• Grow it in Maine

    Signs of spring: Flowers

    One day, spring trudges out of mud, the next, it dances.

    Quickly, look up at the rise above Oak Street at the patch of blue squills, or scilla. Planted years ago, the tiny flowers have spread into a briefly-blooming mat. It announces spring without even trying.

    In another town, bright crocuses sown into a grassy verge between sidewalk and highway spell out the words, “Spring is here.” Yearly, they come up on their own; there’s no argument with the message.

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  • What’s Cooking

    Shelled, roasted and spiced pecan recipes

    I’ve been so busy getting ready to make the trek from Florida back to my beloved home state of Maine that I forgot to wish you a happy Pecan Day on April 14. I do apologize! So nuts to the column I had planned and let’s talk about pecans today.

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  • Alna Selectmen

    Bailey resigns as Alna school rep; Baston fills seat

    Barbara Baston, Amy Warner

    Barbara Baston is back serving Alna taxpayers and schoolchildren. Selectmen on April 23 named the retired Wiscasset kindergarten teacher to represent the town on Regional School Unit 12's board.

    Baston served on Alna's school committee for about a decade until the town entered the school district.

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  • Sen. Angus King

    Rebuilding American manufacturing

    There’s no denying it: America’s manufacturing sector has faced more than its share of tough challenges through the past few decades. But despite countless setbacks and roadblocks, our manufacturing base has (true to the American spirit) persevered with great strength and resilience. America is still the number one manufacturer in the world, and American-made products are still in high demand. That’s because we make quality goods here — and only the best in Maine.

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  • 2014 Midcoast Home Show is April 25-26

    Join the Central Lincoln County YMCA in Damariscotta for the 2014 Midcoast Home Show, April 25 and 26, two days filled with ideas, hands-on demonstrations, home inspirations, seminars and one-stop shopping for everything the homeowner will need for those spring projects. Door prizes worth thousands of dollars will be given away to visitors.

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  • Pingree announces federal aid for clean water projects in Wiscasset

    Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced April 22 that Wiscasset is getting $1.2 million in federal funding to pay for a new clean-water project that will upgrade some of the town's pump stations and replace water and sewer lines on Birch Point Road and in downtown Wiscasset.

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  • Damariscotta

    Drunken fight leads to arrest

    A Damariscotta man has been charged with domestic violence assault after a reported drunken confrontation.

    Nathan Herald, 25, of Damariscotta was charged with domestic violence assault.

    On April 15, Damariscotta Police Officer Ryan Chubbuck responded to Miles Memorial Hospital for a report of a man who had been hit in the head.

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  • Boston Marathon 2014

    ‘Nothing short of magical’: Runners recount Boston Marathon

    Robert McArtor

    Robert McArtor’s legs were tiring on Heartbreak Hill in Monday’s Boston Marathon, and it was warmer than ideal, but the energy of the crowd carried him and other runners onward, the 75-year-old Southport man said.

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  • Chocolate Church actors channel Chekhov

    Audiences of the Midcoast should head to the Chocolate Church Arts Center for Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard," opening this weekend. The performers, directed by Howard Waxman, will draw you into their characters' lives, the laughter, the tears, troubles and fears, and hold you there until the final words are uttered and lights extinguished. The talented cast members have embraced their roles to create a moving experience for audiences, particularly those ages 13 and up.

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  • Wiscasset Elections 2014

    Candidates’ deadline April 25 in Wiscasset

    The clock is ticking on nominations for several posts up for election in Wiscasset, including seats on the board of selectmen and the school and budget committees.

    The deadline to turn in nomination papers at the town clerk's office is 4 p.m. Friday, April 25.

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  • A Bird’s Tale

    The drumming of spring

    If you haven’t heard it yet, chances are pretty good that you soon will. We’re talking about that rapid-fire rapping that arrives every spring. You may hear it from a tree or telephone pole; or, if the rapper is especially clever, you may hear it from a stop sign. Many a tired homeowner has even heard it from their own stove pipe or metal chimney.

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  • Wiscasset Schools

    Still time to complete education survey

    On Friday, April 11, Partners in Education's ad hoc Strategic Planning Organizing Committee for Wiscasset Schools published a survey to gather community input, ideas and opinions on public education in general and specifically here, in Wiscasset. The results of the survey will be the starting point for discussion at a June strategic planning session, lead by a professional facilitator.

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  • Edgecomb selectmen endorse Route 1 corridor plan

    Edgecomb selectmen approved the Midcoast Route 1 Corridor Management Plan on April 21.

    Lincoln County Regional Planning Commissioner Bob Faunce spoke about the plan at the Edgecomb Selectmen's meeting, and asked for the selectmen's endorsement of the plan.

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  • Wiscasset Selectmen

    Capital ideas

    If Wiscasset Interim Town Manager Don Gerrish hadn't touched department heads’ requests before putting them in the budget draft, the proposed capital improvements would have come to $1.77 million.

    Gerrish looked at what appeared to be most needed now, and got the total down to $471,890. The biggest chunk is $150,000 for a new roof for the 1998 Wiscasset Community Center.

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  • Red’s Eats set to appear on Travel Channel

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    A local landmark has drawn the eye of a national network.

    Red's Eats, the much-frequented and photographed Wiscasset lobster roll landmark, will soon have a few more cameras pointed its way, owner/manager Debbie Gagnon said.

    The longtime Wiscasset eatery will be the subject of Travel Channel cameras on Saturday, May 3, when a film crew will come to Red's Eats.

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