Rep. Mark Dion, D-Portland

Should the state do more to prevent the spread of disease such as Hepatitis C in prison? A Bangor woman thinks the answer is yes

By Abigail Curtis on July 26, 2014, at 3:03 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Sheila Ford of Bangor is an administrative assistant who recently has found herself on an unlikely mission: to educate Mainers about the risks of communicable diseases in prison, and hopefully to get them to care about the dangers to prisoners. That’s because her friend, a man serving …
Tyler Malmstrom

Man who escaped from Belfast re-entry center arrested in South Boston

By Dawn Gagnon on July 25, 2014, at 6:53 p.m.
BOSTON, Massachusetts — The man who walked away from a minimum security re-entry corrections center in Belfast earlier this month was arrested around 4:30 p.m. Friday in South Boston, a Sanford Police Department detective said in a news release. Tyler Malmstrom, 23, of Lincolnville Center left the Maine Coastal Regional …

Deputies suspect cat intentionally shot and killed in Bowdoinham

By Beth Brogan on July 25, 2014, at 5:33 p.m.
BOWDOINHAM, Maine — Sagadahoc County deputies suspect a cat that was killed on Pork Point Road on Thursday night was intentionally shot. Bill Stanton found the body of his 20-pound cat, named B, about 100 yards from his home around 4 a.m. Friday, Deputy Al Huntington said. The cat had …

Train barn opponents, Downeaster official clash at Thursday meeting

By Peter L. McGuire, The Forecaster on July 25, 2014, at 2:02 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — A meeting of an advisory group for a proposed train layover facility Thursday lapsed into an acrimonious exchange between opponents of the project and representatives of the agency that runs the Amtrak Downeaster. At the meeting, three members of the Brunswick West Neighborhood Coalition protested the meeting …
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Maine properties added to National Register of Historic Places

Bangor Daily News on July 25, 2014, at 1:52 p.m.
The following Maine properties have been entered in the National Register of Historic Places, according to Earle G. Shettleworth Jr., director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. These properties have been documented, evaluated and deemed worthy of preservation as part of the nation’s cultural heritage. The Dixmont Town House, Dixmont …
Christopher King

Searsport man charged after allegedly kicking in door, assaulting estranged wife

By Abigail Curtis on July 24, 2014, at 6:02 p.m.
MONTVILLE, Maine — A Searsport man was arrested this week after allegedly kicking the door in at a North Trotting Road residence and assaulting people inside, including his estranged wife. Christopher Michael King, 26, barged into the home on Sunday, July 20, Lt. Jason Trundy of the Waldo County Sheriff’s …
Maine State Music Theatre props apprentice Amanda Diaz toils behind the scenes Monday in Brunswick, building church pews for an upcoming production of "Footloose."

Behind the magic at Maine State Music Theatre

By Kathleen Pierce on July 24, 2014, at 3:42 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Another opening, another show. When the curtain rises at the Pickard Theater and the first upbeat note of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” echos through the room, guests seated in air-conditioned comfort are treated to a night of Broadway-style entertainment complete with backflips, a live orchestra and …

Theatre techs toil behind the scenes

By Troy R. Bennett on July 24, 2014, at 3:38 p.m.
Maine State Music Theatre techies toil behind the scenes in Brunswick, building sets, costumes and props for an upcoming production of “Footloose,” set to open Aug. 6.
Keaton and Quinn Repetto play in the water at Simpson's Point in Brunswick this week.

Brunswick panel favors seasonal motorboat use at Simpson’s Point

By Peter L. McGuire, The Forecaster on July 24, 2014, at 1:17 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — The Simpson’s Point boat landing may reopen to motorized boats on a seasonal basis if the town council accepts a recommendation from a commission looking into the issue. The Rivers and Coastal Waters Commission on Wednesday unanimously recommended the council ask Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection to …

West Bath to vote on settlement for firefighter who sued under whistleblower act

By Beth Brogan on July 23, 2014, at 6:36 p.m.
WEST BATH, Maine — West Bath voters will decide at a July 31 town meeting whether to accept a settlement with a local firefighter who is suing the town and two former fire chiefs for violating the Maine Whistleblowers’ Protection Act and the Maine Human Rights Act. Michael Drake of …

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 …

MOFGA receives $1 million gift to help train more new farmers

By Abigail Curtis on July 23, 2014, at 3:02 p.m.
UNITY, Maine — A farming organization with a strong grassroots history announced Wednesday that it received a gift of $1 million to help support and train new farmers, the largest financial donation in its history. Officials from the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association said that they were thrilled with …
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Church Sewing Circle doll fair Aug. 6

Bangor Daily News on July 23, 2014, at 2:53 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Location: Port Clyde Baptist Church, Route 131, Port Clyde For more information: 207-372-8082 PORT CLYDE, Maine — The annual Port Clyde Baptist Church Sewing Circle doll fair will be held 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the Port Clyde Baptist Church on …

Fire guts garage, guest house, woodshed at Davis Pond camp

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 23, 2014, at 2:08 p.m.
HOLDEN, Maine — An early morning fire at a camp on Davis Pond gutted a garage, guest house and woodshed on Wednesday, according to officials. Holden Fire Chief Ryan Davis said crews were dispatched to the camp at the end of Collette Road around 6:30 a.m., and he could see …
Benet Pols

Brunswick council chairman ‘not likely’ to seek third term on council

By Peter L. McGuire, The Forecaster on July 23, 2014, at 1:54 p.m.
BRUNSWICK — Town Council Chairman Benet Pols may not seek a third three-year term in November, and he is encouraging other candidates to run in his stead. In an interview Wednesday, Pols said he would like to see other individuals serve on the council but will seek another term if …
Rose Rapp, the owner of Farmetta Farm in Morrill, takes Cornish cross chicks from the brooder to an outside chicken tractor Tuesday.

Percentage of women running farms in Maine more than double national average

By Abigail Curtis on July 23, 2014, at 1:06 p.m.
MORRILL, Maine — Farmer Rose Rapp lunged left and sheep shearer Edie Kershner dove to the right Tuesday afternoon, as the two worked together to pull a single animal out of the panicked, woolly stampede of sheep penned up in a rickety Waldo County barn. The women managed to grab …
A U-haul truck and a sedan were involved in a collision in Brunswick on Wednesday morning.

Boothbay man hospitalized after Brunswick collision

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 23, 2014, at 11:32 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — A man was taken to a hospital Wednesday morning after his sedan collided with a U-Haul truck on Pleasant Street, police said. John Ramsey, 40, of Boothbay Harbor was traveling south around 7 a.m. when he crossed the center line and struck a northbound U-Haul truck driven …
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‘Backpacks for Kids’ fundraiser trying to break last year’s record

By Dream Local Digital on July 23, 2014, at 11:27 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — As “Back to School” sales hit full swing, Rockland Businesswoman Stephanie Williams has once again taken it upon herself to lead the charge to provide backpacks full of school supplies to as many Rockland area children as possible. Williams is calling on all who are able to …
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At Farm-to-Fair children get to experience what it would be like live on a farm.  In this photo, fair goers are feeding cattle in the beef barn.

4-H Farm-to-Fair volunteers needed

By Shelby Patten on July 23, 2014, at 11:13 a.m.
Do you or your business enjoy volunteering for local causes? Would you be interested in learning more about farming or teaching others about agriculture? If so, the Knox and Lincoln counties 4H Leaders’ Association, a program of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, is offering the perfect opportunity at the …
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Phil Powers

Hurricane Island Outward Bound School benefit dinner, auction

Bangor Daily News on July 23, 2014, at 8:27 a.m.
LINCOLNVILLE, Maine — The Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, a Maine-based nonprofit educational organization, is celebrating its 50th year with an anniversary bash, a benefit dinner and art auction, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Point Lookout Resort in Lincolnville. Keynote speaker will be Phil Powers, executive director of the …
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