Robert Shafto, left, Scott Lindsay and Rene Noel survey the trees at Woods Road Community Forest in Falmouth for an upcoming forestry project to create wintering habitat for deer in this December 2013 photo.

Falmouth council approves one plan for harvesting trees in public forest, rejects another

By Colin Ellis, The Forecaster on Nov. 25, 2014, at 2:05 p.m.
The Town Council was split Monday night over harvesting plans in one forest, but unanimously approved harvesting in another. Councilors voted 6-0 for the 2015 Forest Harvesting Plan for the Woods Road Community Forest, but defeated a harvesting plan in the Blackstrap Hill Community Forest, 3-3. Councilors …

Bangor’s Dennis Paper and Food Service to become employee-owned

By Darren Fishell on Nov. 25, 2014, at 2:01 p.m.
Ron Dennis, the owner of Dennis Paper and Food Service, plans to sell the Bangor company to its 125 employees through an employee stock ownership plan, effective Jan. 1. Dennis told Mainebiz that he plans to stay on as president through the ownership transition that will give all employees an …
Adam Metropoulos (right) during his arraignment at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor with attorney Kaylee Folster on Sept. 17.

Suspended Bangor priest indicted for sexually abusing minor, possession of child pornography

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 25, 2014, at 1:47 p.m.
The former priest at St. George Greek Orthodox Church was indicted Tuesday by the Penobscot County grand jury on four counts of sexual abuse of a minor, one count each of possession of sexually explicit materials and violation of privacy. Adam Metropoulos, 52, of Bangor was arrested …
Stephen McIntire

Bath man wanted for failing to register as sex offender accused of peeking in Hyde School windows

By Beth Brogan on Nov. 25, 2014, at 1:37 p.m.
A 54-year-old Bath man is wanted by police for failing to register as a sex offender and for allegedly violating Maine’s “Peeping Tom” law this fall. Stephen McIntire was convicted of gross sexual assault in 1997, according to a release from Bath Police Detective David Beauregard. McIntire …
Bean sprouts

Three Mainers fall ill from salmonella traced to bean sprouts

By Jackie Farwell on Nov. 25, 2014, at 1:28 p.m.
Three Maine residents are among more than 60 people nationally sickened by salmonella traced to contaminated bean sprouts, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. None of the three is believed to have eaten contaminated bean sprouts while in Maine. Maine’s cases were linked to an outbreak …
Roberto Figueroa

Skowhegan drug bust lands man in jail

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 25, 2014, at 1:26 p.m.
A local man with a history of drug offenses is facing more charges after more than $10,000 in contraband was seized from an Oak Street residence, police said. Roberto Figueroa, 57, is accused of aggravated trafficking in a Schedule W drug and possession of a Schedule W …
From the community
Santa welcomes the children to the 2013 Candy Cane Caper event.

Candy Cane Caper at Belfast church

Bangor Daily News on Nov. 25, 2014, at 12:59 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Location: Belfast United Methodist Church, 23 Mill Lane, Belfast For more information: 207-338-5575 BELFAST, Maine — The 17th annual Candy Cane Caper will be held 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Belfast United Methodist Church, 23 Mill Lane. Children ages 5-12 will …
The State House in Augusta

Question of voter fraud raised after untraceable ballots change outcome of Senate election

By Mario Moretto on Nov. 25, 2014, at 12:58 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The specter of election fraud has been raised after last week’s Maine Senate District 25 ballot recount changed the outcome of the race. Unanswered questions remain about 21 ballots from the town of Long Island that can’t seem to be attributed to any voter. The ballots were …
East Millinocket Interim Administrative Assistant Angela Cote [far left] makes a point as Selectmen Gary MacLeod and Kelley Michaud listen at an East Millinocket Board of Selectmen's meeting on Oct. 13, 2014.

East Millinocket officials name new administrative assistant

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Nov. 25, 2014, at 12:36 p.m.
Town leaders have named Angela Cote the town’s new administrative assistant to replace retired assistant Shirley Tapley, officials said Tuesday. The Board of Selectmen voted 5-0 on Monday to upgrade Cote from interim administrative assistant while also opting not to fill the utility clerk’s position she …
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Evan Brugman - recently diagnoses with type-1 diabetes.  Please donate to the Benefit Fund and Bar Harbor B&T.  Thank you.

Evan Brugman Benefit Fund

By Becky Brugman on Nov. 25, 2014, at 12:32 p.m.
The Evan Brugman Fund Early on the morning of October 20, 2014 – 10 year old, Evan Brugman of Southwest Harbor was airlifted to save his life to the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine. It was soon discovered that Evan has type 1 diabetes. The Brugman family is …
Construction crews work to build the 124-room hotel next to the Cross Insurance Center on Nov. 17 in Bangor.

November snowstorms haven’t held up Bangor hotel construction, official says

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 25, 2014, at 12:24 p.m.
Construction of Bangor’s next hotel is on schedule in spite of two early November snowstorms and a third that’s on its way, according to an Ocean Properties official. Ocean Properties, which owns more than 100 hotels and resorts in North America, is building a 124-room, five-story hotel …
A man walks past a burning building during rioting after a grand jury returned no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri early November 25, 2014.

More U.S. troops deployed in Ferguson to guard against fresh riots

By Ellen Wulfhorst, Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister, Reuters on Nov. 25, 2014, at 11:59 a.m.
FERGUSON, Missouri — Missouri’s governor ordered hundreds more National Guard troops Tuesday to a St. Louis suburb rocked by rioting and looting after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager. Attorneys for the family of Michael Brown, the …
St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office photo shows Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson photo taken shortly after August 9, 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, presented to the grand jury and made available on Nov. 24, 2014.

Darren Wilson explains why he killed Michael Brown

By Terrence McCoy, The Washington Post on Nov. 25, 2014, at 11:57 a.m.
WASHINGTON — It’s a scene that plays out thousands of times every year all over America: A white cop stops a black teen he thinks is up to no good. The teen resists; there’s an exchange of profanities and maybe an arrest. Mostly, these events are forgotten, except perhaps by …
Christmas wreaths adorn the lightkeeper's cottage, a fence, and a storage building at Cape Neddick Light, also known as "Nubble Light," in this December 2009 file photo.

York area residents petition for return of ‘hauntingly beautiful’ old Nubble Light fog horn

By Deborah McDermott, The York Weekly on Nov. 25, 2014, at 11:55 a.m.
Longtime York Beach summer resident Janet Dillon said during a visit this fall during inclement weather, she realized she missed the comforting sound of the Cape Neddick Light Station fog horn sounding through the fog. Within weeks, she’d gathered a petition with more than 300 signatures calling …
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Somerset Career and Technical Center students do well in state competition

on Nov. 25, 2014, at 11:44 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Somerset Career & Technical Center is pleased to announce the success of its Welding Technology Students at the 15th annual Craft Championships. The event was hosted by the Associated Builders and Contractors of Maine and was held Nov. 21, at the Augusta Civic Center.  Congratulations to Nathan Morris for placing first …

New EPA report could be a boon to Maine biomass energy producers

By Scott Thistle on Nov. 25, 2014, at 11:36 a.m.
LEWISTON | A new analysis by the federal Environmental Protection Agency may be good news for Maine firms that make electricity by burning wood, but some environmental groups are crying foul. The new EPA analysis, issued last week, suggests how the federal government will count greenhouse gas emissions from …
Matthew Laurelez

Teenage twins charged with armed robbery at Topsham athletic field

By Beth Brogan on Nov. 25, 2014, at 11:31 a.m.
Topsham police say twin 18-year-old Topsham men robbed another man at gunpoint Saturday evening at a Topsham athletic field, and officers continue to search for one of the brothers. One twin, Matthew Laurelez, was arrested Sunday night and charged with two counts of Class A felony armed …
Jim Wellehan talks about how shoes have changed over the 100 years since Lamey-Wellehan opened in Lewiston. "Boat shoes used to be boat shoes. Now they come in colors like blue," said Wellehan.

‘Cinema pub,’ shoe store and jeweler to move into Topsham mall

By Alex Lear on Nov. 25, 2014, at 10:49 a.m.
The Topsham Fair Mall will be home to three new businesses in the coming months. Smitty’s Cinema, Lamey-Wellehan shoes and Day’s Jewelers are all coming to the regional shopping center off Route 196. Smitty’s and Lamey-Wellehan will occupy part of an approximately 73,000-square-foot building formerly leased by …
Heavy rain was falling Monday in Bangor.

Maine sees unseasonably high temperatures before Thanksgiving snowstorm

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 25, 2014, at 10:37 a.m.
CARIBOU | With a Thanksgiving snowstorm churning up the East Coast, Mainers woke up Tuesday morning to unseasonably high temperatures. While it’s not impossible that some communities will see record-breaking high temperatures, Rich Norton, a forecaster at the National Weather Service’s Caribou office, said it’s unlikely any records will …
Brewer police are seeking these two men in an alleged theft of a donation box.

Brewer police seek to identify two men allegedly involved in theft

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 25, 2014, at 10:30 a.m.
Local police are looking to identify a pair of men in an alleged theft earlier this month. The theft occurred at the Dunkin’ Donuts on the corner of Wilson and State streets on Nov. 3, according to Brewer police. The men police are looking to speak with …
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