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155th Year-No.15

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Car-Truck Crash at MacGown Hill…
Rescue workers remove the driver of a Subaru that crossed the centerline of Route 1A Wednesday at noon on MacGown Hill, hitting a tractor-trailer, Ellsworth police reported. Just before the collision, the southbound Subaru passed three vehicles in the passing lane when its driver either fell asleep or blacked out, according to witness reports, police said. The accident occurred at the beginning of a state highway project to improve the road.

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Route 1A Lane Closures Begin
   ELLSWORTH — Lane closures were to begin this week on a stretch of Route 1A between Dedham and Ellsworth that the Maine Department of Transportation is reconstructing. The project starts near the Lily Road in Dedham and extends south 3.4 miles, ending just beyond Cove Way in Ellsworth, about a mile past Winkumpaugh Road, according to DOT Construction Manager Rob Clewley.
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Misty Harbor Townhouses
From Navy Housing To Seaside Condos

   WINTER HARBOR — Thirty-two “Misty Harbor” townhouses originally built for the U.S. Navy will go on sale in late May as condominiums. Sixteen two-bedroom units will be priced at $184,000, while 16 three-bedroom units will be priced at $194,000. South Portland developer Eban Marsh paid $1.65 million for the townhouse complex located behind the Main Street IGA.
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Voters OK $3M Budget At Surry Town Meeting

 
Lady Mariners Fall to Lasell
Lacrosse Team Goes 1-1

   CASTINE — The last week was a rough one for Maine Maritime Academy’s softball and lacrosse teams. The Lady Mariners saw their record dip to 1-4 after losing a doubleheader to Lasell College on Sunday. In the 11-3 opener, Lasell sophomore Jayme Rautenberg provided much of the firepower, driving in three runs with a double and home run.
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Testing Bedevils Maine Schools
   AUGUSTA — After being encouraged in the 1990s to shun standardized tests in measuring student progress, Maine’s teachers now are feeling overwhelmed by a new wave of state and federal student testing requirements. Maine’s so-called “local assessment” approach to measuring student progress has become so burdensome that Governor John E. Baldacci, Maine Commissioner of Education Susan Gendron and the state’s teachers union have called for delaying assessment-based high school graduation requirements that were supposed to affect this year’s freshmen class.
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Citizen Veto Is Pushed
Veterans of WWII: ARMY AIR CORP, Clayton Wallace
Sorrento Sailors Race for America In Flying Fifteen Championship
   ELLSWORTH — Their luggage wasn’t weighted down by trophies or medals, but Sorrento sailors Steve Schley and Jock Crothers returned from the 2005 Flying Fifteen World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand, with some great experiences and the good will of competitors from seven countries. “They were thrilled we were there,” Schley said of the regular competitors on the Flying Fifteen racing circuit. “They would love to have an excuse to come to the U.S. and sail,” he added.
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Scarin’ up Dinner
Lady Dracula Comes to Life in Surry

   It’s been happening, in one form or another, for the past 17 years. But, this year, the annual Surry Elementary School Dinner Theatre took a decidedly macabre turn. On April 1 and 2, the school gym, transformed into an elegant Victorian flavored restaurant, was the scene of “Lady Dracula,” a play by Tim Kelly that deftly mixed equal servings of Bram Stoker’s source novel and countless horror movie clichés into an entertaining evening of chills and laughs.
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A Stop-gap Measure at Best
  
Using $2.2 million in federal, state and local tax money, work has begun on a year-long project to widen High Street and improve safety and efficiency at its intersection with Main Street in Ellsworth. When all is said and done, the level of service at the intersection still will be ranked no higher than grade C or D, according to Project Manager Todd Pelletier.
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The outstanding U.S. public debt on Wednesday, April 13, was $7,793,773,736,549.01. Each citizen’s share of this debt is $26,341.58. One year ago, the U.S. public debt was $7,164,797,958,097.65.

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