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Think warm: Maine beach ranks alongside Miami, Maui as one of America’s best

on Dec. 15, 2014, at 12:32 p.m.
Now may not be the time you want to test the waters — brrrrr — but Coastal Living magazine recently Tweeted that it considers one of our Maine beaches to be among the 21 best in the country. I guess you could file this under “Think Warm.” Right up there …
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Area of Long Point, Machiasport.

Maine Coast Heritage Trust adds to Long Point Preserve in Machiasport

on Dec. 15, 2014, at 11:58 a.m.
MACHIASPORT, Maine — Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a statewide land conservation organization, announced Monday it is expanding its conservation efforts at a nationally significant archaeological site in Machiasport conserved last year that contains prehistoric rock carvings known as petroglyphs. The next phase of the Long Point project includes three new parcels that will add …
Ruth Lockhart, an original founder of Mabel Wadsworth Center, one of only 15 privately funded, feminist women's health centers in the US, is retiring in May. She leaves behind 30 years of change for women's health in Maine.

Co-founder of Mabel Wadsworth retiring in May, leaves behind legacy

By Natalie Feulner on Dec. 15, 2014, at 11:24 a.m.
The Penjajawoc Stream, lined by tall evergreens, flows just outside two French doors in Executive Director Ruth Lockhart’s office at Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center in Bangor. The room is serene, the lighting low (she doesn’t care for fluorescent lights) and tokens of her work are displayed throughout the space. …

Ruth Lockhart, a founder of the Mabel Wadsworth center, plans retirement

By Ashley Conti on Dec. 15, 2014, at 11:23 a.m.
Ruth Lockhart, a founder of the Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center — one of only 15 privately funded, feminist women’s health centers in the United States — is retiring in May.
Portland Rotary Club members Howie Herodes, Troy Malbon and Roger Asch volunteer in Portland's Monument Square on Dec. 8 to ring bells for the Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle Campaign.

Maine weather, changing shopping habits challenge Salvation Army

By Colin Ellis, The Forecaster on Dec. 15, 2014, at 10:24 a.m.
PORTLAND | It’s a holiday tradition. The red buckets, the Santa hats and the clanging bells. Every December, the Salvation Army sends its troops out into communities across the country to ring the bells for its Red Kettle Christmas Campaign, which raises money to help provide food, toys and …
Rufus Percy, 35, and his wife raise pigs and grow grain on a 100-acre farm in Whitefield. "If we want to encourage a lot of young people to get into farming, be it small medium or large, we have to figure out how to make it not only attractive but possible," Percy said on Friday.

Maine local food movement inspires credit union focused on small farms

By Darren Fishell on Dec. 15, 2014, at 5:33 a.m.
‘If only Trustafarians can farm, then we’re all going to go hungry’

What MCHU learned in its feasibility study

By Darren Fishell on Dec. 15, 2014, at 5:33 a.m.
Leaders of Maine Harvest Credit Union (in organization) conducted a survey of 36 small farms and other agricultural producers, with average annual revenues of $155,000, to determine their financial needs. A separate customer survey of MOFGA members in 2012 established how willing consumers would be to place initial deposits with …

Dennis Paper and Food Service

By Gabor Degre on Dec. 14, 2014, at 4:07 p.m.
Dennis Paper & Food Service President Ron Dennis decided to make his employees the company owners effective in January 2015.
Cheryl Denz serves a customer on Friday at Terra Optima Market Farm in Rockland.

State shuts down raffle created to raise money for Rockland farm market’s new cooler

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 14, 2014, at 6:43 a.m.
Cheryl Denz said she never imagined that she was doing something wrong when she organized a raffle to help pay for a new cooler for her downtown farm market. But a call from the gaming division of the Maine Department of Public Safety on Monday informed her …
Douglas Preston

Maine writers lead campaign for federal investigation of Amazon

By Beth Brogan on Dec. 14, 2014, at 5:44 a.m.
ROUND POND | Best-selling author Douglas Preston sat in his home looking out over Penobscot Bay this summer and stared at his computer screen, watching online sales of his book with co-author Lincoln Child, “Blue Labyrinth,” plummet as a contract dispute between and Preston’s publisher, Hachette, grew nastier …
Rep. Stephen Stanley

Pair of Maine lawmakers seek state funding for cold-case squad

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 14, 2014, at 5:31 a.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET | Two state legislators said last week that they are working to secure funding for the state’s first cold-case squad to investigate unsolved homicides. Rep. Steve Stanley, D-Medway, said he hopes that the support of newly-elected Rep. Karl Ward, R-Dedham — and the state’s recording a $49 …
Parent Nathan Davis voiced concern at Thursday night's Regional School Unit 13 board meeting about a Dec. 4 police search at Oceanside High School East

Police searches of schools common, draw little opposition

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 13, 2014, at 7:45 a.m.
School administrators, law enforcement and even some students and parents say random school-wide drug sweeps by police are no big deal, but some civil liberty advocates disagree. Last week, a pair of drug-sniffing dogs and their handlers went through Oceanside High School East in Rockland to check lockers and backpacks. …
Jennifer Vashon, a wildlife biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, handles two Canada lynx kittens near Clayton Lake during the department's 12-year telemetry study on lynx in the early 2000s. The objective of the study was to assess the status of the state's lynx population by radio-collaring lynx.

New lynx estimate will help Maine, federal wildlife agencies deal with trapping concerns

By John Holyoke on Dec. 13, 2014, at 6:11 a.m.
BANGOR | When state wildlife officials petitioned to allow trapping for fisher and pine marten in areas where threatened Canada lynx live, they were required to formulate a plan that would minimize the chances of lynx being accidentally captured in those traps. That petition was approved in November. However, …
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (left) and U.S. Sen. Angus King speak after a press conference at the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan.

Susan Collins, Angus King named to new Senate committees

By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 12, 2014, at 5:57 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King on Friday announced that they have picked up new committee assignments for the 114th Congress, which begins in January. In addition to remaining on her previous committees, Collins, a Republican, will rejoin the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, …
Ethan Wardwell walks his retired racing greyhound Lone in Bangor during a short lull in the rain Wednesday afternoon.

Up to 6 inches of snow forecast for northern, western Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 12, 2014, at 5:24 p.m.
CARIBOU | Parts of northern and western Maine could get up to half a foot of snow by midday Saturday, according to the National Weather Service’s Caribou office. The weather service has issued a winter weather advisory for northwest Aroostook County and northern Piscataquis County, effective through noon. Affected …
Capt. Steven Morin, commander of the 136th Engineer Company, based in Lewiston, stands in front of the second group of about 70 soldiers in his unit who went to El Salvador this summer to build schools and latrines as part of an international humanitarian and training exercise in this file photo.

Maine National Guard’s 136th Engineer Company alerted to 2016 Kuwait deployment

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 12, 2014, at 5:12 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Members of the Maine National Guard’s 136th Engineer Company who build buildings and other structures got an alert this week about a scheduled deployment to Kuwait in spring of 2016, Maine Guard spokesman Sgt. 1st Class Pete Morrison said Friday. “It’s 15 months out, but the sourcing …
Chris Soper's song, titled “Small Town America,” speaks to Soper’s feelings about the way he and his family and friends in the Bucksport area were treated by the company that owns the mill.

Local songwriter pens tribute for displaced Verso Paper millworkers

By Emily Burnham on Dec. 12, 2014, at 4:19 p.m.
When Bucksport resident Chris Soper heard the news in October that the Verso Paper mill in Bucksport would close by the end of the year, he had the same reaction that most people had: shock, anger and sadness. “I was angry, of course,” said Soper, who is a lobster fisherman …
A black bear stands at the edge of the forest in Hancock in June 2014.

Maine wildlife agency spent $31,000 to defeat bear hunting referendum

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Dec. 12, 2014, at 2:52 p.m.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife spent at least $31,000 on campaign materials, television ads, debate coaching and staff time to fight Question 1, the citizen initiative to ban bear baiting, trapping and hounding in Maine. The spending was detailed in internal agency documents and invoices released to …

Whooping cough on the rise in parts of Maine

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 12, 2014, at 2:22 p.m.
BELFAST | Whooping cough has been on the rise during the last few months in several Maine counties, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Since September, the highly contagious respiratory infection has hit Piscatquis County the hardest, at a rate of 122 cases per 100,000 …
Dylan Collins

Suspect in fatal Biddeford fire pleads not guilty to arson, murder charges, but allegedly told police he set blaze to scare former girlfriend

By Brad Rogers, CBS 13 on Dec. 12, 2014, at 2:02 p.m.
ALFRED | A Biddeford teenager pleaded not guilty in York County Superior Court on Friday morning to murder and arson charges related to a Biddeford fire that killed two men in September. Dylan Collins, 18, is accused of setting a Sept. 18 apartment house fire that killed two people, …
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