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    March 9, 2012

    Frankfort voters send strong message: ‘We want out’

    When almost 250 Frankfort residents went to the polls Thursday, they sent a clear message regarding where they want their children to go to school in the future: Goodbye, RSU 20, and hello, SAD 22. A total of 242 ballots were cast, which a Frankfort town official described as “pretty good” turnout. Question one, which asked if residents wanted Frankfort to leave RSU 20, was approved, 200 to 42. Question two, …

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    February 18, 2012

    Pint-sized feline pulled to safety by helping hands in Belfast

    A cat found stuck in a storm drain grate Thursday afternoon on Northport Avenue in Belfast was freed after a team of city employees and private citizens united to release the animal. Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham said the stuck cat was reported around 2:30 p.m. Thursday by Amy Dyer Kelley, wife of Officer Eric Kelley. Dyer Kelley, in an email to VillageSoup, said she was walking her dog Shay and looked down …

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    February 17, 2012

    Doctor injured in truck incident now listed in fair condition

    A local doctor remains hospitalized Friday afternoon, Feb. 17, more than a week after he got stuck under his own vehicle and dragged across the street, but his condition has reportedly been upgraded from serious to fair. Dr. Harry J. Richter, who according to VillageSoup archives is in his late 60’s, is listed in fair condition at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor as of Friday afternoon, according to an EMMC …

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    February 8, 2012

    Searsport firefighters lead effort to help extinguish hunger

    Members of the Searsport Fire Department spent time Feb. 4 and 5 collecting supplies in an effort to give a local food pantry a boost. According to Chief Jim Dittmeier, the department collected more than 1,000 pounds of non-perishable food items, all of which were given to the local food pantry run by the Searsport Congregational and Searsport United Methodist churches. The pantry is located in the Methodist …

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    February 8, 2012

    BAHS student expelled for allegedly selling drugs at school

    A Belfast Area High School student was expelled from school by a unanimous vote of the RSU 20 school board at a special meeting Feb. 7. Superintendent Bruce Mailloux, speaking on Feb. 8, said the student — whom he identified only as a “young man” — had been involved in selling drugs on school grounds, an issue Mailloux said the school board has taken a strong stance against. “Five or six years ago, the board drew …

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    January 30, 2012

    Morrill man sentenced to 35 years for killing girlfriend

    A Morrill man was sentenced to 35 years in prison Monday after admitting he strangled his girlfriend to death in the summer of 2010 in a house they lived in on Main Street in Morrill. Dennis Edgecomb, 41, had initially pleaded not guilty following his arrest in July of 2010, after he was charged with murder in the death of his 42-year-old girlfriend, Pamela Green. Monday morning, in Waldo County Superior Court, …

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    December 23, 2011

    Belfast police seek identity of alleged gift card Grinch

    Police are asking a young woman whom they believe stole $100 worth of Walmart gift cards from a local business to turn herself in. Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham said a Belfast business, which he declined to identify, reported five $20 Walmart gift cards had been taken sometime earlier this month, between Dec. 1 and Dec. 13. Two of those gift cards, Cunningham said, were found to have been used at the …

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    December 8, 2011

    Stockton Springs town manager to take job in Veazie

    Joe Hayes, who has served as the town manager in Stockton Springs since 2004, will be leaving his post at the end of the year to become the new town manager in Veazie. Hayes, a Brewer resident, said he has enjoyed working in Stockton Springs and that his departure is not a knock against the town. “I love Stockton, don’t get me wrong,” he said Tuesday, Dec. 6, a day after he accepted the Veazie job. “I had an …

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    December 5, 2011

    Alleged $30,000 embezzlement uncovered at Searsport bank

    Bangor Savings Bank recently fired an employee who worked at its Searsport branch after that person allegedly embezzled nearly $30,000 in customers’ money, and federal authorities are now investigating the matter. Yellow Light Breen, executive vice president at Bangor Savings Bank, said Monday, Dec. 5 that a customer of the bank’s Searsport branch contacted the bank several weeks ago with a question regarding …

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    November 23, 2011

    Propane proposal pulls protesters to Searsport

    The corner of Station Avenue and Route 1 was a busy location Saturday afternoon, Nov. 19, as approximately 100 people held signs, made speeches and otherwise expressed their opposition to a proposal to build a large propane storage tank a stone’s throw from where they stood. Signs seen at Saturday’s protest ranged from the straightforward — “No LPG [Liquefied Petroleum Gas] Tank at Mack Point” — to the sensation…

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