• Watershed wreath sale supports students in Liberia

    CAMDEN — With the holiday season steadily approaching, the Watershed School's Liberian Education Fund chapter has begun taking orders for their annual wreath sale.

    Collecting balsam fir tips themselves, the students of the Watershed LEF group have a hand in the wreath-making process from start to finish.

    Spearheaded by Louisa and Isabel Crane of Camden, the annual wreath sales mark the beginning of a new year and new opportunities for students in Liberia.

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  • Dig out those ugly sweaters and Santa hats!

    Reindeer Dash road race to benefit Toys for Tots

    Get out your ugliest sweater, Santa hat and running shoes because a new road race is in the works this holiday season!

    The Reindeer Dash is a four-mile road race to be held Saturday, Dec. 13 at 9 a.m. at The Landings Restaurant in Rockland, and will benefit the Toys for Tots of Knox, Waldo and Lincoln counties.

    Race organizer Trina Johnson is enthusiastic about the idea of a holiday-themed race and decided to put one on locally to benefit a local organization.

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  • Storm blankets Midcoast in white for Thanksgiving

    The Midcoast woke up Thursday morning to 6-8 inches of snow, with some evergreens and smaller trees bent over from the weight of the wet snow that fell Wednesday night.

    What does your yard look like today? Send photos to news@penbaypilot.com and we’ll share them with our readers.

    Happy Thanksgiving, from our families to yours.

  • Penobscot Bay Pilot’s wayback machine

    Throwback Thursday

    Hint: not a school in the Midcoast, but can you guess where this Thanksgiving handshake took place in Maine and in what year?

    Last week’s Throwback Thursday photo couldn’t fool you! A bunch of people guessed correctly that it was Crescent Beach in Owls Head circa 1920 with Charlie St. Clair the first to guess correctly.

    P.S. Happy Thanksgiving turkey lurkeys.

  • Weekend Picks: Rockland clearly has it going on this weekend

    Here we go again. Did you see that article about keeping your sanity when the power’s out in our latest edition of The Wave? Well, looks like Rockland’s taking the spotlight this weekend (I hope the power will be on enough to light the lobster trap tree) so buck up and bust out the snow blower...here’s the best of what’s going on this weekend.

    Thursday, Nov. 27

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  • Middle School Basketball

    Middle School basketball halts for Thanksgiving break

    The Busline League basketball season for middle school student-athletes has taken a break from contests for the short Thanksgiving break. 

    Many teams will return to action Monday, Dec. 1. 

    Following are recently reported results from Monday, Nov. 24 games. 

    Coaches are encouraged to send results to sports@penbaypilot.com

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  • Education News: UMaine Extension course in Waldo; BAHS perfect attendance

    UMaine Extension offers 4-H Afterschool Academy in Waldo for after-school providers

    ORONO — University of Maine Cooperative Extension will provide professional development for after-school providers at seven locations across the state beginning in January 2015.

    During the 10 hours of training, positive youth development concepts suitable for after-school programs and the interactive 4-H science curriculum will be highlighted.

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  • A heavy, wet snow blanket

    Messy conditions send many cars off roads, long wait for tow trucks

    It’s been nonstop slipping and sliding off local roads as the latest snowstorm deposits upwards of six inches and more in the Midcoast. In Rockport, Public Work crews have been plowing and sanding since mid-afternoon; likewise, police and Knox and Waldo County Sheriff’s deputies have been tending to stranded motorists whose cars have gone off roads, or worse, crashed into poles and ditches.

    “It’s really slippery,” said Rockport Public Works Director Mike Young, at 9 p.m. Nov. 26.

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  • I think there is money being made in Maine by offering bear hunts. That's what's being protected

    Rick Cronin: Catch and release bear hunting

    Why is a black bear different from a brook trout?

    Too many hours of casting with a fly rod had my right arm feeling dead by the end of the summer. My doctor tells me my rotator cuff is torn. The aching makes it hard to sleep. Being awake gives me time to wonder about this and that, like the differences between a bear and a fish.

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  • Little storm fails to stop hockey; both teams came to play

    Camden Hills hockey team ready for season

    ROCKPORT — The Camden Hills Windjammers look to be ready for the season if its first two preseason games are any indication. 

    Camden Hills beat Cony 6-2 Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Ice Vault in Hallowell and played a two-period game against visiting Brewer at the Midcoast Recreation Center Wednesday, Nov. 26, that ended in a 2-2 tie. 

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  • Has been used as a shooting range, for boxing matches and roller skating. What next?

    Belfast Opera House makes Maine Preservation’s ‘Most Endangered Properties’ list

    BELFAST - Maine Preservation last month released its list of Most Endangered Historic Properties. Among the eight entries were all of downtown Gardiner, a pair of clock towers in Biddeford, a drive-in theater in Skowhegan, several homes, a rural town office and the Belfast Opera House.

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  • No injuries in Union head-on crash

    UNION — Knox County Sheriff's deputies responded to a head-on crash on the Common Road  in Union at approximately 10 a.m. this morning, Nov. 26.

    Sherry Willis, 56, of Union, was operating a 2012 Honda sedan, traveling west on Common Road. She was attempting to go around an oil truck parked on the side of the hill making a delivery, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

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  • Artist Elizabeth McKinney on how color infuses every aspect of her life

    The most ‘colorful’ woman in Rockland

    ROCKLAND — She’s a painter on canvas, windows and kids’ faces and there is nothing she loves better than a splash of color in her life, right down to her roots.

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  • Pilot Distractions

    Bangor man starts a singing flash mob at Hannaford supermarket

    In the wake of a deeply disturbed and frustrated nation following the latest events in Ferguson, there’s a video making the rounds on social media that is going to make you feel good.

    A man entered a Bangor Hannaford supermarket on Broadway with headphones and at first, started singing the gospel tune “This Little Light of Mine” to himself. Then, as he got louder, more people joined in.

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  • Avoid being towed: Overnight parking bans in effect

    Thanksgiving holiday closings, shortened hours

    Midcoast kids are out of school early  this week, and Thanksgiving is on Thursday, Nov. 27, signaling time for families and friends to gather around the table and enjoy meals and time together.

    Most municipal offices will be closed both Thursday and Friday this week, and some businesses will either be closed or have shortened hours, to allow their employees to have some time off for the holiday.

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