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2017 Governor's Award for Business Excellence Presented to Six Maine Companies

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 10:09:46 GMT

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage today presented six Maine companies with a 2017 Governor's Award for Business Excellence during a reception at the Blaine House in Augusta. The 27th annual awards, administered by the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development and sponsored by FairPoint Communications, recognize Maine businesses that demonstrate a high level of commitment to their community, employees and excellence in manufacturing or service provision.




Police to bring rescue puppy home for Maine woman

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 05:11:50 GMT

Santa PAWS is coming to town! Maine police officers agree to pick up rescue Border Collie from VIRGINIA and bring her more than 600 miles to her new owner in time for the holiday Officers Danny Place and Jordan Perry are traveling from Maine to DC to lay wreaths on the graves of veterans at Arlington National Cemetery A police department decided to play the role of Santa by delivering a rescue puppy to a Maine woman looking for help with her Christmas gift. The Bangor Police Department's Facebook page has 250,000 likes for its mere 33,000 citizens, and frequently gets requests for help.




Mainers wake up Wednesday to icy roads, downed power lines

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:58:44 GMT

Martin O'Connell slides down the hill at Hayford Park in Bangor Tuesday. O'Connell, 58, took up snowboarding 27 years ago after moving to Maine.




Maine families deserve better than Congress' flawed tax bills

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:58:43 GMT

This is especially true when it comes to our children and families - the very pulse of our communities and state. If Maine children get what they need today, they will grow up to be active and vibrant participants in our community, economy and even our government.




Healing the Heart Through Writing POSTPONED

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:45:37 GMT

Destination Wellness Midcoast Maine and Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., will co-sponsor a talk titled Healing the Heart Through Writing by writer, editor, producer and professional coach Kathrin Seitz Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m. ** POSTPONED TO JAN. 9 ** Studies have shown that when people are given the opportunity to write about physical and emotional upheavals, they often experience improved health and come away with a deeper understanding and affection for who they are.




Republican backed by LePage wins Lewiston mayoral race

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:22:13 GMT

City Councilor Shane Bouchard narrowly won Lewiston's mayoral runoff election on Tuesday, keeping the seat in Maine's second-largest city in Republican hands and beating back a second straight challenge from progressive activist Ben Chin. Bouchard, a 37-year-old landscaping company owner backed by Gov. Paul LePage and U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, won with 51 percent of votes and only 150 more than Chin, an organizer for the progressive Maine People's Alliance who lost a 2015 runoff to Mayor Robert Macdonald.




Midcoast Conservancy honors volunteers

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:29:24 GMT

Each award represents one of the organization's pillars, as identified by Midcoast Conservancy's board, councils and staff; the people chosen were selected by the staff as volunteers who exemplify each pillar through their time, energy, commitment and dedication. The Land Award went to Tom Fake, who unbidden offered to design and help build new kiosks for 11 of Midcoast Conservancy's preserves, a critical step in the organization's effort to standardize trailhead signage.




Coldest air of season heading for Northeast midweek

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:41:43 GMT

Unsettled and cold weather is forecast for the Great Lakes and the Northeast through the rest of the week with several rounds of snow. A general 1 to 3 inches of snow fell in the Midwest and the Great Lakes from the Alberta Clipper system that moved through the area.




Maine opioid task force wants more focus on kids, the incarcerated

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:13:28 GMT

Maine's task force studying the opioid crisis wants the state to immediately increase access to substance abuse treatment and focus on children, the uninsured and incarcerated people. The task force, in its report released Tuesday, said lawmakers have made progress on one aspect of the opioid crisis in particular: the over-prescribing of prescription opioids.




Maine opiate crisis task force says it's time for action

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:13:27 GMT

In this file photo, a "finger" of heroin is carefully unwrapped from its paper backing at the state drug testing lab in Augusta. A task force seeking solutions to Maine's opioid epidemic finished its work Tuesday by recommending a range of measures aimed mostly at treatment and recovery for addicts.




Maine woman to compete on upcoming season of 'The Bachelor'

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:55:08 GMT

Chelsea Roy, 29, of South Portland, will be a contestant on the season of "The Bachelor" beginning Jan. 1, 2018. Chelsea Roy, a 29-year-old South Portland woman who works in real estate, will be one of 29 contestants vying for the affection of a single race car driver on the next season of the ABC matchmaker reality show "The Bachelor."




Amid annual holiday light show, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens renews fight to expand

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:32:14 GMT

Clear-cutting followed by blasting took place along Gaecklein Road in Boothbay earlier this year to make way for a $30 million expansion at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, whose property surrounds the Anthony's home on three sides. A month after the Boothbay Board of Appeals rescinded a permit allowing a $30 million expansion at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and issued a "stop work" order for any further construction, the board will meet again on Tuesday to hear CMBG's request for reconsideration.




GOP tax plan will place greater tax burden on Maine's graduate students

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:32:13 GMT

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act under consideration in Congress negatively impacts higher education at all levels, with graduate students among those who will be most adversely affected. Graduate students are the blue-collar workers in university research efforts that affect local, national and global economies, and they make a difference during periods of great transition in the world.




Maine PUC opens inquiry into storm response by CMP, Emera

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:32:12 GMT

CMP lineman Mike Ross cuts a large tree branch down from a power line on Mitchell Road in South Portland on Oct. 31. A damaging late-October windstorm knocked out power to nearly a half-million CMP customers. Portland Press Herald s taff photo by Brianna Soukup The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted Tuesday to open an inquiry into responses by the state's electric companies in restoring power after October's destructive storm.




Maine opioid task force to unveil report

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:03:00 GMT

The task force has been studying the opioid epidemic, existing programs targeting the crisis and promising programs in other states. Law enforcement officials say 185 Mainers died of a drug overdose in the first six months of this year.




Wardwell Oil changes hands after 57 years

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:45:50 GMT

After 57 years of serving the Blue Hill Peninsula and island communities, Wardwell Oil owners Horace and Sylvia Wardwell have decided, at the young ages of 80 and 78, respectively, to part ways with the business. The business has been purchased by No Frills Oil, a company based out of Hancock, and will be run by Bill Birdsall and his wife Joanna.




LePage digs in for Medicaid expansion funding battle

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 02:39:06 GMT

Two days before the Legislature's budget committee is scheduled to discuss how to fund the Medicaid expansion law Maine voters passed last month , Gov. Paul LePage reiterated a set of demands that he said must be met before his administration can fulfill the referendum's mandate. In a Dec. 11 letter to legislative leaders , LePage laid out a number of conditions, including that there be no tax increases, that money from the budget stabilization fund is not tapped, that the funding mechanism be ongoing, and that waitlists for services for elderly and disabled people be eliminated before state government pays to expand Medicaid eligibility.