Stephen Betts

Rockland Bureau

South Thomaston Fire Chief Bryan Calderwood stands next to the department's new pumper truck on Thursday in South Thomaston.

South Thomaston welcomes new fire truck

By Stephen Betts on July 02, 2015, at 5:28 p.m.
Fire Chief Bryan Calderwood was all smiles Thursday as he talked about the newest addition to the department’s family. That addition was a 2015 E1 Typhoon, medium cab, Class A pumper truck. Calderwood rolled it out of the station to discuss the benefits of the truck …

AG: No basis for criminal probe of missing South Thomaston money

By Stephen Betts on July 02, 2015, at 5:07 p.m.
The Maine attorney general’s office will not conduct a criminal investigation into the disappearance of nearly $15,000 from a firefighter association. “We reviewed the matter and closed it on Nov. 24, 2014, having found no basis to conduct a criminal investigation,” state attorney general spokesman Timothy …

Judge finds no cause in two of three drug charges against Maine nurse

By Stephen Betts on July 02, 2015, at 11:08 a.m.
CONCORD, New Hampshire — A judge ruled Tuesday that the government had failed to find there was probable cause to charge a Warren woman with two of three drug charges while she worked as a nurse at a New Hampshire hospital. Justice John Coughlin agreed that the New Hampshire Attorney …
Municipal leaders from the Rockland area met Wednesday evening with the Regional School Unit 13 Board.

Rockland school board eyes ‘sweet spot’ to gain support for budget

By Stephen Betts on July 02, 2015, at 10:55 a.m.
The Rockland area school board was told Wednesday evening that it must be the one to decide what cuts must be made to get public support to gain passage of a 2015-2016 budget. The Regional School Unit 13 Board met for 90 minutes at Rockland City Hall …

Maine man accused of breaking down ex-girlfriend’s door to get infant

By Stephen Betts on July 01, 2015, at 5:23 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A 21-year-old South Thomaston man is being held on $5,000 cash bail after he broke down the door to his ex-girlfriend’s apartment on Wednesday morning in order to see his infant, police said. Kurtis Bertrand was arrested by Rockland police and charged with aggravated criminal trespass, criminal …
Raymond Athearn

Longest-serving Rockland employee remains on paid leave

By Stephen Betts on July 01, 2015, at 1:23 p.m.
The longest serving city employee enters a third month on paid leave. Raymond Athearn was put on paid administrative leave in May. Joseph Piccone, the business agent for the Teamsters Local 340 that represents public services workers in Rockland, said Wednesday that Athearn remains on leave. Piccone …

Thomaston boat building firm buys historic Camden company

By Stephen Betts on July 01, 2015, at 12:22 p.m.
A longtime Thomaston boat building company has acquired the historic Wayfarer Marine business in Camden. The purchase of Wayfarer by Lyman Morse was finalized on Tuesday. No purchase price for the business, which is located on slightly more than nine acres of waterfront property, was revealed. Shane …

Rock that killed motorist may have come off collector’s car

By Stephen Betts on July 01, 2015, at 10:40 a.m.
HOPE | A rock that crashed through a windshield last month, killing a Camden man, is believed to have fallen off the top of the trunk of a car driven by a young man collecting rocks for a museum. No criminal charges have been filed in the case. Knox …
James Chaousis II

Rockland manager repays Boothbay $5,000

By Stephen Betts on July 01, 2015, at 8:07 a.m.
City Manager James Chaousis has repaid more than $5,000 to the town he previously managed. Boothbay Manager Daniel Bryer Jr. said this week Chaousis paid $5,098 on June 19. The money is to reimburse the town for an oil delivery to his home in September 2011 that …
This house in Appleton was at the center of a legal battle over enforcement of town ordinances.

Illegal Appleton house to be moved

By Stephen Betts on June 30, 2015, at 10:21 a.m.
The house that has been at the center of a six-year legal fight will be moved, the town code officer said Tuesday. Appleton Code Enforcement Officer C. Toupie Rooney said she approved a building permit for Jacob Boyington so he can move the house from its longtime …

Rockland school district seeks civil rights suit dismissal

By Stephen Betts on June 29, 2015, at 1:53 p.m.
The area school district claims that a Rockland mother is wrongly trying to turn a ski accident into a federal case. Regional School Unit 13 filed a motion Friday in U.S. District Court in Portland to have the lawsuit filed by Bethany A. Berry of Rockland dismissed. …
Rockland emergency crews responded Friday morning to a diesel fuel spill in Rockland Harbor.

Crews respond to fuel spill in Rockland Harbor

By Stephen Betts on June 26, 2015, at 9:24 a.m.
City and state crews were responding Friday morning to a diesel fuel spill in Rockland Harbor. Responders were still assessing the situation and uncertain of the amount of fuel spilled, but one early estimate was about 50 gallons, according to the Rockland Fire Department. The Maine Department …
Former Rockland Solid Waste Director David St. Laurent stands next to the flare that burns gases emanating from Rockland's quarry landfill on Nov. 5, 2012.

Rockland quarry dump to be filled in fewer than six years

By Stephen Betts on June 26, 2015, at 9:08 a.m.
The former limestone quarry that has been used for generations to dispose of a wide range of waste is expected to be filled in fewer than six years. The quarry is used only for demolition debris. A policy debate over the past decade has focused on whether …
Maine Lobster Festival head lobster cooker Peter Smith unloads a basketful of steamed lobsters on Aug. 1, 2012, in Rockland.

Festivals told to stop dumping dishwater on ground

By Stephen Betts on June 26, 2015, at 8:41 a.m.
ROCKLAND | The annual Maine Lobster Festival has been told it no longer can dump so-called gray water, such as the water used to boil the crustaceans, on the ground because of environmental laws. A state environmental health official said the state is reminding local communities about the law …

Rockland OKs budget with no tax increase from city spending

By Stephen Betts on June 24, 2015, at 8:13 p.m.
The Rockland City Council made swift work Wednesday evening in giving unanimous approval to a 2015-2016 municipal budget that would not require any additional property taxes. The budget, however, cuts several positions, including ones that would end the city-run Recreation Department. Councilor Larry Pritchett said councilors want …

Police believe rock that killed motorist on Route 17 fell from trunk of car

By Stephen Betts on June 24, 2015, at 6:31 p.m.
HOPE | Police believe that a 6-8-inch diameter rock that went through a windshield, killing the driver in an accident on June 9, fell off the trunk of another car. The suspect car was impounded last week after police reviewed video recorded by surveillance cameras at businesses along Route …
Heavy rains turned the dirt in the parking area at the Camden Snow Bowl into mud, with silt flowing into adjacent Hosmer Pond in Camden.

Neighbor says erosion from Camden ski area threatens pond

By Stephen Betts on June 24, 2015, at 12:52 p.m.
The volunteer monitor for Hosmer Pond said more than a year after concerns first were voiced to the town and state that erosion from construction at the Camden Snow Bowl continues to dump silt into the popular body of water. “The pond is suffering,” Leigh Schneller Sligh, …

Rockland-area school board seeks input from community leaders

By Stephen Betts on June 23, 2015, at 5:55 p.m.
The Rockland-area school superintendent has invited municipal leaders from the five district communities to attend a meeting next week as the school system attempts for a second time to get a budget adopted for 2015-2016. The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, and will …

Midcoast-area school district drops incentive pay for teachers

By Stephen Betts on June 23, 2015, at 12:41 p.m.
UNION | An experiment tying teacher pay, in part, to student performance has been dropped by a midcoast-area school district. The Regional School Unit 40 board approved a three-year labor contract at its Thursday evening meeting that covers about 200 teachers and drops the performance incentives from the previous …
Harold Wilson

Veteran educator Harold Wilson remembered as caring first about students

By Stephen Betts on June 23, 2015, at 11:36 a.m.
ST. GEORGE | Harold Wilson was a highly educated man who grew up on fishing boats and knew how to work hard with his hands. Those qualities and experiences allowed him to relate to students, said Medomak Valley Principal Andrew Cavanaugh. Wilson died Monday, a little more than four …
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