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    July 17, 2018

    Updated: Select Board votes to investigate personnel matter

    Although the focus of an internal personnel matter has not been made public, Select Board Chairman Doug Cole said July 17 that the town’s auditor would be present at a July 30 meeting as the investigation continues. The Rockport Select Board voted unanimously to have an outside party investigate a personnel matter following a closed-door executive session on July 12. The meeting was held in the Geoffrey C. Parker …

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    July 17, 2018

    Tree-toppling beavers add to busy week for Rockport FD

    Over the course of seven days, members of the Rockport Fire Department were kept very active and responded to a wide range of incidents in town. In addition to a spate of car accidents and a fire at the base of a telephone pole, a couple of badly-behaved beavers caused a tree to fall on Main Street. On the morning of July 10 the fire department responded to Fern Way in Rockport, where a Subaru had rolled off the …

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    July 16, 2018

    New foundation aims to raise $2 million for library

    A group of volunteers has recently formed the Rockport Library Foundation to help raise the $2 million in private donations necessary to proceed with construction of the new building. The estimated cost of the building is $3.5 million: the remaining $1.5 million will appear as a bond question to voters at the November polls. A website for the foundation has been created, and states that the Rockport Library …

  • Published
    July 13, 2018

    Something for everyone at library book sale

    The 49th annual Rockport Public Library book sale was in full swing on July 13, as bibliophiles perused and purchased thousands of books. Hosted by Friends of the Rockport Library, this year’s event was held at the Midcoast Recreation Center, and volunteers had worked for months leading up to the sale, organizing and pricing books. Carefully arranged by subject and in alphabetical order, the books covered dozens …

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    July 10, 2018

    No injuries reported in vehicle rollover

    Members of the Rockport fire and police departments responded to a single-vehicle rollover at approximately 8 a.m. on July 10. The accident occurred on Fern Way in Rockport. Responders found the vehicle, a late model Subaru Outback with Maine license plates, resting in a ditch with trees on one side and a line of large rocks on the other. The name of the driver has not yet been released, and there were no …

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    July 10, 2018

    Select Board approves employee smoking ban

    The Rockport Select Board approved an amended workplace smoking policy which will affect town employees beginning Sept. 1. The policy states that there will be no smoking or use of tobacco products within the town’s facilities and equipment at any time. The July 9 meeting was attended by Molly Stone from the Knox County Community Health Coalition. Stone serves as the coalition’s tobacco and nicotine prevention …

  • Published
    July 10, 2018

    Eichenlaub appointed to Hope School Committee

    Jacob Eichenlaub was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the Hope School Committee during a special School Committee meeting on July 9. He will serve a one-year term. There were two openings on the committee during the June elections, which sought to fill seats held by Heather Quesnell and Thomas Ingraham. No one took out nomination papers for either seat, but during the elections Timothy Lock received 14 write-in …

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    July 10, 2018

    Midcoast duo provides unique compost service

    Have you ever felt a pang of guilt as you toss the ends of celery, the core of an apple or a pile of coffee grinds into your trash? These could all biodegrade and become compost, but you don’t have the space, time or energy to create a composting facility in your back yard. Scrapdogs Community Compost seeks to meet the needs of citizens in Midcoast Maine by providing a convenient, door-to-door composting service. …

  • Published
    July 9, 2018

    Bates, Pelletier and Feyler seek election to MMA committee

    Three public officials from Rockport, Hope and Union are seeking two available seats to represent Senate District 12 on the Maine Municipal Association’s Legislative Policy Committee. Senate District 12 is comprised of 17 towns including Camden, Rockland and Thomaston. The three nominees are Rick Bates, Wendy Pelletier and Jay Feyler. Bates currently serves as the town manager for Rockport, Pelletier serves on …

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    July 8, 2018

    Midcoast lens: Sun, saltwater and seals

    The weather was perfect for a jaunt at sea on July 6. After a morning of thunder and rain, the skies cleared and the sun shone brightly. A boat ride through Rockport Harbor revealed a variety of colorful boats, coastal vistas — even a playful seal.

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