May 20, 2018
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Pen Bay Healthcare to give employees raises

By Heather Steeves, BDN Staff

ROCKPORT, Maine — Pen Bay Healthcare employees should see a wage increase in the next 18 months, according to a press release from the organization’s CEO.

“[Staff] have been flexible, hardworking and steadfast to our mission of caring for all patients like family, regardless of ability to pay. Most all of them have done this without a wage increase for the last two and a half years because Pen Bay, like the rest of the health care industry, was hit hard by the economic downturn,” wrote Pen Bay Healthcare CEO Roy A. Hitchings Jr.

The board of trustees approved the wage increases at a March 28 meeting.

Owls Head airport reports rise in passenger use

OWLS HEAD, Maine —  About 25 percent more people flew out of Knox County Regional Airport this March than in March 2010, according to a press release from the airport and its only carrier, Cape Air.

Almost 500 passengers flew out of Owls Head last month, which is “more than in any March since at least 1985,” the press release states.

“I can’t account for it just because of Cape Air’s low fares, they have been here for over two years,” wrote airport manager Jeffrey Northgraves. “I think it is a combination of two things: the economy is starting recover but the auto fuel is going up to make air travel even more attractive, plus the new terminal is really making air travel from here a pleasant experience.”

Kite-building workshops offered at transportation museum

OWLS HEAD, Maine — The Owls Head Transportation Museum will hold free kite-building workshops during school vacation week, April 18-22. Two workshops will be held each day, at 10 and 11:30 am. Registration is suggested as space is limited.

The week culminates on Saturday, April 23, with the annual Kites, Bikes and Trikes Family Festival. Families are invited to to bring a kite to fly or a bike to ride. There will be kite-flying demonstrations by the Nor’easters kite club, a bike parade and the second annual Cardboard Contraption Contest.

For more information call 594-4418 or visit the museum online at

Workshop on selling homes planned at Quarry Hill

CAMDEN, Maine — Quarry Hill will hold a home-selling workshop 4 p.m. Thursday, April 21.

The presentation will be tailored to older homeowners interested in simplifying, downsizing or moving to a retirement community. The talk is free and open the the public. For more information call 230-6114.

Rockland Library to mark National Poetry Month

ROCKLAND, Maine — A dozen Maine poets will be at the Rockland Library 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, to celebrate National Poetry Month. Area poets will read their own poems, winners of this year’s poetry contest will be announced, and the winning writers will read their poems. Admission is free.

For more information call 594-0310.

2 authors to present slide show on midcoast sites

ROCKLAND, Maine — Authors Kyrill Schabert and Tony Oppersdorff will give a slide show presentation about their recent book, “Best Nature Sites of Midcoast Maine: Route One Corridor Brunswick to Belfast” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday April 21, at the Rockland Library. The event is free. For more information call 594-0310.

Rockport Family Medicine to open new office

ROCKPORT, Maine — Beginning May 2, families in the midcoast will have a new choice for primary medical care. Rockport Family Medicine will open at 731 Commercial St. in Rockport.

The new practice will be staffed by Dr. Aoife Redmond-Durow and Susan Butterworth, F.N.P., and is a member of the Pen Bay Healthcare family of services. Prospective patients may call 701-3900 to make an appointment.

For more information visit

Rockland game night at library on April 20

ROCKLAND, Maine — Rockland Public Library is offering another game night 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 20.

Game experts from Belfast’s The Game Loft will be on hand to lead games and answer questions. The business will bring popular board, card and role-playing games.

The event emphasizes nonelectronic gaming.

For more information call 594-0310.

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