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    April 23, 2017

    American Ninja Warrior taps Belfast man for Cleveland qualifier

    The day before his 35th birthday earlier in April, Ryan Howes of Belfast received an amazing present — in the form of a phone call. Howes learned he had been chosen to compete in the qualifier for American Ninja Warrior to take place in Cleveland, Ohio. He will travel there Sunday through Tuesday, May 7-9, to be a part of the ninth season of the popular NBC obstacle course show, which premiers in June. “I had …

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    March 2, 2017

    Gilford Butler students win regional poster contest

    Two Gilford Butler Elementary students have won the regional competition for the annual conservation poster organized by the Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District. The annual National Conservation Poster Contest provides students in kindergarten through grade six with an opportunity to convey their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues through art. This year’s theme was: Healthy …

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    December 21, 2016

    Midcoast lens: Jolly paddlers

    It’s not every day you see a pair of Santas paddle-boarding in Rockland harbor. Two Rockland women, Christina Fish and Tracy LaBreck, took advantage of the calm water, sunny skies and 40-degree air temperatures Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 21, and went paddle-boarding in Rockland Harbor. Fish said they paddle-board year-round and this is her third winter doing so.

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    December 16, 2016

    Gingerbread goodness at Gilford Butler

    Students in Pamela Walton’s second-grade class decorated “gingerbread” graham cracker houses Friday afternoon, Dec. 16, at Gilford Butler School. Parents and grandparents assisted the students in decking out the little houses in tasty treats for the annual classroom tradition.

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    December 13, 2016

    Local woman urges others to be vigilant about health during cancer battle

    If Annie Flagg could do things differently, she would. She wouldn’t have waited to see a doctor. She wouldn’t have let her lack of health insurance or fear of expensive medical bills keep her from seeking treatment. She would have listened to the little voice in the back of her mind that kept saying, “Something is wrong – get yourself checked out.” “I started feeling really bad two to three years ago, but I also …

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    December 12, 2016

    Community support helps family stay #AaliyahStrong

    Tom Hargrove of Warren knows what it’s like to have a child receive care at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland. Hargrove said he was scrolling through the Midcoast Message Board on Facebook and clicked the link to the story The Courier-Gazette posted about 4-year-old Aaliyah Carballo and her fight with cancer. She was diagnosed with neuroblastoma Nov. 17. The little girl, …

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    December 1, 2016

    Family fights to stay #AaliyahStrong

    A local family is facing a battle they never could have envisioned. On Nov. 17, Todd Carballo and Jessica Spaulding of Waldoboro received devastating news from their daughter’s pediatrician. Her stomach pains weren’t from just a tummy ache. They were the result of a softball-sized mass in the 3-year-old’s stomach. Their pediatrician told them the tumor was pressing on Aaliyah Carballo’s kidneys and liver and they …

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    October 27, 2016

    Great pumpkins found at Gilford Butler

    For more than 20 years, students in Pamela Walton’s second-grade class at Gilford Butler School have enjoyed the annual tradition of carving pumpkins. Family members were invited to join students for the pumpkin-carving Thursday afternoon, Oct. 27, at the school. The pumpkins were provided courtesy of the school’s parents’ group.

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    October 21, 2016

    UPDATED: Missing Rockland girl returns home safe

    A 12-year-old Rockland girl who was reported missing Thursday evening has returned home safe and sound, according to the Rockland Police Department. Megan Seavey said she expected her daughter, Kylie Hooper, to return to their Pleasant Street home around 7:30 p.m. Thursday. When she wasn’t home by 9 p.m., Seavey said, she called Rockland Police to report her daughter missing. “This isn’t her; she would come home …

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    October 17, 2016

    Tenants Harbor builder helps grant wish while facing cancer

    Tom Armitage had just finished his first chemotherapy treatment when he was asked to help grant a wish for a local Make-A-Wish child. Not many people knew that Armitage himself was battling cancer. Armitage has metastatic prostate cancer. He was diagnosed in 2010 and tries to manage the incurable disease, he said. He has gone through radiation and was beginning his last treatment option – chemotherapy – when the …

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