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    February 25, 2010

    Economic report gives Maine two gold stars, four red flags

    A comprehensive measure of Maine’s economic pulse has found the state is making progress in many areas, falling behind in a few more and treading water in some key indicators that compare it to the rest of the nation.The Maine Economic Growth Council, a program of the Maine Development Foundation, released its “Measures of Growth 2010” report Feb. 25 at a Statehouse news conference. The report measures progress,...

  • Published
    February 25, 2010

    A golden, whirlwind week for Wescotts

    It is still sinking in with Jim Wescott that his son is the best in the world at snowboard cross. In fact, Seth Wescott is the reigning champ in the sport, being the only person ever to win gold in the event. Jim and his wife, Jo Wescott, Seth's stepmother, returned recently to Belfast from a whirlwind week of Olympic events, medal ceremonies, press conferences and watching their son live his passion.On Feb. ...

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    February 25, 2010

    High winds headed for Midcoast, flood watch in effect

    The Maine Emergency Management Agency urges Mainers to put safety foremost as a mixed bag of dangerous weather will continue to affect the state into the weekend. "The National Weather Service has issued watches, warnings andadvisories on conditions including street and small stream flooding in southern and central areas, high winds, coastal flooding at times of high tide, and heavy snowfall in the mountains," ...

  • Published
    February 25, 2010

    Hutchinson Center offers free social networking workshops

    The University of Maine Hutchinson Center is offering free workshops to help area business and community members learn about social networking tools like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The hour-long sessions are scheduled the fourth Thursday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. as part of the Hutchinson Center's "Munch and Learn" series. Created through a partnership with Bangor Savings Bank, the goal of the ...

  • Published
    February 25, 2010

    Waldo County divorces

    The following divorces were recorded in Fifth District Court in Belfast in February.Ronald Larson of Camden and Lorene Larson of Cape Porpoise, married July 2, 2000, in Reno, Nev.Paul Yeaton of Belfast and Heather L. Yeaton of Stockton Springs, married December 3, 2005, in Belfast.William H. Dorrity III of Winterport and Julie R. Dorrity of Ellsworth, married July 3, 1981, in Ellsworth.James O. Knowlton of ...

  • Published
    February 24, 2010

    Waldo County towns receive energy efficiency grants

    Three Waldo County towns will receive a total of nearly $140,000 in grants from the Efficiency Maine program for heating system retrofits and energy audits at municipal buildings.Brooks has been granted $85,000, Unity $82,500 and Montville $44,733. In addition, Belfast, Thorndike and Stockton Springs also will each receive $10,000 to support energy planning initiatives.The Maine Public Utilities Commission's ...

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    February 24, 2010

    Federal funds to bring big crane to Mack Point

    Half of a $14 million federal grant awarded to the Maine Department of Transportation will soon be headed to the port facility at Mack Point, money that will be used to purchase a large crane and other cargo-handling equipment. The grant is a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant, which is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. According to John Henshaw, executive director of ...

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    February 24, 2010

    Solitary confinement debate pits former inmates against jailers

    As the Maine Legislature prepares to debate a bill that would limit the scope of solitary confinement in Maine prisons, supporters and opponents of the practice are finding little common ground. LD 1611, "An Act To Ensure Humane Treatment for Special Management Prisoners," sponsored by Rep. James Schatz, D-Blue Hill, would limit the amount of time a prisoner could be kept in solitary confinement to 45 days, ...

  • Published
    February 24, 2010

    Maine State 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. Law enforcement officials with Troop D of the Maine State Police responded to the following incidents in Waldo County during the past week. Anyone with information regarding ongoing investigations is asked to call 800-452-4664. Feb. ...

  • Published
    February 23, 2010

    Woman taken to hospital following one-car crash

    A single-vehicle crash Feb. 23 sent the driver of the vehicle to the hospital, while two young passengers were uninjured. Winterport Fire Chief Tom Doe said the crash occurred around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday when the female driver, whose name he did not have, was making a turn from Route 69 onto Boston Road. The woman, who was driving a late-model Saturn Ion, "appeared to be going a little too fast" making a right ...

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