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    January 30, 2010

    Speakers: Maine should adopt new PACE

    While testifying Jan. 28 on behalf of  LD 1717 in the Hall of Flags at the State House, Senate President Elizabeth "Libby" Mitchell referenced President Obama's State of the Union speech the previous night."The president said this country must lead the world in renewable energy," said Mitchell. "Maine got that memo before last night."A number of representatives and business owners joined Mitchell at the Hall of ...

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    January 30, 2010

    Hope town clerk to retire after 32 years

    Florance Merrifield has for more than three decades been the first face visitors see when they enter the Hope Town Office. In fact, she worked for the town before there even was a town office. That's about to change. After 32 years serving as Hope's town clerk and tax collector, Merrifield has announced her retirement. Her last day will be Friday, Feb. 26. "I've really enjoyed it," she said Jan. 27. "I've ...

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    January 30, 2010

    Ballot set for St. George Town Meeting

    Candidates have filed papers to be placed on the ballot for three positions to be voted on at the St. George Town Meeting on March 8 and 9. Regional School Unit 13 board member George Emery's three-year term is set to expire. Emery is the only candidate to file nomination 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. ...

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    January 29, 2010

    Rockland to pick through options for dump revenues

    The Rockland City Council is scheduled Monday, Feb. 1 to discuss ways to generate more revenues from the city's solid waste operations. City Manager Rosemary Kulow said it will be a brain-storming session that will look at different options such as raising the permit fee for commercial haulers or charging commercial haulers a per ton fee. The subject is being raised because of the anticipated reduction in ...

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    January 29, 2010

    Pen Bay Healthcare works to combat patient satisfaction deficit

    Pen Bay Healthcare officials said they are still trying to understand why, despite the local hospital's top notch performance ratings for its medical care, patients rate their experiences there lower than people do at most other Maine hospitals. The administration said it is launching a cultural change on how patients and their families are treated in order to address those lower patient satisfaction survey ...

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    January 29, 2010

    Mills to separating couples: ‘Don’t go back alone’

    "There are a lot of very depressing statistics within," said Maine Attorney General Janet Mills as she presented the 8th Report of the Maine Domestic Abuse Homicide Review Panel Jan. 28 at the Statehouse.In 2008, 31 homicides occurred in Maine, 20 (65 percent) of which involved domestic violence. Of the 25 homicides in 2009 in Maine, 10 (35 percent) were domestic-violence-related.Three red cutouts of human ...

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    January 29, 2010

    Head-on collision closes Old County Road

    Icy road conditions and gusting winds contributed to a head-on collision Jan. 29 on Old County Road in Thomaston. Mike Cole, 39, of Thomaston was driving a 2005 red Chevy Cavalier south on Old County Road when the car began to slip in some packed snow on an S-curve near West Meadow Road, according to Sgt. Mike Janczura of the Thomaston Police Department. Cole's vehicle skidded into the path of an oncoming ...

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    January 29, 2010

    Waldoboro police investigate assault at Hannaford Supermarket

    The Waldoboro Police Department is investigating an assault that occurred Jan. 19 in the Hannaford Supermarket parking lot in Waldoboro, said Police Chief Bill Labombarde. According to the Waldoboro police, a witness at the scene saw a verbal confrontation between two unidentified male subjects (possibly in their 20s) and a 63-year-old Nobleboro resident. The two male subjects allegedly assaulted the 63-year-old...

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    January 29, 2010

    Lincolnville selectmen power through electrical outage with cell-phone lights

    Despite the power outage in Lincolnville the night of Jan. 25, a special town meeting and then a selectmen's meeting proceeded on schedule, as citizens pulled out their cell phones to light the way. The town voted at its special town meeting by a margin of approximately four to one to assume a zero-interest loan not to exceed $18,000 from the Maine Municipal Bond Bank to pursue public water and sewer services ...

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    January 29, 2010

    Local representatives respond to State of the Union address

    Elected officials who represent Midcoast communities in the state Legislature had a variety of responses to President Obama's Jan. 27 State of the Union address, but those responding to a request for comments all agreed that Congress needs to set aside partisan posturing and work toward the common good. Sen. Chris Rector, R-Thomaston, said he didn't think the speech met the usual standard the president has set ...

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