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Turkey supper at Frankfort church

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 19, 2014, at 11:43 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: Frankfort Congregational Church, 1 Main St., Frankfort FRANKFORT, Maine — The Frankfort Congregational Church will hold a turkey supper 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the church, 1 Main St. There will be turkey with all the fixings. The price is …
A Piper Cub plane made an amazing landing on Thursday afternoon at the Knox County Regional Airport in Owls Head.

Pilot makes ‘amazing landing’ after plane damaged in Knox County takeoff

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 18, 2014, at 7:13 p.m.
OWLS HEAD | Knox County Regional Airport Manager Jeffrey Northgraves said a pilot made an amazing landing after his plane was damaged in takeoff Thursday afternoon. Stephen Morrison II of Rockland said he was taking off with his father, Stephen Morrison Sr., also of Rockland, for an afternoon flight …
Firefighters battle a blaze on Thursday in Richmond.

Woman, infant daughter escape home fire on Route 201 in Richmond

By Darcie Moore on Sept. 18, 2014, at 6:02 p.m.
A Richmond woman and her infant daughter were taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta to be checked for smoke inhalation after their Brunswick Road home caught fire Thursday morning. Just after 7:30 a.m., firefighters from Richmond, Litchfield, Gardiner, Dresden, Bowdoin and Bowdoinham were called to the …

South Portland, GWI team up for new high-speed Internet system in city

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 18, 2014, at 5:49 p.m.
The city of South Portland is scheduled to announce early next week a partnership with Great Works Internet to build out high-speed fiber-optic Internet for residential and business customers in the city. Mark Robinson, who handles publicity for the Portland-based Great Works Internet, wrote in a news …
Foundation work is expected to begin no later than Monday for a five-story hotel at 250 Main St. in Rockland.

Rockland issues permit for city’s tallest building

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 18, 2014, at 5:10 p.m.
Construction on a five-story hotel here is expected to begin no later than Monday. The city’s code enforcement officer issued a permit on Thursday for work to be done on the foundation for the project at 250 Main St., at its intersection with Pleasant Street. Ron Dafoe …

Waldo County budget below $5 million for first time in four years

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 18, 2014, at 4:03 p.m.
BELFAST | The Waldo County commissioners said this week that they’re pleased to tell taxpayers the proposed 2015 budget is lower than last year’s by more than $175,000. Altogether, the 2015 budget is $4.98 million, which is the first time the budget has been under $5 million in four …
Kelly Smyre, 24, was among 18 residents of an 11-unit apartment building on Dunning Street displaced Wednesday after the town deemed the building dangerous.

Nearly 20 tenants displaced from ‘dangerous’ Brunswick apartment building

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 18, 2014, at 11:44 a.m.
Town officials informed 18 tenants of a Dunning Street apartment building on Wednesday that they had about 12 hours to vacate the building because it had been deemed “dangerous” due to violations of fire and life safety codes. But the owner of the building, Curtis Pass, said …
Damariscotta voters approve an adult business moratorium during a special town meeting at the Damariscotta town office Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Damariscotta voters OK six-month moratorium on adult businesses in town

By J.W. Oliver, Lincoln County News on Sept. 18, 2014, at 8:59 a.m.
A roomful of Damariscotta voters approved a six-month ban on adult entertainment establishments during a special town meeting at the town office Wednesday, Sept. 17. There was no debate during the special town meeting or a public hearing prior to the meeting, and there were no votes …

Early-morning fire forces evacuation of 22 nursing home residents in Damariscotta

By Staff Report, Lincoln County News on Sept. 18, 2014, at 8:44 a.m.
A fire in an electrical light at Coves Edge, on the Lincoln Health Miles complex, forced the evacuation of one wing of the nursing home early Thursday morning. Damariscotta Fire Chief John Roberts estimates that 22 patients were evacuated by the Lincoln Health staff and CLC Ambulance. …

Burnham-based company to make iconic Lincoln Logs

By Christopher Burns, BDN Staff on Sept. 17, 2014, at 7:42 p.m.
BANGOR | Gov. Paul LePage announced Wednesday that Burnham-based Pride Manufacturing Co. will produce the iconic American Lincoln Logs in Maine. LePage said the move to produce Lincoln Logs in Maine will create jobs for Mainers. “I commend Pride Manufacturing for representing the best of Maine,” LePage said in …
Opal, an Asian elephant that arrived at the Endangered Ark Foundation this week, greeted Margaret, a member of the herd already living there.

An elephant never forgets: Old friends trumpet arrival of Rosie, Opal in Oklahoma, says shelter director

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 17, 2014, at 5:51 p.m.
HOPE | A week after Hope Elephants co-founder Jim Laurita’s sudden, tragic death in his elephant pen, the two Asian elephants he always called “his girls” are settling in at the Endangered Ark Foundation in Hugo, Oklahoma. Rosie and Opal left Maine over the weekend and were transported by …
Randy B. Smith, 63, of Camden

Insurer wants court to rule on whether it is liable to defend Camden man accused of assaulting a woman

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 17, 2014, at 5:20 p.m.
ROCKLAND | An insurance company has asked a state court to rule on whether it is responsible for defending or paying any damages that may be assessed against an Owls Head client accused of assaulting and stalking a former female companion. MMG Insurance Co. filed a complaint Tuesday in …
Oxford Networks President Craig Gunderson (left) shows Gov. Paul LePage around the company's expanded facility on Wednesday in Brunswick.

Oxford Networks unveils $6 million data center expansion in Brunswick

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 17, 2014, at 4:56 p.m.
There’s one nice thing about putting a data center in Maine: come winter, the harsh cold is an easy way to keep servers cool. That’s a key part of the $6 million expansion unveiled Wednesday in a 52,000-square-foot former Navy communications center at Brunswick Landing, the civilian …

Knox County Sheriff’s Office investigates theft of copper pipes from Washington home

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 17, 2014, at 3:16 p.m.
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of copper pipes from a home on West Washington Road. Someone broke into the house Monday night and removed a couple hundred feet of piping, Sheriff Donna Dennison said Wednesday. No one is living in the house and …
A standoff lasted for more than seven hours Monday night into Tuesday morning at the downtown Rite Aid Pharmacy on Route 1 in Camden.

Negotiators credited with safe release of hostage in Camden pharmacy standoff

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 17, 2014, at 2:57 p.m.
Members of the Maine State Police tactical team outfitted in camouflage gear and weapons were highly visible during the lengthy standoff Monday night at the Rite Aid Pharmacy, but a team of negotiators working out of a van and out of sight also played a key role. …
The private portion of Cedar Beach Road has been closed by neighbors Charles and Sally Abrahamson since 2011.

Losers of lawsuit allowing public access to Harpswell beach expected to appeal to Maine’s high court

By Peter L. McGuire, The Forecaster on Sept. 17, 2014, at 1:53 p.m.
Shoreline access proponents claimed victory this week after a judge upheld the public’s right to use a private road on Bailey Island to reach nearby Cedar Beach. In a 73-page ruling issued Monday, Sept. 15, Cumberland County Superior Court Justice Nancy Mills sided with plaintiffs in a …

Dozens search for Massachusetts teen missing from class trip on Hermit Island

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 17, 2014, at 9:18 a.m.
PHIPPSBURG | Following an hours-long search by dozens of firefighters, game wardens, and law enforcement personnel, a 17-year-old Massachusetts boy was located Tuesday evening lying on the ground several hundred yards from his campsite on Hermit Island. The teen, a student with a private school group staying on the …
Rep. Brian L. Jones, D-Freedom

Waldo County lawmaker charged with indecent conduct

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 16, 2014, at 7:27 p.m.
FREEDOM | A Democratic lawmaker from Waldo County was arrested Monday night after a Maine state trooper allegedly caught him engaged in a sexual act in a van at the West Gardiner Park & Ride. Brian Jones, 56, of Freedom was charged with indecent conduct and failure to give …

Bath man gets four months for welfare fraud

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 16, 2014, at 4 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A 47-year-old Bath man will serve four months in jail starting Dec. 1 after admitting to stealing nearly $20,000 in state aid. Trevor Lamoreau was sentenced Tuesday in Knox County Superior Court to two years in jail with all but four months suspended for theft by deception. …
The private portion of Cedar Beach Road has been closed by neighbors Charles and Sally Abrahamson since 2011.

Judge rules in favor of public access to private Harpswell beach

By Rosanna Gargiulo, The Times Record on Sept. 16, 2014, at 3:47 p.m.
A Maine Superior Court ruling has restored public access to Cedar Beach in Harpswell, ending a years-long battle to establish that the public has a prescriptive easement to the beach over Cedar Beach Road. The plaintiffs in the case, the nonprofit Cedar Beach/Cedar Island Supporters, argued that …
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