2014 Bangor State Fair

By Gabor Degre on July 24, 2014, at 5:19 p.m.
Joe Imbriaco, general manager of Cross Insurance Center and Global Spectrum, discusses the 2014 Bangor State Fair.  

Bill aimed at state’s worst OUI offenders goes into effect Aug. 1

By Nick McCrea on July 24, 2014, at 5:12 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The “worst of the worst” drunk drivers face stiffer penalties and longer consideration of their past offenses under a Maine law that goes into effect Aug. 1. The bill, LD 1729, was proposed this past session by Rep. Tim Marks, D-Pittston, a 25-year state trooper who retired …

Westbrook woman convicted of helping boyfriend sexually assault developmentally delayed teen

By Beth Brogan on July 24, 2014, at 4:49 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Westbrook woman was convicted Wednesday of gross sexual assault after a jury found she helped her boyfriend sexually assault a 14-year-old developmentally delayed girl. Holly Morrison, 34, was found guilty of one count of gross sexual assault but not guilty of two others, according to Cumberland …
Cross Insurance Center employees, Bangor city officials and media members ride the Fireball at Bass Park in preparation for the opening day of the 2014 Bangor Sate Fair.

New sights and sounds at the 166th Bangor State Fair

By Cameron Paquette, Special to the BDN on July 24, 2014, at 4:47 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine —- Singer John Fogerty, emu racing and a circular roller coaster are some of the attractions at the 2014 Bangor State Fair. The 166th edition of the fair, which is the first to be run by the management company for the Cross Insurance Center, opens Friday, July 25 …

Maine to receive $1.8M in health insurance rebates

By Reuters on July 24, 2014, at 4:41 p.m.
Health insurers will send out about $330 million in rebates to employers and individuals this summer under President Barack Obama’s health care law, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday. The law, often called Obamacare, requires insurance companies to refund customers when they spend less than 80 …
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A contractor blows insulation into a Maine attic.

Hundreds of Mainers weatherizing, upgrading heating systems

Bangor Daily News on July 24, 2014, at 4:04 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine – During a period that is typically quiet for weatherization and insulation contractors, this summer, business is booming. Regardless of how cold next winter is — with or without a polar vortex — thousands of Maine homes will be warmer and more comfortable, in part due to incentives that …
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 …
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CMP President and CEO Sara Burns and Bob D'Orval of Nissan North America, Inc. shake hands before cutting the ribbon for one of two new DC Quick Chargers now available to plug-in electric vehicle drivers in Greater Portland. The chargers, located at the South Portland Community Center on Nelson Street and in the Fore Street parking garage, can bring an EV from 0 to 80 percent charge in 30 minutes.

Portland gets 2 ‘quick charge’ stations for plug-in electric vehicles

Bangor Daily News on July 24, 2014, at 3:39 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — People who drive plug-in electric vehicles now have two places to go in the Greater Portland area for a quick charge, courtesy of Central Maine Power Co., a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, and Nissan. The charging stations from Nissan were provided as part of CMP’s Plug-In Electric Vehicle …

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.
Jesse Speirs of Bangor tees off on the 10th hole on the first day of the Greater Bangor Open at the Bangor Municipal Golf Course on Thursday.

Bangor native takes break from Canadian tour for chance to win second Greater Bangor Open

By Larry Mahoney on July 24, 2014, at 3:28 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Jesse Speirs is plugging away. The 27-year-old Bangor native has been playing on the Canadian PGA Tour but has returned to Bangor to try to win the 54-hole Greater Bangor Open for the second time. It is the 48th annual GBO, and the winner will pocket $9,000. …
Maine Deputy Attorney General William Stokes smiles, and his wife Diane Doyen applauds, as the Judiciary Committee unanimously votes to recommend him for a judgeship on the Superior Court in Augusta on Thursday.

Judiciary committee endorses nominees to state Supreme Court, Superior Court

By Judy Harrison on July 24, 2014, at 2:56 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Legislature’s Judiciary Committee on Thursday unanimously endorsed the nominations of a seasoned jurist to Maine’s highest court and the state’s top prosecutor to replace him. In May, Gov. Paul LePage nominated Superior Court Justice Jeffrey L. Hjelm, 58, of Camden to replace Jon Levy, who is …
Shown is what used to be the corner of the main building of the Birds Eye vegetable processing plant on the corner of Route 1 and Fort Street in Caribou.

Caribou steps in to secure dilapidated former Birds Eye site

By Natalie De La Garza, Aroostook Republican & News on July 24, 2014, at 2:35 p.m.
CARIBOU, Maine — Concerned about safety issues, the City Council has agreed to contract fencing work to secure part of the dilapidated former Birds Eye industrial complex on Fort Street. The councilors gave the owner a seven-day deadline on June 23 to secure the site, which was not met. The …

Sanford police: Abduction report was fabricated

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 24, 2014, at 2:05 p.m.
SANFORD, Maine — A report of an abduction in York County on Tuesday turned out to be a hoax, Sanford police said Thursday. On Tuesday, two 10-year-old girls told police a black van had pulled up beside them while they were walking on the corner of High and Bates streets, …

Judge lifts 56-year-old consent decree on lobster fishing group

By Bill Trotter on July 24, 2014, at 1:50 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — In a ruling that was expected, a federal judge has rescinded a consent decree that had been imposed on the Maine Lobstermen’s Association since 1958. The federal Department of Justice, which had implemented the decree against the Maine Lobstermen’s Association after it lost an antitrust lawsuit, had …

Purse-snatching suspect arrested in Augusta

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 24, 2014, at 1:46 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A local woman allegedly involved in several purse-snatching incidents was arrested Wednesday afternoon, police said. Audra Purington, 37, is facing four charges of theft, five counts of misuse of credit identification and eight counts of violation of conditions of release, Augusta Deputy Chief Jared Mills said. Police …
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DECF Inmates to present art at Machias First Friday Art Walk on August 1

By Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce on July 24, 2014, at 1:32 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — Students in the art program at Down East Correctional Facility will be the featured artists at the August First Friday Art Walk reception at the gallery in the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce. Of the many wonderful artists exhibited at the Chamber gallery over the past year, …
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 …
Rev. Becky Gunn

Unitarian Universalist minister who worked for marriage equality retires after 6 years in Bangor

By Judy Harrison on July 24, 2014, at 1:05 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — When the Rev. Becky Gunn was hired by the Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor six years ago, she had one thing in common with one of her predecessors who had served the Park Street church in the mid-19th century. Gunn, like the Rev. Amory Battles when he …
East Millinocket Selectman Mark Marston reads a statement during an anti-national park forum held by the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

Katahdin-area residents attend forum on proposed national park, skeptical of benefits

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 24, 2014, at 12:47 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine — Rep. Beth Turner, R-Burlington, said after a forum Wednesday on a proposed 150,000-acre national park in the Katahdin region that she doesn’t believe that the virtues of the park would outweigh its flaws. She and several of the 28 people who attended the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber …

Man charged with possession of gun believed tied to Boston bombing

By Reuters on July 24, 2014, at 12:35 p.m.
BOSTON — Federal prosecutors believe a Boston-area man, arrested this week on drug charges, possessed a handgun the Boston Marathon bombing suspects are thought to have used to kill a university police officer, the man’s lawyer said Thursday. Stephen Silva, a high school friend of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was …
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