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    September 26, 2013

    Shell shock

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals made headlines in the past few weeks after posting a video showing lobsters and crabs being dismembered while still alive in a processing plant. The organization, which fights to protect animals from cruelty at human hands, claims to have conducted a hidden-camera investigation inside Linda Bean’s lobster processing plant in Rockland. PETA has even gone so far as to …

  • Published
    September 19, 2013

    Shame on U.S.

    Particularly poignant this week were scenes of people in Washington, D.C. anxiously waiting to find out whether their loved ones were among the survivors of the most recent mass shooting. A woman waiting for news of her loved one told reporters she was asking God to deliver him safe, tears running down her cheeks. Another woman waited in her car nearby, hoping to see her husband alive again so she could hug him. …

  • Published
    September 12, 2013

    Council conflict

    If you ever get worried that Rockland City Council meetings will become too harmonious to provide for a robust debate of the issues, have no fear. Debate at Monday night’s meeting became so heated at one point that Mayor Will Clayton called a five-minute recess. This prevented Councilors Elizabeth Dickerson and Frank Isganitis from arguing back and forth over the merits of rezoning the area west of Old County …

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    September 5, 2013

    AIO Food Pantry Walkathon needs your support

    On Saturday, Sept. 7, the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry in Rockland will hold its first Walkathon to raise money for the work it does feeding those in need in our community (see story page A3). It would be wonderful to see a strong showing of support from the community for this first-time event. All you have to do is show up Saturday with a donation, big or small, and walk. The walk will start at the …

  • Published
    August 22, 2013

    Legal action against fire department hurts community

    In February, we were there covering the fire that destroyed Frankie’s Garage in Owls Head. Firefighters from several towns were there and they had brought with them a tremendous amount of equipment. What they lacked at the scene was a strong water supply. The garage was completely destroyed, taking the tools, equipment and antique cars and motorcycles inside along with it. Cecil Fogg, owner of the garage, has …

  • Published
    August 15, 2013

    A sad day in Port Clyde

    The horrific crash in Port Clyde this weekend reminds us that when it comes to driving, tragedy can strike in a matter of seconds. At the time of this writing it is not known why a driver lost control of her car and crashed through a busy wharf, injuring three and killing a 9-year-old boy. Local and state police have been working very hard for the past few days to investigate the reasons. They are interviewing …

  • Published
    August 8, 2013

    City Council action served public in school budget debate

    Some school employees, members of the public and even a fellow councilor questioned the right of the Rockland City Council to take a stand opposing the school budget this week, but the controversial resolve served the public well. We support the council’s action, but perhaps not for the same reasons they did. First, a little background. In June, voters in the six towns rejected the proposed $27.1 million school …

  • Published
    August 1, 2013

    School budget disconnect

    After months of complaining in this space about voter apathy and low turnout at school budget meetings, we finally got our wish July 24. Kind of. More than 100 people turned out for the meeting to talk about the budget for Regional School Unit 13. Of that, about 59 were from St. George, and they added back into the school budget the more than $300,000 in state subsidy that school leaders had given up for lost …

  • Published
    July 25, 2013

    In support of the Islesboro Crossing

    More than 30 athletes plan to brave the waters of Penobscot Bay Saturday, Aug. 17 for a three-mile swim from Ducktrap Bay, Lincolnville to Islesboro. This event will raise funds for LifeFlight of Maine, the nonprofit that provides helicopter flights to hospitals for critically injured patients. LifeFlight is important in Knox County where it serves island communities and towns that are a long drive from the …

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