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Mainers are searching online for one Thanksgiving recipe more than any other

on Nov. 26, 2014, at 5:43 p.m.
You may recall that last week, the New York Times released its state-by-state list of signature Thanksgiving dishes, with Maine being asked to bring its lobster mac and cheese to the nationwide pot luck. If you missed it, click here to read all about it. That list of dishes was …

Natural gas utility pledges to help Falmouth-area customers failed by defunct contractor

By Alex Lear on Nov. 26, 2014, at 4:16 p.m.
CUMBERLAND | The utility bringing natural gas service to Cumberland, Falmouth and Yarmouth on Wednesday said it will reimburse customers for deposits they paid for work that remains incomplete because a contractor went out of business. Contractor David Ireland of David Ireland Builders also issued a press release Wednesday, …

Police name Keene man killed in Troy crushing incident

By Alyssa Dandrea And Matt Nanci, The Keene Sentinel on Nov. 26, 2014, at 2:57 p.m.
TROY, New Hampshire — Police released the name of a Keene man who died Monday when he was crushed beneath heavy equipment. Kenneth C. Valenti Jr., owner of K&L Lawn Care on North Main Street in Troy, was killed when attempting to remove tires from the equipment, according to a …

Noted doctor Maria de M. Ruehsen dies in Augusta

By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun on Nov. 26, 2014, at 2:48 p.m.
Dr. Maria de M. Ruehsen, a retired Baltimore gynecological endocrinologist who had worked at Johns Hopkins Health System’s Homewood Hospital Center-South, died Nov. 2 at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta of bronchiectasis, a condition that damages the airways. Ruehsen, who was 82, had been visiting her …
The Verso paper mill in Bucksport.

Verso workers won’t be laid off until end of December

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 26, 2014, at 1:48 p.m.
BUCKSPORT | Millworkers who expected to be laid off as soon as Dec. 1 will get a monthlong reprieve, as Verso Mill officials announced this week they will not let workers go until the end of the month. Bill Cohen, spokesman for Verso, said Wednesday that the company will …
James and Jeanie Schaden of Rockland during a rest day, two days before they were cought in the massive snow storm on the Thorong La Pass trail in Nepal  in October 2014 with several hundred other trekkers.

Rockland couple recount trek through deadly blizzard, mass hiking tragedy in Nepal

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 26, 2014, at 1:16 p.m.
James and Jeanie Schaden said the freak Himalayan blizzard that claimed the lives of at least 43 people on a mountain pass in Nepal last month was unbelievable, but it will not keep them from returning. The Rockland couple, who were caught in the blizzard with more …
From the community

Mainers’ generosity sets new Thanksgiving record

on Nov. 26, 2014, at 12:27 p.m.
STATEWIDE, Maine — Senior citizens across the state will be kept warmer this winter because of the generosity of Mainers who donated their gently worn winter coats to the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging’s Coats for Seniors program. “The response was overwhelming,” said Jessica Maurer, executive director of …
Hundreds of striking FairPoint Communications workers marched from a rally in Monument Square to FairPoint offices on Forest Avenue in Portland in this November 2014 file photo.

Striking FairPoint workers get unemployment benefits in Vermont but not in Maine, NH

By Darren Fishell on Nov. 26, 2014, at 11:36 a.m.
PORTLAND | Striking FairPoint union members in Maine and New Hampshire have appealed denials of unemployment insurance benefits as about 300 other strikers won an appeal last week and qualified for the assistance in Vermont. Pete McLaughlin, a lead negotiator for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers chapter in …
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills

Split Legislature creates uncertain re-election path for Democrats in Maine constitutional offices

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 26, 2014, at 10:10 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine’s treasurer, attorney general and secretary of state will need to find support from more than just Democrats if they are to survive elections at the State House that could unseat them. After being sworn in on Dec. 3, the 186 voting members of the 127th Legislature …
Stephen Grima catches snowflakes on his tongue while walking in downtown Bangor on Wednesday.

Estimated snow totals from nor’easter now up to 8 to 14 inches for most of Maine

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 26, 2014, at 8:56 a.m.
CARIBOU | A Thanksgiving nor’easter threw a major curveball into holiday travel plans Wednesday, hampering airplane traffic along the Interstate 95 corridor. Maine’s two major airports were not spared from the headaches on this busy travel day, with Bangor International Airport and Portland International Jetport reporting delays and cancellations. …
Heavy rain falls in Bangor on Monday. The weather is expected to become colder as Thanksgiving approaches.

Storm threatens East Coast travel on Thanksgiving eve

By Brian K. Sullivan, Bloomberg on Nov. 25, 2014, at 6:36 p.m.
A powerful winter storm is expected to throw a wrench into Thanksgiving travel plans for millions of people along the Interstate 95 corridor from Virginia to Maine as snow moves up the East Coast on Wednesday. Much of Maine will receive 8 to 12 inches of fresh snow Wednesday night …

Equipment failure investigated as cause of EMHS information systems outage

By Jackie Farwell on Nov. 25, 2014, at 6:08 p.m.
A piece of equipment that failed to protect Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems’ computers from a power surge was the likely culprit behind an outage Monday that affected internal systems at its hospitals and other facilities throughout the state, according to EMHS officials. The temporary blackout prevented updates to patients’ electronic …

Bangor woman accused of fracturing infant’s skull

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 25, 2014, at 5:38 p.m.
A local woman was indicted Tuesday by the Penobscot County grand jury after allegedly fracturing the skull of her 4-month-old son on Oct. 4. Darcy Henderson-Keaton, 32, of Bangor was indicted on one count of assault on a child younger than 6 years old, a Class C …
Justice Michaela Murphy

Maine settles lawsuit to clear waitlists for adults with autism, intellectual disabilities

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 25, 2014, at 4:02 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Hundreds of adults with autism or other developmental disabilities will receive housing assistance and other services due to them under the Medicaid program thanks to a legal settlement signed Monday that forces the state to find the necessary funding. Some of the adults covered by the suit …
U.S. Sen. Angus King

Despite Keystone opposition, King agrees with LePage on natural gas pipeline expansion to Maine

By Scott Thistle on Nov. 25, 2014, at 3:21 p.m.
LEWISTON | U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, said he agrees with newly re-elected Gov. Paul LePage that elected officials from New England states should work together to expand natural gas pipeline capacity to the region. During a meeting with the Sun Journal editorial board on Tuesday, King said LePage …
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Vermont? A dog? See how the British label Maine on a map

on Nov. 25, 2014, at 2:43 p.m.
In a bit of self-deprecating humor, the folks over at BuzzFeed’s London office agreed to try and label the states on maps of America and post the results online. This is the second straight Thanksgiving they’ve gone through the exercise, and it’s relatively safe to say most American states have …
From left, Judith Coscarelli, Hope Brogunier and Adam Hallett along with other Bangor demonstrators wave signs in downtown in response to the grand jury's decision to not indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. "What's happening in Ferguson is not going to be allowed to disappear," said Brogunier.

In wake of Ferguson decision, demonstrators gather in Bangor

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 25, 2014, at 2:25 p.m.
A small group of demonstrators gathered in Peirce Memorial Park next to the Bangor Public Library Tuesday afternoon to show solidarity with protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, they said. “It’s helpful to be standing with people who feel the same way I do,” said Judith Coscarelli, adding that …
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 …
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 …

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 …
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