Bath home catches fire Thanksgiving afternoon

By Beth Brogan on Nov. 27, 2014, at 4:51 p.m.
Firefighters from several towns were at 9 Hounds Way in North Bath on Thursday afternoon responding to a fully-involved structure fire. A Sagadahoc County communications officer confirmed the fire at about 4:20 p.m. No additional information was immediately available. Watch bangordailynews.com for updates.
Dud Hendrick of Deer Isle is a Vietnam war veteran and a member of Maine Veterans for Peace.

‘We are certainly radicals’: Vietnam veteran from Deer Isle explains his conversion to ‘peacenik’ protester

By Beth Brogan on Nov. 27, 2014, at 11:57 a.m.
It’s been nearly half a century since Dud Hendrick crawled through the jungles of Vietnam searching for unexploded bombs to detonate. “Have you ever seen the ‘Hurt Locker?’” Hendrick asked recently, referring to the film about the grueling task of safely detonating unexploded bombs in Iraq, …
From left, Carter, 6, Holden, 10, and Grace, 10, Adragna sled down a hill Thursday morning at Hayford Park in Bangor. A storm brought several inches of snow to Maine on Thanksgiving Day.

Nearly 50,000 customers still without power from Thanksgiving storm

By Beth Brogan on Nov. 27, 2014, at 9:22 a.m.
FREEPORT | About a foot of heavy, wet snow fell across much of the state overnight Wednesday, thwarting Thanksgiving plans by knocking out power to more than 100,000. But by 4:30 p.m., ovens were heating up in more than half those homes as line crews for the state’s two …

Natural gas utility pledges to help Falmouth-area customers failed by defunct contractor

By Alex Lear on Nov. 26, 2014, at 4:16 p.m.
CUMBERLAND | The utility bringing natural gas service to Cumberland, Falmouth and Yarmouth on Wednesday said it will reimburse customers for deposits they paid for work that remains incomplete because a contractor went out of business. Contractor David Ireland of David Ireland Builders also issued a press release Wednesday, …
The group that fought a lengthy court battle for public use of a private road that accesses a Bailey Island beach is asking the town to pay $110,000 to cover some of its legal costs.

Group that won access to private Harpswell beach asks town for $110,000 to help cover legal costs

By Peter L. McGuire, The Forecaster on Nov. 26, 2014, at 2:31 p.m.
The group that fought a lengthy court battle for public use of a private road that accesses a Bailey Island beach is asking the town to pay $110,000 to cover some of its legal costs. In a Nov. 21 letter, the board of Cedar Beach/Cedar Island Supporters …
John Eldridge

Brunswick officials surprised by need to get permit for August storm repair work

By Peter L, McGuire, The Forecaster on Nov. 26, 2014, at 2:30 p.m.
Work to replace culverts damaged during a punishing August rainstorm has been canceled until Brunswick town officials can obtain a required federal permit for the project. Town officials learned about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit this month, just as they were getting ready to replace …

Rockland driver ticketed following head-on crash

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 26, 2014, at 2:22 p.m.
UNION | A 19-year-old Rockland man was given a pair of summonses on Wednesday following a head-on crash. The crash occurred at about 10 a.m. on the Union Common Road, according to Knox County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Carroll. Sherry Willis, 56, of Union was driving a 2012 …
Richard Rockwell purchased 435 Main St. in Rockland and will renovate the downtown building to have an indoor food market on the Main Street and the basement level facing the city-owned parking lot and harbor.

Rockland to vote on downtown projects

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 26, 2014, at 1:45 p.m.
The replacement of streetlights is among the downtown projects to be considered next week by city councilors. Councilors are scheduled to meet Monday evening with the owner of several downtown buildings, who will be asking to use tax increment financing funds to help pay for planned improvements …
James and Jeanie Schaden of Rockland during a rest day, two days before they were cought in the massive snow storm on the Thorong La Pass trail in Nepal  in October 2014 with several hundred other trekkers.

Rockland couple recount trek through deadly blizzard, mass hiking tragedy in Nepal

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 26, 2014, at 1:16 p.m.
James and Jeanie Schaden said the freak Himalayan blizzard that claimed the lives of at least 43 people on a mountain pass in Nepal last month was unbelievable, but it will not keep them from returning. The Rockland couple, who were caught in the blizzard with more …

Man wrecks vehicle, antique water pump station in Belfast crash

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 25, 2014, at 6:12 p.m.
Police say that a man allegedly driving drunk last week wrecked both his vehicle and an antique water pump station when he failed to navigate the sharp turn at the intersection of Head of the Tide Road and Route 7. The driver, Anthony Gillcrist, 32, of Jacksonville, …
Stephen McIntire

Bath man wanted for failing to register as sex offender accused of peeking in Hyde School windows

By Beth Brogan on Nov. 25, 2014, at 1:37 p.m.
A 54-year-old Bath man is wanted by police for failing to register as a sex offender and for allegedly violating Maine’s “Peeping Tom” law this fall. Stephen McIntire was convicted of gross sexual assault in 1997, according to a release from Bath Police Detective David Beauregard. McIntire …
From the community
Santa welcomes the children to the 2013 Candy Cane Caper event.

Candy Cane Caper at Belfast church

Bangor Daily News on Nov. 25, 2014, at 12:59 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Location: Belfast United Methodist Church, 23 Mill Lane, Belfast For more information: 207-338-5575 BELFAST, Maine — The 17th annual Candy Cane Caper will be held 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Belfast United Methodist Church, 23 Mill Lane. Children ages 5-12 will …
Matthew Laurelez

Teenage twins charged with armed robbery at Topsham athletic field

By Beth Brogan on Nov. 25, 2014, at 11:31 a.m.
Topsham police say twin 18-year-old Topsham men robbed another man at gunpoint Saturday evening at a Topsham athletic field, and officers continue to search for one of the brothers. One twin, Matthew Laurelez, was arrested Sunday night and charged with two counts of Class A felony armed …
Jim Wellehan talks about how shoes have changed over the 100 years since Lamey-Wellehan opened in Lewiston. "Boat shoes used to be boat shoes. Now they come in colors like blue," said Wellehan.

‘Cinema pub,’ shoe store and jeweler to move into Topsham mall

By Alex Lear on Nov. 25, 2014, at 10:49 a.m.
The Topsham Fair Mall will be home to three new businesses in the coming months. Smitty’s Cinema, Lamey-Wellehan shoes and Day’s Jewelers are all coming to the regional shopping center off Route 196. Smitty’s and Lamey-Wellehan will occupy part of an approximately 73,000-square-foot building formerly leased by …
Heavy rain was falling Monday in Bangor.

Maine sees unseasonably high temperatures before Thanksgiving snowstorm

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 25, 2014, at 10:37 a.m.
CARIBOU | With a Thanksgiving snowstorm churning up the East Coast, Mainers woke up Tuesday morning to unseasonably high temperatures. While it’s not impossible that some communities will see record-breaking high temperatures, Rich Norton, a forecaster at the National Weather Service’s Caribou office, said it’s unlikely any records will …

Advocate of failed Freeport withdrawal referendum resigns from school board

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on Nov. 24, 2014, at 6:49 p.m.
Following the failed Regional School Unit 5 withdrawal referendum, Peter Murray has resigned from the RSU board of directors. Murray, who was also the chairman of the Freeport Withdrawal Committee, announced his resignation at the board’s Nov. 19 meeting. The town is accepting applications from residents interested …

DHHS reverses requirement for 24-hour urgent care on Boothbay peninsula

By Jackie Farwell on Nov. 24, 2014, at 4:04 p.m.
BOOTHBAY HARBOR | The Maine Department of Health and Human Services has rescinded its requirement that an urgent care center on Boothbay peninsula remain open around the clock. In a Friday letter, DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew lifted the requirement, one of three conditions her department imposed in May as …
From the community

Searsport church to hold monthly supper Dec. 13

Bangor Daily News on Nov. 24, 2014, at 4:03 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Location: Searsport United Methodist Church, Route 1, Searsport For more information: 207-548-2239  SEARSPORT, Maine – The Searsport United Methodist Church will hold its monthly supper at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the church, Route 1. Menu will include baked ham with …
A portion of Limerock Street in Rockland has been closed after an unmarked briefcase was left in the lobby. The closure occurred about 1 p.m. Monday.

Owner of ‘suspicious’ package comes forward, Rockland post office, nearby street reopened

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 24, 2014, at 1:58 p.m.
The owner of a “suspicious” package contacted police shortly after the U.S. Post Office was evacuated Monday and both the post office and adjacent downtown street were reopened. Rockland police said an old-looking briefcase with no markings or identification on it had been found by a postal …
From the community

Advent Vigil for Disarmament

Bangor Daily News on Nov. 24, 2014, at 12:01 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Location: Across from BIW administration office, Washington Street, Bath For more information: 207-763-4062 BATH, Maine — The Advent Vigil for Disarmament will be held 1:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. the four Saturdays of Advent, beginning Nov. 29 and continuing Dec. 6, 13 and …
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