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Inclement weather caused this 2011 accident on Interstate 95 in Orono, something Lincoln police hope to see little of this winter.

Icy roads to blame for three crashes within minutes in Lincoln, police say

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 01, 2014, at 5:19 p.m.
Three accidents in the span of a few minutes Sunday compelled police to warn motorists Monday to keep an eye on the weather and the roads. “As we are coming into cold weather, coming into storms, we have to remember that freezing rain is a part of …
Kira, a 7-year-old Irish setter service dog, watches as her owner, Judi Bayly, loads her scooter into the van after lunch at the Olive Garden in Bangor on Tuesday.

Misuse, misunderstanding of service dog law create troublesome gray area

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 30, 2014, at 6:49 a.m.
BELFAST | Judi Bayly’s service dog, Kira, goes everywhere her owner goes. She has to — the calm Irish setter is crucial to the well-being and freedom of Bayly, who has multiple sclerosis and diabetes. Kira has been on Caribbean cruises, shopping trips to WalMart, to lunches out at …
Leslie Farrington (left) and Morgan Mazzei browse a selection of books at the Briar Patch in downtown Bangor Tuesday.

How the ‘buy local’ influence is growing in Maine holiday shopping

By Natalie Feulner on Nov. 28, 2014, at 12:23 p.m.
With Mainers hitting the stores to shop for their near and dear, more and more are looking local for the perfect present to delight. With the holidays here, shopping for holiday presents has begun in earnest. For a growing number of Mainers, that means buying local. Store owners and artisans …
Shoppers in Bangor buy local during Plaid Friday, a way of promoting local shopping in Bangor during Black Friday.

Why have Maine holiday retail sales lagged behind national figures since the recession?

By Darren Fishell on Nov. 28, 2014, at 12:21 p.m.
PORTLAND | As more Mainers shop online, the impact on the state’s retail sector is hard to track. But not if you’re Katie Clark. Like a 21st-century Santa making her list and checking it twice, Clark keeps an elaborate spreadsheet to track her online gift-giving. “People have seen the …
A storm brought several inches of snow to central Maine on  Wednesday evening and Thanksgiving Day.

Fewer than 5,400 statewide remain without power

By Dawn Gagnon on Nov. 28, 2014, at 8:17 a.m.
BANGOR | Fewer than 5,400 Central Maine Power and Emera Maine customers remained without electricity early Friday evening in the wake of a snowstorm that disrupted service to more than 100,000. Crews have been making rapid progress, however, as Central Maine Power reported about 8 p.m. that the number …
From left, Carter, 6, Holden, 10, and Grace, 10, Adragna sled down a hill Thursday morning at Hayford Park in Bangor. A storm brought several inches of snow to Maine on Thanksgiving Day.

More than 32,000 customers still without power from Thanksgiving storm

By Beth Brogan on Nov. 27, 2014, at 9:22 a.m.
FREEPORT | About a foot of heavy, wet snow fell across much of the state overnight Wednesday, thwarting Thanksgiving plans by knocking out power to more than 100,000. But by 4:30 p.m., ovens were heating up in more than half those homes as line crews for the state’s two …
Manna Ministries' Bill Rae (center) hands Tania Perry a free turkey Wednesday morning at the ministries in Bangor.

‘I’m very thankful for this’: Bangor ministry provides 7,000 Thanksgiving turkeys, fixings

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 26, 2014, at 2:25 p.m.
Billie Jo Burrows stopped by Manna Ministries Inc. on Wednesday morning to pick up a free turkey and the fixings to go with it so she and her husband will be able to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal. “We just wouldn’t be able to afford this kind …
Jackson Caruso of Yarmouth volunteers with his family at the Portland nonprofit Preble Street in the snow on Wednesday, unloading a bus full of food. Preble Street runs a group of soup kitchens, shelters and a food pantry in the city.

Storm adds anxiety but won’t stall efforts to serve holiday meals to hungry Mainers

By Seth Koenig on Nov. 26, 2014, at 2:10 p.m.
PORTLAND | The threat of a storm expected to blanket the state with more than 6 inches of snow Wednesday and Thursday will not deter charitable organizations working to provide Thanksgiving meals for Mainers who might otherwise go hungry on the holiday. “We think Thursday’s going to be fine …
The State House in Augusta

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 …
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