Sweet treats are lined up for the grand opening of The Whole Grain Bakeshop in Brewer. The bakery is in the basement of St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Brewer and specializes in gluten-free and vegan sweets.

Shop selling gluten-free, vegan treats opens in Brewer church basement

By Nick McCrea on July 23, 2014, at 7:25 p.m.
BREWER, Maine — Kelly Thompson got a taste for healthful cooking as a nutrition student at the University of Maine around the turn of the millennium. She hopes her passion and penchant for baking has finally evolved into a livelihood. The Hermon resident cut the ribbon on her new business, …

Downeast LNG proposes expanded project, submits request to energy regulators

By Tim Cox on July 23, 2014, at 5:24 p.m.
ROBBINSTON, Maine — Downeast LNG has submitted a pre-filing request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to develop its proposed liquefied natural gas import-export facility, the company announced Wednesday. The request is for a facility with significantly more capacity than the company proposed in June, an expansion that also increases …

Keep Real Estate Out of your Corporation

on July 23, 2014, at 4:11 p.m.
I’ve previously written a blog post about the pitfalls of incorporating too early. Incorporating too early can be a costly mistake, but so can including the wrong kinds of assets in a corporation. Assets that tend to go up in value, such as real estate, investments, and collectibles rarely belong …

FairPoint customers lose Internet service

By Nell Gluckman on July 23, 2014, at 3:51 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Some FairPoint Communications customers may have lost their Internet service because of a problem that occurred on Sunday afternoon, according to a FairPoint spokesman. The problem affected customers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and some may still be experiencing problems as a result, the spokesman said …

WSJ: Portland Westin projects $1.2 million revenue from bar this year, doubling pre-renovation amount

on July 23, 2014, at 3:28 p.m.
Leaders of the companies that renovated the former Eastland hotel in downtown Portland told the Wall Street Journal they’re projecting $1.2 million in revenue from the hotel’s penthouse bar and restaurant this year, doubling what the bar brought in annually under its previous operator. The new owners of the Westin Portland Harborview hotel had also doubled the bar’s size as …

Bath planners OK apartments at former hospital

By Alex Lear, The Forecaster on July 23, 2014, at 3:18 p.m.
BATH, Maine — Fifteen residences will be developed at a former hospital at 9 Park St. after the project received unanimous subdivision and site plan approvals Tuesday from the planning board. The city purchased the property more than a decade ago as the Midcoast Center for Higher Education, and sold …
A police officer looks on near the site of the train wreckage in Lac Megantic, July 9, 2013. The crude oil freight train that derailed and blew up in the small town of Lac-Megantic early on Saturday morning, July 6, 2013, was traveling far too fast when it went off the rails, investigators told reporters.

Maine delegates laud proposed steps to prevent Lac-Megantic-level railway disaster in US

By Nick McCrea on July 23, 2014, at 3:01 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The U.S. Department of Transportation rolled out a series of proposed new rail safety rules on Wednesday, including phasing out tens of thousands of older railway tanker cars used to transport flammable liquids, including crude oil, over the next two years. Maine’s congressional delegation celebrated the proposals …

The VA was born from scandal: How its latest failure offers hope for reform

on July 23, 2014, at 2:55 p.m.
Colin Moore, University of Hawaii Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on July 23, 2014 Scandal is nothing new to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. General Eric Shinseki’s resignation adds another chapter to the beleaguered agency’s long history of mismanagement. Although Maine’s 150,000 veterans were largely spared from …
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U.S. Cellular doubles funding for classroom projects

Bangor Daily News on July 23, 2014, at 2:05 p.m.
STATEWIDE, Maine – U.S. Cellular is donating $1 million to fund teacher classroom projects through its Calling All Teachers program this year. Last year, the company contributed $500,000 toward educational materials for improved classroom experiences. One-hundred-ten Maine teachers had their classroom projects funded by U.S. Cellular in 2013, totaling more than …
Ann Homola, director of physician recruitment at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, from left, Matt McLaughlin, vice chair of FUSION:Bangor, and  Ben Sprague, chairman of the Bangor City Council, participate in a forum moderated by Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce CEO John Porter Monday, July 23, 2014.

Bangor business leaders want more young people to move to Maine

By Nick McCrea on July 23, 2014, at 1:46 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The problem isn’t that Maine’s population is too old, there just aren’t enough young people, a panel made up of local business and government leaders said Wednesday during a Bangor Chamber of Commerce breakfast. Maine, with its oft-cited status as the state with the oldest median age …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage administration wants adults without children to work to get food stamps

By Lindsay Tice on July 23, 2014, at 1:30 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — After a five-year break, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services plans once again to require childless adults to work in order to receive help through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. The department announced Wednesday that it will require work, …

State’s economy continues to improve, still plenty of slack in the labor market

on July 23, 2014, at 1:24 p.m.
FROM the Philly Fed: The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia has released the coincident indexes for the 50 states for June 2014. In the past month, the indexes increased in 42 states, decreased in three, and remained stable in five, for a one-month diffusion index of 78. Over the past …
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Shannon Kinney named a top ‘Local Digital Innovator’

By Dream Local Digital on July 23, 2014, at 11:09 a.m.
Shannon Kinney, founder and client success officer at Dream Local Digital, has been named a top “Local Digital Innovator,” by the Local Media Association, recognizing the best and most innovative organizations and people in the local media industry, globally. The Local Media Association represents more than 2,200 local news outlets globally, …
This boat at Millennium Marine was damaged and fell over when it filled with water after sprinklers were activated by a fire Wednesday morning.

Fire damages new boatbuilding shop in Eastport

By Tim Cox on July 23, 2014, at 11:01 a.m.
EASTPORT, Maine — A fire at a boatbuilding business destroyed one boat under construction, heavily damaged another, and caused widespread smoke and water damage to the shop Wednesday, the company reported. However, Millenium Marine expects to resume operations within a few days, said spokesman John Miller. Millennium Marine expanded to …
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PCHC Dental Center welcomes new dental residents

Bangor Daily News on July 23, 2014, at 11 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Penobscot Community Health Care  is pleased to announce that four new General Practice Dental Residents have joined PCHC Dental Center, under the direction of Philip Higgins Jr., DMD Chief Dental Officer and General Practice Residency Director. General Practice Dental Residents Mark Franklin, DDS, Owen Johnson, DDS, Peter Levandoski, …

Freeport group reviews proposal for plastic bag ban

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on July 23, 2014, at 10:43 a.m.
FREEPORT, Maine — A town committee wants more information before its starts considering an ordinance that would ban plastic shopping bags. Members agreed, however, that there are three possible scenarios to consider: a plastic bag ban, a bag tax like the one recently approved in Portland, or no action. The …
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Diane Jackson

Diane Jackson joins Maine DECD as business account executive

Bangor Daily News on July 23, 2014, at 10:36 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul R. LePage on Wednesday welcomed Diane Jackson of Oxford to his team of business account executives within the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development. “Diane is a terrific addition to our team,” said Gov. LePage, in a press release. “She has owned and operated a small …
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Dan Isdaner and Family with the 2014 Meritorious Award.

Camp Mataponi Director Wins Major Award

By Amy O'Connell on July 23, 2014, at 10:28 a.m.
The American Camp Association, New England (ACA New England) has awarded Dan Isdaner of Jupiter, Florida, Co-Owner and Director of ACA Accredited Camp Mataponi in Naples, ME, the organization’s 2014 Meritorious Service Award. This award is presented each year to a member of the camp community for admirable service and …

Yarmouth seeking developer to repurpose aging Cousins Island fire station

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on July 23, 2014, at 9:27 a.m.
YARMOUTH, Maine — The town, which hopes to sell the aging Cousins Island Fire Station, is accepting proposals for its redevelopment next week. Proposals for the fire station at 373 Cousins St. must be submitted to town hall by 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 31. The Town Council decided to …
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Injury-recordkeeping course for employers has openings

Bangor Daily News on July 23, 2014, at 8:06 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Standards is taking its injury-recordkeeping course for employers on the road to Cumberland County in August. These courses are held at no charge to the employer and are designed for small business owners and staff who have responsibility for managing …
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