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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Camden Film Festival announces dates for 2012 event

CAMDEN, Maine — Organizers have announced the dates of next year's annual Camden International Film Festival.
The 8th annual festival is slated to take place from Sept. 27-30 in Camden, Rockport and Rockland.
The festival each year features dozens of documentary films from around the world. Besides film screenings, it also includes discussions, special events, forums and question-and-answer sessions with filmmakers.
More than 5,600 people attended this year's event.

Camden Film Festival 2012

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Owls Head woman drives into house, totals car

OWLS HEAD, Maine — A woman was arrested and charged with operating under the influence Saturday night after she drove into a house, causing an estimated $30,000 in damage to the home.

Haley Watkinson, 25, of Owls Head told police that she had been driving south on Route 73 when she looked down to find her cellphone and crossed into the ditch on the other side of the road, according to a press release from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

Watkinson hit a fire hydrant and then the house at the intersection of Route 73 (Ingraham Drive) and Knowlton Avenue. The house is owned by Steven and Caitlin Taylor of Massachusetts, but was vacant at the time of the crash, according to the police press release.

Crashing the House Party

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Midcoast paper shrinks to once-a-week

Richard's a nice guy.

But just because "people" say you need a newspaper doesn't mean you have to have one. Newspapers are almost dead to the next generation.

Cloud computing is the future Richard. Dump print, or make it into a newsletter. The BIG idea is to distribute VS news to desktops, cells, iPad, iPhone, cars, netbooks, Laptops...everywhere people go and the "VS cloud" can follow.


ROCKLAND, Maine — Village Soup will print the last Wednesday edition of the Herald Gazette newspaper this week. Starting Thursday, Dec. 1, the twice-weekly newspaper will change into the once-weekly Village Soup Gazette.

The cost-saving measure will give the Rockland-based newspaper a bit of a face-lift by putting human interest stories on the front page and keeping harder news toward the back, according to the newspaper’s publisher, Richard Anderson.

“I think in this era of less circulation and less interest in a printed product it makes more sense to have a weekly publication when we are doing so much online on a daily basis,” Anderson said.

Currently, the Herald Gazette breaks most of its news online and then reprints the content in its print product. This made readers feel the printed paper was redundant, Anderson said.

“They feel they’ve seen everything in the print publication online already. We know that isn’t the case, but there is a perception that that happens. We all know perceptions rule the day,” the publisher said.

30 and Younger DON'T Read Print Newspapers

Friday, December 23, 2011

Hard-boiled DeCoster has a great fall, leaves the egg farm business

IOWA CITY, Iowa — A ruthless businessman who built one of the nation's largest egg production operations from scratch even as he racked up environmental and labor violations is getting out of the business in disgrace after one scandal was too much to overcome: a nationwide salmonella outbreak caused by his products.

Austin Jack DeCoster
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Austin “Jack” DeCoster, right, appears in a Lewiston courtroom in June 2010 to face animal cruelty charges related to the egg farm operation in Turner, Maine.
The Associated Press
Austin "Jack" DeCoster and his son, Peter, said in a written statement Monday that they have given up control of egg operations in Iowa, Maine and Ohio, including the farms that produced salmonella-tainted eggs that sickened an estimated 1,900 people and led to a recall of 550 million eggs. Federal inspectors later discovered filthy conditions at the farms, including dead rodents and towers of manure.

Hard Boiled Business Man

Thursday, December 15, 2011

56 North Shore Drive Owls Head Maine $489,900 FOR SALE

A half a million....

Yes....its on the water. But like I've said, on the water is overrated --- especially in Maine. 

This one has been on the market for more than year...I believe

Year Built: 1978
Lot Size (Acres): 2.90
Rooms: 9; Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 1; ¾ Baths: 1
Spacious contemporary post & beam with spectacular water views of Penobscot Bay. 454 feet of waterfrontage. Glass wall with sliders to deck overlooking lawn and water. Main level allows for single level living. Fireplace in kitchen and living room.

Owls Head House For Sale

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Founder to close Midcoast branch of Maine Sports Report

Ron's a good guy.

ROCKLAND – It is with much thought, debate, and sadness that I have decided to close the local Midcoast branch of Maine Sports Report. The Bangor Area Maine Sports Report will continue in the Bangor area under the direction of Skip Hawkes who has been running that branch for eight years.

Here in the Midcoast the lack of funds to hire the needed people, the lack of advertising and the lack of support from people buying photos from the games have all led to this decision. It was not made easily, as this has been my baby for over 10 years now.

However, I am a believer that you have to be prepared to move on when things are not working out the way you had hoped. My goal is to do what I love doing, being a photographer, and leave the writing to someone else. I never wanted to be a journalist, it just came with the territory.

Yer Out!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Foreclosed Homes Rockland Maine 04841

Home prices are still incredibly overpriced in most parts of the country, including Midcoast Maine.

There are two basic reasons for this --- IMHO.

1. People are still buying homes that are over priced and over valued (with much larger down payments and two full time incomes).

2. People refuse to sell homes at a loss, or deep, deep loss. In other words, people have been "holding out" for the highest price for two or three years.

The problem is, real estate is not coming back to where it was in 2008 no matter what your blessed Realtor tells you. Have Realtors ever been bearish?

However, there are some deals, albeit they are NOT bottom feeder deals, but better than full retail, over priced, over valued listing prices.

I found more than 150 foreclosed and/or bank owned properties in the Midcoast. Some but not all of these are pretty good deals.

Here ya go............


Have fun and play nice :)

Marc Charles

Friday, December 9, 2011

110 South Main St. Rockland Maine $124,800

Still pricey...considering the neighborhood.

Under $80k is a little better............

Year Built: 1900
Lot Size (Acres): .42
Rooms: 5; Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 1
Totally rebranded for today, this 3 Br home is on a generous .42 acre lot in a commercial zone. You can walk to downtown, the museums 7 the harbor!

For Sale Rockland Maine

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Samoset honors employees at annual banquet

Rockport — Connie Russell, general manager of the Samoset Resort, on Nov. 18 presented seven awards during the Samoset’s annual Associate Awards Banquet.

Russell said the award recipients best exemplify the true spirit of the resort’s success in hospitality, customer service and professionalism in 2011.

Samoset Employees

Monday, December 5, 2011

Matinicus Post Office spared federal ax

Residents of Matinicus will continue to be able to send and receive mail, and purchase postal supplies, at the island post office, after the U.S. Postal Service announced it was removing the island's facility from a list of those being studied for possible closure.
The Matinicus Post Office will remain open, after the U.S. Postal Service removed it from a list of approximately 3,700 slated for closure.

Matinicus PO

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Islesboro Town Manager Jeff Grossman until June 30, 2014

Islesboro — Islesboro selectmen voted Monday, Nov. 21 to extend the contract of Town Manager Jeff Grossman until June 30, 2014.

The contract also gives the manager a 5-percent raise, ups the town's contribution to his retirement from 5 to 10 percent — both retroactive to July 1, 2011 — and increases his vacation from three weeks to four weeks per year, with not more than one week to be taken in July and August.
Grossman, who previously served as town manager in Boothbay Harbor and South Berwick and city manager in Westbrook, was hired as Islesboro's town manager in November 2009.

Islesboro Town Manager

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Harden Elected Mayor

Well.....the council re-elected him.

He's a nice guy but if the residents voted he would have been voted out. He's a career politician. 

Tax and spend and tax some more.

It'll be years before we see any Libertarian types. Until, tax, spend, tax and bonds.


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Driver charged after car crashes into house

I saw the house yesterday....not good.

Owls Head — A 25-year-old Owls Head woman was arrested Saturday night after her car crashed into a house.
Haley Watkinson was charged with operating under the influence, according to a news release from the Knox County Sheriff's Office.
The crash occurred shortly before midnight on Saturday night, Nov. 5.
The car was driving south on Ingraham Drive (Route 73) when Watkinson told police she looked down to find her cell phone and the vehicle crossed the road and into a ditch. The vehicle then struck a fire hydrant before striking a house located at the corner of Knowlton Avenue.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

44 Chestnut Camden ME For Sale $895k

A little steep in my opinion.

But whatever.............

 Class act from top to bottom.  A house with everything, a space for everyone. Striking views from almost every room. Enjoy 2 great decks & 3 lovely gardens. A real cook's kitchen.  The best place to be to see all the Harbor activity, including fireworks, without leaving your home.  All new paint, wood floors, master bath & more.  Attached apartment.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Hope man gets jail for failure to pay taxes

How pathetic.

By the way, where is the state or federal law requiring citizens to file a Form 1040?

But really? Jail time?

These guys have too much time on their hands.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Maine State Police blotter

Augusta — An arrest or summons does not constitute a finding of guilt. An individual charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at criminal proceedings.
Maine State Police responded to and reported the following calls in the Midcoast from Oct. 23 through Oct. 29.

Oct. 23
Trooper Scott Quintero stopped a vehicle for speed on New County Road in Rockland. A female juvenile was operating the vehicle. Also located in the vehicle was Andrew Longe, 20, of Walpole, who was found to have bail conditions prohibiting contact with the juvenile. Longe was arrested and transported to Knox County Jail for violating his conditions of release.
Oct. 27
Trooper Quintero stopped a vehicle on Route 73 in Owls Head for speed. The operator, Travis Ventamiglia, 23, of Waldoboro, was reportedly in possession of drug paraphernalia. The passenger, Cheyenne Cesarini, 18, of Thomaston was reportedly in possession of cocaine. Ventamiglia was charged with sale and use of drug paraphernalia. Cesarini was charged with possession of schedule drugs, sale and use of drug paraphernalia, and refusing to submit to arrest or detention.
Oct. 28
Trooper Quintero stopped a vehicle for a vehicle defect. The operator, Cory Arsenault, 18, of Spruce Head, was reportedly in possession of a usable amount of marijuana. Arsenault was summoned for the offense and released.
Trooper Quintero stopped a vehicle on Route 1 in Thomaston for a defect. The operator, Alexander Whitman, 18, of Nobleboro, was reportedly in possession of a usable amount of marijuana. Whitman was summoned for the offense and released.
Oct. 29
Trooper Quintero arrested Nancy Geehan, 58, of Camden for operating under the influence.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Melissa Kelly from Primos Beard Finalist

We only recommend a couple of resturants in the area....

Primo's is one of them......

Marc Charles

Friday, March 11, 2011

Tax Man Needs to Get a Life -- Nets Fishermen

Come on......

Here's a story of how the tax man netted a local fisherman for "unpaid" taxes for "failing to file".

What a joke. Leave the guy alone.

Friday, March 4, 2011

New Bill Threatens Rural Airports

Our airport in Owls Head would be much better if it didn't depend on government red tape.

Just saying.

But the new addition does look nice.


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Local Lobstermen Doing Better

I'm not sure if this is really a "leap" in income......but here's the article.....

Marc Charles