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    September 4, 2018

    Midcoast lens: First day of school fun

    Students attending Camden-Rockport Elementary School and Camden-Rockport Middle School embarked on the first day of the school year Sept. 4: some made their way to class on two wheels, while others waited for the school bus alongside their four-legged friends.

  • Published
    September 4, 2018

    Personnel investigation continues in Rockport

    Although the subject of a personnel investigation has not yet been made public, town officials have received an invoice from law firm Toubh Heisler on the matter. Attorney Jon Goodman is conducting the investigation, and has billed the town $2,200 as of Aug. 27. Goodman’s rate is $250 per hour, and he billed the town for 8.8. hours. According to the invoice, the bulk of his time to date has been spent meeting …

  • Published
    September 4, 2018

    Antique fire truck needs a temporary home

    The Rockport Fire Department has a historic vehicle which is in need of temporary housing from a generous individual this winter: a 1928 American LeFrance ladder truck. The truck measures approximately 54 feet in length, and was acquired by the department in the 1950s. For the past three years the truck has been stored by the Marriner family at their property in Rockport, and Fire Chief Jason Peasley said Sept. 4 …

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    September 1, 2018

    Fireworks, food and fun at 25th Windjammer Festival

    Hundreds of visitors from across the globe made their way to Camden Harbor on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 to attend the 25th annual Camden Windjammer Festival, which featured a parade of schooners, lobster-hauling demonstrations and a variety of nautical-themed competitions for people of all ages. On Sept. 1 dozens of children participated in the First Fish Relay Race at the Public Landing. Hosted by The First National …

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    August 30, 2018

    Board approves $350,000 change order for middle school

    The MSAD 28 School Board and members of the Middle School Building Committee unanimously approved a $353,784 change order to the Camden-Rockport Middle School construction project on Aug. 29. School Superintendent Maria Libby said Aug. 30 that would come from a combination of value-engineering cuts, which total approximately $190,000, as well as the project’s contingency plan. The money represented by the change …

  • Published
    August 28, 2018

    Bond language approved for library project

    The Select Board unanimously approved the bond language for the construction of the new Rockport Public Library at 1 Limerock St. following a public hearing on Aug. 27. The language will appear before voters on Nov. 6. The estimated total cost for the structure is $3.5 million, $1.5 of which would be paid by the town if the ballot article receives voter approval this fall. The remaining $2 million would be raised …

  • Published
    August 27, 2018

    MSAD 28 unveils four-year strategic plan

    MSAD 28 officials have released a strategic plan which will guide the next four years at the Camden Rockport Elementary School and the Camden Rockport Middle School. The plan is divided into three sections: “Healthy learning environment,” “Teaching and learning,” and “Effective management of the middle school campus project.” “A significant endeavor during the course of this plan that will impact learning for the …

  • Published
    August 27, 2018

    Town investigating complaint by employee

    The first public document has been released pertaining to an internal investigation concerning complaints by a town employee. A letter of engagement from attorney Jonathan Goodman states that he will be conducting an independent investigation into a personnel matter on behalf of the town of Rockport and its select board. The letter, dated Aug. 19, was sent to attorney Ann Freeman of the Portland-based Bernstein …

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    August 22, 2018

    Supplement aims to clarify tax bills

    When Rockport taxpayers receive their bills in the coming week, inside they will find an additional piece of paper designed to explain where their money is going. The supplement was drafted by members of the Rockport Select Board, and is signed by Chairman Doug Cole. Cole presented the concept for the supplement to the board at their Aug. 13 meeting, having heard from some members of the community that they were …

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    August 21, 2018

    Polystyrene container ban will appear on ballot

    On Nov. 6 Rockport voters will be asked to approve a ban on expanded polystyrene foam takeaway food and beverage containers by vendors in the area. On Aug. 27 the select board voted unanimously in favor of placing the item on the ballot, following a discussion and amending the original ordinance. A draft of the ordinance was written and presented to the board earlier in the year by Frances Woodworth, then a …

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