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    May 16, 2017

    Truck stranded on ramp in ferry fail

    Driving straight through the chain at the Lincolnville Ferry Terminal did not get a driver onto the boat any faster May 13. Instead, the 89-year-old driver of a Ford pick-up truck found himself teetering from the ramp 15 to 20 feet in the air as the ferry was called back to the pen. The incident started at about 2 p.m. when Joseph M. Hughes of Islesboro was attempting to load his truck on the afternoon ferry to …

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    May 14, 2017

    Man injured fighting Spruce Head Island cottage fire

    A man was injured the morning of May 14 fighting a fire inside a cottage he is renting on Spruce Head Island. The man, who has not been identified, was taken by South Thomaston EMS to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport, according to South Thomaston Fire Chief Bryan Calderwood. South Thomaston Fire and EMS responded to the call at about 6:30 a.m. at 48 Merchant Landing. The cottage is owned by Skip Connell and is …

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    May 13, 2017

    Midcoast lens: Camden springs into bloom

    Residents and visitors headed downtown May 13 for the sixth annual Camden Is Blooming. Children’s activities, sidewalk sales, P.AW.S.’ Spring Fling and the opening of the Camden Farmers’ Market in its new location at 116 Washington St. were some of the featured events during the day. The event, which is sponsored by the Camden Area Business Group, coincides with Camden’s Second Saturday program which will have a …

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    May 12, 2017

    Alleged theft causes Diaper Fund to change policies

    After 150 diapers and more than 400 wipes were taken off The Diaper Fund’s porch on Meadow Street May 8, the organization has changed its pickup policy. The Diaper Fund is a Rockport-based organization that distributes free diapers — both disposable and cloth — as well as wipes to local families in Knox, Waldo and northern Lincoln counties. Since the nonprofit only has limited office hours, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., …

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    May 11, 2017

    Police vs. fire golf tournament pits agencies against each other for charity

    There is nothing more competitive than police personnel vs. firefighters and that rivalry will hit the greens Saturday, June 17, in the region’s first golf tournament that pits the two agencies against one another in a friendly competition. The Emergency Responder Police vs. Fire Golf Tournament begins at 8 a.m. at Goose River Golf Club. The tournament is the brainchild of Rockport Fire Chief Jason Peasley and …

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    May 5, 2017

    Hope, Appleton, Lincolnville school budgets head to votes

    The budgets for the Hope, Appleton, and Lincolnville elementary schools, which vary between 2 and 4 percent increases, are heading to public votes this month and final votes at the June 13 election. School Union 69 Superintendent Dianne Helprin said the increases are due to the elimination of state subsidies to offset administration costs, the unpredictable amount in state subsidy support and increased costs to …

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    May 5, 2017

    Tom Ford remembered as 'amazing friend' to the community

    Members of the school community, area sports leagues and town officials in the Midcoast were shocked and saddened by the sudden, unexpected death of longtime youth sports coach and community leader Tom Ford. Ford, 71, died at his home May 4. He first moved to the Midcoast in the late 1970s. Ford and his wife, Nancy, lived on a large parcel in Hope. He retired in 2013 after working for the town of Rockport for 13 …

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    May 4, 2017

    Group aims to wipe out diaper need

    Rachel Smolenski knows the financial strain of having children in diapers. As a single mother of four, she had three kids in diapers at the same time. “It was very difficult to diaper, and I remember those days and I know how much diapers cost,” Smolenski said. Flash forward and Smolenski is now the founder and director of The Diaper Fund, an organization that distributes free diapers — both disposable and cloth …

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    May 4, 2017

    Labor of love: Maternity nurse offers expertise in Haiti

    A Pen Bay Medical Center nurse spent a week in March training Haitian students and new mothers how to provide safe maternity and newborn care. Cecily Havener, of Friendship, has worked at the Rockport hospital for 11 years as a labor, delivery and postpartum nurse. She also, for the last six years, has served as a certified lactation consultant to assist new mothers with breastfeeding. Havener, having done some …

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    May 3, 2017

    Ashwood students volunteer across Midcoast, raise money for school

    On Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29, students from Rockport’s Ashwood Waldorf School volunteered at various locations from Cushing to Belfast. The purpose of the school’s second annual Serve-a-thon is twofold: it connects students with the community and raises money for the school. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to our community while also raising much-needed funds here at Ashwood … …

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