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In this February 2014 file photo, Kate McPherson of Windham (right) stacks boxes of petition signatures by Mainers who support a ban on bear baiting, hounding and trapping Monday at the Bureau of Elections in Augusta. On Wednesday, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap certified 63,626 signatures gathered by referendum supporters as valid.

Maine bear baiting issue expected on November ballot after number of signatures surpasses state requirement

By John Holyoke on March 05, 2014, at 3:15 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The stage is set for a likely November battle over the state’s bear hunting practices as Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap on Wednesday certified 63,626 signatures gathered by referendum supporters as valid. By law, those seeking to put a question on the November ballot needed to gather …
Diane Russell in 2009.

Maine House debates bill to dock lawmakers’ pay if state shutdown occurs, puts off vote

By Mario Moretto on March 04, 2014, at 2:17 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — If the state can’t manage to avoid a shutdown, then lawmakers shouldn’t get paid. That was the argument made Tuesday by Portland Democrat Diane Russell on the floor of the House of Representatives. In the event of a state government shutdown, state employees throughout Maine’s 16 counties …
Sarah McLachlan will play on the Bangor Waterfront on Friday, July 18, 2014.

Sarah McLachlan set for Bangor Waterfront concert on July 18

By Emily Burnham on March 03, 2014, at 8:44 a.m.
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan will perform at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor this summer, in a concert set for Friday, July 18. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 7, via Ticketmaster outlets or online, via phone at 1-800-745-3000 or in person at Mark’s Music in Brewer. …
A pile of lobsters is weighed for pricing.

State gears up to address looming lobster problem: the high number of inactive lobstermen

By Abigail Curtis on March 02, 2014, at 2:40 p.m.
ROCKPORT, Maine — Lobster fishing, the most lucrative commercial fishery in Maine with last year’s catch valued at $364.5 million, has a secret. That is that nearly a third of the 6,000 people who hold Maine lobster licences are not actively fishing and catch almost nothing. Almost half of the …
Bangor police Officer Jeremy Brock, 24, stands beside a patrol car at police headquarters on Friday, Feb. 28. Brock, an Easton native, joined the department two years ago as part of a crop of new young officers brought in to replace a growing number of retirees. The department, however, is still struggling to find enough qualified applicants to fill vacancies.

Help wanted: Bangor, other Maine police departments struggle to find good applicants to join force

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 28, 2014, at 6:18 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Police Department is understaffed and officers are pulling overtime to cover for vacancies because suitable applicants to wear the uniform are hard to find. Bangor Police Chief Mark Hathaway said Friday his department, which should have 82 members, is short 10 officers. A spate of …
Members of the Kennebunk Police Department participated in active shooter training at the Middle School of the Kennebunks on Feb. 19.

Kennebunk cops engage in ‘chilling’ 15-hour school shooter training

By Jennifer Feals, York County Coast Star on Feb. 27, 2014, at 1:57 p.m.
KENNEBUNK, Maine — Kennebunk police trained Feb. 19 for a situation they hope they never have to use. During a 15-hour training program, held Feb. 18 and 19 at the Middle School of the Kennebunks, members of the police department participated in active shooter training, experiencing a variety of interactive …
In this April 2013 file photo, police cars block the driveway at Gorham Middle School after a bomb scare. The Department of Education was recently asked to gather information on whether Maine schools would be prepared in the event of an emergency and to develop recommendations for improving security.

Safety consultants say Maine schools need to improve security, lock doors

By Nell Gluckman on Feb. 27, 2014, at 1:14 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Keeping all exterior doors to schools locked during the school day and training staff for a crisis were among the 62 suggestions for improving safety in schools listed in reports presented by the education commissioner to the state Legislature’s education and cultural affairs committee on Wednesday. The …
Roger Katz

Moderate Republicans unveil Medicaid compromise that expands coverage, dramatically reforms system

By Mario Moretto on Feb. 25, 2014, at 9:48 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill drafted by two moderate Republican senators, meant to be a compromise on the divisive issue of Medicaid expansion, was unveiled to lawmakers Tuesday. The plan combines House Speaker Mark Eves’ planned expansion of Medicaid, known here as MaineCare, to roughly 70,000 low-income Mainers under the …
Rep. Sara Gideon, D-Freeport

Maine lawmakers give initial approval to wider use of overdose-halting drug

By Jackie Farwell on Feb. 24, 2014, at 4:34 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A legislative committee has approved a bill to put medication that counteracts the life-threatening effects of opiate overdose into the hands of police, firefighters and drug users’ loved ones. In a party-line vote, members of the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee backed LD 1686, An Act …
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud

Free college for sophomores? Stakeholders weigh in on Michaud’s plan

By Nell Gluckman on Feb. 23, 2014, at 11:10 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Students from Maine enrolled in one of the University of Maine System schools would have their sophomore year paid for by the state if Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rep. Mike Michaud’s economic development plan comes to fruition. The plan is the congressman’s first major policy initiative released in …
Mike Mattison separates sheet metal parts at Jotul North America's wood and gas stove manufacturing facility in Gorham on Friday.

New emission standards for wood stoves will drive up costs, thwarting desired effect, say Maine manufacturer, dealer

By Whit Richardson on Feb. 21, 2014, at 3:41 p.m.
GORHAM, Maine — The federal government is proposing new emission standards for wood-burning stoves that some in the industry say will increase the cost of stoves for consumers and discourage people from investing in new, cleaner burning stoves — an effect contrary to the government’s intended goal. The U.S. Environmental …
Gary Asselin feeds a log into a high-efficiency wood-burning Jotul stove at his Auburn store, Fireside Stove Shop, in November.

Pollutants in wood smoke ‘can take years off people’s lives’ — Health groups push for new stove emission standards

By Jackie Farwell on Feb. 21, 2014, at 2:34 p.m.
On cold, snowy nights, many Mainers light the wood stove or the fireplace to beat the chill and enjoy the flickering ambience of an open flame. But that treasured tradition comes at a cost, according to the American Lung Association. Smoke from wood-burning stoves and fireplaces contains harmful gases and …
Wood pellets produced at Corinth Wood Pellets LLC. in Corinth are seen Wednesday. The company is running two shifts during this time of year and producing about 200 tons of pellets daily.

Big retailers can’t meet demand for wood fuel pellets

By Tim Cox on Feb. 20, 2014, at 6:24 a.m.
The harsh winter and increased demand for wood fuel pellets has some big box retailers struggling to keep adequate supplies on store shelves, although Maine mills that produce the pellets are cranking them out steadily. “We are experiencing wood pellet shortages across the Northeast,” Tara Gudger, a spokeswoman for Lowe’s …
House Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick

Legislature presented with measure to reverse property tax relief program cuts

By Christopher Cousins on Feb. 19, 2014, at 3:49 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Democrats in the Legislature took another step to portray themselves as champions of Maine’s property taxpayers Wednesday with the introduction of a bill by House Speaker Mark Eves that seeks to effectively restore some of the cuts made in recent years under Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s administration. …
The incoming tide floods a pool along Petit Manan Point in western Washington County; offshore, Pigeon Hill Bay separates the mainland from distant Bois Bubert Island. Petit Manan Point lies in Steuben, a town that out-of-state visitors often pronounce as "Shtoy-ben.” True Mainers know that the correct pronunciation is “Stew-ben.”

You can tell they’re from away if they pronounce Calais ‘Cal-lay’

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on Feb. 18, 2014, at 11:21 a.m.
JONESPORT — Even for someone from Maine, the lingo is sometimes difficult to understand. Thanks to Tim Sample and other Maine humorists, people “from away” often think that Mainers speak a different English than do their cousins from “civilized” Boston, New York, and points south. There is a distinctive Down …
Graffiti has been painted on the boarded-up windows of an abandoned apartment building at 147 Court St. in Bangor. City officials are recommending that the city take over the building, which has several years of unpaid taxes. They call the building a "blight on the neighborhood."

Bangor considering takeover of abandoned properties on Court, Larkin streets

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 17, 2014, at 11:36 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Officials have targeted a building on Court Street and a vacant lot on Larkin Street for acquisition by the city as part of a continuing effort to reduce the number of abandoned properties in Bangor. City councilors will discuss whether the city should take possession of 147 …
Sen. Geoff Gratwick, D-Bangor (right), organized a seminar at the Bangor Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in which Maine Attorney General Janet Mills (left) outlined the latest scams and frauds that Mainers can fall victim to.

Mainers lose millions annually to scams, Maine’s attorney general says

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 16, 2014, at 3:30 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — When people talk about the elderly being gullible or prey to scam artists, Francine Wickes counts herself out. A retired occupational therapist and English as a second language teacher, the 85-year-old Bangor resident lived for many years in Indonesia and parts of Europe and doesn’t mind being …
Dana Babcock, 13, performs experiments during an activity at Brewer High School on Wednesday afternoon. Eighth-graders from districts with school choice visited Brewer High School for Step Up Day and are in the process of shopping around for high schools. With each student comes tuition money from that student's town.

As Maine student numbers drop, high schools compete for kids, tuition dollars

By Nell Gluckman on Feb. 14, 2014, at 2:24 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — As schools throughout Maine head into February vacation, several hundred eighth-grade students in the area will have an important decision to consider. Ben Deschesne, 13, is one of them. He attends Veazie Community School. The town does not have a high school. That means that Deschesne has …
Gov. Paul LePage

House overturns LePage’s veto of ‘hungry kids’ bill, which will now become a law

By Christopher Cousins on Feb. 13, 2014, at 12:09 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill designed to encourage school districts to host summer nutrition programs for needy students will go into law after the House of Representatives voted Thursday to override a veto by Gov. Paul LePage, who called it an “ irresponsible unfunded mandate” even though the program is …
Presque Isle High School goalie Jillian Flynn is a superstitious player.  She always puts two hair bands in her hair on game days and is very particular about her game preparation.

Superstitious athletes, coaches seek edge by showering with socks on, taking chocolate milk in coffee, wearing same outfit for five years

By Larry Mahoney on Feb. 12, 2014, at 2:20 p.m.
Whether it’s Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz adjusting his batting gloves between pitches or Husson University first baseman Chelsea Brennan wearing a necklace, athletes can be a superstitious lot. Slumping baseball or softball players are always changing their bats or their stances. Maybe even their batting gloves. Other …
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