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    February 3, 2010

    Opera House not under contract, say owners

    Opera House owners Francis Owen and Cara Guerrieri, were surprised earlier this week to learn that a group planned to buy their building. Guerrieri said the Hayford Block, in which the Opera House is located, "isn't under contract, it's not on the market, and there have been no formal or informal talks about purchasing it in a long time." On Jan. 29, the Belslow Group sent out a press release announcing plans ...

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    February 3, 2010

    Legislators nix hybrid system for electing president

    Local legislators were nearly evenly split on a bill that calls for the election of the president of the United States to be decided by a different system than the current electoral college system. The House voted 96-50 Feb. 2 to kill the legislation. Now it goes to the Senate. For the bill to survive it would have to be approved by the Senate and then the House would have to vote again on the matter and ...

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    February 3, 2010

    Medway man sentenced in Monroe fatal crash

    A Medway businessman who was the driver in a Monroe crash that killed his coworker will serve six years in prison.James Lee, 44, pleaded guilty Feb. 2 in Kennebec County Superior Court to manslaughter and aggravated driving to endanger.He was charged following an accident in September 2008. Lee was driving a 2004 crew-cab pickup truck carrying three passengers, all construction workers from Lee's family business, ...

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    February 3, 2010

    Real Life Stories from a Maine State Trooper: My Canadian trip

    How times have changed. Recently I was notified that a trooper who patrols Down East got in trouble for chasing a  driver suspected of operating under the influence from Maine into Canada. A friend told me a story in the Bangor Daily News detailed the facts of the case. Reading it reminded me of a trip I had made many years ago to our friendly neighbor to the north.One day, I got a call from our then-colonel. It ...

  • Published
    February 2, 2010

    Corrections

    The Long Journey Home column in the Jan. 27 edition should have said that Diane Onken Kirkman received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Miami University of Oxford, Ohio.

  • Published
    February 2, 2010

    Prison inmate asks court to overturn murder conviction

    A Friendship man serving a 40-year sentence at the Maine State Prison for shooting a 30-year-old woman to death in 2005 has asked a judge to overturn his conviction, arguing his lawyer could have done more to defend him. On March 3, 2006, Douglas A. Dyer, 35, was convicted of murdering Allison Small of Vinalhaven and attempting to kill her husband, Brandon Small, on Jan. 28, 2005. [Editor's note: Allison Small, ...

  • Published
    February 2, 2010

    Waldo County deed transfers

    The following deed transfers were recorded from Jan. 22 through Jan. 28 at the Waldo County Registry of Deeds:BelmontDonna O'Brien and Donna M. Salisbury to William SiemannWilliam Siemann to Donna O'BrienFrankfortFrancis E. Kingsbury to Kyle D. MitchellFreedomTown of Freedom to Kyle AlspachIslesboroSixth Avenue Associates LLC to Christine AllenMichelle J. Henry and Terrence F. Henry to Kim D. Herbert, Michael R. ...

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    February 2, 2010

    Bill prompts soul-searching among farmers, markets

    "I used to be a reporter. I love words and I'll argue about words with anybody. And I've never had so much fun arguing about two words." So said Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture Ned Porter during a recent session at the Maine Farmers Market Convention, held at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center. The words Porter was referring to were "farmers" and "market." Together they are the subject of LD 1586 "An ...

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    February 2, 2010

    Voters will be asked to approve $13,000 backhoe purchase

    Voters here will be asked to approve the expenditure of $13,000 for the purchase of a new backhoe loader when they head to a special town meeting Tuesday, Feb. 9. The meeting will be held at the Searsmont Community Center, located at 37 Main Street South, and will begin at 7 p.m. First Selectman Bruce Brierley said if voters approve the expenditure, the town will then purchase a second-hand backhoe loader ...

  • Published
    February 1, 2010

    Jackson residents to vote on wind ordinance

    On Saturday, Feb. 6 Jackson residents will vote on a proposed wind energy ordinance more than a year in the making. The vote, to take place at a special town meeting, comes as the result of a petition submitted by residents concerned that the town selectmen were moving too slowly to enact the ordinance. Jackson recently began its third six-month moratorium on issuing permits for wind development, and Selectwoman...

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