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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!

Friday, February 10, 2012

20 North Shore Drive Owls Head Maine 04854 $198,500

This is down the road about a mile.

It's a little more reasonable at $198k...but still a little pricey.

It's at the head of the Bay though....and is in nice shape, great lawn down to the ocean.

Traffic is heavy (for Owls Head) at times...but not bad. It's very close to the road.

Marc Charles

20 North Shore Drive, Owls Head, ME 04854

Year Built: 1850
Square Footage: 1656 sq ft
Lot Size (Acres): .93
Rooms: 8; Bedrooms: 5
Baths: 1
Pleasing ocean views compliment this 8 room 1850s Cape. Located close to beaches, state parks & downtown galleries & restaurants, this nicely landscaped home on a large lot would be a perfect year round or summer home.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

28 Pascal Avenue Rockport Maine 04856 FOR SALE $900K

Agreed....nice house in a nice neighborhood.

But there are no beaches or super easy access to the ocean.

Lots of daily traffic on Pascal.



Once-in-lifetime opportunity to convert this restored, 1830's Queen Anne Victorian in primo condition and sited on a lovely, 3+ acre manicured lot into a luxury B&B or other commercial endeavor. Exquisite craftsmanship and detailing. Simply over-the-top. 

Rockport Mansion for sale

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Only Maine Castle on Ocean For Sale -- Camden $2 million

This is the ONLY castle for sale on the ocean in Maine -- period.

Actually, its ocean view, about a half a mile from the shore.

2 Big Ones :)


Lord Marc Charles  :)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Gulf of Maine shrimp season to be a short one

(AP)  PORTLAND, Maine — The Gulf of Maine shrimp fishing season could be a short one with the 2012 catch limited to a third of the 2011 harvest.

Shrimp fishermen have been given a catch limit of 4.4 million pounds for the upcoming season, down from the 13 million pounds they caught last season. The new season begins Monday and will end when the catch limit is reached.

Scientists say lower catch limits are needed because shrimp are being overfished, and the supply is declining. But fishermen say their livelihoods are at stake, and processors are worried that markets they've built for the small, sweet shrimp will be put at risk because they won't have enough product to fill orders.

Fishermen are expecting decent prices, but there also will be "dire economic consequences" with so little shrimp to go around, said Maggie Raymond, executive director of Associated Fisheries of Maine.

"I predict it'll be a miracle if they get through the end of January," Raymond said. "I can't see there being anything left in February."

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

For Sale - 90 Beauchamp Point Road Rockport Maine $2,850,000

Yes.......still pricey.

But if you want to live in Maine, on the ocean, very few places compare to Beauchamp Point in Rockport.

I walk here everyday.

Believe RARELY find on home for sale on this stretch of property.

Beauchamp Point Rockport Maine

Marc Charles

Friday, January 20, 2012

Lawmakers Say State Representative was Denied Access to State-Run Career Center

Rockland - Some state lawmakers from the mid-coast aren't happy with the LePage administration.

They claim they were barred from holding a labor-related event in a state facility.

The Rockland Career Center is open to everyone.

" It's a public building, it's paid for the people of the State of Maine," said Representative Ed Mazurek, from Rockland.

Stay out...there's nothing to see here!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

MDI woman charged with stealing $52,000 using bad checks

BAR HARBOR, Maine — Police in this Mount Desert Island town have arrested a restaurant owner who is accused of stealing $52,000 by writing several fraudulent checks.
Jennifer Lozano, 41, was arrested Tuesday on class B charges of theft by deception and negotiating a worthless instrument, according to police. Conviction for a class B crime is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Lozano is the owner of the Parkside Restaurant on the corner of Mount Desert and Main streets and of Best of Bar Harbor, a retail business in the same building. Lozano does not own the building where the businesses are located.

According to police, Lozano is accused of stealing the funds late last month by writing several bad checks for several thousand dollars each with one bank account, depositing them in a checking account at a second bank, and then quickly withdrawing the unsupported funds from the second bank. The transactions took place at Ellsworth bank branches late last month, Bar Harbor police Sgt. David Kerns said Tuesday.

In all, Lozano is accused of stealing $52,099.28 from Camden National Bank, according to police. She did not withdraw all the $54,000 she allegedly wrote fraudulent checks for, according to police.

Rubber Checks

Monday, January 16, 2012

$124,000 --- Brick Street Rockland Maine 04841

Not bad....

Still a little pricey. Its' right in the South End and close to a bar. But not bad. We know several families in the area and they like the neighborhood. An easy walk to the ocean and downtown.

I would probably offer $95k and walk away.


Marc Charles

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Recently reaffirmed Islesboro manager resigns -- Marc Charles


Those damn selectmen always get in the way! :)


IslesboroA month after his contract was extended, Islesboro town manager Jeff Grossman has resigned, apparent due to conflicts with the board of selectmen.

Speaking on Dec. 23, Grossman, who has served in the position since November 2009, pointed to problems he had working with a relatively new board, describing his decision to leave in the kind of terms people might typically reserve for divorces and other awkward separations.

"There were four new board members and the fit just didn't seem to be right," he said. "So I think it's best for both me and the town to move in the direction that's appropriate for each other."

Asked if the problem was related to personalities, Grossman called it "mainly a difference in management style and goals."

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Meadow Street Rockland Maine Home For Sale -- Steal

Here's another bank owned home on Meadow Street.

This is a good location and neighborhood. You're out of the south and north ends of Rockland, in the country but in Rockland. Easy access to stuff.

Just a heads up.....


Marc Charles
The King of Business Opportunities

Monday, January 9, 2012

State police probe computer impersonation case at Camden Town Office

Kinda funny......

Disgruntled employees or colleagues with access to computers and the Internet -- oh my.

Marc "The Troublemaker"

Camden — State police are investigating the Camden development director for possibly impersonating a state government official who holds the job he once held.
No criminal charges have been filed against Camden Development Director Brian Hodges.
The state police computer crimes unit obtained search warrants Dec. 20 to seize the computer and computer records at Hodges' office at the Camden Town Office and at the home where Hodges lives in West Gardiner.
The investigation began Oct. 17 when Maine Community and Economic Development Director George Gervais asked to talk to the state police. Gervais complained that someone was sending out emails to state employees, purporting to come from Deputy Commissioner Deb Neuman.
The emails came from the address with the screen name "Deb N." Neuman has a radio show called Back to Business. Neuman was hired by Gervais in July to be deputy commissioner.

Email Aliases

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Maine Legislator faces fraud investigation

AUGUSTA — Acting on one of the worst campaign fraud cases seen in Maine, the state ethics commission on Wednesday asked for a criminal investigation into a freshman legislator’s alleged spending of thousands of dollars in public campaign funds for personal use and false reporting of that money.

The Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices voted 4-0 to refer the case involving Republican Rep. David R. Burns of Alfred to the state attorney general for possible criminal prosecution.

A commission audit uncovered numerous alleged illegalities, including mixing personal funds with public campaign money, submitting bogus receipts purporting to justify his spending to the commission, using thousands of dollars in public campaign money for personal use, and reporting nearly $1,300 in expenditures that never occurred.

Commission chairman Walter McKee said he found the candidate’s “righteous indignation” at being confronted with the audit findings, and his response by submitting false documents, “kind of mind-boggling.”

“I certainly have never seen anything at this level in terms of severity,” McKee said.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Broad Street Home For Sale Rockland Maine 04841 -- $1

-Well.....not really a dollar.

But this home is bank owned -- which means they are motivated (big time) to sell.

Broad street is not a great street or neighborhood.

But I'm just sayin.....



Thursday, January 5, 2012

130 Hathorne Point Road Cushing Maine 04563 For Sale $900k

Don't get me wrong.....this is a great location on the ocean.

And Cushing is everything you could imagine from "classic" Maine.

But $900k is a lot of money for  a 3 bedroom cottage. You could live 200 hundred yards inland, and smell and hear the ocean for under $200k.

$14k a year in taxes.

For me, and I've lived in Maine for 20 years, and on the ocean, it's not a wise investment.

But that's me...and I'm always critisized for saying oceanfront and oceanviews are over rated (but they are).

This house will be sitting for a while.

Most multi-millionaires who would buy a home like this would build it exactly the way they want it and pay cash.

Oh well..........

Marc Charles

130 Hathorne Point Road, Cushing, Maine 04563

Year Built: 1970
Square Footage: 1232 sq ft
Lot Size (Acres): 14.0
Rooms: 5; Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 1; ½ Baths: 1
This very private property features the best Maine has to offer:Wide open river vistas,grassy meadows,wild flowers & fruit trees,stone walls,abundant wildlife,deep water frontage w/sand beach at low tide.Sunny home perfect for year round or seasonal use. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Owls Head Voters Agree to Fight Lawsuit

I found the story interesting....and quite common.

1. People from "away" buy land and homes in Maine.

2. The land or homes come with certain deed restrictions, including easements

3. Prospective owners understand the deed restrictions and easements, and often pay real estate attorneys to help them understand

4. Prospective owners agree to the terms. conditions, restrictions and easements

5. Prospective owners change their mind and do not like people walking past or near their property.

6. Prospective owners join committees and councils to change laws (especially as it relates to their land and investments)

7. When this fails - prospective owners sue.

8. Locals do not like to be htreatened or sued, and especially not from people from "away"

9. People from away lose court decisions (or settle out of court) 90% of the time

I believe the people form away will lose this time too.

Marc Charles

Owls Head — Nearly 100 residents overwhelmingly agreed at a special town meeting Dec. 19 to spend up to $50,000 on legal fees to defend a lawsuit brought to overturn the town's easement on a road that leads to the waterfront.
"We need to send a message," resident Nina Paul said about people who buy property in the town and then try to cut off access to neighbors and other residents.
Other residents agreed.