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    June 1, 2021

    Future uncertain for the traditional New England town meeting

    The traditional New England town meeting has long been revered as a pure form of democracy, but decreased attendance, the pandemic and the rise of absentee balloting may mean the end of an era. In the past year, many local towns have forgone the town meeting process to vote on their budgets at the polls while others have come up with creative solutions including drive-in meetings. Towns have seen increased …

  • Published
    October 7, 2020

    Savage: Expand health care, education, stop saber rattling

    Green Independent Lisa Savage of Solon said she is the only candidate in the race who is not a multi-millionaire, and added she will not take campaign contributions from any corporations. Savage is running for U.S. Senate against Incumbent Republican Sen. Susan Collins, Democrat Sara Gideon, and fellow independent Max Linn. Savage has been a school teacher throughout her career and a union negotiator. She seeks …

  • Published
    October 7, 2020

    Linn supports Trump, tough cops, immigration moratorium

    Independent Max Linn argues that front-runners for U.S. Senate Susan Collins and Sara Gideon represent the establishment and big corporate interests, but sees himself as a potentially powerful voice in American politics. Linn, who has run before as a Republican in 2018, is in many ways a conservative. He supports Donald Trump for president, argues a five-year moratorium is needed on all immigration, and says he …

  • Published
    October 7, 2020

    Collins speaks out on moderate approach, Supreme Court process

    Sen. Susan Collins said she represents a moderate and bipartisan approach to politics, citing as an example her work on the paycheck protection bill that has protected 250,000 state jobs. She also explained why she will not vote to confirm a Supreme Court nominee before the election. “We need more people in Washington who represent a common sense, centrist approach to dealing with the problems of our country,” …

  • Published
    September 18, 2020

    Gideon runs on health care, police reform, renewable energy

    Democrat Sara Gideon of Freeport argues she is needed in the U.S. Senate to stand up to Republican leadership, who she criticized for poor choices of judges, for weakening health care, and for failing to respond to the pandemic. Gideon, who is Maine’s Speaker of the House, is challenging longtime incumbent Republican Susan Collins for U.S. Senate. Also running are two independent candidates: Lisa Savage, a Green …

  • Published
    April 11, 2019

    Business Expo showcases local organizations at Samoset

    The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce held its 26th annual Business and Community expo Wednesday, April 10, at the Samoset Resort. Executive Director Tom Peaco said the event had 120 booths showcasing local businesses, nonprofit organizations and museums. Each year the event is held in the spring as anticipation builds for the busy summer tourist season. Peaco said the snowy weather this week may …

  • Published
    March 24, 2019

    Hiring released prisoners helps meet state's workforce needs

    Corrections Commissioner Randall Liberty said March 20 there is no financial savings to incarcerating people, but he sees opportunities for most prisoners to become good employees in the community. “I believe in redemption,” he told community leaders gathered at the University of Maine Augusta Rockland Center. “I believe we all have fallen short.” The commissioner said many of those who spend on average 18 months …

  • Published
    January 24, 2019

    Lincolnville beach sees flooding

    A combination of wet weather, a nearly full moon and high tide resulted in flooding Jan. 24 at Lincolnville Beach. Fire Chief Don Fullington III said the flooding takes place about three times a year, most often with a full moon when the tide is right. The Fire Department was dispatched to the scene, and the Maine Department of Transportation posted a sign to slow traffic. The flooding was not severe enough to …

  • Published
    December 21, 2018

    Teens who vape face nicotine addiction

    While smoking is down among teenagers, this generation of high school students has not been spared from nicotine addiction. Today’s high school and junior high school students are increasingly turning to a habit that leaves no lasting odor and involves the use of paraphernalia that is hard for parents and teachers to spot. It’s called vaping. Camden Hills Regional High School Principal Shawn Carlson said vaping, …

  • Published
    November 16, 2018

    Should municipalities be able to charge local-option sales tax?

    Some local town officials, the Maine Municipal Association, the Mayors’ Coalition and local lawmakers are talking about the possibility of towns’ charging their own local-option sales taxes. Currently, towns and cities cannot charge their own sales taxes under Maine law, and the issue has been shot down by the Legislature in the past, but Maine Municipal Association’s Legislative Policy Committee may decide Nov. …

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