U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff

Islamic State issues video of beheading of U.S. hostage

By William Maclean, Reuters on Sept. 02, 2014, at 1:32 p.m.
DUBAI — The Islamic State militant group released a video Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of a second American hostage, journalist Steven Sotloff, raising the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. airstrikes on its insurgents in Iraq. A masked figure in the video seen by Reuters also …
Timothy Fraser

Melee triggered by laundry soap squirt results in three arrests

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 02, 2014, at 1:25 p.m.
FREEPORT, Maine — Two residents and a guest of apartments on Thunder Road were arrested Monday night after a fracas that began when one person allegedly poured laundry soap over a tenant’s belongings. Police responded just after 9 p.m. Monday after a tenant, Hilary R. Maines, 30, reported that Timothy …
Robert Alan Smith

Brunswick man charged with stalking girlfriend two weeks after domestic violence arrest

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 02, 2014, at 1:14 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — A 45-year-old man arrested Aug. 20 for allegedly terrorizing his girlfriend was arrested again Sunday and charged with stalking her. Robert Alan Smith of Brunswick remained in Cumberland County Jail on Tuesday, held without bail after police said he violated the conditions of his previous release by …
Greg Lounder (right), executive director of the Municipal Review Committee Inc., announced on Friday, March 28, 2014, that the group is requesting permission from the state to open a landfill and recycling facility in Greenbush or Argyle.

DEP extends deadline for decision on proposed Penobscot County landfill

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 02, 2014, at 1:07 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection will take another 30 days to determine if the public will benefit from a controversial integrated solid waste and recycling facility with a landfill in Greenbush or Argyle planned by an organization representing more than 180 Maine towns. “There is a …
Glen Cummings

UMaine-Augusta names former state Speaker of the House interim president

By Nell Gluckman on Sept. 02, 2014, at 1:03 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A former speaker of the Maine House of Representatives and official at the Department of Education under the Obama administration will become the interim president at the University of Maine at Augusta, University of Maine System Chancellor James Page announced on Tuesday. Effective Sept. 9, Glenn Cummings, …
#MAINE (blog)

Mainers listen to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on Spotify more than anyone else

on Sept. 02, 2014, at 1 p.m.
Spotify researcher Paul Lamere is back at it. Back in February, we reported on this blog that Lamere had determined that, based on which bands were streamed in which states most significantly more than the national average, R.E.M. was what Business Insider at the time called Maine’s “favorite band.” Now, …
From the community
All proceeds support the Hammond Street Senior Center in Downtown, Bangor.

Downhome Breakfast to Support Area Seniors

By Kelly Gilks on Sept. 02, 2014, at 12:49 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Location: Hammond Street Senior Center, 2 Hammond Street, Bangor, Maine For more information: 207-262-5532; They say it is the most important meal of the day! Join us at the Hammond Street Senior Center for a delicious homemade breakfast. There will …
Benet Pols

Leaders of Brunswick School Board, Town Council will not seek re-election

By Peter L. McGuire, The Forecaster on Sept. 02, 2014, at 12:36 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Two-term School Board Chairwoman Michele Joyce will not seek re-election, creating the possibility of an uncontested race for her District 7 seat. Benet Pols, chairman of the Town Council, previously announced that he would not seek a new three-year term on that elective body, meaning the leaders …
From the community

Hampden Kiwanis Texas Hold ‘em tournament

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 02, 2014, at 12:26 p.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — Hampden Kiwanis Club will hold its monthly Texas Hold ‘em Poker Tournament at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Hampden Kiwanis Civic Center, 35-71 Main Road North. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Entry fee is $103 and the tournament is limited to 100 players. Call Keith at …
From the community

Baked bean supper at Ellsworth

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 02, 2014, at 12:16 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Ellsworth Falls Union Congregation Church, North Street, Ellsworth ELLSWORTH, Maine — A baked bean supper will be held 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Union Congregational Church of Ellsworth Falls. Menu includes baked beans, rolls, hot dogs, salads, casseroles, pies …

Mainer’s cave-diving ‘Monsters Underground’ show gets bumped up to Discovery Channel, premiere date announced

on Sept. 02, 2014, at 12:09 p.m.
In the days before “Monsters Underground” was scheduled to premiere on the cable channel Destination America — Aug. 22 — I received word from the channel’s publicist that it was a no-go, and that she’d be able to announce a new premiere time as soon as details became available. While it …

Antennae project to go before Rockland board

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 02, 2014, at 11:57 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A proposal to erect antennae on top of the Breakwater Marketplace is scheduled to go before the planning board later this month. Breakwater Marketplace LLC and Verizon Wireless filed an application with the city’s code enforcement office to have a 200-square-foot structure on top of the building …
From the community

Enrollment in Margin Protection Program open to farmers

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 02, 2014, at 11:55 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine – Farmers may enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program beginning Sept. 2, according to an announcement from USDA Maine State Farm Service Agency Executive Director Donovan E. Todd III. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference …
William Clayton

Former mayor joins Rockland council race

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 02, 2014, at 11:46 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — Former Mayor William Clayton has joined the race for one of two available seats on the city council. Clayton took out nomination papers Friday. Clayton served one three-year term on the council after being elected as the top vote-getter in 2010. He was elected by the other …
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Hartland – St. Albans Lions Club Car Show

By Robert Davids on Sept. 02, 2014, at 11:27 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Hartland Consolidated School, 62 Elm Street, Hartland, Maine For more information: 938-2972 The 5th annual Hartland – St. Albans Lions Club Car Show will be held on Saturday, September 13th at the Hartland Consolidated School, 62 Elm Street in Hartland, …

Portland to get back direct flights to Orlando, new Mexico and Caribbean connections

on Sept. 02, 2014, at 11:09 a.m.
Labor Day Weekend is over and the kids are going back to school. The 80-degree days still aren’t quite over yet, and you’re looking forward to maybe sneaking in one or two more Saturdays at the beach before reluctantly starting to browse through Halloween costumes… and BAM: You get hit …

Early morning Camaro rollover injures 3 teens in Boothbay

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 02, 2014, at 11:06 a.m.
BOOTHBAY, Maine — Three local teens were injured when a car carrying five people crashed early Tuesday morning on Butler Road. Deputies received a 911 call at 1:42 a.m. Tuesday and found five teenagers in a 2000 Chevrolet Camaro, which had come to rest on its roof after crashing while …

More than 2,000 Emera Maine customers have power restored

By Ryan McLaughlin on Sept. 02, 2014, at 11:02 a.m.
BREWER, Maine — Electricity has been restored to more than 2,000 Emera Maine customers who were without power on Tuesday morning. The company said in a statement that approximately 2,597 customers in Brewer, Bradley, Hampden, Holden, Clifton and Amherst were in the dark. The outages were reported around 7 a.m., …
Scott L. Gifford

Sex offender accused of using Taser to attack Damariscotta woman

By J.W. Oliver, Lincoln County News on Sept. 02, 2014, at 11 a.m.
DAMARISCOTTA, Maine — A registered sex offender previously convicted of gross sexual assault and sexual abuse of a minor, among other sex crimes, allegedly attacked an adult female relative outside her Damariscotta home on Wednesday. Scott L. Gifford, 52, of Nobleboro allegedly wore a ski mask and hid behind bushes …
The last eel weir in Maine located on the East Branch of the Sebasticook River in Newport. The weir is operated by David Whitten and his son Theodore "T.J." Whitten. David used to catch eels to sell for food but the state shut down the silver eel fishery in 2013. They are allowed to catch eels to sell for research purposes and are the only ones in Maine who have a scientific catch permit for silver eels.

‘If they were sensible, they’d be issuing weir permits and closing down the elver fishery’: Palmyra man, son have last eel weir in state

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 02, 2014, at 10:52 a.m.
NEWPORT, Maine — David Whitten has been catching adult eels since he was a boy growing up in Palmyra. Whitten, 66, has had an eel weir in the East Branch of the Sebasticook River for 20 years, one of hundreds that he says used to exist in rivers throughout Maine. …
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