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GasBuddy: Average retail gas prices fall 3.8 cents per gallon in Maine

on July 25, 2016, at 9:22 a.m.
Average retail gasoline prices in Maine have fallen 3.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.21 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 1,228 gas outlets in Maine. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.15/g, …
BAR HARBOR -- Scott Hammond (left) and Ron Wrobel (right), both of the Bar Harbor-MDI Rotary, accept a check for $8,900 from Debbie Mitchell-Dow and Brandy Marchetti of Bar Harbor Bank and Trust, representing the planning committee for the bank’s 23rd annual David R. Harding Memorial Charity Golf Tournament played at Kebo Valley Golf Club on June 7. The tournament benefited the Park Street Playground, a community service project of the Bar Harbor-MDI Rotary Club. The donation provided a large boost to fundraising efforts.

Bar Harbor bank presents golf tourney proceeds to beneficiary

By BHBTCathy on July 25, 2016, at 9:05 a.m.
BAR HARBOR — Scott Hammond (left) and Ron Wrobel (right), both of the Bar Harbor-MDI Rotary accept a check for $8,900 from Debbie Mitchell-Dow and Brandy Marchetti of Bar Harbor Bank and Trust, representing the planning committee for the bank’s 23rd annual David R. Harding Memorial Charity Golf Tournament played …
People chat in Gary and Sharon Cresswell’s newly opened Airline Brewing Co., a British-style pub decorated with more that 30 original Vanity Fair illustrations from the late 1800s, on July 15 in Ellsworth.

With new name, Amherst brewers open Old World pub in Ellsworth

By Bill Trotter on July 25, 2016, at 8:59 a.m.
“Our focus is on hand-pulled, traditional ales,” Gary Cresswell said. “The only way you can do this is in your own facility. It’s a lot of work.”
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Bag Full of Hammers

on July 25, 2016, at 8 a.m.
I was talking with someone this week about the chicken and the egg, and it kind of hit me: the ugly side of good order and discipline is simple. Punishing bad behaviors so they won’t happen again is easy. We have a well-defined path to take individuals down. I have …
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How to cure children of ‘nature-deficit disorder’

By Russ Van Arsdale, executive director Northeast CONTACT on July 25, 2016, at 6:50 a.m.
Parents concerned that their youngsters are spending too much time in front of screens have a place to turn: the great outdoors.
Blank Canvas Brewer owner and brewer Stephen Genthner talks with customer Alison Keane during his grand reopening at the brewery's new location, 43 Betton St., in Brewer.

Blank Canvas Brewery moves into new home in Brewer

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 23, 2016, at 11:46 a.m.
Blank Canvas Brewery, which opened in Brewer last year, has moved into a new space on Betton Street, not far from its original location.

US asks phone companies to provide ‘robocall’ blocking technology

By David Shepardson, Reuters on July 23, 2016, at 8:07 a.m.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, in letters to CEOs of major phone companies, said so-called robocalls, automated pre-recorded telephone calls often from telemarketers or scam artists, continue “due in large part to industry inaction.”
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New assistant director for student and academic services appointed at Hutchinson Center

on July 22, 2016, at 3:13 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine  — Amy Smith of Lincolnville, Maine has been appointed the new assistant director for student and academic services at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center. Smith was graduated from Camden-Rockport High School and, in 2010, she was UMaine’s valedictorian. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from UMaine, and is a …

MaineHousing’s First Home Loan, low rates attract first time buyers

By Deborah Turcotte on July 22, 2016, at 3:07 p.m.
MaineHousing’s First Home Loan, low rates attract first time buyers AUGUSTA – MaineHousing celebrated National Homeownership Month in June by lowering its First Home Loan rate to 2.99%, motivating 268 first time homebuyers or military households to place a home under contract and apply for a MaineHousing First Home Loan. …
A check for $80,000 recently was presented to LifeFlight Maine from the estate of Darold Trainor.

St. Agatha resident leaves $80,000 of his estate to LifeFlight of Maine

on July 22, 2016, at 2:42 p.m.
ST. AGATHA, Maine — Despite never needing the service, Darold Trainor, from Long Lake in St Agatha, left much of his estate to LifeFlight, Maine’s critical care air ambulance. His close friend and personal representative, Norma Michaud, presented a check for $80,000 to the crew of LifeFlight during a recent trip to Eastern …

Orono filtration startup gets boost from Silicon Valley

By Darren Fishell on July 22, 2016, at 1:32 p.m.
“It seems like a long way to go from Maine to California, but it is worth the trip because Plug and Play brings people from all over the world into their tech center,” company founder Susan MacKay said.
Team Members from the BJ’s Wholesale Club in Bangor Kaley Derosiers (front) and Shellie Domenico (back) hand out healthy snack packs to children attending camp at Fairmount School in Bangor. The school is one meal site of Good Shepherd Food Bank’s Summer Food Service Program, aimed to ensure children the nutrition that they need during school break.

BJ’s in Bangor provides snack packs for kids in Summer Food Service Program

on July 22, 2016, at 12:02 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — BJ’s Wholesale Club in Bangor is supporting the Good Shepherd Food Bank’s Summer Food Service Program with unsold food. During the school year, more than 80,000 Maine children participate in the free and reduced-price lunch program to ensure they get the nutrition that they need to thrive in …

Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) Hosts Annual Fall Networking Social

By Shelly on July 22, 2016, at 12 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Hilton Garden Inn – Portland Downtown Waterfront, 65 Commercial Street, Portland, Maine For more information: 207-874-0801; mereda.org/eventdetail.php?ID=676 MEREDA’s Annual Fall Networking Social October 20, 2016 | 5:00 – 7:00 pm Hilton Garden Inn, Portland Downtown Waterfront, 65 Commercial St., Portland, …
Pete Waterman of Waterman Farms in Sabattus posted a help-wanted sign along Route 126 in front of his family's farm recently because he was looking for a skilled farmhand.

Maine jobless rate ticked up in June to 3.7 percent

By Darren Fishell on July 22, 2016, at 11:58 a.m.
Maine’s jobless rate rose slightly in June, to 3.7 percent, as the estimate of people working or in the market for a job rose for the fourth straight month.
Tom Blagden, Sunset Baker Island, dye sublimation on metal, 32 x 48 inches

Slide Show and Book Signing with Tom Blagden

By courthousegallery on July 22, 2016, at 9:59 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, 6 Court Street, Ellsworth, Maine For more information: 2076676611; courthousegallery.com Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth will host a Gallery Talk, Slide Show and Book Signing for renown nature photographer Tom Blagden on Wednesday, August 3 …
The sun sets on the State House in Augusta in this June 2015 file photo.

State law blocks northern Maine businesses from energy cost reduction aid

By Darren Fishell on July 21, 2016, at 6:25 p.m.
Aroostook and Washington counties will see no money from a new $3 million program to reduce power rates for “energy intensive” manufacturers.

US regulators sue to block Anthem-Cigna, Aetna-Humana insurer mergers

By Caroline Humer and Carl O'Donnell, Reuters on July 21, 2016, at 5:11 p.m.
NEW YORK — U.S. antitrust officials on Thursday moved to block an unprecedented consolidation of the national health insurance market, filing suit against Anthem Inc.’s proposed purchase of Cigna Corp. and Aetna Inc.’s planned acquisition of Humana Inc. The U.S. Department of Justice said the two mergers would reduce competition, …
Hall Internet Marketing becomes first agency in New England to earn WooExpert Gold status.

Hall Internet Marketing Recognized for Excellence With Popular Ecommerce Platform WooCommerce

By Hall Internet Marketing on July 21, 2016, at 4:35 p.m.
Hall Internet Marketing has been accepted as a verified Gold Level WooExpert from the ecommerce platform WooCommerce. Hall is one of just ten agencies globally and the only agency in New England to be given the distinction which recognizes top web development agencies using the popular platform. WooCommerce is the …
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Trump finally starts raising some money in Maine

on July 21, 2016, at 2:03 p.m.
Donald Trump’s Maine fundraising jumped about 810 percent in June, compared with a rather slow May. That’s a striking increase, made less impressive by the fact that he’s still raised less here than the senator and primary challenger he insulted as “Little Marco,” who dropped out in March. At the state level, Trump raised one-fifth the amount of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’s …
Reusable bags are seen in a newly opened Wal-Mart in Chicago, Sept. 21, 2011.

Wal-Mart names eight chemicals to be removed from products

By Reuters on July 21, 2016, at 10:43 a.m.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Wednesday it was pushing suppliers to remove or restrict the use of eight hazardous chemicals from products including household cleaning, personal care and beauty items.
 

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