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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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