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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Rockland Maine Surplus Shrinks Sharply -- Marc Charles Opinion

It's amazing to me.

Most of the people responsible for managing a town or city's finances rarely see or respond to rising trends.

If they do's usually a day late and a dollar short.

I think government and politicians get it wrong most of the time.

For example......

I wrote about how the town of Rockland would be caught with their pants down when the housing market bubble crashed, tax revenues stopped or slowed down  significantly. This would lead to all kinds of problems, including budget shortfalls, dumping services, cutting education, and so forth.

Almost no one agreed with me.

I wrote about the Town of Rockland's lack of understanding and foresight in 2005.

Here is is 2010....and all of the above is taking place. 

I'm not a forecaster, economic guru or expert in town government. But I am a successful entrepreneur. I know how things work in the real world. Government is not the real world.

Hey.....I even talked about how stupid it was to buy brand new firetrucks, police cruisers, dump trucks and hundreds of other products "at the peak". Because these items could be purchased in fabulous condition...USED....for ten cents on the dollar in 2010 and beyond when the Depression unfolds in earnest.

Almost no one agreed with me. 

In fact, one city worker told me "We don't care how much something costs, we buy what we need when we need it". Oh really.

Well....I hope Rockland's problems continue and people walk with wisdom. Maybe this means privatizing most of the government's services. But this will NEVER happen. 

Government workers, now close to the majority, will make sure this concept never sees the light of day.'s the story....

By Stephen Betts

Rockland — The city's use of surplus and the receipt of less revenues than expected combined to cut the city's year-end balance.

The audit compiled by certified public accountant James Wadman of Ellsworth pegged the city's surplus as of June 30, 2009, at $647,250. This was $298,647 less than the surplus held a year earlier.

Friday, May 7, 2010

For Sale -- House -- 5 Jefferson St, Rockland, Maine 04841 $64,000

Well....still a little steep for what ya get....but $64k in a nice neighborhood

Here's the deal.....

5 Jefferson St, Rockland, Maine 04841

Year Built: 1937
Square Footage: 924 sq ft
Lot Size (Acres): 0.170
Rooms: 4; Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 1
Affordable, renovated Bungelow in a quiet neighborhood, yet close to amenities. Ready to move into. SOLD "AS IS"

Town: Rockland
Zoning: residential
Driveway: Gravel
Taxes: $1,600
Tax Year: 2009
MLS ID: 960262
Map Number: 14/D9
Book: 4146
Page: 96
Rooms: 4
Basement: Full
Construction: Wood Frame
Electricity: Circuit Breaker
Exterior: Vinyl Siding
Floors: Partially Carpeted, Vinyl, Wood
Gas: None
Heating Fuel: Oil
Heating System: Forced, Hot Air
Land Type: Residential
Lot: Corner, Level
Neighborhood: Intown, Near Shopping
Parking: 1-10 Spaces
Road Access: Public
Roof: Shingle
Sewer: Public
Style: Bungalow
Transportation: Major Road Access
Utilities: Public Sewer, Public Water
Water: Public
Water Heat: Electric

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Drag racing season off to fast start -- Winterport Maine

Winterport — Despite a small bracket but under sunny skies, racers rolled to the line Sunday to start the 2010 drag racing season at Winterport Dragway.

The individual results were:
Gambler Race Final — 1, Bob Reynolds, Winterport; and 2, Rick Hunnewell, Ellsworth. Semifinalists: Julie Larrabee, Stockton Springs and Scott Gove, Dennysville.
Teen Racers — 1, Quinn Holt, Camden; and 2, Terry Sutherland, Ellsworth.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Six Years Later, A Father’s Search Continues

Please let me know if anyone can help....

Here's the deal.......

By Irene Yadao

Belfast — Ted Alex is 52 years old and has salt-and-pepper hair, smiling eyes, and a vibrant voice that fills the room. He laughs a lot, too, and his upbeat persona is unexpected, given what he's had to endure.

Ted's son, Jeremy Alex, who lived in Belfast and would have celebrated his 34th birthday on April 8, went missing six years ago this week.

He remains missing to this day. Although the case remains open, and police are still active in their investigation, Ted has little hope of seeing his son alive again. He does, however, hope to find answers and to spare other families the type of pain he has experienced. 

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Portland Sea Dogs Roll Out Incentives to Draw Crowds

A Sea Dogs game is ten times better than the Red my humble opinion.

It's the way baseball is meant to be.

Yes.......I'm a baseball fan....and I watch games regulary.

But going to a Red Sox game is a pain in the ass, way to expensive when compared to the value received, and kids don't care half as much as brainwashed parents.

I'm just sayin......

Here's the deal........................

 Charlie Eshbach is never satisfied when it comes to finding new ways to generate ticket sales and maintain strong attendance for Portland Sea Dogs games at Hadlock Field.

But Eshbach, who is now in his 16th season as the Sea Dogs general manager, says the team's number one priority is to make sure fans have an enjoyable and affordable experience.

"We just try to find ways to make it nicer here and get more people to come," says Eshbach, a day after the Sea Dogs lost their home opener against the Trenton Thunder, the Double A affiliate of the New York Yankees.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Tommy Castro Live at The Strand Theatre -- Rockland Maine

This will be an outstanding show.

Granted, its a Wednesday night in Rockland Maine.

But hell....its Main Street baby!

All kidding aside.......a good show is guaranteed......


Tommy Castro
presented by Paul Benjamin

Tommy Castro, winner of the 2008 Blues Music Award for Entertainer Of The Year, is famed not only for his hard-hitting, impassioned vocals, soaring guitar work and his blues-infused, rocking R&B sound, but also for his striking, original songwriting and exhilarating stage show.

According to The San Francisco Chronicle, “Castro navigates seriously funky Southern soul, gritty big city blues and scorching rock…his silvery guitar licks simultaneously sound familiar and fresh.”

Castro, booked by the famed Rosebud Agency, will be hitting the road hard — kicking off his Hard Believer tour on August 9 in Duluth at the Bayfront Blues Festival — playing festivals and clubs all across the U.S. and Canada.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Island For Sale --- Vinalhaven Maine 04863 -- $595k

I realize I've been referring to the fact we're in a depression.....not a "great recession".

Therefore property values continue to drop like a lead balloon....and the fallout is far from over.

Most properties are still way over Maine, as well as throughout the US.

And this property is no different. many times can you find an island off the coast of Maine which is close to the main land or a larger island like Vinalhaven? Not often.

So....for $600,000 you can own an island off the coast of Vinalhaven.


Here's the deal.......................

Spectacular private island. Located in Penobscot Bay, one of the world's most scenic sailing venues, lies just 2/10 miles off the coast of Vinalhaven.  Sweeping 360-degree views.  Permits in place for a small vacation home and floating dock.

Town: Vinalhaven
Zoning: Shoreland
Taxes: $1,855
Tax Year: 2009
MLS ID: 969130
Map Number: 7/53
Book: 862
Page: 193