Andy Jones (left), community organizer with Toxics Action Center, and Nate Davis, one of the founding members of Renew Rockland, speak about a report released Wednesday that concludes that natural gas is bad for the environment on Wednesday in Rockland.

Groups criticize natural gas development

By Stephen Betts on July 27, 2016, at 3:10 p.m.
This assertion, made Wednesday at a news conference in Rockland, was timed with the release of the report “Natural Gas and Global Warming.”
It’s dinner time for Indie, quarter horse Jannb’'s new colt. Indie was the first of two colts born in the same Wiscasset stables July 5.

Two foals born within hours of each other at Wiscasset stable

By Charlotte Boynton, Lincoln County News on July 27, 2016, at 2:48 p.m.
The Cronk household was a busy place during the week of July 4, with two mares ready to foal.

Maine man survives 60-foot fall from tree

By Maia Zewert, Lincoln County News on July 27, 2016, at 2:21 p.m.
“He barely missed falling onto the owner’s walkway, which was made out of flat stones,” Mark Carrothers said. “It was very close.”
Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School is seen in this file photo from The Forecaster.

The only principal to lead new Brunswick elementary school is leaving

By Beth Brogan on July 27, 2016, at 10:38 a.m.
Jean Skorapa, principal of Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School since it opened in 2011 and a 23-year employee of the Brunswick school system, has been hired as assistant superintendent in Regional School Unit 3.
The Spirit of South Carolina, a 140-foot, two-masted tall ship, anchored off Mere Point on Monday afternoon for a brief stop on its tour of the New England coast.

Tall ship from South Carolina makes rare visit to Maine

By Beth Brogan on July 27, 2016, at 9:23 a.m.
Launched in 2006 and based in Charleston, South Carolina, the schooner is a replica modeled on the 1879 pilot schooner Frances Elizabeth, according to its website.
Maxwell's Market is open after an equipment malfunction in the pizza oven caused by a small fire in the early morning hours of Tuesday, July 26.

Firefighters extinguish oven fire at Maxwell’s Market in Wiscasset

By Abigail W. Adams, The Lincoln County News on July 27, 2016, at 9:18 a.m.
The fire was reported at about 2:40 a.m. by a delivery man dropping off doughnuts.
South Thomaston Selectman Jan Gaudio (left) and Skip Connell, both of whom represent the town on the three-town waste cooperative, explain the pros and cons of sending trash to either Fiberight or ecomaine.

South Thomaston reverses vote on sending trash to Fiberight

By Stephen Betts on July 26, 2016, at 10:47 p.m.
Twenty residents gathered for a special town meeting to also vote to authorize the town to enter into a 20-year contract with ecomaine in Portland.

Voters to consider proposed $25M tech school in Rockland

By Stephen Betts on July 26, 2016, at 4:54 p.m.
Voters from Waldoboro to Islesboro will get to decide whether they will approve borrowing $25 million for a new technology center.
Christopher Wildhaber (right) was sentenced Tuesday in Knox County Unified Court to 10 years in prison with all but four years suspended for breaking into a Rockland home last August. His attorney, William Pagnano, stands next to him in the Rockland courtroom.

Rockland man shot in apartment break-in gets 4 years in prison

By Stephen Betts on July 26, 2016, at 2:56 p.m.
A Rockland man was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison with all but four years suspended for a nighttime break-in at an apartment in which the resident shot him.
Lois Stackpole-Alley has been serving meals for the residents of the Methodist Conference Home for 46 years.

Longtime Meals on Wheels coordinator says she’s being forced to retire

By Stephen Betts on July 26, 2016, at 12:21 p.m.
“It hurts deeply,” the longtime cook and coordinator of the program said.
Inn Along the Way organizers (from left) Barbara Burt, Sherry Flint and Suzy Hallett tour their property in Damariscotta, where they hope to develop a "pocket neighborhood" of small, handicapped accessible homes, Jan. 7, 2016. The property includes 31 acres and a farmhouse with a barn.

Effort to convert historic Maine farm to elder housing imperiled

By Maia Zewert, Lincoln County News on July 26, 2016, at 11:58 a.m.
The Damariscotta Board of Selectmen upheld its decision to deny Inn Along the Way tax-exempt status for a portion of its 31-acre property.

Trial set in lawsuit against former South Thomaston fire chief

By Stephen Betts on July 26, 2016, at 10:27 a.m.
The lengthy dispute over the disappearance of nearly $15,000 from a local defunct firemen association’s bank account will go to trial in October.
Brandon Plummer

Bath man charged with stabbing two neighbors Monday night

By Beth Brogan on July 26, 2016, at 9:16 a.m.
A 34-year-old Bath man was arrested Monday night on Spring Street and charged with stabbing two neighbors.
Dirk Yeaton, head chef at Pig + Poet, cooks legs of lamb on his smoker on July 21 at Whitehall in Camden.

New chef wants your mouth ‘doing a happy dance’ after you eat at Camden restaurant

By Kathleen Pierce on July 26, 2016, at 6:11 a.m.
Dirk Yeaton, a compact culinary powerhouse who trained in the Army, is head chef at the Pig + Poet, Whitehall’s flagship restaurant.
Thomas Sterling Shell

Brunswick man accused of assaulting toddler, two women

By Beth Brogan on July 25, 2016, at 3:29 p.m.
Thomas Sterling Shell was charged with two counts of domestic violence assault as well as aggravated assault, terrorizing and obstructing report of a crime.

Rockland to weigh major public improvement projects

By Stephen Betts on July 25, 2016, at 1:29 p.m.
The council has previously listed road reconstruction and paving, residential sidewalks, closure of the quarry landfill and exterior work to the library as top priorities.
Randall Junior Weddle, 54, of Greeneville, Tennessee, made his initial appearance in a Maine court on two counts of manslaughter and two counts of aggravated operating under the influence, May 16, 2016. His attorney, David Paris, sits reading the court documents before the hearing.

Truck driver charged with manslaughter offered 20-year sentence

By Stephen Betts on July 25, 2016, at 11:50 a.m.
The defendant also is asking for a new attorney.

Drivers asked to avoid Route 17 at Old County Road July 27-29 due to road work

on July 25, 2016, at 9:32 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — The Rockland Department of Public Services is asking drivers to avoid Route 17 in the area of Old County Road Wednesday-Friday, July 27-29, as road work is being finished. The department has been working on drainage and pavement repairs and will finish up the end of the …
Maddie was rescued by lobsterman Corey Beverage of North Haven Friday from the water in Penobscot Bay.

Lobsterman rescues dog from water in Penobscot Bay

By Stephen Betts on July 23, 2016, at 11:31 a.m.
Maddie was one lucky dog.
Robert Howarth

Man wanted in connection with fraud scheme caught in New Jersey

By Abigail Curtis on July 22, 2016, at 6:14 p.m.
Robert J. Howarth, 62, was caught on Friday, July 15, by police at a traffic stop in Fort Lee, New Jersey, according to the Fort Lee Daily Voice website.