• Edgecomb thrift shop serves both customers and those in need

    What began as “just something for a couple of women to do” has turned into a profitable operation. The Edgecomb Thrift Shop donates thousands of dollars each year to several  nonprofit agencies in Midcoast Maine. In 2004, Louise Hardina of Newcastle and Gloria Bailey of Edgecomb converted Edgecomb Congregational Church's old kitchen space into a thrift store.

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  • This week at The Harbor Theatre

    “Chef,” written and directed by Jon Favreau in the title role is the story of Chef Carl Casper who suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman). Casper eventually finds himself in Miami, where he teams up with his ex-wife, his ex-wife's husband, his friend and his son to launch a food truck.

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  • Heartwood's ‘The Legend of Jim Cullen’: Rewritten and remarkable

    Heartwood Regional Theater Company's “The Legend of Jim Cullen,” premiered last summer and opens July 24 this year, completely rewritten by playwright/director Griff Braley with a musical score by Aaron Robinson. After seeing a full dress rehearsal on July 21, this reviewer can tell you it is both remarkable and compelling with strong performances and vocals by a superior cast.

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  • John Paul Caponigro holds open studio of new work

    This annual event unveils new highlights from the artist John Paul Caponigro's recent international travels north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle. There were also stops along the way in Iceland, Argentina, Morocco, and Namibia.

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  • Sen. Angus King

    Honoring our potato growers

    The Maine Potato Blossom Festival is a time-honored tradition in Aroostook County. First celebrated in 1937, Potato Blossom is one of Maine’s oldest festivals. From the parade to the mashed potato wrestling, the multi-day event in Fort Fairfield is a fun and fitting tribute to Maine potatoes and the hard-working farmers that grow them 

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Chewonki campground

    Dear Editor:

    I am sitting in my tent in Chewonki Campground in Wiscasset at 5 a.m., watching the sun come up through the trees, and I am wondering if they will be here in the near future. According to an engineer's drawings, these trees are "hazards" to airplanes taking off and landing at the Wiscasset Municipal Airport and must be removed to protect imaginary airspace.

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  • Wiscasset School Committee

    School panel to chart course for consolidation

    Wiscasset High School

    A schedule for planning the consolidation of Wiscasset’s schools could come out of Thursday night’s school committee meeting, Chairman Steve Smith said.

    The committee will be discussing the planning process, Smith said on July 23. He has said that, by October, he would like to have a proposed consolidation plan to show residents.

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  • The Friends of Colonial Pemaquid

    Pirates at Pemaquid, again

    Batten down the hatches — a pirate is putting in at Pemaquid again! Although reputed to be the “dread pirate” Dixie Bull, who attacked and sacked Pemaquid in 1632, his appearance at Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site on Saturday, July 26 will be most civilized and amicable.

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  • ‘Round Town: Robert Mitchell

    Milkweed

    The milkweed is blooming here at the old homestead. What a wonderful fragrance. I never realized.

    To me, milkweed always showed up on our fall field walks to school. Nothing to write home about — old dried up pods with silky strands, seeds and white goo. Interesting shapes though.

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  • The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor

    Ben Taylor in concert August 7

    Ben Taylor

    Musician Ben Taylor is the son of folk/rock icons James Taylor and Carly Simon. Even with those genes, he had a hard time finding his own way. But that changed when he came out with his critically acclaimed debut album, “Famous Among the Barns,” released in 2010.

    On Thursday, Aug. 7, Ben Taylor comes to Boothbay Harbor to perform at the Opera House, giving the Midcoast an opportunity to listen to this soulful folk-rock heir in an intimate setting.

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  • Wings Over Wiscasset 2014

    Step into WWII camp at airport event

    Tulsa Living History Association

    When Jeremy Harmon puts on a U.S. military uniform from World War II, he feels honored to wear it.

    But he said he and other reenactors with the Tulsa (Okla.) Living History Association also feel a sense of responsibility.

    “Those are big shoes that we fill, and we do the best we can,” Harmon said.

    The association and another group, the Northeast Living History Association, will set up camp at Wiscasset Municipal Airport on August 8 and 9, for Wings Over Wiscasset.

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  • Summer soccer skills program

    Wiscasset High School soccer coach Chris Cossette has teamed up with Todd Souza, director of the Wiscasset Community Center and Karl’s Kids of the Damariscotta-Newcastle Rotary Club to run a six-week Summer Soccer Skills program.

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  • A Bird’s Tale

    A most interesting woodpecker

    We were watching a massive female grizzly bear with cubs moving through the willow flats below the Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park with high snow-capped peaks towering into the blue sky behind, when a bird darted over our heads with a bold white wing stripe. It was a sapsucker — a red-naped sapsucker, the closely related western counterpart to our own yellow-bellied sapsucker.

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  • What’s Cooking

    Too hot to cook

    We’ve had a couple of “dog days” here in Maine so far this summer, and there are more to come I’m sure. I don’t know about you, but when the humidity is so high in the kitchen that you’re tempted to put on your Wellies and a slicker, the last thing I want to do is turn on something that makes more heat when meal time comes around.

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  • Wiscasset Police Blotter

    Wiscasset Police Dept. recorded the following incidents in its log for July 14-21, including 43 properties checked on and secured, as well as various other services:

    Patrolman Perry Hatch investigated an alarm going off at Atlantic Motors on Oxhorn Road. Worship main door motion triggered alarm.

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