Articles by Alex Acquisto

The six-bed new elder care facility on North Haven, which is expected to open in the fall of 2017, will be the first such facility on the offshore island, which sits 10 miles out in Penobscot Bay.

What one Maine island is doing to keep elder residents from moving away

By Alex Acquisto on May 28, 2017, at 7:13 a.m.
“It’s not a unique issue for people in rural areas to sort of struggle to figure out where to meet long-term care needs, but I think on an island it’s especially unique.”

One person dead, two injured in South Thomaston crash

By Alex Acquisto on May 26, 2017, at 8:12 a.m.
Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.
A red pickup truck pulls away from the Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport in February. The Department of Corrections says it plans to lay off all guards, relocate prisoners, and close the facility by June 10.

State to close Machiasport prison next month

By Alex Acquisto on May 19, 2017, at 10:31 a.m.
Layoffs at the state’s juvenile detention facility in South Portland also were announced Friday.

Former Thomaston cop gets fines, no jail time for tampering with accident report

By Alex Acquisto on May 18, 2017, at 1:57 p.m.
A former local police officer and public works employee was found guilty this week of failing to report a crash where he drove a snow plow into a parked car and of later tampering with another officer’s report in the incident.
Hosmer Pond sits at the base of the Camden Snow Bowl. As part of a multi-million renovation project at the recreational ski area, the pond was polluted because of excessive excavation. The town intends to pay back the majority of those fines with the proposed project.

Camden plans Hosmer Pond improvements to help pay off $50K fine

By Alex Acquisto on May 18, 2017, at 6:55 a.m.
The town has agreed to use $52,300 in leftover Snow Bowl bond and reserve funds to help mitigate erosion caused by the town and pay back state Department of Environmental Protection penalties.

Young man killed in head-on crash Tuesday night in Hollis

By Alex Acquisto on May 17, 2017, at 10:50 a.m.
A Limington man has died after a vehicle he was riding in was hit head-on by another vehicle late Tuesday night in Hollis.
A woman walks toward the main entrance of The Jackson Laboratory, July 13, 2016.

Jackson Lab to receive $2.7 million federal grant to study Alzheimer’s

By Alex Acquisto on May 16, 2017, at 1:32 p.m.
The Jackson Laboratory, over the next five years, will receive $2.7 million in grant money to study the connection between healthy aging and the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
Augusta police Officer Brad Chase surprised 5-year-old Evie on Saturday for her police-themed birthday party.

Officer surprises 5-year-old at her police-themed birthday party

By Alex Acquisto on May 15, 2017, at 11:15 a.m.
Evie, clad in her own tiny police hat and uniform, posed for a picture with Officer Chase behind her birthday cake, which had police-uniform blue frosting, a black frosting tie, handcuffs and caution tape on top.
Rockland is slated to enter into a purchase and sales agreement to acquire 174 acres of the Oyster River Bog off Route 90 for the purpose of preservation and ensuring it remains accessible to the public.

Rockland to acquire 174-acre bog land for public access, preservation

By Alex Acquisto on May 12, 2017, at 6:34 a.m.
If all goes according to plan, the total number of preserved acres — owned by Rockland, the Oyster River Bog Association, the Georges River Land Trust and the Southern Maine Wetlands Conservancy — will exceed 1,700.
Volunteers nail boards to the base of the first 192-square-foot tiny house at the Mid-Coast Hospitality House on Tuesday. Volunteers have been working since Monday to build the home -- a prototype for a multihome project -- and hope to have the small unit completed by Saturday.

How tiny houses could solve midcoast Maine’s shelter shortage

By Alex Acquisto on May 11, 2017, at 5 a.m.
In a region with a growing homeless population, no emergency homeless shelter and just one family shelter, constructing tiny homes might be the most reasonable solution.
Brooklin resident Libby Chamberlain is the founder of Pantsuit Nation, an invitation-only Facebook group of Hillary Clinton supporters.

Pantsuit Nation stories published in Maine nonprofit’s first book

By Alex Acquisto on May 09, 2017, at 3:33 p.m.
Personal experiences that Hillary Clinton supporters across the country shared in the Facebook group Pantsuit Nation will be forever immortalized in a new book.

Kayaker drowns over the weekend in flooded Penobscot River

By Alex Acquisto on May 08, 2017, at 2:15 p.m.
A 25-year-old Millinocket kayaker drowned over the weekend on the swollen waters of the Penobscot River, near where the Nesowadnehunk Stream meets the West Branch.
The Bar Harbor Regency hotel, managed by Ocean Properties, is one of several hotels in Maine suffering under the H-2B visa cap.

Boosting foreign workers cap ‘better late than never’ for Maine’s tourism industry

By Alex Acquisto on May 04, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Congress might approve allowing between 60,000 and 70,000 more H-2B workers into the U.S. during the remainder of the 2017 federal fiscal year, in addition to the 66,000 visa cap.
Kevin Mitchell

Car of missing Lewiston man found in Union

By Alex Acquisto on May 03, 2017, at 12:46 p.m.
Deputies found his car after receiving a call about a suspicious vehicle. Police, with the help of the Maine Warden dog unit, searched the area around the vehicle for clues but found nothing.
This aerial photo shows Bangor and the Penobscot River on a clear summer day in 2014. An air quality study by the American Lung Association released in April ranked Bangor among the cleanest cities in the country.

Sale of clean air could be Maine’s next industry

By Alex Acquisto on May 01, 2017, at 5:57 a.m.
In an increasingly polluted world, selling clean Maine air could be the state’s next marketable industry.
Linda Bean at Port Clyde. C.A. Smith Photography

Linda Bean won’t sell her businesses as she readies for retirement

By Alex Acquisto on April 28, 2017, at 1:30 a.m.
“I have businesses and properties in several Maine counties, and it is not my intention to sell any.”
The Camden Snow Bowl in Camden.

Audit rips board for Camden Snow Bowl’s ‘terribly mismanaged’ redevelopment

By Alex Acquisto on April 20, 2017, at 12:56 p.m.
Attorney Walter McKee, left, and his clients former South Thomaston Fire Chief Wayne Brown, center, and former firefighter Colin Grierson, await the start of a civil trial brought by the town against Brown and Grierson in an October 2016 photo.

Former South Thomaston fire chief returns missing $15K

By Alex Acquisto on April 12, 2017, at 2:20 p.m.
“Wayne and Colin did not necessarily agree with the (judge’s) decision, but they will certainly honor it,” McKee said.
Payten Simmons (right) and Silas Miller Six listen to their instructor Terry Moore (left) at the Apprenticeshop in Rockland during the fisherman's academy. Six Oceanside High School students are participating in the school’s program designed to keep young fishermen in school instead of dropping out without a high school diploma.

Future lobstermen are staying in school thanks to unique Maine program

By Alex Acquisto on April 07, 2017, at 8:30 a.m.
The fisherman’s academy at Oceanside High School caters to students whose ties to the ocean run deep and who will more than likely pursue careers working as commercial fishermen.
OxyContin pills on a counting tray at Miller Drug in Bangor.

Lawyer: State exceptions on prescription opiate dosages still too vague

By Alex Acquisto on April 04, 2017, at 4:16 p.m.
“Patients have been lawfully prescribed high doses of pain management medication for years and have become physiologically dependent on this pain management approach.”