May 7, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Babcock named new Fisher-Mitchell principal

BATH Kari Babcock, who has 18 years of service with Regional School Unit 1 schools, is the new principal at Fisher-Mitchell School. The RSU 1 Board of Directors approved the nomination Monday night. More...

Bowdoin junior to play ‘Jeopardy!’

BRUNSWICK — She can’t tell anyone yet if she won, but Bowdoin College junior Cindy Cammarn will make her first televised appearance Thursday night in the quarterfinal round of the “Jeopardy! College Championship.” More...

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Local

Voters expand posts for Wallace

PHIPPSBURG Lisa Wallace can go ahead with her many duties knowing she has the backing of residents. More...

Three seek Dresden selectman’s position

DRESDEN — Three candidates are lined up to succeed David Probert, who has decided not to seek re-election as the town’s second selectman. More...

Police say man, 24, beat girlfriend in Bath

BATH — A 24-year-old Bath man was arrested Saturday after police say he beat up his girlfriend. Officers went to an apartment shared by Damion Fincher, his 21- year- o l d girlfriend and her half-sister, at 10:05 p.m. More...

Sports

Big inning lifts ’Hounds past Wolverines, 20-3

Lisbon softball ends six-game slide

LISBON FALLS Wiscasset High School softball coach Claire Daniels expected a lot coming into her second season at the helm of the Wolverines. Wiscasset made the playoffs in her rookie campaign, and the losses to graduation were minimal. More...

RSU 1 board ‘blindsided’ by coaches’ demand

BATH Regional School Unit 1 directors expressed dismay at a petition demanding more money for coaches involved in playoff games, and for longtime coaches in general at Morse High School. More...

Bruins best Leafs, 5-2; lead series

TORONTO (AP) — The Maple Leafs increased their shots and hits in Game 3 against Boston. Their mistakes also went up, and that was enough for the Bruins to win 5-2 Monday night. More...

Commentary

SMCC plays key role in Mölnlycke job training  Free Access 

GUEST COLUMN

What does it take to create jobs with decent wages and compete in today’s global economy? How can we close the skills gap while making Brunswick Landing an engine of progress that drives Maine’s growth? More...

Et Cetera

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Tue/7 BLOOD DRIVE AMERICAN RED CROSS CHAPTER, 10 a.m. & 3 p.m., 16 Community Way, Topsham; www.RedCross- Blood.org or 1-800-RED-CROSS. MISCELLANEOUS BRUNSWICK FARMERS MARKET, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Brunswick Town Mall; More...

Dear Abby

DEAR ABBY: I’m responding to your request for comments about the letter from “Happily Single” (Feb. 13) and whether a divorce would be the first course of action upon winning the lottery. More...

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Maine

After fires, crackdown on abandoned buildings

LEWISTON Three major fires in a week have destroyed nine apartment buildings, damaged others and left more than 180 people homeless, putting downtown residents on edge and leading to a crackdown on abandoned and neglected apartment houses in this fo More...

Educators get briefed on new laptops

AUGUSTA (AP) — The Maine Learning Technology Initiative is holding online briefings for educators about the state’s preferred option for laptops next year. More...

4-year-old girl dies in Lyman SUV crash

LYMAN (AP) — Authorities say a 4-year-old girl has died in a crash in Lyman. State police say Venna Cline died when the SUV her mother was driving struck a tree at about 7:30 p.m. Monday. More...

World

Africa is riskiest place to be born, report says

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A new report says more than 1 million babies die on the day they are born every year. The 14 countries with the highest rates of first-day deaths are all in Africa. More...

Kerry meeting with Putin on Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is making the case to Russian President Vladimir Putin that Russia should take a tougher stance on Syria at a time when Israeli air strikes against Syria have added an unpredictable factor to the talk More...

Freeport makes progress on shellfish plans

Budget trimmed, proposals combined

FREEPORT — Two separate shellfish protection proposals were merged into one and given conditional approval during a special Town Council meeting last week. More...

Council desires less spending

Brunswick manager, school chief asked to reduce proposed budgets

BRUNSWICK — Although residents now face only a 10.4 percent property tax increase next year — instead of the projected 12 percent announced April 23 — that’s still too steep for the Town Council. More...

Wiscasset, RSU 12 shape withdrawal agreement

Tentative deal up for review

WISCASSET — Regional School Unit 12 will consider a tentative agreement that would pave the way for Wiscasset’s withdrawal from the district in July 2014. More...

RSU 1 calls for 6.6% budget hike

BATH — Regional School Unit 1 will send a budget increase of 6.6 percent to the voters of its five municipalities. More...

Clock ticks for Harpswell charter school  Free Access 

Facing June 1 deadline, in talks to use West Harpswell School up to 3 years

HARPSWELL — A new public charter school slated to open in September is continuing to enroll students and has less than a month to finalize key aspects of its operation, including its location. More...

 

Obituaries

Paul O. Aube Sr. - 2014-09-02
Leona M. Kay - 2014-09-02
Esther M. Dickey - 2014-09-02
Herman N. Brown - 2014-08-29
Paul Edward Putnam - 2014-08-29
Harvey B. Lesh Jr. - 2014-08-29
Edith Bruce Hazard - 2014-08-29

Community

Locals head to D.C. to fight for ALS research

WOOLWICH Cory Gardiner of Woolwich, who lost her sister to ALS in 2005, will join eight other advocates from Maine and nearly 1,000 other ALS patients, their families and volunteer advocates from around the country in Washington, D.C. More...

Cake contest has flour power

BATH As part of its 13th anniversary celebration, Now You’re Cooking and King Arthur Flour are sponsoring a birthday cake competition. The contest will be held at Now You’re Cooking, 49 Front St., on Saturday, May 11 at 1 p.m. More...

Hyde students give to community in spirit of deceased alum Damon

BATH Hyde School celebrated its sixth annual Pat Damon Service and Leadership Day April 30 with community service activities at the Maine Maritime Museum, Coastal Humane Society, Popham Beach State Park, Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, Bath Food Mobile More...

Editorial

Plan B for Plan B?

OTHER VOICES

The U.S. More...

Time to get a grip on Syria

America would seem to have little choice but to soon take direct military action against the regime of Syrian dictator and mass murderer Bashar Assad. Evidence is rapidly accumulating that Assad has used the hideous nerve gas sarin on rebels. More...

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Letters

Business needs to step up for schools

To the Editor: OK, so educational achievement improves as family income increases. Got it. So what do we do about it? More...

Brunswick officials cry over poor test scores

To the Editor: Wah, wah, wah, Brunswick School Department. Instead of taking responsibility for the bad grades given the school by the state and looking into how our schools could be improved, you blame the methodology of the “test.” More...

New town office up for Woolwich vote

To the Editor: The Woolwich Selectboard encourages residents to participate in what is the purest form of democracy, the Town Meeting, which will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Woolwich Central School. More...

Family & Friends

GARDEN DETECTIVE

Follow the clues to deter animals from yard, garden

Damaged plants may be an inevitable part of gardening, but it doesn’t mean there is nothing that can be done. More...

‘Dinner with the Smileys’

New book features a year of unforgettable lessons

Out of necessity, military spouses have devised creative ways to mark the time — paper chains, journals, jars of M&Ms — but last year, while Dustin was deployed overseas for 13 months, I knew I couldn’t do this time-honored ritu More...

Simple tips to help with spring lawn care

Notes from the Garden

It’s time for a little lawn care. I’m not obsessive about my lawn, but I like a nice green swath between the flower beds that is suitable for badminton, croquet or general lounging. More...

Nation

Teacher who stomped on flag gets payment

CHAPIN, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina high school teacher removed from the classroom when he stomped on an American flag while discussing freedom is being paid $85,000 to avoid a legal challenge. More...

Frantic 911 call leads to 3 missing women in Ohio

CLEVELAND The woman’s voice was frantic and breathless, and she was choking back tears. “Help me. I’m Amanda Berry,” she told a 911 dispatcher. More...