Articles by Larry Grard


School district called ‘deceitful and dishonest’ by Wiscasset residents pushing for withdrawal

By Larry Grard on Jan. 04, 2013, at 4:22 p.m.
A Regional School Unit 12 attorney has stated that Wiscasset can’t withdraw from the school unit until the 2013-14 calendar year. The town committee seeking to negotiate that withdrawal isn’t buying it. “We’re still hoping for a June vote, at the latest,” Jefferson Slack, a member of …
Charles M. Gates

Bath man arrested after allegedly stabbing another man during a fight

By Larry Grard on Jan. 03, 2013, at 11:41 a.m.
A Bath man faces a felony charge of elevated aggravated assault for allegedly stabbing another man several times during a dispute early Monday at Maritime Apartments. The victim’s injuries are not life-threatening, police said Monday. Charles M. Gates, 31, of Bath stands accused of elevated aggravated assault …

Bath prepares to evict couple from condemned house; BIW workers offer to fix the roof

By Larry Grard on Dec. 20, 2012, at 4:41 p.m.
It might take a court order to compel Alan and Yvonne Orchard to leave their condemned home at 45 Windjammer Way. And by that time, a caring midcoast community could just have the home repaired enough so they can get it up to code. After a special …

Town acquires $6.5 million waterfront property in Wiscasset for back taxes after marina-condo plan falls through; new developers sought

By Larry Grard on Dec. 18, 2012, at 11:12 a.m.
The town is accepting what it calls “a creative approach for proposals” to purchase tax-acquired property worth an estimated $6.5 million. So far, no takers. In late August, the Board of Selectmen voted to take a 38-acre parcel including the former Mason Station and a portion of …

Wiscasset street artist arrested in NYC after claiming NYPD used spy drones to monitor citizens

By Larry Grard on Dec. 06, 2012, at 2:32 p.m.
A street artist from Wiscasset, arrested on dozens of charges after he allegedly posted displays mocking the New York Police Department, is “laying low,” according to an associate. Bucky Turco of — an art-inspired web site the features “art, news, culture, politics and opinion, straight from the gut of …
Chris Warner (right) is among the first to apply for an experimental lease of state-owned mud flats to seed and harvest clams. Warner is seeking a 4-acre plot in Healls Eddy, Georgetown, to begin a clam hatchery. He has been clamming for more than 20 years. Jay Holt (left) is a longtime Georgetown resident who owns abutting land. The Georgetown Shellfish Conservation Commission is scheduled to discuss the application Thursday.

Opposition rises to proposed lease of clam flats near Georgetown

By Larry Grard on Oct. 05, 2012, at 6:06 p.m.
A solid majority of people attending Thursday night’s meeting of the Shellfish Conservation Commission oppose an experimental lease of clam flats on Bay Point. Chad Campbell, chairman of the Shellfish Conservation Commission, said after the meeting that three-quarters of the townspeople he polled opposed the lease to …

Bath city councilor found dead at home

By Larry Grard on Sept. 28, 2012, at 12:16 p.m.
A city councilor who devoted much of her life to helping others was found dead this morning inside her residence at 36 Mechanic St., City Manager William Giroux said. Ruthe Pagurko, 63, apparently died overnight in her sleep, Giroux said. Pagurko was about to serve her eighth …

Wiscasset codes officer escapes special town meeting with his job, barely

By Larry Grard on Sept. 13, 2012, at 9:17 a.m.
In close voting Tuesday, residents approved four spending articles on a special town meeting warrant. Town clerk Christine Wolfe said Wednesday that 222 residents took part in the voting, which was held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The board had approved all four articles, and the …