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    January 7, 2010

    Vinalhaven program creates safe, creative learning environment

    When Tristan Jackson was in college it occurred to him that there had been something missing from his home school education. Jackson grew up on Greens Island, a 400-acre island to the west of Carvers Harbor on Vinalhaven. He was home schooled before attending Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., where he majored in psychology and sociology. Jackson said in an interview Dec. 23 that those missing components ...

  • Published
    January 6, 2010

    Knox County divorces

    The following divorces were recorded in 6th District Court in Rockland in November and December. Scott Pallotta of Washington and Melissa Pallotta of Washington, married Sept. 19, 1998, in Washington. Shared parental rights of one child, shared primary residence. Jason McKnight of Owls Head and Aimee McKnight of Owls Head, married Aug. 18, 1995, in Rockland. Shared parental rights of three minor children, ...

  • Published
    January 6, 2010

    Camden board discusses herbicides, pathways committee meets, calendar fills with winter events

    Camden Planning Board discusses downtown design standards, herbicides The Camden Planning Board was scheduled to meet Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the Washington Street Conference Room to discuss a proposed herbicide zoning amendment that would prohibit toxic lawn herbicides used for cosmetic reasons on grounds where multifamily rental dwellings of four or more units, elderly congregate housing, and health ...

  • Published
    January 6, 2010

    School closing discussion on agenda for SAD 40 board meeting

    The Maine School Administrative District 40 School Board will meet Thursday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. at Medomak Middle School to discuss closing schools, among other issues on the agenda. Superintendent Francis Boynton said the meeting will include a general informational session on a cost analysis of closing a school. He said school board members may ask for additional information. Boynton said the school board may ...

  • Published
    January 6, 2010

    Camden Select Board seeks engine idling policy, reviews goals

    The Camden Select Board agreed at its meeting Jan. 5 to seek a policy that would discourage motorists from leaving their engines running. The board also began a review of its long-term strategic goals. "An idling car, truck or bus gets no miles per gallon, pollutes the air, and burns gas and money to no benefit," John Street resident Tom Hopps said. He said 10 seconds of idling uses the same amount of gasoline ...

  • Published
    January 6, 2010

    Proceed with caution on ice, trails

    Those looking to get out on the area's ponds and lakes should use caution, as the conditions are spotty from one body of water to the next and even from one area of a lake to another. The Maine Warden Service is urging people to check the thickness of ice before venturing too far out on any of Maine's waterways. With the weekend's storm that produced more than a foot of snow in most areas, the Maine Department...

  • Published
    January 6, 2010

    Police say Union suspect abused several children

    A 23-year-old Union man remained behind bars Jan. 5 after police said he sexually assaulted four children, some almost on a daily basis over the past several years. Benjamin Cook was arrested Dec. 31 by Knox County Detective Justin Twitchell on charges of gross sexual assault, sexual abuse of a minor and unlawful sexual contact. An initial court appearance was held Jan. 4 and bail was set at $10,000 cash or ...

  • Published
    January 5, 2010

    Slick highway root of Rockport accident

    An Appleton man heading east on Route 17 by Mirror Lake in Rockport Tuesday morning lost control of his pickup truck, landing in a roadside ditch. The single-vehicle accident occurred at approximately 7:24 a.m. Tuesday near the entrance to Aqua Maine, on a portion of the highway that curves toward the lake. Although his 2002 Chevrolet S10 slid off toward the right side of the road, rolled onto its cab in a ...

  • Published
    January 5, 2010

    State sells former prison warden’s house, deputy warden’s house

    Two Port Clyde residents have purchased three properties across Main Street from the former Maine State Prison property in Thomaston, including the buildings known as the warden's house and deputy warden's house, according to Maine Bureau of General Services Director Chip Gavin. The three properties were sold to Carl F. Danielson and Carolyn Whittaker of Port Clyde, according to documents on record at the Knox ...

  • Published
    January 5, 2010

    Regional School Unit 13 may consider retirement incentives

    Faced with a daunting budget crisis for the upcoming school year, the Regional School Unit 13 board may consider "retirement incentives" for employees when it meets Thursday, Jan. 7. Details on the incentives are not yet available since the matter is part of labor negotiations with staff. The retirement incentive issue, however, is on the board's agenda for its Thursday, Jan. 7 meeting, which will begin at ...

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