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Camden Maine at Critical Junction

Camden Maine at Critical Junction

The Town of Camden Maine, and particularly its Select Board, are at a critical point in the Town’s development.

Two Select Board seats are up for the June 11, 2024 Town election.
Four Candidates are running: Susan Dorr, Stephanie French, Ken Gross and Sophie Romano.

It’s important that the citizens for Camden vote for the best candidates. One of the best ways to figure out how to vote is to watch the Candidates forum, hear what they have to say, watch their body language and their understanding of the issues.

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Efforts to remove Camden dam are misplaced

Efforts to remove Camden dam are misplaced

The Montgomery Dam and its waterfall are a centerpiece to Camden’s beautiful and historic core along with the library, Harbor Park (designed by the world-famous Olmsted firm), and the amphitheater.

In 2017 voters allocated $50,000 for repairs to the dam. At the same time the Camden
Comprehensive Plan, endorsed and signed by the Select Board on behalf of the Town, included Montgomery Dam restoration in its suggested 10- year Capital Improvement Plan. Interestingly, the plan did not identify any problems along the Megunticook River.

But now Camden faces an imminent threat of losing Montgomery Dam because of grant requirements within the National Coastal Resiliency Program, a worthwhile endeavor designed to promote fish passage.

This resiliency program is administered by the Federal Fish and Wildlife Foundation, in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Defense and several private corporations.

Camden does not fit the grant requirements. In its attempt to meet them, the town parroted purposes of the grant, but without a sufficient statement of need.

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Magic in a small city: Eastport

Magic in a small city: Eastport

Eastport, established as a town in 1798 and incorporated as a city in 1893, is one of Maine’s more fascinating locales.

In this episode of Chasing Maine, Roger McCord travels back to Eastport to present a cross-section of Eastport by interviewing three very different people in the community.

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Much Higher Interest Rates for Much, Much Longer. Or Maybe Not!

Much Higher Interest Rates for Much, Much Longer. Or Maybe Not!

Who doesn’t love spending their morning trying to understand what the Federal Reserve is doing? Oh, no takers? Well, let’s at least look at inflation trends and where I expect interest rates to go.

Thanks to COVID-related supply chain disruptions, inflation has stabilized around 3% (instead of the Fed’s magic 2%). Those baby boomers are also part of the problem. As they age into retirement, capital availability is going to decline and the Fed’s going to have rethink their strategy.

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HERE AND NOW Exhibition and Artist Talk at Page Gallery

HERE AND NOW Exhibition and Artist Talk at Page Gallery

Page Gallery is pleased to present HERE AND NOW, an exhibition of paintings from Gideon Bok, Susan Lichtman, and Terry Powers featuring intimate interior views; an art studio, a family home, and the spaces in between. The exhibition will open with a public reception during the Camden Art Walk on Thursday, May 16 from 5-7 pm and will be on display through June 14. Camden artist Gideon Bok will present an artist talk about his work on Sunday, June 2 at 1 pm.

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The World Needs More Babies

The World Needs More Babies

Well, it looks like there’s something in the water in the US and it ain’t little blue pills. The recent US Census data shows a 40-year low in the birth rate – about 1.6 per woman.

With the birth rate well below the replacement level, there could be huge economic implications that follow. There are plenty of other countries facing similar demographic issues, so the US has plenty of case studies to read up on.

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Tik Tik Tik Tik TOK

Tik Tik Tik Tik TOK

A little over a year ago, we discussed a potential ban on TikTok in the US. Well, President Biden finally signed the “Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act”, which would ban TikTok or force its parent company, ByteDance, to sell it.

You can bet that TikTok won’t go down without a fight, so we’ll probably still be talking about this a year from now…but that still leaves Mets/Facebook to worry about!

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Jane’s Walk in Camden a Success

Jane’s Walk in Camden a Success

Camden’s “Jane’s Walk” visited four of the dam sites on Megunticook River, Saturday, May 4, 2024 — 2:00 p.m. The walk showed a dramatic waterfall at each site except at Montgomery Dam. There has been an ongoing debate about the future of these dams and their waterfalls. This walk was led by volunteer members of “Save the Dam Falls,” which is offering a counter-argument to the Town of Camden’s campaign to remove the dams, millponds, and waterfalls, particularly the spectacular Montgomery Falls at the head of the harbor.

What a great response and wonderful event with 70 people and one osprey chirping up above us in a tree. He was rooting us on!

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Japan Beefing up their Naval Aviation

Japan Beefing up their Naval Aviation

The Japanese Navy is getting a face lift with the conversion of the Izumo-class destroyers into small supercarriers capable of holding F-35s (compliments of the US).

This marks Japan’s return to full-scale naval aviation and is a reflection of the overall strategic shift in Japan’s military posture. With regional affairs growing more dicey by the day (ahem, China), Japan is straightening out its military posture and looking to play a more assertive role.

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Can RFK Jr. Alter The the 2024 Presidential Election?

Can RFK Jr. Alter The the 2024 Presidential Election?

RFK II has a presidential name, but I don’t think he’ll be finding himself in that position this go around. However, he does have the opportunity to cause some problems for Trump in the process.

Donald Trump has created enough challenges for himself by dividing the Republican party and alienating independents, but RFK Jr. might be able to add one more challenge to Trump’s campaign. We all know the conspiracy theorist wackadoos love Trump, but RFK Jr. is catching the eyes of some of the crazies.

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Are Russians Going to Start Shipping Via Arctic Circle?

Are Russians Going to Start Shipping Via Arctic Circle?

By Peter Zeihan As the ice begins to melt in the Arctic, will the Russians be able to establish a shipping route to the north? While establishing a northern sea route is possible, it won't be the gold mine its been made out to be. There are several factors that make...

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#6 Vintage Basketball 2024 Spring Session Boys Basketball Camden Hills vs Belfast  December 2005

#6 Vintage Basketball 2024 Spring Session Boys Basketball Camden Hills vs Belfast December 2005

Watch this 2005 Vintage Boys Basketball game between the Windjammers of Camden Hills and the Lions of Belfast. This game was played at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport in December of 2005. Before the game, Charlie Crockett interviewed Sue Wootton. Playing for Coach Jeff Hart’s Windjammers were Paul Campbell, Christian Pieri, Cameron Puls, Jared Mitchell, Gordon Fischer, Noah Burke, Dave Bryant, Jake Feener, Paul Draper, and Jamie Caswell. Playing for Coach Terry Kenniston were Jake Arthurs, Ben Felton, Matt Benjamin, Yates Murphy, Colin Kennedy, and John Higgins. The announcers were Charlie Crockett and Don Palmer, and the sports videographer was Penny Crockett .

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Makers Market Spring Block Party: Call for Vendors!

Makers Market Spring Block Party: Call for Vendors!

Thomaston’s annual Spring Block Party is back for a second year, and we’re excited to announce that vendor applications are now open for the Maker’s Market and the Young Entrepreneurs Alley!

The Maker’s Market is a vibrant marketplace showcasing handmade crafts, artisanal goods, farm-fresh produce, and unique creations from talented local makers. Whether you’re a seasoned artisan or a first-time vendor, this is your chance to share your talents with the community.

Meanwhile, the Young Entrepreneurs Alley provides a special platform for aspiring business owners under 17 years old to showcase their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. It’s an opportunity for young minds to shine and gain valuable experience in a supportive environment.

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Russian Hypersonic Missiles: Unstoppable or Skeet Practice for Ukraine

Russian Hypersonic Missiles: Unstoppable or Skeet Practice for Ukraine

Today, we’re talking about the “unstoppable” hypersonic missiles that the Russians have been hyping up over the past few years.

The hypersonics in question are the Kinzhal and Zircon, which are indeed some advanced missiles. However, we’ve already seen instances of these being intercepted with existing defense systems, such as the US Patriot. There are also several other factors that help deconstruct this Russian lie.

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Russia’s War Machine Reaching Twilight

Russia’s War Machine Reaching Twilight

While Moscow has plenty of old equipment to churn through in its attempt to drag Kyiv back into its orbit, the same cannot be said for its ability to place more bodies on front lines. Russia’s post-soviet demography was already a mess before the war. Combined with hundreds of thousands of casualties due to the war, and estimates of up to a million fighting age men who have slipped out of the country, and Russia is facing a grim inversion of its WWII challenges: while it may have plenty of (aging, derelict) equipment with which to wage war on its neighbors, young men are becoming much harder to find and even harder to replace…

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Peak of the Eclipse Rockport Harbor

Peak of the Eclipse Rockport Harbor

On Monday we enjoyed the eclipse from an overlook above the harbor. Here we only experienced about 90% occlusion, but it was a gloriously warm and cloudless day. More than anything, the few peak umbral moments yet again reminded me how infinitesimal we truly are. Nature, as ever, is the greatest teacher of all…when we slow down and open ourselves to her. On a far less reflective note, we are girding ourselves for the coming season and are already feeling a bit overwhelmed even as we count our blessings given the myriad projects and opportunities right off our bow. I want to hit pause, though, for a moment to offer you – our extended family – heartfelt thanks…gratitude and appreciation that could not derive from any deeper in my me.

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Ohio’s Plastics Industry’s Juicy Secret

Ohio’s Plastics Industry’s Juicy Secret

For most of America, the shale sector looks fairly similar – traditional oil production produces natural gas as a byproduct, which is flared off until infrastructure is put in place to harness it. However, the Marcellus and Utica fields in Ohio primarily produce natural gas that is used for fuel across the central and eastern US. This is a bigger deal than it seems. If the tri-state area of Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania were a country, it would produce more natural gas than any countries save Russia and the United States itself.

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#5 Vintage Basketball 2024 Spring Session Girls Basketball  Camden-Rockport vs Belfast 12/21/1998

#5 Vintage Basketball 2024 Spring Session Girls Basketball Camden-Rockport vs Belfast 12/21/1998

Watch this Vintage Girls Basketball game, played on December 21, 1998 at Camden-Rockport High School in Camden. Playing for Coach Jay Carlsen’s Windjammers were Anna Somo, Sarah Dailey, Megan Cressler, Becca Neville, Megan Bedford, Tony-Lynn Robbins, Jen Dickey, Laurem Withey, Nicole Auspline, and Karinna Russo. Starying for the Belfast Lions were Erin Herbig, Amy Flood, Amanda Brown, Jamie Marden, Amy Potvan, Liz Kelly Shawna Curtis, and Katie Lahaye. The Play-by-play broadcaster was Charlie Crockett, ststistician Don Palmer, and spots videographer Penny Crcokett. If anyone recalls who was in the Windjammer “Spirit Creature” suit for that game, please mention the name in the comments.

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Washington County libraries are preparing for the future

Washington County libraries are preparing for the future

When Sharon Kiley Mack walked into a library for the first time as a little girl, she wept at the sight of so many books.More than six decades later, Mack again found herself weeping at her local library in Machias. But this time it was because she couldn’t enter.

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Maine’s firefighters rarely fight fires. Instead they’re answering medical calls.

Maine’s firefighters rarely fight fires. Instead they’re answering medical calls.

In 2022, just 4.5 percent of calls that came into Maine fire departments were for fires. Seventy percent were for medical assistance.

For years, fire departments around the state have struggled to hire enough staff and volunteers to handle an increasing number of calls.

But in many places, those calls are no longer to fight fires — instead, departments are spending most of their time responding to medical emergencies.

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