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Camden recovery volunteer ‘shocked’ by governor’s barb

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 26, 2016, at 1:15 p.m.
Jasmine Pike is finally speaking out about the July letter in which Gov. Paul LePage called her “mean-spirited.” She said she was “shocked and appalled” by his criticism.
The former ferry and floating restaurant Monhegan is tied up to a Rockland dock Saturday after it broke loose from its mooring.

Abandoned boat nearly hits breakwater after breaking loose in Rockland Harbor

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 25, 2016, at 9:10 a.m.
A former ferry and floating restaurant that the city has threatened to seize for being abandoned broke its mooring Saturday and came close to crashing into the Breakwater.
A woman walks toward the main entrance of The Jackson Laboratory on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

Jackson Lab receives $15 million award to fight Alzheimer’s disease

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 23, 2016, at 4:16 p.m.
The Jackson Laboratory will receive $15 million over the next five years as part of an effort to find an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.
Jackie Madore

Crack dealer sentenced to nine years

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 23, 2016, at 10:49 a.m.
A Rockland woman was sentenced to nine years in federal prison Thursday for dealing crack cocaine as part of a group of 11 people charged last year.
Rockland police are investigating a suspected case of high-value fraud at the fitness center at the Trade Winds Inn.

Police probe suspected high-value fraud at midcoast fitness center

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 22, 2016, at 12:09 p.m.
The city and state are investigating possible health care fraud and theft from a fitness center at a local inn.

Rockland’s little-known port district lacks candidates

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 22, 2016, at 11:54 a.m.
A board empowered to oversee freight and passenger transportation in Rockland sails under the radar so much that this year no one is seeking its open seat.

Police say victim fired gun to ward off attacker

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 21, 2016, at 5:35 p.m.
The men left the house and got in a vehicle to leave when Joshua Haskell allegedly came out and ran toward the vehicle with something in his hand.
Oceanside High School students help with the restoration of the community's skate park on Wednesday in Rockland.

‘It was neglected and dilapidated’: Rockland skate park being restored

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 21, 2016, at 5:21 p.m.
A city public services crew and high school students have joined forces to restore a nearly 15-year-old skate park that is in disrepair.

Camden backs effort for 9-mile recreational trail

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 21, 2016, at 4:53 p.m.
A proposal to create a four-season trail that would run from the Camden Snow Bowl to the two ponds that serve as the region’s water supplies received a boost Tuesday from the town.

Can educational and commercial TV mix for cable access station?

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 20, 2016, at 11:12 a.m.
The school board chairman asked whether the commercial nature of the operator would violate terms of the cable agreement.
The new bridge on Wadsworth Street in Thomaston over the St. George River will have an offical grand opening on Oct. 5.

Newly completed Thomaston bridge uses new technology

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 19, 2016, at 10:59 a.m.
The new Wadsworth Street bridge spanning the St. George River will have a formal opening ceremony on Oct. 5.
Rockland resident Stephen Carroll speaks during a district meeting in this May 2015 file photo.

Service technician joins Rockland council race

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 16, 2016, at 3:10 p.m.
A frequent critic of the City Council has entered the race to join that board.

Longtime Rockland lawyer surrenders license over fraud claims

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 16, 2016, at 1:42 p.m.
An attorney has surrendered her license amid allegations that she mismanaged an elderly client’s finances and submitted a false application for the woman to receive state assistance.
Two houses have been built by volunteers as part of a building blitz spearheaded by Midcoast Habitat for Humanity on Brewster Street in Rockland.

Rockland council aims to boost affordable housing

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 16, 2016, at 12:13 p.m.
The dearth of affordable housing is keeping millennials out of Rockland, and Councilor Valli Geiger hopes one action by the city council will offer some relief.
Ryan A. Gallagher

Nobleboro fire chief arrested on domestic assault charge

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 16, 2016, at 11:57 a.m.
Nobleboro’s fire chief was arrested Tuesday, accused of domestic violence assault.
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

Can state be sued for selling off home of man in state care?

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 15, 2016, at 8:58 a.m.
The state argued it needed to become conservator because Dean, who had never lived independently, was not capable of managing his finances.

Police say Connecticut man nabbed with 1,800 bags of heroin

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 14, 2016, at 10:47 a.m.
The MDEA said this was an extremely large amount of heroin for the Belfast area.

Jean Chalmers recalled as passionate pioneer in politics, law in Knox County

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 13, 2016, at 5:20 p.m.
Jean Chalmers, 88, died Monday at her home in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Rockland digs in to deal with private sewer woes

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 13, 2016, at 5:11 p.m.
The city is discovering an increasing number of shared sewer lines that run across the back of homes, and sometimes under them, creating a legal nightmare.
Joseph Steinberger discusses plans being considered by the Parks Commission for the former MacDougal School property in Rockland.

Park supporters envision Rockland trail that extends to top of hill

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 13, 2016, at 8:45 a.m.
The Parks Commission is hoping a trail system can be developed across the community to a hill overlooking Rockland.