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    February 23, 2012

    By sun and by moon, pilots guide cargo to Penobscot Bay ports

    Passengers are not frequent on the Penobscot Pilot, the 48-foot powerboat with twin C-series 430 hp Cummins engines that rendezvous with barges, tugs and tankers bringing cargo to the ports of Penobscot Bay. As Capt. Jane Ryan slowly motors away from the wharf off Tillson Avenue in full dark at 4:45 a.m. on Feb. 10, Mate Matt Jacobson familiarizes this reporter with the safety equipment and protocol – emergency …

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    February 23, 2012

    State confirms record-breaking lobster landings for 2011

    The Department of Marine Resources, Feb 22, issued preliminary numbers for 2011 fisheries landings at 276,602,846 pounds with a total price received by fishermen at the docks of $425,774,826. Compared to 2010 levels, this represents an increase of almost 21 million pounds, largely due to increases in lobster and Atlantic herring landings. A decrease of $30 million was mostly attributable to a decrease in farmed …

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    February 23, 2012

    Cushing fisherman nets 27-pound lobster

    When fisherman Robert Maloney of Cushing brought in his last shrimp trawl of the 2012 season Feb. 17, he did not expect to find the 27-pound crustacean that had gotten caught in the grate that is designed to keep fish and lobsters out of his net. “I’m mainly a lobsterman,” said Maloney in a Feb. 23 phone interview. “That’s why it was kind of neat. It wouldn’t even fit in one of my lobster traps.” When Maloney saw …

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    February 23, 2012

    Legislature delays action on Clean Elections

    After a June 27 U.S. Supreme Court decision struck down Arizona provisions, similar to those in Maine law, that allowed for increased matching funds to candidates who accept public financing, advocates for Maine’s Clean Elections law began to search for ways to preserve the spirit and value of a mechanism that was created through referendum in 1996. The 5-4 ruling said Arizona’s law, by allowing for increased …

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    February 22, 2012

    Mr. Wat prepares to open

    Aphiwat Ruklittirul said he would open his new sushi restaurant, Mr. Wat, as soon as the town of Rockport issues the necessary permits. Mr. Wat will offer sushi and noodle dishes at 106 Commercial St., the former EJ’s Restaurant. “People already know I’m here,” he said Feb. 22, in the wood-paneled dining room of the 27-seat restaurant on Route 1. At the Feb. 13 meeting of the Rockport Select Board, Ruklittirul …

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    February 22, 2012

    Islands seek impact analysis for proposed Searsport propane terminal

    The Islesboro and North Haven boards of selectmen have voted unanimously to ask the Army Corps of Engineers for “a fair and thorough” environmental impact study of a proposal — by Colorado-based DCP Midstream — to construct a 22.7-million-gallon liquefied petroleum gas storage tank at Mack Point before issuing a decision on pending permits, a Feb. 16 press release said. The release was issued by the Islesboro …

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    February 17, 2012

    Rockport hires Michael Young to train as Beveridge’s replacement

    Michael Young of Camden has been hired as Rockport’s assistant public works director. His first day will be Monday, March 12. According to Rockport Town Manager Robert Peabody, Young currently is self-employed in the construction and excavation business. He has worked as a patrol deputy, part time for the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, for more than 20 years. Rockport Public Works Director Steve Beveridge said …

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    February 15, 2012

    Sailors make bailers

    Students in The Apprenticeshop’s Rockland Community Sailing High School Program learn a wide range of skills aimed at teaching them to handle boats safely on the water, but on Feb. 9 they gathered at the Rockland facility to have some fun. “The big reason for this is to get everyone together to see Merritt,” said the Apprenticeshop’s Waterfront Programs Director K.C. Heyniger, referring to that evening’s presentat…

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    February 14, 2012

    School’s fate to be decided at Rockport town meeting

    The budget that Rockport residents will vote on in town meeting Tuesday and Wednesday, June 12 and 13, will include the cost of demolishing the former Rockport Elementary School East at the corner of Route 1 and West Street. The decision to put that item on the warrant came after lengthy discussion at the Select Board’s Feb. 13 meeting. At the start of the discussion, citizen Ken McKinley told the board they …

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    February 14, 2012

    Knox County budget a do-over

    Citizens will get another opportunity to review the 2012 Knox County budget, after commissioners voted unanimously Feb. 14 to call for a new hearing. That decision came after municipal leaders challenged the process by which the budget was approved on Dec. 1. The process came under fire from town officials who argued that proper notice was not given for the December budget meeting, at which the 2012 Knox County …

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