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Harpswell Anchor The Harpswell Anchor newspaper was started in 1998 by publisher Robert Anderson. The paper closed its doors in the fall of 2020. In April 2021 a new nonprofit organization -- Harpswell News -- was formed to relaunch the newspaper.

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By Ed Robinson: May is one of the best months of the year, a time when we climb out of the recliner, shake off the winte...
05/15/2022
Harpswell Naturalist: Moving month - The Harpswell Anchor

By Ed Robinson: May is one of the best months of the year, a time when we climb out of the recliner, shake off the winter cobwebs and shift our patooties into high gear. Mud season is behind us, summer beckons and spring is bursting out all over. An upbeat song by Katrina and The Waves captures the mood of May for me, the classic “Walking on Sunshine” — “I’m walking on sunshine, whoa-oh, and don’t it feel good!”

Harpswell Naturalist: Moving month Posted by Ed Robinson | May 15, 2022 | Columns A tom turkey displays his wings for the ladies on Orr’s Island. (ED ROBINSON PHOTO) May is one of the best months of the year, a time when we climb out of the recliner, shake off the winter cobwebs and shift our pato...

The World Health Organization needs my help. If you haven’t heard, the current COVID variants are named after Greek lett...
05/14/2022
Lost on a Loop Trail: Nomenclature for COVID variants - The Harpswell Anchor

The World Health Organization needs my help. If you haven’t heard, the current COVID variants are named after Greek letters and there are only 24 letters available. WHO is seeking a new “nomenclature” to use after omega — the last Greek letter — is assigned.

So here’s my small list of new names — all chosen in the spirit of poking fun at the COVID virus and ourselves as we navigate our way into and out of and back into and out of and back into and out of this pandemic.

Lost on a Loop Trail: Nomenclature for COVID variants Posted by Gregory Greenleaf | May 14, 2022 | Columns The World Health Organization needs my help. If you haven’t heard, the current COVID variants are named after Greek letters and there are only 24 letters available. WHO is seeking a new “no...

The Brunswick Rotary Club hopes to mount a plaque at the 1793 cattle pound at Harpswell Center, commemorating a structur...
05/13/2022
Brunswick Rotary proposes historic marker for cattle pound - The Harpswell Anchor

The Brunswick Rotary Club hopes to mount a plaque at the 1793 cattle pound at Harpswell Center, commemorating a structure vital to early settlers’ lives.

Brunswick Rotary proposes historic marker for cattle pound Posted by J.W. Oliver | May 13, 2022 | Business & Nonprofits, History The Brunswick Rotary Club hopes to install a bronze plaque to commemorate the 1793 cattle pound at Harpswell Center. (J.W. OLIVER PHOTO) The Brunswick Rotary Club hopes to...

The Harpswell Booster Club has dissolved, and with no boosters to staff it, the town plans to demolish the snack shack a...
05/12/2022
Booster club dissolves, snack shack to come down - The Harpswell Anchor

The Harpswell Booster Club has dissolved, and with no boosters to staff it, the town plans to demolish the snack shack at Trufant-Summerton Athletic Field.

Booster club dissolves, snack shack to come down Posted by J.W. Oliver | May 12, 2022 | Sports The town plans to remove the snack shack at Trufant-Summerton Athletic Field. (J.W. OLIVER PHOTO) The Harpswell Booster Club has dissolved, and with no boosters to staff it, the town plans to demolish the....

Harpswell voters will decide two questions in a special town meeting by referendum on June 14. The town vote will coinci...
05/12/2022
Special referendum set for June 14 - The Harpswell Anchor

Harpswell voters will decide two questions in a special town meeting by referendum on June 14. The town vote will coincide with the primary election and the Maine School Administrative District 75 budget validation referendum.

The select board will hold a public hearing on the ballot at the town office at 6:15 p.m., Thursday, May 12.

Special referendum set for June 14 Posted by J.W. Oliver | May 12, 2022 | Government & Politics Harpswell voters will decide two questions in a special town meeting by referendum on June 14. The town vote will coincide with the primary election and the Maine School Administrative District 75 budget....

When something goes wrong at sea, like a boat capsizing or catching fire, fishermen have moments to make a series of dec...
05/11/2022
Fishermen train to survive disaster in Cundy's Harbor - The Harpswell Anchor

When something goes wrong at sea, like a boat capsizing or catching fire, fishermen have moments to make a series of decisions that may determine whether they live or die. But training for disaster can increase the likelihood of survival.

That’s the idea behind a traveling safety training for fishermen that arrived in Cundy’s Harbor on Thursday and Friday, May 5 and 6. The training was free and available to both fishermen and aquaculturists.

Fishermen train to survive disaster in Cundy’s Harbor Posted by J.W. Oliver | May 11, 2022 | Events, Health & Safety Cundy’s Harbor lobsterman Matt Gilley floats on his back in an immersion suit during a training with Fishing Partnership Support Services on Thursday, May 5. (J.W. OLIVER PHOTO...

The Maine Charter School Commission approved Harpswell Coastal Academy’s consolidation plan in a 4-1 vote on Tuesday, Ma...
05/11/2022
State commission greenlights Harpswell Coastal Academy consolidation - The Harpswell Anchor

The Maine Charter School Commission approved Harpswell Coastal Academy’s consolidation plan in a 4-1 vote on Tuesday, May 10, but the commission’s chair says the charter school remains “fragile” and has much work to do.

State commission greenlights Harpswell Coastal Academy consolidation Posted by J.W. Oliver | May 10, 2022 | Education The Maine Charter School Commission votes 4-1 to approve Harpswell Coastal Academy’s consolidation plan during a meeting at the Burton M. Cross Building in Augusta on Tuesday, May ...

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and the town collected 75 pounds of unwanted medications during a four-hour event...
05/10/2022
Collection brings in 75 pounds of medications - The Harpswell Anchor

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and the town collected 75 pounds of unwanted medications during a four-hour event at the town office on April 30.

The town hosts collections twice a year, in April and October. Over-the-counter, prescription and veterinary medications are welcome. Needles and thermometers are not accepted.

Collection brings in 75 pounds of medications Posted by J.W. Oliver | May 10, 2022 | Health & Safety The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and the town collected 75 pounds of unwanted medications during a four-hour event at the town office on April 30. The town hosts collections twice a year, in ...

The Harpswell Lobster Boat Races are moving from Potts Harbor to Middle Bay, where spectators can watch the July event f...
05/10/2022
Lobster boat races will move to Mitchell Field - The Harpswell Anchor

The Harpswell Lobster Boat Races are moving from Potts Harbor to Middle Bay, where spectators can watch the July event from George J. Mitchell Field.

The races will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 24, according to the request. The organizers expect 50-200 people to attend. Food trucks and merchandise tables will be set up at Mitchell Field.

Lobster boat races will move to Mitchell Field Posted by J.W. Oliver | May 10, 2022 | Events The Harpswell Lobster Boat Races are moving from Potts Harbor to Middle Bay, where spectators can watch the July event from George J. Mitchell Field. The Harpswell Board of Selectmen approved the organizers....

The Maine Charter School Commission just voted 4-1 to approve Harpswell Coastal Academy's consolidation plan. Story to c...
05/10/2022

The Maine Charter School Commission just voted 4-1 to approve Harpswell Coastal Academy's consolidation plan. Story to come at harpswellanchor.org.

One of the two candidates for the Democratic nomination in Maine House District 99 has ended her campaign, saying she is...
05/09/2022
Democratic House candidate ends campaign, citing 'health challenges' - The Harpswell Anchor

One of the two candidates for the Democratic nomination in Maine House District 99 has ended her campaign, saying she is “facing some health challenges.”

Democratic House candidate ends campaign, citing ‘health challenges’ Posted by J.W. Oliver | May 9, 2022 | Government & Politics Sheila Menair has ended her campaign for the Democratic nomination in Maine House District 99. One of the two candidates for the Democratic nomination in Maine House D...

The town office has a new receptionist at the front desk after the retirement of Linda Strickland. Denise Perry, of Harp...
05/09/2022
Town hires 'multi-office assistant' - The Harpswell Anchor

The town office has a new receptionist at the front desk after the retirement of Linda Strickland. Denise Perry, of Harpswell, will staff the desk as part of her duties as a full-time “multi-office assistant.”

Town hires ‘multi-office assistant’ Posted by J.W. Oliver | May 9, 2022 | Government & Politics The town office has a new receptionist at the front desk after the retirement of Linda Strickland. Denise Perry, of Harpswell, will staff the desk as part of her duties as a full-time “multi-office ...

By Kathy D'Agostino: Driving by the now-closed B&M factory in Portland last week, it made me sad to think I will no long...
05/08/2022
Cooking at 43° North: A Maine Saturday night tradition - The Harpswell Anchor

By Kathy D'Agostino: Driving by the now-closed B&M factory in Portland last week, it made me sad to think I will no longer smell the beans baking when I ​pass​ by. Nothing beats the aroma of a pot of beans ​baking​ in the oven. It ​inspired me​ to roll up my sleeves and make some.

Cooking at 43° North: A Maine Saturday night tradition Posted by Kathy D'Agostino | May 8, 2022 | Columns A traditional baked bean supper. (KATHY D’AGOSTINO PHOTO) Driving by the now-closed B&M factory in Portland last week, it made me sad to think I will no longer smell the beans baking when I ....

Gardening provides delicious food, exercise and stress relief, but it’s not always an option. Many seniors are no longer...
05/07/2022
Collaboration offers free container gardens for community - The Harpswell Anchor

Gardening provides delicious food, exercise and stress relief, but it’s not always an option. Many seniors are no longer capable of growing large gardens, and transportation may be a barrier to tending a community plot.

Harpswell Aging at Home, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust and Harpswell Coastal Academy are teaming up for a second year to provide residents of all ages and abilities with simple container gardens.

Collaboration offers free container gardens for community Posted by Harpswell Anchor | May 7, 2022 | Press Releases A volunteer plants herbs for container gardens in 2021. (AMELIA GRAHAM PHOTO) Gardening provides delicious food, exercise and stress relief, but it’s not always an option. Many senio...

By Butch Lawson: I was recently asked to consider writing a column about the positive things about growing old.Hahahahah...
05/06/2022
Thinking in Public: Positively aging - The Harpswell Anchor

By Butch Lawson: I was recently asked to consider writing a column about the positive things about growing old.

Hahahahahahaha!

No, seriously.

Thinking in Public: Positively aging Posted by Butch Lawson | May 6, 2022 | Columns I was recently asked to consider writing a column about the positive things about growing old. Hahahahahahaha! No, seriously. Initially, I found the proposition to be absurd, but it quickly ramped up all the way to h...

From Harpswell Invasive Plant Partnership: Why is it important to make way for native plants? Our birds and bees depend ...
05/05/2022
Making way for native plants - The Harpswell Anchor

From Harpswell Invasive Plant Partnership: Why is it important to make way for native plants? Our birds and bees depend on native plants for their survival. Many species have evolved over centuries to utilize specific plants for food and shelter.

Making way for native plants Posted by Harpswell Invasive Plant Partnership | May 5, 2022 | Press Releases Asiatic bittersweet climbs a tree on the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s Curtis Farm Preserve. (BECKY GALLERY PHOTO) Why is it important to make way for native plants? Our birds and bees depe...

The pastor of Elijah Kellogg Church will retire on June 5 after a decade in the role, which he views as the pinnacle of ...
05/04/2022
Pastor of Elijah Kellogg Church to retire after four decades of ministry - The Harpswell Anchor

The pastor of Elijah Kellogg Church will retire on June 5 after a decade in the role, which he views as the pinnacle of his four decades in the ministry.

Pastor of Elijah Kellogg Church to retire after four decades of ministry Posted by J.W. Oliver | May 4, 2022 | Community The Rev. John D. Carson will retire in June after 10 years as pastor of Elijah Kellogg Church. (J.W. OLIVER PHOTO) The pastor of Elijah Kellogg Church will retire on June 5 after....

There are many unsung heroes in this town, and Jeff Morrell is one of them. But he doesn’t do what he does for the recog...
05/03/2022
Harpswell Center man quietly cares for Meeting House flag, like his father before him - The Harpswell Anchor

There are many unsung heroes in this town, and Jeff Morrell is one of them. But he doesn’t do what he does for the recognition.

Every morning on his way to work, Morrell quietly stops his truck in front of the Meeting House in Harpswell Center and puts up the American flag on the pole that stands close by. And every evening around sundown he takes it down again.

Harpswell Center man quietly cares for Meeting House flag, like his father before him Posted by Janice Thompson | May 3, 2022 | Community Jeff Morrell lowers the flag at the Old Meeting House in Harpswell Center on April 15. (JANICE THOMPSON PHOTO) There are many unsung heroes in this town, and Jeff...

From Harpswell Aging at Home: After another pandemic winter, Harpswell Aging at Home is looking forward to reconnecting ...
05/03/2022
Lunch and Snacks with Friends are back! - The Harpswell Anchor

From Harpswell Aging at Home: After another pandemic winter, Harpswell Aging at Home is looking forward to reconnecting with neighbors and friends at several in-person events this spring. Its two most popular activities, Lunch with Friends and Snacks with Friends, are coming back in May and June. As the weather warms, HAH is thrilled to work with the Cundy’s Harbor Community Church of the Nazarene, the town of Harpswell, and the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust as they provide venues for these community events.

Lunch and Snacks with Friends are back! Posted by Harpswell Aging at Home | May 3, 2022 | Press Releases A Snacks with Friends event at Mackerel Cove on June 9, 2021. BY LEANNE GRILLO, HARPSWELL AGING AT HOME After another pandemic winter, Harpswell Aging at Home is looking forward to reconnecting w...

05/03/2022

Do you know anyone who needs smoke detectors for the deaf and hard of hearing? Contact Town of Harpswell Fire Administrator Art Howe at 207-833-5771 ext. 126 or [email protected] with a name, address and phone number. The detectors will be available free, with installation, courtesy of the American Red Cross.

In what will be a major boon for pets in Harpswell and across the area — and for the people who love them — Midcoast Hum...
05/02/2022
Midcoast Humane preps new facility for pets, people - The Harpswell Anchor

In what will be a major boon for pets in Harpswell and across the area — and for the people who love them — Midcoast Humane is transforming a former MBNA call center in Brunswick into a welcoming, modern animal shelter.

Midcoast Humane preps new facility for pets, people Posted by Doug Warren | May 2, 2022 | Business & Nonprofits Jess Townsend, executive director of Midcoast Humane, talks to visitors at the reception desk of the organization’s new facility at 5 Industrial Parkway in Brunswick. (BILL MULDOON PHOTO...

It’s easy to feel helpless when hearing about a tragedy in another country. Some disasters, like the war in Ukraine, are...
05/02/2022
Harpswell resident's handmade jars collect change for Ukraine - The Harpswell Anchor

It’s easy to feel helpless when hearing about a tragedy in another country. Some disasters, like the war in Ukraine, are far too large and distant for anyone here to solve. But while we may not be able to solve those problems ourselves, a small group of Harpswellians are trying to show that every little bit counts, even if all you have is spare change.

Harpswell resident’s handmade jars collect change for Ukraine Posted by Sam Allen | May 2, 2022 | Community Sunflowers — the national flower of Ukraine and a symbol of resistance against Russia — decorate Patty Carrier’s donation jars. It’s easy to feel helpless when hearing about a traged...

05/02/2022

Outage tonight: Central Maine Power will shut off power along and off of Route 24, from the Brunswick line to Land's End, around 11 p.m. Monday. The outage should last about five minutes, according to Harpswell Fire Administrator Art Howe.

Letter to the editor from Jerry Klepner & Connie Sage Conner: Whether it’s in English or Ukrainian, we owe a huge debt o...
05/01/2022
Dyakuyu, School House 1913 - The Harpswell Anchor

Letter to the editor from Jerry Klepner & Connie Sage Conner: Whether it’s in English or Ukrainian, we owe a huge debt of gratitude and thanks to The School House 1913 restaurant. Their generosity was the keystone upon which Harpswell Supports Ukraine was built.

Dyakuyu, School House 1913 Posted by Harpswell Anchor | May 1, 2022 | Letters Whether it’s in English or Ukrainian, we owe a huge debt of gratitude and thanks to The School House 1913 restaurant. Their generosity was the keystone upon which Harpswell Supports Ukraine was built. We met with School ...

Harpswell area residents, as well as friends and family in multiple states, opened their hearts and wallets to raise an ...
05/01/2022
'Harpswell Supports Ukraine' transforms helplessness into $41K for relief effort - The Harpswell Anchor

Harpswell area residents, as well as friends and family in multiple states, opened their hearts and wallets to raise an astonishing $38,500 on April 6 for World Central Kitchen, Save the Children (Ukraine) and Direct Relief Ukraine. The School House 1913, on Harpswell Neck Road, partnered with 'Harpswell Supports Ukraine' and raised an additional $3,200 in Ukrainian bread sales for World Central Kitchen, bringing the total to $41,700 in combined aid to Ukraine.

‘Harpswell Supports Ukraine’ transforms helplessness into $41K for relief effort Posted by Connie Sage Conner | May 1, 2022 | Community, Events Bill Muldoon hands a check to Harpswell Supports Ukraine volunteer Karen Tcheyan during the fundraiser at The School House 1913 on April 6. (BILL SNELLI...

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By Ed Robinson: May is one of the best months of the year, a time when we climb out of the recliner, shake off the winter cobwebs and shift our patooties into high gear. Mud season is behind us, summer beckons and spring is bursting out all over. An upbeat song by Katrina and The Waves captures the mood of May for me, the classic “Walking on Sunshine” — “I’m walking on sunshine, whoa-oh, and don’t it feel good!”
The World Health Organization needs my help. If you haven’t heard, the current COVID variants are named after Greek letters and there are only 24 letters available. WHO is seeking a new “nomenclature” to use after omega — the last Greek letter — is assigned. So here’s my small list of new names — all chosen in the spirit of poking fun at the COVID virus and ourselves as we navigate our way into and out of and back into and out of and back into and out of this pandemic.
The Brunswick Rotary Club hopes to mount a plaque at the 1793 cattle pound at Harpswell Center, commemorating a structure vital to early settlers’ lives.
The Harpswell Booster Club has dissolved, and with no boosters to staff it, the town plans to demolish the snack shack at Trufant-Summerton Athletic Field.
Harpswell voters will decide two questions in a special town meeting by referendum on June 14. The town vote will coincide with the primary election and the Maine School Administrative District 75 budget validation referendum. The select board will hold a public hearing on the ballot at the town office at 6:15 p.m., Thursday, May 12.
When something goes wrong at sea, like a boat capsizing or catching fire, fishermen have moments to make a series of decisions that may determine whether they live or die. But training for disaster can increase the likelihood of survival. That’s the idea behind a traveling safety training for fishermen that arrived in Cundy’s Harbor on Thursday and Friday, May 5 and 6. The training was free and available to both fishermen and aquaculturists.
The Maine Charter School Commission approved Harpswell Coastal Academy’s consolidation plan in a 4-1 vote on Tuesday, May 10, but the commission’s chair says the charter school remains “fragile” and has much work to do.
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and the town collected 75 pounds of unwanted medications during a four-hour event at the town office on April 30. The town hosts collections twice a year, in April and October. Over-the-counter, prescription and veterinary medications are welcome. Needles and thermometers are not accepted.
The Harpswell Lobster Boat Races are moving from Potts Harbor to Middle Bay, where spectators can watch the July event from George J. Mitchell Field. The races will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 24, according to the request. The organizers expect 50-200 people to attend. Food trucks and merchandise tables will be set up at Mitchell Field.
The Maine Charter School Commission just voted 4-1 to approve Harpswell Coastal Academy's consolidation plan. Story to come at harpswellanchor.org.
One of the two candidates for the Democratic nomination in Maine House District 99 has ended her campaign, saying she is “facing some health challenges.”
The town office has a new receptionist at the front desk after the retirement of Linda Strickland. Denise Perry, of Harpswell, will staff the desk as part of her duties as a full-time “multi-office assistant.”