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    January 12, 2010

    Students learn to make abacuses

    Third-grade students in teacher Margie Gerrish's class were learning Monday to make abacuses at the South School. Helping them with this project was teacher's aide Joel Dempsey. The abacus is a calculating tool featuring sliding beads on a frame that dates back centuries. Dempsey said making them is useful in teaching youngsters place value in math class. In other classrooms, students have been making winter ...

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    January 12, 2010

    Rockland reviews snow dumping, ponders fish pier management

    Rockland Harbor Management Commission member Louise MacLellan-Ruf said Jan. 7 that fishermen have told her the level of the harbor bottom is being raised significantly due to dumping of snow by city public works crews and private commercial snow removal workers who use the pier as an access point. She raised her concern at a meeting of the commission's Fish Pier Group."I'm sure it is," Public Works Director Greg ...

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    January 12, 2010

    Rockland gives thumbs up to sale of mountaintop lot

    The Rockland City Council gave unanimous final approval Monday night to the sale of a five-acre undeveloped lot on Dodge Mountain that the city acquired two years ago for nonpayment of taxes. The council voted 5-0 to issue a municipal quit claim deed to Jeanette Phillipps for 47 Dodge Mountain Road for $28,000. The city sought bids on the Dodge Mountain  property in December 2008 but the top bid was $10,000. ...

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    January 12, 2010

    Cooperative Transfer Station to add compactors

    Thomaston selectmen reviewed plans for improvements to the transfer station and the assignment of police investigator duties Monday night at Watts Hall. Selectman Peter Lammert outlined plans for improvements at the Thomaston, South Thomaston and Owls Head Cooperative Transfer Station on Buttermilk Lane. This summer the cooperative will add two new trash compactors and add a line providing running water to the ...

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    January 12, 2010

    Rockland council directs city panel to study marijuana rules

    The Rockland City Council gave the unanimous go-ahead Monday night to direct the Comprehensive Planning Commission to develop proposed regulations for marijuana distribution centers. One councilor asked if the panel could recommend a ban on these centers, where marijuana would be handed out to people with certain medical conditions. Councilor Tom Molloy proposed the directive to avoid the situation that ...

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    January 12, 2010

    Lincolnville man sentenced to prison for federal drug conviction

    A 42-year-old Lincolnville man was sentenced Jan. 11 to 37 months in federal prison for his role in a cocaine distribution ring. U.S. Attorney Paula Silsby announced in a news release that Michael Dunn was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Bangor to 37 months' imprisonment, three years' supervised release, and a special assessment of $200. Dunn pleaded guilty Sept. 30 to one count of conspiracy to possess ...

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    January 12, 2010

    Rockland council gives initial OK to New County Road zone change

    The Rockland City Council unanimously and without comment Monday night gave preliminary approval to a zone change that could bring in businesses. City officials have previously acknowledged that they have had discussions with potential developers but have not identified those parties at their requests. The proposed ordinance amendment would allow manufacturing on parcels that front New County Road. Interior ...

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    January 12, 2010

    Rockland council suggests sales tax hike, not more cuts

    Rockland city councilors told their legislators Monday night that continued cuts in municipal and school aid would simply shift the cost to property owners. But councilors also voiced empathy with the difficult position legislators are in as state revenues continue to decline. Some councilors suggested that the state consider an increase and expansion of the state sales tax. State Sen. Christopher Rector, ...

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    January 11, 2010

    Rockport man pleads not guilty in theft of toy

    A 67-year-old Rockport man pleaded not guilty Monday morning in Rockland District Court to a charge that he stole a remote control helicopter from a local store. He has admitted to taking the toy when he could not get his money back or get a replacement for the broken helicopter he had purchased earlier. Michael Crane appeared in court Monday morning as part of a large number of arraignments on the docket. It ...

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    January 11, 2010

    St. George voters to fill three elected positions in March

    Nomination papers are available at the St. George Town Office for three elected positions. Regional School Unit 13 board member George Emery's three-year term is set to expire. Emery has taken out papers for the position. Two spots on the Select Board will also be voted on as part of the March town meeting. Both are three-year terms. Former Select Board member Steve Miller has taken out papers for the ...


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