Maine’s real estate, health care industries grow the most; administrative services grows the fastest

on Aug. 20, 2014, at 3:19 p.m.
Maine’s real estate and health care are making up an increasing share of the state’s economy, according to preliminary statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. It’s no surprise — given demographic trends — that Maine’s economic growth has lagged the nation’s. The latest batch of data, however, gives more detail on the …
The Royal Bean coffee shop on Main Street in Yarmouth.

Yarmouth coffee shop saved 2 years ago by 17 investors closes after sale falls through

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on Aug. 20, 2014, at 2:53 p.m.
YARMOUTH, Maine — A downtown coffee shop rescued nearly two years ago by a group of local investors has closed after a plan to sell the business fell through. The Royal Bean closed Aug. 10, after the buyer backed out the day before the sale was to be finalized, owners …
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Business planning workshop at UMA Bangor

By mary Jane searles on Aug. 20, 2014, at 2:47 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Location: Women, Work, and Community, 1 University Drive-UMA Bangor campus, Bangor, Maine For more information: 207-262-7843; BANGOR, Maine — Women, Work, and Community will offer Business Basics, a business planning workshop, 9:30 …

York board rejects appeal to shut down marijuana growing operation

By Susan Morse, The York Weekly on Aug. 20, 2014, at 1:52 p.m.
YORK, Maine — Over the objections of numerous abutters and residents who voiced concerns about increased traffic, safety and their quality of life, the York Appeals Board on Wednesday upheld a July 9 decision allowing a medical marijuana facility to continue operations. Neighbors of the medical marijuana facility at 17 …

Auburn firm cracks Inc. magazine’s top 10 ‘fastest-growing’ firms list

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 20, 2014, at 12:45 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — An Auburn-based competitive electricity company has landed in the top 10 of Inc. magazine’s list of the country’s fastest-growing companies, ranked by revenue. In hard numbers, Electricity Maine parent company Provider Power’s revenue jumped to $137.9 million in 2013, up from $690,697 in 2010. It was ranked …

Startup Weekend is coming to Bangor!

on Aug. 20, 2014, at 11:47 a.m.
If you are interested in startups, innovation, or working with others who are interested in them, come and be a part of this event: Startup Weekend is Coming to Bangor! by Erika Allison How often have you had an awesome idea but not known what to do with it? That …
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Richard Prentice

Bernstein Shur Welcomes Real Estate Attorney Richard Prentice

By Broadreach Public Relations on Aug. 20, 2014, at 10:58 a.m.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jennifer Gerrett 207-228-7111 Bernstein Shur Welcomes Real Estate Attorney Richard Prentice Prentice Brings Deep Real Estate Law Knowledge to Firm Portland and Augusta, ME and Manchester, NH (August 20, 2014) – Bernstein Shur, one of northern New England’s largest law firms, announced the addition of Richard …

Camden inn owner petitions for town vote on zoning that bars her from serving dinner to guests

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 20, 2014, at 9:31 a.m.
CAMDEN, Maine — The owner of a bed-and-breakfast who saw the Select Board reject last week her request to ask voters whether she can serve dinners to overnight guests is appealing directly to residents. Kristen Bifulco, the owner of the Windward House on High Street, said Wednesday she expects to …

Agency makes high-tech push to improve military vehicles

By Dan Lamothe, Washington Post on Aug. 19, 2014, at 9:46 p.m.
WASHINGTON — When insurgents began laying improvised explosive devices by the dozen in Iraq to kill U.S. troops in 2004, no immediate answer was available. Soldiers and Marines responded by hanging any kind of scrap metal they could find to better protect their Humvees. But “Hillbilly armor,” as the troops …

Five Maine agricultural companies to share $471,571 in federal grants

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 19, 2014, at 6:58 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Five Maine companies will share nearly half a million dollars in federal grants aimed at preserving rural jobs at companies that process or add to agricultural products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that five companies will share $471,571 in Value Added Producer Grants through the department’s …
Maine's Dennis Farnham (12) gets a high five from teammate Joey Moir after bringing in a run in the sixth inning of their Senior League World Series game against Canada on Aug. 10. Maine District 3 won 7-2.

Senior League World Series organizers relish tourney success, plan for future

By Larry Mahoney on Aug. 19, 2014, at 6:46 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The 13th consecutive Senior League World Series held at Bangor’s Mansfield Stadium was a success, according to tournament director Mike Brooker and stadium manager Dave Mansfield. “The gate was a little better than average, and the souvenir sales were where we projected they would be,” Brooker said. …

There’s a Lesson to be Learned for Market Basket

on Aug. 19, 2014, at 4:56 p.m.
New England newspapers have been closely following the Market Basket saga over the past few weeks. For me, the most interesting aspect of the story has been how the employees of the grocery chain have reacted to the power struggle among high-level executives. President Arthur T. Demoulas was fired in …
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Fifty-Eight Verrill Dana Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers®

By Aaron Harris on Aug. 19, 2014, at 4:17 p.m.
(8/19/2014) Fifty-eight Verrill Dana lawyers in four offices were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015. The attorneys included are: Portland, ME Office: David S. Abramson (Family Law, Sports Law) Eric D. Altholz (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Health Care Law) Scott D. Anderson …

Man who raised $100,000 this week through Ice Bucket Challenge dies in diving accident

By Stephen Miller, Bloomberg on Aug. 19, 2014, at 4:08 p.m.
NEW YORK — Corey Griffin, a former Bain Capital manager who raised more than $100,000 for the ALS Association in the past week through the Ice Bucket Challenge, was killed in a diving accident. He was 27. He died at 3 a.m. Aug. 16 at Nantucket Cottage Hospital in Massachusetts …
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Bangor PD to hold Regional Business Academy

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 19, 2014, at 3:42 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Police Department will hold its first Regional Business Academy, an eight-week program with sessions 6-8:30 p.m. each Thursday, beginning Sept. 11, at the Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business, Husson University, 1 College Circle. The targeted audience for the Business Police Academy is the …

Sprague’s plans for a new Portland boatyard moving forward

By David Harry on Aug. 19, 2014, at 2:22 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Planning Board last week approved Phineas Sprague Jr.’s plans for a boatyard. Sprague on Tuesday said he hopes to complete his boat storage and repair facility at 100 West Commercial St. this year. Sprague’s plans and amendments have been reviewed and approved three times, dating …
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Warriors and Horses

By Nancy Dumond Violette on Aug. 19, 2014, at 1:07 p.m.
Don’t just sit there watching everyone on TV or the internet do it; come pet a horse. Warriors and horses have been teaming up country wide for fun, therapy, activities, family outings. At Manes and Tails North, Perfect Ponies Learning Center, Veterans and families are invited to spend some time …
Eight historic buildings, including the former North School and India Street Firehouse, are viewed as integral to the identity of the India Street neighborhood in a report recommending code and zoning amendments to enhance preservation and create a mixed-use neighborhood.

Panel urges more affordable housing, no new hotels in historic Portland neighborhood

By David Harry on Aug. 19, 2014, at 12:20 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Proposals to preserve the character of the city’s oldest street and surrounding neighborhood will be headed to city councilors next month. India Street, which runs from Congress to Commercial streets, is the focal point of recommendations in the India Street Neighborhood Sustainable Neighborhood Plan. Working on the …
Trains carrying crude oil have passed through the middle of Jackman, just as they had through Lac-Megantic, Quebec.

Canadian audit: Railway’s weak safety culture led to Lac-Megantic disaster

By Ashley Halsey III, The Washington Post on Aug. 19, 2014, at 11:49 a.m.
The runaway train that exploded into a small Quebec village last year was operated by a small regional railroad that cut corners on safety to save money, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said in its final report on the accident that killed 47 people. “This was a company with …

Maine marine resources chief names panel to determine rockweed no-harvest areas

By Tim Cox on Aug. 19, 2014, at 10:49 a.m.
Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher announced Monday the appointment of five people to a panel that will develop criteria for determining ecologically sensitive areas that should be off limits to rockweed harvesting. The working group is comprised of four scientists and conservationists and one representative of the industry that harvests …
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