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    "Strength through adversity. The strongest steel is forged by the fires of hell. It is pounded and struck repeatedly before it's plunged back into the molten fire. The fire gives it power and flexibility, and the blows give it strength.

  • Opinion: ‘Not an all or nothing proposition for our city’

    Let's first talk about what we do agree on about the cruise industry. First, boutique ships. It appears the community agrees the smaller ships are a good fit for Rockland. Visitors enjoy a leisurely two-day stay with easy on and off from the ships.

  • My 'Me, Too' story

    On Thursday October 12, while playing in a varsity soccer game at Hampden Academy, several members of my team, the Camden Hills Regional High School Windjammers, and I were sexually harassed by a group of boys who were in the student section of the Hampden fans.

  • ‘If you are man enough to own a bow and arrow, be man enough to take responsibility for your actions’

    "He put an arrow through my heart" Funny how a phrase can have such a turn in meaning. We sometimes think of an arrow through the heart as an endearing romantic Valentine symbol, and yet it can also mean a heart-piercing emotional pain....

  • More than 110 community and customer volunteers worked from Oct. 18 to Nov. 2 at the Belfast Boathouse to make Window Dressers interior storm windows for residents of Waldo County.

  • Opinion: Don’t wait 30 years, as I did, to contact the VA

    I wish to relate my positive experience within the Maine Veterans Administration healthcare system, and to encourage Maine veterans who are not in the system to take advantage of their healthcare benefits.

  •  As soon as Lisa Westkaemper moved to Rockland she became active in our community, quietly observing its workings and offering her insight and past experience where she could, and I am confident that her desire and willingness towards making a positive difference in our community will continue
  • It is with pleasure that I endorse Samantha Paradis for Mayor of Belfast. Samantha is a gifted nurse at Waldo County General Hospital and a leader in Waldo County.

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  • Belfast has made great progress in recent years, but there are still challenges that need to be met, and new opportunities that need to be seized.

  • Early in the summer of 2015, I was talking on the phone to my late father.

  • Why admire the obnoxious Blue Jay, who hogs the bird feeder and displays poor table manners? This sassy bird has more going for it than you might think, and deserves our interest and attention. So let us now praise the ubiquitous Blue Jays...

    Because they are intelligent.

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     With the holiday season approaching, I know that many of us are starting to shop for friends and family. But I want to highlight another type of shopping that could have a profound impact on your wellbeing: healthcare. 

  • I served as Mayor of Belfast for more than eight years. I know what’s involved in the job and what it takes. Nearly two years ago, I met Samantha Paradis and she expressed interest in running for the position.

  • Transformations

    Friends in New York City (not to mention those in L.A.) look at me like I'm crazy when I say I love being in Maine at this time of year. "But it gets dark at 4 p.m. and it's freezing cold." Yes, I agree, that's true, but I kind of like that.