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    May 12, 2010

    Keep rolling along

    Summer is arriving early as bicycles are hauled out of garages and sheds, tires are inflated, and helmets (we hope) are slipped on over heads. It is biking time, as commuters, children and long -distance cyclists take to the roads. The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is poised to spend $16,000 on bike safety public service announcements that will air on Maine television stations. One will remind motorists of the law …

  • Published
    May 12, 2010

    On good deeds well done

    Last week we published a story highlighting the many charitable works of Searsmont resident Hector DiPietra-Santa, who, since he moved to Waldo County two years ago, has helped a seemingly unending list of people in need. One of these people — Nick DeFrancesco, a war veteran and custodian at the YMCA who was paralyzed earlier this year after he slipped on the ice while waiting to participate in a curling match — …

  • Published
    May 5, 2010

    Deeds dirt cheap? Do it.

    A request by a for-profit company seeking the entire digitized contents of the county’s registry of deeds should be viewed with some skepticism, and we don’t fault the Waldo County commissioners for initially balking at a request last fall by MacImage of Maine for just that — the entire contents of the registry’s electronic land records database. But far from pursuing an end-run around local government, MacImage …

  • Published
    April 28, 2010

    Praise for the Free Range Music Festival

    To say that the inaugural Belfast Free Range Music Festival was a success would be a major understatement. The 700 passes for the multi-venue event — in hindsight, organizers thought this number could have been larger — sold out on the morning of the show. Festival organizers had to turn away bands that wanted to come play music in a city that doesn’t appear on many touring bands’ itineraries. Belfast and Waldo …

  • Published
    April 28, 2010

    Fishing for consensus

    The image of the solitary Maine fisherman is part of American culture. These independent, resourceful and hardworking people are so interwoven in our perception of the Maine Coast that it would be difficult to imagine our communities without them. As the human population and its demand on the earth’s bounty grows, the strain on fisheries and harvesters is becoming increasingly evident. The November decision by …

  • Published
    April 21, 2010

    Go back to the drawing board

    Every time the proposed county building that would house the Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Management Agency comes to a public forum, the project shows more and more evidence of hasty planning. The county commissioners are right to be proud of themselves for coming up with a fix for the sheriff’s woefully inadequate Congress Street offices. They figured out a way to build a new $1 million building without …

  • Published
    April 21, 2010

    Fun intended

    The first Belfast Free Range Music Festival is set to (insert chicken pun here) April 24, and if it’s half as good at the roster suggests, it will have been twice as good as it needed to be. Which is to say, for a first time out, the organizers have outdone themselves, and so much the better for us. But as with any ambitious event, it won’t be a success unless people turn out to see the music. The festival …

  • Published
    April 14, 2010

    Let it offend

    Typically, when we hear about art censorship in the news, the story follows a familiar course. There’s the provocative artwork, which until that moment had been known only to a few people. There’s a person or group of people who take offense. And, whether out of their own distaste or a sense of obligation to community standards, the offended parties try to remove, exclude or conceal the artwork from public view. …

  • Published
    April 7, 2010

    Your best dollar spent

    Two weeks ago, after finding that his organization’s request for $10,000 had been left off the warrant of the Unity town meeting, Waldo Community Action Partners’ Transportation Director Edward Murphy told residents that he was disappointed, because, he said, “it’s your best dollar spent.” We, too, were disappointed, because he was right. It would have been money spent more wisely than just about any other …

  • Published
    March 31, 2010

    Keeping children safe in and around the water

    This week the Waldo County YMCA made good on a promise it had made earlier to the community, and the town of Liberty upheld a tradition. At the YMCA, every first-grade student across the county will eventually have the opportunity to learn water-safety skills at the Tom and Sally Savage Pool Complex. The program began this week with students from the Captain Albert Stevens School in Belfast. When Liberty …

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