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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

  • Published
    March 16, 2018

    Montville considers food sovereignty

    Montville residents soon will decide if food sales from farms and other small producers without state inspection, commonly known as food sovereignty, will be allowed. In June 2017, Maine legislators passed a law giving municipalities the right to adopt laws permitting farmers and other food producers to sell directly to consumers within their town. The law was later amended to exclude meat and poultry. This law …

  • Published
    March 15, 2018

    WWII veteran rediscovers his former tugboat

    Stan Wood is a 95-year-old World War II veteran and former quartermaster of the LT-464, a Boston-based rescue and salvage tugboat. After his military service concluded, he thought of the vessel often. “LT stands for large tug,” Wood quipped. It has a diesel turning single propeller rated at 1,200 horsepower, and at 126 feet long, it definitely is not small. Wood, a spry man with a boyish smile, remembers the …

  • Published
    March 13, 2018

    Searsport elects Norman, Payson; breezes through 38 articles

    The Searsport town meeting began promptly at 9 a.m. at Union Hall, with 38 articles on the warrant. Approximately 50 residents in attendance observed a moment of silence in honor of Marissa Kennedy before the meeting commenced in earnest. Faith Garrold was chosen as the moderator, a job she has performed several times in the past. The Town Report was dedicated to her and husband Don Garrold for their service and …

  • Published
    March 10, 2018

    Frye Mountain video to be released this summer

    For the last nine years, local award-winning freelance editor and video producer Heidi Ann Perkins has been working on a historical narrative about Frye Mountain. Later this year, she will wrap up production and stage a local screening. Perkins started shooting video of Frye Mountain back in 2009 while attending the annual wagon tour sponsored by Montville Historical Society. Society President Debi Stephens …

  • Published
    March 8, 2018

    GWI contract renewal to include enhanced phone services

    Selectmen on March 6 renewed a contract with GWI, the town’s high-speed internet provider. Town Manager James Gillway said the new contract will save the town money and will offer enhanced phone services. It would be a 24-month contract that he anticipates will save townspeople $50 a month. In other business, Gillway said Maine Resource Recovery Association is putting forth a home composting program. “We …

  • Published
    March 6, 2018

    RSU 3 superintendent allows planned walkout

    In a letter prepared for parents and staff March 6, Dr. Paul Austin, superintendent of Regional School Unit 3, said the district “… will allow (students) to walk out and express their views in a safe and structured environment….” Wednesday, March 14, has been designated as National School Walkout Day after the shootings at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Students will walk out for 17 …

  • Published
    March 4, 2018

    Large turnout at Unity fishing derby despite weather

    There was every kind of weather imaginable at the fifth annual T-Pot Memorial Fishing Derby at Unity Pond March 3. Snow, rain, sleet and a huge gale did not keep anglers from drilling holes, setting up traps and having fun on the lake. By 10:30 a.m. there were a least 200 participants, according to event coordinator and Unity Fire Chief Blaine Parsons. An impressive list of area sponsors donated many prizes. …

  • Published
    March 2, 2018

    RSU 3 directors vote distribution under review

    Editor’s note: This story has been updated with a statement from the Maine Department of Education. Persistence may lead to change for a Unity resident with concerns about the distribution of votes on the school district’s Board of Directors. Retired long-time area educator Wayne Suomi said that for some time he’s been aware of a problem with how his town of Unity is represented in the Regional School Unit 3 …

  • Published
    March 1, 2018

    Mount View Complex placed on lockdown after social media threat

    The Mount View school complex was placed on lockdown Thursday morning when a student received a threat on social media. According to Waldo County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 10:45 a.m. March 1, Regional School Unit 3 administrators were made aware of a potential threat. In response, the Mount View school complex and the Unity business office went into lockdown as the threats were being investigated. As …

  • Published
    March 1, 2018

    Meet Searsport candidates for selectman

    Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to reflect Linda Payson’s service as past president of West Bay Rotary Club in Camden. The town will need to fill two seats on its Board of Selectmen this year: Selectman Aaron Fethke is not seeking re-election and Doug Norman’s most recent three-year term as selectman is up. Elections will take place Tuesday, March 6, at the Public Safety Building. Four candidates …

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