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Yacht maker offers to buy Eastport’s Boat School | Bangor Daily News

EASTPORT, Maine — One of the world’s premier yacht makers, who has previously focused his manufacturing efforts in Taiwan, China and Tampa Bay, Fla., has made an offer that could turn around the financially struggling city of Eastport. David Marlow of Marlow Yachts approached the City Council during a workshop this week and floated a proposal to buy The Boat School, which is owned by the city and leased to Husson University.

His plans include expanding The Boat School program from a two-year to a four-year marine trades program while keeping Husson University involved. He also plans to revamp the campus, expand the existing boatyard and build an on-site yacht manufacturing facility that could create 100 new jobs.

“This could be a godsend for Eastport,” City Manager Jon Southern said Thursday. “This business is compatible with every city goal for our working waterfront. It is ecologically friendly. It would create high-quality jobs. It protects The Boat School and retains the partnership we have with Husson.”

Click for the rest of the story by Sharon Kiley Mack in the Bangor Daily News.

 

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Poverty most prevalent in Maine’s rural ‘rim’ counties, study says | Bangor Daily News

Poverty most prevalent in Maine’s rural ‘rim’ counties, study says | Bangor Daily News.

Washington, Aroostook counties seek $1M grant | Bangor Daily News

Washington and Aroostook counties seek $1M grant – Bangor Daily News.

First Wind details new project in Maine | Bangor Daily News

First Wind details new project – Bangor Daily News.

Maine’s bears are thriving, study shows | Bangor Daily News

Maine’s bears are thriving, study shows – Bangor Daily News.

Maine House vote opens door for gambling expansions | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

House vote opens door for gambling expansions | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Forest service issues Maine fire warnings | Bangor Daily News

Forest service issues Maine fire warnings – Bangor Daily News

Grass, brush fire season gets an early start in Maine | Bangor Daily News

[I spent three summers firefighting when I moved to California, so I’m always on the lookout for firefighting stories. The sort of grass fires show in the photos and video on this story happen all along California’s railroads and freeways. — KM]

Grass, brush fire season gets an early start – Bangor Daily News.

Tide effects: A lot of hopes are riding on the final demonstration of a turbine designed to tap the powerful tides off Eastport | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Tide effects | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Where ‘one job means so much’ | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Where ‘one job means so much’ | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Tidal power structure bound for Eastport – Bangor Daily News

Tidal power structure bound for Eastport – Bangor Daily News.

National report: Franklin County healthiest in Maine

Local public health advocacy credited;

neighboring Oxford County ranks last

A new national report compares county-level health factors in every state and identifies public health assets and liabilities in each of Maine’s 16 counties.

The report, released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, ranks rural Franklin County as the healthiest in Maine, with the lowest rates of premature death, poor mental and physical health, and babies born at a low birth weight. Neighboring Oxford County is ranked the least healthy.

Hancock County ranks second-healthiest in Maine while abutting Washington County, identified in a similar 2007 report as one of the least healthy counties in the United States, ranks second from the bottom.

“There are no surprises in this report,” said Dr. Dora Anne Mills, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Each county in Maine, she said, faces public health challenges as well as boasting strengths and successes.

“Improving economic and educational attainment are very important public health strategies,” Mills said, but Maine’s experience shows that public health is influenced by a number of variables.

Click on the link for the rest of the story by Meg Haskell of the Bangor Daily News.

Updated info:

Here’s a link to the website where you can check out the rankings in more details. Just click on “Find Health Rankings” to the right on the orange navigation bar and input the county or state to get more detailed information. Here’s the link to the County Health Rankings.