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What can we do to help New Mainers thrive?

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:54:41 GMT

We've all seen the photos - boatloads of desperate migrants, refugee children washed up dead on the beach, refugee camps with tents as far as the eye can see. War, conflict, and persecution in many parts of the world in recent years have forced over 19 million desperate people to leave their homelands and seek safety in strange lands.

Will Maine's new Legislature get off to a better start than the last one?

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 03:49:17 GMT

It's a milestone day at the State House with the swearing-in of the 128th Legislature this morning and, later, the election of Maine's attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer and auditor. to select their respective leaders but those were only single-party caucuses making nominations.

Here's how small, shrinking towns in Maine could bring in newcomers

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:26:45 GMT

Rural communities faced with declining populations and stagnant economies are increasingly looking to immigrants to ease this decline. Small, declining towns in Canada have an option that Maine's dwindling rural towns don't have: to invite in legal refugees.

Two Mainers nominated for Grammys

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:15:08 GMT

Two southern Mainers will be joining the likes of Beyonce, David Bowie and Kanye West at the American music industry's annual celebration of excellence this winter. Drew Taggart, who went to high school in Freeport, will have a shot at winning his first Grammy as part of the breakout pop duo, The Chainsmokers, who are up for three awards, including best new artist.

How a stronger regional carbon cap will make Maine a safer place to breathe

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:15:07 GMT

Living in Maine, air pollution is something we take seriously. We have become familiar with the phrase "tailpipe of the nation," referring to the flow of emissions through our state from areas in the Midwest and South.

New Year's Eve Midnight Masquerade at 16 Bay View to benefit Make-A-Wish of Maine

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:15:06 GMT

Ring in the new year with style at 16 Bay View , Camden's newest luxury boutique hotel, and for a great cause. Our Midnight Masquerade will sure to be "The Party of The Year".

Maine man allowed to take ID photo wearing religious horns on his head

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:59:21 GMT

A Maine man who applied for a new ID after changing his name said he won a battle with officials to allow him to wear a pair of religious horns in his photo. Phelan MoonSong of Millinocket said he had his photo taken for a new ID after he legally changed his name in June, and he was told to sent the Secretary of State's office documentation to explain that the horns he wore in the photo were religious head wear for his "Paganism" religion.

Pen Bay Chamber Business Breakfast To Address Maine's Labor Shortage

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:59:20 GMT

The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present the next in a series of quarterly Business Breakfasts, with a presentation entitled, "Maine's Labor Shortage: The Immigrants' Role in Meeting Our Workforce Challenges". The event will be held on Monday, December 12th at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, and will run from 7AM to 9AM.

Iran-to-Maine refugee speaks in Camden

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:59:19 GMT

The Camden Conference will host speaker Reza Jalali Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. at Camden Public Library. Jalali, a writer and an educator, will share his experience of arriving in Portland as a refugee.

Pearl Harbor survivors reflect, share vivid memories 75 years after a day of infamya

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:33:01 GMT

At exactly 55 minutes past noon Wednesday, pilot Jim Record will take off from Long Island's Republic Airport and steer his World War II-era North American SNJ 2 around the Statue of Liberty, while his co-pilot prepares the drop of 75 red American Beauty roses - commemorating each year since Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. "It's important for the people in general to remember this and also for the military people to remember this," Mr. Record, 69, a retired airline pilot, Vietnam-era veteran and Navy flier, said.

Recount Upshot: "Victories" by Mere Pluralities

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:33:12 GMT

"President-elect Donald Trump narrowly defeated Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in both states and Wisconsin, which started its recount last week. The recounts requested by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein were not expected to change enough votes to overturn the result of the election."

How I became an Innkeeper in Maine

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 04:33:35 GMT

Every Innkeeper has a "How I became an Innkeeper" story. Guests of the Inn are always curious how one decides to host people overnight and serve them breakfast in the morning.

Light Snow For Wednesday & Thursday; Storm Possible Late Weekend

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:20:16 GMT

After a break from the flakes for a day, snow is on track to return later this evening. It appears that by daybreak over Southern Maine the snow will be falling and perhaps accumulating from Lewiston / Auburn, Bath / Brunswick south and west.

Maine Robotics Expo aims to generate career interest in youth

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:52:35 GMT

The 17th annual Maine Robotics Expo comes to Augusta Civic Center Saturday, Dec. 10, as part of Maine Robotics' activities to entice Maine's next generation of thinkers, engineers, problem solvers, entrepreneurs, and programmers with future possibilities. Organizers expect 3,000 children and adults at the event, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, will be a guest speaker during the opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. He will discuss the importance of STEM/STEAM in today's education and in Maine's economy.

Obamacare 'repeal and dawdle' policy is a political suicide mission

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:52:34 GMT

House Speaker Paul Ryan at a news conference last week in the Capitol in Washington. The GOP House leadership's plan to repeal Obamacare and then find a replacement three years from now has generated broad consensus: It's a terrible idea.

Why Maine should expand Medicaid to give inmates health insurance

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:40:13 GMT

For the past several years, Maine has been grappling with the issue of Medicaid expansion . Many Mainers, including our governor, have expressed concern that accepting the expansion will cost the state too much money .

LePage hints at major state budget cuts to cover lower income tax rate

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:29:51 GMT

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage returned to the radio on Tuesday to drop a hint about his upcoming two-year budget proposal: It will propose a cut to income taxes without an increase in the sales tax. It's a departure from the Republican governor's budget proposal nearly two years ago, which proposed an income tax reduction balanced with a sales tax increase.