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John Swinconeck is the executive editor of The Times Record, The Forecaster group, American Journal and Lakes Region Weekly. He has spent most of his journalistic career covering local news in Maine. When not working he enjoys collecting cheap guitars, cooking and spending time with his wife and kids. He lives in Bath. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine.

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  • Published
    June 24, 2021

    Peter Funt: Political emails reach new lows

    With Joe Biden’s presidency nearing the six-month mark, the Republican National Committee sent out a “Biden Report Card”—a poll in which Biden’s performance is graded from A to F. The RNC email begins, “Friend, Let’s be clear. Joe Biden is a FAILURE.” It goes on: “Biden is out of touch and out of control, which […]

  • Published
    June 24, 2021

    Tom Purcell: Summer job dignity at $1 an hour

    They called me “The Trail Blazer,” Good Buddy. That was my citizens band radio handle in the summer of 1977, when the hit movie “Smokey and the Bandit” created a CB craze and millions of kids like me dreamed of getting one. Much to my surprise, my father permitted me to do so — even […]

  • Published
    June 24, 2021

    The Maine Idea: Regulation, not takeover, a better answer for CMP

    It’s clear by now that the bill proposing the “Pine Tree Power Co.” will not become law in this legislative session. An initial favorable Senate vote was reversed after two senators changed their minds. Nonetheless, supporters are already gearing up for a 2022 referendum to “let Mainers decide” whether to give Central Maine Power (and Versant) the boot, once […]

  • Published
    June 23, 2021

    Intertidal: Striped bass are summer’s prize

    Every summer, we try to get one, but have yet to be lucky enough to catch one of these delicious fish within the precise size range you’re allowed to keep. And it’s not like you can go out and buy them because there is no commercial fishery in Maine. For this reason (among many others) […]

  • Published
    June 23, 2021

    Georgetown Working League opens shop, raffles quilt

    The Georgetown Working League community service organization has opened the Thrifts and Gifts Shop in Georgetown’s Old Post Office Gallery, 833 Five Islands Road, for the summer. Proceeds will go toward town services and scholarships, in lieu of the league’s 107th Annual Fair, postponed until 2022. The shop will offer collectibles/antiques, handmade gifts, jewelry, white […]

  • Published
    June 23, 2021

    UMA, Freeport Historical Society to hold virtual event about Maine author Elinor Graham featuring her daughter

    The University of Maine at Augusta in partnership with the Freeport Historical Society will hold a virtual event about Elinor Graham, with her daughter, Lani Graham, on June 24 at 6:30 p.m.  This event is free and open to the public, however, pre-registration is required. In 1934, Maryland native Elinor Graham moved with her husband […]

  • Published
    June 23, 2021

    4 Morse students graduate from Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute

    Four Morse High School students were among 150 young women who graduated from the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute in May. More than 750 students, mentors and school contacts participate in the institute’s program each year, which is a three-year program. Students engage in statewide events, experiential activities in small groups, individual development and reflections […]

  • Published
    June 23, 2021

    From the Chamber: Re-affirming our support for the replacement of the Frank J. Wood Bridge

    In 2016, the Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber passed the resolution below recommending the replacement of the Frank J. Wood Bridge that had connected Topsham and Brunswick, at that point, for 84 years. In the last five years, our resolve for this position has only deepened and the time to act is now. The reasons we […]

  • Published
    June 23, 2021

    Letter: Congress should provide more funding to protect threatened, endanger species

    As federal appropriation decisions are made in Washington, D.C. this summer, there will be many crucial policies and programs considered. One important conservation item that must be included is more funding for threatened and endangered species. Biodiversity is essential to our quality of life and the health of our economy. There’s no getting around the […]

  • Published
    June 22, 2021

    Police: Lewiston woman killed in sedan vs. tractor trailer crash in Lisbon

    Police say an 87-year-old Lewiston woman was killed Tuesday as a result of a collision involving a tractor trailer truck and sedan. Police said they responded to the crash at about noon at the intersection of Route 196 and Littlefield Road. Juliette Ouellette was driving a 2012 black Toyota Avalon, and had pulled out of […]

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