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  • Historic Deer Isle home on the market

    Historic Deer Isle home on the market

    DEER ISLE — A historic Deer Isle home that was the set for two films, including Mel Gibson’s “The Man Without a Face” and “Finding Home,” was put on the market Friday. Kim Swan, president of The Swan Agency Sotheby’s International Realty, has the listing, which is $2,595,000. Swan said William R. Emerson built Felsted

  • Dozens take polar plunge to send kids to summer camp

    Dozens take polar plunge to send kids to summer camp video

    DEDHAM — It was a balmy 26 degrees when, at noontime Saturday, 64 scantily clad men and women leapt into Phillips Lake in Dedham. (About 12 hours earlier, the air measured a cooler -5.) They were raising funds for Camp CaPella — a summer camp serving those with disabilities — and Camp Sunshine. The “Polar Dip” was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Hampden. According to an event organizer, about $10,000 was pledged for the Dip, which took place in a rectangle cut out of the lake’s ice. Rescuers in dry suits were on hand, while a hot tub a hundred feet away awaited the intrepid dippers.

  • Lamb House to become short-term housing for displaced families

    Lamb House to become short-term housing for displaced families

    CHERRYFIELD — The First Congregational Church of Cherryfield is “a community of faith that has joined together as a family,” according to its vision statement. Soon, the church will expand that family by providing shelter to displaced families from western Washington County. With support from the church community last fall, a parishioner purchased the four-bedroom,

  • Giant whale sculpted from Franklin snowbank

    Giant whale sculpted from Franklin snowbank

    FRANKLIN — Inspired by the snow wall created when he had his driveway plowed, Duane Brown of Franklin decided to make good use of it. Using a plastic shovel and metal garden spade, he carved a 35.5-foot whale at the end of his driveway. It took him 16 hours. Asked what species, Brown said he’s

  • David Cole to succeed Beal as interim city manager

    David Cole to succeed Beal as interim city manager

    ELLSWORTH — The former head of the Maine Department of Transportation will lead the city on an interim basis when City Manager Michelle Beal leaves. The City Council unanimously approved hiring David Cole as the city’s interim manager at a special council meeting Friday morning. Cole will begin working in the city on Monday, and

  • Hall needs $850,000 fix

    Hall needs $850,000 fix

    ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — The second phase of the rehabilitation of historic Rockefeller Hall at the Schoodic Education and Research Center (SERC) is to be undertaken this summer at a cost of about $850,000. The 21,000-square-foot Tudor-style building was constructed in 1935 as part of the U.S. Navy’s communications monitoring station near the tip of

  • Penobscot man charged with sexual misconduct

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Sedgwick store owner, Dennis B. Robertson, 62, who also is chief of the Penobscot Fire Department, with four counts of unlawful sexual activity, according to filings in Hancock County District Court. After receiving a complaint about alleged incidents last fall, the sheriff’s office conducted an

  • Proposal would give control of jail system back to counties

    Proposal would give control of jail system back to counties

    ELLSWORTH — Not all marriages survive the so-called seven-year-itch, and it appears that neither will a union of the county jail system with the state. And like so many dissolutions, the fights are about money. Sen. Paul Davis (R-Piscataquis County) has introduced legislation, L.D. 186, An Act to Reverse Jail Consolidation, that would give control