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  1. Union 93 names special education directorRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Nov 16 | The Weekly Packet

    On November 2, Karen Watts was unanimously approved to lead special education services for Union 93, serving Blue Hill, Brooksville, Castine, Penobscot and Surry districts, with 18 of 23 board members present. The Union 93 board comprises members of all five school boards.

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  2. High winds cause havoc Locally, over 6,000 without powerRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Oct 30 | The Weekly Packet

    Wind gusts nearing 70 miles per hour knocked over trees and power lines across the Peninsula and island on October 30, closing schools and businesses and turning local roads into obstacle courses. Winds picked up around 2 a.m. but a ferocious surge beginning around 7:30 a.m. amped up the damage.

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  3. On your mark: Middle school running championships draw area teamsRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Oct 30 | The Weekly Packet

    The Blue Hill Fairgrounds played host to the Middle School Coastal Cross-Country Championships on October 19. Boys and girls teams from Hancock and Penobscot counties combined for over 300 runners, including those from The Bay School, Blue Hill Consolidated School, Brooksville, Surry, Adams School, Penobscot Community School and Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School. The Bay School's girls team finished in second place behind Ellsworth, and the boys team from The Bay School also took a second-place finish after Ellsworth.

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  4. Scoping session set for oyster leaseRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 19, 2017 | The Weekly Packet

    A potential aquaculture lease application to grow oysters in the upper Bagaduce River in Penobscot will be discussed at an upcoming scoping session, the Department of Marine resources announced October 12. Joe Rego, of Clearwater Seafood, Inc. of Orland, has grown oysters east of Nab Island for five years, he said. Rego said he plans to apply for a "roughly" three-acre standard aquaculture lease site for suspended and bottom culture American/Eastern oysters.

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  5. From animals to food: Blue Hill Fair entertains over Labor Day weekendRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 7, 2017 | The Weekly Packet

    If you don't like the weather, wait a minute. At least, that is what they say in New England.

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  6. Food sovereignty bill heads back to LegislatureRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 7, 2017 | The Weekly Packet

    A hard-fought push for local authority over farm-raised food and products received a big win when the 128th Legislature passed 725, "An Act to Recognize Local Control Regarding Food Systems," which Governor Paul LePage signed into law on June 16. 725 permits municipal governments to regulate local food systems by ordinance, "an incredible validation" Penobscot farmer Heather Retberg said when it was signed into law.

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  7. Union 93 names interim Director of Special ServicesRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 28, 2017 | The Weekly Packet

    Cathy Lewis, a former interim principal at Surry Elementary School, has been chosen as interim Director of Special Services for Union 93, serving Blue Hill, Brooksville, Castine, Penobscot and Surry school districts. Lewis has worked as a teacher and administrator in education for 46 years, including eight years as principal at Brewer Elementary School, and brings a love of interaction with children to the position.

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  8. Local schools see little boost from added state education dollarsRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 24, 2017 | The Weekly Packet

    Six of the seven Peninsula elementary schools and the Deer Isle-Stonington School District are not receiving any of the $48.4 million in additional education funding announced when the two-year state budget passed in Augusta in July. The additional school funding is the first part of a two-year, $162 million increase, part of an agreement that saw the legislature eliminate a 3-percent tax surcharge on high income households that voters had approved in November.

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  9. Area schools prepare for new yearRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 24, 2017 | The Weekly Packet

    School may have ended for students in June, but for the teachers, staff, administrators and school boards, the summer break was largely spent in anticipation of the 2017-18 school year. Several school boards and the Union 76 and Union 93 superintendents found themselves tasked with hiring new administrators this summer, as every school except Blue Hill, Surry and Brooksville went into summer without a person in the principal positions.

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  10. Bagaduce Watershed Association to meetRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 17, 2017 | The Weekly Packet

    The Annual Meeting of the Bagaduce Watershed Association will be held on Tuesday, August 22, at 7 p.m., at the Reversing Falls Sanctuary, 818 Bagaduce Road in Brooksville. Robin Alden, Executive Director Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, will speak on the topic: "Local Ecology, Local Stewardship: What Climate Change is Teaching Us About Fisheries."

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  11. Historical societies plan special weekendRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 20, 2017 | The Weekly Packet

    Each summer, historical societies across the state open their doors for the weekend, and a window into what life, and artifacts, were like in the past. Local societies will showcase their summer exhibits and permanent collections, alongside demonstrations and refreshments.

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  12. Author talk to detail Castine in the 1950sRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 13, 2017 | The Weekly Packet

    Author Donald Small will give a talk about his book, Salt Water Town, on Monday, July 17, at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Parish House in Castine. His talk is part of Witherle Memorial Library's Maine Writers Series.

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  13. Penobscot Day to feature floats, food, fun and fireworksRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 6, 2017 | The Weekly Packet

    Garden coordinator teacher Cate Reuter assists second graders Shelby Williamson and Keegan Butler as they prepare to cut the ribbon to dedicate the "Casa Verde" or Green House. Because of the heavy rain, the ceremony was held indoors, but the yellow ribbon extends out through the window to the greenhouse, located immediately outside the auditorium.

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  14. Magic Food Bus combines food and books for healthRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 22, 2017 | The Weekly Packet

    Connecting people of all ages to books and to free, fresh, and healthy food has been the focus of Healthy Peninsula's Magic Food Bus, rolling into its seventh season on Thursday, June 22. The program is expanding into two new towns in 2017 and can now be found in Blue Hill, Brooksville, Deer Isle, Penobscot, Sedgwick, Stonington and Surry. Fresh vegetables will also be available at the newest "stop" next to the demonstration garden in front of the Healthy Peninsula office across the street from the Blue Hill Public Library at 10 Parker Point Road.

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  15. New law solidifies 'home rule' for local food ordinancesRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 22, 2017 | The Weekly Packet

    It becomes valid September 14, 90 days after the signing. The law applies only to food or food products that are grown, produced or processed by individuals within that municipality who sell directly to consumers.

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  16. Community Compass seeks public inputRead the original story w/Photo

    May 15, 2017 | The Weekly Packet

    The Community Compass has been creating a three-year organizational strategic plan, and the plan will be the topic at its next forum on Wednesday, May 17, at the Blue Hill Congregational Church at 8 a.m. The meeting is being held to receive input from those interested in helping to alleviate poverty, according to a news release. Co-chairmen, Dr. Bob Holmberg and Tom Bjorkman invite the public to attend and participate.

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  17. Union 93 moves forward with new IEP systemRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 10, 2017 | The Weekly Packet

    Irvine also reported that the special education budget has been approved in four of the five Union 93 towns. Brooksville's budget is down 21 percent, partially due to decreasing one position at the school, while Castine and Penobscot only saw "modest" increases.

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  18. Small-town fire departments a 'catch-all' for emergency responseRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 2, 2017 | The Weekly Packet

    Local departments get emergency calls for everything from traffic control at car accident scenes to medical assists to clearing downed power lines and trees. "Basically it's a catch-all," said Director Renee Wellman of Hancock County Regional Communication Center, which directs all 9-1-1 calls.

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  19. DOT lists $16 million for area roadsRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 6, 2017 | The Weekly Packet

    The Maine Department of Transportation has earmarked more than $16 million for improvements to area roads over the next three years. The funds are part of the department's $2.3 billion, three-year state Work Plan that includes funding for 2,411 projects around the state.

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  20. Three Peninsula schools seek principals for 2017-18Read the original story w/Photo

    Feb 6, 2017 | The Weekly Packet

    Three elementary schools on the Blue Hill Peninsula are in search of a teaching principal for the 2017-18 school year. Openings in Penobscot and Sedgwick are the result of longtime principals retiring, while in Brooksville, the school board and its principal, who was hired in 2015, parted ways suddenly in December.

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