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Moving from New York to rural Maine inspired this boy's love of birds

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:59:32 GMT

Bill Sheehan was 10 years old when he fell in love with birds. It came at the end of a long, hot June day in 1973, when his family moved from Long Island, New York, to an abandoned Patten farmhouse on 180 acres of played-out potato fields.

Maine Mayhem Film Festival to showcase SMCC student films

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:10:51 GMT

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine-Six films produced by Southern Maine Community College students will be featured in the seventh annual Maine Mayhem Film Festival. The festival each year showcases the work of senior students who have been working on films this semester as capstone projects in a filmmaking class offered through the college's Communications & New Media Studies program.

New info about Maine casino campaign's financing triggers ethics concerns

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:10:50 GMT

In an apparent violation of Maine law, a web of domestic and offshore companies linked to a controversial developer has funded a $4.2 million bid fronted by his sister since 2015 to get Maine voters to approve a York County casino. That revelation was buried in several documents filed with the Maine Ethics Commission during the past week, shedding more light on the convoluted financial dealings of Shawn Scott , a U.S. Virgin Islands developer whose fellow investors would be the only beneficiaries of a license under the casino question going to voters in November .

Arsenic forces Maine school to restrict water use

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:10:49 GMT

A Maine school has shut down its drinking fountains and is bringing in water from off site after discovering elevated arsenic levels in the building's drinking water. School Administrative District 11 Superintendent Patricia Hopkins told parents of students attending Helen Thompson School about the test results earlier this week.

Jared Golden seeks to make voter registration 'automatic'

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:26:14 GMT

Hoping to boost voter registration, a Lewiston Democrat wants to add anyone doing business with the Department of Motor Vehicles to the voter rolls automatically. Rep. Jared Golden, the Democratic whip, told colleagues that Maine has one of the highest voter participation rates in the country but could get more people to the polls if more were registered.

Maine tumbling coach charged with sexually abusing girl

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:49:44 GMT

Father walks in on his daughter's tumbling coach, 43, 'sexually abusing the 14-year-old girl inside a dark gym' Link was arrested in Westbook Saturday after victim's father allegedly caught the pair in the act inside darkened gym Victim told police she and Link had oral sex and intercourse together, but he claimed he was just changing clothes next to the girl Caught with his pants down: Tumbling coach Jeremy Link, 43, of Maine, has been charged with sexual abuse of his 14-year-old gymnastics student after her father allegedly walked in on the pair, with the man standing with his pants around his ankles A tumbling coach from Maine has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor after police say the victim's father caught the man in the act with his 14-year-old daughter inside a darkened gym.

Tick researchers found Powassan virus in these Maine towns

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 01:06:53 GMT

Marilyn Ruth Snow, a Rockland-area artist, fell ill almost immediately after finding a tick stubbornly embedded in her shoulder that November. She died just weeks later.

Has recruiting international students helped balance Maine high school budgets?

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 01:06:52 GMT

Stearns High School in Millinocket made national headlines six years ago for how it responded to declining enrollment and a shrinking budget - it decided to bring in students from other countries through the F-1 visa program to fill in the gaps. Since then, other schools have followed Millinocket's lead, but the strategy hasn't produced the financial windfall that some might have expected.

Bill to better fight mosquito-borne disease passes committee

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:42:45 GMT

A bill authored by Maine U.S. Sen. Angus King designed to help combat the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses such as the Zika virus has passed a committee test. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee unanimously approved King's bill on Wednesday.

Presidential order creates confusion about Maine monument

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:42:44 GMT

In this Aug. 4, 2015 photo, Lucas St. Clair, son of Burt's Bees founder Roxanne Quimby, poses on land proposed for a national park in Penobscot County, Maine. Mount Katahdin, the state's highest peak, can be seen in the background as a rainstorm passes through Baxter State Park.

Presidential order creates confusion about Maine monument

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:42:43 GMT

In this Aug. 4, 2015 photo, Lucas St. Clair, son of Burt's Bees founder Roxanne Quimby, poses on land proposed for a national park in Penobscot County, Maine. Mount Katahdin, the state's highest peak, can be seen in the background as a rainstorm passes through Baxter State Park.

More money for Maine schools won't fix a broken system

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:43:14 GMT

Since the passage of Question 2 on last November's ballot, the debate over it has centered around the question of taxes.

To fix Maine's roads and bridges, we all need to have equal stakes in the outcome

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:38:16 GMT

There is nothing more fundamental than the work the government does to provide for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods. Our transportation network of roads, bridges, airports, rail lines, seaports and bike and pedestrian facilities is critical to the success of our economy.

Maine district selects program to better analyze student data

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:55:01 GMT

Regional School Unit 10 expanded its partnership with PowerSchool to centralize instruction, learning, assessment, and analytics. The Unified Classroom simplifies classroom management by eliminating the need for teachers and school administrators to manage student data in several different software solutions.

Maine Broadband Coalition to urge support of internet connectivity bills

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:36:01 GMT

AUGUSTA – The Maine Broadband Coalition will hold a press conference on Wednesday, April 26, to address the need for action this legislative session to improve Maine's internet connectivity. The press conference will take place at 9 a.m. in Augusta, at the Maine Statehouse Welcome Center.

Westbrook brothers charged in grocery welfare fraud

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:58:24 GMT

Good evening from the BDN Portland office on Congress Street. Tonight welfare fraud charges were brought against Westbrook brothers; we meet the guy who may be Maine's greatest hero; and the Nova Scotia ferry will run for two additional weeks.

Maine Composts Week includes sharing nourishment with people who are food insecure

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:28:04 GMT

The statewide event will promote reducing the amount of unused food, sharing unserved food with people who are food insecure, and diverting unused food to composting and anaerobic digestion facilities to minimize the amount of food being disposed. Scheduled activities include documentary screenings, composting open houses and children's book readings at libraries.