• Council will hear presentations on Thorndike parking lot and Winter Street

    Parking, lighting plans to get aired before Rockland City Council

    ROCKLAND – On Monday Aug. 4, city officials will present the Rockland City Council with their recommendations for improvements to the parking lot off Thorndike Street and the electrical cables on Winter Street.

    According to John Holden, Community Development Director for Rockland, the current improvements being considered for the Thorndike parking lot center on lighting and layout.

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  • Youth Baseball and Softball

    Fall ball play coming for Oceanside Little League players

    ROCKLAND — Who's up for some more baseball and softball in August? If your child was on a regular season major league team in the Oceanside Little League this summer, they are eligible to participate in the Midcoast August league being formed.

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  • Travel Softball

    Mariners 14U softball 5-0 at tournament, bests Midcoast Blue Devils for crown

    SIDNEY — The Mariners 14-and-under travel softball team swept the competition at the Patricia Manzo Diabetes Foundation softball tournament in Sidney July 26 and 27.  

    The Mariners, consisting of players from the Oceanside and Vinalhaven school districts, dominated pool play on Saturday with three victories; all mercy-rule victories.

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  • Amateur Golf

    Plourde ties for third in Maine Women’s Amateur Golf Championship

    WATERVILLE — After two days of the Maine Women’s Amateur golf championships July 29 and 30 in Waterville, 14-year-old Bailey Plourde of Newcastle tied for third place overall.

    Plourde, who plays at the Samoset Resort Golf Course, tied with Micki Meggison with a final score of 160. Plourde, who won her flight, shot an 82 on the first day and a 78 on the second. 

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  • Alleged software routing to personal account

    Camden computer shop worker charged with felony theft

    CAMDEN — An employee of Archangel Computers, in Camden, was arrested July 21 and charged with Class C felony theft using Square billing software.

    Detective Curt Andrick said July 31 that Jeremy Robinson, 23, of Rockland, had been arrested and transported to Knox County Jail in Rockland following an investigation into billing practices at the downtown Camden computer store.

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  • College Field Hockey

    Belfast’s Cummings to join Black Bears field hockey

    ORONO — Josette Babineau, the University of Maine field hockey head coach, announced in a July 30 press release that Madison Cummings of Belfast Area High School will be a new member of the university’s field hockey squad this fall. 

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  • Work begins on 170-foot chimney in September

    Camden’s landmark smokestack to be restored; possible home for cellular antennas

    CAMDEN — It’s all fine and good to own a 170-foot smokestack that is a community landmark, but when its age begins to show and edges fray, the question is posed: Should it come down?

    Matt Orne, of Camden, has been thinking about the smokestack since he purchased parts of the Knox Mill in 2011. A businessman, he sees little sense in spending money on a deteriorating structure without prospect of a return.

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  • Waldo County deputies search, find injured motorcyclist in Searsmont ditch

    SEARSMONT — Waldo County Sheriff deputies and other first responders spent this morning, July 31, searching for a man whose motorcycle landed in a ditch on Route 173. The driver had called 911 at 9:22 a.m. from the side of the road, saying he was suffering significant bleeding. He was, however, unable to narrow down his location. 

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  • Penobscot Bay Pilot’s wayback machine

    Throwback Thursday

    Where or where in Midcoast is this bridge?

    Last week’s Throwback Thursday photo got a few (correct) guesses, the best from Linda Lorenzen: “That looks like the year my cousin Sandy (Ridgewell) who won the Sea Goddess competition, so Lobster Festival Parade, 1973 or thereabouts. The location just past the Strand on Main St.

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    The underCURRENT: What’s happening this weekend?

    Despite all the big attractions going on this week such a Lobster Fest and Belfast summer Nights for example, there are a lot of smallish one-off cool things happening this weekend. Check out our latest underCurrent listings to see what’s in store for you!

    Thursday, July 31

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  • Linda Cortright: The French Alps aren’t for everyone

    For almost five months of the year I am tethered to my Samsonite roller bag, a modest collection of three-ounce unguents and gels, and a cell phone that is pre-programmed to tell me the current time in Tierra del Fuego, Chile, or the weather forecast for Salalah, Oman.

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  • Industrial arts

    Eva Murray: Logistics

    Logistics. When I see that word now, I usually hear in my head that UPS advertisement they were running a few years ago, the one about how that company loves "logistics" and sung to the tune of That's Amore. UPS had its own wording but once I'd heard the jingle I'd keep humming it with more island-themed verses:

    When you can't go by plane 'cause it's dumping down rain, that's logistics,

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  • Belfast District Court closed cases

    BELFAST — The following cases were closed in Belfast District Court July 7-24. 

    Gerald R. Allen, 33, of Plymouth, violating condition of release in Troy May 10, $200 fine; operating while license suspended or revoked in Troy May 10, $500 fine.

    Leah M. Allen, 40, of Belfast, allowing a dog to be at large in Belfast May 7, $100 fine; keeping an unlicensed dog in Belfast May 7, $25 fine.

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  • What would you do if in their shoes?

    Bill Packard: Pause before criticizing first responders

    Not long ago and just the other day, there were suspicious packages found in the Midcoast. A lunch bag by a trash receptacle in Rockland and a paper tube in a mailbox in Warren. Fortunately, neither incident had a serious outcome. Unfortunately, when things like this happen, the criticizers come out in full force. The online reporting is great for getting news as it happens and it’s also an easy way to comment on news items.

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  • Dear Old Guy

    Dear Old Guy welcomes letters on all subjects, including love, marriage, child rearing, even basic plumbing and medical advice. What he doesn’t know, he is happy to make up. After all, he’s just an opinionated Old Guy.

    Submit your questions to Dear Old Guy here.

    Dear Old Guy,

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