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Fran Gonzalez has lived in Waldo County since 2006 and has been part of the Journal news team since January 2018. Most of his career he worked as a graphic designer, but he has always enjoyed telling stories through images. When not reporting or taking pictures, he can be found spending time with his family at camp, playing guitar, or zipping around on his 39-year-old Japanese motorcycle. He can be reached at fgonzalez@villagesoup.com.

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  • Published
    April 27, 2018

    RSU 20 considers shared resource officer position

    Searsport selectmen, town manager, chief of police and superintendent of Regional School Unit 20 met April 27, together with several residents, to discuss a proposal to hire a full-time school resource officer. “What can police provide and what can we expect for service?” Selectman Jack Merrithew asked. The position would be split between working half of the year in the RSU 20 schools (elementary, middle and high …

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    April 26, 2018

    Panelists, residents explore resources for keeping children safe

    “It takes a community to keep our children safe” was the resounding message at a Child Abuse Prevention Forum Wednesday, April 25, at Searsport District Middle and High School. About 30 area residents attended. Panelists — Helen Rogers of Broadreach, Waldo County Sheriff Jeffrey Trafton, Regional School Unit 20 Superintendent Chris Downing, and Nicole Fallon of New Hope for Women — took turns describing the …

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    April 26, 2018

    Committee tackles Montville roads with technology

    It’s mud season in Maine and many towns across Waldo County are up to their fenders in soggy dirt roads. Montville is no exception. A road committee met April 23 at the Town Office and talked about how best to move forward with the resources at hand. Selectmen, the road commissioner and plow drivers, along with approximately 10 concerned townspeople, discussed ways to survey and catalog road deficiencies. The …

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    April 25, 2018

    Dry, windy conditions fuel multiple brush fires

    Belfast Fire Department quickly snuffed out a brush fire at 58 Waldo Road in Waldo that was called in Wednesday at approximately 11:30 a.m. The fire was started by the homeowner who was burning brush when flames began to drift toward a house. Waldo Fire Department also responded to the call. No injuries were reported. Another brush fire was called in Monday at 45 Lake Road in Frankfort. At approximately 12:30 …

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    April 20, 2018

    Korean War veteran receives peace medal

    Former Belfast native and Korean War veteran Colby J. Taylor has been recognized by the South Korean government with the Ambassador for Peace medal. Born in Belfast in 1930, Taylor graduated from Crosby High School in 1948 and was drafted into the Army in 1951. Taylor did his basic training in Texas and was sent to Korea later that same year. A letter addressed to Taylor from the Korean Consulate reads: “The …

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    April 20, 2018

    Penobscot Marine Museum goes high-tech thanks to students

    Getting students with technology at their fingertips interested in history isn’t always easy. However, National Junior Honor Society students from Searsport District Middle School are combining technology and history to the benefit of Penobscot Marine Museum visitors. Students have been researching and photographing artifacts from the museum, which will be used, with the aid of a smartphone application, to …

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    April 19, 2018

    Unity opposes 'patch' for fire department lot

    In a special town meeting April 18, Unity residents dealt with bridge repairs, Firehouse lot paving and mobile home standards. Approximately 30 townspeople, including municipal officers, attended the meeting, which at times drew lively debate. The Farwell Bridge on Berry Road has needed new wooden planks and guardrails for some time now, as evident from the Nov. 7, 2017, selectmen’s meeting minutes. The town …

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    April 19, 2018

    Season's biggest night for amphibians

    After a long winter’s slumber, thousands of amphibians — salamanders and frogs — simultaneously embark on a search for vernal pools in which to breed and lay eggs. Many return to the same pond where they were born. These temporary wetlands provide a safe fish-free environment for organisms to reproduce and develop. The annual event has been dubbed the “big night” by Unity College’s Herpetology Club and happens …

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    April 18, 2018

    Wastewater facility budget decreases slightly

    Selectmen unanimously approved $296,461 for the wastewater treatment facility budget at the April 17 board meeting. “We will spend $1,890 less this year than last year,” Town Manager James Gillway said. Some reasons for the reduction include declining oil prices and changing health insurance plans as a result of a new contract. Doors at the facility also were replaced, which helped with efficiency, he added. “We …

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    April 16, 2018

    Montville glass blower earns state, regional distinction

    Glass blowing is referred to as a dance, according to David Jacobson, master glass blower and owner of Jacobson Glass Studio in Montville. Observing Jacobson work in his antique retrofitted barn next to his house on Choate Road, one can easily see why. Scooping up the molten glass with a long hollow rod from the fiery furnace, blowing an air bubble within the blob of glass with the consistency of honey, and then …

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