Stories about Midcoast

Val Derosier (second from left) of Long Shadow Farm in Morrill was surrounded Friday by volunteers who came to help run her booth at the Common Ground Fair. Derosier's life and farm partner, Mark Thompson, died unexpectedly just a week before the busy, important fair weekend and the community joined together to make sure she had plenty of help.

After sudden death of a farmer, his community comes together to help out at Common Ground Fair booth

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 20, 2014, at 5:05 p.m.
UNITY, Maine — When farmer and retired game warden Mark Thompson died suddenly a week ago, his community mourned. Then, they got out their calendars and planners. The 63-year-old’s life and work partner, Val Derosier, wasn’t sure if she would be able to run their Long Shadow Farm booth during …
Theodore Berry

Three-way race set for Rockland council

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 20, 2014, at 12:43 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — Three candidates have made the ballot for two open seats on the Rockland City Council. The three people who had taken out papers all turned them in Friday. Making the ballot are Theodore Berry of Crescent Street, William Clayton of Acadia Drive, and Valli Geiger of Broadway. …

Knox County Jail inmate accused of hiding drugs inside ‘Hunger Games’ book

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 20, 2014, at 12:28 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 23-year-old South Thomaston woman could get more time in jail after police say she hid drugs inside a book while being held at the Knox County Jail. Briannah Parlin made her initial court appearance Friday in Rockland District Court on a charge of trafficking in prison …
John Grondin used the Eye-Pal Ace Plus Reader Thursday night to read an opening prayer before a dinner at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Rockland to raise money for the purchase of the device.

‘An irreplaceable volunteer’: Rockland man who lost sight thanked by community for service to the city

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 20, 2014, at 10:45 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — John Michael Grondin lost his sight many years ago from the effects of diabetes, but that has not stopped him from being a community dynamo. “John sees more things as he walks along the streets than most people in Rockland,” said Terry Pinto, who serves with Grondin …
From the community
Star Chicago slam poet and activist Adam Gottlieb from the award-winning documentary Louder Than a Bomb, leads the workshop "Imagining a Future Utopia: Evoking Poetic Justice Through Irony," Saturday 10/18 at the Belfast Poetry Festival.

Workshops at the Belfast Poetry Festival

By Jacob Fricke on Sept. 20, 2014, at 12:23 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: The Belfast Free Library/Waterfall Arts/The UMaine Hutchinson Center, 106 High Street, Belfast, Maine For more information: 207-322-6611; On Saturday, October 18th, the Belfast Poetry Festival will present workshops on topics ranging from writing and performance to community building, youth …
Maine Central Institute's Jonathan Santiago (11) is taken down by Bucksport High School's Chase Carmichael (5) in first-half action in Pittsfield on Friday evening.

Ground game, defense power MCI past Bucksport

By Ernie Clark on Sept. 19, 2014, at 9:30 p.m.
PITTSFIELD, Maine — Maine Central Institute blended the old with the new during the second half Friday to stake its claim as the team to beat in the LTC Class D football ranks with a 35-20 homecoming victory over Bucksport on Friday night. Coach Tom Bertrand’s club avenged its only …

It’s a great weekend for Common Ground Fair!

on Sept. 19, 2014, at 4:57 p.m.
It was a bit chilly this morning in Unity as we head out to the Common Ground Fair in Unity. By the time we had hot cider and a honey bun it was warm and brisk and clear, perfect day for the fair. This eggplant won my vote for 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

New film programs at Maine Media Workshops

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 19, 2014, at 4:06 p.m.
ROCKPORT, Maine — As summer gives way to fall, the mid-coast campus at Maine Media Workshops + College (MMW+C) shows no signs of slowing down. The school still has many weekend and weeklong workshops available throughout September and October, including new additions to the schedule focusing on documentary filmmaking, which coincide with …
From the community

Red Cloak Haunted History Tour

By Sally Lobkowicz on Sept. 19, 2014, at 3:27 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Thursday, Oct. …
From the community

Red Cloak Haunted History Tour

By Sally Lobkowicz on Sept. 19, 2014, at 2:53 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Main St., Rockland, Maine For more information: 207-380-3806; …
From the community

Lincoln County Business Resource event slated in Edgecomb

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 19, 2014, at 1:20 p.m.
EDGECOMB, Maine — A free Business Resource Event will be held 8-10:00 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Water’s Edge Banquet Facility on Route 1 in Edgecomb. Representatives from a number of federal, state and local business development agencies will be on hand to discuss resources available to support businesses and to network with you …
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. …
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Help with Medicare & Medicare Drug Plan Choices with ADRC Cynthia Troxel, LSW/Medicare SHIP Counselor

By Marianne Pinkham on Sept. 19, 2014, at 1:01 p.m.
If you are like most people the prospect of trying to figure out which Medicare Drug Plan is the right one for you is overwhelming. There are more than 25 plans available for 2015 and they all cover different medications at different dosages and varying prices. Every year there seem …
From the community

Getting the Most Out of Your Digital Camera

By Marianne Pinkham on Sept. 19, 2014, at 12:33 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Location: Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main Street, Damariscotta, Maine For more information: 207-563-1363; If the mere thought of downloading a digital photo makes you want to “shutter,” have no fear, professional photographer Robert Gorrill, APSA, MNEC, will be …
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 …
From the community

Camden’s Harbor Arts and Books Fair October 4 and 5

By Ken Gross on Sept. 18, 2014, at 8:24 p.m.
“Harbor Arts and Books” continues the traditional fall arts festival in Camden, Maine, on the weekend of October 4 and 5, under new management. The Camden Public Library has long hosted the festival in its Amphitheatre and Harbor Park and now takes over management of the festival, with of course …
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Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen October 2 at Camden Library Coffeehouse

By Ken Gross on Sept. 18, 2014, at 8:19 p.m.
Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen, longtime favorites at the Library Coffeehouse, return to Camden for a single performance on Thursday evening, October 2, at 7:00 pm. Admission is $8/$7 for seniors and students. Steve and Cindy have been performing together for 25 years, bringing together their love of traditional music …
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