The month began with a downpour, when four inches of rain flooded the county in a six- to seven-hour period April 7. A list at the Waldo County Emergency Management Agency office indicated at least two dozen roads in eight different towns had been damaged by the storm, and Lincolnville, Northport and Belfast were among the hardest-hit communities.

Waldo County Sheriff Scott Story said one of two fates awaited the Waldo County Jail: to become either a statewide model for a re-entry program, or a 24-to-72-hour holding facility. The outcome depended on the state budget, and it turned out the jail would become the model re-entry program Story had hoped for.

After being hit by a truck in the fall of 2008, the High Street overpass across Route 1 in Belfast was struck again on April 6 by a large truck. Maine Department of Transportation officials said the damage from the second strike was possibly worse than the first hit.

After conducting a nationwide search, DOT officials reported that five firms had expressed an interest in marketing Sears Island to potential port developers. The selected marketing firm was scheduled to receive up to $100,000 from the Maine Port Authority budget to do its work.

Businesses came and went in downtown Belfast. Mother-and-daughter team Cher and Jessica Jones made the sad decision to close their flower shop, Wild Flowers. The closing was historically significant, as the building had been home to a greenhouse and flower shop — operating under several different names and owners — since 1874. That made it home to the longest continually operating business in Belfast.

But as Wild Flowers went, Bangor Savings arrived. Or rather, arrived again. With one branch already located on Belmont Avenue, the financial institution opened a second branch in Belfast at 106 Main St. April 13.

In less positive financial news, a Family Dollar employee was summoned on charges of burglary and theft after he allegedly confessed to stealing more than $2,000 from a safe at the Family Dollar store on Lincolnville Avenue.

In a matter of days, two Waldo County educators were arrested. On April 15, SAD 56 music teacher William “Bill” Wiley was arrested and charged with multiple felony sex crimes. A police affidavit indicated Wiley had admitted to everything his accuser, a female teenager, said he had done, though he later pleaded not guilty at a court hearing. At year’s end, the case had yet to go to trial.

On April 16, former Mount View Junior High School teacher Michael Douglas was charged with possession of child pornography on his school-issued laptop. State police were initially alerted to Douglas in late March, and on April 3 he submitted his resignation for personal reasons. Though he, too, reportedly admitted to police that he had done what they accused him of, like Wiley, he entered a not-guilty plea at his first court appearance. At year’s end, his case also had yet to go to trial.

Harbor Hill resident Mildred Marden celebrated her 102nd birthday April 17 at Harbor Hill in Belfast, surrounded by family, friends and other well-wishers.

As the one-year anniversary of his disappearance neared, the family of Belmont resident Charles Springer Jr. looked back and said not knowing anything about what happened to their relative was what hurt the most.

“It is very, very troubling not to hear anything,” said Springer’s sister, Joanne Springer Grigoreas, of Lebanon. “We just want to know, one way or another.”

Two years after the last delivery of coal left the waterfront shed at Consumers Fuel in Belfast, the building itself was torn down. Owner John Holmes said the venerable red-painted shed was built in the 1880s. The empty space where the shed once stood was to be used for parking.