning in a house fire. A press release from Maine Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said the body of 80-year-old Lawrence Dries was found in a first-floor bathroom of the two-story house. Fire Marshal investigators said the fire started in the kitchen, but the exact cause could not be determined because of the extensive damage to the house. Investigator Mary-Ann MacMaster …

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    May 22, 2017

    Summer brings a new Dip Net to Port Clyde

    The Dip Net will be offering more of the same alongside some novel flavors when it reopens under new management this Memorial Day weekend. Lexi Rackliff-Zable, a 26-year-old Spruce Head native with ample experience and education in the restaurant industry, has a three-year lease on the longtime Port Clyde lobster eatery and bar from owner Linda Bean. The restaurant opens for the season May 25. This is Rackliff-Zab…

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    May 20, 2017

    Thompson Community Center works to regain footing

    Despite years of struggles related to its facility — an aging former high school building — fire safety regulations, insurance requirements and a lack of funding, the Thompson Community Center has a bright future, according to Executive Director Lori Carlson. “I am 100 percent optimistic that we are going to be a success,” she said during an interview in her office May 17. Fire safety issues that have dogged …

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    May 18, 2017

    Meet Thomaston's Select Board candidates

    Two newcomers and two veterans are competing for a pair of Select Board seats in Thomaston this year. Residents will cast their votes June 13 at the American Legion Hall between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ahead of the annual Town Meeting the following day. Below, find an overview of candidates’ backgrounds and priorities. Ryan Jones Ryan Jones owns Thomaston Café on Main Street and Farmer Jones Organic farm on Beechwood …

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    May 16, 2017

    Union to vote on pot ordinance, slightly higher budget in June

    Union voters will decide on prohibition of marijuana facilities, the new comprehensive plan, changeable signs and the budget June 19. The Ordinance Prohibiting Retail Marijuana Establishments and Retail Marijuana Social Clubs bans all marijuana facilities listed under the legalization ballot measure Mainers approved in November. That includes pot stores, social clubs, and cultivation, testing and manufacturing …

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    May 12, 2017

    Pot shops, crematory, selectmen to go before Thomaston voters

    After choosing two Select Board candidates and an assessor at the ballot box June 13, at the American Legion Hall, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., voters are invited to decide on a number of ordinance changes and the town budget at the annual town meeting June 14 at 7 p.m., also at the American Legion Hall. Will they allow marijuana stores? What about a crematory? Under what conditions? Two incumbents and two newcomers…

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    May 12, 2017

    Shellfish management trailblazer thanked for service

    Carl “Butch” Taylor is stepping down as chairman of the Georges River Regional Shellfish Management Committee after 21 years in the position. Members of the Joint Board of Selectmen, made up of town officials from Cushing, South Thomaston, St. George, Thomaston and Warren, showed their appreciation May 11 at the Cushing Town Office with plaques and flowers for Taylor and his wife, Sheri Taylor. Butch Taylor said …

  • Published
    May 10, 2017

    St. George opts to fund land planning, elects School Board members

    St. George sailed amicably through town meeting May 9, the day after voters chose School Board candidates and voted to appropriate money for planning and permitting expenses on a town-owned property in Port Clyde. Shasta Minery and Alane Kennedy will serve as the St. George Municipal School Unit School Board’s new members. Minery, who works at GC Minery and the Farnsworth Art Museum, and Kennedy, who works at …

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    May 9, 2017

    Route 1 construction continues to bring change, delays

    Thomaston residents may have been surprised to find a new parking scheme set up in front of the Main Street business block, with the diagonal lines painted to face in the opposite direction. A project update released by Audrey Lovering, a communications specialist hired by the town, described the new diagonal reverse parking drivers are being asked to adopt. “Driving south (from Rockland) on Main Street, a driver …

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    May 7, 2017

    March champions superhero babies, families

    Babies, their families and friends set out from Trackside Station May 7 for a 3-mile walk through Rockland for the March of Dimes’ March for Babies. The march is held annually throughout the country to raise awareness about premature birth as well as funds to support research that can help address and prevent it. The “superhero” strength possessed by babies and families confronted with premature birth was on full …

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