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Josh Wojcik of Upright Properties points to a house in Yarmouth on Tuesday his company is renovating. Wojcik hopes the high-efficiency house will sell for $400,000.

‘We’re seeing a huge change’: Maine contractors bet on active market for ‘passive’ energy-efficient homes

By Darren Fishell on July 18, 2014, at 11:11 a.m.
YARMOUTH, Maine — Weeks ago, builder Josh Wojcik’s crew was tearing the roof off a 1973 ranch house that they’re converting into a high-efficiency home. A passing critic pulled his truck to the curb and leaned out the window. “He said, ‘You’re doing too much!’” said Wojcik. The perception of …
"Cabbie," directed by Brian C Miller Richard, will premiere at the Bluestocking Film Series in Portland this weekend.

Now playing: Strong female protagonists at Bluestocking Film Series in Portland

By Kathleen Pierce on July 18, 2014, at 10:47 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — As a budding filmmaker in the ’90s, Kate Kaminski noticed a disturbing trend. Most top-grossing movies were dominated by men. Those that did feature women were not very serious. “I intend to be part of a movement. I would like to change that ratio for sure,” said …
Funds have been raised to restore the 160-year-old Biddeford clock tower and move it to a more secure location.

Historic Biddeford clock tower saved from demolition

By Jon Chrisos, CBS 13 on July 18, 2014, at 10:03 a.m.
BIDDEFORD, Maine — It was just days away from being demolished, but a local historian stepped in last year and purchased the old Lincoln Mill Clock tower in Biddeford for one dollar. Now, after a successful online fundraising campaign, there is enough money to move the 160-year-old clock tower to …
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Emergency bridge joint repair on I-295

Bangor Daily News on July 18, 2014, at 8:57 a.m.
BOWDOINHAM, Maine — Maine Department of Transportation crews are starting an emergency bridge joint repair on Interstate 295 southbound in Bowdionham at mile marker 37.This work will reduce traffic to one lane over the bridge that is under repair. Motorists are advised to use caution through the work zone.   This …
Blueberry farmer, former art student and tuna fisherman Jesse Field thinks he has come up with a better social media website than Facebook for businesses and users with privacy concerns. It's called No. 1 Fan.

Maine blueberry farmer, fisherman develops social media alternative to Facebook

By Seth Koenig on July 18, 2014, at 5:36 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Jesse Field is an organic blueberry farmer, as well as a former art student, tuna fisherman and filmmaker’s aide. His resume isn’t the sort that would strike fear into the heart of stalwart social media giant Facebook. Yet Field, who represents a growing number of Mainers and …

Maine man invents social media site

By Troy R. Bennett on July 18, 2014, at 5:31 a.m.
Blueberry farmer, former art student and tuna fisherman Jesse Field thinks he has come up with a better social media website than Facebook for businesses and users with privacy concerns. It’s called No. 1 Fan.
Gov. Paul LePage

Asylum seekers ask to join suit challenging LePage ban on aid to undocumented immigrants

By Beth Brogan on July 17, 2014, at 2:05 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Two women seeking asylum from the country of Burundi have asked to join a lawsuit challenging a state policy proposed by Gov. Paul LePage that would eliminate reimbursement to communities that provide General Assistance to undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers. The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine …
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 Kahbang posters line shop windows in downtown Bangor. After five years of the festival in Bangor, Kahbang has announced that it will be moving to Portland, Maine.

KahBang Festival to move from Bangor to Portland

By Emily Burnham on July 17, 2014, at 1:34 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — With just three weeks before major performers including DMX and St. Vincent are scheduled to take the main stage at the annual KahBang Festival, organizers confirmed Thursday that a last-minute venue change will take the festival more than two hours south. KahBang Festival organizers told the Bangor …
A firefighter drags hose from a tanker truck parked nearby, through a wooded area and onto an otherwise remote section of railroad tracks in Old Orchard Beach on May 8, 2014. A freight train spitting sparks was blamed for a string of brush fires along the tracks that continued through five southern Maine towns.

Report: Freight train caused 47 fires in 4 southern Maine towns, resulting in ‘hundreds of thousands’ in property damage

By Seth Koenig on July 17, 2014, at 1:30 p.m.
OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine — A string of brush fires that followed railroad tracks through at least four southern Maine communities more than two months ago was caused by a faulty freight train, according to a report released by state forest rangers on Thursday. The conclusion comports with widely reported …
BENNETT THERE DONE THAT (blog)

Blue sky puddle dove

on July 17, 2014, at 12:26 p.m.
I saw this in Portland last week. I think its a mourning dove, but I’m not sure. I liked the blue sky in the puddle and the pattern from the chain link.
Cape Elizabeth's Zoning Board of Appeals decided to uphold the code enforcement officer's denial of building permits to Verizon Wireless to erect cell service antennas and related infrastructure on and around the Avon Road water tower.

Verizon sues Cape Elizabeth over denial of cell tower

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on July 17, 2014, at 12:24 p.m.
CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine — Verizon Wireless is suing the town after the Zoning Board of Appeals last month refused to reconsider its denial of the company’s request to construct a cell tower. Verizon has requested to build the tower on an existing water tower at 11 Avon Road. Verizon said …
Elisa Boxer-Cook, a former television journalist who has become an activist against household toxins and radiation, is seen in this October 2013 Bangor Daily News file photo.

Scarborough officials caught between calls for better cell coverage and resistance to new towers

By Shelby Carignan, The Forecaster on July 17, 2014, at 11:22 a.m.
SCARBOROUGH, Maine — Zoning changes that would have allowed cellphone towers in some residential areas were sent back to the drawing board at the Town Council meeting Wednesday. With Councilor James Benedict absent, town councilors heeded resident and Planning Board recommendations to send the wide-reaching proposal back to the ordinance …
The Spurwink Rod and Gun Club has been on Sawyer Road in Cape Elizabeth for 57 years.

Cape Elizabeth gun club plans new barriers in response to town ordinance

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on July 17, 2014, at 10:47 a.m.
CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine — The Spurwink Rod and Gun Club met its deadline to submit a site plan and registration to the town, but still must provide more details to meet the requirements of a new shooting range ordinance. Former gun club President Mark Mayone discussed the site plan Wednesday …
Tyler Martin, co-owner of the South Portland Sailing Center, takes two students out on Casco Bay on Friday, July 11.

Commercial sailing school moves to ‘underutilized’ South Portland park

By Shelby Carignan, The Forecaster on July 17, 2014, at 10:19 a.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Through a partnership with the South Portland Parks and Recreation Department, a budding, commercial sailing school has new home at Thomas Knight Park. Since mid-June, owners Kyle Jacobs, 27, and Tyler Martin, 30, have been operating South Portland Sailing Center out of a small shed in …

Sanford police identify man found dead near dam

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 17, 2014, at 8:58 a.m.
SANFORD, Maine — Police have confirmed the identity of a man who was found dead in Sanford on July 11. Sanford police Det. Chad Allen said in a statement the deceased man is William J. Fawcett of Springvale. Allen said foul play did not play a role in Fawcett’s death. …
A surfer catches a wave in the fog at Higgins Beach in Scarborough on Wednesday.

Surfing through the storm

By Troy R. Bennett on July 17, 2014, at 5:53 a.m.
Matt and Julie Burke and their family have opened Las Olas Taqueria in Wells.

Owners of acclaimed New Hampshire taquerias open new location in Wells

By Ann Charlton, York County Coast Star on July 16, 2014, at 7:17 p.m.
WELLS, Maine — A new restaurant has opened its doors in Wells. Las Olas Taqueria offers delicious and healthy food that is also family — and pocket — friendly. Las Olas, which means “the waves” in Spanish, provides a unique dining experience by allowing customers to create their own meals. …
Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush

105-year-old Maine woman fulfills dream by meeting former president

By Jennifer Feals, York County Coast Star on July 16, 2014, at 5:58 p.m.
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — It’s a wish more than 20 years in the making and on Tuesday, 105-year-old Millie Rennie’s wish was granted — to meet President George H.W. Bush. Rennie, who lives at The Lodges Care Center in Springvale, knew as fellow residents gathered in the dining room Tuesday that …

Ogunquit trying again to pass pesticide ban

By Chris Hayden, York County Coast Star on July 16, 2014, at 5:42 p.m.
OGUNQUIT, Maine — The Conservation Commission held a special meeting July 10, with Town Clerk Chris Murphy in attendance, to decide which direction to go with the recently passed pesticide ordinance voided by the Maine Board of Pesticide Control as a result of administrative errors. The ordinance was passed 206-172 …

Portland man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for possessing crack

By Judy Harrison on July 16, 2014, at 5:21 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A local man was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to 10 years in federal prison for possessing crack cocaine. Abdullahi Nur, 26, of Portland was convicted of one count of possession with the intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing cocaine base by a jury …
 
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