Regional School Unit 13 plans to close the McLain School next summer.

Arts center owner eyes purchase of Rockland school

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 24, 2016, at 1 a.m.
The owner of a former school turned arts center is interested in acquiring the adjacent McLain School.
Joel A. Harkins, 36.

Former Waldoboro man pleads guilty to child pornography charges

By J.W. Oliver on Oct. 23, 2016, at 9:59 a.m.
A former Waldoboro man pleaded guilty Oct. 13 to possessing sexually explicit materials of children younger than 12.
A train recently pulls into the Amtrak Downeaster Layover Facility in Brunswick.

Controversial Amtrak layover facility in Brunswick to open to the public

By Beth Brogan on Oct. 21, 2016, at 6 p.m.
The rail authority plans to add a third round-trip from Brunswick to Boston at 11 a.m. each day beginning Nov. 21, Patricia Quinn said Friday.

Adult Art Workshop Series at Rockland Public Library

on Oct. 21, 2016, at 4:29 p.m.

Warren woman accused of swindling state out of $250,000 in welfare benefits

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 21, 2016, at 3:23 p.m.
Robin L. Snell, 44, of Warren was indicted last month on charges of felony theft and forgery.

Midcoast woman says man blew powder in her face, sexually assaulted her

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 21, 2016, at 3:06 p.m.
Investigators say the suspect was described as an “older male,” with brown wavy hair standing 6-feet to 6-feet-2-inches tall.
Douglas Merrifield

Rockland man expected to get 33 months for torturing boy

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 21, 2016, at 3:03 p.m.
A Rockland man who was caught on videotape beating and torturing a boy earlier this year has pleaded guilty.
Fail Better Farm owner Clayton Carter said recently that the yield of several vegetables was significantly lower due to the drought in Maine.

Weather Service: Current rain won’t cure Maine drought conditions

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 21, 2016, at 2:45 p.m.
 Amy McLellan recently shows one of the undemolished rooms of the former nursing home she purchased and is renovating into an "age-in-place" home for retirement-age people called The McLellan on Cumberland Street in Brunswick.

This nurse is building senior housing in her Brunswick neighborhood

By Meg Haskell on Oct. 21, 2016, at 6:25 a.m.
“This is all about allowing people to live their lives to the fullest as they age, to show that life continues to grow and change in positive ways.”

Last Oak Grove Cemetery Tour of the Halloween Season Oct. 29

on Oct. 20, 2016, at 4:53 p.m.
Nancy Winslow shows a photo of the bench that was at the Lura Libby School in Thomaston but went missing shortly after school closed in June. The bench was designed and crafted in memory of her husband Richard Winslow who died last year.

Disappearance of school bench dedicated to late custodian confounds community

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 20, 2016, at 3:08 p.m.
A handcrafted cherry wood bench dedicated in honor of a longtime school custodian and bus driver has gone missing from the Lura Libby School.
A structure burns on North Dyer Neck Road in Newcastle.

Fire consumes shed in Newcastle

By Maia Zewert on Oct. 20, 2016, at 1:47 p.m.
The origin of the fire is unknown.
Lynn Arsenault

Murdered woman’s sons sue stepfather over forged will

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 20, 2016, at 10:14 a.m.
Mathew and Nick Day, are suing their former stepfather, Donald Arsenault, and a Portland businessmen after a probate judge ruled that their dead mother’s will had been forged.
Dead fish below the Brunswick dam from Oct. 15 and 16, 2016.

Dam operator accused of killing thousands of fish in Maine

By Susan Sharon, Maine Public on Oct. 20, 2016, at 8:26 a.m.
Conservation groups are raising red flags about what they say are two significant fish kills in Ellsworth and Brunswick over the past week.
An informal sketch submitted by Harbor Line Capital LLC shows redevelopment plans for a Bath home that previously housed a methamphetamine lab.

Former Wall Street analyst renovating Maine building that housed meth lab

By Beth Brogan on Oct. 19, 2016, at 3:25 p.m.
“We’re working really hard to turn this place around,” Nils Tristan said.
Ed Pert of Georgetown died Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, at age 83.

‘People in politics today could learn a lot from Ed Pert’

By Christopher Cousins on Oct. 18, 2016, at 6:22 p.m.
“He was able to bring a balance to it, maintaining the integrity and decorum of the chamber.”
A 31-foot lobster boat owned by Todd Nickles was destroyed by fire Saturday night.

Battery blamed for fire that destroyed Owls Head lobster boat

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 18, 2016, at 1:48 p.m.
A fire that destroyed a lobster boat Sunday morning has been ruled accidental.

2-year-old dies in Burnham tractor accident

BDN staff reports on Oct. 18, 2016, at 10:40 a.m.
A 2-year-old died Monday morning when a tractor driven by his grandfather accidentally backed over him, state police said.
The State House shines through the the fog on June 16, 2015.

LePage promised transparency, but multimillion-dollar contract awards remain in the shadows

By Danielle McLean on Oct. 18, 2016, at 6:04 a.m.
It is nearly impossible for Maine residents to know how much state money is being spent on contracted services, which private businesses and nonprofit organizations receive large state contracts, and why those vendors won the work — even though a new state law requires information about competitive contracts to be made public online.
A footbridge will be erected within the next few weeks over the outlet of Lindsey Brook in downtown Rockland, connecting the southern section of the Rockland Harbor Trail with the northern section. Stephen Betts|BDN

Donation to bridge gap in Rockland’s Harbor Trail

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 17, 2016, at 4:49 p.m.
The largest donation the city has received will help bridge a gap in the Rockland Harbor Trail.