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The viaduct in downtown Bath, seen here Tuesday, will close Wednesday night for maintenance.

Viaduct in Bath to close for maintenance Wednesday night

By Beth Brogan on April 27, 2016, at 5:38 p.m.
Maine DOT spokesman Ted Talbot said the closure will allow “maintenance work and light inspection.”
Opponents of an elderly tax-deferral ordinance hold their ballots high during Whitefield’s annual town meeting at the Whitefield Elementary School on Saturday, March 19. The ordinance was defeated by 10 votes.

Local voters to reconsider tax break for the elderly after rejecting it at town meeting

By Abigail W. Adams, Lincoln County News on April 27, 2016, at 3:10 p.m.
“We all agreed [the first vote] was a little sketchy. We had multiple counts.”
Andrew Lyndaker holds a copy of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl at Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop in Damariscotta. He was delighted to find the book the day before going to New York to audition for the part of Charlie in a new Broadway musical based on the book.

Maine boy, 11, gets coveted call-back on Broadway

By Eleanor Cade Busby, Lincoln County News on April 27, 2016, at 2:56 p.m.
“Many people don’t understand how hard he works or that it is work. The rehearsals take hours daily, then there are days with two performances.”
Ellsworth firefighters spray foam in a garage on Driftwood Way that caught fire in late March.

Why Maine firefighters need a ‘culture change’ in the face of growing cancer threats

By J.W. Oliver, Lincoln County News on April 27, 2016, at 2:41 p.m.
“I always thought the dirtier- and saltier-looking [gear] the better it was, because that was a badge of courage.”
Mandy Dennison

Mother arrested after 3-year-old son found in ditch

By Stephen Betts on April 27, 2016, at 2:25 p.m.
Police say the woman was twice found in possession of drugs that were not prescribed to her.
Jeff Lange will begin work as Wiscasset’s new police chief May 23.

Man who mentored Afghan police named Wiscasset chief

By Abigail W. Adams, Lincoln County News on April 27, 2016, at 2:12 p.m.
Between tours, Lange served as a mentor in the U.S. Army’s counterinsurgency targeting program.
This house in Appleton was at the center of a years-long legal battle over enforcement of town ordinances.

Appleton rules house cannot be built on lot

By Stephen Betts on April 27, 2016, at 11:04 a.m.
The owner of a lot that has been at the center of a seven-year legal battle said Wednesday he realizes now he will not be able to build on the property.

Firefighters work to extinguish blaze at Freeport restaurant (front view)

By Beth Brogan on April 27, 2016, at 7:16 a.m.
Firefighters from several communities early Wednesday battled a blaze that destroyed most of the downtown Corsican Restaurant.

Firefighters work to extinguish blaze at Freeport restaurant (side view)

By Beth Brogan on April 27, 2016, at 7:16 a.m.
Firefighters from several communities early Wednesday battled a blaze that destroyed most of the downtown Corsican Restaurant.
Firefighters from several communities battled early Wednesday to control a fire at the Corsican Restaurant in downtown Freeport.

Fire in downtown Freeport burns Corsican restaurant

By Beth Brogan on April 27, 2016, at 6:23 a.m.
Firefighters from five communities early Wednesday battled a blaze that destroyed most of the downtown Corsican Restaurant.
Camden officials debated Tuesday night how to deal with a financial deficit at the Camden Snow Bowl.

Camden to ask for $230,000 from surplus to cover Snow Bowl deficit

By Stephen Betts on April 26, 2016, at 9:22 p.m.
The ski resort incurred a $210,000 deficit this past winter because of warm weather and a scarcity of snow.
Sean Dolan (left) and Steve Brochu unload a fresh batch of steamed lobsters at the 67th annual Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland in 2014.

Debate on Maine Lobster Festival park use continues to steam

By Stephen Betts on April 26, 2016, at 7:38 p.m.
Rockland’s Harbor Management Commission disagrees with festival staff that the event needs to use city parks for 14 days.
Robert J. Robinson

Thomaston man arrested again on child sex assault charges

By Stephen Betts on April 26, 2016, at 7:07 p.m.
64-year-old Robert J. Robinson had been the animal control officer and a traffic control officer for Thomaston but resigned those positions when the investigation began.
The stern of the sunken cargo ship El Faro is seen.

El Faro data recorder found in 15,000 feet of water

By Barbara Liston, Reuters on April 26, 2016, at 3:59 p.m.
The device was discovered about 41 miles northeast of Acklins and Crooked Islands, Bahamas, by a team of investigators and scientists using remotely operated undersea search equipment.
Police trained last week at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport on dealing with emergencies at schools.

Midcoast police receive training for school emergencies

on April 26, 2016, at 1:58 p.m.
Eleven law enforcement agencies received training last week for an emergency response to a school.
Snow flies in Waldoboro on Tuesday afternoon. Early-spring snowfall was blanketing southern parts of Maine Tuesday.

Late dose of winter affecting southern Maine communities

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 26, 2016, at 1:38 p.m.
Accumulating snow was falling for much of the morning in southern and coastal counties, according to the National Weather Service’s Gray forecast center.
Scott Couture, an Iraq combat veteran formerly with the Maine Army Reserves, reflects on his service, Feb. 11, 2016, at his home in Brunswick.

Maine retirement system again denies war veteran with PTSD

By Beth Brogan on April 26, 2016, at 12:52 p.m.
The Maine Public Employees Retirement System for a second time denied disability retirement benefits to a military veteran from Brunswick whose two tours in Iraq left him with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Rockland council backs plan to send trash to ecomaine

By Stephen Betts on April 25, 2016, at 9 p.m.
Councilors agreed that the proposal to turn to the proposed Fiberight plant in Hampden had too many uncertainties.
Lobsters are paired with rolls before corn and other goodies are added to the trays at the 67th annual Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland in 2014.

Lobster Festival, city panel spar over park use

By Stephen Betts on April 25, 2016, at 8:31 p.m.
The festival made its annual request to the commission to use the parks for 14 days.
For the second time this month, vandals broke windows at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick overnight Sunday.

Vandals break windows at Brunswick library

By Beth Brogan on April 25, 2016, at 4:33 p.m.
It was the second incidence of vandalism at the library this month.