The center turning lane illustrated by this road sign would be extended from approximately the Hannaford Supermarket intersection to River Road in Lincoln as part of a plan Lincoln officials are promoting.

Lincoln leaders see $1.8 million road-widening project as investment in local economy

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 28, 2014, at 8:01 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine — Voters will decide in November whether to approve allocating $1.2 million to widen much of West Broadway no sooner than 2016 as part of a $1.8 million plan, town officials said Monday. The Maine Department of Transportation is in the process of signing a letter of understanding …
Excavators work recently to prepare the building site where Helen's Restaurant used to stand.

Helen’s Restaurant gets permit to rebuild

By Tim Cox on July 28, 2014, at 7:41 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — The Machias Planning Board quickly approved a permit Monday night to allow the owners of Helen’s Restaurant to rebuild after a fire that destroyed the landmark business earlier this month. The panel, meeting in a special session that lasted just over 10 minutes, voted 5-0 to issue …
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Pittsfield Special Town Council Meeting

By Kathryn Ruth on July 28, 2014, at 7:36 p.m.
The Town Council will hold a short meeting on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 5:30 pm in the Council Chambers at the Pittsfield Municipal Building, 112 Somerset Avenue, Pittsfield to consider assessment/tax commitment items for the 2014 taxes; payment of monthly MSAD#53 and weekly payroll warrants; and tax acquired bids. …

80-year-old bicyclist hit by a car in York

By Susan Morse, The York Weekly on July 28, 2014, at 7:02 p.m.
YORK, Maine — An 80-year-old York man riding a bicycle on Ridge Road Saturday morning was struck by vehicle as he attempted to make a left turn, according to local police. Robert Stewart was taken to a hospital by ambulance with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to a police …
Daniel Sears

York police report arrest of intoxicated man carrying toy gun

By Susan Morse, The York Weekly on July 28, 2014, at 6:58 p.m.
YORK, Maine — After York police on Saturday asked a Canadian man staying at a local hotel for his identification, he returned with a gun by his side, according to police. Police didn’t immediately know it was a toy gun, according to Sgt. Steve Spofford. Daniel E. Sears, 42, of …
The Sea Dog Brewing Company is shown in the Bowdoin Mill in Topsham.

Sea Dog Brewing to open first New Hampshire location

By Darren Fishell on July 28, 2014, at 6:27 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Sea Dog Brewing Co. plans to open its first New Hampshire location in North Conway this fall, expanding its northern New England footprint beyond its Bangor, South Portland and Topsham pubs. Jim Bunting, operations manager for the company acquired by Shipyard Brewing owner Fred Forsley more than …
A potato truck sits in a field in Littleton last year.

Maine Potato Board says crop looking healthy

By Jen Lynds on July 28, 2014, at 6:20 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Officials with the Maine Potato Board said Monday that weeks of heat and sunshine in July have done wonders for this year’s potato growing season. Don Flannery, executive director of the board, said that this year’s crop is looking wonderful so far. “We did get the …

Woman suffers serious injuries in Saco crash

By Nick McCrea on July 28, 2014, at 5:48 p.m.
SACO, Maine — A Scarborough woman suffered “serious internal injuries” when her van was struck by a wrecker on Route 1 on Monday afternoon, according to a news release from the Saco Police Department. Bronwyn Hoplight-Powers, 24, was turning her 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan left onto Route 1, also known …
Dick Wolf

‘Law and Order’ producer to speak at MDI hospital meeting

By Bill Trotter on July 28, 2014, at 5:43 p.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine — He is not known for producing medical dramas, but a well-known television producer will have a starring role with the local hospital next week. Dick Wolf, award-winning producer of “Law & Order” and other TV crime dramas, will be the keynote speaker at Mount Desert Island …
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By Jennifer Osborne on July 28, 2014, at 5:33 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. Location: Delahanty Field and Airport Field, Medway Rd and behind Stearns High School, Millinocket, Maine For more information: 207 746 7823 10+ teams. 1 & 1 count with a free foul; ASA rules; $200/team; 7 guys 3 girls. Please contact Steve …
Teresa Hall of Milo and her 5-year-old nephew, Collin Hall of Millinocket, run through a downpour at the Bangor State Fair on Monday afternoon.

Weather forces Bangor State Fair to shut down Monday evening

By Nick McCrea on July 28, 2014, at 5:24 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Organizers announced late Monday afternoon that the Bangor State Fair would shut down Monday evening because of heavy rain and thunderstorms rolling through the area. In a news release sent just before 5 p.m., organizers said no further fair events would be held that day. The fair …
A rendering of the Bayside Anchor project shows the four-story apartment building planned for 49 Boyd St. The Portland Housing Authority will rent 36 affordable housing units and hopes construction can begin by June 2015.

Portland housing project hinges on investor tax credits

By David Harry on July 28, 2014, at 5:04 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Housing Authority’s latest venture could be under construction by next spring, if it receives tax credits attractive to investors. Bayside Anchor, a four-story apartment building planned for 49 Boyd St. in East Bayside, will have 45 apartments, with 36 designated for affordable housing, PHA Executive …
Excavators work recently to prepare the building site where Helen's Restaurant used to stand.

Owners of Helen’s Restaurant seek permit to rebuild

By Tim Cox on July 28, 2014, at 5:01 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — The owners of Helen’s Restaurant, the landmark business that was destroyed by fire earlier this month, are seeking a permit to construct a new building on the same site next to U.S. 1. David and Julie Barker applied for a building permit July 17. The Machias Planning …
Rep. Paul McGowan, D-Cape Neddick

First-term Rep. Paul McGowan dies unexpectedly

By Mario Moretto on July 28, 2014, at 4:47 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Paul McGowan, a state representative who saw his signature cancer study legislation passed into law last year, died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday. The 67-year-old Cape Neddick resident recently had announced that he would not be seeking re-election because of increasingly worrisome health trouble, the exact …
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Portland board to meet Aug. 5 on Peaks Island

Bangor Daily News on July 28, 2014, at 4:40 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine – The Portland Board of Public Education will meet Aug. 5 at the Fifth Maine Regiment Museum on Peaks Island. An executive session will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the business meeting at 7 p.m. “We have not held a meeting on the island for a long time,” said …

Police say father shot family, then himself

By Troy R. Bennett on July 28, 2014, at 4:26 p.m.
Sgt. Chris Harriman of the Maine State Police confirms the identities of the victims found slain in Saco on Sunday at a press conference Monday afternoon. He said 33-year-old Joel Smith shot and killed his wife and three children before killing himself on Saturday night in their apartment on Water …
Students from Haining No. 1 Middle School in Zheyiang, China, are spending a few days in midcoast Maine. School officials hope it is the beginning of a long relationship between the two schools.

Chinese students visit Searsport schools, officials hope it marks beginning of a lasting educational exchange

By Abigail Curtis on July 28, 2014, at 3:59 p.m.
SEARSPORT, Maine — The hallways of Searsport District High School normally would be sleepy and dark on a summertime weekend, but on Saturday the gymnasium was alive with the sounds of laughter and shouts — in Chinese. Last week, 28 middle school students from a province near the city of …

Rockland Republican re-enters Maine House race

By Stephen Betts on July 28, 2014, at 3:55 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — Republican James Kalloch is back in the race for the Maine House seat that represents Rockland and Owls Head. Kalloch had filed papers to run but then withdrew from the race on June 19, explaining that he didn’t think he would have time to devote to the …
Nathaniel E. Kibby, 34, is seen in an undated photo released by the New Hampshire Attorney General's office.  Police in New Hampshire on Monday arrested Kibby on charges of kidnapping 15-year-old Abigail Hernandez, who disappeared from her small town in the White Mountains last fall and reappeared mysteriously last week.

Arrest made in Abigail Hernandez case

By WGME on July 28, 2014, at 3:38 p.m.
GORHAM, New Hampshire — Police have made an arrest in the Abigail Hernandez kidnapping case. 34-year-old Nathaniel E. Kibby of Gorham, New Hampshire, has been arrested and charged with one count of felony kidnapping, accused of knowingly confining Hernandez on Oct. 9, 2013, in Conway, New Hampshire. “Law enforcement officers …

House, garden tour to be held in Swanville

on July 28, 2014, at 3:25 p.m.
SWANVILLE —  The Swan Lake House and Garden Tour will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. The event will combine a narrated boat ride with light refreshments, as well as five garden walks and four open houses. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Certified Boat Inspection Project …
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