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    June 15, 2017

    Appleton voters approve slight budget increase, ask Select Board to maintain civility

    Appleton residents made no changes to the proposed budget at the June 14 annual town meeting, approving an $11,600 increase in town spending. Former Select Board Chairman Donald Burke also asked current board members to remember to be respectful and civil during interactions with townspeople. About 40 people attended the annual meeting, held at the Appleton Village School, which lasted a little more than two …

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    June 14, 2017

    Pelletier, Smith elected to Hope Board of Selectmen

    Hope Selectman Wendy Pelletier and newcomer Sarah Ann Smith were elected by voters in an uncontested race for two three-year terms at the polls June 13. A total of 444 votes were cast. Pelletier received 157 votes, Smith received 157. There also were nine various write-in votes. Smith will replace David Bosken on the board, who did not seek re-election. Michael Douglass was elected to the Hope School Committee …

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    June 12, 2017

    Hope woman details attack by rabid raccoon

    Rachel Borch was running along a woodland trail June 3 near her home, located off Hatchet Mountain Road, when the unimaginable happened — she was attacked by a raccoon, which she was forced to kill to protect herself. The state’s Centers for Disease Control confirmed June 5 the raccoon tested positive for rabies. Rabies is a disease caused by a virus. It affects the brain and spinal cord and can cause death if …

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    June 10, 2017

    With 'Pomp and Circumstance,' Camden Hills graduates 146

    In front of hundreds of family and friends, 146 students marched into Camden Hills Regional High School’s gymnasium the evening of June 9 and marched out graduates. The graduation included opening remarks from Class President Abby Chamberlin, who compared the undergraduate years to a Dorman’s ice cream sundae; a passionate speech from Salutatorian Molly Mann, a valedictory address from Emma Trapani, who related …

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    June 6, 2017

    Three honored for dedication to community in Rockport annual report

    Three residents have been honored, two posthumously, in the 2017 annual town report. In a ceremony with family and friends June 1, Martha “Molly” Sholes and the late Doug Linder and late Anthony Wayne “Hutch” Hutcheson were honored by town officials for their dedication to the community. In 1971, Sholes and her husband purchased an old blueberry farm on Mount Pleasant in West Rockport, and after her retirement …

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    June 6, 2017

    Camden Hills' Class of 2017 march toward graduation

    In an annual tradition, the senior class at Camden Hills Regional High School donned their caps and gowns, and marched through downtown Camden June 5 en route to baccalaureate services at the First Congregational Church. The annual march through the town gives parents, family and friends the first opportunity to see the class all together dressed in their graduation gear. A total of 146 students will graduate …

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    June 2, 2017

    Police seek public's help to locate missing Rhode Island teen

    Camden and Rockport police departments are asking the public to be on the lookout for a juvenile female who has been missing from Warren, R.I., since April and may be in the Midcoast. Maraysha Hicks, 16, was last seen leaving her residence in Warren, R.I., April 24 late in the evening. Hicks is black with shoulder-length wavy brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs approximately 134 …

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    May 21, 2017

    Hard work brings reward for Camden Hills valedictorian

    Emma Trapani does not like to turn in assignments unless it is her best work possible. This is what keeps her motivated and also has led to her being named the valedictorian for the class of 2017 at Camden Hills Regional High School. She is the daughter of Sarah and Carl Trapani of Rockport. “I really like doing my best work. I do not like turning things in that isn’t my best,” she said. Trapani said her studies …

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    May 19, 2017

    Family involvement is part of Hope pre-K foundation

    Pre-kindergarten students in MaryBeth Pride’s class at Hope Elementary School learned all about farm animals May 12 on a day reserved for parent involvement in the program. Mikey the miniature horse and Belle the goat, as well as a few chicks, visited with students from Horses With Hope rescue and Broadview Farm, also located in Hope. In addition, Bruce and Ernest, two sheep owned by Hope students Adam and …

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    May 19, 2017

    Future of marijuana shops to be debated at Hope town meeting

    Hope residents will decide whether to prohibit marijuana stores and social clubs and will be asked to approve 12 percent increase in town expenses at its annual town meeting next month. The annual town meeting is set for Thursday, June 15, at 6 p.m. at Hope Elementary School. In November, Maine voters approved Question 1, which permits the retail sale of marijuana and marijuana products, and allows individuals …

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