Articles by Abigail Adams

 

Beyond counting bodies: Maine man creates Overdose Warning Network

By Abigail Adams on Jan. 19, 2017, at 12 p.m.
“I want to save lives,” Tim Cheney said. “Really, that’s what this is about. It’s about saving lives.”
Mark Westrum

Jail leader who cut plea deal for OUI can return to work after suspension

By Abigail Adams on Jan. 12, 2017, at 9:17 a.m.
The suspension will begin Thursday, Jan. 12.
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Ward Brook Road resident Holly Giles speaks in favor of a disorderly housing ordinance as Wiscasset Police Chief Jeff Lange looks on during a meeting of the Wiscasset Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Pit bull attack spurs police chief to ask for more power to crack down on problem homes

By Abigail Adams on Jan. 05, 2017, at 9:23 a.m.
The ordinance would not only be an extra tool for law enforcement, but would also enable landlords to work with their tenants to “keep them contained.”
The interior of the Mason Station power plant in February. Joseph Cotter of Mason Station LLC recently proposed transforming the old power plant into a marijuana dispensary and production facility.

Moratorium vote could stall plans for ‘marijuana tourism’ site in Wiscasset

By Abigail Adams on Jan. 05, 2017, at 8:18 a.m.
Wiscasset voters soon will decide whether to adopt a six-month ban on marijuana-related businesses to give the town time to develop regulations for the businesses.
A Mercury Grand Marquis is pulled from the scene of a crash that temporarily closed both lanes of traffic on Route 32 in Waldoboro on Friday.

Two people walk away from crash that police say ‘should have been fatal’

By Abigail Adams on Dec. 31, 2016, at 9:29 a.m.
Two individuals walked away from a single-vehicle crash that temporarily shut down both lanes of traffic on Route 32 in Waldoboro on Friday evening.

Maine town begins drawing energy from solar panels atop fire station

By Abigail Adams on Dec. 30, 2016, at 12:32 p.m.
The municipal solar array in Whitefield, the installation threatened by uncertainty surrounding net metering, is now fully operational.
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Ryan McPherson, the new owner of Glidden Point Oyster Sea Farm, stands on the dock of 637 River Road, the new headquarters for the business, on Tuesday, Dec. 20.

It takes a village to grow these heralded oysters

By Abigail Adams on Dec. 30, 2016, at 12:07 p.m.
It is not only the unique ecology of the Damariscotta River and the slow-growth philosophy of Glidden Point that makes a great oyster but also the community that surrounds the river.

Owner of shuttered power plant pays back taxes days before expected foreclosure

By Abigail Adams on Dec. 25, 2016, at 1:07 p.m.
The company that owns the former Mason Station power plant in Wiscasset has paid the outstanding taxes on the property in full, eight days before the town was due to foreclose on the property.
Two Bridges Regional Jail

Firm that scored no-bid contract for Wiscasset jail work hasn’t finished job

By Abigail Adams on Dec. 23, 2016, at 9:02 a.m.
The Auburn corporation that secured a $500,000 no-bid contract to replace Two Bridges Regional Jail’s air-handling units has yet to complete the job.
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The bright red houseboat owned by Steve White, partner in Front Street Shipyard and owner of Brooklin Boat Yard, is docked at the Front Street Shipyard in Belfast.

Coastal Maine town considers temporary ban on houseboats

By Abigail Adams on Dec. 21, 2016, at 9:08 a.m.
Edgecomb is considering placing a moratorium on houseboats and other floating homes until it has time to develop an ordinance to guide the town through what is currently uncharted territory.
Two Bridges Regional Jail acting administrator, Capt. James Bailey

Acting Maine jail leader gets a raise as his boss remains on paid leave after arrest

By Abigail Adams on Dec. 20, 2016, at 8:36 a.m.
The acting administrator of Two Bridges Regional Jail will receive an administrator’s salary while Col. Mark Westrum remains on paid leave as he faces a charge of operating under the influence.
Messan Jordan Benissan prepares sweet potatoes, cooked in traditional Togolese fashion, for a community dinner at Patricia Stauble Antiques in Wiscasset on Dec. 8.

Professor from Togo hopes to open West African restaurant in Wiscasset

By Abigail Adams on Dec. 14, 2016, at 2:15 p.m.
Messan Jordan Benissan is currently working on securing a space to launch a restaurant that will feature the rich texture and unique flavor of Togolese cuisine — food that developed through a fusion of cultural influences, and which made the small West African nation stand out as a tourist attraction,

Dog attack in Wiscasset sends one woman to hospital

By Abigail Adams on Dec. 09, 2016, at 11:45 a.m.
Efforts to break up an attack by two pit bull dogs on a smaller dog in Wiscasset sent an individual to the hospital for treatment of a bite.
The interior of the Mason Station power plant in February. Joseph Cotter of Mason Station LLC recently proposed transforming the old power plant into a marijuana dispensary and production facility.

Shuttered Maine power plant could become pot tourism mecca

By Abigail Adams on Dec. 08, 2016, at 10:16 a.m.
The proposal would include “a major investment” to turn Mason Station “into a destination marijuana greenhouse, dispensary and a production facility for various byproducts,” Joseph Cotter said.

Wiscasset explores alliance with nuclear storage communities

By Abigail Adams on Nov. 23, 2016, at 8:23 a.m.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s efforts to find a permanent home for spent nuclear fuel is “creating energy that is very positive.”
Judy Flanagan resigned on Tuesday from the Wiscasset Board of Selectmen.

Wiscasset selectwoman resigns

By Abigail Adams on Nov. 17, 2016, at 11:46 a.m.
In the final moments of Tuesday’s meeting of the Wiscasset Board of Selectmen, Selectwoman Judy Flanagan read a letter announcing her resignation effective the following day.
Wiscasset Fire Chief T.J. Merry (left) and Selectman David Cherry tour the fire station in September.

Wiscasset votes to let firefighters wash cars at fire station

By Abigail Adams on Nov. 09, 2016, at 9:38 a.m.
Voters approved the practice 1,502-707.

In second trial, jury acquits Maine man of sexual assault charges

By Abigail Adams on Nov. 03, 2016, at 8:03 a.m.
After deliberating for less than two hours, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty on all 11 charges.
Wiscasset Taxpayers Alliance spokesman Bill Sutter addresses the Wiscasset Board of Selectmen on Tuesday in Wiscasset.

Wiscasset keeps squabbling over Route 1 traffic fix

By Abigail Adams on Nov. 02, 2016, at 3:21 p.m.
The Maine Department of Transportation is asking the town of Wiscasset to sign a letter of intent instead of a more formal contract regarding the town’s future maintenance responsibilities in connection with a downtown improvement project.
Wiscasset Fire Chief T.J. Merry addresses the Wiscasset Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, April 5 regarding the town'’s decision to bar volunteer firefighters from washing their personal vehicles at the fire station.

Maine town to vote on whether volunteers can wash vehicles at fire station

By Abigail Adams on Sept. 21, 2016, at 12:14 p.m.