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  • A clowder of cats arrives at SPCA from Georgia rescue

    A clowder of cats arrives at SPCA from Georgia rescue

    The cats will be available for adoption in about a week. And while all the kittens have been spoken for already, those in search of kittens should not fret because, as SPCA Board President Jamie O’Keefe mentioned, “kitten season is almost upon us.”

  • Local reps propose voting legislation

    Local reps propose voting legislation

    “Having something that is routine and scheduled, such as an audit, is really important,” said state Rep. Nicole Grohoski (D-Ellsworth). Checking election processes regularly will help develop “a standard that we are all used to.”

  • Lamoine selectmen staying out of house height dispute

    Lamoine selectmen staying out of house height dispute

    According to the town’s ordinance, house height is defined as the vertical distance between the highest point of a structure and the average final grade (elevation of the ground under the home), or the average original grade, whichever is greater.

    Moldawer argues that Albright’s measurements do not include the house’s original grade but instead were measured using the final grade.

  • Lobstermen say NOAA’s proposed whale rule won’t work, and conservationists agree

    Lobstermen say NOAA’s proposed whale rule won’t work, and conservationists agree

    “There’s clearly a disconnect” between the data and the proposed rule, said lobsterman Jack Merrell of Islesford, who said he also holds a degree in oceanography.

    Conservationists agreed on the lack of recent data but some, including ocean scientist and teacher Bill McWeeny of Brooksville, said that saying right whales are not in Maine is untrue — at least in 2004, when Maine gear was found on a dead right whale. And, with 87 percent of pot and trap gear on the East Coast, he said it’s “reasonable that Maine lobstermen entangle whales.”

  • YMCAs hire new CFO

    YMCAs hire new CFO

    The Down East Family YMCA and the Old Town/Orono YMCA have hired Michelle Tuttle as the chief financial officer serving both YMCAs.

  • Lamoine voters discuss liquor sales and land use

    Stu Marckoon, the administrative assistant to the Board of Selectmen, clarified that the town is only eligible for one liquor license and that Murphy’s store would not necessarily be the license holder if the motions were to pass.

  • Blue Hill Congregational Church welcomes new pastor

    Blue Hill Congregational Church welcomes new pastor

    The First Congregational Church of Blue Hill has a new pastor, the Rev. Lisa Durkee, who most recently worked as a chaplain in New Jersey. Durkee has taught at schools in New Jersey, New York and India. She was a theology student, pastor and musician in Massachusetts, and she adopted her daughters in China. After many moves, she found herself as the new minister of the First Congregational Church on Jan. 1.

  • 48-year sentence for 2017 murder

    BANGOR — A Queens, N.Y., man convicted of murder in the 2017 shooting of a New Gloucester woman was sentenced to 48 years in prison by Justice Harold Stewart at the Penobscot Judicial Center on Tuesday. Augusta Attorney Stephen C. Smith represented murder defendant Carine Reeves. Smith declined to comment on the sentence. It took

  • New Surry classroom is kid-approved

    New Surry classroom is kid-approved

    “It’s maybe the best idea I ever had,” said Principal Fred Cole. “It’s entirely in response to the COVID-19 physical distancing requirements we have in the schools. We used COVID relief fund money to purchase it.”

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