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    July 3, 2018

    Pigs escape, run 'hog wild' on Route 17

    Knox County Dispatch received a call from a driver near Pushaw’s General Store in Hope on July 2 reporting that a number of pigs were running amok on Route 17, near the Hope and Rockport town line. Maine State Police responded to the scene, as did Hope Animal Control Officer Heidi Blood. Throughout the early afternoon calls continued to come in over the police scanner, with concerned drivers reporting the pigs …

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    July 3, 2018

    New fire truck arrives in Rockport

    Members of the Rockport Fire Department were busy installing equipment on the new “Squad 25” vehicle at the fire station on July 3. The truck is a different design from the department’s other fire engines, and boasts a variety of devices which can be used for rescue and extinguishing purposes. Fire Chief Jason Peasley said that the truck arrived at the station from Brunswick on June 30, and he and the Rockport …

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    July 2, 2018

    Midcoast lens: A winged welcome in Rockport

    Michelle Beveridge captured the special moment when an owl perched on a “Welcome to Rockport” sign on June 23. She said she saw the owl while driving on Route 1 at 7:45 p.m. The sign seemed to provide a “wise” resting spot for the bird, which appears to be a barred owl.

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    July 2, 2018

    Landowner agrees to remediate tree cutting

    A Rockport property owner, Maurice Harmon, has accepted an administrative consent agreement with the town to replant trees and pay a fine after violating the Rockport Shoreland Zoning Ordinance and Land Use Ordinance earlier this year. In April, Rockport Code Enforcement Officer Scott Bickford received a call from a neighbor of Harmon’s 27 Calderwood Lane property, who reported that trees had been cut down in the …

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    July 1, 2018

    Music, food and fun fill Rockport Harbor

    The Rockport Harbor Festival took place on June 30, and featured live music by the Ale House String Band and the Jason Spooner band as well as a variety of food and entertainment for visitors of all ages. Held at the Marine Park, the festival lasted for six hours and party-goers enjoyed freshly prepared pizza from Flatbread Company which was baked on-site in a brick oven, as well as shucked oysters from BP’s …

  • Published
    June 28, 2018

    Planning Board considers dance studio relocation

    Members of the Rockport Planning Board conducted a pre-application review of a proposal by Vanessa Knause to operate a dance studio at 121 Park St. Knause operates Studio RED, which she plans to relocate from its current site in Rockland. “We’re looking to purchase the building at 121 Park St. It is currently zoned as a tradesman shop and has a two bedroom apartment which I would build-out so I could live there. …

  • Published
    June 26, 2018

    Rockport Center may feature rental units

    The Rockport property on Route 1 (Commercial Street) that was once the Libby Chevrolet dealership, may be broken up into separate rental units, according to a representative from the purchaser. Douglas Clayton responded June 21 to an email inquiry about the future use of the property, saying that the company is planning to renovate the building and rent it out, most likely as a number of separate units, adding …

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    June 26, 2018

    Plans in place to scale down middle school cost

    A list of proposed value-engineering options for the new Camden-Rockport Middle School has been unanimously voted on by members of the SAD 28 School Board; the list outlines dozens of cost cuts which will potentially reduce $1.8 million from the construction budget. The low bid for the construction of the school on Knowlton Street, not including furnishings and other soft costs, was $28.1 million. Submitted by …

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    June 25, 2018

    Ecologist returns to Rockport after months at sea

    Dave Oakes, co-founder of the Center for Ecological Living and Learning, returned to Rockport Harbor on June 20. His return to Maine marked the completion of an educational round-trip sailing voyage to Miami, which he embarked on last October. Sailing down and back up the Atlantic Seaboard, Oakes anchored in ports off the coast of Maine, Washington D.C., New York and The Carolinas , in addition to Miami, as part …

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    June 22, 2018

    Herbal Revolution opens new Rockport location

    On June 22, Herbal Revolution opened its doors in a new retail and shipping space at 148 West St., in Rockport. The grand opening celebration featured local vendors, snacks, and a variety of the company’s natural elixirs, tonics and teas. Owner/operator Kathi Langelier began Herbal Revolution in 2010 with a goal of providing natural plant-based wellness products. The plants which are used in the tinctures and …

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