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    May 12, 2017

    Child sent to hospital after Thorndike teenager crashes car into school bus in Chesterville

    One student was hospitalized when a teenager drove her car past a stop sign and collided with a school bus Thursday afternoon, police said. Brittany Dugal, 18, of Thorndike, was traveling down Route 156 in a black 2004 Chevy Cavalier May 11 when she allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign before crossing Route 41, said Lt. David Rackliffe of the Franklin County Sheriff’s department. Dugal collided with a school …

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    May 1, 2017

    Organic farm in Unity wins one of 10 grants nationwide for sustainable project

    A small organic farm in Unity was one of 10 farms in the nation to receive a grant in April from The FruitGuys Community Fund, which gives money for sustainability projects. The owners of Songbird Farm, Johanna Davis and Adam Nordell, will use the $2,966 grant to build a rainwater catchment system on their barn. After the drought the Northeast suffered this past summer — and which just officially ended for most …

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    April 20, 2017

    Hills-to-Sea, a 47-mile walking trail from Unity to Belfast, to open in June

    On National Trails Day, the first Saturday of June, the Waldo County Trails Coalition will hold the grand opening of a 47-mile trail connecting central Maine to the Midcoast. The Hills-to-Sea Trail, created by volunteers, goes over 60 private properties as it stretches from Unity to Belfast through the towns of Knox, Freedom, Montville and others. The project also is scheduled to receive the Community Partnership …

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    April 7, 2017

    Unity woman charged with child endangerment

    A Unity woman faces child endangerment charges after police allege she left five children — including a baby and toddlers — unattended in a car parked in a city shopping plaza for more than an hour while she got her hair done at a nearby salon. Melissa J. Bagley, 32, of Unity was arrested on five misdemeanor charges after police received a call at 1:21 p.m. that children had been sitting in a car in the parking …

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    March 27, 2017

    Maine business equips sheds with solar panels for better energy return

    Matt Wagner decided one day to stop by an Amish-run business that builds mostly sheds and some tiny homes. Wagner, who lives in Knox and is a project manager for Insource Renewables, went to Backyard Buildings in Unity to meet with a contractor, but he left with a realization. “We had a lot of mutual interests in solar and deploying solar and doing it at a reasonable price,” Wagner said. And so came the idea for …

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    March 16, 2017

    Court upholds state environmental permits for controversial Fiberight waste plant

    A Maine Superior Court justice on Wednesday affirmed state environmental permits for a controversial solid waste plant that would serves dozens of central Maine communities, marking the end of the project’s last legal battle and one of its major hurdles. The appeal, filed by USA Energy, the Penobscot Energy Recovery Corp., also known as PERC, and Exeter Agri-Energy on Aug. 12, 2016, alleged that the permit …

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    March 9, 2017

    Unity residents debate whether recreational marijuana would help or hinder town

    Residents were divided about a proposed ordinance that would prohibit people from starting recreational marijuana establishments in town. While those who support the ban say recreational marijuana doesn’t have a place in Unity, others say it’s a senseless ban on potential businesses and tax revenue. The discussion among the 50 people or so who attended Wednesday evening’s public hearing on the ordinance was …

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    March 6, 2017

    No unity in Unity on marijuana issue

    For a small town trying to establish its place in Maine, recreational marijuana seems like the wrong way to go for some, but to others it’s a way to make money. Charles Schaefer, a resident of Unity for 30 years, agrees with the former group so he proposed an ordinance that would ban recreational marijuana establishments in his town. In the ordinance, establishments are defined as stores, cultivation facilities, …

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    February 17, 2017

    Company seeks $45 million state bond for building waste plant in Hampden

    A company working to build a first-of-its-kind waste management plant in Hampden has applied for a $45 million bond from the Finance Authority of Maine, a key step in the facility being built to serve the waste removal needs of many central Maine communities. Maryland-based Fiberight would use the authority’s conduit bond as a “pass-through” to receive credit from investors while avoiding federal income taxes, …

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    January 16, 2017

    Fire destroys Burnham garage, kills five goats

    A fire Monday morning destroyed a garage on Whitten Road and killed five goats, according to an assistant chief. The cause of the garage fire reported shortly after 8 a.m. is unknown, said Burnham Assistant Fire Chief Charlie King. The fire at 32 Whitten Road leveled the structure, which included housing for the goats in the back of the building in a barn area. No one else was hurt and the owner, Andrew Shute, …

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