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Benefits for disaster-related losses reduced after Sept. 30

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 02, 2014, at 2:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The U.S. Department of Agriculture is encouraging producers who have eligible disaster-related losses to apply for assistance by Sept. 30, because Congress has mandated payment reductions for producers who have not acted before that date. Livestock producers that have experienced grazing losses since October 2011 and may be eligible …
Greg Lounder (right), executive director of the Municipal Review Committee Inc., announced on Friday, March 28, 2014, that the group is requesting permission from the state to open a landfill and recycling facility in Greenbush or Argyle.

DEP extends deadline for decision on proposed Penobscot County landfill

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 02, 2014, at 1:07 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection will take another 30 days to determine if the public will benefit from a controversial integrated solid waste and recycling facility with a landfill in Greenbush or Argyle planned by an organization representing more than 180 Maine towns. “There is a …
Glen Cummings

UMaine-Augusta names former state Speaker of the House interim president

By Nell Gluckman on Sept. 02, 2014, at 1:03 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A former speaker of the Maine House of Representatives and official at the Department of Education under the Obama administration will become the interim president at the University of Maine at Augusta, University of Maine System Chancellor James Page announced on Tuesday. Effective Sept. 9, Glenn Cummings, …
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Mainers listen to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on Spotify more than anyone else

on Sept. 02, 2014, at 1 p.m.
Spotify researcher Paul Lamere is back at it. Back in February, we reported on this blog that Lamere had determined that, based on which bands were streamed in which states most significantly more than the national average, R.E.M. was what Business Insider at the time called Maine’s “favorite band.” Now, …
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Enrollment in Margin Protection Program open to farmers

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 02, 2014, at 11:55 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine – Farmers may enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program beginning Sept. 2, according to an announcement from USDA Maine State Farm Service Agency Executive Director Donovan E. Todd III. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference …
The last eel weir in Maine located on the East Branch of the Sebasticook River in Newport. The weir is operated by David Whitten and his son Theodore "T.J." Whitten. David used to catch eels to sell for food but the state shut down the silver eel fishery in 2013. They are allowed to catch eels to sell for research purposes and are the only ones in Maine who have a scientific catch permit for silver eels.

‘If they were sensible, they’d be issuing weir permits and closing down the elver fishery’: Palmyra man, son have last eel weir in state

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 02, 2014, at 10:52 a.m.
NEWPORT, Maine — David Whitten has been catching adult eels since he was a boy growing up in Palmyra. Whitten, 66, has had an eel weir in the East Branch of the Sebasticook River for 20 years, one of hundreds that he says used to exist in rivers throughout Maine. …

The last weir man

By Gabor Degre on Sept. 02, 2014, at 10:38 a.m.
David Whitten and his son Theodore “T.J.” Whitten maintain the last eel weir in Maine on the East Branch of the Sebasticook River in Newport.
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Wear orange on Sept. 4 to raise awareness about hunger

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 02, 2014, at 10:33 a.m.
AUBURN, Maine — Hunger advocates from Maine and across the country will be wearing orange on Thursday, Sept. 4, in an effort to raise awareness of the 49 million people in the United States who struggle with hunger. It’s just one of the many awareness events taking place throughout the …
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Coast Guard to open new Portland office with ribbon-cutting

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 02, 2014, at 10:28 a.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine – The U.S. Coast Guard will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at its new office at 2 Monument Square in Portland. The ceremony is the culmination of an eight-year project that sought to bring Coast Guard personnel and resources together from across the region …
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GasBuddy: Average gas prices fall 0.3 cents per gallon in Maine

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 02, 2014, at 8:11 a.m.
STATEWIDE, Maine – Average retail gasoline prices in Maine have fallen 0.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.49/g Monday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 1,228 gas outlets in Maine. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.43/g, …
Greg and Mary Libby.

‘The mill is gone, but we’re not’: Katahdin region, state reflect on Labor Day

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 01, 2014, at 4:57 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — In the gloomy days that immediately followed the February shutdown of the local paper mill, mill workers would gather in town neighborhoods and walk every morning, sometimes for miles, Greg Libby says. They’d be in groups of three or four. They would discuss the weather, sports, …

NH UFO Festival stays grounded without ‘incident’

By Joel Kost, Foster's Daily Democrat on Sept. 01, 2014, at 4:31 p.m.
EXETER, New Hampshire — Green inflatable aliens sitting in store windows greeted the hundreds of attendees Saturday as alien and science fiction lovers gathered to celebrate the 5th Exeter UFO Festival at town hall. The extra terrestrial-centric festival is typically held every year on Labor Day weekend to celebrate the …

NH man admits traveling 185 mph on motorcycle before crashing

By Foster's Daily Democrat, on Sept. 01, 2014, at 4:23 p.m.
A man who admitted traveling at 185 mph on his motorcycle after being clocked at 127 mph in a 65 mph zone early Saturday morning, was being held on $30,000 cash bail at the Merrimack County Jail after being charged one felony, four Class A misdemeanors and two operating violations …
Tefere Gebre, executive vice president with the AFL-CIO, said Monday that the federated union group has offered its financial and legal help to the two unions pursuing a new contract with FairPoint in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

AFL-CIO leader promises to put financial pressure on FairPoint in labor dispute

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 01, 2014, at 2:32 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Several hundred FairPoint Communications union members fighting for a new contract earned a promise of support Monday from a leader of the nation’s largest organized labor group and Democratic congressional candidates. FairPoint workers and other union supporters gathered in the city’s Longfellow Square, marching from the annual …

The backpack burden: The concern for students’ spines

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Sept. 01, 2014, at 5:27 a.m.
Ever pick up your child’s school backpack and wonder if it’s filled with bricks? If so, you’re not alone. Those ridiculously heavy burdens have plagued students — and concerned parents — for many years, according to local chiropractors. Not only are overstuffed backpacks unwieldy and vexing, they can cause students …
A lobster fisherman gets ready to empty a bucket of bait into a box aboard the boat prior to unloading the day's catch at the Beals-Jonesport Co-Op in Jonesport.

Lobster industry grateful for ‘normal’ summer

By Bill Trotter and Tim Cox on Aug. 31, 2014, at 5:27 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — If there is anything commercial fishermen in Maine have learned over the past several years, it is that things aren’t the way they used to be. Scallop catches are creeping back up as prices have hit an all-time high. Elver prices have come down a bit but remain historically high …
A researcher catches a mosquito in a plastic box in Germany.

Mosquito pool in York tests positive for EEE

By CBS 13 on Aug. 31, 2014, at 3:33 p.m.
YORK, Maine — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said a mosquito pool in York tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. The exact location isn’t being revealed. This is the first positive test for EEE in Maine this year. In 2013, 26 mosquito pools tested positive, and several …
Kathleen Zurzolo

Missing Oxford County woman found safe

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 31, 2014, at 1:43 p.m.
WOODSTOCK, Maine — A Woodstock woman who had been missing since Wednesday has been found safe. An Oxford County communications center dispatcher confirmed Sunday afternoon that the woman had been found, but referred other questions to the sheriff’s office. A telephone message was left with an officer. The Facebook page …
Kiiya M. Foster, 15, was reported missing from her guardian's residence on Koskela Road in Woodstock on Saturday, Aug. 30. She is 5 feet 4 inches tall and was last seen wearing black pants, a black tank top, a gray sweater and tan dress mid-calf boots, according to police.

Teen girl missing from Woodstock

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 31, 2014, at 12:33 p.m.
WOODSTOCK, Maine — State police are searching for a 15-year-old girl missing since Saturday but not believed to be in any immediate danger, officials said Sunday. Kiiya M. Foster left her guardian’s residence on Koskela Road at about 10:50 a.m. on Saturday and apparently hasn’t been seen since, said Stephen …
People relax on a hill while enjoying the 2014 American Folk Fest on Aug. 23.

Summer 2014: A tale of two tourist seasons

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 31, 2014, at 9:19 a.m.
The summer tourist season thus far has been a story of contrasts — a slow start followed by a blazing-hot second half. Lodging businesses experienced a slow May due largely to poor weather, said Greg Dugal, the executive director of both the Maine Innkeepers Association and the Maine Restaurant Association. …
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