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    February 11, 2012

    Icing the chute for lightning speed

    An event that has grown in size and popularity such as the annual National Toboggan Championships can be attributed to a thousand small details, but one large collaborative mission — to keep the heart and soul in a local winter festival, now in its 22nd year, that is being passed down through generations. A Message from the Camden Parks and Recreation Department and volunteer Event Committee: The original …

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    February 10, 2012

    Camden public parking provisions for possible weekend snow

    With the National Toboggan Championships under way, thousands of visitors in the area, and a hint of snow in the forecast, Camden is accommodating cars for overnight parking, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10 and 11. There will be no overnight street parking; however, visitors may park in any of three town-owned parking lots. They include the lot on Mechanic Street, across from the Bagel Cafe and Cutting Edge; the …

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    February 10, 2012

    Route 1 Rockport accident attributed to alcohol

    Rockport police charged a Camden man for allegedly operating under the influence following a Feb. 8 accident that left a baby in the backseat unharmed but ruined the back of one car. At 7 p.m. on Wednesday night, Caitlin Farrell-Johnson was heading south on Route 1 from Camden in a 2001 Chevrolet Blazer, with a one-year-old baby strapped safely in the backseat, facing the recommended direction toward the rear of …

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    February 9, 2012

    Federal appeals court upholds decision favoring Camden police

    The U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a decision that Camden police acted properly in investigating a burglary. Linda Ann Irving filed her appeal last June after U.S. Magistrate Judge Margaret Kravchuk entered a judgment for Camden in U.S. District Court in Portland. On Feb. 7, the appeals court wrote: “Having conducted a de novo review, we affirm the judgment substantially for the reasons set …

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    February 3, 2012

    Rockport police seek help in tracking intruder

    At 1 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, a Glen Cove homeowner woke to the sound of steps on the deck, just outside her bedroom. She turned on the lights, looked out the window, and spotted a man running away. Nearby neighbors, alerted by the woman’s lights going on, also looked out their windows and saw the man fleeing. Rockport Police Officer Wesley Butler responded to the woman’s call, and requested a tracking dog from …

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    January 27, 2012

    Rockport fire chief recognized for longtime service

    Rockport Fire Chief Bruce Woodward has been honored by Maine firefighters with a Lifetime Achievement Award, recognized for his wisdom, skills and service to community. The Maine State Federation of Firefighters presented him with the award on Dec. 10 in Augusta. Jeannie Conway, a federation board member representing Knox County, said Woodward accepted the award at the ceremony, and, “like he does with everything,…

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    January 13, 2012

    Whooping cough surfaces in Lincolnville

    Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, has been diagnosed in one student at Lincolnville Central School and parents are being advised to pay attention to symptoms of illness their children may exhibit. The bacteria that causes whooping cough has inched back into the U.S., Maine, and the Midcoast over the past decade. Health officials hoped to eradicate it with mass vaccination; instead, it reemerged, even in …

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    January 13, 2012

    Lincolnville voters to move on town office expansion, consider drug clinic rules

    Lincolnville will hold a public hearing on Jan. 23 concerning five proposals that may, pending selectmen approval, appear on a special town meeting warrant, scheduled for Feb. 13. The warrant remains a draft until the public hearing, which will take place at 6 p.m. just prior to the regularly scheduled selectmen’s meeting, but Lincolnville citizens can anticipate voting in February to either approve or reject: 1) …

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    December 29, 2011

    Of mountain crimes, fires and the will to strengthen a village

    There are the robberies, murders and near murders, minor earthquakes, ocean and highway tragedies, fires, and periodic municipal eruptions, all of which command community attention. We talk about them in the dog food aisle at the grocery store, at the morning coffee counter, on the phone and sidewalk, parsing reasons why a man might want to kill his wife, or how otherwise reasonable citizens make irrational …

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    December 4, 2011

    Carrageenan processing pump catches fire in Rockland

    An early morning fire at FMC BioPolymer on Crocketts Point in Rockland was quickly extinguished Dec. 4 after a pump overheated in the plant’s alcohol room. Rockland firefighters arrived at the manufacturing facility soon after 6 a.m. to find a fire in a part of the plant that uses alcohol to process its carrageenan products. The pump had caught fire, and while sprinklers were at work when firefighters entered …

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