This home at 20 Katahdin Ave. is owned by the city of Rockland after it foreclosed on the property when J. P. Morgan Chase Bank failed to pay off a sewer lien of $284.

Rockland forecloses on bank-owned properties for unpaid sewer fees

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 15, 2014, at 1:43 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — The city is the new the owner of three properties after the owners, including two banks, failed to pay overdue sewer fees. In one case, the city took ownership of a property held by a bank that had recently foreclosed on the homeowner. In a second case, …
This Chevrolet SUV suffered heavy damage after it rolled over and collided with another vehicle on the Lower Round Pond Road in Bristol Monday, Sept. 15. The driver was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

SUV flips and rolls into box truck in Bristol, forcing temporary road closure

By Kathy Onorato, Lincoln County News on Sept. 15, 2014, at 11:56 a.m.
BRISTOL, Maine — A two-vehicle accident briefly closed Lower Round Pond Road in Bristol just after 8 a.m. Monday. The male operator of a maroon Chevrolet sport utility vehicle, whose name has not been released, was driving toward Route 32 on Lower Round Pond Road when he lost control of …

Third candidate emerges in Rockland council race

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 15, 2014, at 10:45 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A third candidate has taken out papers in the race for two open city council seats. Theodore Berry of Crescent Street took out nomination papers Friday. He joins former Mayor William Clayton and Comprehensive Planning Committee Chair Valli Geiger, who also have taken out papers. The two …
Lobsterwoman Mary Todd, on board the Aiden and Sadie, is the only female lobster boat captain on Chebeague Island. Her story, among others, is told at cascobaystories.org, a new multimedia project created by the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership.

Multimedia project shares stories of Mainers who work, play on Casco Bay

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 14, 2014, at 2:39 p.m.
CASCO BAY, Maine — From teachers in a one-room schoolhouse on Cliff Island to an alewife harvester at Nequasset Dam, Casco Bay provides a spectacular home to many Mainers who live, play and work along the coast. Working to ensure that the bay endures for generations to come, the Casco …
Jim Laurita

Hope Elephants co-founder ‘was living his dream’

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 13, 2014, at 5:38 p.m.
ROCKPORT, Maine — Hope Elephants co-founder Dr. James Laurita was remembered Saturday afternoon as a man who lived life the way it should be lived. “He filled his cup up,” Laurita’s brother, Tom Laurita, said. “It was right to the brim. He was doing everything he wanted to do. He …
The Penobscot Bay YMCA plans to open its Rockland waterfront center in November.

YMCA to open Rockland center in November

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 12, 2014, at 2:44 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — The Penobscot Bay YMCA’s waterfront center in Rockland is scheduled to open in November. The YMCA, based in Rockport, filed a building permit application Thursday with the Rockland code enforcement office. The document indicates that the organization plans about $160,000 in renovations to the existing building that …
Richard Wellington

Former Knox County Jail guard arrested after allegedly threatening to shoot wife

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 12, 2014, at 2:36 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 61-year-old former Knox County Jail guard, who was awaiting trial for allegedly sexually assaulting female inmates, is behind bars again after being charged with threatening to shoot his wife. Richard S. Wellington was arrested Thursday night and charged by Thomaston police with domestic violence terrorizing and …

Judge to alleged stalker: Don’t go down that road

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 12, 2014, at 1:46 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A former Warren woman was given a completely suspended 365-day jail term Friday after admitting to harassing her ex-husband, entering his residence without permission on two occasions, and repeatedly violating terms of her bail. In addition to being required to continue counseling as part of the plea, …
Aurora is captured in this photo taken from the International Space Station and posted by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst to social media on August 29, 2014. Crewmembers on the space station photograph the Earth from their unique point of view located 200 miles above the surface.

Solar storms highlight need to keep eye on the sky, says retired space weather scientist

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 12, 2014, at 12:49 p.m.
STOCKTON SPRINGS, Maine — Two big solar storms aimed at Earth this week have served to highlight just why a retired space weather scientist living in the midcoast area still keeps his eyes on the skies. Dr. Lee Snyder was part of the U.S. Air Force’s first space weather program …
From the community
The Frye Mountain Heritage Tour for 2014 will occur on Sept. 28. Get your reservations in!

Annual Frye Mountain Heritage Tour on Sept. 28

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 12, 2014, at 11:33 a.m.
MONTVILLE, Maine – For the sixth year, thanks to the generosity of local horse teamsters and the hard work of members and friends, the Montville Historical Society is offering horse-drawn wagon tours of the abandoned settlement on Frye Mountain. The tours are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28. Each ride aboard …
Brittany King holds a ruffed grouse before it's measured, tagged and fitted with a radio collar on Wednesday at the midcoast Maine survey site.

State, UMaine biologists embark on ambitious grouse research project

By John Holyoke on Sept. 11, 2014, at 7:13 p.m.
MIDCOAST — At a semi-secret site deep in the woods, wildlife biologist Kelsey Sullivan spent Wednesday evening helping to gather data he expects will eventually provide the first clear picture of the life, death and breeding habits of one of state’s iconic game birds, the ruffed grouse. The Maine Department …

Unity College professor leading consortium awarded $2.9 million National Science Foundation grant

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 11, 2014, at 4:21 p.m.
UNITY, Maine — Dr. Carrie Diaz Eaton of Unity College said this week she is thrilled that the National Science Foundation has shown its support of the new collaboration she is leading that aims to help connect the disciplines of biology and mathematics. Last month, the foundation awarded a five-year, …
Jim Laurita, a Rockport vet, founded Hope Elephants with his brother, Tom. The two fell in love with the circus elephants when they worked for the Carson & Barnes Circus in the late 1970s and dreamed of providing them a home.

Hope Elephants directors explain decision to return Rosie, Opal to herd in Oklahoma

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 11, 2014, at 4:14 p.m.
HOPE, Maine — The Hope Elephants board of directors asked their supporters for time to mourn and regroup on Thursday, as they gave a more detailed explanation of why retired circus elephants Rosie and Opal will leave Maine following their handler Jim Laurita’s death in their pen earlier this week. …
Two white-tailed deer pause at the edge of the woods on March 8, 2013, beside Indian Point Road, less than 0.5 mile from the entrance to Indian Point Blagden Preserve on Mount Desert Island.

Islesboro considers hiring sharpshooter to cull deer, reduce Lyme disease risk

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Sept. 11, 2014, at 2:23 p.m.
The island of Islesboro has long been known for its booming deer population, making it a popular place for hunters. But in recent years, residents have become concerned that the high number of deer — more specifically, the ticks the deer carry — are the cause for a spike in …

Major Rockland employer inks deal to convert to trucked-in natural gas

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 11, 2014, at 12:56 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Boston-based Xpress Natural Gas has landed a contract to truck compressed natural gas to FMC BioPolymer in Rockland, where the major regional employer is preparing to change its primary fuel source this fall to save on energy costs and reduce emissions. FMC, a multinational company in Rockland …
A brown bat drops in through an open door and flies around a screened-in porch in Aroostook County.

Bat found in Bath tests positive for rabies

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 11, 2014, at 12:04 p.m.
BATH, Maine — A bat captured in North Bath on Friday has tested positive for rabies. Bath Animal Control Officer Ann Hartford captured the bat, which was unable to fly, outside a home and took it to Coastal Veterinary Care Center, where it was euthanized, according to a release from …

Washington woman gets jail for driving drunk with children in car

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 11, 2014, at 11:38 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 34-year-old Washington woman will spend 10 days in jail after admitting to driving drunk with three children in the car. Crystal A. Saunders pleaded guilty Thursday in Rockland District Court to operating under the influence. In exchange for her guilty pleas, the charges of endangering the …
Brunswick Superintendent of Schools Paul Perzanoski

‘We will never get the amount we spend, ever’: Charter school tuition saps Brunswick budget

By Peter L. McGuire, The Forecaster on Sept. 11, 2014, at 11:31 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — The number of students who have left Brunswick public schools for charter schools has nearly doubled since last year, placing a growing financial burden on the school department, Superintendent Paul Perzanoski said Wednesday. Perzanoski told the School Board that 47 Brunswick students were attending three of the …
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 …
From the community

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 …
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