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  • Published
    February 16, 2012

    A historic downtown building retrofit for the future

    When the members of the Improved Order of Odd Fellows moved their fraternal organization to a new building on Main Street in 1888, they probably didn’t imagine that the roof would one day be the site of high-tech tubes designed to transmit the sun’s energy to the building’s hot water taps. The water taps themselves, if present in the original construction, likely would have seemed novel. But then times change, ...

  • Published
    January 5, 2012

    Opiate addiction fuels spike in pharmacy robberies

    Since September 2010, there have been five pharmacy robberies in Knox County, an increase that follows similar trends across the state and nation. Camden Police Chief Randy Gagne has investigated three robberies that have occurred in the same Rite Aid in that town this year. He only remembers one other pharmacy robbery in his 23 years with the department. Rockland Police Department Deputy Chief Wally Tower, who ...

  • Published
    December 16, 2011

    Home grown healing: Medical marijuana takes root in Maine

    John Stewart sleeps in the greenhouse behind his Washington home, where he grows marijuana for himself and two others who use it for medical purposes. "People are afraid of getting robbed," said Stewart. In addition to sleeping with the marijuana he grows, he has installed security lights and video cameras on his property. Several dogs patrol the area, barking loudly when a newcomer arrives, and a loud-voiced ...

  • Published
    December 15, 2011

    Where does the flu come from and why won’t it go away?

    Over 60 percent of the infectious diseases that affect mankind were transmitted to humans from nonhumans. We constantly come into contact with animal viruses and bacteria in our daily lives. Most of the time they do not bother us at all, but occasionally they do. Animal “germs” become a real danger to humanity not so much when they pass from an animal to a human, but when they are able to take an additional step: ...

  • Published
    July 5, 2011

    I feel it in my gut

    Some of you might remember that I got into researching and writing about food issues because I suddenly developed food allergies that caused me to pass out with little or no warning. I suffered dozens of unpleasant food-related allergic episodes, experienced several rescues from our local emergency crew, underwent one trip to the hospital, endured a growing list of problem foods, and still negotiate with friends ...

  • Published
    July 14, 2010

    Turning Tide owner steps down from program director role

    Angel Fuller-McMahan has resigned as program director of the Turning Tide methadone clinic in Rockland after she was arrested on a charge of cocaine possession, according to Turning Tide Clinical Director Mike Franklin. Fuller-McMahan retains ownership of the clinic, but she will not be involved in the day-to-day operations, he said July 14. "I am fulfilling those responsibilities in the interim," Franklin ...

  • Published
    July 14, 2010

    Details emerge on arrest of Fuller-McMahan

    The founder of the Turning Tide methadone clinic is scheduled to make her initial court appearance Aug. 25 after she was arrested July 13 and charged with possessing about an ounce of cocaine. The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested Angel Fuller-McMahan, 42, of Owls Head for Class B possessing cocaine. She is the licensed operator and owner of the Turning Tide methadone clinic in Rockland. MDEA Director ...

  • Published
    February 18, 2010

    Turbine noise irks island neighbors

    The Fox Islands wind project on Vinalhaven is up and running, but amid the cheering are a few complaints about the noise created by the massive turbines, their blades turning endlessly in the sky. At least a dozen residents who have homes near the turbines have said they support wind power in concept, but claim they were not informed beforehand about the noise level of the turbines, which are owned and operated ...

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