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Refugees can help small, shrinking towns in Maine, but they need support

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:10:49 GMT

Economists, business leaders and politicians agree that immigration is key to reversing or at least stopping rural Maine's population losses. And some rural towns and businesses have already started looking to immigration to improve their numbers.

Committee endorses bill to delay marijuana sales in Maine

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:10:48 GMT

A legislative committee unanimously endorsed a bill Thursday, Jan. 20, that would close a potential loophole in Maine's marijuana legalization law but delay retail sales of pot until at least February 2018. In the legislative session's first major action on marijuana policy, the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee endorsed a bill that would: Require agencies to complete rulemaking by the end of October but delay retail marijuana sales licenses until at least February 2018.

LePage's threat to ax state welfare funding has city leaders worried

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:52:04 GMT

Officials in Maine's largest cities worry that Gov. Paul LePage's proposal to eliminate a decades-old welfare program would blow million-dollar holes in their budgets and put thousands of poor Mainers at risk of going hungry or losing their homes. LePage's proposal could just be a bargaining chip in what is sure to be a long and bitter battle over the fate of the next state budget - but some still say it's dangerous.

Maine Mesothelioma Victims Center Now Urges a Shipyard or Power Plant ...

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:20:22 GMT

Believe it or not the very best mesothelioma attorneys in the US will typically want to help a shipyard worker or power plant worker get the best possible compensation if they have this rare cancer NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, January 20, 2017 / / -- The Maine Mesothelioma Victims Center is now urging a former shipyard worker or a power plant worker in Maine with a confirmed diagnosis of mesothelioma to call them anytime at 800-714-0303 for instant access to some of the nation's most skilled and capable mesothelioma attorneys.

What rural Mainers want and expect from President Donald Trump

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:20:21 GMT

Tucked away on the northern edge of eastern Maine, Webster Plantation rarely shows up on mapping software and there is a good chance your phone's navigation app won't find it. There are two roads, no stop signs and more wildlife than residents.

Belfast Regional Job Fair Seeks to Close Gap Between Employers and Job-Seekers

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:08:34 GMT

Several Belfast area organizations are collaborating to host a regional job fair at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center on Tuesday, March 7th from 10am until 2pm. "With unemployment low, this is a tough time for business to find qualified hires.

Before hitting the snowmobile trails, leave a plan behind

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:04:06 GMT

For several years, backwoods adventurers, including paddlers, hunters and hikers, have followed a simple rule to make them safer in the woods: They file a plan, or share details with a trusted friend, before heading afield. Included in that plan is a specific return date and time.

Herring Gut Learning Center Announces Sam Belknap as Executive Director

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:48:49 GMT

Herring Gut Learning Center's board and staff are pleased to announce Sam Belknap as Executive Director. Sam has extensive experience working to support coastal communities in Maine and he is uniquely equipped to lead the organization in furthering its mission of educating students through hands-on study in aquaculture and marine science.

$7 million rescue package sought for Maine Military Authority

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:22:45 GMT

Brig. Gen. Douglas Farnham, adjutant general of the Maine National Guard, speaks about the Maine Military Authority's contract with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority during a press conference on Sept.

Maine Made Crafts 24th Annual Last Minute Christmas Arts & Craft Fair

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:22:44 GMT

Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Maine Made Crafts will host its 24th Annual Last Minute Christmas Arts & Craft Fair at the Augusta Armory featuring quality artists & crafters from Maine and New England selling their one of a kind hand made products that you will be proud to give as gifts. Saturday & Sunday December 16 & 17, 2017 10-4 PM both days, located at 179 Western Ave., Rt 202 off I-95 exit 109.

Real ID compliance issues cause headaches for Maine firefighters

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:54:17 GMT

Maine firefighters are missing out on a training opportunity at the National Fire Academy this year because the state is not in compliance with a decade-old federal ID law regulating state-issued driver's licenses . Maine is among 23 states and five U.S. territories not in compliance with the Real ID Act , and the Legislature in 2007 passed a law prohibiting the state from complying with law amid concerns that it would create a de facto "internal passport."

It's time for Maine's forest products industry to reinvent itself. Here's how.

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:35:42 GMT

Maine's forest products industry finds itself in an unusual position. Instead of having markets for every part of the tree, we've seen a 25 percent reduction in markets because of global economic forces.

Maine lawmakers take another stab at changing state's time zone

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:35:41 GMT

A measure under consideration by the Committee on State and Local Government would begin the process of shifting Maine into a new time zone that would put it an hour ahead of the other eastern states. Sponsors say the move, which would land Maine into a time zone shared by Nova Scotia and Puerto Rico, would provide increased economic opportunities and less energy consumption in addition to offering more daylight in the afternoon and evening.

Gawler family helps Maine music traditions to thrive

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:35:40 GMT

John Gawler plays the washboard with his family, the Gawler Family Band, during the Belfast contra dance at American Legion Post No. 43 on Friday.

Bilodeau honored by Camden Hills art department

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:16:08 GMT

Senior Tyler Bilodeau has been awarded the January student of the month by the Camden Hills Regional High School Visual & Performing Arts Department. Bilodeau has been involved in both the CHRHS Concert & Jazz Bands during his high school tenure and has been a leader within the program as well as the state.

Current & Coming

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:03:58 GMT

Robert Pollien, one of the first summer's resident artists at the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm in Jefferson, talks to guests during an open house. He and the other 2016 resident artists are showing the resulting work at the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast.

The right man at the right time for governor - Part II

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:37:32 GMT

After guiding Maine through the first two years of the Civil War, Republican Governor Israel Washburn Jr. decided not to run for re-election in autumn 1862. Two days before he left office, supporters organized a quiet reception for him at the State House.