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    February 25, 2020

    Appleton Retreat offers escape to nature

    Standing at dusk on the ice of Newbert Pond, a 25-minute walk through the woods from the center of Appleton Retreat, the stillness is overwhelming. Eerie even, and bordering on uncomfortable to senses so accustomed to bombardment. But this peacefulness has turned the 120-acre property, bordered on the south by Pettengill Stream and the north by 1,300 acres of Nature Conservancy land, into a popular destination …

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    February 21, 2020

    Library interior takes shape

    The interior of the Rockport Library is starting to take shape with almost all of the walls framed and mechanical and electrical work well underway. Charles Frattini, general contracting manager for Phi Builders + Architects, led members of the Library Committee on a tour of the building Feb. 21. He said they have had no major delays and that construction is progressing on schedule with the goal of opening in …

  • Published
    February 20, 2020

    Hotel proposal revised to reduce occupancy

    The application for the Rockport Harbor Hotel filed by 20 Central Street LLC has been revised to reduce the number of rooms from 35 to 26. The Planning Board will continue their review of the application at the Feb. 27 meeting at 5:30 p.m at the Rockport Opera House. The reduction comes in response to the comments from the Planning Board and the public,” according to the revised application. The proposed hotel …

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    February 20, 2020

    Lime kiln restoration gets initial funding for study

    Legacy Rockport took a step toward preserving the lime kilns at the Marine Park, voting to fund a report to better understand the work and cost required to repair the westernmost kiln. Town Manager William Post said at the Feb. 18 meeting that Edward Sheridan, of Belfast-based Sheridan Brick & Stone Work, presented a repair proposal, which included some background on the kilns and preliminary thoughts on the best …

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    February 18, 2020

    School health officials speak out against vaccination law repeal

    On March 3, Maine voters will choose whether or not to repeal the 2019 law that eliminated religious and philosophical exemptions from vaccination requirements for schools, colleges and employees of healthcare facilities. For local school health care providers, that decision is of critical importance. “It’s about whether we protect our kids,” said Janis Hogan who has been a school nurse for 19 years, with the …

  • Published
    February 11, 2020

    Select Board talks short-term rentals, fire station, pests

    A crowded Select Board agenda featured discussion on items ranging from a timeline for short-term rental regulations, preliminary plans for the new West Rockport Fire Station, a Maine Forest Service presentation on invasive pests and a speed study for Route 17. At the Feb. 10 meeting, Town Manager William Post laid out a timeline to get short-term rental regulations, or an ordinance, on the November ballot. The …

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    February 8, 2020

    Festive vibes at Toboggan Nationals

    The 30th Annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships kicked off Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Camden Snow Bowl with a crowded field and a jovial atmosphere. Cold temperatures and difficult travel conditions did little to limit attendance or enthusiasm for the event that each year brings a welcome dose of energy to the Camden winter. Teams from across the country dressed in costumes ranging from dinosaurs to toys to …

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    February 5, 2020

    Voters approve new fire truck at special town meeting

    Residents voted to approve the purchase of a new tanker fire truck and enact a new Board of Appeals Ordinance at a special town meeting. At the Feb. 4 meeting at the Appleton Village School, 39 residents also approved several other articles related to the fire truck and Board of Appeals, along with a pay raise for members of the volunteer Fire Department, a new contract for phone and internet and an article …

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    February 4, 2020

    Presidential primary deadline for changing party affiliation is Feb. 14

    The deadline to change party affiliation to vote in the March 3 Presidential Primary is Feb. 14. State law requires people wishing to vote in a primary election to be enrolled in a political party 15 days before that party’s primary, according to Maine Director of Elections Melissa Packard. This year, though, Washington’s Birthday falls on Feb. 17, which leaves Feb. 14 as the last day town offices will be open …

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    February 4, 2020

    Appleton gets DEP grant for Pettengill Stream crossing

    Appleton has been awarded a grant from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to upgrade the West Appleton Road crossing of Pettengill Stream. The award is part of the second round of funding that will provide the town with $95,000 in matching funds for the upgrade. The crossing is currently marked as a one-lane bridge. The press release from the Maine DEP states the funding is intended to “benefit …

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