• Mariner Tower eyes another property for Ocean Point cell tower

    Mariner Tower has applied for a new variance to build a cell tower at 99 Van Horn Road on Ocean Point to expand AT&T wireless services.

    In March, the Boothbay Board of Appeals rejected Mariner Tower's plans to build a 120-foot cell tower at 839 Ocean Point Road in East Boothbay. After the appeals board ruled that the local ordinances prohibits cell towers in a special residential zone, Mariner Tower subsequently filed a federal lawsuit against the town of Boothbay.

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  • Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association

    Spring walk at Trout Brook Preserve April 22

    Join Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association for a walk at SVCA’s Trout Brook Preserve in Alna, Tuesday, April 22 at 10 a.m. Naturalist and SVCA’s Programs Manager Lynne Flaccus will lead the walk along the mile-long trail. Operation of the Trout Brook Preserve is generously sponsored by Carleton Realty and Roy Farmer Associates of Bath and Wiscasset who adopted the preserve as part of SVCA’s Adopt-a-Preserve program.

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  • Boothbay Region Food Pantry

    Food Pantry always looking for volunteers

    Our winter was certainly a long one and that took its toll on our neighbors in need. There was a day in March when the Food Pantry reached a peak of 50 families, and usually we served between 30-35 during that month. April is still seeing high numbers, with 35 families served last Friday.

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  • Area gymnasts compete at Old Town/Orono

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    On a rainy Sunday morning, April 13, the CLC YMCA gymnastics team set off for the Old Town/Orono YMCA to compete against teams from Bangor and the host team. With the team's coach, Janice Cormier-Hay, sick, Betsy Lee took over as head coach.

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  • A Bird’s Tale

    Phoebe, Maine’s favorite early bird

    After reading in our column about how robins often overwinter in Maine (and thereby shattering some folks’ illusions of winter’s end in, say, January) we were asked recently about which species we consider to be true harbingers of spring. We mentioned turkey vulture and red-winged blackbird.

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  • Phone Scam

    Attorney General warns of phone scam claiming to be collecting fines

    Maine Attorney General Janet T. Mills is warning Mainers to be aware of a phone scam that claims to be from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The caller demands a fee be paid immediately over the phone or else a warrant for arrest will be issued or his or her driver’s license will be suspended. 

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  • Online Scam

    Alert issued about Drivers-Licenses.org

    Numerous Maine residents have contacted the Secretary of State’s Office regarding the website, www.drivers-licenses.org/maine. Residents have used this website to attempt to renew their driver’s license online. After providing the website with personal information and being charged a fee, users receive information on how to renew their licenses but fail to receive a new license.

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  • Boothbay gets digital facelift

    For the past year, the town of Boothbay has inched closer to a digital revolution. By this summer, residents, businesses and visitors will notice a big difference online.

    A new town website is in the works, and it's scheduled to be launched by mid-June, according to Town Manager Jim Chaousis.

    Touted as a major advancement in streamlining town services, Chaousis said the new website is just the beginning of the technology roll-out.

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  • Walkability committee hires Belfast company to create regional brand

    The Walkability Steering Committee has taken the next step in development of a brand for the Boothbay region. On April 15, the committee officially hired Pica Design and Marketing in Belfast to begin work on creating the region's brand.

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  • Gregory P. Bolster

    Gregory P. Bolster, 57, of Walpole and Pemaquid, died peacefully at his home on the evening of April 15.

    A complete obituary will be published in next weeks's issue.

  • Boothbay Harbor Selectmen

    Building bids, noise and smoke issues, and happy tears

    The Boothbay Harbor selectmen met on Monday, April 14 with a light agenda and packed audience.

    During the public liquor license hearing, several residents complained about noise levels at night coming from Pier One. When amplified music is playing, the law requires windows to be shut to keep the noise level down. The selectmen were asked what to do if windows were being left open due to the summer heat.

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  • From the Editor-at-Large

    Three cheers and more for the YMCA

     

    Dear Readers,

    At 5:30 a.m., the parking lot at the Boothbay Y is nearly full as some 80 seniors brave the pre-dawn hour to participate in workouts of one kind or another. At about 2 p.m., the facility fills up again with nearly 200 school kids who play, exercise, do homework, while some sit in groups huddling over their cell phones.

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  • Bill Packard: Bath Iron Works builds best ships in the world

    You know how sometimes when you really anticipate something, when the event happens it’s a little less than what you hoped for? Often the hype and anticipation can create expectations that are difficult to meet. That didn’t happen April 12. The USS Zumwalt was christened in a ceremony that was beyond belief.

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  • Boothbay-Boothbay Harbor School Committee

    CSD School Committee approves new budget

    Superintendent Eileen King's March projection of what the 2014-2015 school budget might look like ended up being dead on. And on April 9, the Boothbay-Boothbay Harbor School Committee approved the $9,311,932.76 budget.

    The 2014-2015 budget is up 2.48 percent, or $189,834 over the 2013-2014 budget of $9,048,572.

    To arrive at the assessment to the towns, the projected revenue ($1,460,674) is subtracted, leaving $7,888,558 for the towns of Boothbay and Boothbay Harbor.

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  • Seahawks track season begins at Camden

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    For a small school with no track, Boothbay Region High School fields an impressive outdoor track and field team. This year’s roster boasts 49 athletes, 33 of them male.

    Last year, the Seahawks tasted success at both the Mountain Valley Conference and state championships, and they are gearing up for more this season. Aiding them in that venture are two, new, young and talented coaches, whose skills will add depth and breadth to the program.

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