• Westport Shore Run draws nearly 50 participants

    Close to 50 walkers and racers participated in the 10th annual Westport Island Shore Run — “Maine’s Best Little 10k Road Race” — on Sunday, Aug. 24 beginning at 9 a.m. Participants were greeted with bright sunny skies and mid-70s temperatures.

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    First day back

    Anna Sleeper, Nadalie Sleeper

    Anna Sleeper, left, of Wiscasset, and daughter Nadalie Sleeper, who said she will be 8 on Sept. 7, enjoy breakfast out, at Hunter’s Breakfast in Wiscasset on Aug. 26. Then the two were headed for Wiscasset Christian Academy. Tuesday was Nadalie’s first day of third grade. When asked how she felt about her summer vacation coming to an end, she said, “I’m kind of sad that it’s over, but I’m happy to be starting another year in school.” 

  • Redo for Newcastle’s worst roads

    At least one of Newcastle's “worst roads in town” is likely to get resurfaced.

    The Newcastle Board of Selectmen agreed to allow Superintendent of Roads Steve Reynolds to begin looking into paving one of what he called one of the town's worst roads.

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  • A Bird’s Tale

    Count a goatsucker

    It’s that time of year again, when common nighthawks are migrating. As their name suggests, they look very hawk-like (actually, more falcon-like because of their long, pointed wings) and they tend to come out only at dusk.

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  • Grow it in Maine

    Late seeding

    The east-facing porch shelters many potted plants.

    But look! Among them, I found a few without greenery but full of soil.

    At the same time, I had some seeds left from spring sowing. Could I try growing them for late crops?

    Part of me said, “No! Sunlight is growing weaker as autumn comes nearer and sunshiny hours shorten each day.” But a little impish voice whispered, “Why not? Go for it!”

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  • Alna Selectmen

    Lawyer says Alna plowing vote appears ‘void’

    Alna metinghouse, special town meeting

    Alna residents’ Aug. 25 vote telling selectmen which snowplowing contractor to hire may not fly. A lawyer for the Maine Municipal Association has told the town that one of the changes made during the special town meeting was too much of a change, making the final vote void.

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  • Wiscasset Police Blotter

    Wiscasset Police Dept. entered the following incidents in its log for Aug. 18-25, including 51 property checks made and properties secured among other services:

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  • Dolphin Mini Golf tournament Sept. 6-7

    Mini-golf pros are set to hit the greens, overcome obstacles, and raise money for the Shriners Hospital for Children at the 21st annual Maine Dolphin Tournament Sept. 6-7. All players are welcome to participate in the tournament for a chance to win cash prizes and gift certificates.

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  • Woolwich crash critically injures Woolwich man

    Woolwich truck crash

    A Woolwich man was in critical condition at Maine Medical Center on Aug. 27 after the truck he was driving struck a tree near the intersection of routes 127 and 128 in that town late Tuesday night, Aug. 26, authorities said.

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  • Newcastle Selectmen

    Newcastle follows suit with adult-themed business moratorium

    It didn't take long for Newcastle to follow suit with a moratorium.

    Less than a week after its neighbor approved a measure to put a moratorium in place for adult-themed businesses, Newcastle voted Monday, Aug. 25 to do the same.

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  • Letter to the Editor


    Dear Editor:

    In case the majority of the members of the Wiscasset Board of Selectmen are not aware of it, the word "Redskin" is very offensive to many people, especially First Nation People.  Although it would be difficult for these town leaders not to be aware of this fact because recently the town high school was requested to change the name of their mascot. This was accomplished by a vote of our former RSU 12 board.

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  • ‘Round Town: Robert Mitchell

    Flocks of phlox

    Summer doesn't seem quite summer until the phlox ignites. A wonderful blast of color that seems to wait until just the right moment, then it’s everywhere.

    During a recent visit to the Rittall Farm (home of the Community Garden) I was drawn to an old barn sided with natural shakes. The east side of the barn, up to almost window-height on one end, overflowed with phlox. The plants held a remarkable aroma and contrasted perfectly with the graying shingles.

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  • This week at the Harbor Theatre

    “The Hundred Foot Journey” plays Wednesday, Aug. 27 and Thursday, Aug. 28, followed by Woody Allen's “Magic In the Moonlight” and “Chef” this week at The Harbor Theatre.

    “The Hundred Foot Journey,” rated PG and produced by Steven Speilberg and Ophra Winfrey, opened Friday, Aug. 22.

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  • Edgecomb Selectmen

    Selectmen delay signing loan for school tractor

    A selectman’s concern about a recent school purchase has delayed the transaction’s completion.

    Edgecomb Selectman Stuart Smith questioned the recent purchase of a new tractor for the Eddy School. Prior to the Aug. 25 meeting, he was unaware Alternative Organizational Structure (AOS) 98 purchased a new tractor.

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  • Two Bridges Regional Jail

    Wiscasset jail’s wood shop takes on new look after fire

    Two Bridges Regional Jail wood shop

    The changes to the wood shop that caught fire in June at Two Bridges Regional Jail are not a total rebuild, just replacement of portions too charred or damaged by smoke or water to keep. But as work nears completion, with new trusses for the roof on site and about to be installed with harnesses, the building looks different in one big way. The side that had three bays is now down to one.

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