• 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

    Photo of Jason Maddocks

    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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  • Local Business

    Maria Boord Gallery moves, expands

    The Maria Boord Gallery, formerly located at 10 McKown Street in Boothbay Harbor, will now be located on Commercial Street in the smaller half of the old Village Market location.

    This move will more than double the floor space in the gallery, and give owner Maria Boord the opportunity to expand her classes, as well as her sale space.

    “This is a premier location,” Boord said. “When it came up I seized the opportunity, because this is as good as it gets.”

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  • Local Business

    Shared retail market coming to downtown Boothbay Harbor

    After months of speculation about what will happen in the old Village Market space, we have an answer.

    And it's an entirely new concept to Boothbay Harbor.

    Summer in the harbor isn't always blue skies and sunshine with warm ocean breezes. There are days when it's just not that pleasant.

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  • Seahawks Basketball

    Spring training camp April 21-24

    During school vacation week, on Monday, April 21 through Thursday, April 24, Lady Seahawk basketball coach Tanner Grover will lead a training camp for girls in grades 7 and 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day at Boothbay Region Elementary School. Grover will teach the same drills used at Lady Seahawks practices.

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  • This week at The Harbor Theatre: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ opens April 16

    Wes Anderson's new comedy-drama “The Grand Budapest Hotel” recounts the adventures of Gustave H., a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

    The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune, and the concierge who, with the help of his trusted lobby boy, attempts to prove his innocence after he is framed for murder.

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