Articles by Alex Acquisto

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.”
Volunteers Mae Boyle (left) and John Holliday seal seams on Black Jack, a friendship sloop, circa 1900, that they are helping restore at the Sail, Power and Steam Museum in Rockland. The restoration project has been going on for the past three years.

Maine still has at least one sail-powered lobster boat

By Alex Acquisto on March 31, 2017, at 12:26 p.m.
Before the 1920s, when combustible engines were first mass produced, lobster boats and other vessels were powered by wind and sails, and the Friendship sloop was the most ingeniously designed boat around.
The Curiosity Mars rover took this 'selfie'on the surface of Mars on May 11, 2016, before it began traversing part of the Red Planet that research scientists have named "Bar Harbor" and which has several features named after places in the Pine Tree State.

Scientists are naming locations on Mars after iconic Maine towns, landmarks

By Alex Acquisto on March 29, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Ogunquit Beach, Cape Elizabeth, Rockport, Isleboro, Isle au Haut and Mt. Katahdin are all locations in Maine — and now on Mars.
Camden Hills Regional High School students get onto a bus after being dismissed from school Friday afternoon. Maria Libby, superintendent of MSAD 28, part of the Five Town CSD, said Wednesday that the vast majority of parents in her district support starting school later.

More Maine schools are opting for later morning starts

By Alex Acquisto on March 25, 2017, at 7:40 a.m.
Midcoast school districts are considering joining the ranks of others in Maine that have delayed the start of the school day.
Good Neighbor Park, at the head of Broad Cove, will be open for recreational shore access, as well as fishing, clamming and worming.

Cushing residents finally get public access to the ocean

By Alex Acquisto on March 24, 2017, at 3:28 p.m.
Residents voted 108-51 to approve a gift of 15 acres of land as Cushing’s first publicly-owned access point to the ocean.
Fern (left), Lori (center) and Letitia talk about their experiences with Maine State Prison guards telling them to either remove their bras or be denied access to their imprisoned family members. The three did not want their last names publicly distributed for fear of retribution.

State changes prison visitation policy in wake of bra-removal furor

By Alex Acquisto on March 20, 2017, at 1:54 p.m.
Jim Mackie, representative for the corrections officers for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, called the temporary policy a “knee-jerk reaction.”
J.C. Penney in Rockland

Rockland J.C. Penney among nearly 140 stores closing nationwide

By Alex Acquisto on March 17, 2017, at 6:17 p.m.
The J.C. Penney department store in Rockland Plaza is one of 138 locations that will be closed across the country by the end of the year.
An aerial photograph of the Knox County Regional Airport in Owls Head.

Trump cuts threaten passenger flights at 4 rural Maine airports

By Alex Acquisto on March 17, 2017, at 2:48 p.m.
Four small airports in Maine could see a drastic reduction in their passenger flight service if President Trump eliminates a subsidy program.
Cameron Soto

Two Massachusetts men arrested in Waldoboro heroin, fentanyl bust

By Alex Acquisto on March 16, 2017, at 12:11 p.m.
A pair of Massachusetts men were arrested after police seized six grams of heroin and fentanyl from their car.
Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison

Knox County collaborative to assist jail inmates upon release

By Alex Acquisto on March 15, 2017, at 12:06 p.m.
The program will help inmates released from the Knox County Jail reintegrate into society.
Crew members depart for a training exercise aboard the 25-foot boat at the United States Coast Guard station in Rockland Friday. Cuts to the USCG proposed in Trump's budget would cripple the service in Maine.

7 Maine Coast Guard facilities could face cuts under Trump

By Alex Acquisto on March 10, 2017, at 6:21 p.m.
President Donald Trump’s draft budget includes a 14 percent cut — about $1.3 billion — to the current $9.1 billion U.S. Coast Guard budget.
Vincent Hilt

St. George fisherman sentenced for sinking rival’s lobster boat

By Alex Acquisto on March 07, 2017, at 4:25 p.m.
A St. George sternman has been sentenced to two years in prison for sinking a rival’s lobster boat.
The Maine State Prison in Warren.

Maine State Prison bra-removal policy reversed after women visitors object

By Alex Acquisto on March 06, 2017, at 11:35 a.m.
The Maine Department of Corrections told the BDN it would change the policy after nearly half a dozen women complained about having to remove their bras to visit the Maine State Prison.
This waterfront property in Owls Head, that was valued by the town at nearly $500,000, was sold by the state for $205,000 while its owner was in a psychiatric hospital.

State can’t be sued for selling off midcoast man’s property and house, court rules

By Alex Acquisto on March 03, 2017, at 6:36 a.m.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday ruled that the state could not be held liable for its actions in 2013 when it took over a man’s property in Owls Head, sold it at half its market value and euthanized his cat.
The current Owls Head Central School.

Rockland-area voters approve bond for renovations, new school

By Alex Acquisto on March 01, 2017, at 1:45 p.m.
The new community school in Owls Head that is expected to cost about $9.3 million to build.
The Rev. Lael Sorensen of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Rockland places ashes on Mary Lou Post, who walked across the street from the Brass Compass Cafe, where she works.

Episcopal priests take to the streets with Ashes to Go

By Alex Acquisto and Judy Harrison on March 01, 2017, at 1:01 p.m.
Nearly a dozen Episcopal priests in eight or so Maine communities who took to the streets Wednesday to place ashes in the sign of the cross on the foreheads of neighbors and strangers to mark the beginning of Lent.
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 for the return of nearly $15,000.

Judge orders former fire chief to account for missing $15K

By Alex Acquisto on Feb. 27, 2017, at 4:33 p.m.
The former South Thomaston fire chief has been ordered to account for approximately $15,000 that went missing from the town’s fireman’s association.