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    March 2, 2012

    At Fishermen’s Forum: Sen. Collins comments on colleague’s departure

    Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she was stunned when Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, told her she would not seek re-election this year. Collins was at the 2012 Maine Fishermen’s Forum in Rockport on March 2 to watch the bidding on the U.S. flag she donated to the forum’s annual scholarship auction. The flag is flown over the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., and dedicated as the winning bidder chooses. “I knew …

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    March 2, 2012

    Lyman-Morse builds Kiwi Spirit for solo circumnavigation

    When Stanley Paris casts off for a solo circumnavigation aboard the 63-foot Kiwi Spirit, now under construction at Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding in Thomaston, he will be 76 years old. Paris is founding president and chairman of the board of the directors at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. A native of New Zealand, he hosted a six-part series on National Public Television titled “Back Pain: Cause, …

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    March 2, 2012

    Lobstermen use forensic methods to understand whale entanglement

    As part of ongoing efforts to include lobstermen in conversations about fisheries regulation and environmental protection, the Maine Lobstermen’s Association has been working with the World Consortium of Wildlife Bycatch Reduction, the National Marine Fisheries Service and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute to gain a deeper understanding of how whales become dangerously entangled in fishing gear. On the opening …

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    March 1, 2012

    Rockport ponders Commercial Street after Walmart

    The Rockport Select Board discussed the future of Commercial Street, near the Rockland municipal border, when it met Feb. 27. Chairman William Chapman said there has already been communication between the town and the city of Rockland in regard to what the impact will be on the Glen Cove area after Walmart closes its store at 265 Camden St. in Rockland. “Rockland sees a need to look at the whole length of Camden …

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    March 1, 2012

    Rockland seeks port status change as cruise ship season approaches

    Rockland Harbormaster Ed Glaser said a change, requested by the City Council, would make it so that the customs process for passenger vessels arriving in Rockland could operate much in the same way that Bar Harbor does. He said the current Class C designation allows crewmembers to clear customs in Rockland. That includes ocean-going families and travelers who are not paying for their passage. Under the current …

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    February 28, 2012

    Windfall, austerity reduce Washington tax commitment by 10 percent

    Washington citizens will see a 2012 budget that calls for a tax commitment $50,000 lower than that of 2011, when they assemble for their annual town meeting on Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m. Polls for municipal elections will be open the preceding day, Friday, March 30 at 10 a.m. “You will note that the total 2012 appropriations for municipal and county appropriations are down $22,576 (a 2.31% decrease) from 2011 …

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    February 28, 2012

    Rockport leaders vote to demolish old school

    In a 3-2 decision, with board members Tracy Murphy and William Chapman opposing the motion, the Rockport Select Board voted Feb. 27 to demolish the former Rockport Elementary School East structures at the corner of Route 1 and West Street. The vote, which occurred at a regularly scheduled Select Board meeting at the Rockport Opera House, came after a lengthy discussion about the feasibility of retaining any of …

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    February 24, 2012

    St. George presents first 12-month budget for new fiscal year

    The budget St. George voters see when they meet in open town meeting on Tuesday, May 15 will be the first 12-month budget since the town shifted its fiscal year from a calendar year to one that more closely matches state, county and school planning. Although taxes will not be committed until July after the final vote on the Regional School Unit 13 budget and passage of the Knox County budget, which is expected to …

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    February 24, 2012

    County schedules new budget vote

    The Knox County Commission and Budget Committee will hold a special joint meeting and work session on the county’s 2012 budget on Thursday, March 1 at 4 p.m. in the county commissioners’ chambers at 62 Union St. in Rockland. That meeting will precede a public hearing and re-vote on the 2012 Knox County budget on Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. in the Knox County Jury Assembly Room. The 2012 budget is posted on the …

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    February 24, 2012

    New commissioner wants to meet the fishermen

    Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher plans to participate in many of the different breakout sessions at the upcoming Maine Fishermen’s Forum, March 1-3 at the Samoset Resort. Keliher was sworn in on Jan. 26, after serving for six months as the DMR’s acting commissioner. In addition to sitting in on many of the forum’s scheduled sessions, Keliher will be guest of honor at a Meet the Commissio…

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