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    August 21, 2018

    Family, friends make blueberry harvest special

    For the past 150 years the Brodis family has been supplying customers on the Midcoast with native blueberries harvested on their property in Hope. From a garage on Buzzell Hill Road which serves as a storefront and sorting center for the berries, on Aug. 14 Gwen Brodis and her grandson, Jeremy Howard, reflected on this year’s harvest, and how they have adapted with an ever-changing industry. “The bees did a great …

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    August 17, 2018

    Heim describes plan for Belfast salmon farm

    There was not a spare seat in sight as residents packed into a presentation by Erik Heim, CEO of Nordic Aquafarms, at the Camden Yacht Club Aug. 15. Heim plans to open a $400 million land-based salmon farm in Belfast next year. Heim said that the 100,000-square-foot facility would be built alongside Belfast’s Little River; one of the reasons for choosing the site is its proximity to fresh water, which would be …

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    August 14, 2018

    Officials consider ban on Styrofoam packaging

    The Rockport Select Board discussed a proposal which would ban the use of Styrofoam takeout containers by retail vendors on Aug. 13. The ban would apply to any food or beverage containers made of expanded polystyrene foam used for both onsite and offsite consumption. A draft of the ban was written and presented to the board earlier in the year by Frances Woodworth, then a senior at Camden Hills Regional High …

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    August 14, 2018

    Special town meeting on proposed changes to TIF district

    A special town meeting will be held at the Rockport Opera House on Aug. 27 to consider revising the tax increment financing district on Commercial Street. The select board voted unanimously in favor of holding the meeting on Aug. 13. The Aug. 27 meeting will seek a vote by residents to amend the TIF district along Commercial Street to add approximately eight properties to the district. A warrant article provided …

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    August 14, 2018

    More than 100 swimmers participate in LifeFlight's Islesboro Crossing

    Despite a rainy start to the day, droves of swimmers and their attendants in kayaks or paddle boards took the plunge into West Penobscot Bay on Aug. 12, making their way from Northport to Islesboro in the sixth annual LifeFlight of Maine Islesboro Crossing. LifeFlight’s Director of Communications Melissa Arndt said that nearly 140 individuals swam in this year’s event, which seeks to raise funds for equipment and …

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    August 14, 2018

    Masons award bicycles to children through Bikes for Books

    Sixteen bicycles have been awarded to local children by the Rockport Masonic Center for their participation in the Rockport Public Library’s summer reading program. The ceremony took place at the library on Aug. 10. Youth Services librarian Ben Odgren said that this was the first year that the library had partnered with members the Rockport Masonic Center for the Mason’s Bikes for Books event; in previous years …

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    August 7, 2018

    McCluskey prepares for fourth LifeFlight swim

    On Aug. 12 swimmers from all over the country will gather in Northport to participate in the sixth annual LifeFlight of Maine Islesboro Crossing, and swim from the shore some three miles to the island. Funds raised by the participants will benefit the nonprofit emergency rescue company. Lianne McCluskey of Camden is a lifelong swimmer and will be making her fourth foray across the ocean this year to support the …

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    August 6, 2018

    Wanderlust offers adventures on Maine's rivers, lakes, sea

    One of the pleasures of Maine in the summer is spending time outdoors, particularly on or near the water. A new local business, Wanderlust Camden, is devoted to providing outdoor aquatic adventures through their customized trips by kayak, paddle board or boat, allowing people, who may not be aware of some of Maine’s waters or own aquatic equipment, a convenient and memorable experience. Wanderlust Camden is the …

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    August 6, 2018

    Rockport library project expected to meet budget

    In recent months the Rockport Select Board, Town Manager and Building Committee have been working with architects and engineers to create a construction proposal for a new Rockport Public Library which will appear before voters in November. In a statement issued by the town of Rockport on Aug. 3, Select Board Chairman Doug Cole sounded optimistic that estimates for the project were within the projected $3.5 …

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    July 31, 2018

    Barbecue raises funds for Simonton Corner Hall

    A celebration was held on July 28 to honor the 95th year of the Simonton Corner Community Hall and to raise funds for the continued maintenance of the building. Dozens of citizens enjoyed a cookout on the property’s grounds and connected with friends and family at the well-known site of countless concerts, classes and community potlucks. The menu for the event featured grilled chicken, baked beans, hot dogs, …

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