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Penobscot Nation Chief Kirk Francis reflects on a proposal for a private street name in Wiscasset to be called "Redskin's Drive."

Maine tribal leaders oppose use of demeaning moniker by Wiscasset, NFL

By Nell Gluckman on Sept. 19, 2014, at 6:28 p.m.
INDIAN ISLAND, Maine — Kirk Francis, chief of the Penobscot Indian Nation, thought Maine’s effort to get rid of monikers such as “redskins,” “Indians” and “warriors” ended six months ago, after years of what he called “productive effort” by all involved. During an interview in March, Francis singled out the …
Leaders of the Penobscot Nation have written to the Wiscasset Board of Selectmen urging them to reflect on and overturn an August decision to allow homeowners to name their private road "Redskin's Drive."

Maine tribe weighs legal action against Wiscasset for approving ‘Redskin’s Drive’

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 19, 2014, at 4:28 p.m.
WISCASSET, Maine — Leaders of the Penobscot Nation are considering legal action against the town of Wiscasset after the Board of Selectmen agreed to allow the term “redskin” to be used in the name of a private road. Wiscasset selectmen voted 3-1 on Aug. 19 to approve a property owner’s …
Bre Bebb, director of Our Town Belfast, will be among the performers at next weekend's arts telethon to raise money and awareness of the Belfast Creative Coalition.

Mimes, ukuleles, burlesque dancers on tap for arts telethon in Belfast

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 19, 2014, at 4:23 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Elaine Bielenberg always loved watching telethons that featured people like famous comedian Jerry Lewis. Now she’s organizing one in Belfast that should provide hours of televised local entertainment for a cause that’s close to her heart. “A telethon is something I’ve always wanted to do, and I …
From the community

Red Cloak Haunted History Tour

By Sally Lobkowicz on Sept. 19, 2014, at 3:27 p.m.
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The former Rockland Walmart is shown in this May 2013 photo. Ocean State Job Lot bought the Walmart property on Route 1 in Rockland in December 2013.

Wal-Mart pursues tax rebate from Rockland

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 19, 2014, at 1:10 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — Wal-Mart is continuing its efforts to get a $100,000 tax rebate from the city, saying that its former Route 1 store was overvalued before it was sold last December. The city is maintaining, however, that the time for the company to appeal the 2013 valuation has expired. …
A standoff lasted for more than seven hours Monday night into Tuesday morning at the downtown Rite Aid Pharmacy on Route 1 in Camden.

Camden police report indicates suspect held pharmacist as ‘bargaining chip’

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 19, 2014, at 12:03 p.m.
CAMDEN, Maine — The police affidavit filed in order to get an arrest warrant for a man holding a pharmacist hostage at the Rite Aid Monday night offered more details about the ordeal, including that he held her as a “bargaining chip.” The affidavit was filed Friday in Knox County …
From the community

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, Maine — 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.
RICHMOND, Maine — 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.
PORTLAND, Maine — 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.
ROCKLAND, Maine — 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, Maine — 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.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — 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.
DAMARISCOTTA, Maine — 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.
DAMARISCOTTA, Maine — 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, Maine — 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, Maine — 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, Maine — 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.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — 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.
WASHINGTON, Maine — 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 …
 
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