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  • Published
    April 10, 2010

    Looking Astern

    A search through the newspaper archives revealed the following: One year ago, 2009 A Maine Department of Transportation crew drilled test holes in preparation for replacing the Spruce Head Bridge. According to DOT representative Jim Wentworth, the $2.5 million project was being paid for entirely with federal economic stimulus money. The Rockland City Council was asked to approve spending more than $100,000 ...

  • Published
    April 9, 2010

    Herald Gazette letters

    Five Town CSD budget: a job partly done At its meeting on March 29 the Five Town Community School District board cut $19,598 from its proposed fiscal year 2011 budget. That sum amounts to 0.17 percent of the 2009-10 budget. It is very possible, perhaps even likely, that the decisions made at that meeting were in the best interests of the students. That is, they may have served to protect the breadth and ...

  • Published
    April 9, 2010

    Keep government business on the floor, not in cyberspace

    Rockport is fortunate to have a number of committed, involved citizens, who care deeply about how taxpayer dollars are distributed. The community is lucky that individuals keep an eagle eye on expenditures, and question appropriations. Strong philosophical opinions about how municipalities earn and spend money are driving debates especially this year, with some on the town's Budget Committee and Select Board ...

  • Published
    April 8, 2010

    Black cat

    On Monday night, April 12, the tastes of Maine will have a national audience. At 8:30 p.m., the Food Network's long-running series "Unwrapped" will showcase Gifford's Ice Cream, which earned a perfect score for the world's best chocolate at the 2009 World Dairy Expo. The episode, titled "21st Century Chocolate," will spotlight Gifford's Chocolate Lover's Chocolate flavor and Gifford's proprietary process, which ...

  • Published
    April 7, 2010

    Say what you mean

    I agree with Libby Mitchell. Sometimes. On other occasions, I couldn’t disagree with her more. Trouble is, I often find myself both agreeing and disagreeing with Mitchell on the same issue, depending on when, where and to whom she’s speaking. Maybe that’s because my opinions are in a constant state of flux, as I desperately try to decide which ones will result in the most people liking me and buying me ...

  • Published
    April 7, 2010

    A great day for Leroy

    The April 1 visit of President Barack Obama to Portland was especially relevant to residents in the Midcoast. Word arrived last week that Leroy Peasley of Rockland, who is going on 87, was going to be invited up on stage to lead the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. A lot of people locally know Leroy in a number of different ways. He's an active member of the Knox County Democrats and a World War II veteran ...

  • Published
    April 4, 2010

    Herald Gazette letters

    A big thank-you to the townA week before Christmas my oldest, 16, found out she had a cancerous brain tumor. She is doing better. We have two other teens. Her mother has several medical issues. Her dad has multiple sclerosis. We are very thankful for friends, family and strangers.Erica HawesUnion

  • Published
    April 4, 2010

    Give to the Gagnon Fund

    The 11th annual Bob Gagnon Dinner and Auction will be held Friday, April 9 at 5 p.m. at the Rockland Lodge of Elks on Rankin Street. The annual event is the chief fundraiser for the program that has been a blessing to many of our local community members who have been struck by the scourge of cancer. The fund was created by Gagnon, who was one of the area's chief civic leaders. He was a Rockland city councilor ...

  • Published
    April 4, 2010

    Love is …

    Love is ... what? That's as far as I usually get when I try to write about love. This should be simple shouldn't it? Love is supposed to be boy meets girl, they fall in love, get married and live happily ever after, right? Well, that is, until the way he squeezes the toothpaste in the middle of the tube instead of from the end, the "right way," gets under her fingernails. Or the bombs bursting in air passions ...

  • Published
    April 3, 2010

    Looking Astern

    A search through the newspaper archives revealed the following: One year ago, 2009 A report said Maine was expected to lose 36,000 jobs. The state was about halfway through the economic recession but was not expected to sink quite as low as the national average, according to new predictions about the state's economic future. What began as an opportunity for citizens to connect while enjoying warm beverages ...

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