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Gov. Paul LePage speaks about tax reform on Tuesday in Lisbon.

LePage tells Lisbon crowd to keep heat on ‘bums’ who oppose his agenda

By Beth Brogan on June 02, 2015, at 9:36 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday took his tax reform message to the Open Door Bible Baptist Church, where an audience of about 100 people frequently broke into applause in support of the Republican governor’s proposals to reform welfare and eliminate the state’s income tax. Unlike his sometimes …

Rockland spring cleanup behind schedule

By Stephen Betts on June 02, 2015, at 5:42 p.m.
Vacancies in the public services department and a tough winter have delayed community spring cleanup efforts, according to the city manager. “We are egregiously behind schedule. This is due to the five vacancies in positions and the large amount of work required after a tough winter,” City …

Cape Air adds seasonal flight from Owls Head to Boston

on June 02, 2015, at 5:10 p.m.
Cape Air, which serves the Knox County Regional Airport, has added one extra summer flight for a total of six daily round trips to Boston’s Logan International Airport. Because of the increase in demand, Cape Air will be augmenting its existing schedule from June 24 through …
Dan Pease of Rock Harbor Pub and Brewery urged the Rockland City Council on Monday evening to reconsider the denial last month of his entertainment license.

Rockland pub owner appeals to councilors for licenses

By Stephen Betts on June 02, 2015, at 4:42 p.m.
The City Council will consider next week whether to grant entertainment and liquor licenses for a downtown pub that has been the subject of complaints from its next door neighbor over noise and disturbances. Rock Harbor Pub and Brewery owner Dan Pease spoke to councilors Monday night …

LePage, UMS officials to attend launch of wireless Internet provider

By Darren Fishell on June 02, 2015, at 4:10 p.m.
PORTLAND | Gov. Paul LePage, University of Maine System Chancellor James Page and other state officials are scheduled to speak at the launch announcement Wednesday for wireless Internet provider RedZone Wireless. The company that moved to Camden has an agreement with the university system to use a wireless spectrum …
The ferry approaches Islesboro in Penobscot Bay. Many residents of the island are struggling with the lack of access to high-speed Internet.

Island broadband Internet project moves forward

By Abigail Curtis on June 02, 2015, at 2:08 p.m.
ISLESBORO | Island residents here took a step toward building their own high-speed broadband Internet system, after a vote at annual town meeting on Saturday showed overwhelming support to authorize more than $200,000 to kickstart the project. The funds will be used to design, engineer and do upfront legal …
Gov. Paul LePage speaks with Brunswick Junior High School students about domestic violence, bullying and civil rights on Monday.

LePage to students: Worst discrimination is against ‘poorest kid in the class’

By John Swinconeck, The Times Record on June 02, 2015, at 12:24 p.m.
BRUNSWICK | Gov. Paul LePage visited Brunswick Junior High School on Monday to speak about civil rights and the Franco-American experience. Most of LePage’s remarks centered on bullying and domestic violence, at which point he also joked about being a bully to state lawmakers. “Have I ever bullied?” LePage …
The Rockland Recreation Center building in Rockland is located at the intersection of Union and Limerock streets.

YMCA details offer to run Rockland’s recreation programs

By Stephen Betts on June 02, 2015, at 11:05 a.m.
The Penobscot Bay YMCA wants autonomy over programs offered, fees charged, and hours of operations if it is granted a contract to run the city’s recreation program. One councilor, however, said she wants a better deal for the city. The YMCA was the sole organization that submitted …
Dale Rowe

Police: Troy man’s studded tires led to police chase, spike mat

By Abigail Curtis on June 01, 2015, at 5:49 p.m.
A Waldo County man who allegedly led police on a chase through two towns over the weekend was arrested and charged after a spike mat deflated his tires and halted his progress. Police said that the 31-year-old driver, Dale Rowe of Troy, had his young son with …

Buxton man charged with possessing child pornography

By Beth Brogan on June 01, 2015, at 5:36 p.m.
A 27-year-old man who lives in a home where his mother operates a day care center has been charged with possession of child pornography. Peter J. Blanchette of Buxton was arrested Monday at his mother’s home and taken to the Buxton Police Department, where he was released …

Bath woman charged with OUI following crash, search

By Beth Brogan on June 01, 2015, at 3:48 p.m.
A Bath woman was charged with operating under the influence Sunday evening after fleeing the scene of a crash, prompting a three-hour search by officers and a police dog. Brittany Kaler, 24, was found walking on Ridge Road at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday — three hours after …
Vincent "Lucky" Oppedisano

Brunswick man accused of attempting to strangle girlfriend

By Beth Brogan on June 01, 2015, at 2:24 p.m.
A Brunswick man was charged with aggravated assault Saturday night after allegedly attempting to strangle his girlfriend several times. Vincent “Lucky” Oppedisano, 46, was charged with the Class B felony, as well as with misdemeanor domestic violence criminal threatening, according to Brunswick police Cmdr. Marc Hagan. Police …

Panel fines Brunswick Republican for shoddy records of House campaign

By John Swinconeck, The Times Record on June 01, 2015, at 1:42 p.m.
The Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Elections Practices voted unanimously Thursday to penalize a Brunswick man who ran as a Republican candidate for a Maine House of Representatives district in 2014. The commission found that Republican Byron Watson commingled Clean Election funds with money in a …

Dinner and auction to benefit Washington Fire Department

on June 01, 2015, at 12:45 p.m.
Saturday, June 13, 2015 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: Washington Fire Department, 42 Old Union Road, Washington, Maine WASHINGTON, Maine — The 24th annual dinner and auction to benefit Washington Fire Department will be held 4:30-6:30 p.m. for dinner and the auction will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, June …
The Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland

Rockland rejects financial boost to save lighthouse museum

By Stephen Betts on June 01, 2015, at 11:39 a.m.
An effort by the city to save the financially-distressed Maine Lighthouse Museum is facing a time crunch as councilors were adamant Monday night they would not support a financial commitment to revive the museum. The Coast Guard’s curator informed the city on April 24 that it wants …

Public supper at Thorndike church

on June 01, 2015, at 11:20 a.m.
Friday, June 12, 2015 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Thorndike Congregational Church, Route 139, Gordon Hill Road, Thorndike, Maine THORNDIKE, Maine — A public supper will be held 4:30-6 p.m. Friday, June 12, at Thorndike Congregational Church, Route 139, Gordon Hill Road. Menu will include fricassee, mashed potatoes, vegetables, …

Officers subdue man with knives at Thomaston Walmart

By Stephen Betts on June 01, 2015, at 11:04 a.m.
A 29-year-old Owls Head man was arrested Sunday evening after police said he tried to break into a locked case filled with electronics at the local Walmart. The suspect, who was carrying knives, had to be physically subdued as officers from around the region responded to assist …

Motorcyclist dies in Bath accident

By CBS 13 on May 30, 2015, at 7:05 a.m.
A motorcyclist is dead after crashing on a curve Friday night. The crash happened on the Wing Farm Parkway, which is off Congress Avenue. Police responded to a report of the crash around 5:30 p.m. The motorcycle operator was pronounced dead about half an hour later at …

Warren names new town manager

By Stephen Betts on May 29, 2015, at 5:57 p.m.
Selectmen voted Friday afternoon to hire a new town manager for the next 12 months. Robin Bennett was hired as interim manager, said Arnold Hill, the chairman of the Board of Selectmen. He said Bennett could continue on past a year, but the current agreement is for …
Russell "“Rusty"” Brace waits outside U.S. District Court on Friday morning in Portland. Brace later pleaded guilty to three felony counts related to the embezzlement of $4.6 million.

Rusty Brace pleads guilty in $4.6 million charity fraud case

By Stephen Betts on May 29, 2015, at 12:50 p.m.
PORTLAND | Former longtime charity president Russell “Rusty” Brace pleaded guilty Friday morning in federal court to three felony counts related to the embezzlement of $4.6 million. The Rockport resident faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of double the amount he stole. Brace’s sentencing has …
 
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