Mid-Maine

 
Kim Wagaman, a behavioral therapist, takes Dustin Strasser, 19, left, to visit Evan Roth, 12, whom he helps mentor.

We want to know: Have you ever been a mentor or mentee?

By Adanya Lustig on Aug. 18, 2016, at 11:12 a.m.
We want to know about how some people uplift the lives of others, even when they don’t have to.

Newburgh to continue annual town meeting on Saturday

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 17, 2016, at 4:10 p.m.
Two months after they postponed action on town meeting warrant items related to spending, residents will be asked on Saturday to approve a municipal budget for the current fiscal year.
John Jolly

Skowhegan man facing sexual assault charges

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 17, 2016, at 11:56 a.m.
A local man is facing sexual assault charges after an alleged assault of a 32-year-old woman earlier this month, police said.

Somerset County lake drains after gate fails

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 15, 2016, at 4:09 p.m.
“At this time, we do not believe any damage has been caused to the surrounding habitat.”
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Three Ruby Tuesday restaurants close in Maine

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 15, 2016, at 12:38 p.m.
The Ruby Tuesday restaurant at the Bangor Mall has closed, apparently along with the South Portland and Biddeford locations.
MAINE FOCUS
Research has shown home visits reduce the likelihood of pregnancy complications, infant deaths, family violence and child maltreatment. They also contribute to improved parenting practices and school readiness. But the state hasn't followed through on its commitment to increase access to home visiting and improve collaboration between home visiting agencies.

Maine got millions to help moms and babies, but has little to show for it

By Matthew Stone on Aug. 15, 2016, at 6:18 a.m.
DHHS said it would reach more families and collaborate with other home visiting programs. But competition between the groups has only gotten worse.
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Food scrap recycling isn’t just for southern Maine anymore. Rural Maine takes a bite at the apple.

By Christopher Burns on Aug. 13, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Organics recycling has become a focal point in the debate about the future of waste management in the state.
MAINE FOCUS
Maine Families served 2,393 families with 2,644 children in all counties in state fiscal year 2014.

How Maine quietly handed off financial oversight of a $23M program for infants

By Erin Rhoda on Aug. 11, 2016, at 6:16 a.m.
The circumstances raise questions about transparency and accountability.

Motorcyclist seriously injured in Manchester collision

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 10, 2016, at 12:07 p.m.
A Belgrade man suffered serious injuries Tuesday when his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck on Route 135, according to officials.
A South China woman suffered serious injuries in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in Madison.

Maine woman suffers serious injuries in single-vehicle crash

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 09, 2016, at 5:52 p.m.
A South China woman suffered serious injuries Tuesday when the minivan she was driving left Route 201, struck a driveway and then went airborne before rolling over several times.
MAINE FOCUS
Over the last several years, the number of public health nurses has been cut in half.

Maine has sliced the ranks of nurses who prevent outbreaks, help drug-affected babies

By Matthew Stone on Aug. 09, 2016, at 6:28 a.m.
The LePage administration, which has not publicized the cuts, had the money to fill the positions.
New England Steam Corp. begins the process of moving the locomotive Maine Central No. 470 to Hancock, where it hopes to refurbish it and put it back on the tracks, on Monday in Waterville.

What it takes to get a 92-year-old steam locomotive back on the tracks

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 09, 2016, at 1 a.m.
After sitting by the side of College Avenue for decades, an old steam locomotive once again is on the move.
Three men who plan to be priests in Maine walked from Lewiston to Bangor to promote vocations in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. Seminarians Liam Gallagher (left) and Dennis Fitts (center), along with Rev. Seamus Griesbach lead the group of teens on their walk to Bangor on Friday.

Pilgrimage across Maine strengthens faith of 3 priests-to-be

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 07, 2016, at 9:43 a.m.
Three men who plan to be priests in Maine walked from Lewiston to Bangor to promote vocations in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.

Police identify man who crashed stolen truck in Eliot

By Foster's Daily Democrat on Aug. 07, 2016, at 8:46 a.m.
A Farmington man who crashed an allegedly stolen pickup truck in Eliot is recovering from injuries and will face charges.
Maine Central Institute Headmaster Christopher J. Hopkins (left) and board of trustees President Norbert Young Jr. announce Saturday the school's 150th anniversary capital campaign and an anonymous $1 million pledge.

MCI marks 150th anniversary celebration with $1 million pledge

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 06, 2016, at 3:22 p.m.
Maine Central Institute launched a $6.5 million capital campaign on Saturday.
A flyer is circulating about a girl who is said to be missing. According to the flyer, Kyara Severson, 16, was last seen in Pittston on Thursday.

Family seeks help in finding girl last seen in Pittston

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 06, 2016, at 10:58 a.m.
The family of a missing teenager is seeking the public’s help in finding her.

Ex-clerk at DA’s office to serve 16 months, repay $60,000 for theft

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 05, 2016, at 3:50 p.m.
A former clerk at the Somerset County district attorney’s office was sentenced Friday to three years in prison with all but 16 months suspended in connection with the theft of more than $90,000, much of which was intended to reimburse crime victims.
Joshua Houle, 20, of Anson suffered serious injuries when the 1996 Dodge Intrepid he was driving left the roadway and crashed into a large tree.

Anson man seriously injured in single-vehicle crash

By Dawn Gagnon on July 31, 2016, at 4:09 p.m.
The vehicle struck a utility pole and then several trees before coming to rest about 400 feet from the road.
Michael Bokun

New York man fatally shot in Rangeley

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 29, 2016, at 4:49 p.m.
Michael Bokun, 29, “died from a gunshot wound to the chest,” according to the state medical examiner’s office.

Skowhegan man accused of sexually assaulting teen girl

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 29, 2016, at 3:17 p.m.
A local man is facing multiple sex assault charges after a search warrant resulted in his arrest on Friday, according to police.