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Question of voter fraud raised after untraceable ballots change outcome of Senate election

By Mario Moretto on Nov. 25, 2014, at 12:58 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The specter of election fraud has been raised after last week’s Maine Senate District 25 ballot recount changed the outcome of the race. Unanswered questions remain about 21 ballots from the town of Long Island that can’t seem to be attributed to any voter. The ballots were …
Mary Mayhew, commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services, smiles as the crowd applauds in Portland where she was honored by the state's pre-eminent conservative think tank, the Maine Heritage Policy Center, in July 2014.

DHHS chief lobbies Maine congressional delegation for tougher food stamp laws

By Mario Moretto on Nov. 24, 2014, at 1:26 p.m.
AUGUSTA | In a letter dated Monday, Maine Commissioner of Health and Human Services Mary Mayhew is petitioning the state’s congressional delegation for their help in reforming federal welfare laws. “The people of Maine are concerned about the proliferation of welfare benefits and the seeming lack of reasonable limits …
Roy Jackson (from left), Casey Tucker and Shayne Davis listen to University of New England social work graduate and volunteer Elisa Orme while taking part in the ANEW Approach addiction treatment program at the Cumberland County Jail in Portland.

Program that helps Maine inmates beat addiction turns to online funding campaign

By Seth Koenig on Nov. 23, 2014, at 5:58 a.m.
PORTLAND | Mark Lyon can’t remember how many times he has been sent to jail. “I don’t even know,” Lyon, 61, said. “Sometimes they’d catch me opening up bottles in the store and drinking from them to stop the shaking. But every time I’ve come to jail, I’d been …

How Apple Pay and similar technologies could help grow jobs in Maine

By Darren Fishell on Nov. 21, 2014, at 5:48 a.m.
Portland-based CashStar is in a fast-growing segment of the gift card industry that stands to benefit from the way tech giants Apple and Google are changing how people pay for things. Apple debuted Apple Pay aboard its iPhone 6 earlier this year in a deal with major credit card companies …
Kevin Clark (left) and Chris Faulhaber play their daily 2:30 p.m. round of foosball with coworkers at CashStar's new Portland digs on Tuesday. CashStar manages digital gift card payments for retailers like Starbucks.

Rapid growth of digital payments fuels CashStar’s expansion to new Old Port offices

By Darren Fishell on Nov. 21, 2014, at 5:48 a.m.
PORTLAND | One of Maine’s fastest-growing companies is growing up, and doing it in style. CashStar, which manages digital gift card systems for major retailers like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts, moved into new Old Port offices in October, growing its footprint in the city by more than 50 percent …
L.L. Bean's holiday music light show is a technological feat programmed by a company based in New Hampshire. The dazzling synchronized light and music show goes off every half-hour in the evenings from Nov. 21 to Dec. 31 on the Freeport campus.

‘It’s awe-inspiring’: L.L. Bean Christmas tree, holiday light music show brings festive fun to Freeport

By Kathleen Pierce on Nov. 20, 2014, at 2:33 p.m.
At L.L. Bean’s flagship store, shoppers have been known to stop in their tracks during the holiday season. Some adults drop packages, their mouths agape, and children run around and around, amazed. There, outside the Freeport store, is a 68-foot Norway spruce that appears to shimmy and …
A closeup of a chickenpox blister.

Maine CDC reports outbreak of chickenpox at school in Penobscot County

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 19, 2014, at 2:01 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Wednesday there is a chickenpox outbreak in one Penobscot County school, according to John Martins, spokesman for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. “There is indeed a chickenpox outbreak in Penobscot County,” Martins said, noting it …
An SUV lost control on an icy road in Kossuth Township, left the road and ended upside down in about two and a half feet of water on Monday afternoon.

Good Samaritan performs successful CPR on 3-month-old following accident in Washington County

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 18, 2014, at 5:44 p.m.
KOSSUTH TOWNSHIP | Ever since he was in high school, Wade Shorey has taken CPR courses every two or three years. But the 32-year-old forester never needed to use those skills until he came upon an accident scene on Route 6 in Washington County Monday afternoon, and was able …

Three-month-old baby revived by passing motorist after crash in Washington County

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 18, 2014, at 9:18 a.m.
KOSSUTH TOWNSHIP | Tragedy was averted in Washington County on Monday afternoon when a passer-by revived a 3-month-old girl who had just been involved in an accident, state police said Tuesday. The sequence of events started around 4:30 p.m. when an SUV driven by Stephen McGouldrick, 55, of Calais, …

Maine rights panel rules against man who said restaurant discriminated by asking for proof that pit bull was service dog

By Mario Moretto on Nov. 17, 2014, at 10:29 a.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Human Rights Commission has ruled against a Dennysville man who claimed his rights were violated when a Machias restaurant manager asked to see proof that his pit bull was a service animal. Kenneth Stanhope suffers from several mental and physical disabilities, for which he is …

Task force: Maine family court system needs more judges, clerks to help people without lawyers

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 16, 2014, at 1:31 p.m.
If Maine wants to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its family court system, it needs more judges and clerks because of a rise in the number of people representing themselves in court because they cannot afford to hire attorneys, according to a report submitted by the Family Division Task …
An Amtrak train with officials from Amtrak, Pan Am Railways, Maine Eastern Railroad and the Maine Department of Transportation made a stopover on Thursday night and Friday morning in Rockland.

Amtrak train makes stop in Rockland

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 14, 2014, at 12:25 p.m.
An Amtrak train made a stopover on Thursday night and Friday in Rockland to get a look at the rail line north of Brunswick. There are no plans to expand regular commuter service to Rockland, but a company spokesman said Amtrak is always looking at opportunities to …
An array of tools, knives, sporting equipment and weapons surrendered to TSA agents at Bangor International Airport in recent years was displayed during a Thursday new conference in Bangor.

TSA urges Maine travelers to be smart this holiday season, leave weapons in checked bags or at home

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 13, 2014, at 3:50 p.m.
BANGOR | Standing next to a table covered with brass knuckles, power drills, circular saw blades, baseball bats, ski poles, throwing knives and even a knife disguised as a small pistol, representatives of the Transportation Security Administration said on Thursday that travelers should be aware of what’s in their …
Emergency personnel responded to a rollover on Main Street Wednesday at about 9 a.m. Fire officials said the Main Street median was a factor in the accident that occurred in front of Main Street Garage near McDonald’s. Two women and a dog were inside the vehicle when it flipped and one woman was taken to the hospital.

Woman taken to hospital after car flips on Main Street, new median a factor

By Nick McCrea and Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 12, 2014, at 9:12 a.m.
BANGOR | A woman was taken to a local hospital after a Honda Civic she was driving struck a newly constructed traffic island and flipped onto its roof on Main Street on Wednesday morning. The accident occurred in front of the Main Street Garage shortly before 9 a.m., and …
Brig. Gen. James Campbell, adjutant general for the Maine National Guard, presents a medal to Roberta Holbrook Best on behalf of her brother, 2nd Lt. Albert Holbrook, who died in World War I. Also pictured is David Best. The ceremony was held at Winslow-Holbrook Square in Rockland on Veterans Day.

Medals presented to families of Rockland World War I veterans

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 11, 2014, at 2:41 p.m.
The stories of two young Rockland men who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War I were recalled on this Veterans Day as medals were presented to their family members by a grateful state and nation. The ceremony was held in the downtown square named in honor …
North Yarmouth Town Clerk Debbie Grover, left, stands with Dick Baston and Clark Baston, descendants of Revolutionary War soldier Winthrop Baston, whose new tombstone was dedicated on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, in Walnut Hill Cemetery.

North Yarmouth woman secures new headstone for Revolutionary War vet, turns attention to Civil War vets’ markers

By Alex Lear on Nov. 11, 2014, at 2:04 p.m.
Nearly 200 years after it was erected, the tombstone of Winthrop Baston — a captain in the American Revolution — was in pieces, sunken under the ground, and seemingly forgotten. But because there were those who never forgot, Baston now has a new stone at his …
Gov. Paul LePage

Political leaders tip hats to Maine veterans, point out progress and goals

By Scott Thistle on Nov. 11, 2014, at 10:44 a.m.
AUGUSTA | The state’s top political leaders including Maine’s Republican governor and Democratic speaker of the house took pause Tuesday to honor the state’s more than 140,000 military veterans. House Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick, pointed to recent law changes that are aimed at making veterans’ lives better in …
Gertrude Fraser, 98, of Verona Island served in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II.

‘I was going in to serve’: World War II nurse remembers service

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 11, 2014, at 5:32 a.m.
VERONA ISLAND | Gertrude Fraser, 98, spends a lot of time sitting at her table overlooking the Penobscot River and putting complicated jigsaw puzzles together. But the World War II veteran of the Army Nurse Corps was willing to take a break Monday and talk about her years in …
Jeremiah Coon meets with Valerie O’Hara as part of his participation in Eastern Maine Medical Center's Way to Optimal Weight program.

Weight loss program for kids at EMMC works to boost confidence, teach healthy lifestyles

By Natalie Feulner on Nov. 10, 2014, at 10:58 a.m.
Last year, Jeremiah Coon, 12, often found himself asking friends at school for their lunch leftovers. Instead of cooking at home, he and his dad would eat fast food for dinner a few times a week and Jeremiah rarely exercised, despite loving basketball. “We used to go get pizza all …

Hunter in Sebec bags rare 8-point doe

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 09, 2014, at 12:48 p.m.
A hunter staying at The Rockin P Sporting Lodge called the lodge Saturday morning to say he had just shot an 8-point buck, but upon closer inspection, the buck turned out to be a rare antlered doe. “I did a little research on the Internet, and it’s …
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