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  • Published
    July 10, 2017

    Sweet summer fun at Strawberry Festival

    A large crowd turned out in Lincolnville Center July 8 for the annual Strawberry Festival, now in its 24th year. Children enjoyed kid-centered activities outside United Christian Church, including a beanbag toss, sponge race, horse portraits and bubble stations. Inside there was even more to do: crafts, face-painting, and a puppet show. In the Community Building next door, about a dozen vendors sold crafts, jams …

  • Published
    March 24, 2017

    How much should standardized tests count in school review?

    Students across Maine are taking federally mandated standardized tests this week, at a time when the role of the results in school accountability is in flux and the tests themselves are as polarizing as ever. Most teachers contacted for this story did not respond to requests for interviews, and one declined because, she said, the topic is so controversial she was afraid “it would be one of those ‘throw myself to …

  • Published
    February 25, 2017

    DEP: Hosmer Pond algae explosion last summer 'extraordinary'

    During the particularly wet spring and summer of 2014, exposed soil at a construction project at Camden’s Snow Bowl ski area would wash down the mountainside into Hosmer Pond whenever it rained. Residents were alarmed as storm after storm sent more muddy water into the pond, and many called for more oversight of the project. But the erosion continued into the summer of 2015. By August of that year abnormal algae …

  • Published
    December 20, 2016

    What did Dechaine’s federal denial really mean?

    When the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals denied Dennis Dechaine’s application to submit a second federal appeal in October, Timothy Feeley, a spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office, interpreted this to mean that the evidence Dechaine has accumulated at this point is not enough to overturn a verdict. Dechaine, a Bowdoinham farmer, was convicted in 1989 for the murder and sexual assault of 12-year old …

  • Published
    November 24, 2016

    Lawyer, employer encourage hiring more refugees

    “Why are we so old?” immigration attorney Jennifer Atkinson asked a small crowd gathered Nov. 16 for a talk about her work, hosted by the Camden Conference at Rockport Opera House. “Look around…” she said. “We’re white. We’re so old because we’re so white.” She put the area’s demographics bluntly, calling the Midcoast “a bastion of whiteness” within the oldest and whitest state in the country. Knox and Waldo …

  • Published
    November 15, 2016

    Election result maps

    Hillary Clinton took the lead in the presidential race in The Camden Herald and The Courier Gazette’s coverage areas. She received a total of 13,573 votes to Trump’s 10,557. The following maps show which candidate or answer took the lead in each town, and by how much. Scroll through to see where candidates and questions had the most support, or click the links below for more detailed maps. Senate District …

  • Published
    October 28, 2016

    For the Record

    This chart represents of the voting records of incumbents running for re-election. It was developed from roll-call vote records available at When the motion was “Ought Not To Pass,” the yea’s and nay’s were reversed in order to more simply represent support for or opposition to the bill. Below are descriptions of the bills, motions and amendments that were voted on with the roll-call vote …

  • Published
    October 28, 2016

    Lawsuit: Inmate alleges assault by correctional officer with loaded weapon

    A former inmate at Maine State Prison has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Corrections alleging assault by a correctional officer and violations of due process in his disciplinary hearing related to the incident. The case will be dismissed if defendants are not served summonses by Oct. 31 — yet the plaintiff indicates his efforts to serve them have been obstructed by authorities, and notices from the …

  • Published
    September 29, 2016

    DOC groping for alternatives after ditching X-ray body scanners

    Maine Department of Corrections is considering new ways to detect contraband at correctional facilities after discontinuing use of transmission X-ray scanners, possibly because of concerns about radiation exposure. The Bureau of Labor Standards cited DOC earlier this year for “serious” safety violations related to operation of a body scanner at Maine Correctional Center. The scanners were introduced by former …

  • Published
    September 8, 2016

    Special Operations Group officers no longer carry guns in prison

    Special Operations Group officers at Maine State Prison stopped carrying firearms while patrolling the prison after a department review of the policy found it to be against American Correctional Association standards. Formed in 2013, the Special Operations Group, is a team of 20 correctional officers across the Department of Corrections who have volunteered to receive special training in corrections-based …

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