The month began with Northport’s annual town meeting, where many of the decisions — ranging from how much the town should contribute to the Northport Food Pantry to how much time delinquent property tax payers should be given to get caught up — were made based on the economic climate, which was described as “ailing” in the article.

The economy was also cited as a factor in the decision by owner Betty Johnson to close the Hobbledehoy Toys store in downtown Belfast. Johnson said another factor was the backlash against Chinese-made toys after some were discovered to contain lead and other toxins. Johnson said she planned to continue selling toys online, though, through

In early May, Waldo County General Hospital announced that it hoped to add a helipad onsite in order to allow LifeFlight helicopter to land directly at the hospital instead of at the Belfast airport. By the summer, the helipad had become a reality.

Plans to detour a majority of nearly 300 oversized loads carrying wind turbine components to western Maine in order to avoid the low High Street and Waldo Avenue overpasses in Belfast were scaled back after contractors double-checked their measurements.

“I’m glad we caught it,” said Arthur Cavanaugh, of Kibby Mountain wind development contractor Reed & Reed. “It would have been pretty embarrassing if we could have gone under the overpasses but didn’t.”

It was announced that the performing arts center at the new Mount View School complex would be called “The Clifford Performing Arts Center,” in recognition of Unity Foundation founders Bert G. and Coral B. Clifford. The name additionally recognized the $250,000 challenge grant the foundation awarded the to the arts center project in honor of the Cliffords.

Two institutions of education made similar announcements in mid-May: Lesley University announced it would close the Belfast office of the Audubon Expedition Institute June 30, which was to end a 40-year run for the progressive experiential learning program. Cited as a primary factor in the decision to close was declining enrollment.

For a similar reason, Toddy Pond School officials announced they might have to close for good unless a like-minded organization stepped forward to take the reins. A group of concerned parents and community members did just that, and the school did not have to close.

Stockton Springs Elementary School secretary Tina Boyce was recognized as Citizen of the Year by the Waldo County Sheriff’s Department for her role in the hostage situation at the school in October 2008. Boyce was credited with putting herself at personal risk to get information about the situation, which she then relayed to law enforcement officials.

“While Tina will tell you that she was only doing her job,” said Sheriff Scott Story, “I seriously doubt that confronting an armed man is in her job description.”

Lincolnville’s Jason Andrews was recognized as Trooper of the Year for the Maine State Police. Andrews was recognized for his role in the hostage situation in Stockton Springs in October of 2008, as well as for his role in cracking an area burglary ring that same month. Andrews was modest about the honor, however.

“I don’t feel like I need a medal for anything, because that’s what we get paid to do,” he said.

Waldo County unveiled a new logo May 19. The logo, designed by Erica Koenig, replaced one that County Clerk Barbara Arseneau said, “didn’t really describe the county.”

The elevator at the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory malfunctioned twice over Memorial Day weekend, leaving people stuck in the elevator on one occasion and forcing other visitors to walk downstairs from the top of the 420-foot tall tower.

Two men in their early 20s were thankful to be alive after their boat capsized in Penobscot Bay May 26, and they had to make a 30-minute swim to shore. A Maine Marine Patrol officer said the men survived because they were wearing life jackets.