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    January 27, 2010

    Businesses back law enforcement effort to keep local women safe

    Red collection cans that are set out at several local businesses are aimed at giving women the tools they need to protect themselves should they find themselves in a threatening situation.Searsport Police Officer Jessica Danielson is a Rape Aggression Defense Systems instructor, and she is certified to teach basic physical defense. The nationwide program, commonly known as R.A.D., teaches women how to stave off ...

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    January 26, 2010

    Environmental activist asks court to halt offshore wind power project

    A Rockland man, who for much of the past two decades has tackled a variety of environmental issues, has gone to court to halt the proposed demonstration wind power project off Monhegan Island. Ron Huber claimed in his appeal filed Jan. 26 in Knox County Superior Court that the designation of waters off Monhegan as a test site violates his constitutional rights to practice his religious stewardship of Penobscot ...

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    January 26, 2010

    Commissioners approve new sheriff’s office

    On Jan. 26, a year after Waldo County Commissioner William Shorey shone a light on the county's aging sheriff's office, the commissioners voted to give the department a new $1 million building. Commissioner Donald Berry said the expenditure, to be taken from six existing county accounts, would come at no cost to taxpayers. For 18 years, the Sheriff's Office, which today includes 18 employees, has occupied the ...

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    January 26, 2010

    Local legislators oppose bill for mandatory sick leave

    Local legislators are lining up against a bill that would require businesses to provide paid sick leave for workers. LD 1665, titled "An act to prevent the spread of H1N1," is sponsored by state Senate president and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Elizabeth Mitchell of Vassalboro. The bill requires a business with 25 or more employees to give a maximum of 52 accrued hours of paid sick leave per year to any ...

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    January 26, 2010

    January is Stalking Awareness Month

    Much like domestic violence, stalking is a crime of power and control that annually impacts the lives of millions of Americans. In a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics, which was released last year, 3.4 million people self-identified as victims of stalking in the study year, topping the last annual estimate of 1.4 million victims in 1998. Other statistics:• 75 percent ...

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    January 26, 2010

    Republican to challenge incumbent Midcoast House member

    A Republican candidate has filed her intent to challenge an incumbent Democratic House member from the Midcoast. Wendy Pelletier of Hope has filed paperwork with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices as a first step to be a publicly financed candidate for the Maine House District 44 seat. That seat is held by Democratic Rep. Andrew O'Brien of Lincolnville. O'Brien, who is serving ...

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    January 26, 2010

    Waldo County Democrats to caucus Sunday

    Sunday, Jan. 31 Democrats in Waldo County will caucus to select delegates to the Democratic State Convention, elect municipal party officers and county committee members, and discuss policy issues affecting all the people of Maine. People not currently registered in a political party but who would like to enroll as Democrats may do so at their town office or at the caucus. The locations and times for the town ...

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    January 26, 2010

    Waldo County deed transfers

    The following deed transfers were recorded from Jan. 15 and Jan. 21 at the Waldo County Registry of Deeds: Belfast Tara Mews LLC to David L. Christensen Eric Y. Boucher and Amy F. Boucher to Christopher Anderson and Janet Polimer SAAD Enterprises to Francis P. Turner and Ellen F. Turner SAAD Enterprises to Gail S. Arnold   Belmont Town of Belmont to Errol Littlefield, Errol Littlefield Sr., Caro ...

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    January 26, 2010

    Waldoboro man suffers broken bones in Route 1 collision

    A man from Waldoboro was being treated for broken bones at a Bangor hospital after he was involved in an accident on Route 1 the morning of Jan. 26.Searsport Police Chief Dick LaHaye said Ryan Lawrence, 28, of Waldoboro was transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he remained as of the afternoon of Jan. 26.The second driver involved in the crash, 52-year-old Peter Stearns of Hermon, was ...

  • Published
    January 25, 2010

    Liberty residents approve new fire truck

    At a special town meeting Jan. 21 Liberty residents agreed to put down $45,000 for a new fire truck to replace the town's aging front-line pumper. The warrant item included $41,000 for the truck and another $3,000 to transport it from its current location in Wisconsin. According to Fire Chief William Gillespie, the old truck, a 1988 FMC, had failed several recent pump inspections. The manufacturer no longer ...

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