Stories about Portland

News from Greater Portland, including Cumberland and York counties.

 
Officers Michael Tucci and Matthew Harrington saved the life of a Kennebunk resident after a traffic stop last Saturday.

‘Angels from heaven’: Wife thanks cops who saved husband’s life during traffic stop

By Jennifer Feals, York County Coast Star on July 31, 2014, at 6:42 p.m.
KENNEBUNK, Maine — Janet Falconer said two police officers acted as guardian angels last weekend when they saved her husband’s life after a traffic stop. “They were absolutely angels from heaven,” said Janet Falconer, who was driving down Fletcher Street with her husband Gavin “Scotty” Falconer on their way to …
Central Maine Power Co. workers replace a utility pole that was knocked down in South Thomaston by a vehicle April 18, 2014.

Power bills to rise for CMP customers after decision in controversial rate case

By Darren Fishell on July 31, 2014, at 6:14 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Central Maine Power Co. said power bills for residential and small business customers are set to go up an average of $2.07 per month, starting Sept. 1. The rate increase is the result of a decision this week from the Maine Public Utilities Commission, following months of …

Error at Portland H.P. Hood plant puts skim milk into whole milk containers

By Darren Fishell on July 31, 2014, at 5:49 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — An error at H.P. Hood’s Portland milk packaging plant caused the plant to mistakenly fill whole milk gallon containers with skim milk for about a half hour, putting an unknown amount of the incorrectly labeled milk out to markets in the area, a company spokesperson confirmed Thursday. …
SETH AND THE CITY (blog)

Portland’s Lucky: Tattooing with a conscience

on July 31, 2014, at 4:52 p.m.
One of the most recent additions to Portland’s art scene is Lucky — he’s the tattoo artist behind the half-year-old Lucky’s Tattoo Co. at 102 Exchange St. He was also the most recent guest on the Ink & Pine podcast that I co-host along with Trent Gay and Cat Smith …
URBAN EYE (blog)

Andrew Zimmern picks Portland’s top plates

on July 31, 2014, at 4:46 p.m.
In the August issue of Food and Wine, Bizarre Food America host Andrew Zimmern reveals his 10 favorites dishes in Portland. Seems the affable chef sups here frequently visiting his resident parents. He has tweeted from Eventide Oyster Co. (who hasn’t?) and even scoured Portland for odd edibles for a …
Mainers Bill Brock (right) and Casey Onik explore a cave during an episode of the soon-to-be aired series "Monsters Underground."

Bigfoot hunter from Durham to star in TV show about searching for US ‘monsters’

By Seth Koenig on July 31, 2014, at 4:20 p.m.
DURHAM, Maine — Durham’s Bill Brock can’t reveal too much about his soon-to-launch television show “Monsters Underground,” but the longtime Bigfoot hunter hinted that he’ll be using some high-tech gadgets that would make James Bond proud. In the new six-episode run, starting 10 p.m. Aug. 22 on Discovery’s Destination America …
Rev. Dr. William Barter

Maine Council of Churches asks candidates to sign pledge to keep campaigns civil

By Judy Harrison on July 31, 2014, at 4:06 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Council of Churches has asked candidates to take a pledge that they will run civil campaigns this election season. The MCC mailed out nearly 400 letters on July 15 asking people whose names will appear on the ballot in November to sign a “Covenant for …
USM FREE PRESS (blog)

Lee: “A University is not in the business of making money”

on July 31, 2014, at 3:18 p.m.
The following is in response to a letter from Newly appointed USM president David T. Flanigan requesting “thoughts, recommendations and support” concerning the future of USM. I take up your request for help, though I have serious doubts as to how much anyone will pay attention to, let alone read, …
The Portland Art Gallery opened last week on Middle Street.

Portland’s changing art scene: Aucocisco Galleries to close, Constellation Gallery seeks new home

By Kathleen Pierce on July 31, 2014, at 2:50 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Change is brewing in the Portland art scene. After 15 years, Aucocisco Galleries, a seminal presence on the Maine art scene, will shutter operations next month. The move isn’t reflective of the art business, though, owner Andy Verzosa said. The closure is about the urgencies of life …
North Yarmouth native Ben True is expected to be one of the top competitors in Saturday morning’'s 17th annual TD Beach to Beacon 10K road race in Cape Elizabeth.

North Yarmouth native eyes homecoming run at TD Beach to Beacon race

By Ernie Clark on July 31, 2014, at 1:53 p.m.
CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine — Ben True’s racing season already has had its highs and lows. The North Yarmouth native, expected to be one of the top competitors in Saturday morning’s 17th annual TD Beach to Beacon 10K road race, topped a star-studded field in the men’s 5,000-meter run at the …

RSU 5 board seeks November vote on Freeport’s withdrawal

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on July 31, 2014, at 1:23 p.m.
FREEPORT, Maine — The board of directors of Regional School Unit 5 sent the Freeport withdrawal agreement to the Department of Education on Wednesday with the intent to have it on the local ballot in November. The School Board’s unanimous vote to submit the agreement to Education Commissioner James Rier …
The Google barge, which has been in Portland since last fall, has been moved to Turner Island Terminal in South Portland.

Mysteries continue to surround Google barge as it prepares to leave Maine

By Seth Koenig on July 31, 2014, at 1:14 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — With just days to go before the famed Google barge leaves Portland harbor, just as much mystery surrounds the structure as when it arrived in October. Roger Hale, owner of the Turner Island LLC terminal in South Portland, confirmed on Thursday that the barge bearing the …
STEED (blog)

Young rage, vengeance and cattle prods

on July 31, 2014, at 10:39 a.m.
When I was a kid, my father had a cattle prod that he used on one of our dogs. I am not justifying his actions—I don’t condone that behavior—but he claimed to see it as no different from one of those electric stun collars some use for dog training. I …
STEED (blog)

We can all agree that habitual marijuana use isn’t the best, right?

on July 31, 2014, at 8:46 a.m.
I have been a part of and observed a handful of conversations about marijuana, and in each of them, there has been a bit of fibbing on each side of the debate over legalization. The anti-legalization skeptic will imply that legalization will lead to unfettered access of marijuana to children …
CHRIS BUSBY (blog)

“Green” Bud Kelly for guv’nah

on July 31, 2014, at 8:39 a.m.
Maine’s gubernatorial race, a rather sleepy affair so far, just got a whole lot livelier with the recent announcement of a new write-in candidate: “Green” Bud Kelly. Kelly is a contractor on a midcoast island whose services include house painting, dry walling, landscaping, carpentry and masonry. He has not, to …
THE BOLLARD (blog)

Highlights

on July 31, 2014, at 7:42 a.m.
The Brasen Hill Band

Teen survives lightning strike in Naples

By WGME on July 31, 2014, at 7:22 a.m.
NAPLES, Maine — A local teen has a great story to share, after he survived being struck by lightning Monday. The lightning came from the same storm Monday afternoon that brought a tornado to Limington. Sean Greeley, 16, said he sat down at a picnic table for a snack as …
Kestrel Aircraft Company CEO Alan Klapmeier

Kestrel CEO: Financing puzzle still coming together, not complete

By Darren Fishell on July 31, 2014, at 6:19 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Alan Klapmeier, CEO of the startup airplane manufacturer Kestrel said Wednesday the company has secured a new foreign investor that’s put some employees back to work at its Brunswick Landing facility, but he declined to share many details. “As we have funding, we bring people back and …
Sierra Tarbox (left), 15, and Alicia Ellis, 9 , grieve at a candlelight vigil Tuesday night outside the Saco apartment where police say 33-year-old Joel Smith shot and killed his wife and three children before killing himself Saturday night.

Support network helping children, adults grieve Saco deaths

By Beth Brogan on July 31, 2014, at 5:56 a.m.
SACO, Maine — Grief counselors, school administrators and members of the clergy mobilized this week to respond to an increase in calls to a crisis hot line from people seeking support after the brutal murder-suicide involving a family of five. Late Saturday night, 33-year-old Joel Smith shot and killed his …

Apartment complex fire in Westbrook displaces more than 40 residents

By BDN Staff on July 30, 2014, at 11:43 p.m.
WESTBROOK, Maine — More than 40 residents were displaced by a fire Wednesday evening at the Dolley Brook Condominiums on East Bridge Street, fire officials report. Investigators say the fire started in the kitchen of one of the condos around 8 p.m. When emergency responders arrived they found heavy smoke …
 
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