In SAD 3, voters approved the $19.5 million budget for the 2009-10 school year by a vote of 229-154. With federal stimulus funds factored in, the budget actually had a total price tag of $19.8 million, which was $9,880 less than the comparable figure for the 2008-09 school year. School officials noted this was the first time anyone could recall when the total budget decreased from one year to the next.

Waldo County YMCA staff members unofficially opened the six-lane lap pool at 9 p.m. June 2. The $4 million Tom & Sally Savage Pool Complex includes the six-lane lap pool with an electronic timing system, a hydrotherapy pool and a warm-water therapy pool.

There was plenty of news from county courthouses in June. The District Attorney’s Office announced that no charges would be filed in connection with a fatal collision that occurred in Stockton Springs in September 2008. An investigation by police determined the driver who died had been drinking, while a blood test revealed no alcohol use by the driver who survived the crash.

A Clinton man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for breaking into a Liberty woman’s home in 2007 and sexually assaulting her, while a man from Detroit was sentenced to six years in prison for his role in an October 2008 car crash in Troy that claimed the life of one of his best friends.

The Belfast Ambulance crew was credited with discovering and reporting a fire June 3 at the Grand View Coffee Shop in Vassalboro. Investigators later determined that the fire at the coffee shop, best known for featuring topless wait staff, was intentionally set.

Penobscot Frozen Foods Plant Manager Melvin Libby, recently retired from his job, led VillageSoup on a tour of the Penobscot McCrum plant on Pierce Street. Libby reflected on his 41-year career with the company, and said he liked just about everything — except for the “nasty seagulls” that peppered his car over the years, and having to fire people.

A Morrill man drowned in Cross Pond in Morrill June 13, after the canoe he was in capsized in windy conditions. He had been fishing with a friend when the canoe overturned. The victim told his friend that he could not swim after the canoe overturned, and game wardens said there were no life jackets in the canoe.

Victor Hall of Rockland was described as a lucky man after he walked away from a plane crash on Islesboro June 15. The small, single-engine airplane reportedly went down near Grindle Point Lane moments after departing from the adjacent airport on the southern half of Islesboro.

The Maine Department of Transportation announced June 19 that about 75 percent of all maintenance projects over the next two years would be canceled in order to meet the reduced funding levels set forth in the state Highway Fund Budget that had been enacted a week earlier.

Past and present members of the SAD 56 Board of Directors gathered June 23 for what was billed as “A Walk Down Memory Lane.” SAD 56 was set to become part of RSU 20 on July 1, and the evening was a chance to reminisce about their experiences as board members.

That same day, residents in the nine towns that were to form the RSU voted to approve the $33.5 million budget for the new school system. Two of the nine towns voted it down — Northport and Frankfort — but a majority of district voters approved the spending plan.

A Montville man was hospitalized in critical condition June 29 after the car he was driving collided with a tractor-trailer hauling a load of caustic soda in Knox near the intersection of Webb Road and Route 137.

After rumors of layoffs at the company had surfaced and been circulating since February, Moss Inc. announced at the end of June that it would be cutting half of its workforce in Belfast, closing its production wing here, and consolidating its production operations in Chicago.