Paul Austin tosses clams in a bucket after digging them near Thomas Point on the New Meadows River in Brunswick on Friday.

Shellfish harvesters plan historic soft-shell clam seeding project

By Peter L. McGuire, The Forecaster on Aug. 27, 2014, at 4:37 p.m.
HARPSWELL, Maine — Clammers in Harpswell and Brunswick are planning a massive seeding effort to boost the stock of soft-shell clams in the region’s rich harvesting areas. The Harpswell Marine Resources Committee agreed to the plan at its Tuesday meeting, committing volunteers and funds to help spread 250,000 seed clams …
David "Tracy" Moskovitz, co-founder of Hidden Valley Nature Center, sits on a bench by the center's bog boardwalk in Jefferson.

Hidden Valley Nature Center to host celebration as ‘Outstanding Tree Farmers’ of Maine, northeast

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 27, 2014, at 3:12 p.m.
Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson will throw its biggest open house yet to celebrate being named the 2014 Outstanding Tree Farmers of Maine and northeast region of the United States. The daylong free event will start at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, and will include nearly 50 different activities …
Elizabeth Toothaker gestures to the washed-out road that prevents her from driving to her Freeport home. She is on a temporary path used for foot traffic after an Aug. 13 storm destroyed the road.

‘We were trapped’: Washout leaves Freeport resident with no way to get to her home, big bill for new private road

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on Aug. 27, 2014, at 12:39 p.m.
FREEPORT, Maine — Nurse Elizabeth Toothaker never imagined what she’d be coming home to while she was working the third shift at Mercy Hospital on the night of Aug. 13. She soon found out she couldn’t get home at all. Turkey Ridge Lane, Toothaker’s private road off Betty’s Way and …
Reconstruction by Maine's First Ship of the Virginia, a pinnace built more than 400 years ago at the short-lived Popham Colony, is taking longer than had been hoped. It is now expected to be complete in 2016 or 2017.

Construction of 1608 Popham Colony ship replica stalled by sluggish fundraising

By Alex Lear on Aug. 27, 2014, at 12:04 p.m.
BATH, Maine — The pinnace Virginia has faced challenges both times it’s been built. First was the harsh winter of 1607-1608, when the vessel — the first European ship built in New England — was constructed at the short-lived Popham Colony on the shores of the Kennebec River. Second is …

Woman accused of spitting in drug agent’s face charged with assault

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 27, 2014, at 12:03 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — Two people remain at the Knox County Jail after police said an arrest Tuesday on an alleged probation violation turned into much more. A probation officer recently sought the revocation of 24-year-old Becky Condon’s probation because she failed a drug test Aug. 14 and failed to notify …
Emergency crews tend to a cyclist who police said was hurt Wednesday morning when a vehicle ran into him at the corner of Main and Cross streets.

Car-bicycle collision sends man to hospital

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 27, 2014, at 11:59 a.m.
BELFAST, Maine — A local man on his way to work Wednesday morning was taken to the hospital in an ambulance after a driver hit his bicycle at the corner of Main and Cross streets in downtown Belfast. Belfast police did not immediately release the names of the bicyclist or …
A single-vehicle crash Tuesday night on Route 127 in Woolwich, also known as Middle Road, left 47-year-old Stephen Smith of Woolwich in critical condition at Maine Medical Center.

Woolwich man in critical condition after crashing truck while allegedly fleeing deputies

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 27, 2014, at 11:45 a.m.
WOOLWICH, Maine — A Woolwich man was in critical condition at Maine Medical Center early Wednesday morning following a single-vehicle crash on Route 127. Stephen A. Smith, 47, was driving a 2002 Dodge Ram truck when he allegedly fled from a Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s deputy who pulled him over on …

Rockland council hires firm to help them search for new manager

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 27, 2014, at 10:52 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — City Council agreed Tuesday night to hire an outside consultant to help recruit and select a new city manager. The council voted 3-1 to hire Dacri & Associates of Kennebunkport for $17,000. Councilor Louise MacLellan-Ruf voted against the action while Councilor Elizabeth Dickerson was absent. Mayor Larry …

New York couple appeals ruling that lets residents cross Owls Head property

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 26, 2014, at 8:02 p.m.
OWLS HEAD, Maine — A New York couple has appealed a judge’s ruling that their neighbors and the town of Owls Head have the right to cross their waterfront property. A local selectman said Tuesday that a special town meeting will be called to seek voter approval for funding to …

Truck crash knocks out power in South Bristol

on Aug. 26, 2014, at 3:45 p.m.
SOUTH BRISTOL, Maine — A single-vehicle crash on Route 129 caused a widespread power outage in the Rutherford Island area about 1 p.m. The driver of a box truck apparently became distracted, veered off the road and struck a utility pole, knocking down wires and causing the outage, according to …

Camden-area ambulance service looks at new location after neighborhood opposition

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 26, 2014, at 3:23 p.m.
CAMDEN, Maine — North East Mobile Health Services announced Tuesday that it plans to pursue another location for its regional headquarters after neighbors of a town-owned lot threatened legal action if the Select Board sold the land to the company. The town has been trying to sell the land for …

Woolwich man hospitalized after surfing accident at Reid State Park

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 26, 2014, at 3:23 p.m.
GEORGETOWN, Maine — A Woolwich man who went surfing with his son at Reid State Park on Tuesday morning was resuscitated on the beach before being taken by ambulance to a Portland hospital. Georgetown paramedics and firefighters went to the beach at the tip of a peninsula about 15 miles …

Ex-jail guard gets 60 days for sexually assaulting inmate

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 26, 2014, at 3:21 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A former Knox County Jail guard will spend 60 days in jail after being convicted Tuesday of sexually assaulting a female inmate more than two years ago. Justice John O’Neil sentenced Adam Grierson, 27, to 15 months in jail with all but 60 days suspended for one …
From the community

Red Cloak Haunted History Tour

By Sally Lobkowicz on Aug. 26, 2014, at 10:26 a.m.
Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Main St., Rockland, Maine For more information: 207-380-3806; …

Two members picked for Rockland area school board

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 26, 2014, at 7:20 a.m.
Selectmen in Thomaston and voters in Owls Head picked representatives Monday night to the Rockland area school board. Noreen Mullaney was appointed by the selectmen at their meeting. Mullaney and Ronald Gamage were the two names before the board. Mullaney succeeds Marla McGeady, who resigned earlier this month. Mullaney’s term …

Rockland woman admits to unemployment fraud

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 25, 2014, at 6:38 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 48-year-old Rockland woman admitted Monday she lied to collect unemployment benefits after getting a job. Mary Mehuman E. Johnson pleaded guilty to felony theft in Knox County Superior Court before Justice John O’Neil. The court agreed to hold off sentencing for one year. During that one …

Woman gets 18 months for Camden pharmacy robbery

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 25, 2014, at 5:03 p.m.
CAMDEN, Maine — Acknowledging that a Camden woman had made a remarkable turnaround in her life, a judge sentenced her Monday to seven years in prison with all but 18 months suspended for robbing a Camden pharmacy nearly three years ago. Justice John O’Neil told Hillary J. Johnson that with …

Police looking for Wiscasset man accused of terrorizing 88-year-old family member

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 25, 2014, at 3:28 p.m.
WISCASSET, Maine — Police continued to search Monday for a 32-year-old man who they say terrorized an 88-year-old family member. Daniel Colby Jr. of Wiscasset allegedly ran from police on the evening of Aug. 20 when they tried to serve him with paperwork to forbid him from harassing the 88-year-old …

Arsonist gets another 10 months for punching cook in prison

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 25, 2014, at 11:56 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 21-year-old man had 10 months added to his prison stay after admitting Monday that he repeatedly punched a prison cook. Todd M. Fickett, formerly of Norway, was sentenced Monday in Knox County Superior Court to an additional 10 months for assault on a member of the …

Camden man charged in connection with business burglary

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 25, 2014, at 11:27 a.m.
CAMDEN, Maine — A 34-year-old Camden man is behind bars after being arrested in connection with a business break-in two weeks ago. Robert Beerman was arrested and charged with burglary on Saturday morning by Camden police Officer Brook Hartshorn. The break-in occurred about 3:30 a.m. Aug. 16 at Cuzzy’s Restaurant …
ADVERTISEMENT | Grow your business
ADVERTISEMENT | Grow your business