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The Rockland Fire Department responded shortly before 8 p.m. Friday to a report of a structure fire at 260 Broadway.

Fire causes smoke damage to Rockland home

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 20, 2014, at 9:32 a.m.
A Broadway home had minor smoke damage Friday evening because of a fire. No injuries were reported. The fire was reported shortly before 8 p.m. at 260 Broadway. The house is owned by Jamie Stone and Christopher Wallace, according to city assessment records. The fire started when …

Police investigating stabbing in Calais

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 19, 2014, at 8:59 p.m.
The Maine State Police and the Calais Police Department are investigating a stabbing that took place Friday afternoon at a Chapel Street residence. The victim, 56-year-old John Haskins of Calais, initially was taken to Calais Regional Hospital but was transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor …

Arson suspect risks losing $50,000 cash bail over drunken driving arrest

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 19, 2014, at 5:49 p.m.
ROCKLAND | The state is asking the court to order the forfeiture of $50,000 cash posted as bail earlier this year for a Friendship man who is accused of burning down a boathouse and fishing boat. The bail forfeiture was requested Friday after James “Jamie” R. Simmons, 40, was …
Pictured is the exterior of the Whitehall Inn in Camden, which will be completely renovated and reopened as Whitehall in May 2015.

Esteemed chef, new developers to give fresh start to Camden’s Whitehall Inn

By Emily Burnham on Dec. 19, 2014, at 4 p.m.
The historic Whitehall Inn in Camden is being rebirthed this spring, with renovations, new amenities and a fresh restaurant. Built in 1901, the hotel has been purchased by Lark Hotels, which plans to add it to their portfolio of boutique hotels. The revamped property will go by the slightly shortened …
Bernie, an old English sheepdog, plays with Bowdoin College students during an animal therapy session at the college library on Monday, Dec. 15.

‘Fuzz therapy’: Bowdoin College uses cuddly dogs to ease stress of finals week

By Peter L. McGuire, The Forecaster on Dec. 19, 2014, at 12:57 p.m.
BRUNSWICK | Like celebrities evading paparazzi, six furry guests were quietly slipped through a side door into a nondescript first-floor reading room at the Bowdoin College library, barely noticed by the dozens of students anxiously lined up to receive them. But when the door opened, sophomore Laura Block made …
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Trekkers’ Junior Leadership Group, from left: Juliette St. Clair, Laken Fournier, Kyle Waters, Brianna Garrett, Anna Walker, Sadie Bartlett, Chloe Finger, Jenny Carter, Alden Mason.

Trekkers’ 11th Graders Participate in Leadership Training Weekend

By Shari Closter on Dec. 19, 2014, at 10:56 a.m.
From December 12–14, nine juniors and three adult leaders participated in a three-day leadership training through Trekkers, a non-profit, outdoor-based mentoring program that connects young people with caring adults. Held at the Kieve-Wavus Leadership School in Nobleboro, the training weekend was the starting point for Trekkers’ two-year Leadership Program. This …
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New Year’s Eve Early Bird Bash !

By Norm Poirier on Dec. 19, 2014, at 10:47 a.m.
So on Wednesday December 31st from 2:00-4:00 pm MoJO Jazz Orchestra also known as the MondayNite Jazz Orchestra will perform at the Belfast Boathouse entertaining area seniors in an early celebration of new Year’s Eve with Big Band sounds. The 17 piece band will entertain the public in this early …

Belfast woman jailed for alleged attempt to make prices fall at Wal-Mart

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 19, 2014, at 10:36 a.m.
THOMASTON | A Belfast woman is being held without bail following her initial court appearance Friday afternoon for allegedly switching tags on store merchandise to save money. Kara Joy Kinney, 36, was arrested Wednesday at the Wal-Mart in Thomaston by Thomaston police Officer Michael Blais and charged with felony …
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Georges River Land Trust Earns National Recognition

By Gail Presley on Dec. 19, 2014, at 10 a.m.
Georges River Land Trust has achieved land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. “We are very excited and honored to be receive this national recognition,” said Jim Robbins, Board President of Georges River Land Trust. “We are so grateful to …
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Laura Lee Perkins performing on Native American flute.

Perkins' newest book.

Book: Native American Songs for Flute Released

By Laura Perkins on Dec. 19, 2014, at 7:37 a.m.
Musician and Maine Midcoast author Laura Lee Perkins has just published her third book about Native American Music. “Native American Songs for Flute” is a collection of 52 authentic songs from 19 North American tribal cultures. Perkins, based in Stockton Springs, travels throughout the United States researching and teaching, now …
A pedestrian crosses Main Street Thursday evening in Bangor. Fresh snow blanketed much of Maine Thursday including more than a foot in some locations. Timothy Duda, a forecaster at the National Weather Service’s Caribou office, said the Houlton area accumulated several inches of snow that wound down Thursday evening.

Winter storm winds down, dumps more than a foot of snow in parts of Aroostook, Washington counties

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 18, 2014, at 8:37 p.m.
BANGOR | Much of Maine woke up Thursday morning to fresh snow on the ground, including a foot or more in some locations. Timothy Duda, a forecaster at the National Weather Service’s Caribou office, said Thursday that the Houlton area had about 13 inches of snow. Other places that …

Attorney for owner of Bath store that closed without delivering paid-for appliances denies fraud

By Beth Brogan on Dec. 18, 2014, at 5:37 p.m.
The attorney for the owner of Gediman’s Appliance, which closed its Bath and Lewiston stores abruptly in September, said Thursday that his client is taking steps to address complaints to the attorney general’s office that he left more than 50 customers in the lurch by taking advance …
When The Reids moved to Sophia Road in Saco four years ago, they were delighted to find a neighborhood that keeps seasons bright. They pose on their porch this week. Jennifer (from left) and Doug, and in front Jacob and Brendan. Their dog, Whoopie, also gets in on the act.

‘A fun holiday spectator sport’: Maine homes get into Christmas spirit with festive lights, displays

By Kathleen Pierce on Dec. 18, 2014, at 4:48 p.m.
ROCKPORT | Headed north on Route 1 between Camden and Rockland, an oasis of playful lights, including an inflated shivering snowman, shines through the darkness. Although his electric bill jumps every winter, Rockport innkeeper Dana Burton says the extra $50 is worth it for the smiles he elicits. “Decorations …
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Health Matters with Kno-Wal-Lin

By Pen Bay Healthcare on Dec. 18, 2014, at 3:29 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Picker Family Resource Center, 3 Glen Cove Drive, Suite 2, Rockport, Maine For more information: 207-921-4524 Everyone knows physical activity is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, but Maine winters can make that challenging. Join Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care & …
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Matt Griswold gives a donation to WCAP's Heroes 4 Hunger campaign.

Local Seniors Spread Holiday Joy

By Charndra Michaud on Dec. 18, 2014, at 3:14 p.m.
At their most recent meeting, the Resident Council at The Residence at Tall Pines discussed the upcoming holidays and all agreed that they wished to help those in Waldo County who are less fortunate. They discussed several local charities that they could give to with that goal in mind. All …

A Christmas caroling memory

on Dec. 18, 2014, at 2:20 p.m.
by Ardeana Hamlin of The Weekly Staff   As the Christmas season arrived when I was a teenager in the early 1960s, it was taken for granted that sooner or later my sister, my friends and I would go caroling. Sometimes, this was arranged as part of our Congregational Church …
Allison Trask, 31, of Windsor.

Windsor woman arrested after nearly shooting Kennebec County deputy

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 18, 2014, at 2:08 p.m.
A local woman is in jail Thursday after a Wednesday night incident in which a Kennebec County sheriff’s deputy was nearly shot. The sequence of events leading to the arrest of Allison Trask, 31, started at 7 p.m. when Sgt. Galen Estes responded to a Legion Park …
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Georges River Land Trust Announces Maine Masters on Mondays Film Series

By Georges River Land Trust on Dec. 18, 2014, at 1:49 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Highlands Coffee House , Main Street, Thomaston, Maine For more information: 207-594-5166; FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, December 17, 2014   News contact:  Aimee Moffitt-Mercer, at 594-5166    Land Trust Announces Maine Masters on Mondays Film Series (ROCKLAND, ME)— The Georges …

Cushing man who allegedly found mouse in McDonald’s milkshake has lawsuit dismissed

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 18, 2014, at 12:43 p.m.
THOMASTON | A lawsuit filed earlier this year by a Cushing man who said he found a mouse in his McDonald’s milkshake has been dismissed. The notice of dismissal was filed this week in Knox County Superior Court in Rockland in the lawsuit filed by George Mele against RC …
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Reading of ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’ in Thomaston

Bangor Daily News on Dec. 18, 2014, at 12:27 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Episcopal Church of St. John Baptist, 200 Main St., Thomaston, Maine THOMASTON, Maine — There will be a reading of Dylan Thomas’ Christmas classic story, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Episcopal Church of St. John Baptist, …
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