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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Your next dinner table conversation: How to improve Maine’s economy

Maine was the only New England state in 2011 to see a reduction in gross domestic product, and the headlines are a little alarming. Even when put into greater context, the numbers show a picture of economic stagnation.
Comparing one year’s GDP to another is only one way to measure economic growth. It’s correct that a big reason for Maine’s economy shrinking 0.04 percent was because the Brunswick Naval Air Station closed, eliminating thousands of military and civilian jobs. Many of those workers left the state, taking their spouses and children with them.
No other New England state saw a base closure in 2011. That year, New England grew 1.8 percent in its value of goods and services produced, while the nation saw 1.5 percent growth, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis in the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Air Force One touches down at Bangor International Airport

BANGOR, Maine — The mammoth jet airplane popularly known as Air Force One caused more than a few double takes as it taxied around Bangor International Airport on Monday afternoon.
Drivers waiting for the light to change at the intersection of Maine Avenue and Hammond Street remained stopped even after getting a green light as the Boeing 747-200B series VC-25 with the blue nose, red, white and blue color scheme and American flag on the tail touched down at BIA and taxied to the opposite side near the Maine Air National Guard Base.
President Barack Obama made several stops in New Hampshire and Massachusetts on Monday as the presidential campaign season begins to heat up.
“Generally, what happens is they’ll offload the president and his personnel there and the airplane will continue up here and wait, just in case,” said Tony Caruso, BIA’s interim director. “They brought it up here to wait out the night and I guess it’ll leave here tomorrow sometime.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Camden author Richard Russo’s newest work pays tribute to printed books

CAMDEN, Maine — Readers can’t survive on e-books alone, says author Richard Russo.
Russo’s latest work, “Interventions,” is a tribute to the printed book, while taking a backhanded jab at electronic books and online bookselling.

“Interventions” is a collection of four separate volumes that are packaged in a slipcase, each work coming with a postcard-sized color print of a painting by Russo’s daughter, Kate. The collection, three short stories and a novella, is published on high-quality sustainably harvested paper.

And in this age when e-book sales are booming, it’s not for sale in electronic version.

“Interventions” is a celebration of printed books and independent bookstores, Russo said in an interview in his home in this Maine coastal town. The rapid rise of e-books and online sales of printed books pose threats to bookstores, the book publishing industry and the rise of new authors, he said.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Judge refuses to throw out search warrant based on claims of MDEA agent’s drug use

ROCKLAND, Maine — A Superior Court judge has rejected the effort of an Appleton man to get a full hearing to challenge a search warrant that led to his arrest on felony marijuana trafficking charges.

Justice Jeffrey Hjelm issued an order last week in Knox County Superior Court that denies the request by 35-year-old Christian “Will” Neils for a full “Frank” hearing. A Frank hearing would have allowed Neils to challenge the warrant that was used on Sept. 21, 2010, to search his property. As a result of evidence found during that search, Neils was charged with aggravated trafficking and felony possession of more than one pound of marijuana.

Justice Hejlm ruled that the defense did not provide sufficient evidence to warrant a full hearing. A brief hearing was held March 28 in which Neils’ attorney Leonard Sharon of Auburn attempted to convince the judge that a full hearing should be granted to show that Maine Drug Enforcement Agency agent Kirk Guerrette was not a credible witness and that this should ultimately lead to the search warrant being voided.

Hjelm, however, disagreed in his order. He said the only evidence provided were affidavits filed by Sharon that refer to claims by others about Guerrette and his alleged excessive use of the sleep aid Ambien. The judge ruled that some of the information in Sharon’s filings were about Guerrette’s alleged Ambien use at a time that had no bearing on the September 2010 search.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Matinicus man arrested for pummeling man outside bar

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 31-year-old Matinicus Island man with a lengthy, violent criminal history is back behind bars after police say he beat a man outside a bar for no apparent reason.
Joshua S. Anthony remained at the Knox County Jail on Monday afternoon following his initial appearance in Rockland District Court for Class A aggravated assault.
According to an affidavit filed by Lt. Lawrence Hesseltine and Deputy James Moore of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Anthony beat the man outside the Sand Bar on Vinalhaven on Saturday night.

The 56-year-old victim reported that he had talked with Anthony inside the bar and there was no problem until Anthony warned the man that he would kill him if he went outside the bar, the affidavit stated.

The man went to the bar owner and asked her to call police.

The man left the bar and he was grabbed by Anthony who punched him more than 10 times, the affidavit stated. The man suffered injuries to his face, head and other parts of his body. The bar owner also provided a statement to police that supported the alleged victim’s statements.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Farmers Fare Flop

This is a big idea turned upside down.

There's nothing wrong with big ideas. But big ideas based on fantasy, so-called good for the people, and no legitimate market research is unsound business.

Can the founders list ONE example of this type of business EVER working?


Rockport — An effort is under way to look into the possibility of the Five Town Community School District and School Administrative District 28 to acquire the now-vacant Farmers Fare property on Route 90.
Superintendent William Shuttleworth said the Five Town CSD board will take up the topic at the next board meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. at Camden Hills Regional High School.
The idea, Shuttleworth said, is for a creative "multi-agency partnership" to look into purchasing the property with publicly raised funds. He's looking for a go-ahead from the board to pursue further discussions.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Bumpy Flight

Owls Head — The nose gear on a Cape Air Cessna 402 collapsed just after touching down late Friday morning, March 2, at the Knox County Regional Airport.
There were no injuries and the eight passengers, plus the pilot, were evacuated after the small plane came to a stop approximately 600 feet from where it landed, according Jeff Northgraves, airport manager.
Winds were light at 4 knots at 11:05 a.m. as the scheduled flight from Boston eased in over the waters of South Thomaston, and tracked toward Runway 03, heading in a northeast direction.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Oceanfront Home - Owls Head Maine


No picture of the home exterior - which makes me nervous.

But here it is.....


Location: Owl's Head, Mid-Coast & Islands, Maine, USA
Accommodations:  Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths (Sleeps 6-9)
Keywords:  cottage
Charming 3-bedroom home with upfront and personal, in-your-face ocean views. Large kitchen, dining room, porch, and master bedroom all face ocean. Let the lapping waves lull you to sleep at night. Woodburning fireplace. Secluded location. Near shopping, restaurants. Internet access. Cable TV. All appliances including brand new dishwasher, washer, and dryer. Experience the rockbound coast of Maine like a native. Spacious cottage accommodates 6 comfortably. Five miles to Rockland for shopping, casual and fine dining, museums, galleries, movie theaters including the retro gem Strand Theater. Close to sandy beaches, tennis, golf, boating, kayaking. Perfect spot to get away from it all or jump right in and enjoy it all - your choice! First time available as a summer rental. Cottage is recently furnished with with tasteful blend of new and antique furnishings. This is as close to the ocean as you can get without getting wet.
On The Rocks
This charming cottage is aptly named, as you can't get much closer to the famous rockbound coast of Maine! Leave the world behind and enjoy this secluded spot at the very end of a private road.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Maine Oceanside Cottage -- Owls Head Maine

Location: Owl's Head, Mid-Coast & Islands, Maine, USA
Accommodations:  Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath (Sleeps 4-5)
Keywords:  Oceanside Cottage
Fully renovated, winterized cottage on beautiful Crescent Beach, Owls Head, Maine. Swimming possible at all tides, and low tide opens onto a magnificent sandy beach ideal for children. House has wood floors, plastered walls and ceilings, hot water 2-zone oil heat, basic cable and hi-speed internet access. Upstairs are 1 spacious bath and 2 bedrooms: one with 2 single beds, and a large master bedroom with balcony and ocean-view; master bedroom has room for an extra cot as needed. An airy, light-filled, allergy-free cottage. Wrap-around porch with railing, flower gardens.

Cottage is 10-12 minute drive from Rockland, home to restaurants, galleries, the Farnsworth Art Museum, ferries to North Haven and Vinalhaven, films and summer music. Knox County Airport has direct daily air service to/from Boston and New York. Public tennis courts within 5 minutes drive. Anchorage available, or fish from the local pier. Your base to explore gorgeous mid-coast Maine.


Saturday, March 10, 2012

Luxury Oceanfront Home with Spectacular Lighthouse Views - Rental - Owls Head Maine


Location: Owl's Head, Mid-Coast & Islands, Maine, USA (Minutes from Camden, Rockport, Rockland, museums and airport)
Accommodations:  House, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 5.5 Baths (Sleeps 12-14)
Keywords:  Oceanfront luxury home, lighthouse views, game room, theater room, library, decks, 3 story, near Camden, Rockport, Rockland, museums and airport
A stay at Schooners Landing will surely make your vacation one of your most memorable. Located on over five private acres with 300 feet of shore frontage in the charming village of Owls Head, just minutes from Camden, Rockport, Rockland, museums, shops, restaurants and lighthouses, our home affords you a perfect destination for a family gathering or a get together of friends. With three levels, everyone can have their own space yet share memories laughing and visiting together. There are water and lighthouse views from every room.

Enjoy the many summer festivals or come for the 4th of July and sit on the deck and take in the fireworks going off over the harbor!


Friday, March 2, 2012

Maine Cottage For Sale -- 563 Ash Point Drive $699,000

Hi Gang:

This is down the road from our place in Owls Head. should know by now I think most real estate in Maine is STILL grossly overvalued and overpriced.

This cottage is a perfect example.

You would pay almost a million dollars for a tiny, little cottage built 30 years ago (or longer), with no beach (hard slippery rocks), almost no land or acreage, AND this is a popular spot for making out, smoking pot, hanging out and launching kayaks.

I know people from "away" want a slice of Maine heaven, the "way life should be".

But you don't get a slice of Maine heaven by spending a almost a million dollars for a modular cottage with no land, right on the public access.

The owners of this tiny cottage are dreaming. If someone pays $700k for this they need mental help or assistance. You could spend a million dollars and have ten acres and beautiful home, and possibly an ocean view, or within a thousand yards from the ocean, and have $200k left over to travel or buy an apartment in the Caymans.

Seriously.....this is an indication of how screwed up the debt and mortgage  fiascois in the real world.

But that's me......

Marc Charles

Saturday, February 25, 2012

FOR SALE Historic Commercial Building in the Heart of Camden Village $545,000

You don't see this very often.

A building on Main Street in Camden number 1, under $1 million number 2, and  marked historic number 3.

 If you look close though you are not really buying a "building". The "building" is attached to all of the buildings on Main Street.

It's like you are buying the lease...but yes, technically you get a "deed".

However, you need to look behind the building, that is where the problems are located. It's falling apart, its worn, and it's located next to the river (rats, mice, bugs, etc.).

But here it is.........

Historic 100 year old building in Camden village. Currently houses a well established and successful restaurant and 2 sunny and spacious remodeled apartments. A unique opportunity in an extraordinary location.

Marc Charles

"The King"

Monday, February 20, 2012

FOR SALE 176 Mill Street Rockport Maine $2,750,000


At least this one is in an incredible spot.

Yes.....the price is bloated, and it won't sell for close to this asking price. It's not on the ocean.

But it's a nice view. We've picked blueberries in the field next to the house.

Marc Charles

Year Built: 1998
Square Footage: 6128 sq ft
Lot Size (Acres): 39.75
Rooms: 10; Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 3; ¾ Baths:
Privacy, Prestige & Profit! Classic Maine Cottage with Breathtaking 360o Views of surrounding highlands and Penobscot Bay islands.This beautifully appointed home offers exceptional custom features for luxury living. Bonus:Income-producing blueberry fields.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

FOR SALE 13 Lucia Beach Road - Owls Head Maine $299,000

Nice area...but not the best lot.

Plus...$300,000 is a lot of money for a house built in 1973. It's like a modular home or double wide trailer.

I just think people are dreaming with prices like this. It won't sell for anything close to $300k.

You could buy a half an acre of land and build a small 3 bdr home, or put a custom modular on it, in a better area for under $250k....and save $50k.

Marc Charles

PS If you want to sell a house DON'T take the picture your self, or a cold and cloudy day. I mean...come makes the house look depressing.

Carefully maintained & upgraded 3 BR home in a quiet walk-to-the beach location, New bath, flooring, windows & more. Entertainment deck, storage building w/sauna, 2 car att. heated garage, paved oversized driveway. Sure to please home in a neighborhood setting. Fully furnished!