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    June 27, 2013

    The changing face of health care in the Midcoast

    Thanks to the efforts of local doctors, nurses, dentists and organizations, a shift is being seen in the health care industry in the Midcoast, away from merely treating sickness and toward focusing on wellness. Prevention and nutrition are now as important, if not more, than medical treatment. The efforts are reaching into local schools through Penquis and Many Flags. They are seen helping those without insurance …

  • Published
    May 28, 2013

    Scholarship fund set up to honor Owls Head plane crash victim

    A new scholarship fund has been set up for David M. Cheney, one of three University of Maine students killed Nov. 16, 2012, in a plane crash at Knox County Regional Airport. The fund was established in the University of Maine Foundation in 2012 with gifts from the family and many friends of Cheney, according to the Foundation’s Spring 2013 newsletter. Cheney, 22, of Beverly, Mass., Marcelo Rugini, 24, a foreign …

  • Published
    March 16, 2013

    Ash Point Drive trailer removed, considered possible 'dangerous building'

    Neighbors of a trailer at 511 Ash Point Drive hail its removal as a positive sign of the local political system. “This is a story about how the system works, if one is willing to give it a chance,” Ash Point Road resident Gordon Page said by email. Page, who lives next door to the trailer, wrote, “Perhaps this can be the impetus for the town to pursue other problem properties.” Page had been one of the neighborhoo…

  • Published
    March 14, 2013

    Owls Head Planning Board grants permit for Frankie's Garage replacement

    Customers of Frankie’s Garage at 58 Weskeag Road, Route 73, will be pleased to learn the building is being replaced less than two months after the Feb. 10 fire that razed it. Immediately after the fire, several readers of this newspaper’s account wrote in saying they hoped that garage owner Cecil Fogg would rebuild. The Owls Head Planning Board on March 13 issued a building permit to Fogg to rebuild Frankie’s …

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    March 13, 2013

    Harbor Management Commission faces 10 percent waterfront cuts

    Rockland city departments have been told to cut their fiscal year 2014 budget proposals 10 percent from last year’s amounts, Harbormaster Ed Glaser told the Harbor Management Commission at a meeting March 12. One reason is to offset an anticipated reduction of revenue sharing from the state to the towns, he said. “We have to be prepared for not getting as much revenue sharing,” Glaser said. “If we want to have a …

  • Published
    March 12, 2013

    Episcopal Diocese of Maine awards grant to Hospitality House

    The Episcopal Diocese of Maine has awarded a $6,850 grant for the Hospitality House homeless shelter in Rockport, for the work of the Knox County Homeless Coalition in its effort of reopening the shelter. This is the third year of the New Initiative Grant program for the Diocese of Maine, a program that awarded a total of $35,000 in grants this year for funding to support new ministries or expanding existing …

  • Published
    March 12, 2013

    Bed bugs won't bite at Hospitality House

    The new owners of the Hospitality House, the Midcoast’s homeless shelter, found bed bugs in the building after taking possession in December. All the former homeless occupants from the old regime had moved out. The new owners, Maine State Housing Authority, hired an exterminator to debug the building, said Deb Turcotte, spokesperson for the housing authority. Bed bugs are small insects that feed on human blood, …

  • Published
    March 11, 2013

    South Thomaston candidates offer voters a choice

    More than 50 residents attended the candidates’ night meeting March 7 at the historical society building to hear the political platforms of five people running for selectman. Dorothy Meriwether is running unopposed for the three-year term formerly held by Jeffrey Northgraves. Wayne Brown, Dianne Darling, David Eaton and Sonja Sleeper are seeking the two-year term left vacant by the resignation of Patrick “Mike” …

  • Published
    March 6, 2013

    Volunteers needed at Owls Head Fire Department

    The local fire department has sounded the warning bell in a call for more volunteers to become firefighters. If a major disaster struck the area, local fire departments would have a difficult time responding because of personnel shortages, said Owls Head Fire Chief Frank Ross. “The one time we had a tornado or a hurricane, we’d be short-handed, and everybody would be short-handed, because we all work together for …

  • Published
    March 5, 2013

    Owls Head voters approve zoning changes, funds for legal defense

    More than 50 residents attended a special town meeting March 4 to approve zone changes to allow the Maine Lighthouse Foundation to set up offices and a shop at the Owls Head Light keeper’s house. Residents also approved taking money from surplus to pay for legal fees in a land dispute, as well as approving three other articles. Included were two amendments to the local zoning and shoreland zoning ordinances that …

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