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    July 15, 2021

    S.W.A.G.: Stuff We All Get

    Shlomit Auciello is a writer, photographer, and human ecologist who has lived in Midcoast Maine since 1988. Letter From Away has appeared online and in print, on and off since 1992, and is published here on a bi-weekly basis.

  • Published
    June 22, 2021

    Bay Chamber Music School hosts spring recitals

    Bay Chamber Music School has come back to holding in-person spring recitals.

  • Published
    June 10, 2021

    Local delivery service shows spirit of community

    “You changed my quality of life,” said Brett Turpin, of Camden. She was talking to Susan Craft of Craft Delivery & Taxi Service. Turpin, who recently moved to Camden and is legally blind, said she did not know how she would get around and get out of her apartment to do her volunteer work. Turpin is soon starting a new job helping with Heavenly Threads (an outreach program and thrift store started by the First …

  • Published
    June 9, 2021

    Rockport voters oppose short-term rental regulations

    Residents decisively voted no June 8 when asked in a non-binding question if they would support an ordinance to regulate short-term rentals in the community. Article 4 was voted down by a margin of 407-194. The voters elected Eric Boucher and John Strand to serve on the Select Board. Boucher received 314 votes and Strand 270. Also running were Christopher Hart with 173 votes and Robert Duke with 152. Duke had …

  • Published
    June 9, 2021

    Esancy, Blakeley win Select Board seats in Appleton

    Scott Esancy received the most votes in a three-way race for two seats on the Select Board. Esancy received 185 votes in the June 8 election. Marci Moody Blakely received 176, also winning a seat. Incumbent John Fenner trailed with 100 votes. Residents voted in favor of all of the town meeting warrant items and school budget items. The Animal Control ordinance question passed by a vote of 168-103. The carbon …

  • Published
    June 9, 2021

    Hope recall effort fails at the polls

    Townspeople split evenly on whether to recall Select Board member Bruce Haffner in the June 8 election with a vote of 128 to 128. Residents also voted against recalling Budget Committee member Elinor Goldberg by a vote of 154 (no votes) to 102 (yes votes). Both recall questions had 21 blank ballots and a total of 277 ballots cast. “The required number of votes for each recall question was 374,” said Town Administr…

  • Published
    June 4, 2021

    Rockport projects abound including solar farms, subdivisions

    The Rockport Planning Board has found its agendas so packed with new proposed projects that it has had to consider taking on more meetings per month to get through them all. The board met on May 27 and again June 1 and considered projects including proposed subdivisions, two major solar projects, water treatment lagoons and the expansion of the Emergency Department at Pen Bay Medical Center. Among the projects, …

  • Published
    June 3, 2021

    Hope Planning Board vice chair resigns

    Planning Board Vice Chair Harold Mosher resigned June 2, citing concerns about the state of town government. “I told the planning board at last night’s Zoom meeting that since there are those in town government intent on purging said government, noting that Langley Willauer (the board chair) was one of the targets, that I felt they would find me equally unsuitable and told the board I was resigning,” he said June …

  • Published
    June 2, 2021

    New Camden gallery showcases young, emerging artists

    Sometimes you have to make your own opportunity. That is what Keenan Boscoe, 23, did when he opened Topo Gallery & Goods at 6 Bay View Street. Originally from Albany, N.Y., Boscoe graduated from Colby College in 2019 having studied photography and geology. He had a job lined up at the Portland Museum of Art, and then it shut down due to the pandemic. Boscoe spent some time out on Great Diamond Island off Portland …

  • Published
    May 28, 2021

    Rockport will vote on budget, select board, short-term rental question June 8

    Rockport’s town meeting will be held Tuesday, June 8 by referendum, with polls open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The issue that has inspired the most debate so far is Article 4, which asks, “Do you favor the development of a town ordinance that would regulate Short Term Rental (AirBnB, VBRO, etc.) activity in the Town of Rockport by requiring STR registration, requiring minimum safety standards be met, and that such …

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