Rockland area exploring $18.6 million community broadband

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 28, 2015, at 5:12 p.m.
It would cost Rockland, Rockport and Owls Head about $18.6 million to construct a high-speed broadband network to reach everybody in their communities.
An 18-wheel flatbed truck loaded with snowplows crashed shortly after noon Monday on Route 17 in Washington.

Truck carrying snowplows flips off busy Maine road

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 28, 2015, at 4:42 p.m.
An 18-wheel flatbed truck loaded with snowplows crashed shortly after noon Monday off Route 17.
Searsport High School students Jason Pendleton (left) and Alex Lane (right) listen as wooden boat builder Greg Rossel talks about how to build a shellback dinghy at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport in this March 2011 file photo.

Proposed magnet school in Searsport would focus on marine trades

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 28, 2015, at 3:43 p.m.
Generations ago, Searsport was famous for its numerous ship captains and thriving boat-building industry. Now, a group of local officials is trying to make the midcoast community once again a seafaring hub, working to develop a school for marine science, technology, transportation and engineering there. This summer, …

Rockland man accused of assaulting couple on Main Street for no reason

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 28, 2015, at 12:55 p.m.
A Rockland man remains at the Knox County Jail after police said he assaulted a couple walking on Main Street Saturday night for no reason. Mark P. Gagne, 33, was charged Saturday night with two counts of assault and one count of violating a condition of release. …

Former jail guard again charged with assault

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 28, 2015, at 12:45 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A 29-year-old former Knox County Jail guard is behind bars after police say he assaulted a woman Friday night by roughly pulling her out of a vehicle following a fight. Adam D. Grierson, who was listed as residing at Mic Mac Campground in Union, was arrested on …
People ski at the Camden Snow Bowl in this BDN file photo. The facility opened this weekend after having been able to make enough snow for a few trails. The cold weather enabled most ski areas with snowmaking equipment to open some of their trails  even though there is no natural snow.

Camden Snow Bowl gears up for banner season

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 27, 2015, at 9:23 a.m.
The Camden Snow Bowl is readying for its first full season with expanded trails, lifts and snowmaking capability …
Rockland police and the Maine State Police were at J.C. Penney to investigate a burglary.

Police arrest pair, seek third suspect in string of break-ins

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 26, 2015, at 10:59 a.m.
Maine State Police arrested two Biddeford men and are seeking a third man in connection to more than 25 burglaries at businesses this year, including in the midcoast.
Lee Karker, executive director of MCH in Rockland, is riding 100 miles Saturday, Sept. 26, to raise money for Meals on Wheels.

Director pedals for Meals on Wheels

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 26, 2015, at 10:31 a.m.
Lee Karker is going far and wide to raise money for his cherished Meals on Wheels program.
George Chappell holds the book "When Souls Walk Away," written by he and Togus Writers' Group.

Writing group helps veterans deal with traumas

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 26, 2015, at 9:46 a.m.
“While not a miracle, it is close to it. I’ve gone from fragmented and shattered to healing.”
Nate Drummond harvests greens at Six River Farm in Bowdoinham on Thursday. The rich soil sustains at least five different farms on the banks of Merrymeeting Bay.

Crop of successful farms quietly growing in Bowdoinham

By Kathleen Pierce on Sept. 26, 2015, at 7:52 a.m.
“It’s a great community to live in because of its proximity [and] it has the rural feel and available farmland that farmers are looking for.”

Coast Guard saves 2 Maine fishermen from sunk boat

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 25, 2015, at 8:38 p.m.
Coast Guard rescue crews saved two people Friday after their fishing vessel sank about 50 nautical miles east of Portland …

Man sentenced for domestic violence crimes against two women

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 25, 2015, at 5:12 p.m.
BELFAST | A Thorndike man pleaded guilty earlier this month to separate domestic violence-related crimes against two different women. Benjamin Ard, 30, came to police attention in April when a woman called police to report that Ard had been harassing her through text messages and phone calls. Although officers …

Rockland citizens group plans forum on natural gas plant

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 25, 2015, at 2:07 p.m.
A citizens group that opposes the construction of a natural-gas fired power plant in Rockland will be holding a public forum next month to discuss that specific project and environmental issues in general. Renew Rockland will hold the forum at 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at the First …
David Kalloch

Veteran Rockland code officer faces ALS challenge

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 25, 2015, at 1:42 p.m.
“I don’t worry about things I can’t control,” David Kalloch said
A woman rolled her car Thursday, Sept. 24 after falling asleep while driving on Route 1 in Nobleboro according to LCSO Deputy Ken Hatch.

Driver falls asleep, rolls car in Nobleboro

By Maia Zewert, The Lincoln County News on Sept. 25, 2015, at 1:41 p.m.
A woman escaped with minor scratches when she rolled her car after falling asleep at the wheel in Nobleboro late Thursday afternoon, Sept. 24, according to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office personnel. The woman was driving a Subaru Outback northbound on Route 1 when she fell asleep, LCSO …
Jeremy S. Stone of Rockport.

Rockport man charged in fatal hit-and-run to stay in jail until trial

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 25, 2015, at 12:35 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A judge ordered Friday that a man charged in connection with the January death of a pedestrian be held without bail until his trial because she was concerned he could abuse drugs again and drive while released. Jeremy Stone, 41, of Rockport is charged with manslaughter, aggravated …

Savage Oaks Vineyard and Winery

By Gabor Degre on Sept. 24, 2015, at 6:04 p.m.
Harvesting and pressing grapes and blueberries at Savage Oaks Vineyard & Winery.
Newly appointed Sports and Camping Director Benjie Blake (left) and Rockland Harbor YMCA Branch Director Jasen Wood.

YMCA names sports director for Rockland programs

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 24, 2015, at 4:36 p.m.
Benjie Blake, the assistant recreation director for the city for nearly 20 years, will serve as the sports and camping director at the Penobscot Bay YMCA’s Rockland Harbor branch. Blake is slated to oversee many of the services that the Rockland Recreation Department historically has offered including, …
Elmer Savage dumps grapes into the crusher in preparation for making a variety of red wine they call Barn Red at the Savage Oaks Vineyard and Winery in Union Tuesday morning. Savage and his wife Holly Savage planted the first two acres of the vineyard in 2002 on farmland they purchased from Elmer's family. This year they made 17 varieties of wine using mostly grapes and blueberries grown on their property.

More Maine-made wines coming from Maine-grown vines

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 24, 2015, at 3:11 p.m.
“Producing something that’s made right here is what we wanted to do,” Elmer Savage said. “The wines are unique to Maine, and there’s the pride that you’ve grown them right here.”
Members of the Camden Hills football team hold a pregame huddle before the start of their opening game on Sept. 5, 2010.

Camden Hills cancels football season amid player safety concerns

By Pete Warner on Sept. 24, 2015, at 1:32 p.m.
“Dwindling numbers of players have created a serious safety issue, and we are simply not willing to put any more students at risk,” the principal said.
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