Articles by Larry Grard


Loaded gun, cash taken in Phippsburg home burglary

By Larry Grard on March 28, 2013, at 12:04 p.m.
Police are looking for help from the public as they seek to identify the person who burglarized a Devil’s Highway residence and stole a loaded handgun Wednesday. Police Chief John Skroski said this morning that someone made a forced entry into the single-family home, and also stole …

Bath man arrested Monday for alleged pill-fueled burglary streak picked up by police again

By Larry Grard on March 22, 2013, at 11:47 a.m.
A man arrested Monday on drug and burglary charges is back in jail. This time, there is no bail for Kurt Johnson, 47, of Bath. Officer Jason Aucoin stopped him on suspicion of speeding at 4:30 p.m. on Richardson Street, and later charged him with violation of …

Morse High Shipbuilders lose regional title in USA Today mascot contest by 7,000 votes

By Larry Grard on March 22, 2013, at 6:22 a.m.
BATH | When you’re talking more than 1.5 million votes, 7,000 isn’t a lot. But that was the margin of victory Wednesday for the Kingswood Oxford Wyverns, who edged the Morse Shipbuilders to win the Region I title in the USA Today competition for top mascot. The final tally: …

Wiscasset native, NY street artist thankful for money raised to pay legal defense in tussle over fake police ads

By Larry Grard on March 18, 2013, at 2:18 p.m.
The Wiscasset native and New York street artist who faces multiple charges for creating fake ads mocking the New York Police Department expressed gratitude for people helping him with his legal expenses. Essam “Adam” Attia, who goes by the name “Essam,” spoke hours before friends and well-wishers …

RSU 1 voters to decide on cost-sharing change

By Larry Grard on March 18, 2013, at 1:35 p.m.
BATH | Public hearings completed, residents of the five Regional School Unit 1 communities go to the polls Tuesday to weigh in on a new cost-sharing formula based on cost per student. If approved, the new formula would bring slight tax decreases in Arrowsic and Bath and a significant …

Morse High School’s mascot competition win rescinded, at least temporarily, because of voting system glitch

By Larry Grard on March 15, 2013, at 5:51 p.m.
BATH | The Morse Shipbuilders and the Bath High School Alumni Association had a winner — they thought. Just moments after Thursday’s 3 p.m. voting deadline, alumni spokesman Troy Cunningham confirmed Morse had won the Region I championship in the USA Today competition for top mascot. The victory would …

Morse High School’s Shipbuilder mascot voted region’s best, moves on to national competition

By Larry Grard on March 14, 2013, at 4:42 p.m.
BATH | The Morse Shipbuilders and the Bath High School Alumni Association have a winner. Just moments after today’s 3 p.m. voting deadline, voter extraordinaire Troy Cunningham confirmed from his Florida home that Morse had won the Region I championship in the USA Today competition for top mascot. The …
Members of the Morse High School football team celebrate  their win over Mt. Desert Island on the field at MDI High School on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008. Morse won 10-7.

Morse High School’s Shipbuilder mascot in running to be named the country’s best

By Larry Grard on March 11, 2013, at 12:17 p.m.
BATH | Troy Cunningham is the poster boy for just how near and dear Morse High School remains in the hearts of its alumni. Cunningham might live in Florida, but he’s been leading the drive to get the school’s shipbuilder mascot state and national recognition. At last glance, Morse …

Elderly couple to expected to stay in house as Bath City Council pulls eviction order

By Larry Grard on March 04, 2013, at 5:57 p.m.
They never left. Alan and Yvonne Orchards tested city- and court-ordered eviction orders to their extremes, and thanks to the good works of others, they remain in their home of 29 years at 45 Windjammer Way. The roof and foundation have been shored up, thanks largely to …
Wiscasset High School students head for the bus after classes recently.

Wiscasset High officials ‘deeply concerned’ about worst graduation rate in state

By Larry Grard on March 04, 2013, at 3:13 p.m.
WISCASSET,Maine — The lowest four-year graduation rate in the state has Wiscasset High School and Regional School Unit 12 officials “deeply concerned,” Superintendent Alan Hawkins said. The list of the state’s high school graduation rates, made public last week, shows Wiscasset High School with the state’s worst graduation rate: 62 …

Bath police charge teen with stealing pyrotechnic pistol, making explosives

By Larry Grard on Feb. 07, 2013, at 4:33 p.m.
Police probing complaints of gunfire discovered a pyrotechnic pistol stolen from the city was allegedly being used to make crude bombs. A 15-year-old boy was summoned on charges of theft and criminal use of explosives in connection with the incident. “There is no evidence that the boy …
St. John Valley Sledders Andrew Sullivan (left) and Jason Lizotte fuel up before a planned 200-mile trip around Aroostook County Saturday morning, Jan. 26, 2013. Snowmobilers are hoping an impending storm will drop enough snow for them to hit the trails.

Maine snowmobilers hope big storm forecasts are true

By Larry Grard on Feb. 06, 2013, at 12:27 p.m.
WOOLWICH | The trail grooming machines are sitting idle, and have been for weeks. There’s no point starting them up, after all, if there’s no snow to groom on the trails. As a nearly-barren January for snowmobiling in Maine extends into February, and spring only six weeks away, people …
Children's book author Chris Van Dusen holds up one of his books as he speaks to fifth graders at Fisher-Mitchell School in Bath on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013.

Camden children’s author visits Bath school to launch annual reading program

By Larry Grard on Jan. 29, 2013, at 4:27 p.m.
“Sometimes you have to change things around before you get them just right.” Chris Van Dusen of Camden, an author and illustrator of children’s books, was speaking Monday to Fisher-Mitchell School fifth-graders in Brent Luchies’ and Tammy Baxter’s classrooms who had read one of his books. The …

Woolwich residents recycled more, reduced trash volume by 27 tons in a year

By Larry Grard on Jan. 23, 2013, at 1:23 p.m.
An active Solid Waste and Recycling Committee, an informed public and a convenient system administered by Casella Pine Tree Waste has led to a significant decrease in trash tonnage and an increase in recycling. Figures released this week by the town show trash volume declined by 27 …
Reid State Park beach during a fall sunset.

Feds eye search for undetonated WWII rockets buried in Reid State Park beach

By Larry Grard on Jan. 23, 2013, at 11:03 a.m.
GEORGETOWN | There’s no immediate danger, but federal authorities may one day return to Reid State Park to search for more unexploded ordnance beneath Mile Beach. The ordnance is buried in sand and contains the remains of rockets used by Brunswick Naval Air Station flight crews during World War …

Wiscasset gets terms of withdrawal from school district

By Larry Grard on Jan. 22, 2013, at 4:16 p.m.
Months after requesting it, the town’s RSU withdrawal committee considered a formal agreement Monday to withdraw from Regional School Unit 12. In it, RSU 12 suggests July 1, 2014, as a possible date for Wiscasset to leave the school unit. Among other issues, the 34-page proposal stipulates …

Bath police investigate burglaries; teens allegedly write their names on paper in building they broke into

By Larry Grard on Jan. 22, 2013, at 11:15 a.m.
Police are looking for someone who cut and stole copper piping, wiring and other items from a home being renovated at 1110 High St. Damage to the home from the thefts caused the basement to flood, police said. Bath police Lt. Stanley Cielinski said Tuesday morning that …
Harland Stanley shakes hands with Hoku after he and fellow Bath Iron Works security officer Sgt. Paul White rescued the dog Saturday morning, Jan. 12, 2013.

Bath dog floats down Kennebec River on chunk of ice nearly an hour before rescue

By Larry Grard on Jan. 16, 2013, at 12:33 p.m.
Hoku knew just what to do Saturday morning as she floated down the Kennebec River on a small ice floe. Sit and wait — until security officers from Bath Iron Works were able to rescue her. The 1½-year-old black standard poodle was dry and unhurt after she …

Judge grants Bath the right to intervene in West Bath’s $1.9M lawsuit against school district

By Larry Grard on Jan. 10, 2013, at 12:55 p.m.
The city of Bath has won the right to intervene in neighboring West Bath’s lawsuit against Regional School Unit 1. The ruling Tuesday by Justice Andrew M. Horton in Sagadahoc Superior Court paves the way for Bath to ally with RSU 1 officials in a dispute over …

Phippsburg treasurer apologizes for four years of payroll errors costing the town nearly $40,000

By Larry Grard on Jan. 10, 2013, at 11:21 a.m.
Voters authorized spending up to $40,000 from surplus Wednesday to cover errors made in the processing of town payroll taxes. About 50 residents showed up for the special town meeting at the Phippsburg Elementary School gym. Lisa Wallace, the town’s treasurer and tax collector, took responsibility and …