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    October 5, 2016

    Benefit aimed to provide independence for Rockport woman with MS

    Rockport resident Julie Elwell Hayden has been living with multiple sclerosis for the past six years. On Saturday, Oct. 8, a dinner will be held at the Warren Masonic Hall to help Hayden in her goal of purchasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle. Among the events planned for the evening are a raffle and an auction, and all funds raised will be put toward this cause. Hayden was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in …

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    October 4, 2016

    New Town Office hours, taxes due in Appleton

    The Appleton Town Office has changed its hours of operation, effective Oct. 3. The Select Board approved the new hours at its Sept. 20 meeting in an effort to make the office more uniform, as well as providing employees with increased work time. The Town Office will now be open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays. The mil rate in Appleton has increased …

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    October 3, 2016

    Gushee seeks Appleton Select Board seat

    Of the three Appleton residents to have taken out nomination papers, Jason Gushee was the only person to submit a nomination papers for a seat on the Appleton Select Board. Two other Appleton residents, Timothy Davis and Cheryl Johnson, had taken out nomination papers but did not submit them by the deadline of Sept. 23. Gushee will be running unopposed for the seat on the Select Board. The two-year position is …

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    September 28, 2016

    Midcoast lens: The first days of autumn

    Images from around the Midcoast in late September.

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    September 28, 2016

    Spouter Inn reopens under new ownership

    The Spouter Inn Bed and Breakfast reopened earlier this month under the ownership of Don and Erin Shirley. The Shirleys retired from teaching in Southern New Hampshire last year and said they came to Maine to pursue their dream of becoming innkeepers. The pair looked at a variety of properties along the Midcoast before selecting Spouter Inn as their favorite. “We first came to see the property in February,” Erin …

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    September 27, 2016

    Certification revoked from former Rockport police chief

    Former Rockport Police Chief Mark Kelley has had his certification revoked after a vote by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy Board. The board held a public meeting in southern Maine on Sept. 16, at which time sanctions were voted on in connection with a number of administrative investigations throughout the state. Academy Director John Rogers was not at liberty to discuss the decisions made at the meeting, but …

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    September 26, 2016

    Montessori students celebrate peace at Beech Hill Preserve

    Despite a rainy start to the day, on Sept. 23 students, parents and faculty from the Children’s House Montessori School participated in the school’s annual Peace Hike at Beech Hill Preserve in Rockport. The event celebrated the International Day of Peace, and festivities included singing peace-themed songs and the flying of peace pinwheels constructed by the students. The International Day of Peace is …

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    September 23, 2016

    Trees, vineyards and helicopters: A day with Tom Massey

    Kayaking through a storm to reach islands off the coast of Maine. Hanging from a rope 70 feet in the air, battling a tree with a chainsaw. Fending off a mob of raccoons from a ripening grapevine. Sleeping in a truck in subzero conditions to strategize a helicopter landing. These are not excerpts from a Jack London novel. In pursuing his passion for vineyard management, arboreal maintenance and helicopter-guided …

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    September 19, 2016

    Ashwood Waldorf School celebrates 30 years

    The Ashwood Waldorf school celebrated its 30th anniversary Sept. 16 with live music, games and a potluck supper. Families, faculty and friends of the school gathered on the Rockport campus to share stories about their experiences at Ashwood. The weather was perfect, and people cozied up on picnic blankets, reconnecting over plates of food and around campfires. The school was founded by several families in the …

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    September 14, 2016

    Three Appleton residents consider Select Board seat

    Three Appleton residents have taken out nomination papers for a seat on the Select Board: Timothy Davis, Cheryl Johnson and Jason Gushee. The two-year position is for the seat left vacant by longtime Selectman Donald Burke, who resigned in June. The deadline to return nomination papers to the Appleton Town office and officially appear on the ballot is Friday, Sept. 23, by 1:30 p.m. Voting will occur by secret …

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