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 Rep. Benjamin Chipman

Lawmakers call for independent investigation into LePage-Eves scandal

By Mario Moretto on June 29, 2015, at 1:31 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A Republican state senator and three representatives in the House have filed separate requests for an investigation of Gov. Paul LePage’s interference in Good Will-Hinckley’s selection of Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves as its new president. Sen. Tom Saviello, R-Wilton, made his request in a letter delivered …
Gov. Paul LePage

Maine lawmakers prepare to take up likely LePage budget veto

By Scott Thistle on June 29, 2015, at 1:26 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Legislature is set to reconvene Tuesday to take up an anticipated veto of the state’s next two-year budget by Gov. Paul LePage. LePage has until midnight Monday to veto the measure, which provides for $6.7 billion in spending and modifies the state’s tax code, reducing the …
Rebecca Wyke

UMaine System financial officials to fill interim president roles

By Nick McCrea on June 29, 2015, at 1:14 p.m.
BANGOR | Longtime University of Maine System financial officials will assume the top jobs at two of the state’s universities on an interim basis while leaders conduct searches for permanent presidents, the system announced Monday. Rebecca Wyke, the system’s treasurer and vice chancellor of finance and administration, will lead …

Here’s how those Northern Lights looked over Moosehead Lake (magical)

on June 29, 2015, at 10:17 a.m.
Last Monday, Mike Taylor of Taylor Photography had news that a Northern Lights display was to take place near Moosehead Lake that night, and boy was it ever. Taylor set up right on the edge of the lake, which is Maine’s biggest, and recorded a time-laspe video from about 10 pm …
Erin Greeley pumps gas into her vehicle in Waterboro in this January 2015 file photo.

Gas prices hold steady leading into July 4 weekend

By Darren Fishell on June 29, 2015, at 10:15 a.m.
PORTLAND | The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in Maine stopped rising in the past week, after a steady decline of the national average price heading into the Independence Day weekend. The gas price tracking website reported the state’s average at $2.79 Sunday, and AAA …
Jill Strauss opened a Woodfired Cooking School at her home to share the wonders of this ancient form of cooking.

As people return to basics, wood-fired cooking is hot

By Kathleen Pierce on June 29, 2015, at 6:01 a.m.
KENNEBUNKPORT | It’s 800-plus degrees in Jill Strauss’ backyard. Yet the apron-clad owner of Jillyanna’s Woodfired Cooking School keeps her cool helping students magically turn balls of just-made pizza dough into canvases for crusty, fragile Neapolitan pies. Thrusting caramelized onion and chorizo-topped pizzas into a blazing wood-fired oven and …
Christine Royles of South Portland used crowdfunding to pay for her kidney transplant. Crowd funding for medical care has taken off, with GoFundME campaigns alone raising more than $2 million in Maine since 2010. But some experts say the trend illustrates problems in the health care system and favors the most sympathetic patients with social media skills.

Should the Internet pay for your health care? Maine kidney surgery raises ethical quandary

By Jackie Farwell on June 29, 2015, at 5:44 a.m.
Christine Royles wanted to spark a reaction when she painted a plea for a kidney donor on the rear window of her vehicle. “Looking for someone to donate me their kidney,” the 24-year-old South Portland mother wrote, adding her phone number. “Must have type O blood.” Her unorthodox approach attracted …
Dale Flewelling, right, founder of Friends of Aroostook, works with Aroostook County Jail inmate Abdul Mohamud weeding potatoes. Flewelling's program last year provided 230,000 pounds of fresh produce to people in need in several Maine counties.

Days pass faster for inmates helping feed the needy on Maine farm

By Julia Bayly on June 28, 2015, at 3:20 p.m.
HOULTON | When 30-year-old Abdul Mohamud is done with his 10-hour shift on a southern Aroostook organic farm, he and his fellow farm hands don’t hop into their cars and grab a bite to eat or cold drink on their way home. Instead, they are driven back to the …

Aroostook County Jail inmates help produce food for the needy

By Julia Bayly on June 28, 2015, at 3:19 p.m.
A program that matches Aroostook County Jail inmates with a local nonprofit last year produced 230,000 pounds of fresh produce for food pantries and other organizations in several Maine counties.
Freeport fire officials worked to clear a wreck of I-295 Sunday morning after a car hydroplaned. No one was injured.

Motorists urged to slow down as heavy rain fell over southern Maine Sunday

By Julia Bayly on June 28, 2015, at 1:13 p.m.
FREEPORT | The Maine Department of Transportation is warning motorists to use caution and watch for standing water along the Maine Turnpike Sunday. Late Sunday morning the department tweeted, “Due to the heavy rainfall, we are receiving reports of standing water at various points on the Maine Turnpike. Motorists …
A woman attends the Northeastern Permaculture Convergence hosted by the Holyoke, Massachusetts,-based Nuestras Raices.

How to plan a scalable permaculture garden in Maine

By Seth Koenig on June 28, 2015, at 7:46 a.m.
The Portland-based permaculture and sustainable living organization Resilience Hub holds more than 60 events every year, ranging from small workshops to expert lectures to full classes, and has twice played host to the popular Northeast Regional Permaculture Convergence events — most recently in 2014. More than 250 people have graduated …
The 133rd Engineer Battalion marched from the University of Southern Maine campus to the Exposition Building on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, as they prepare to leave for Afghanistan next week.

Maine Army National Guard may learn soon about fate of restructuring plan

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 28, 2015, at 6:07 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine Army National Guard leaders may soon learn the fate of a controversial plan to turn the state’s 133rd Engineer Battalion into an infantry regiment, the revelation of which earlier this year cost the former state guard leader his job. The U.S. Army’s command plan for fiscal …
Traditional blacksmithing was among the demonstrations at the Maple Meadow Farm fair in Mapleton this weekend. Seen is Guy P. Landry, who was representing Joseph Michaud Forge and Museum in Saint-Francois, New Brunswick. The forge equipment was borrowed from Portage.

Pass the doughboys: From Aroostook to York, it’s fair time in Maine

By Julia Bayly on June 27, 2015, at 6:11 p.m.
MAPLETON | Few things say summer like a day at a country fair. It’s a slice of Maine life tucked in between the doughboys, draft horses, canned goods and traditional farming practices. “Agricultural fairs are the ultimate showcase for the Maine public of the people who grow and raise …
House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe

Democratic leaders urge focus on state budget, slow talk of impeachment

By Scott Thistle on June 26, 2015, at 7:28 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Democratic leaders in the Maine House of Representatives Friday said they were urging members of their caucus to first stay focused on finishing their work on the state’s budget before delving deeper into recent actions by Gov. Paul LePage that has some lawmakers calling for impeachment. House …
Donna Voisine (left) shows her support during a same-sex rally in West Market Square Friday in Bangor. Many people celebrated after the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.

‘Never thought I would see it in my lifetime’: Marriage ruling stirs passions

By Judy Harrison on June 26, 2015, at 6:24 p.m.
BANGOR | Fifty years ago, Patti Woolley of Bangor marched for civil rights with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On Friday, she and her partner of more than two decades celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling making same-sex marriage legal in every state at a noon rally …

Bill to search bags of children in residential care becomes law

By Jen Lynds on June 26, 2015, at 5:36 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A bill sponsored by an Aroostook County legislator seeking to allow administrators of children’s homes or residential care facilities to search the backpacks or travel bags of the residents was passed into law this week. After it was originally vetoed by Gov. Paul LePage, LD 470, a …

Scalia said to ‘ask the nearest hippie’ about marriage. Good news: There are plenty in Maine

on June 26, 2015, at 3:45 p.m.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dropped this gem in his blistering, yet meandering, dissenting opinion: “Who ever thought that intimacy and spirituality [whatever that means] were freedoms? And if intimacy is, one would think that Freedom of Intimacy is abridged rather than expanded by marriage. Ask the nearest hippie.” The Huffington …

Bowdoin College grad stars in new television sitcom

on June 26, 2015, at 3:45 p.m.
Sean Kleier, a 2009 Bowdoin College graduate, can be seen on the new sitcom “Odd Mom Out,” airing now on the cable network Bravo TV, according to the school’s “Bowdoin Daily Sun” site. The edgy comedy stars Jill Kargman, the author of “Momzillas,” the book upon which it’s based. Kleier …
Sen. Susan Collins

The yeas and nays: How Maine’s congressional representatives voted this week

By Targeted News Service on June 26, 2015, at 3:16 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Here’s a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week. Editor’s note: Besides roll call votes, the Senate and House also took action on legislation by voice vote. The Senate also passed the Veteran’s I.D. Card Act, to issue, upon request, veteran’s identification cards …
House Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick.

Attorney for House Speaker Eves expects to file suit against LePage within weeks

By Judy Harrison on June 26, 2015, at 3:12 p.m.
The attorney for Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves expects to file a lawsuit against Gov. Paul LePage as early as July, alleging the governor illegally retaliated against Eves by threatening to withhold state funding from his employer, Good Will-Hinckley. Eves and the nonprofit organization, which includes the Maine Academy of …
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