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Anne Danforth of Chelsea, (left) Cathy Anderson of Jefferson, Sue Staples of Bangor and Jan Flowers of Winterport, singing as Heart 'n Soul, are ready to deliver Singing Valentines on Feb. 13 and 14.

Maine-ly Harmony fundraiser offers singing Valentine’s

Bangor Daily News on Jan. 27, 2015, at 11:23 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The ladies of Maine-ly Harmony’s barbershop quartets are ready to brave the weather to seek out your loved one with a rose and a love song on Friday or Saturday, Feb. 13 or 14, as a fundraiser to help the group continue its performances. Maine-ly Harmony Chorus meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays in …
Jose "Zito" Sartarelli, Dean of the WVU College of Business and Economics.

Three finalists announced for USM presidency, including Augusta campus president

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 27, 2015, at 10:23 a.m.
PORTLAND | The University of Maine System on Tuesday morning announced the three finalists vying to take the helm of the beleaguered University of Southern Maine. Harvey Kesselman, provost and executive vice president at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey; Jose “Zito” Sartarelli, chief global officer and the …
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Daily Brief: LePage declares emergency, shuts down state offices

on Jan. 27, 2015, at 6:51 a.m.
Expecting an onslaught of snow and wind, Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday announced that he had declared a state of emergency, shutting down all state offices and urging Mainers to stay off the roads.  “Travel conditions will be life-threatening, and widespread power outages are probable,” LePage wrote in the emergency proclamation. Much of the state …
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The National Weather Service office as seen Monday in Caribou.

‘Calm before the storm’: National Weather Service readies for blizzard in Maine

By Julia Bayly on Jan. 26, 2015, at 7:06 p.m.
CARIBOU | Things were pretty quiet Monday afternoon at the National Weather Service office in Caribou as what could be a major snowstorm started churning its way up the Eastern Seaboard toward Maine. “This really is the calm before the storm,” Richard Okulski, meteorologist in charge at the Caribou …
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VA Maine Healthcare System closed Jan. 27 

on Jan. 26, 2015, at 4:49 p.m.
TOGUS, Maine — Due to the major winter storm, VA Maine HCS outpatient clinics and non-critical services will be closed Jan. 27 due to the snowstorm, but will be open for normal operations on Wednesday, Jan. 28.  The closure includes the Togus VA Medical Center as well as all of the Maine Community-Based …
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Emergency officials eye coming snowstorm; state office closures likely

on Jan. 26, 2015, at 12:19 p.m.
Legislative leaders have already cancelled tomorrow’s sessions of the House and Senate, and if previous experience is any indication, it’s likely Gov. Paul LePage will likely close at least some state offices and tell all but the most critical state employees to stay to wait out the storm.
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Daily Brief: More changes in Democratic leadership; fashionable and ready for snow

on Jan. 26, 2015, at 7:33 a.m.
The chatter in the State House for the next couple of days will be the same as the chatter is everywhere else in New England, and at long last I’m not talking about deflated footballs. It’s going to snow and this incoming storm looks to be a doozy. Stay safe, …

Armed man robs Augusta Quick Stop

By CBS 13 on Jan. 26, 2015, at 7:28 a.m.
Police are looking for an armed man who they say robbed a convenience store Sunday night. Around 8:30 p.m., Augusta Police say a white man between 20 and 30 years old walked into the Augusta Quick Mart at 25 Western Ave and demanded cash. Police say the …
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Gov. Burton M. Cross (left) and E. Spencer Miller, president of Maine Central Railroad, wave from the front of Steam locomotive 470 at Union Station in Bangor in this 1954 file photo.

Lawmaker hopes to bring passenger rail service back to Bangor

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 25, 2015, at 6:14 a.m.
A Maine lawmaker wants to bring passenger trains to Bangor for the first time in more than half a century, but an industry official cautions it could cost more than $100 million to make the idea a reality. A bill entered by Rep. Michelle Dunphy, D-Old Town, …

Snowstorm forces time change for Saturday’s cheerleading championships in Bangor, Augusta

on Jan. 23, 2015, at 5:21 p.m.
Because of Saturday’s impending snowstorm, the Eastern Maine cheerleading championships for Classes B-C and East/West Classes D at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor will start earlier, while the Western Maine A-B-C championships and Eastern Maine Class A finals at the Augusta Civic Center have been postponed to Monday. The …
From the community

Travis Mills to speak at Togus VA Medical Center

Bangor Daily News on Jan. 23, 2015, at 12:12 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Location: Togus VA Medical Center, Building 210, Togus, Maine TOGUS, Maine — Travis Mills, a retired U.S. Army staff sergeant of the 82nd Airborne, wounded warrior, motivational speaker, actor and an advocate for veterans and amputees, will speak 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday, …
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Daily Brief: Can libertarians, progressives join forces at State House?

on Jan. 23, 2015, at 7:30 a.m.
Human trafficking will return to the fore today in Augusta, as Sen. Amy Volk, R-Scarborough, and Gov. Paul LePage hold a media event at that State House Hall of Flags to proclaim the week of Jan. 25 as Human Trafficking Awareness Week  As a member in the House last year, Volk was thrust …
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Video: LePage tells Verso to ‘get out of the state of Maine’

on Jan. 22, 2015, at 12:49 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage said his message to Verso Paper Corp. executives is to “get out of the state of Maine” and echoed allegations from one of the millworkers’ unions that the company sold the mill for scrap to prevent competition. “Get out of the state of Maine,” LePage said Thursday morning in …
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Daily Brief: Poliquin meets Obama and picks up natural gas fight

on Jan. 22, 2015, at 7:30 a.m.
For a day without the House and Senate in session, Wednesday was a busy one in Augusta. Legislative committees heard hours of testimony from department heads, who briefed lawmakers about their agencies’ work and the effect Gov. Paul LePage’s biennial budget proposal would have on it.  President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address garnered some …
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Daily Brief: Poliquin meets Obama and picks up natural gas fight

on Jan. 22, 2015, at 7:30 a.m.
For a day without the House and Senate in session, Wednesday was a busy one in Augusta. Legislative committees heard hours of testimony from department heads, who briefed lawmakers about their agencies’ work and the effect Gov. Paul LePage’s biennial budget proposal would have on it.  President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address garnered some …
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Obama offers campaign planks, not solutions

on Jan. 22, 2015, at 6:15 a.m.
In his State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday night, President Obama attempted to invoke the unity theme of his 2004 Democratic National Convention speech and 2008 presidential campaign. However, on Tuesday — as in the past — this hyperbole was not reality-based, but was soaring rhetoric designed …
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Obama offers campaign planks, not solutions

on Jan. 22, 2015, at 6:15 a.m.
In his State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday night, President Obama attempted to invoke the unity theme of his 2004 Democratic National Convention speech and 2008 presidential campaign. However, on Tuesday — as in the past — this hyperbole was not reality-based, but was soaring rhetoric designed …
STATE & CAPITOL (blog)

LePage talks domestic violence with ‘Down East Dickering’ stars

on Jan. 21, 2015, at 5:57 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage on Wednesday met with two stars of “Down East Dickering” to talk about a future collaboration on events to raise money for charitable groups that work with victims of domestic violence.
From the community

St. Michael’s students in Augusta collecting donations for food bank

Bangor Daily News on Jan. 21, 2015, at 2:57 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Students at St. Michael Catholic School will collect donations during Maine Catholic Schools Week Jan. 25-31 to benefit the Augusta Food Bank to help the students learn the importance of serving others. The donations will be presented to a representative from the food bank at 1:15 p.m. …
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Daily Brief: LePage preparing 20 budget bills; clean elections headed back to the ballot

on Jan. 21, 2015, at 7:30 a.m.
Good morning, folks. We’re still in orientation mode at the State House.  The Legislature’s policy committees are ramping up to full speed this week with a long list of introductory and informational meetings scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. Despite the attention that the House and Senate garner when bills finally …
 
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