Internet company to make Camden new headquarters, partner with UMaine to provide high-speed wireless throughout state

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 22, 2015, at 1:22 p.m.
Redzone Wireless LLC will make a former mill as its new headquarters, bringing nearly 24 jobs to Camden. The Internet company also has entered into an exclusive 30-year contract with the University of Maine System to use the Educational Broadband Service spectrum granted to Maine’s universities by …
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Portland Buy Local Hosts Mixer at Fish and Bone February 11

By Debra Tenenbaum on Jan. 22, 2015, at 8:13 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: Fish & Bone, 195 Commercial Street, Portland, Maine For more information: Portland Buy Local’s Mixer series kicks off again in the new year with a gathering at Fish & Bone (formerly Fetch)at 195 Commercial Street on Wednesday, February 11th. …
Jeff Auger loads bags of oysters from a hatchery into growing cages on the Damariscotta River in Maine on a bitter cold Jan. 7, 2015. He works for Mook Sea Farm, whose owner Bill Mook has studied the impact of ocean acidification on his operation and helped develop a state plan for combating the problem.

Adapting to an acidic ocean? The Pacific Northwest has clues for Maine

By Chris Adams, McClatchy Washington Bureau on Jan. 22, 2015, at 7:49 a.m.
WALPOLE | In the icy waters of midcoast Maine, Bill Mook has his eyes on his oysters — and how the waters they need to survive are gradually, but clearly, changing. Down the coast near Portland, the issue is clams and the mud flats that have become inhospitable to …
People enjoy dinner during the annual Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce awards event at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor Wednesday.

Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce hosts 1,000 for dinner at annual awards

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 21, 2015, at 9:42 p.m.
More than 1,000 area business and community leaders gathered Wednesday night to celebrate the successes of movers and shakers, innovators and volunteers. Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce CEO John Porter said the crowd on the arena floor of the Cross Insurance Center was the largest the Chamber …
The Canadian one-dollar "loonie" slid to a six-year low on Wednesday. It was worth 81 cents U.S. as of midday Wednesday, according to the online business website

Canadian dollar’s slide affects businesses on Maine border

By Julia Bayly on Jan. 21, 2015, at 6:16 p.m.
FORT KENT | Canadians are seeing less of a bang for their buck in the United States, and businesses in Maine border communities are feeling the effects of the drop in value of the Canadian dollar. As of Wednesday, it had fallen to its lowest point against the U.S. …
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Joining in the check presentation at the Katahdin Trust branch in Presque Isle were (left to right): Pete St. John, Senior Vice President and Commercial Services Officer – Katahdin Trust; Rick Duncan, Chairman – Aroostook Hospice Foundation; Diane Green, Vice President, Branch Manager and Retail Services Officer – Katahdin Trust; and Joe Clukey, Assistant Vice President and Retail Services Officer – Katahdin Trust.

Katahdin Trust presents $5,000 to Aroostook House of Comfort

on Jan. 21, 2015, at 4:10 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine –  Katahdin Trust recently presented a $5,000 contribution to the Aroostook House of Comfort at the Kathadin Trust branch in Presque Isle. The Aroostook Hospice Foundation, Inc. is an organization of passionate volunteers dedicated to bringing a free-standing hospice house to serve all of Aroostook County: the Aroostook …
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Big Gig Encourages Innovators & Entrepreneurs to Sign Up

By Paul Riechmann on Jan. 21, 2015, at 3:59 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business, Kagan Drive, Husson University Campus, Bangor, Maine For more information: 207-866-0068; Big Gig ( is encouraging local innovators and entrepreneurs to attend its next networking event, on February 24th at Husson University …
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Traffic pattern changes to begin Jan. 22 in Kittery due to bridge

on Jan. 21, 2015, at 3:45 p.m.
KITTERY, Maine — The Maine Department of Transportation said Wednesday there would be changes in the traffic patterns in Kittery starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, due to construction of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge Replacement Project. A traffic light will be activated at the intersection of Bridge Street and the …

USDA opens loans, grants to businesses in more Maine communities

By none. on Jan. 21, 2015, at 3:07 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The federal government will open eight rural development loan and grant funds to businesses in more towns in the Portland area that previously did not qualify. Virginia Manuel, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program in Maine, announced Wednesday that businesses located anywhere in …
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EMMC Cancer Care to celebrate and thank research collaborators

on Jan. 21, 2015, at 2:35 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine – Finding the cancer treatments of tomorrow takes the support and commitment of a strong team of individuals working together toward a common goal. Eastern Maine Medical Center Cancer Care will thank the physicians, researchers, staff, and other key supporters who have helped take EMMC Cancer Care’s latest achievement – the opening of …
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Gritty McDuff’s donates more than $740 to Good Shepherd

on Jan. 21, 2015, at 1:50 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine —  Gritty McDuff’s just donated more than $740 to the Good Shepherd Food Bank as the result of a holiday promotion that Gritty’s did in the Maine Hannaford stores during November and December 2014. “Being in the food and beverage business ourselves, we were in a unique position to contribute …
Verso Paper mill workers leave the mill one last time Dec. 17, 2014, in Bucksport. Bucksport officials and residents organized a rally for workers of the Verso mill.

Union asks federal judge to reconsider dismissal of lawsuit over severance pay for Verso millworkers

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 21, 2015, at 11:54 a.m.
BANGOR | Attorneys for a union representing workers at the shuttered Verso Paper mill in Bucksport have asked a federal judge to reconsider his dismissal of a lawsuit that sought to expedite severance and vacation pay for displaced employees. Judge John Woodcock issued an 86-page ruling on Jan. 6 …

State warns unemployment applicants of email scam

By Darren Fishell on Jan. 21, 2015, at 11:39 a.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Department of Labor warned unemployment claimants about a scam email that asks them for credit card and financial information. State officials said that the scam comes at the time when unemployment claims rise. It said the emails come from the address with the subject …
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Bob Quentin

Saco & Biddeford Savings Announces Quentin as President

By Broadreach Public Relations on Jan. 21, 2015, at 11:32 a.m.
For Immediate Release Contact: Linda Varrell Broadreach Public Relations 207-619-7350 SACO, Maine (January 21, 2015) – Saco & Biddeford Savings has named Bob Quentin the Bank’s new president effective Jan 1, 2015. Quentin, currently CFO and Treasurer, will continue to work closely with CEO Kevin Savage until Kevin’s retirement in …
Maine Speaker of the House Mark Eves, D-North Berwick, speaks at a Pratt and Whitney employee appreciation event in North Berwick on Aug. 9, 2013.

Maine House speaker kicks off ‘jobs tour’ with plan to spend $5 million on job training

By Christopher Cousins on Jan. 21, 2015, at 11:26 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves on Wednesday proposed spending $5 million over the next five years to create public-private training partnerships across Maine. The initiative is part of a prolonged project in the Legislature to create new, high-paying jobs through training initiatives that route students from higher-education …
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MDOT lowers weight limit on Haverill Bridge in Rumford

Bangor Daily News on Jan. 21, 2015, at 10:24 a.m.
RUMFORD, Maine — The Maine Department of Transportation has posted Haverill Bridge on River Street in Rumford for a lower load weight of 10 tons. Vehicles over this weight limit will need to use one of the other mill entrances for deliveries.This posting will be in effect until MaineDOT concludes …
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Arnie Macdonald

Attorney Arnie Macdonald Honored for his Dedication to Pro Bono Legal Service

By Broadreach Public Relations on Jan. 21, 2015, at 10:09 a.m.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jennifer Gerrett 207-228-7111 Portland and Augusta, ME and Manchester, NH (January 21, 2015) – Bernstein Shur, one of northern New England’s largest law firms, announced that Arnie Macdonald was named the 2015 winner of the Howard H. Dana, Jr. Award by the Maine Bar Foundation. Macdonald …

Supreme Court rejects challenge to debit card ‘swipe fee’ rules

By Lawrence Hurley and Emily Stephenson, Reuters on Jan. 21, 2015, at 5:38 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a challenge to controversial debit card “swipe fee” rules, dealing a blow to retailers, grocers and restaurant owners who argued the charges were unfairly high. Businesses pay the fees to banks when customers use debit cards to purchase goods …

Colonoscopies for $3,166 or $721: Why finding out is progress

on Jan. 20, 2015, at 9:32 p.m.
Christy Daggett, Maine Center for Economic Policy Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on January 20, 2015. I did an amazing thing the other day. I picked up the phone in my office, called a hospital on the other side of the state and asked how much a screening …

New hotel in heart of Old Port complains noise from bars hurting business

By CBS 13 on Jan. 20, 2015, at 7:12 p.m.
PORTLAND — A Portland hotel says its losing business because of noise from bars in the Old Port. The manager of Hyatt Place, Alen Saric, says he’s receiving noise complaints from guests. “It’s coming from the, typically from the speakers put outside, from the doors being left wide open and …
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