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Excavators work recently to prepare the building site where Helen's Restaurant used to stand.

Helen’s Restaurant gets permit to rebuild

By Tim Cox on July 28, 2014, at 7:41 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — The Machias Planning Board quickly approved a permit Monday night to allow the owners of Helen’s Restaurant to rebuild after a fire that destroyed the landmark business earlier this month. The panel, meeting in a special session that lasted just over 10 minutes, voted 5-0 to issue …
The Sea Dog Brewing Company is shown in the Bowdoin Mill in Topsham.

Sea Dog Brewing to open first New Hampshire location

By Darren Fishell on July 28, 2014, at 6:27 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Sea Dog Brewing Co. plans to open its first New Hampshire location in North Conway this fall, expanding its northern New England footprint beyond its Bangor, South Portland and Topsham pubs. Jim Bunting, operations manager for the company acquired by Shipyard Brewing owner Fred Forsley more than …
A potato truck sits in a field in Littleton last year.

Maine Potato Board says crop looking healthy

By Jen Lynds on July 28, 2014, at 6:20 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Officials with the Maine Potato Board said Monday that weeks of heat and sunshine in July have done wonders for this year’s potato growing season. Don Flannery, executive director of the board, said that this year’s crop is looking wonderful so far. “We did get the …
Excavators work recently to prepare the building site where Helen's Restaurant used to stand.

Owners of Helen’s Restaurant seek permit to rebuild

By Tim Cox on July 28, 2014, at 5:01 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — The owners of Helen’s Restaurant, the landmark business that was destroyed by fire earlier this month, are seeking a permit to construct a new building on the same site next to U.S. 1. David and Julie Barker applied for a building permit July 17. The Machias Planning …
Rep. Paul McGowan, D-Cape Neddick

First-term Rep. Paul McGowan dies unexpectedly

By Mario Moretto on July 28, 2014, at 4:47 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Paul McGowan, a state representative who saw his signature cancer study legislation passed into law last year, died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday. The 67-year-old Cape Neddick resident recently had announced that he would not be seeking re-election because of increasingly worrisome health trouble, the exact …

National Weather Service issues severe thunderstorm watch for parts of Maine

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 28, 2014, at 2:58 p.m.
GRAY, Maine — Severe weather is expected through the rest of the afternoon Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Severe thunderstorm watches are in effect until 8 p.m. for Androscoggin, Cumberland, Franklin, Oxford and York counties, according to the weather service. Showers and storms are expected throughout the state …
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida (center), answers questions from reporters during a women's rights rally in Portland on Monday. She is flanked on the left by state Sen. Emily Cain and Rep. Chellie Pingree.

Democratic National Committee chairwoman stumps for women’s rights at Portland rally

By Christopher Cousins on July 28, 2014, at 2:21 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz came to Maine on Monday in an effort to highlight what she called a stark contrast between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to issues that matter most to women. Flanked by 1st Congressional District Rep. Chellie Pingree and 2nd …
John Halle

Cate Street CEO’s wife to be questioned about assets she may be holding for him

By Darren Fishell on July 28, 2014, at 2:15 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Lawyers seeking to collect about $2.4 million from Cate Street Capital CEO John Halle will be allowed to question Halle’s wife, Sharon, for up to six hours about assets she may hold for her husband that could pay the legal award, according to a Superior Court order …
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Treasurer issues caution regarding unclaimed property notices

Bangor Daily News on July 28, 2014, at 1:50 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Postcards sent from a Colorado address, promising to return unclaimed property to rightful owners, are not being sent by the Office of the State Treasurer, according to Maine Treasurer Neria Douglass. “Postcards mailed from out of State are not from the State Treasurer, and are highly suspicious. …
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud discusses compromise legislation that is aimed at correcting problems in the Veterans Administration health care system on Monday at the Portland Public Library.

Tentative agreement reached on US veterans’ funding bill

on July 28, 2014, at 12:52 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, said Monday in Portland that a compromise reached over the weekend that is aimed at resolving the Veterans Affairs health care crisis represents a positive short-term step, but more systemic overhauls are needed. Michaud, the ranking Democrat on the U.S. House Veterans …
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Paving to begin on Route 26 in Gray

Bangor Daily News on July 28, 2014, at 10:58 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 12 a.m. to 12 a.m. Location: GRAY, Maine — A paving operation will begin July 29, on Route 26 in Gray, according to Maine Department of Transportation. A section of road beginning on Old Hunts Hill Road and extending approximately one and a half miles north to …
Sgt. Chris Harriman of the Maine State Police confirms the identities of the victims found slain in Saco on Sunday at a press conference Monday afternoon. He said 33-year-old Joel Smith shot and killed his wife and three children before killing himself on Saturday night in their apartment on Water Street.

Police: Saco man shot and killed wife, three children

By Beth Brogan and Seth Koenig on July 28, 2014, at 10:03 a.m.
SACO, Maine — State police said Monday afternoon that 33-year-old Joel Smith shot and killed his wife and three children before killing himself on Saturday night in their apartment on Water Street. Smith shot his wife, Heather Smith, 35; his stepson, Jason Montez, 12; and two biological children, Noah Montez, …
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GasBuddy: Average gas price in Maine down 3.5 cents per gallon

Bangor Daily News on July 28, 2014, at 8:54 a.m.
STATEWIDE, Maine – Average retail gasoline prices in Maine have fallen 3.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.64/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 1,228 gas outlets in Maine. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.51/g, …
A sizable crowd shops at the Bangor Farmers' Market in this June 2012 file photo.

More farmers markets accepting SNAP this season

By Sarah Walker Caron on July 28, 2014, at 8:02 a.m.
On Sundays, the farmers market in Bangor bustles with customers. Brilliant yellow squash, rich red beets, fresh green lettuces and a rainbow of other fruits and veggies are stacked in booths, ready for the choosing. Other booths have coolers teeming with meats, multi-hued cartons of eggs and a variety of …
State police on Sunday found a family of five had been shot to death inside their Saco apartment.

Family of five found shot to death in Saco apartment

Bangor Daily News on July 27, 2014, at 8:13 p.m.
SACO, Maine — State police say a family of five was shot to death inside their Saco apartment and “no one outside of the family was responsible for the deaths.” A gun was found near one of the bodies, according to a news release issued Sunday night by Maine Department …
Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justice Joseph M. Jabar and Maine Attorney General Janet Mills look out an upper-story window at the new Capital Judicial Center under construction in Augusta on Thursday. The corner room may become Jabar's office.

$55 million Capital Judicial Center to unite Augusta courts, judicial offices

By Judy Harrison on July 27, 2014, at 6:26 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justice Joseph Jabar on Thursday peered out the window of his future office on the fourth floor of the $55 million Capital Judicial Center at downtown Augusta and the Kennebec River, which splits the city. “I grew up in Waterville between the tracks …

A tour of the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta

By Troy R. Bennett on July 27, 2014, at 6:26 p.m.
A behind-the-scenes peek at the new court complex under construction.
Singer Keith Urban arrives at the 46th Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2012.

46 receive medical treatment at Keith Urban concert near Boston

By Reuters on July 27, 2014, at 5:42 p.m.
BOSTON — Forty-six music fans were treated for mostly alcohol-related medical problems at Australian country singer Keith Urban’s concert outside Boston on Saturday night, local officials said. Fire and emergency medical personnel dealt with dozens of ill fans during the show at an outdoor arena in Mansfield, Massachusetts, about 25 …

Old Town caterer outsmarts scammer

By Russ Van Arsdale, executive director Northeast CONTACT on July 27, 2014, at 3:56 p.m.
Let’s start this column with a set of assumptions. Let’s agree we’re all in this marketplace together; that means that we give and take, treat others as we want to be treated and learn from our mistakes and those of others. I think Jane Thibodeau believes in that set of …
Friends check out an exhibit Saturday afternoon at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, one of the stops on the newly-redesigned Downeast Fisheries Trail.

Fisheries trail to encourage tourism, showcase Down East Maine’s maritime heritage

By Abigail Curtis on July 27, 2014, at 1:40 p.m.
SEARSPORT, Maine — Locavores who live in or visit the Pine Tree State can meander along the Maine Beer Trail, sipping their way from one microbrewery to the next. They could eat their way from lobster roll to lobster roll along the coast or farm hop to see where their …
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