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  • Published
    April 27, 2017

    Two consider seats on Hope select board

    Sarah Ann Smith has taken out nomination papers to express her interest in filling one of two available seats on the Hope Board of Selectmen. Current board member Wendy Pellietier has also taken out nomination papers for re-election to her seat on the board. The other seat is currently held by David Bosken. The terms are for three years. Those interested in being considered for seats have until Tuesday, May 2 to …

  • Published
    April 13, 2017

    Pellietier considers return to Hope Select Board

    Hope Board of Selectmen member Wendy Pellietier has taken out nomination papers for re-election to her seat on the board. Nomination papers are now available for seats to be filled at the June election. A pair of three-year seats on the Board of Selectmen, held by Pellietier and David Bosken are available. Pellietier has not yet returned the papers. Three seats on the Budget Committee are up for re-election. Two …

  • Published
    April 5, 2017

    Slippery roads to blame for numerous crashes April 5

    Light snowfall caused slick roads on the morning of April 5, leading to several minor crashes in the Midcoast. At about 5:30 a.m., Ethan Hyvarinen, 24, of Hope, was driving a 2006 Nissan Frontier truck near 840 Hatchet Mountain Road, when the car slid off the road and rolled over, according Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison. Hyvarinen and two children were uninjured in the crash. All were wearing seat belts or …

  • Published
    March 31, 2017

    School Union 69 braces for budget increases

    The elimination of state subsidies to offset administration costs, combined with the unpredictable amount in state subsidy support, and increasing costs to fund special education are the driving factors behind proposed increases in the initial Hope, Appleton and Lincolnville school budgets. The initial Hope Elementary School budget is proposed at approximately $2.46 million, which is up 4.7 percent, or $175,720; …

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    March 30, 2017

    Bucksport man behind bars after leading police on chase

    A 31-year-old Bucksport man remained in jail April 4 after police said he led them on a car chase through the back roads of Rockport in which his vehicle reached an estimated 100 mph. Paul M. Davis was arrested Wednesday, March 29 and charged with eluding an officer, criminal operating under the influence, driving to endanger, criminal speeding, criminal trespass, and leaving the scene of a property damage …

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    March 28, 2017

    Hope in 'desperate' need of town board volunteers

    Hope Selectman Richard Crabtree said the town is desperately seeking volunteers to serve on various committees. Town boards are staffed entirely by volunteers, so it is “absolutely critical to the governance of the town of Hope” to have people participate on town committees and boards, something the town has struggled with for years, Crabtree said. Nomination papers are now available for seats to be filled at the …

  • Published
    March 17, 2017

    In her brother's honor

    A Thomaston woman has been on a quest to get her brother’s name on the Camden veterans memorial wall for several years with no luck. Jan Dearborn said several members of her family — her great-grandfather, father and uncle — already appear on the Village Green wall, so when she initially requested her deceased brother, Stanton Dearborn, also be listed, she never thought she would run into the trouble that she has …

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    March 16, 2017

    Road repairs lead to increased Hope budget proposal

    A $78,000 increase in the roads budget for maintenance and supplies is paving the way for an 8 percent increase in the initial proposed town budget. The municipal budget, in its beginning stages, is proposed at $837,896, up about $59,000 from the current year. After factoring in approximately $238,000 for county taxes and dispatch services and an estimated 3 percent increase in school costs (about $2.95 million), …

  • Published
    March 15, 2017

    Nomination papers available March 21 for Hope boards

    Nomination papers for those interested in seeking seats on various town boards — including two seats on the Board of Selectmen — will be available Monday, March 20 at the Town Office. A pair of three-year seats, held by Selectmen David Bosken and Wendy Pelletier, are available. Three seats on the Budget Committee are up for re-election. Two three-year terms, held by Bill Pearse and Ellie Goldberg, are available, …

  • Published
    February 21, 2017

    HopeAir gets lift from town's Planning Board

    In just 10 minutes, the Hope Planning Board approved a plan Feb. 20 for an aerial movement facility from North Atlantic Gymnastics Academy. Stacey and Jonas Contakos of Rockport applied for a change of use for the former Hope Elephants barn, located at 49 Hatchet Mountain Road. The facility is owned by Carrie Laurita. The Contakoses are planning to redevelop the barn and the fenced-in grounds behind it. The …

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