Two wanted men arrested in Biddeford, US marshal says

By Dawn Gagnon on July 23, 2014, at 8:27 p.m.
BIDDEFORD, Maine — Two men who were wanted on active warrants were arrested Wednesday by a team of law enforcement officers, U.S. Marshal Noel March said Wednesday. Jessy Kehling, 27, of Biddeford, was arrested at 2:30 p.m. at a residence on Prospect Street in Biddeford, March said. The Maine Violent …

Sanford police ask public to keep eye out for suspect in attempted kidnapping

By Dawn Gagnon on July 23, 2014, at 7:42 p.m.
SANFORD, Maine — Sanford police are asking local people to keep an eye out for a suspect in a possible attempted child abduction that occurred on Tuesday evening. The incident happened about 6:20 p.m. at the corner of High and Bates streets, Cpl. Matthew Gagne of the Sanford Police Department …
Descendants of Col. Ezekiel Cushing, including Anil Melwani (center), with his daughter Clara, his wife, Gloria Kui Melwani, and his mother, Jackie Cushing Gulhaugen (left), watch Glen Vaillancourt as he scans Cushing's unmarked grave Saturday at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Cottage Road in South Portland.

Descendants of colonial era hero come to South Portland to find lost grave

By Shelby Carignan, The Forecaster on July 23, 2014, at 6:53 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Long before there was Bug Light Park, or even the city of South Portland, there was a prominent colonial man who dominated local history: Col. Ezekiel Cushing. What is now Bug Light Park once hosted Cushing’s prosperous West Indian trade center and home. The scenic spot …

Portland adds a new attorney to its busy legal team

on July 23, 2014, at 5:48 p.m.
Christopher O’Neil, the Portland Community Chamber of Commerce’s government liaison consultant, has on a couple occasions joked that the city of Portland’s legal team is the busiest law firm in the state. In terms of high-profile cases, anyway, he’s probably right. Since the city successfully fought in the court system …
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 Monday.

Pot legalization advocates get enough signatures to qualify for South Portland ballot

By Seth Koenig on July 23, 2014, at 3:25 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Seven business days after holding a news conference to turn in their petitions, marijuana legalization advocates announced on Wednesday they officially have enough signatures to qualify for a spot on the South Portland ballot. “Voters were very receptive during the signature drive,” said David Boyer, Maine …
Lightning strikes during a thunderstorm in Bangor in July 2013.

Entire state under severe thunderstorm watch

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 23, 2014, at 2:42 p.m.
GRAY, Maine — Stormy weather was bearing down on Maine on Wednesday afternoon, and the National Weather Service has all of Maine on alert. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for the entire state through 10 p.m. Wednesday, according to the weather service. Rain and heavy thunderstorms were moving …
Kennebunk High School

Kennebunk High School’s revised renovation plans come into focus as November vote looms

By Jennifer Feals, York County Coast Star on July 23, 2014, at 2:18 p.m.
KENNEBUNK, Maine — The Kennebunk High School Building Committee presented two plans to the Regional School Unit 21 Board of Directors on Monday night, offering a glimpse into the debates to come as the board makes its decision on the plan it will take to voters in November. While the …
Kennebunk High School Principal Sue Cressey talks about what she feels are the many antiquated and unacceptable things at the school that students need to deal with as a new addition is being considered.

Two plans to renovate Kennebunk High School

on July 23, 2014, at 2:18 p.m.
Plan A1 Total: $42,998,446 Total square footage: 213,426 (132,737 renovation, 80,689 new construction) Renovations: $11.4 million New Construction: $16.7 million Site development: $3.6 million Demolition: $824,258 Cost per square foot: $201.42 — Project planned to be built for 700 students — 480 seat auditorium — 72.5 percent of classrooms would …
A York Harbor resident has submitted a revision to his oceanfront property that does not include the Cliff Walk on the plan.

Private property owner cut public Cliff Walk out of plans for York Harbor land

By Susan Morse, The York Weekly on July 23, 2014, at 1:55 p.m.
YORK, Maine — The Friends of the Cliff Walk are expected to turn out in force Thursday for a Planning Board meeting in which a York Harbor resident has submitted a revision to his oceanfront property that does not include the Cliff Walk on the plan. Town Planner Dylan Smith …
 A large tree some say is about 150 years old came down on two vehicles parked near the First Parish Church during a harsh storm that whipped through York on July 15.

York residents recall close calls as microburst cleanup continues

By Susan Morse, The York Weekly on July 23, 2014, at 11:09 a.m.
YORK, Maine — York Village is no longer the chaotic mess it looked last Wednesday, the morning after a microburst storm cut a swath through sections of town, uprooting trees, damaging homes, breaking utility poles and causing power outages. All those interviewed have said how miraculous it was that no …
Pictured is a tree house on the northeast side of Clapboard Island.

Falmouth island for sale, unless conservationists raise $200,000 in three weeks

By Brendan Twist, The Forecaster on July 23, 2014, at 10:49 a.m.
FALMOUTH, Maine — Conservationists must raise nearly $200,000 over the next three weeks in order to purchase a 15-acre portion of Clapboard Island for public use and keep it from going back on the open market, a trust representative said Tuesday. Despite the sizable sum, there’s optimism among officials of …

Freeport group reviews proposal for plastic bag ban

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on July 23, 2014, at 10:43 a.m.
FREEPORT, Maine — A town committee wants more information before its starts considering an ordinance that would ban plastic shopping bags. Members agreed, however, that there are three possible scenarios to consider: a plastic bag ban, a bag tax like the one recently approved in Portland, or no action. The …
David Flanagan, the retired CEO of Central Maine Power Co. and a former University of Maine System trustee, was named the interim president at the troubled University of Southern Maine in Portland on Wednesday.

Retired CEO of Central Maine Power Co. to head USM

By Nell Gluckman on July 23, 2014, at 10:29 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — David Flanagan, the retired CEO of Central Maine Power Co. and a former University of Maine System trustee, will be the interim president at the University of Southern Maine, system administrators announced Wednesday. The position is vacant after UMS Chancellor James Page announced two weeks ago that …

Yarmouth seeking developer to repurpose aging Cousins Island fire station

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on July 23, 2014, at 9:27 a.m.
YARMOUTH, Maine — The town, which hopes to sell the aging Cousins Island Fire Station, is accepting proposals for its redevelopment next week. Proposals for the fire station at 373 Cousins St. must be submitted to town hall by 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 31. The Town Council decided to …
The Olympic flame is reflected in the window at the Olympics Park during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Games in February 2014.

Will Maine sites be included in regional Boston 2024 Olympics bid?

By William Hall on July 22, 2014, at 8:46 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The cities and the years are almost synonymous. Sochi 2014. London 2012. Atlanta 1996. Can you say, “Portland 2024”? The region could be a site of international Olympic competition 10 years from now, after Boston last month advanced to the short list of U.S. cities that may …

Smarter Travel: Portland has metropolitan food and entertainment, but without ‘pretentious big-city attitude’

on July 22, 2014, at 5:22 p.m.
Another week, another national list of top American cities that includes Portland. This time around, the publication Smarter Travel is urging smarter travelers to visit Maine’s largest city in its list of “America’s Best Small Cities on the Rise.” In case you’ve been living under a rock, Portland’s been lauded …
Michael Stevenson

USM provost to take new post in university system office

By Nell Gluckman on July 22, 2014, at 5:08 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The provost of the University of Southern Maine will leave his position to become the senior fellow for academic affairs for the University of Maine System, a new position in that office. Provost Michael Stevenson sent a letter to the USM faculty and staff on Tuesday announcing …
The former Thomas B. Reed School on Homestead Avenue in Portland was most recently used by the city school department as a central kitchen and warehouse space, but is now vacant and unused. The Portland City Council accepted ownership of the building at its Monday night meeting.

Portland’s Reed school building the latest to be turned over to city for reuse or disposal

By Seth Koenig on July 22, 2014, at 4:46 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland City Council on Monday night accepted ownership of the former Thomas B. Reed School, the latest in what has been a string of building handoffs from the school department in recent years as the system has upgraded its facilities. The city now finds itself in …
Andrew E. Demers

Mental competency exam ordered for former Maine State Police chief charged with gross sexual assault against child

By Beth Brogan on July 22, 2014, at 2:43 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A former Maine State Police chief charged with sexually assaulting a young family member will undergo a mental examination after his attorney questioned his competency to stand trial. Andrew E. Demers, 74, of New Gloucester was arrested March 17 and initially charged with Class B unlawful sexual …
Scarborough resident Marc Lausier stands outside Revision Energy in Portland, talking about the Nissan Leaf.  Lausier purchased the first electric Nissan Leaf sold in Maine and helped promote a new Environment Maine report urging wider use of electric vehicles in Maine.

Charging station for electric cars opens, sparks interest in Portland area

By David Harry on July 22, 2014, at 2:36 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Turning over a new leaf has worked well for Scarborough resident Marc Lausier. “I can say with confidence that I’ll never own a gas-powered car again,” Lausier said, standing next to his Nissan Leaf parked outside Revision Energy on Presumpscot Street. Lausier bought the first Leaf sold …
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