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    March 4, 2015

    Congratulations to Camden Garden Club

    The year 2015 marks the Camden Garden Club’s Centennial and gives our community an opportunity to celebrate their 100th anniversary as an important, steadfast, and creative organization which is fundamental to our community’s aesthetic sense and appearance. This milestone anniversary is a time for recalling the Camden Garden Club’s long-term commitment to Camden and the surrounding area, acknowledging and …

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    March 3, 2015

    Reflections on the Camden Conference

    My wife and I are just back from the Camden Conference. This year’s topic was “Russia Resurgent.” With Russia’s aggressive support of rebels in Eastern Ukraine and its earlier annexation of the Ukrainian Crimea, the topic could not have been more timely. Reflecting this, all three Conference venues: the Camden Opera House, the Strand in Rockland, and the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center in Belfast were …

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    January 20, 2015

    The Rockport Public Library, what's next?

    Ever since the two non-binding referendum questions on November’s ballot did not pass, people are asking “What happens now?” Those two referendum questions provided a way to gauge town opinion regarding the future of the library, specifically asking should we build a new building and should it be located at the town-owned site of the old Rockport Elementary School. Whichever side of the discussion you found …

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    January 8, 2015

    Camden-Rockport Middle School project examined

    This memo outlines the history of the Camden-Rockport Middle School construction project. No position is taken with respect to the approval of this project. The hope is that with this document and other information, voters will be enabled to make an informed decision about the future of CRMS. History: While there has been discussion for some years of the need to renovate CRMS, its serious examination commenced in …

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    November 13, 2014

    Civil War monuments in Maine

    When looking at the Civil War Monument in Harbor Park, have you ever wondered, do they all look alike in Maine? We know that eight ladies started raising money for Camden’s and many men and women joined them in the 10 years it took to raise $800 for its statue and then they would ask the citizens to pay for its mounting. It cost a total of $1,400. On Memorial Day of 1899, they held the unveiling. It was placed at …

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    October 15, 2014

    To do what's best for the future, it is prudent to look to the past

    The old tannery site on Washington Street in Camden has sat essentially abandoned for years, taken over by the town for non-payment of back taxes. A significant portion of the property was judged toxic to human health, as might be expected, and the most serious dumping area for the solvents that had been used in the tanning process was at least partially remediated through designation as a Brownfield, allowing …

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    August 16, 2014

    On The Line poll responses concerning health care

    In this week’s On The Line poll, we asked if people could afford their health care and whether the role of government in providing health care should be expanded. We received 95 responses. Below are comments made by those who took the poll. “Cradle to grave universal single-payer healthcare. Get it out of the for-profit arena.” “We need the Affordable Health Care Act to cover everyone. We need the same health …

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    July 30, 2014

    Message to City Council on pay per bag

    GOOD EVENING. I am here tonight to address the PROCESS that was ignored by the council as you jumped into pay per bag. Even the city attorney, to his credit, said that you didn’t have to write an ordinance so fast, that you could wait until fall. It all went on deaf ears. You didn’t listen to my husband, Barry Faber, when he came on June 2, 2014, and I am sure you won’t listen to me. But I must try. I ask, why …

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    April 17, 2014

    What to do about Old County Road

    Almost everyone agrees much of Old County Road from Route 17 at Kalers Corner southwest to Limerock Street is in very poor (dare I say horrible?) condition. Likewise, almost everyone agrees that Old County is an important local transportation corridor. But, after those two critical points, general agreement about Old County (and how to fix it) seems to end. Is Old County in bad shape because of the truck traffic? …

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    March 20, 2014

    In defense of technology schools

    The following guest editorial by Elizabeth Fisher, director of Mid-Coast School of Technology, was edited for space. For the full version of her letter, visit Career and Technical Education, or CTE, trains students for employment and prepares them for higher education based on Department of Labor projections of what is needed for the local economy. Maine law is clear that students must have …

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