Articles by Scott Taylor


Auburn council approves synthetic drug ban over objections

By Scott Taylor on Sept. 04, 2013, at 7:58 a.m.
Councilors approved a ban on synthetic drugs, despite a last-ditch effort by Councilor Joshua Shea to derail it. “We are being asked to create a law here, and it’s not just an ‘I hate drugs’ yes vote,” Shea said. “This has some repercussions. It’s a big deal.” …

Zamboni on auction block in Auburn

By Scott Taylor on Sept. 04, 2013, at 7:31 a.m.
An old city Zamboni, loaders, snowblowers and other surplus city equipment will go on the auction block in October. Councilors voted 4-3 to schedule the auction to sell the old equipment, with Councilors Tizz Crowley, Belinda Gerry and Leroy Walker voting against it. The city’s auction is …
Luke Livingston, president and founder of Baxter Brewing Co.

USM, Baxter Brewing offer course in science, business of beer

By Scott Taylor on Aug. 23, 2013, at 6:57 a.m.
LEWISTON | A new class offered this fall at L-A College is dedicated to the idea that there’s much more to the beer in that mug than suds. “A person may not think, when they are at home brewing something up in their little home brew system, that they’re …
Vietnam veterans Steve Spooner, left, of Auburn and Dane Tripp of Poland protest Jane Fonda's role in the movie "The Butler" at Flagship Cinemas in Lewiston on Monday.

Vietnam veterans protest Fonda’s role in the movie ‘The Butler’ outside Lewiston theater

By Scott Taylor on Aug. 19, 2013, at 2:09 p.m.
Don’t judge the sparse turnout at their Monday noon protest or their politeness as a lack of passion and anger over the way Vietnam Veterans have been treated. Steven Spooner, 64, and Dane Tripp, 68, are truly angry that Jane Fonda has a starring role in the …
"My neck is real sore. It's like a whiplash injury, except only in reverse because usually it's your head flopping around, but he had me by the head and it was my body flopping around," Matt Dyer said in his Turner home Saturday about the July 24 polar Bear attack in Torngat Mountains National Park on the northern tip of Labrador peninsula.

Recovering from polar bear attack, Lewiston lawyer back home

By Scott Taylor on Aug. 18, 2013, at 5:54 a.m.
TURNER | When Matt Dyer started training for his trip-of-a-lifetime last year, his biggest concern was fitness. “I trained all winter,” he said. “I’d go out with a weighted pack on snowshoes, and I did a lot of other work getting ready. My concern was that I wouldn’t be …
Spectators flock to get pictures of the Friday morning launch at Simard-Payne Memorial Park.

‘Best weather in 21 years’ greets Great Falls Balloon Festival

By Scott Taylor on Aug. 17, 2013, at 3:06 p.m.
LEWISTON | Pilot Bill Colyer said he can’t remember better balloon launch weather. “It’s absolutely perfect,” said Colyer, pilot for the Last Penny balloon. “It’s the right temperature for the balloon. There’s no wind at ground level but just a little bit up above. It’s a good clear day …

Lewiston panhandling rules would target aggressive beggars

By Scott Taylor on Aug. 15, 2013, at 6 a.m.
The city has a bigger problem with aggressive panhandlers than it does with people begging for change blocking traffic, according to police Chief Michael Bussiere. Bussiere recommended that the city adopt ordinances that do two things: They address panhandling in traffic and aggressive panhandling. “That’s not just …
Pine Tree Legal lawyer Matt Dyer

Lewiston lawyer awaiting jaw surgery, making progress after polar bear attack

By Scott Taylor on Aug. 09, 2013, at 8:28 a.m.
Lewiston attorney Matt Dyer is awaiting surgery on his jaw and is eager to get home, according to his wife. Dyer was attacked by a polar bear while hiking in a Canadian wildlife park and is recovering in Montreal General Hospital. In an email to the Sun …

7 back on assistance in Lewiston after being kicked off rolls

By Scott Taylor on Aug. 05, 2013, at 1:22 p.m.
Four months after 50 residents were kicked off the city’s General Assistance lists, seven of the people who were disqualified are again receiving city benefits. Sue Charron, Lewiston’s social services director, said 12 of the disqualified people have met the city’s requirements to receive General Assistance, an …
Lucretia (Blais) Gould is lifted into a truck by her new husband Jeff Gould after the two Lewiston residents tied the knot at the Redneck "Blank" in Hebron on Saturday.

Redneck and Wife: Nuptials take center stage at Redneck ‘Blank’

By Scott Taylor on Aug. 05, 2013, at 12:10 p.m.
HEBRON | Lucretia Blais is a bona fide city girl, born and raised in Lewiston-Auburn; she’s only redneck by marriage. And that’s official. Blais officially tied the knot with Jeffrey Gould of Lewiston on Saturday night on the stage at Hebron’s Redneck “Blank.” “They are not really giving us …
Pine Tree Legal lawyer Matt Dyer addresses a packed Lewiston City Council Chambers in June during a meeting called by Mayor Robert Macdonald to talk to landlords about housing issues.

Pine Tree lawyer awake, alert after polar bear attack

By Scott Taylor on July 29, 2013, at 6:01 a.m.
LEWISTON | Attorney Matt Dyer is awake, alert and able to communicate despite severe neck injuries he suffered in a Wednesday morning polar bear attack, according to wife Jeanne Wells. In an email to the Sun Journal, Wells said the Pine Tree Legal attorney is still immobilized by his …
Pine Tree Legal lawyer Matt Dyer addresses a packed Lewiston City Council Chambers in June during a meeting called by Mayor Robert Macdonald to talk to landlords about housing issues.

Maine lawyer hospitalized after fighting polar bear in Newfoundland

By Scott Taylor on July 26, 2013, at 12:32 p.m.
LEWISTON | Pine Tree Legal lawyer Matt Dyer is recovering in a Montreal hospital from a polar bear attack, according to his wife. “I just want the community to know that he will recover,” said Jeanne Wells of Turner. “The Canadians did an amazing job of getting him transported. …
The building at 91 Pine St. in Lewiston has moved up on the list of buildings to be demolished because of its unsafe condition. City officials will tear down the on-street porches next week. A City Council review of the fate of the rest of the building is set for August.

Three months after fires, Lewiston recovering

By Scott Taylor on July 19, 2013, at 9:06 a.m.
City officials say they’ve noticed a distinct difference in the quarter-mile that makes up the downtown since a series of spring fires burned nearly a dozen apartment buildings. Cleanup and recovery from the April 29 through May 6 fires are works in progress, said Jeff Baril, the …
Lake Grove Park at the Lake Auburn outlet beach on Route 4 has opened as scheduled on Tuesday, however the water is closed to human swimming because of high E. Coli levels.

Beach opens in Auburn, but no swimming allowed

By Scott Taylor on July 03, 2013, at 5:42 a.m.
Auburn’s outlet beach opened as scheduled Tuesday but swimming will be banned there for the foreseeable future. City Manager Clinton Deschene said the water in the outlet has failed quality tests eight of the last 13 times it was tested. According to a City Council decision in …
Lewiston code enforcement officer Tom Maynard listens to residents talk about the issues they have with landlords during Monday morning's meeting with the mayor in the council chambers.

Lewiston city staff, tenants spar over housing issues

By Scott Taylor on June 24, 2013, at 5:13 p.m.
Downtown tenants Monday complained of bad living conditions, unsafe buildings, vengeful landlords and city officials that didn’t respond when they were told about problems. City officials complained about tight city budgets that make it hard to inspect downtown apartments and respond to tenant complaints and about an …

Lewiston’s ‘Planapalooza’ kicks off Thursday with meeting, open doors

By Scott Taylor on June 19, 2013, at 10:14 p.m.
City Planner David Hediger said he won’t be surprised if a patch of grass suddenly appears Thursday in the parking space in front of 219 Lisbon St. “They’ve talked about rolling out some sod in the parking space and putting out some chairs to make kind of …

Lewiston, Auburn could vote on combining this fall

By Scott Taylor on June 06, 2013, at 3:17 p.m.
LEWISTON — Twin Cities voters could settle the big question this November: Should Lewiston and Auburn be one community? Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce President Chip Morrison said he has taken out matching petitions from the two cities that could trigger a November charter commission vote. “I’ve taken them out, …

Sabattus voters approve budget, police cruiser

By Scott Taylor on June 02, 2013, at 8:01 p.m.
Town meeting voters on Saturday agreed to move away from leasing police cruisers in favor of setting aside money each year to buy them outright. Town Manager Andrew Gilmore said voters approved the city’s $2.3 million budget, as recommended by selectmen. It represents a 1.73 percent spending …
Lewiston fire Capt. Richard Cailler is first on scene at a major fire on Pierce and Bartlett streets in Lewiston on May 4.

Mayor says disaster loans will help downtown Lewiston

By Scott Taylor on June 02, 2013, at 5:58 a.m.
Low-interest federal loans aimed at burned-out downtown apartments will help, Mayor Robert Macdonald said Saturday. “Now we just need to see how far they can go,” Macdonald said. “I don’t know if other landlords, not affected by the fires, will be able to use this. All I …
Lewiston fire Capt. Richard Cailler is first on scene at a major fire on Pierce and Bartlett streets in Lewiston on Friday, May 4, 2013.

Lewiston to demolish 12 more downtown tenements this year in wake of devastating fires

By Scott Taylor on May 25, 2013, at 5:51 a.m.
As work continues to lock up and block vacant downtown tenements and the City Council looks to demolish 12 more buildings this year, city officials say the effort is making a difference. “I’m feeling very positive,” Jeff Baril, Lewiston’s liaison police and code enforcement officer, said. “We …