• Be on the lookout for winter moth

    moth trap

    Entomologist Charlene Donahue of the Maine Forest Service doesn’t want the state to take the hit Massachusetts did from the winter moth. Thousands of acres of Massachusetts trees were lost to the insect that eats leaves while it’s a caterpillar.

    The caterpillars favor oak trees and also have a taste for trees and bushes that grow two of Maine’s favorites — apples and blueberries.

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  • Christmas Eve with The Echoes of Faith

    Come join in the celebration this Christmas Eve at Faith Baptist Church of Newcastle at 7 p.m. This special service will be filled with the singing of time honored Christmas carols.

    The Echoes of Faith is a Southern Gospel Trio featuring Bill and Cindy Campbell Frith (formally from The Campbell Family singers ) and Julie O’Donnell, as well as others, will be sharing the story of Jesus’ birth in song.

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  • Where now, Head Start?

    Wiscasset Primary School’s kindergarten through fourth grades are not the only classes facing a move when the school closes after this school year. The school on Gardiner Road has also housed a Head Start program for several years, serving children ages 3 and 4 and their families.

    Now the Wiscasset School Department and the Bath-based nonprofit that runs the program will be working out what comes next.

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  • Locals win Bath Savings employee recognition awards

    Bath Savings Institution (BSI) recently honored employees for their commitment to exceptional service and customer relationships at the 2014 Employee Recognition Night in Bath.

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  • Wiscasset Senior Center: Get holiday plans set

    Last week I asked what is happening at the Senior Center. Unfortunately, I was unable to get to the Wednesday evening dinner, but I was able to find out a little bit. Many things are being considered but there are no specific plans. Everyone seems to be involved in getting set for Christmas and the new year so specific planning for activities is delayed until January.

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  • A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28 at First Congo

    A Ceremony of Carols, Opus 28 by Benjamin Britten will highlight the service on the fourth Sunday in Advent at the First Congregational Church of Wiscasset.

    Because of the special choir music, the prelude to the service on Dec. 21 will begin at 9:45 a.m.

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  • Shelter hoping to find animals homes for the holidays

    The Coastal Humane Society Animal Shelter, 30 Range Road, Brunswick will host a Holly Jolly Holiday Spectacular in hopes of finding homes for puppies, dogs, cats, kittens and small animals before Christmas.

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  • New faces at Damariscotta Police Department

    The Damariscotta Police Department welcomed two officers to its full-time ranks and a new administrative assistant during the Wednesday, Dec. 17 Board of Selectmen’s meeting.

    Damariscotta Police Chief Ron Young introduced new full-time Officer Erick Halpin and James Dotson to the town. Both Dotson and Halpin served as part-time officers for the town. Young also introduced Joanna Kenefick, who will serve in an administrative role for the department.

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  • Wiscasset High School Basketball

    Greyhounds sprint to finish line

    Despite an exciting start, the Thursday, Dec. 18 match-up between the Wiscasset High School boys varsity basketball team and Lisbon quickly became a war of attrition.

    Wiscasset was unable to overcome a rash of fouls, and an attacking Greyhound team was able to capitalize en route to a 66-44 victory. The loss drops Wiscasset to 2-4 and boosts Lisbon to 2-4 on the season.

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  • Grow It In Maine

    Holly for Christmas?

    From the Germans, we have small forest evergreens for Christmas. From the Druids of ancient Britain, we use holly.

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  • Stories I've Never Told You

    Keep looking up

    Every now and then I find myself driving in some mountainous region of the country.

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  • Lincoln County Commissioners

    Lincoln County selects Bath Savings for $6M tax anticipation loan

    Lincoln County Commissioners, meeting Dec. 16 with Treasurer Rick Newell, opened three bids that were submitted for the county’s $6 million tax anticipation loan — and awarded the business to Bath Savings Institution.

    Each year the county must borrow funds so that county government and services can continue to function before property tax payments are received. Other banks submitting bids for the loan were Camden National Bank and The First National Bank.

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  • What’s Cooking

    New Year’s recipes: Crab crostini, blackberry mousse, kale gratin, roasted beef tenderloin

    We typically celebrate New Year's Eve fairly quietly — no noisemakers, no hats, but there is always a bottle of Piper Heidsieck champagne! I usually cook just one more fancy schmancy dinner and we invite a few close friends to enjoy dinner and hopefully can all keep our eyes open until midnight so we can pop the cork for a toast. Peter and I then have our own little celebration with brunch on New Year's Day — that someone else cooks.

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  • ‘Round Town

    Lighten up

    The evening weather on Channel 6 reminds me of our diminishing daylight. It was just 8 hours and 55 minutes at a recent check.

    With all the clouds and overcast it seems like even less. And full sun has been unavailable for almost a week.

    At 3:30 in the afternoon I start looking for my pajamas. Maybe Chip Haggett has it right: 3 a.m. get the work coffee on, and 3 p.m. boom it for home!

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  • ‘Celebrating Color’ exhibition opens Dec. 19 at River Arts

    River Arts in Damariscotta will hold its opening reception for the “Celebrating Color” exhibition on Friday, Dec. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. The show includes 90 artworks by artists from Steuben to Biddeford, in a wide variety of media, including sculpture and fine crafts. The exhibition will hang until Jan. 18.

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