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Wilton Post Office reopens Feb. 27

on Feb. 27, 2015, at 3:47 p.m.
WILTON, Maine — Wilton Post Office, located at 454 Main St., is back open for business. It had been closed due to structural issues with the roof thought to have been caused by the snow load. Post office box holders and retail customers can return Friday to pick up their mail and …

Feral cat population explodes at Oxford trailer park

By CBS 13 on Feb. 26, 2015, at 6:25 p.m.
An Oxford woman is teaming up with a local shelter to try to save, and stem, an exploding feral cat colony. Audrey Hewins said a 9-week-old kitten started visiting her trailer in the Oxford Pines Regency Mobile Home Park about three weeks ago. Feeding one cat turned …
Yes On 1 Field Director Ben Chin, left, joined by George Christie, right, enter voting results s they are phoned in Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 in Portland, Maine.

Liberal activist running for mayor in Lewiston

By Scott Thistle on Feb. 26, 2015, at 11:31 a.m.
Ben Chin, an activist with the Maine People’s Alliance, a left-leaning political organization, is running for the Lewiston’s mayor’s office. An email sent by Chin’s campaign manager Genevieve Lysen inviting media to a campaign kickoff event next week announced Chin’s campaign. “Ben decided to run for mayor …
A man walks around a bank of plowed snow on Feb. 16 in Eastport. More snow hit Maine on Wednesday with the Down East getting a foot of snow.

Down East slammed with another foot of snow Wednesday

By Kaylie Reese on Feb. 25, 2015, at 8:21 p.m.
Heavy snowfall Wednesday morning created hazardous driving conditions that contributed to a 75-vehicle pileup on Interstate 95 in Carmel, but the sun made an appearance in the afternoon while vehicles were being towed away. Wednesday’s storm hit Down East the hardest, burying the area with another foot of snow, according …

State rights panel finds age discrimination against Auburn firm

By Abigail Curtis on Feb. 25, 2015, at 4:44 p.m.
AUGUSTA | An East Dixfield man likely suffered age discrimination when an Auburn company required him to share his high school graduation date as part of his application for employment, the Maine Human Rights Commission decided this week. Allen Ackley was 59 year old in 2013 when he applied …
Argo Marketing Group CEO Jason Levesque.

Business leaders rip bill to penalize call centers that ship Maine jobs overseas

By Kathryn Skelton on Feb. 25, 2015, at 12:05 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Jason Levesque lost a bid for a contract Tuesday to a competing call center in the Philippines. He understands pressure from overseas. He understands wanting to keep work here. The president and founder of Argo Marketing Group, headquartered in Lewiston, told legislators Tuesday that he doesn’t understand …

Coastal counties hit hard by Wednesday snowstorm

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 25, 2015, at 9 a.m.
GRAY | A snowstorm that created hazardous driving conditions throughout the state Wednesday morning and led to a pileup that shut down Interstate 95 in Etna was expected to subside by the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Much of Maine woke up to heavy snowfall and poor …
The Downeaster pulls into Freeport station Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.

Lewiston-Auburn officials renew push for passenger rail

By Scott Thistle on Feb. 24, 2015, at 6:20 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Expanding passenger rail service from Portland to Lewiston-Auburn has been a decades-long struggle for local business and rail advocates, but a bill before the Maine Legislature finally could help advance that effort. Rep. Jared Golden, D-Lewiston, is hoping his bill, which has an estimated $1 million price …

As Maine’s uninsured rate drops, Lewiston co-op again woos most Obamacare enrollees

By Lindsay Tice on Feb. 24, 2015, at 1:58 p.m.
LEWISTON — Over 66,000 Mainers have signed up for health insurance with Maine Community Health Options, an increase of 65 percent for the state’s only health insurance co-op. Of those people, 57,600 got insurance through the federal marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.” That means …
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Town of Baldwin now offers Rapid Renewal of motor vehicle registrations

on Feb. 20, 2015, at 4:28 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has announced that the town of Baldwin has launched Rapid Renewal, the Department of the Secretary of State’s online service for the renewal of motor vehicle registrations. Rapid Renewal, an e-commerce service allowing citizens to conduct business with municipal government and state …
A car driven by local resident Ashley Scott is stuck in the drifting snow on Deep Cove Road in Eastport on Monday, Feb. 16, while a van driven by her husband, Chris Scott, idles nearby.

Snow, freezing rain possible this weekend

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 20, 2015, at 10:07 a.m.
GRAY | A weekend winter storm potentially could bring up to 6 inches of fresh snow throughout the state, according to the National Weather Service’s Gray forecast center. Forecaster Tom Hawley said Friday coastal areas could see mixed precipitation, resulting in sleet or freezing rain. Hawley said forecasters expect …
A Hampden resident clears his driveway after the weekend storm. Forecasters have predicted up to 12 inches of snow starting Thursday in parts of Maine.

Up to 12 inches of snow possible in parts of Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 18, 2015, at 7:44 p.m.
BANGOR | Weather forecasters upgraded the storm heading for Maine from a watch to a warning on Wednesday. They also increased the expected snowfall amounts to up to a foot in some locations, possibly more in southern Hancock County. Meteorologist Mark Bloomer of the National Weather Service’s Caribou office …

Man falls through skylight at Auburn Mall

By Staff, CBS 13 on Feb. 18, 2015, at 6:40 p.m.
A man fell through a skylight Wednesday afternoon at the Auburn Mall, according to police. Auburn police said 43-year-old George Beam was repairing an HVAC unit located on the roof of the mall when he stepped on a skylight covered with snow. Police said Beam suffered serious …
Winds blew snow across Maine Avenue in Bangor on Sunday afternoon. The weekend storm, predicted to bring nearly two feet of snow to parts of Maine, only brought several inches of snow, but high winds caused much blowing and drifting.

Up to 8 inches of snow possible Wednesday into Thursday

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 17, 2015, at 3:59 p.m.
GRAY | Winter-weary Mainers tired of snow and shoveling can expect more of the same Wednesday night and into Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. According to the weather service’s Gray forecast center, a low pressure system approaching from the Great Lakes could bring up to 8 inches …
The Maine Warden Service found Ty Howard-Gotto (left), 15, and his friend Jonah May, also 15, after the teens spent a cold night lost in the woods.

Teen snowmobilers who went missing lit fire, kept warm on -10 degree night

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 17, 2015, at 10:39 a.m.
MEXICO | The Maine Warden Service said Tuesday that two teenage boys last seen leaving Mexico on a snowmobile Monday night have been found alive after spending the night lost in the woods of western Maine. The pair used gasoline found in a go-cart to light a fire and …
The Maine Warden Service is searching for Ty Howard-Gotto, 15, left, and his friend Jonah May, also 15, between Andover and Mexico.

Wardens looking for 2 teens gone missing overnight while snowmobiling

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 17, 2015, at 8:18 a.m.
MEXICO | The Maine Warden service is looking for two teenagers after they failed to show up at family member’s Andover camp last night. Ty Howard-Gotto, 15, no hometown given, and Jonah May, 15, of North Smithfield, Rhode Island, reportedly left Mexico around 7:30 p.m. Monday planning to snowmobile …

Harrison man killed Monday in kite skiing accident on Crystal Lake

By Beth Brogan, BDN on Feb. 17, 2015, at 6:34 a.m.
A 49-year-old man was killed Monday morning in a kite skiing accident on Crystal Lake. Adam Tsapis of Harrison was kite skiing on the lake at about 11 a.m. Monday when the canopy he was using to propel him across the snow caught a gust of wind …
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Fred Getchell of Presque Isle got a firsthand look at the whiteout driving conditions as he drove to Easton at around 8 a.m. Monday on Route 10.

High winds, blowing snow create whiteout conditions across Maine

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 16, 2015, at 12:01 p.m.
FORT KENT | High winds and blowing snow created headaches for drivers around the state Monday. The winds, combined with the snow that fell over the weekend, created near whiteout conditions. “We recorded a wind gust of 60 mph in Frenchville early this morning,” said Pete Rahe, observing program …

Police search for man who robbed Circle K convenience store

By CBS 13 on Feb. 16, 2015, at 6:26 a.m.
GREENE | The Androscoggin County Sherriff’s Department is searching for a suspect in a strong-arm gas station robbery in Greene. Police said a man robbed the Circle K store on Route 202 around 3 a.m. Sunday and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect is described …
Snow drifts start to take over Harry Snyder's home in Whiting. Washington and York counties gained about 2 more feet of snow with high winds. Inland and northern Maine only received several inches of snow.

Down East, southern Maine get brunt of weekend snowstorm

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 15, 2015, at 4:49 p.m.
FORT KENT | Not since his days as a lineman on a Montana cattle ranch in the early 1970s has Harry Snyder seen snowdrifts like the ones forming outside his Whiting home this weekend. “Back then, I was snowed in for three days before they could get to me,” …
 
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