Articles by George Chappell


Moose on the Road to Jackman

By George Chappell on Dec. 12, 2010, at 5:51 p.m.
Snow is falling on the way to Jackman, Maine, high in the mountains, where terrain is stark. A moose, covered in white, lies in the road, drawing heat from the friction of tires. The …
Mid-Coast School of Technology Adult Education officials discuss new round of marine training courses to be offered in Rockland this fall. From left are Hugh Curran, mariner course instructor, Lindsey Pinkham, lead instructor with Downeast Maritime, Marianne Doyle, Mid-Coast School adult education director, and Elizabeth Fisher, Mid-Coast School director. (Bangor Daily News photo by George Chappell)

Rockland school gives boost to marine trades

By George Chappell on Oct. 08, 2009, at 11:07 p.m.
A regional technical high school is pressing full steam ahead to get its marine trades programs under way in both the day school and in the adult education classes during evenings …

Fire in Knox determined to be arson

By George Chappell on May 15, 2009, at 8:47 p.m.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office has determined that a fire that destroyed a house on Aborn Hill Road last week is a case of arson. Sgt. Kenneth Grimes, senior investigator for …

Experts discuss solar energy in Unity

By George Chappell on April 07, 2009, at 10:02 p.m.
Eighty-six percent of houses in Maine do not meet minimum housing efficiency standards, a state energy official told about 50 people gathered for a discussion of solar thermal energy at the Unity Community Center on Monday evening.

“To dream a dream is OK with me.”

By George Chappell on Jan. 18, 2009, at 4:05 p.m.
SOUTH THOMASTON | Harold “Dynamite” Payson’s boat shop has been a place of business for all his occupations — lobsterman, boat builder, writer and photographer, since 1952.

Camden Street zoning at issue

By George Chappell on Jan. 05, 2009, at 10:57 p.m.

Pile ordered removed in latest episode of dirt fight

By George Chappell on Jan. 05, 2009, at 9:45 p.m.

Belfast beats in the new year

By George Chappell on Jan. 01, 2009, at 8:32 p.m.
At midnight, more than 200 people paraded down the Main Street hill to a bonfire at the boat landing in 40 mph winds and zero degree temperatures to welcome 2009.

Knox County panel to follow charter on personnel decisions

By George Chappell on Jan. 01, 2009, at 5:56 p.m.
ROCKLAND | Knox County commissioners on Dec. 30 decided to rely on the county charter to guide who is responsible for decisions on hiring and firing personnel.

Rockland hires new city manager

By George Chappell on Dec. 30, 2008, at 9:04 p.m.
The City Council on Monday hired Rosemary Kulow of New Gloucester to be the new city manager, replacing Tom Hall, who resigned in October. Kulow plans to begin her new job by …

Camden fire cause eludes officials

By George Chappell on Dec. 29, 2008, at 9:15 p.m.
Investigators on Monday continued to look for a cause of the fire that ripped through the Bayview Landing construction project the evening of Dec. 23.

Cause of Port Clyde fire to remain a mystery

By George Chappell on Dec. 29, 2008, at 8:06 p.m.
A fire investigator said Monday he won’t be able to determine the cause of a Christmas morning fire that destroyed a metal building used by the Monhegan Boat Co. for storage and as a workshop.

Cause of Camden blaze yet to be determined

By George Chappell on Dec. 29, 2008, at 2:28 p.m.

Officials probe Camden construction site fire

By George Chappell on Dec. 26, 2008, at 9:39 p.m.
The investigation into Tuesday’s building project fire scene at Bay View Landing is expected to continue to Monday, Sgt. Ken Grimes of the State Fire Marshal’s Office said Friday.

Spreading some peace on earth

By George Chappell on Dec. 26, 2008, at 8:55 p.m.
MONTVILLE | Cathy Roberts would like to spread peace throughout the world on a spatula of blueberry preserves.

Birders comb midcoast for Christmas count

By George Chappell on Dec. 23, 2008, at 8 p.m.
THOMASTON | What better way to spend a few days before Christmas than to go tramping through snowy fields with binoculars in hand to catch sight of a red-tailed hawk or a red-bellied woodpecker?

Planning chair unveils proposal to boost Camden

By George Chappell on Dec. 22, 2008, at 8:52 p.m.
Planning board Chairman Christopher MacLean on Sunday unveiled a business development proposal showing ways the planning board can promote and foster business development in the town.
Instructors at Atlantic Challenge in Rockland talk Tuesday while looking at a boat under construction.

Panel to start leader search for boat school

By George Chappell on Dec. 21, 2008, at 7:56 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A 35-year-old local boat-building school has gone to its board of directors to solve an impending leadership gap. Atlantic Challenge will lose six-year veteran executive …

Official: Prescription drug card proves worth

By George Chappell on Dec. 19, 2008, at 9 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A Knox County official said Friday that three out of every four residents using the county’s prescription drug card in November saved 27 percent from the retail price of their medicine.

Rockland fuel assistance fund going strong in 2nd year

By George Chappell on Dec. 19, 2008, at 8:15 p.m.
Local officials showed their warm side last winter by starting up a fuel assistance fund for residents who “fell through the cracks” for eligibility for the LIHEAP and general assistance programs.