Watson Arena at Bowdoin College, where Brunswick High School holds what may be the area's most expensive commencement ceremonies.

Brunswick officials trimming high school graduation costs to fit under $10,000 cap

By Peter L. McGuire, The Forecaster on Sept. 11, 2014, at 11:28 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — The Brunswick School Department may be close to finding a way to hold high school graduation at Bowdoin College’s Sidney J. Watson Arena without breaching a $10,000 spending cap. If it does, it could eliminate the need for this year’s graduating class to raise money to cover …
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Vital Connections fall forum on Sept. 26

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 11, 2014, at 11:18 a.m.
BATH, Maine — The fall Forum of the Vital Connections network will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the UCC Church, 150 Congress St. There will be a potluck supper at 6 p.m., followed by a panel discussion beginning at 6:30 p.m. The topic under discussion will be “Ending Homelessness in Bath: A Home for …

Teens rescued after lobster boat strikes rocks off Vinalhaven

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 11, 2014, at 9:30 a.m.
VINALHAVEN, Maine — A lobster boat was swamped Tuesday morning after it struck rocks. The two teens aboard the 22-foot outboard-motor-powered boat managed to don survival suits and safely made it to shore. The boat, belonging to 17-year-old Kaleb Dyer, was in the vicinity of an area known as the …
Jim Laurita poses with Rosie (right) and Opal, two Asian elephants, at his facility in Hope in 2012.

After Hope Elephants founder’s death, Rosie and Opal going back to Oklahoma

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 10, 2014, at 6:51 p.m.
HOPE, Maine — A day after Dr. Jim Laurita was crushed to death by one of his two retired circus elephants, the directors of his nonprofit agency announced that Rosie and Opal will be returned to the Oklahoma facility where they lived before he brought them to Maine. “Jim is …

Number of liens filed by Rockland for unpaid taxes reaches 15-year high

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 10, 2014, at 5:39 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — The number of liens placed on properties this year for unpaid taxes is the most in 15 years. The city filed 197 liens Wednesday at the Knox County Registry of Deeds. That’s up from 190 liens filed in 2013 and 187 in 2012. The 197 liens is …
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Peter McCrea poses with OCC Vertue Award, flanked by Doug Bruce at left, the club's 
Regional Rear Commodore, and at right by Susi Homer, Port Officer for Southwest Harbor.

Peter McCrea first recipient of the New Vertue Award

on Sept. 10, 2014, at 4:26 p.m.
Doug & Dale Bruce, OCC Regional Rear Commodores, USA NE, announced at the 60th Anniversary Maine Rally that the OCC in North America is instituting a new award to be called the “Vertue Award” in honor of Hum Barton and his creation of the Ocean Cruising Club. It is to be “given to …
Donald R. Keating Jr. made his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon in Knox County Superior Court.

Owls Head man who police say robbed pharmacy with shopping bag on head remains in jail

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 10, 2014, at 3:13 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 55-year-old Owls Head man will remain at the Knox County Jail following his arrest Tuesday evening on a charge that he robbed the Kennebec Pharmacy and Home Care in Rockport while wearing a shopping bag on his head. Donald R. Keating Jr. was arrested and charged …
Jim Laurita poses with Rosie (right) and Opal, two Asian elephants at his facility in Hope on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012.

Future of Hope Elephants uncertain as community continues to grieve co-founder’s death

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 10, 2014, at 2:53 p.m.
HOPE, Maine — The day after Dr. Jim Laurita was crushed to death by one of his two retired circus elephants, one local official said he wasn’t sure what the next steps will be for Rosie, Opal, or the Hope Elephants nonprofit organization. The shock and sadness of the loss …

Plan to build 17 new homes in downtown Brunswick stalls over water, design concerns

By Peter L. McGuire, The Forecaster on Sept. 10, 2014, at 2:48 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — A proposed 17-unit subdivision in a residential area near downtown Brunswick was tabled Tuesday by the planning board because of questions about the viability and design of the project. Brunswick-based Coastal Building Investments is proposing to divide a 7.5-acre parcel bordered by Barrows Street, Columbia Avenue and …
Jim Bennett

Finalists for Brunswick town manager position tell townspeople why they should be hired

By Peter L. McGuire, The Forecaster on Sept. 10, 2014, at 2:04 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Two finalists hoping to fill the vacant town manager’s office were grilled at two public question-and-answer sessions in the last week. Brunswick Finance Director and interim Town Manager John Eldridge and Presque Isle City Manager Jim Bennett were selected by the Town Council last month as the …

Sex offender charged in Rockport pharmacy robbery

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 09, 2014, at 10:26 p.m.
ROCKPORT, Maine — A 55-year-old Owls Head man was arrested Tuesday evening and accused of robbing a Rockport pharmacy earlier in the day. Donald Keating was arrested at his residence and charged with robbery, said Rockport Police Chief Mark Kelley. Kelley said that there was a lot of evidence pointing …
The clubhouse at the Great Chebeague Golf Course in this August 2014 file photo.

‘People’s golf course’ on Chebeague Island aims for national historic designation

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on Sept. 09, 2014, at 6:28 p.m.
CHEBEAGUE ISLAND, Maine — Six years shy of its 100th anniversary, the Great Chebeague Golf Course could soon be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The nine-hole course was recently declared eligible for nomination to the register by the Maine Historic Preservation Committee. The golf club board of …

Knox County lawyer remembered as ‘real public servant’

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 09, 2014, at 5:44 p.m.
CAMDEN, Maine — C. Donald Briggs III was a successful lawyer who specialized in personal injury cases. But he also was a tireless supporter of the legal profession and had been president of the Knox County Bar Association for about 15 years before he died Sunday evening at the age …
Rockport Police Chief Mark Kelley stands outside Kennebec Pharmacy and Home Care, which was the scene of a robbery earlier Tuesday afternoon.

Police investigate Rockport pharmacy robbery

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 09, 2014, at 5:06 p.m.
ROCKPORT, Maine — Police say they are looking for a man who robbed a pharmacy here Tuesday afternoon. A robbery was reported shortly after 4:30 p.m. at Kennebec Pharmacy and Home Care. The male suspect fled in a dark-colored station wagon that had been parked at the nearby Oakland Commons …

Rockland councilors refuse to make public the conversations held behind closed-door sessions

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 09, 2014, at 2:38 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — The City Council refused Monday night to open up about details concerning what was discussed during three closed-door sessions in the past year. The council voted 3-2 against a request by Councilor Elizabeth Dickerson to consider waiving the confidentiality of an executive session held earlier that evening …

Judge throws out domestic violence charges against Thomaston man after state is late in turning over video

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 09, 2014, at 12:30 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A judge dismissed domestic violence charges against a Thomaston man Monday after ruling that the state erred in not turning over evidence in a timely manner. Justice Daniel Billings granted a request by the attorney for 45-year-old Frederick Y. Campbell to throw out the charges of domestic …
Richard Stahursky, right, sits with his former attorney Christopher MacLean at the Maine State Prison during a videoconference appearance.

Prison murder suspect wants to represent himself, accuses former lawyer of trying to kill him

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 09, 2014, at 12:20 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 35-year-old Maine State Prison inmate has asked to represent himself on a charge that he brutally murdered another prisoner and was planning to kill a guard. Richard Stahursky, also known as Richard Clement, had asked that his court-appointed attorney Christopher MacLean be removed as his lawyer. …
The Hope Elephants facility was blocked off to cars Tuesday  in Hope.

Hope Elephants co-founder dead after falling, being stepped on by elephant

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 09, 2014, at 10:57 a.m.
HOPE, Maine — The man who brought two retired circus elephants to Maine to care for them was killed in their pen Tuesday morning when he fell and was crushed by one of the 8,000-pound animals. Dr. James Laurita was 56. Mark Belserene of the Maine medical examiner’s office said …
Students at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine enrolled in the marine systems engineering program work with a computer and small engine earlier this year. The school was ranked eighth among regional colleges in the north by U.S. News & World Report.

Bowdoin, MMA lead Maine colleges ranked by U.S. News & World Report

By Nell Gluckman on Sept. 09, 2014, at 9:19 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Colleges and universities in Maine were pitted against their peers across the country on Tuesday when U.S. New & World Report released its 2015 Best Colleges list. The list is used widely by students and parents selecting a school to attend and by alumni seeking to evaluate …

Rockland holds off on further dog restrictions

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 09, 2014, at 8:32 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — Dogs have been given a reprieve from further restrictions on where they can go in Rockland. Town officials also hope that they have fixed sewage issues that caused them to shut down Snow Marine Park in July and that it may soon be reopened. The city council …
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