The Weathervane Restaurant in Brewer is one of three in Maine that are closing.

Three Weathervane Restaurants in Maine to close

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 26, 2015, at 12:09 p.m.
Four Weathervane Restaurant locations, including three in Maine, have decided to close their doors, according to a statement released Monday. Restaurants in Brewer, Waterville, South Portland and Bedford, New Hampshire, will be closing, according to the statement. “My family and I are sorry to have to make this difficult decision …
Sliders leap onto the slippery wet surface set up down a cordoned-off street of Salt Lake City last summer during a Slide the City event there. The company holds similar events around the country, and hopes to hold one in Portland in the upcoming summer.

Company seeks to convert Portland street into 1,000-foot summer waterslide

By Seth Koenig on Jan. 26, 2015, at 12 p.m.
A Utah company is hoping to cordon off a Portland street to set up a 1,000-foot-long water slide this coming summer. It’s something to look forward to as Maine gets hit with blizzard conditions Monday night into Tuesday, perhaps. A representative of Slide the City and the …
Mike Marshall (left) directs the driver of a plow truck to attach to a plow with Robert Lyford (right) at Bangor Public Works on Monday afternoon in preparation for the upcoming storm, which is predicted to drop 18 to 24 inches of snow starting Monday night.

Flights canceled, plows readied, shoppers hit stores before blizzard

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 26, 2015, at 11:33 a.m.
BANGOR | As Maine braced for a major snowstorm expected to include blizzard conditions late Monday through early Wednesday, the state’s airports canceled flights, plow crews prepared for difficult road conditions, and shoppers stocked up before hunkering down. The National Weather Service put much of the state under a …
Jason Grimes

Windham man charged with OUI, assault on officer following parking lot melee

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 26, 2015, at 11:24 a.m.
NAPLES | A Windham man was arrested early Saturday morning in the parking lot of Bray’s Brew Pub after allegedly crashing his car into other vehicles while intoxicated, and then kicking a sheriff’s deputy in the chest. Jason P. Grimes, 39, was charged with assault on a law enforcement …
Dale Sparrow unloads fish from the Isabella-Ava on Jan. 18 at the Portland Fish Exchange in Portland. If Mayor Michael Brennan gets his wish, folks in Portland will be eating more local fish.

Portland mayor wants cafeterias to serve more local fish, boost demand for commercial fishing

By Seth Koenig on Jan. 25, 2015, at 6:20 a.m.
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan wants students, hospital patients and jail inmates to eat more fish — particularly, locally caught fish. Entering the final year of his four-year term, Brennan is hoping to convince Greater Portland cafeteria operators to commit to serving local fish, an effort he said …
Gov. Burton M. Cross (left) and E. Spencer Miller, president of Maine Central Railroad, wave from the front of Steam locomotive 470 at Union Station in Bangor in this 1954 file photo.

Lawmaker hopes to bring passenger rail service back to Bangor

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 25, 2015, at 6:14 a.m.
A Maine lawmaker wants to bring passenger trains to Bangor for the first time in more than half a century, but an industry official cautions it could cost more than $100 million to make the idea a reality. A bill entered by Rep. Michelle Dunphy, D-Old Town, …
This is what remains of Helen Dobosz's 2009 Honda Accord after it was hit broadside by a fully loaded logging truck Friday afternoon. Dobosz, 72, is from Seekonk, Massachusetts, and was listed in serious condition at Maine Medical Center on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2014.

Driver hurt in Standish logging truck collision in critical condition

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 24, 2015, at 10:19 a.m.
The condition of a Massachusetts woman who pulled into the lane of a logging truck Friday afternoon and was struck by the fully loaded big rig has changed from serious to critical, a Maine Medical Center spokesperson said Sunday. Helen Dobosz, 72, of Seekonk, Massachusetts, was trapped …

Missing boy found alive in Kennebunkport woods

By CBS 13 on Jan. 24, 2015, at 6:17 a.m.
The Maine Warden Service say they found 12-year-old Adam Daggett in the woods in Kennebunkport. His condition at this point isn’t clear, but he has been found alive. The Maine Warden Service said Daggett was last seen around 3 p.m. Friday. Wardens reported searchers found him in the woods at …

Limerick man charged with firewood scam

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 23, 2015, at 8:58 p.m.
BANGOR | A Limerick man who was summoned for filing a false crime report that triggered an intense officer impersonation investigation in 2010 was arrested Friday in connection with a scam in which he allegedly accepted money for firewood but never delivered. Justin Nichols, 30, of Limerick is charged …
Jamie Poitras of Old Orchard Beach grinds across a rail during Rail Jam, the kickoff event of the inaugural Winterfest in Portland. Snowboarders sponsored by Long’s Board Shop will performs jumps and tricks on the Shawnee Peak rail course.

Snowboarders, skiers catch some air at Winterfest in Portland

By Robert F. Bukaty on Jan. 23, 2015, at 8:37 p.m.
Snowboarders and a skier took turns dropping off an 11-foot-high mound of snow, quickly gaining enough speed to catch some air and then grind across rails and other obstacles during Rail Jam. The event kicked off the inaugural Winterfest weekend in downtown Portland. The city provided about …
Students, teachers and parents make their way into South Portland's Kaler Elementary School for its annual open house in this 2011 file photo from The Forecaster.

Number of homeless students in South Portland schools hits all-time high

By Alex Acquisto, The Forecaster on Jan. 23, 2015, at 4:53 p.m.
The number of homeless students in city schools has doubled in the past two years to 102, a figure that is unprecedented in South Portland history. “I am worried,” Assistant Superintendent of Schools Kathy Germani said. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan enacted the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance …

Cape Elizabeth superintendent passed over for Massachusetts job

By Staff, The Forecaster on Jan. 23, 2015, at 4:35 p.m.
Superintendent of Schools Meredith Nadeau was not hired as the new superintendent of Weston Public Schools in Massachusetts. Nadeau was one of three finalists for the position, but ultimately the job went to Dr. Thomas Campbell, director of human resources for the Needham, Massachusetts, public schools. …

2014 a buyer’s market in Maine, as home sales rise and prices don’t

By Darren Fishell on Jan. 23, 2015, at 4:33 p.m.
PORTLAND | A rise in home sales and prices in December helped Maine end the year with more sales but prices flat from the previous year. Home sales rose 7.9 percent in 2014 from the previous year. The median sale price of a single-family home did not budge. “After …

Portland warns landlord of fatal fire building about safety code violations at second property

By Seth Koenig on Jan. 23, 2015, at 4:13 p.m.
The city of Portland has notified embattled landlord Gregory Nisbet that his 186-192 Dartmouth St. property has been found with numerous building, safety and fire code violations. Nisbet faces three wrongful death lawsuits in connection with a Nov. 1 fire at another of his buildings, at 20-24 …
A fire destroyed a tractor-trailer in Kennebunk on Friday.

Tractor-trailer destroyed by fire at turnpike service plaza

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 23, 2015, at 3:32 p.m.
KENNEBUNK | A tractor-trailer was destroyed Friday after it caught fire at a Maine Turnpike service plaza, Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said. Adem Bajrami, 32, of Massachusetts had pulled into the southbound service plaza and discovered the truck’s cab was on fire, McCausland said. Bajrami told …

Experts say Portland job growth, plummeting vacancy rates help fuel state economy rebound

By Seth Koenig on Jan. 23, 2015, at 3:14 p.m.
A slate of annual reports delivered by economists and real estate experts Thursday showed Greater Portland’s job growth and plummeting vacancy rates are helping to fuel a rebound in Maine’s economy. Michael Dolega, a senior economist with TD Bank, offered his statewide economic forecast during the Maine …
Gov. Paul LePage made the case for his proposed budget and other policy goals of his second term to an audience of about 750 at the Maine Real Estate and Developers Association annual forecasting conference at the Holiday Inn By the Bay Thursday morning.

LePage urges Maine real estate group to support his tax, welfare and government reforms

By Darren Fishell on Jan. 23, 2015, at 12:12 p.m.
PORTLAND | Gov. Paul LePage took twice his allotted 15 minutes Thursday to make a case for his proposed budget and for shrinking and consolidating local government in a speech to about 750 real estate and local planning officials. In what could have been a preview for LePage’s Feb. …
People cross West Market Square on a snowy December evening in Bangor.

Coastal storm could produce up to 10 inches of snow

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 23, 2015, at 8:51 a.m.
GRAY | With a winter storm trucking its way up the East Coast, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for much of the state. The storm is expected to bring heavy snow to southeastern New Hampshire and coastal Maine Saturday afternoon into Saturday night, according …

Uber claims its drivers make more than cabbies, chauffeurs

By Emily Badger, Washington Post on Jan. 23, 2015, at 8:20 a.m.
The rapidly growing technology company Uber released internal data on Thursday arguing that drivers who use the app to give rides-for-hire in their personal cars are making more money as chauffeurs than professional taxi drivers do — as much as $17 an hour in Washington and Los Angeles, $23 in …

Portland ranked one of America’s ‘most inspiring cities for photographers’

on Jan. 22, 2015, at 5:07 p.m.
Printaholic.com — a website that reviews printers, among other things — published its ranking of America’s 10 most inspiring cities for photographers, and wouldn’t you know it, Portland made the list. Tip of the cap here to Ben McCanna, a top notch photographer in his own right, for pointing this …
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