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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Budget Cuts Split Rockland Maine Councilors

Oh boy.....

Rockland — Tensions were high last week as Rockland city councilors continued their review of the proposed 2010-2011 municipal budget and grappled with trying to maintain services while keeping property taxes in check.

The focus of the May 12 council meeting was public works and the transfer station. The proposed budget for public works calls for eliminating two full-time positions that are expected to become vacant this fall with the retirement of a pair of veteran workers. The department budget also calls for eliminating full-time seasonal help for the summer when the regular employees take vacations.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Man crashes car, jumps in river

By Stephen Betts

Cushing — The long arm of the law was able to catch up with a 28-year-old Warren man who crashed a car and then ran from an officer before jumping into the St. George River and attempting to swim away from police.

The incident began shortly after 4 p.m. May 16 when the Knox County Sheriff's Office received a report of a car crash on River Road in Cushing. The driver had left the scene and Deputy John Palmer began a search in the woods near the crash site.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Rockport Select Board postpones decision on town manager's contract

Bob's a good guy.

But no one should get too comfortable with an $80k year job in Maine. Hundreds of people would die for this baby.

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

Rockport — Rockport's Select Board tabled a decision May 10 to renew a contract with Town Manager Robert Peabody, as well as to renew a peddler's license for Queenie's Weenies, until Monday, May 24, when the full board will once again be intact.

The board convened May 10 for a regularly scheduled meeting at the Rockport Opera House, minus two members, Tom Farley and Alexandra Fogel.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Rockland prepares to dump its landfill

By Heather Steeves
BDN Staff 
ROCKLAND, Maine — As the city prepares to close its landfill, it’s considering removing the solid waste facility’s funding from property taxes and creating a fee-based system instead.
Plans call for closing the landfill between 2014 and 2016 in order to save money that the city currently spends on its upkeep. The closure is expected to cost the city between $3 million and $3.5 million.

The solid waste facility consists of the landfill, a transfer station, and recycling and universal waste areas. These components pay for themselves, except for the transfer station, which residents pay for through taxes.

Solid waste facility Manager Dave St.Laurent wants the facility to be self-sufficient. To do this, he proposed that the City Council remove the facility from Rockland’s general fund and instead make it its own budget line. This way, the facility can keep all the revenue it generates and save for the costs of the landfill’s closure from its own budget.

St.Laurent at a Wednesday night council meeting presented four ways to approach the facility’s budget.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Waterfront Restaurant Camden Maine

I thought it was so so......

3 stars....

Location is excellent -- the food and service is average

Waterfront Restaurant
45 Bayview Street, Camden, ME 04843
Hours: Year round, 7 days a week ~ Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner: 5 to 9 p.m.
Phone: 207-236-3747 
Camden, what a great Town we have chosen to live and work in. A harbor that laps up against the shores of a small village surrounded by coastal mountains that form a State Park, a fresh water lake, and a community owned ski area, and you can experience all our area has to offer while dining at the Waterfront. Our food represents our town: comfortable and honest, not pretentious, but not without a sense of adventure. We try to buy from area fishermen and farmers, hire the local kids, and stay open year round as a place for the winter hardy to gather by the fireplace. Visit us, experience a restaurant that has been part of the mid coast for thirty years. "You might find something better but you won't find something as good!"
7 Days a week Lunch & Dinner Year Round

Monday, May 17, 2010

Rockport art center hires new director

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, which was forced to lay off nearly all its staff because of financial difficulties last fall, has hired a new director.

In addition running CMCA as an administrator, Suzette McAvoy also will have artistic oversight at the center.
The center's board today announced the appointment of Suzette McAvoy of Belfast as its new director. She replaces Mary Ann Schierholt, who joined the Rockport art center last summer. In a press release, CMCA said Schierholt resigned her position to return to California to spend time with her son and his family.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Coast Guard launches two rescue searches

By Heather Steeves
BDN Staff
ROCKLAND, Maine — The U.S. Coast Guard station at Rockland received two mayday calls this week, which officials are calling probable hoaxes. Two searches were launched after distress calls were sent over the radio.

“Help me,” a person said over the radio waves Monday, April 19. When Coast Guard officers tried to contact the person, there was no response.

Officers heard, “Mayday, mayday, mayday. I need help. I am on dry land,” over the radio on Wednesday.

Either call could have originated anywhere between Camden and Bucksport, according to Coast Guard commanding officer Curtis Barthel.