Paul McCarrier of Medical Marijuana Caregivers shows a cannabis plant at the Home Grown Maine Medical Marijuana Trade Show, a conference designed to teach individuals how to grow medical marijuana Saturday in Bangor.

Maine medical marijuana advocate objects to recreational legalization, calls plan ‘corporate give-away’

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 19, 2014, at 10:06 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Advocates for Maine’s medical marijuana caregiver industry said Tuesday they oppose a trio of ballot questions going before voters this fall in Lewiston, South Portland and York, seeking to make recreational marijuana use legal for adults under city ordinance. On Tuesday, Paul McCarrier, the legislative liaison for …

Rights panel finds housing agency discriminated against man suffering from alcoholism, PTSD

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 19, 2014, at 6:23 p.m.
RICHMOND, Maine — A Gray man with problems including post-traumatic stress disorder and alcoholism was discriminated against by the assisted living facility that evicted him last summer, the Maine Human Rights Commission unanimously decided earlier this month. James Nichols had been living at Richmond Eldercare Coalition Inc., a facility for …
Portland City Manager Mark Rees abruptly announced his resignation Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.

‘The city got what it wanted in Mark Rees’: Portlanders consider the past, future of their city manager position

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 19, 2014, at 6:23 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Mark Rees’ predecessors as Portland city manager were well-known, high-profile men who had local histories. Following city managers who include Joe Gray and the late Robert Ganley, Rees was working under long shadows. But as Portlanders who helped reform the city’s government in recent years say it’s …

Body of missing Portland man found in Presumpscot River

By CBS 13 on Aug. 19, 2014, at 5:32 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Portland police said they’ve recovered the body of a man missing since Friday night. Robert Koch, 52, was found Tuesday in the Presumpscot River just after 1 p.m. Portland police said a golfer and manager from Riverside Golf Club spotted his body in the water near the …
Stanley Dunham

Old Orchard Beach man arrested after police allegedly find him with 7 pounds of marijuana

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 19, 2014, at 4:24 p.m.
OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine — Old Orchard Beach police charged a local man with drug trafficking after they allegedly found 7 pounds of marijuana in his car and home. Detective Cpl. Jeff Reagan told the Bangor Daily News on Tuesday that officers were responding to a report of a domestic …

Yarmouth neighbors complain about development proposal

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on Aug. 19, 2014, at 2:41 p.m.
YARMOUTH, Maine — Residents expressed concerns at a Planning Board meeting last week about a subdivision development proposed for East Main Street. Paul Peck of LWS Development on Aug. 13 presented the cottage-style development to the board. The board made no decision, and heard only opposition to the proposal from …

Sprague’s plans for a new Portland boatyard moving forward

By David Harry on Aug. 19, 2014, at 2:22 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Planning Board last week approved Phineas Sprague Jr.’s plans for a boatyard. Sprague on Tuesday said he hopes to complete his boat storage and repair facility at 100 West Commercial St. this year. Sprague’s plans and amendments have been reviewed and approved three times, dating …

Two charged in crash involving truck, sheriff’s office van

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 19, 2014, at 2:21 p.m.
ALFRED, Maine — A New Hampshire truck driver and a York County corrections officer were charged Tuesday morning after a truck struck a York County Sheriff’s Office transport van on Route 111, state police said. The sheriff’s van, driven by Roger Lanoie, 51, of Shapleigh, was parked in the breakdown …
Eight historic buildings, including the former North School and India Street Firehouse, are viewed as integral to the identity of the India Street neighborhood in a report recommending code and zoning amendments to enhance preservation and create a mixed-use neighborhood.

Panel urges more affordable housing, no new hotels in historic Portland neighborhood

By David Harry on Aug. 19, 2014, at 12:20 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Proposals to preserve the character of the city’s oldest street and surrounding neighborhood will be headed to city councilors next month. India Street, which runs from Congress to Commercial streets, is the focal point of recommendations in the India Street Neighborhood Sustainable Neighborhood Plan. Working on the …
A worker for Portland's Department of Public Services on Aug. 14 winds up caution tape alongside a section of High Street that was washed out during Wednesday night's torrential rains.

Portland still adding up Aug. 13 storm damage, might seek federal aid for cleanup

By David Harry on Aug. 19, 2014, at 11:58 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Cleanups and calculations continued Tuesday after the Aug. 13 storm that dumped more than 6 inches of rain on the city. City Hall spokeswoman Jessica Grondin on Monday said damage estimates were still being tabulated as the city considered whether it is eligible for disaster aid from …
From the community

Paving project to begin on Route 26 in Oxford

on Aug. 19, 2014, at 11:32 a.m.
OXFORD, Maine – Crews will be paving approximately 1.9 miles of Route 26 in Oxford beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 20. The paving begins at the Record Building Supply Company and extends to the Skeetfield Road. Motorists should expect delays with alternating one-way traffic assisted by flaggers. While weather dependent, it is anticipated all …
Marijuana Policy Project holds a press conference before advocates turn in 1,521 signatures seeking a legalization referendum at City Hall in South Portland on last month. The referendum will go to South Portland voters in November.

South Portland voters to decide fate of marijuana legalization ordinance

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 19, 2014, at 10:55 a.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Voters in South Portland will get to decide the fate of a marijuana legalization ordinance there this November, supporters of the measure announced Monday night. The Marijuana Policy Project and its backers are hoping to get similar legalization questions on the ballots in York and Lewiston, …

Cigarette blamed for fire at South Berwick store

By Joel Kost, Foster's Daily Democrat on Aug. 19, 2014, at 8:49 a.m.
SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — The South Berwick Fire Department responded to a small fire at Vacuum Village on Monday afternoon that was likely caused by a cigarette. One engine from Rollinsford, N.H. also responded. The report of a small fire came in at 2:43 p.m. The fire started in a …

Portland woman found guilty of embezzling $300,000 from Chinese firm that wanted to buy paper mill

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 19, 2014, at 6:04 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Cumberland County jury on Friday found a Portland woman guilty of embezzling more than $300,000 from a Chinese firm that had sought to invest in a Baileyville paper mill in 2009. Jurors deliberated for about an hour and 10 minutes before finding Jody Flynn, 61, guilty …
Portland City Manager Mark Rees

Portland city manager abruptly announces resignation

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 18, 2014, at 4:35 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Portland City Manager Mark Rees abruptly announced late Monday that he will resign as the top administrator for Maine’s largest city, citing interests in pursuing other personal and professional opportunities. Rees’ resignation takes effect Sept. 3, according to an announcement issued late Monday afternoon. Rees came to …

New York man pleads guilty to passing counterfeit cash

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 18, 2014, at 4:04 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A New York City man faces up to 20 years behind bars after he pleaded guilty Monday to passing counterfeit cash, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. Andrew Cupidore, 21, faces a fine of up to $250,000 in addition to jail time. On April 21, a police …
From the community

Free paper shredding event in Scarborough

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 18, 2014, at 4:02 p.m.
SCARBOROUGH, Maine – Saco and Biddeford Savings Institution will host a free paper shredding event 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at its branch in Scarborough, 41 Gorham Road. The event is free and open to the public. Community members and businesses are encouraged to join the fight against identity theft …

‘I feel completely deceived’: York residents angered by Maine Turnpike Authority land purchase

By Susan Morse, The York Weekly on Aug. 18, 2014, at 3:32 p.m.
YORK, Maine — Members of Think Again, a local group opposed to the relocation of the York toll plaza, feel deceived by the Maine Turnpike Authority and its executive director, Peter Mills, after learning the Maine Turnpike Authority purchased a large amount of land north of the current tollbooths. The …
Robert Koch

Police ask for public’s help in finding Portland man

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 18, 2014, at 3:31 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Police are seeking the public’s help in finding a 52-year-old man. Robert Koch left his Riverside Street residence around 8:30 p.m. Friday and mentioned that he was going to Trolley Park at Forest Avenue and Riverside Street, according to Portland police Lt. James Sweatt. The Trolley Park …
Michael Levine of Acorn Productions stands in the massive third floor ballroom in Mechanics Hall on Congress Street in Portland on Friday. The Maine Charitable Mechanics Association, the non-profit organization that owns and operates Mechanics Hall, is partnering with Acorn Productions in completing renovations to the third floor ballroom space so the venue can be licensed for public performances.

Historic Portland ballroom could get new life with Naked Shakespeare productions

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 18, 2014, at 12:53 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — An area theater group and one of the country’s oldest trade societies are teaming up to bring new life to a historic downtown Portland space. It’s been decades since the spacious third-story ballroom of the Maine Charitable Mechanics Association’s 1859 headquarters has been used for public events. …
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