• The Portland Flower Show … and in the nick of time!

    Seko Japanese Garden 2014 Portland Flower Show.

    The first official day of spring is just two weeks away, but outside we are still in the throes of winter. A perfect time for a flower show. The annual Portland Flower Show theme for 2015 is “A Taste of Spring,” and who among us isn't jonesing for that?

    The 2015 event opened on Wednesday, March 4 with a gala reception, and continues through Sunday, March 8.

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  • Get to Know...

    Mary Lou, and Southport too

    Mary Lou Koskela’s home stands at the top of Decker Hill Road, facing Townsend Gut.

    “Just between you and me,” Koskela said, as if confiding a long lost secret, “there’s something about that bridge.”

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  • Another year of improved value for Maine’s commercial marine resources

    For the third straight year, Maine’s commercially harvested marine resources increased in overall value and generated over one-half billion dollars for the state’s economy, according to preliminary data released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources.

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  • Building construction will be completed by summer

    8 Wharf Street plans revealed

    There has been a lot of speculation about what is happening at 8 Wharf Street in Boothbay Harbor ever since last June. Back then, Boothbay Harbor Planning Board approved plans for demolition of the former Windjammer Shop, and rebuilding in that location.

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  • Live Music

    Ditch that cabin fever; come out and hear Novel Jazz

    Drummer Bill Batth

    The musicians of Novel Jazz have been playing straight-ahead jazz for audiences throughout Maine, and beyond, for several decades.

    Collectively, they share over two centuries of experience in the jazz world. The band will play at the Skidompha Public Library on Thursday, March 12.

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  • Film Review

    ‘Unbroken’ is one powerful piece of cinema

    Jack O’Connell as Louis Zamperini in “Unbroken””

    While sitting in The Harbor Theatre minutes before the technical screening of “Unbroken” began, I was thinking about the trailers I'd seen for the film on TV, and wondering if I'd seen all of the compelling scenes already.

    I hadn't.

    In fact, I spent the better part of the 2-hour, 15-minute film on the edge of my seat, my arms resting on the back of the seat in front of me.

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  • Artist of the Month

    Bruce MacDonald’s works at Southport Memorial Library

    Lanesville Shore by Bruce MacDonald

    The seascapes and landscapes of Bruce MacDonald will be on display at the Southport Memorial Library during the months of March and April.

    MacDonald learned the basics of oil painting at home from his grandmother, Edith Goggeshall Pulsifer, a graduate of Vesper George School of Art in Boston. Long ago he took lessons from Albert Czerepak in Gloucester, and more recently has taken several courses in color theory with Peter Brown at the Maine College of Art.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Seahawk spirit

    Dear Editor:

    I would like to give a huge thank you to all the people who made our School Spirit Challenge such a huge success. Putting together a project like this takes enormous effort from numerous people. This was another example of why our communities and schools are such special places filled with special people. In case you missed it, WGME spent two early morning hours showcasing some extreme Seahawk spirit.

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  • Time to spring forward: Daylight saving time begins Sunday

    Spring is coming, no matter what the weather forecasts say. One sure sign is coming this Sunday, March 8, when daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m.

    So spin your clocks forward an hour. You’ll lose an hour of sleep that day, but gain an hour of daylight for many days to come.

    And the first day of spring is Friday, March 20. Keep the faith!

  • Boothbay Harbor

    Say hello to the Bobcat and goodbye to the snowbanks

    The 2015 Bobcat Toolcat that was approved for purchase has arrived in Boothbay Harbor.

    The selectmen approved the emergency purchase at the Feb. 23 selectman’s meeting for the low bid of $69,591.74 from Jordan Equipment in Falmouth.

    The Bobcat is four-wheel drive and has a diesel engine with a fully heated, enclosed cab for safety. It is capable of carrying 2,000 pounds at one time.

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  • Throwback Thursday: At the paper

    This cast of characters should be pretty familiar to followers of this newspaper. This was a 1995 house ad for subscriptions and we doctored up the photo to include some palm trees. Two of these people still work at the Register. Can you name them all?

  • Another banner year for Maine lobster industry

    For the third year in a row, and only the third time ever, Maine lobster fishermen landed over 120 million pounds with a record overall value of $456,935,346, according to preliminary landings data reported by the Maine Department of Marine Resources.

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  • Visual journeys of rhythm and imagination

    “Enchanted Village,” Carl Root

    Carl Root is a fine art photographer who is fascinated by patterns.

    He looks for what he calls rhythm images, in which an image is repeated, with variations.

    Much as variations in music are created when a melody/theme is repeated with variations in tempo or key, in Root's images the subject (theme) change within each repetition.

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  • Southport Column: Winter Carnival and SIA Ice Breaker

    If we are lucky enough to have clear skies Thursday, March 5, look for the full moon. Reflected on the snow this light and resulting shadows should be very special.

    Although only one article on the annual town meeting agenda elicited much discussion last Monday evening, March 2, I always feel very privileged to attend and participate in this purest, at least in my experience, model of democracy.

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  • Draft of Boothbay's 2015 comprehensive plan on website

    The Boothbay Comprehensive Plan Committee has been working to update the town’s comprehensive plan since spring 2012. The town’s current comprehensive plan was adopted in 1989, following a period of somewhat rapid development and change in the community. The passage of time and changes in the town and the Boothbay region have made much of the plan out-of-date, and a less than useful guide in managing the future of Boothbay.

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