Camden National bank's planned purchase of the Bank of Maine would give it a much larger footprint, acquiring 24 Bank of Maine branches, primarily in Southern Maine and the Kennebec Valley. The bank submitted the above map to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in its filing detailing the planned merger.

Camden National to buy Bank of Maine for $135 million

By Darren Fishell on March 30, 2015, at 10:11 a.m.
PORTLAND | The parent company of Camden National Bank has reached an agreement to purchase the Bank of Maine, a move that would give Camden 68 branches and a greater presence in Southern Maine Camden would give Bank of Maine shareholders the equivalent of $135 million, through a combination …
Chaz Chastenay

Maine dispatcher gets national recognition after guiding family to safety

By CBS 13 on March 30, 2015, at 8:41 a.m.
BATH | A Maine dispatcher up for a national award just found out he made it into the top 40. Chaz Chastenay has been with the Sagadahoc County dispatch for two years now. Chastenay’s boss nominated him for the Smart Telecommunicator Award after a recent call he took. A …
Kyle J. Skinner, 35, of Belfast.

Belfast store owner charged with arson, bail set at $200K

By Abigail Curtis on March 27, 2015, at 6:21 p.m.
A local man has been arrested and charged with arson and insurance deception nine months after his small grocery store was gutted by fire. Bail for Kyle J. Skinner, 35, of Belfast was set at $200,000, according to the Belfast police. The Goose River Grocery and Trading …
Brant W. Perkins

Boothbay Harbor man indicted on witness tampering charges

By Abigal W. Adams, Lincoln County News on March 27, 2015, at 3:16 p.m.
WISCASSET | A local man awaiting trial on felony charges that include sexual abuse of a former student has been indicted for tampering with a witness. Brant W. Perkins, 56, of Boothbay Harbor and formerly of Edgecomb, a local martial arts teacher, allegedly told another of his students to …

Nobleboro woman charged with stealing as much as $1 million from elderly mother

By Dominik Lobkowicz, Lincoln County News on March 27, 2015, at 3:15 p.m.
A Nobleboro woman has been indicted by a grand jury on charges that she allegedly stole as much as $1 million from her elderly mother over several years. Debra S. Townsend-Sokoll, 62, of Nobleboro was indicted by a Lincoln County grand jury March 15 on one Class …
Luke Morse

Wiscasset man accused of assaulting 16-year-old girl twice in one day

By J.W.Oliver, Lincoln County News on March 27, 2015, at 2:52 p.m.
A Wiscasset man assaulted a 16-year-old girl twice on March 17, pulling her down a flight of stairs, slamming her head into a door and choking her, according to police. Luke S. Morse, 22, faces charges of Class B felony aggravated assault and Class D domestic violence …

Police remain mum on death of Troy man

By Stephen Betts on March 27, 2015, at 1:27 p.m.
Nearly three weeks after a 49-year-old Troy man was found dead inside his home, police are providing no additional information on the case. Though police won’t say whether they consider the death suspicious, Maine Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Friday that the case remains under investigation …

Less state aid poses challenge as Rockland board girds for school budget reviews

By Stephen Betts on March 27, 2015, at 1:18 p.m.
The Rockland-area school board will begin its review of the 2015-2016 budget on Monday night with the specter of less state aid looming. The total requests from principals and department heads submitted to the superintendent and business manager last month totaled $27 million. The two administrators have …

Towns to pay 7 percent more for Union-area education costs under proposed budget

By Stephen Betts on March 27, 2015, at 1:10 p.m.
The five towns of Regional School Unit 40 will pay 7 percent more for education costs under the proposed budget going to residents. The RSU 40 Board approved a 2015-16 budget of slightly more than $24 million at its March 19 meeting. It represents a $1.1 million, …

Camden reaches deal with developer on sewage problem

By Stephen Betts on March 27, 2015, at 12:52 p.m.
The town has reached a tentative agreement that would end a lawsuit against a land developer over an inadequate sewer line. The agreement calls for a proper sewer line to be installed from the 13-lot Mountain Arrow residential development off Route 1 to the town’s main line …
Franklin Barrick

Pennsylvania sex offender nabbed in Brooks

By Stephen Betts on March 27, 2015, at 12:51 p.m.
A Pennsylvania man is in a Belfast jail after he was arrested on a warrant from his home state for failing to register as a sex offender. Franklin Barrick, 44, of St. Thomas, Pennsylvania, was arrested Thursday by Waldo County sheriff’s office Deputies John McEwen and Darrin …

Public supper at Searsmont church

on March 27, 2015, at 9:45 a.m.
Saturday, April 11, 2015 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Searsmont United Methodist Church, Route 131, Searsmont, Maine SEARSMONT, Maine — A public supper will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Searsmont United Methodist Church, Route 131 beside Fraternity Village Store. The menu will include potluck casseroles, …
Ashley J. Hunt

‘Major’ midcoast drug supplier gets 30 days, forfeits $136,000

By Stephen Betts on March 27, 2015, at 9:03 a.m.
ROCKLAND | A 25-year-old Rockland man who police said was a major supplier of oxycodone to the midcoast area will be serving 30 days in jail. He also had to forfeit $136,000 and a truck that were seized by agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. Ashley J. Hunt …
Brunswick police on Thursday released this sketch of a blond man who allegedly exposed his genitals to two young girls on Wednesday and attempted to lure another girl to his car.

Brunswick police release sketch of man accused of exposing genitals to young girls

By Beth Brogan on March 26, 2015, at 4:51 p.m.
Police on Thursday released a sketch of a blond man they say exposed himself to two young girls on Wednesday afternoon and attempted to lure another girl to his car. The two incidents took place about two hours apart, according to police. The three girls all described …

Hope residents may vote to acquire former Superfund site

By Stephen Betts on March 26, 2015, at 4:21 p.m.
Residents may decide in June whether they want the town to acquire a 12-acre lot that had been the site of one of the worst environmental pollution cases in the state. The Board of Selectmen asked the town administration Wednesday night to come up with a draft …

Public supper at Thorndike church

Bangor Daily News on March 26, 2015, at 3:33 p.m.
Friday, April 10, 2015 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Thorndike Congregational Church, Route 139, Thorndike, Maine THORNDIKE, Maine — Thorndike Congregational Church will hold a public supper 4:30-6 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the church, Route 139. Menu includes pork loin, mashed potatoes, vegetables, homemade rolls and pies. Cost is …
Detective Dwight Burtis

Knox County officers honored for law enforcement efforts

on March 26, 2015, at 2:37 p.m.
ROCKLAND | Knox County sheriff’s officers were among those honored last week at the Maine Sheriffs’ Association conference in Portland. At the March 19 conference, Detective Dwight Burtis was an honorable mention for the annual Deputy of the Year Award. Burtis’ primary duty is to curb domestic violence, according …
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services have relocated four snowy owls from the airfield at Brunswick Executive Airport since January. The owls are taken at least 20 miles away from the airport in the direction of their migratory path. Two other snowy owls at the airfield have not yet been captured.

Biologists relocate snowy owls from Brunswick airport

By Beth Brogan on March 26, 2015, at 1:29 p.m.
In an effort to ensure a smooth flight for all, wildlife officials have relocated four of six snowy owls that showed up at Brunswick Executive Airport this winter, moving the spectacular creatures at least 20 miles away along their migratory route to eliminate the possibility of their …
The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland is seen in this July 2012 file photo.

Rockland art museum Farnsworth plans multimillion dollar renovation project

By Stephen Betts on March 26, 2015, at 1:01 p.m.
The William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum plans to undertake a multimillion dollar renovation project for both its downtown Rockland campus and the historic Olson House in Cushing. “This a transformative moment for the museum,” David Troup, museum communications officer, said Thursday. Troup said there is …
Stephen Bushey, senior engineer at the Massachusetts-based Fay, Spofford and Thorndike engineering firm, explains the storm water drainage system for a proposed Amtrak train layover facility at a Maine Department of Environmental Protection hearing Wednesday in Brunswick.

Brunswick split on proposed Amtrak layover site reinforced in daylong hearing

By Walter Wuthmann, The Forecaster on March 26, 2015, at 11:23 a.m.
Advocates and opponents of a proposed railroad maintenance and layover facility presented arguments to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday on a stormwater management permit sought by the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority. The nearly 12-hour public hearing at the Brunswick Golf Club was …
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