Students from Haining No. 1 Middle School in Zheyiang, China, are spending a few days in midcoast Maine. School officials hope it is the beginning of a long relationship between the two schools.

Chinese students visit Searsport schools, officials hope it marks beginning of a lasting educational exchange

By Abigail Curtis on July 28, 2014, at 3:59 p.m.
SEARSPORT, Maine — The hallways of Searsport District High School normally would be sleepy and dark on a summertime weekend, but on Saturday the gymnasium was alive with the sounds of laughter and shouts — in Chinese. Last week, 28 middle school students from a province near the city of …

Rockland Republican re-enters Maine House race

By Stephen Betts on July 28, 2014, at 3:55 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — Republican James Kalloch is back in the race for the Maine House seat that represents Rockland and Owls Head. Kalloch had filed papers to run but then withdrew from the race on June 19, explaining that he didn’t think he would have time to devote to the …

92-year-old resident seeks 13th consecutive term in Rockland elections

By Stephen Betts on July 28, 2014, at 2:30 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — One incumbent city councilor will not be running for re-election while the second incumbent has yet to decide. Nomination papers for municipal seats in Rockland will become available on Aug. 6 at City Hall. The City Council seats held by Dr. Eric Hebert and Elizabeth Dickerson are …
In 1914, islanders celebrated the 300th anniversary of Capt. John Smith's arrival on Monhegan Island.

Whales, furs, fish and history: Monhegan marks Capt. John Smith’s 1614 settlement

By Abigail Curtis on July 28, 2014, at 1:11 p.m.
MONHEGAN ISLAND, Maine — In the spring of 1614, Capt. John Smith sailed up the coast of Massachusetts and Maine, dubbing the region of beaches, pine trees and rocky cliffs New England. When his two ships found Monhegan Island, located about 10 miles from the mainland, Smith decided to stop …
Daniel Spear

Three arrested for allegedly setting fire to Rockland portable toilets

By Stephen Betts on July 28, 2014, at 11:55 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — Two adults and a juvenile were arrested late Sunday and charged with setting fire to portable toilets at a popular Rockland beach. Daniel Spear, 19, who is listed as a transient, and Philip Seekins, 18, of Thomaston were both arrested and charged with arson, according to Rockland …
Invasive European green crabs have been wreaking havoc on the shellfish industry in Maine.

Invasive green crabs creep back into Casco Bay

By Beth Brogan on July 28, 2014, at 5:40 a.m.
FREEPORT, Maine — Despite cautious optimism earlier this year that midcoast mudflats would be spared, invasive European green crabs were apparently only waiting for warmer water to scurry back into the area and begin wreaking havoc on the shellfish industry. “Since the beginning of last week, they’ve increased considerably,” said …
Ben Sprague, chairman of the Bangor City Council, said, “You need to help building the supply side by helping the farmers with logistics and getting their goods to market and working on the demand side so there is the demand for local food all over the state.”

Maine Food Strategy looking to connect state’s producers with consumers

By Julia Bayly on July 26, 2014, at 5:09 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — There is a conversation starting in Maine about how the state can help feed itself and the rest of the world and organizers are inviting everyone to the table. “We are trying to get together different groups and businesses with interests in food systems to start …
Rep. Mark Dion, D-Portland

Should the state do more to prevent the spread of disease such as Hepatitis C in prison? A Bangor woman thinks the answer is yes

By Abigail Curtis on July 26, 2014, at 3:03 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Sheila Ford of Bangor is an administrative assistant who recently has found herself on an unlikely mission: to educate Mainers about the risks of communicable diseases in prison, and hopefully to get them to care about the dangers to prisoners. That’s because her friend, a man serving …
Tyler Malmstrom

Man who escaped from Belfast re-entry center arrested in South Boston

By Dawn Gagnon on July 25, 2014, at 6:53 p.m.
BOSTON, Massachusetts — The man who walked away from a minimum security re-entry corrections center in Belfast earlier this month was arrested around 4:30 p.m. Friday in South Boston, a Sanford Police Department detective said in a news release. Tyler Malmstrom, 23, of Lincolnville Center left the Maine Coastal Regional …

Deputies suspect cat intentionally shot and killed in Bowdoinham

By Beth Brogan on July 25, 2014, at 5:33 p.m.
BOWDOINHAM, Maine — Sagadahoc County deputies suspect a cat that was killed on Pork Point Road on Thursday night was intentionally shot. Bill Stanton found the body of his 20-pound cat, named B, about 100 yards from his home around 4 a.m. Friday, Deputy Al Huntington said. The cat had …

Train barn opponents, Downeaster official clash at Thursday meeting

By Peter L. McGuire, The Forecaster on July 25, 2014, at 2:02 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — A meeting of an advisory group for a proposed train layover facility Thursday lapsed into an acrimonious exchange between opponents of the project and representatives of the agency that runs the Amtrak Downeaster. At the meeting, three members of the Brunswick West Neighborhood Coalition protested the meeting …
From the community

Maine properties added to National Register of Historic Places

Bangor Daily News on July 25, 2014, at 1:52 p.m.
The following Maine properties have been entered in the National Register of Historic Places, according to Earle G. Shettleworth Jr., director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. These properties have been documented, evaluated and deemed worthy of preservation as part of the nation’s cultural heritage. The Dixmont Town House, Dixmont …
Christopher King

Searsport man charged after allegedly kicking in door, assaulting estranged wife

By Abigail Curtis on July 24, 2014, at 6:02 p.m.
MONTVILLE, Maine — A Searsport man was arrested this week after allegedly kicking the door in at a North Trotting Road residence and assaulting people inside, including his estranged wife. Christopher Michael King, 26, barged into the home on Sunday, July 20, Lt. Jason Trundy of the Waldo County Sheriff’s …
Maine State Music Theatre props apprentice Amanda Diaz toils behind the scenes Monday in Brunswick, building church pews for an upcoming production of "Footloose."

Behind the magic at Maine State Music Theatre

By Kathleen Pierce on July 24, 2014, at 3:42 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Another opening, another show. When the curtain rises at the Pickard Theater and the first upbeat note of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” echos through the room, guests seated in air-conditioned comfort are treated to a night of Broadway-style entertainment complete with backflips, a live orchestra and …

Theatre techs toil behind the scenes

By Troy R. Bennett on July 24, 2014, at 3:38 p.m.
Maine State Music Theatre techies toil behind the scenes in Brunswick, building sets, costumes and props for an upcoming production of “Footloose,” set to open Aug. 6.
Keaton and Quinn Repetto play in the water at Simpson's Point in Brunswick this week.

Brunswick panel favors seasonal motorboat use at Simpson’s Point

By Peter L. McGuire, The Forecaster on July 24, 2014, at 1:17 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — The Simpson’s Point boat landing may reopen to motorized boats on a seasonal basis if the town council accepts a recommendation from a commission looking into the issue. The Rivers and Coastal Waters Commission on Wednesday unanimously recommended the council ask Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection to …

West Bath to vote on settlement for firefighter who sued under whistleblower act

By Beth Brogan on July 23, 2014, at 6:36 p.m.
WEST BATH, Maine — West Bath voters will decide at a July 31 town meeting whether to accept a settlement with a local firefighter who is suing the town and two former fire chiefs for violating the Maine Whistleblowers’ Protection Act and the Maine Human Rights Act. Michael Drake of …

Bath planners OK apartments at former hospital

By Alex Lear, The Forecaster on July 23, 2014, at 3:18 p.m.
BATH, Maine — Fifteen residences will be developed at a former hospital at 9 Park St. after the project received unanimous subdivision and site plan approvals Tuesday from the planning board. The city purchased the property more than a decade ago as the Midcoast Center for Higher Education, and sold …

MOFGA receives $1 million gift to help train more new farmers

By Abigail Curtis on July 23, 2014, at 3:02 p.m.
UNITY, Maine — A farming organization with a strong grassroots history announced Wednesday that it received a gift of $1 million to help support and train new farmers, the largest financial donation in its history. Officials from the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association said that they were thrilled with …
From the community

Church Sewing Circle doll fair Aug. 6

Bangor Daily News on July 23, 2014, at 2:53 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Location: Port Clyde Baptist Church, Route 131, Port Clyde For more information: 207-372-8082 PORT CLYDE, Maine — The annual Port Clyde Baptist Church Sewing Circle doll fair will be held 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the Port Clyde Baptist Church on …
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