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David and Julie Barker manage to smile despite the fire that reduced their landmark Machias business, Helen's Restaurant, to smoldering rubble in the background. They plan to rebuild.

Helen’s owners expect to submit plans for new restaurant soon to state officials

MACHIAS, Maine — The owners of Helen’s Restaurant hope to submit plans to state officials soon for a new building and begin construction within weeks. …
Portland Mayor-elect Michael Brennan speaks to a reporter in front of City Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, in Portland.

Portland mayor won’t push for higher minimum wage for tipped workers; council could see proposal next month

PORTLAND, Maine — Mayor Michael Brennan last week said a proposed ordinance to raise the minimum wage in the city might be vetted next week …

Spectra, Northeast Utilities partner on $3 billion project to bring more natural gas to New England

PORTLAND, Maine — The Houston-based Spectra Energy announced Tuesday that Northeast Utilities, New England’s largest electric utility, plans to be a co-investor in a $3 …

Portland businesses tell CBS 13 they never agreed to AARP coupons distributed in their name

PORTLAND, Maine — Consumers love coupons. Research shows more than 70 percent of us use them. But several Portland business owners say they’re confused about …

Hannaford to purchase Eastern Maine Paradis supermarkets

SCARBOROUGH, Maine — Hannaford Supermarkets has reached an agreement with Paradis Shop ’n Save to purchase supermarkets the company operates in Houlton, Caribou and Calais. …
Chocolate lobsters cool in their candied shells in Westbrook on Tuesday.

Westbrook’s Haven’s Candies sold to new owner before 100-year anniversary

WESTBROOK, Maine — Andy Charles recalls one customer who bought a box of needham candies and started to gently complain: “They’re all different sizes and …
Construction crews work on sidewalks in West Market Square in downtown Bangor on Wednesday, Sept. 10.
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West Market Square business owners hope customers come back after summer lost to construction

BANGOR, Maine — Most West Market Square business owners say they like the looks of the overhauled “heart of downtown,” but they haven’t enjoyed watching …

Presque Isle airport receives $2.9 million for infrastructure improvements

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Officials at the Northern Maine Regional …
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The (non)correlation of taxes and growth

Major Rockland employer inks deal to convert to trucked-in natural gas

PORTLAND, Maine — Boston-based Xpress Natural Gas has landed a …

Federal flood map changes raise new questions for Maine homeowners, municipalities

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine homeowners and municipalities along waterfronts are …
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