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    September 19, 2017

    Maine plan to comply with Every Student Succeeds Act approved

    Maine’s recently approved state plan to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act, the federal law governing elementary and secondary schools, weighs state assessment results heavily into elementary and middle schools’ accountability formulas. In a letter dated Aug. 31, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos approved the plan and thanked the Maine Department of Education for “the important work that you and your staff …

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    September 13, 2017

    Church unswayed by pleas to save parsonage

    Despite extended arguments and a few tears from concerned community members, trustees of the First Congregational Church “do not foresee revisiting” the congregation’s decision to demolish its vacant parsonage, an 1873 building that served as a hotel in the town’s heyday. The town’s comprehensive plan, written in 2003, emphasizes the importance of the village center’s “historical charm” and sets policy to …

  • Published
    September 11, 2017

    Car that pinned man to building was attempting to reverse

    A man was injured and a building damaged when a car parking on Main Street jumped the curb and knocked over a lamppost Friday. Belfast Police, Ambulance and Fire responded to the scene shortly after 2 p.m. A Subaru Outback was hung up on the base of the lamppost in front of the Better Homes and Gardens Masiello Group real estate office, and the fallen lamppost was protruding from the side of the building. …

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    September 8, 2017

    Car jumps curb, hits pedestrian and lamppost in pedal mix-up

    A man was injured and a building damaged when a car parking on Main Street jumped the curb and knocked over a lamppost. Belfast Police, Ambulance and Fire responded to the scene shortly after 2 p.m. A Subaru Outback was hung up on the base of the lamppost in front of the Better Homes and Gardens Masiello Group real estate office, and the fallen lamppost was protruding from the side of the building. Belfast Police …

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    September 6, 2017

    Police agree to investigate alleged death threats to 7-year-old

    Searsport police have opened an investigation into allegations that the mother of a 7-year-old resident has been threatening to murder him. During the past two years, police departments in Brewer, where the mother lives, and in Searsport have declined to investigate, saying the case was in the other’s jurisdiction, according to the boy’s father, Michael Schneider. Schneider said he was notified by Department of …

  • Published
    September 4, 2017

    Passy Pete predicts…

    Lobster oracle “Passy Pete” has again predicted six more weeks of summer in the city’s third annual Groundhog Day-inspired ceremony. The news comes to the delight of city business owners hoping for a tourist season that extends beyond Labor Day. They were represented by tuxedo-T-shirt-clad “Belfast Barons,” who consulted the lobster before a crowd in Heritage Park Monday morning. To the music of B-52s “Rock …

  • Published
    September 2, 2017

    Officials debrief Aug. 2  traffic nightmare

    The first Wednesday of August remains in the minds of many Searsport drivers as a day of extreme frustration. A trailer carrying a windmill blade got stuck coming out of the port at Mack Point, blocking Route 1 for five to six hours. Complicating traffic problems were tree-trimming work downtown, paving on roads where traffic was diverted, and confusion about the detour route. A month later some people are still …

  • Published
    August 30, 2017

    Community skeptical of hospital unification

    Waldo County General Hospital staff and members of the community continue to resist the idea of unification with Portland-based MaineHealth. They aired their concerns at a community forum here Aug. 24. Concerns about the proposed unification, which must be approved by the Coastal Healthcare Alliance governing board, revolve around loss of local control and financial independence. WCGH would have to give up $30 …

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    August 25, 2017

    Searsport’s oldest house to be demolished

    The oldest house in town is set to be demolished, but town historian Charlene Knox Farris says that’s fine. The white cape with green trim at 329 West Main St. was built around 1788. Farris said it is structurally unsound and it is not known how much of the original materials remain. Rumors have been circulating that Farris is trying to save the house because of its connection to Samuel Houston, a bodyguard to …

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    August 22, 2017

    Five Questions for Brian Kresge

    A software programmer and member of the Maine National Guard, Brian Kresge recently moved from Pennsylvania where he was the Democratic nominee for the state House races in 2014 and 2016. He then changed parties and worked on Gary Johnson’s presidential campaign. He is now running to represent U.S. Congressional District 2 as a Libertarian. Reporter Jordan Bailey spoke to him Aug. 15 at his home in Winterport. Loo…

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