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The Maine Children's Home Executive Director Sharon Abrams, and Employee of the Year Alaina Wolman.

Maine Children’s Home presents annual awards

on Jan. 28, 2015, at 2:44 p.m.
WATERVILLE, Maine – The Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers presented its annual awards as part of The Maine Children’s Home annual celebration held Jan. 22, at the Waterville Elks Lodge. The annual celebration, held each January, included an introduction of new board members, a silent auction, and an award ceremony. To recognize …
Darah Kirstein is the head of digital workplace employee engagement at BNY Mellon.

Study finds fewer than 1 in 3 Maine workers are engaged in their jobs

By Seth Koenig on Jan. 28, 2015, at 2:10 p.m.
PORTLAND | Nearly seven of every 10 Maine workers is not engaged in their jobs, according to the results of a recent Gallup study. But that number — in which 68.5 percent of Maine respondents were determined to be either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” in their work — …
Mystic, a golden retriever from Falmouth, recently won Best of Breed awards at dog shows in Novi, Michigan. He will be competing in the Best of Breed competition at this year's Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York City.

Young Falmouth retriever sees dog show success at ‘unheard of’ age, gets spot at Westminster

By Colin Ellis, The Forecaster on Jan. 28, 2015, at 11:38 a.m.
Some people are just dog people. Laura Jill Simmons, without doubt, is one of those people. Simmons, who owns the dog training facility PoeticGold Farm at 7 Trillium Lane, said she has been working with dogs her whole life. She even said her first word was “dog.” …
Adam Earley digs out a sidewalk Wednesday in Portland after a blizzard dumped snow on the city.

Not much of a break: National Weather Service predicting Friday storm in aftermath of blizzard

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 28, 2015, at 8:52 a.m.
CARIBOU | The Blizzard of 2015 has come and gone, and much of the state was spending Wednesday morning digging out. The state won’t get too much of a reprieve, as the National Weather Service is forecasting another storm to roll in Thursday night and last through Saturday morning. …

Maine is responding to human trafficking – and you can help using this new tool

on Jan. 28, 2015, at 8:45 a.m.
In the last few years, I have had the opportunity to deliver training on human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation to nearly 700 direct service providers and law enforcement officers from every county in the state. In that time, two things in particular struck me: the number of times I’ve been …
Jeremy Weatherbee is Lincoln's new cemeteries, parks and recreation department director.

Hiring of Lincoln parks and recreation director shines light on nepotism in small towns

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 28, 2015, at 6:03 a.m.
Jeremy Weatherbee is the town’s new cemeteries, parks and recreation department director. Citizens with questions or concerns about that would need to talk with his father, Town Manager Ron Weatherbee. Is it nepotism? One member of the Lincoln Town Council voted against Jeremy Weatherbee’s hiring, and two …
Glenn Geiser Jr. leaves the Bureau of Motor Vehicles at the Airport Mall in Bangor through the back door Feb. 10, 2014, after a public hearing was postponed because Geiser's attorney Joe Baldacci had not received all the paperwork from the state.

Lawsuit: Banned My Maine Ride car dealer had property liens totaling more than $2.6 million

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 28, 2015, at 5:21 a.m.
BANGOR | A debt collector’s lawsuit against Glenn Geiser, former owner of closed Bangor used car dealership My Maine Ride, seeking overdue home mortgage payments has revealed Geiser owed more than $2.6 million to other creditors, including the Maine Revenue Service and the Internal Revenue Service. The complaint for …
Rep. Jeff McCabe, D-Skowhegan, is proposing additional funding for Maine’s community colleges after Gov. Paul LePage flat-funded the seven-campus system in his two-year budget proposal.

Pair of lawmakers say community colleges should get same funding boost as UMaine system

By Mario Moretto on Jan. 27, 2015, at 6:25 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Two state lawmakers hope to assemble bipartisan support to ensure additional funding for Maine’s community colleges after Gov. Paul LePage flat-funded the seven-campus system in his two-year budget proposal. House Democratic Leader Jeff McCabe of Skowhegan and Rep. Joyce Maker, a Calais Republican and member of the …
Jessie, a 3-year-old border collie mix, was seized from a home in Littleton along with more than 60 other animals.

Affidavit: Children also removed from home of Littleton animal seizure

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 27, 2015, at 5:37 p.m.
Children also were removed from a farmhouse deemed unfit for the more than 60 animals seized by the state earlier this month, according to court documents filed in connection with the seizure. State animal welfare agents on Jan. 13 removed 12 cats and 50 dogs that had …
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EMMC services to resume normal hours on Jan. 28

on Jan. 27, 2015, at 3:54 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine – All of Eastern Maine Medical Center’s outpatient services, including EMMC Cancer Care, EMMC Family Medicine offices, specialty care practices, and all services at the Union and State street campuses will resume normal hours of operation on Wednesday, Jan. 28, according to an announcement from the hospital Tuesday afternoon. EMMC …
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Maine TV: Which of these 10 fictional television towns would you want to call home?

on Jan. 27, 2015, at 2:43 p.m.
Maine’s wild — in many cases, mysterious — landscape has provided fertile ground for imaginations for decades. So it’s perhaps no surprise that when television producers have wanted to locate fantastical or supernatural stories someplace on Earth, they’ve often turned to the Pine Tree State. Even when the subject matter …
Rep. Peggy Rotundo, House Chair of the Appropriations Committee

Maine legislators to consider merging university, community college system boards

By Scott Thistle on Jan. 27, 2015, at 12:51 p.m.
AUGUSTA | State Rep. Peggy Rotundo, D-Lewiston, says she wants the Legislature to consider creating a single board to guide the state’s higher education systems. On Monday, University of Maine System Chancellor James Page announced plans to consolidate the administrative functions for the system’s seven campuses. Rotundo and her …
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills

Maine AG issues warning about scammers who demand immediate payment to IRS

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 27, 2015, at 12:03 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine attorney general’s office Monday issued a warning about a scam involving IRS imposters. Attorney General Janet Mills described how it worked in a press release. “Scammers posing as IRS officials call and say you owe taxes,” she said. “They threaten to arrest you, or deport …
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State Library connects patrons with adaptive technology to read U.S. currency

on Jan. 27, 2015, at 11:02 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine State Librarian James Ritter has announced that users of the Maine State Library Talking Books Plus program are eligible to apply for free currency readers provided by the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing. To qualify for the device, the patron must have a doctor-certified disability that impairs …
Jose "Zito" Sartarelli, Dean of the WVU College of Business and Economics.

Three finalists announced for USM presidency, including Augusta campus president

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 27, 2015, at 10:23 a.m.
PORTLAND | The University of Maine System on Tuesday morning announced the three finalists vying to take the helm of the beleaguered University of Southern Maine. Harvey Kesselman, provost and executive vice president at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey; Jose “Zito” Sartarelli, chief global officer and the …

Husband, wife dead in apparent murder-suicide

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 27, 2015, at 9:22 a.m.
FRYEBURG | State police are investigating the death of a husband and wife that is being classified as a domestic violence murder-suicide, Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Tuesday morning. The bodies of Jody Buzzell, 52, and her 52-year-old husband Mark, were located early Tuesday, according to …
A quiet downtown Bangor in the storm.

Blizzard whips into Maine

Bangor Daily News on Jan. 27, 2015, at 9:11 a.m.
BANGOR | Traffic was light in Bangor on Tuesday as a snowstorm brought blizzard conditions into the state. Up to 24 inches of snow are expected in certain parts of the state by the time the storm subsides Wednesday. Tuesday’s snowfall totals varied across the state, with southern Maine …
Malcolm French and his wife, Barbara, leave federal court in Bangor on Jan. 14, 2014.

Three men convicted in Township 37 pot farm case seek new trials

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 27, 2015, at 5:26 a.m.
BANGOR | A federal judge will consider March 17 whether three men convicted on drug charges in connection with the Township 37 marijuana plantation should be granted new trials. Malcolm French 53, of Enfield, Rodney Russell, 51, of South Thomaston and Kendall Chase, 58, of Bradford were found guilty …
The National Weather Service office as seen Monday in Caribou.

‘Calm before the storm’: National Weather Service readies for blizzard in Maine

By Julia Bayly on Jan. 26, 2015, at 7:06 p.m.
CARIBOU | Things were pretty quiet Monday afternoon at the National Weather Service office in Caribou as what could be a major snowstorm started churning its way up the Eastern Seaboard toward Maine. “This really is the calm before the storm,” Richard Okulski, meteorologist in charge at the Caribou …
Sen. Justin Alfond (center), D-Portland speaks to a group of about 15 local civic and business leaders at the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce about a plan to promote co-working spaces in Maine. Pat Roche (right) is the owner of Think Tank Portland, a co-working space in Cumberland County, and hopes to expand into Waterville.

Alfond’s new state grant program aims to tap co-working trend to boost Maine downtowns

By Mario Moretto on Jan. 26, 2015, at 6:19 p.m.
WATERVILLE | Co-working spaces — shared office facilities designed to accommodate a modern, tech-savvy workforce of independent contractors and telecommuters — are opening all over the world, but so far, their foray into Maine has been limited to Portland. But Pat Roche thinks it doesn’t have to be that …
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