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    January 4, 2010

    Brave souls dip into new year at the beach

    The fifth annual Dip 4 Derek Polar Challenge splashed off at high noon at Lincolnville Beach Jan. 1, New Year's Day, with a group of hardy souls tossing off blankets and robes before plunging into the frigid waters of Penobscot Bay. The event has been held at the start of each new year to raise funds for the Derek O'Brien Trust. This year, O'Brien asked that the funds be directed in part to the Penobscot Bay ...

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    January 4, 2010

    Searsport Fire Department secures grant for ice rescue tools

    If you find yourself on thin ice — or worse, falling through it — one local fire department now has the tools they need to come to the rescue.Searsport Fire Chief Jim Dittmeier announced this week that the department was recently awarded a $2,500 matching grant by the Maine Municipal Association. The town pitched in a third of the funds to secure the grant, Dittmeier said, and it was enough for the fire department...

  • Published
    January 3, 2010

    Year in review: December 2009

    The Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center in Belfast is getting closer each day to opening its doors and accepting residents, but as the year comes to a close, that day is still in the future. As Dec. 31 approaches, we're told it will happen soon, but there's still no official date yet. The Waldo County Sheriff's Office recognized five Brooks volunteer firefighters for their roles in rescuing 9-year-old Hannah ...

  • Published
    January 3, 2010

    Waldo County Sheriff’s blotter

    An arrest or summons does not constitute a finding of guilt. An individual charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at criminal proceedings. The Waldo County Sheriff's Office reported the following activity between Dec. 22 and Dec. 29. Dec. 22 Samantha A. King, 32, of Bangor was summoned for operating after suspension. Dec. 23 Gabriel D. Piszcz, 23, of Searsmont was ...

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    January 3, 2010

    Oil prices keep creeping upward

    The Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security conducted its seasonal oil survey Dec. 28 and found that the current statewide average cash price for No. 2 heating oil to be at $2.60 per gallon, up three cents from last week.“Improvements in domestic consumer confidence, geo-political tensions in the Middle East and a relatively weak U.S dollar continue to place upward price pressure on oil. Maine ...

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    January 3, 2010

    Year in review: November 2009

    The Nov. 3 election race for two open City Council seats was a hot one this year. The Ward 3 race was tight, with Eric Sanders edging out Mike Dassatt 1,254 to 1,146. The race in Ward 4 was being run by three candidates, including incumbent Jan Anderson and challengers Jon Clapp and Mike Hurley. Hurley, a former city mayor, bested the pack and was returned to city government, garnering 1,185 votes over Anderson's ...

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    January 3, 2010

    Year in review: October 2009

    Despite a persistently gloomy economy, the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast reported record enrollment in October. And since its opening in 2000, the center has seen a slow migration toward online courses, but an expansion at the facility off Route 3 has done well to pull students into classrooms, allow for an increase in course offerings and attract conference organizers to hold association ...

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    January 3, 2010

    Lincolnville police blotter

    An arrest or summons does not constitute a finding of guilt. An individual charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at criminal proceedings. The Lincolnville Police Department reported the following activity for the week ending Dec. 28. Dec. 20 Officer Michael McFadden responded to an alarm activation at Lincolnville Central School. McFadden determined the building was ...

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    January 3, 2010

    Year in review: September 2009

    As the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, sickened more and more people across the nation, the Maine Center for Disease Control retracted its initial direction to Maine health-care providers to begin administering seasonal flu shots, because of the anticipated delay in the delivery of the vaccine. The agency had also directed schools to schedule seasonal flu clinics in late September and early October, but ...

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    January 2, 2010

    Year in review: August 2009

    While the potential for wind power development gathered steam in Jackson, Northport residents blew off a proposal that would have placed wind turbines in their community this month.Jackson residents enacted a moratorium earlier in the year in response to proposals to construct wind towers along Mount Harris and Ricker Ridge. The project, which would have run through Jackson as well as Thorndike and Dixmont, would ...


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