Articles by Matt Wickenheiser

 
Col. David Sutherland speaks at Husson University in February.

Retired colonel makes case for hiring veterans at Portland business meeting

By Matt Wickenheiser on June 06, 2012, at 6:47 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The man who inspired the Portland Regional Chamber’s effort to mentor recent veterans and help their careers spoke to a crowd of more than 400 people on Wednesday, delivering a moving appeal that those returning from war don’t slip through society’s cracks. Col. David Sutherland recently retired …
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New program aimed at maintaining work forces, jobs

on June 04, 2012, at 4:28 p.m.
The Maine Department of Labor on Monday noted a new program launched this month aimed at helping companies maintain their work force, and at having employees keep their jobs. The initiative known as WorkShare allows workers to remain on the job with reduced hours and still collect a modified unemployment …
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Buy some lemonade Sunday, support ME’s kid-repreneurs!

on June 01, 2012, at 2:07 p.m.
Mainers should spend Saturday eating salty snacks. Why? Because Sunday is Lemonade Day, and everyone should be good and parched and ready to support Maine’s youngest entrepreneurs! From noon to 3 p.m. in most places, youngsters taking part in the second annual Lemonade Day will be out plying their wares,and …

Maine recovery may come sooner than previously predicted

By Matt Wickenheiser on May 31, 2012, at 6:12 p.m.
The New England Economic Partnership said Thursday that Maine’s economy may show “signs of life” this year, with a possible jobs recovery to prerecession levels expected two years earlier — coming by 2015 instead of 2017 — than previously forecast. The Maine part of the New England forecast, prepared by …
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Economists peg quicker ME recovery to national scene

on May 31, 2012, at 10:35 a.m.
The New England Economic Partnership said Thursday that the Maine economy may show “signs of life” this year, with a possible jobs recovery to pre-recession levels two years earlier – coming by 2015 instead of 2017, as had been previously forecast. The Maine forecast, prepared by economist Charles Colgan of …
An auction sign is placed out front of a home on Bangor's west side in November 2010.

Maine has second-highest foreclosure rate in New England, report says

By Matt Wickenheiser on May 30, 2012, at 11:26 a.m.
A new report out Wednesday finds that 4.3 percent of all Maine homes with a mortgage were in the foreclosure process in April, the second highest rate in New England. That is up slightly — by 0.1 percent — over the same period a year ago, according to the CoreLogic …

Former Gov. John Baldacci joins Portland law firm Pierce Atwood

By Matt Wickenheiser on May 29, 2012, at 6:39 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Former Gov. John Baldacci is joining the law firm of Pierce Atwood as a senior adviser for economic development and government relations. Baldacci, who served two terms as governor from 2003 to 2011, was a congressman for 12 years and served in the Maine Legislature and Bangor …
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LePage plans next round of jobs workshops

on May 29, 2012, at 2:33 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage plans to hit the road and meet with businesses again, in a redux of the job creation workshops tour he held last year. This series will be involve industry-specific job creation workshops, according to a press release sent out Tuesday, and will start off with one focused …
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Former Maine Gov. John Baldacci held a press conference on the steps of Bangor City Hall Wednesday, March 14, 2012, announcing he would not seek a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Baldacci joins Portland law firm

on May 29, 2012, at 9:29 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine—Former Gov. John Baldacci is joining the law firm of Pierce Atwood as a senior adviser for economic development and government relations. Baldacci, who served two terms as governor from 2003 to 2011, was a congressman for 12 years and served in the Maine Legislature and Bangor City Council …
Christopher York, owner of Blue Ox Technologies Ltd. in Caribou.

Aroostook businessman expands company out of home with hit mobile app 7 Little Words

By Matt Wickenheiser on May 25, 2012, at 11:25 a.m.
A word game for smartphones launched just a year ago by an Aroostook County businessman has turned a one-person home-based business into a multi-employee company that can design and support products for popular platforms and in different languages. Christopher York’s 7 Little Words game took off after being featured in …
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State warns on advance fee loan scams

on May 24, 2012, at 11:16 a.m.
Maine’s Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection is warning Mainers about ‘advance fee’ consumer loan scams. The scams involve fraudulent companies claiming to be legitimate operations located in Maine, according to a Thursday release. The most recent example, according to the bureau,  involves “BellBrook Finance Center,” which purports to be located …
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Chef Kevin Fallen of Personal Touch Catering whips up a few tasty dishes from the sea at the Hannaford supermarket in Scarborough on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 as the chain announces its intention to offer only sustainably harvested and grown seafood.

Hannaford unveils storewide sustainable seafood policy

By Matt Wickenheiser on May 23, 2012, at 5:54 p.m.
SCARBOROUGH, Maine — Hannaford Supermarkets on Wednesday said it has put into place a sustainable policy that encapsulates all seafood across the store — from fresh fish and shellfish to canned and packaged goods to frozen products. Hannaford called it the “first and only” major grocery chain to implement the …
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Republican Senate hopeful Charlie Summers gestures while speaking at a candidate forum in South Portland on Wednesday morning May 23, 2012 while fellow hopeful, Maine Attorney General Bill Schneider, smiles.

Republican candidates tout records, set sights on DC in Chamber forum

By Matt Wickenheiser on May 23, 2012, at 12:17 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Reduction in the federal deficit, less government regulation of small business, and the sentiment that unenrolled candidate and former Gov. Angus King is a liberal posing as an independent were threads of a forum of Republican U.S. Senate candidates Wednesday morning. The forum, held by the …
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Maine’s Michael Cote second runner-up in nat’l SBA competition

on May 21, 2012, at 3:48 p.m.
An entrepreneur who revived what is reputed to be Maine’s last seafood cannery and grew it into a successful business was named a top-three finisher in the Small Business Administration’s annual competition for Small Business Person of the Year. Michael Cote, president and CEO of Look’s Gourmet Food Co. in …
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Woman who collaborated on FBI’s ‘Whitey’ Bulger PSA gets bureau training

on May 21, 2012, at 9:50 a.m.
You may remember Maine PR woman Angie Helton from a story that ran almost a year ago. Helton, president of Northeast Media Associates, and Charlie Berg, president of Blackfly Media, had collaborated on a video public service announcement for the FBI, targeting fugitive gangster James “Whitey” Bulger. The notorious Boston …
Ben Sawyer of Freeport stands in front of a 14-foot projection of a scene from PlayForward: Elm City Stories, an interactive game he's helping to create with the Yale School of Medicine.

Serious gaming is more than entertainment

By Matt Wickenheiser on May 18, 2012, at 1:31 p.m.
SOUTH FREEPORT, Maine — Ben Sawyer helped train the next generation of university leaders, worked to school Cisco employees in binary math and is hoping to help at-risk youths avoid the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases. For him, it’s all a game — a serious game. Sawyer is the co-founder …
Cynthia Dill

Democratic Senate candidates talk business, strategy at Portland Regional Chamber forum

By Matt Wickenheiser on May 16, 2012, at 12:39 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — The four Democrats hoping to replace U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe on Capitol Hill shared their views on health care, global trade, their chances in a general election and more during a forum hosted by the Portland Regional Chamber Wednesday morning. State Sen. Cynthia Dill, State Rep. …
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RE/MAX report sees April home sales, prices up in Maine

on May 16, 2012, at 10:12 a.m.
Both Maine and Massachusetts saw year-over-year increases in median home sales prices, according to the RE/MAX of New England Monthly Housing Report for April, the second consecutive month the two states have show improvements. According to the report, Maine saw 968 units sold last month, compared to 900 in April …
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Robin Spielmann (left) a second-year pharmacy student from Indiana, and Krystal Lacombe (right), a fourth-year pharmacy student from Winslow, extract RNA as part of their research at the University of New England's Genomics, Analytics and Proteomics core facility in Portland on May 15, 2012. The equipment the students use has been purchased with funds from the college and from past research and development bonds approved by Maine voters.

Support urged for $20M research and development bond

By Matt Wickenheiser on May 15, 2012, at 6 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Krystal Lacombe and Robin Spielmann work closely together, using an eyedropper to prepare material as they extract RNA and ready it for an experiment at the University of New England’s center for Genomics, Analytics and Proteomics. The work they’re doing today as pharmacy students could prepare them …

Bank of America names new state president for Maine

By Matt Wickenheiser on May 15, 2012, at 5:58 p.m.
Bank of America said Tuesday it has named Bill Williamson as a new state president for its Maine banks. Williamson is a Maine native and Falmouth resident who has been with the company since joining a predecessor institution in 1981. Williamson said Tuesday he was with Fleet Bank when Bank …
 
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