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News from Greater Portland, including Cumberland and York counties.

The Nova Star cruise ship travels daily between Maine and Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia official seeks meeting with LePage over $5 million line of credit for Nova Star Cruises ferry service

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 22, 2014, at 5 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Nova Scotia’s economic development minister told a Canadian newspaper he hopes to meet with Gov. Paul LePage to discuss how Maine can help secure a $5 million line of credit for the Nova Star Cruises ferry service that started earlier this year. The Chronicle Herald reported Michel …
University of Southern Maine history professor Libby Bischof works in her office on the Gorham campus on Friday. Each summer, Bischof contacts her advisees who have not enrolled in classes for the fall semester and asks what's preventing them from registering.

History professor at USM takes it upon herself to bring students ‘back into the fold’

By Nell Gluckman on Aug. 22, 2014, at 4:42 p.m.
GORHAM, Maine — During the summer, University of Southern Maine history professor Libby Bischof contacts each of her advisees who have not enrolled in classes for the fall semester. She asks what prevented them from registering and reminds them to do so before the start of the school year. “For …
Known for its unique toppings, OTTO Pizza is headquartered in Portland, Maine.

OTTO Pizza chain warns of data breach at two Portland locations

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 22, 2014, at 4:02 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A pizza chain with locations in Maine and Massachusetts has learned of a data breach that potentially exposed customers’ debit and credit card numbers. According to a statement on the OTTO pizza company’s website, about 900 customers who may have used a credit or debit card at …
From left, Lance Bradshaw and Jake McGuire unload the lobster they caught recently afternoon at the Stonington Lobster Co-op dock. Bradshaw recently dropped out of the University of Maine during his first year with hopes of becoming an engineer.

Dreams deferred: Why do so many UMaine students fail to graduate?

By Nell Gluckman on Aug. 22, 2014, at 2:44 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Lance Bradshaw, 22, has been supporting himself through lobstering since he was 16, but for a long time, he’s wanted something more. So two years ago, in an attempt to chart a different path, the Deer Isle resident enrolled at the University of Maine to pursue a …
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Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office raises funds, holds festivities

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 22, 2014, at 2:42 p.m.
CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Maine — The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office Charities began its annual fundraising campaign to support youths and seniors in Cumberland County. Through the Police Athletic League and TRIAD, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office has, for many years, been providing scholarships to Cumberland County high school seniors, equipment for …
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Verrill Dana welcomes Elizabeth Riotte

By Aaron Harris on Aug. 22, 2014, at 1:46 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine – Verrill Dana is pleased to welcome Elizabeth Riotte, née LeBlanc, to its Business and Corporate Group. Riotte’s practice will focus on securities law, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and related matters. She will be resident in the firm’s Portland office. Prior to joining Verrill Dana, Riotte practiced in …
From the community

Alternative Energy Expo

By Alyssa Dumond on Aug. 22, 2014, at 1:04 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: Interphase Energy, 145 Presumpscot Street, Portland, ME For more information: PORTLAND, Maine — Interphase Energy, a Maine-based leader in supplying central pellet heating equipment throughout North America, is hosting an alternative energy expo 2-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at …
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Maine State Ballet offers fall dance workshops for students of all ages

By Debra Tenenbaum on Aug. 22, 2014, at 1:01 p.m.
FALMOUTH, Maine – It’s back to school time for Maine’s dancers of all ages as Maine State Ballet announces its fall dance classes. Fall classes start the week of Monday, September 8. Classes range from a “Music and Movement” class for 3-year olds to Intermediate Ballet or Tap classes for …

‘Portland is not invincible’: City economy could be on ‘thin ice,’ chamber warns

on Aug. 22, 2014, at 12:44 p.m.
On Wednesday, Portland Mayor Michael Brennan and his minimum wage advisory committee held a public hearing on plans to set a citywide minimum wage that’s higher than the state’s $7.25 per hour. You can read my coverage of that hearing by clicking here. Beyond the debate over baseline pay for tipped …
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Kids Safety Day – sponsored by Saco & Biddeford Savings

By Broadreach Public Relations on Aug. 22, 2014, at 11:47 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Location: Saco & Biddeford Savings, 2 Hannaford Drive, Westbrook, Maine For more information: 207-856-0049; Saco & Biddeford Savings, Westbrook Public Safety and Hannaford invite the community for a free kids safety event, including live firefighting, a mock crime scene, K-9 …
Dennis Fogg, owner of Uncle Andy's Diner in South Portland, with his 5-year-old granddaughter, Brooklyn Head, last week. Fogg will host a viewing party and comedy show at The Gold Room in Portland for the debut of the diner's episode of "Restaurant: Impossible" on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

‘No laughing matter’: Reality show makeover of comedian’s South Portland cafe to air next week

By Shelby Carignan, The Forecaster on Aug. 22, 2014, at 10:43 a.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — For two months, the Fogg family has had to keep quiet about what went on behind closed doors during a reality-TV makeover of Uncle Andy’s Diner. But on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 10 p.m., they’ll relive the restaurant’s turbulent remodeling, along with a national Food Network …
Jim O'Brien of Vacationland Distributors sits in the rear of his delivery van on Wednesday in Portland. O'Brien's startup beer distribution business is aimed squarely at small craft brewers.

Startup craft brew distributor touts unprecedented model in taking on Big Beer

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 22, 2014, at 8:39 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s craft beer surge is changing more than tastes. Maine distributors that have for years carried only the big names in beer are hoping to tap into the upswing in small breweries. And one Yarmouth-based startup is building a niche business on that market alone. “All we’re …

Startup beer distributor offers fixed-length contracts

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 22, 2014, at 8:35 a.m.
Unlike larger companies, startup Vacationland Distributors offers craft brewers fixed-length contracts without expensive buyouts.


on Aug. 22, 2014, at 7:22 a.m.
Seashore Trolley Speakeasy

Miller’s solo homer in 9th propels Sea Dogs by Senators

on Aug. 21, 2014, at 11:21 p.m.
  HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Mike Miller’s solo home run in the top of the ninth powered the Portland Sea Dogs past the Harrisburg Senators 1-0 Thursday night in the series finale from Metro Bank Park. The win marked the sixth victory in a row for the Sea Dogs, as they …
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Why do these reactionary non-whites keep making everything about race?

on Aug. 21, 2014, at 6:36 p.m.
Because she is white, my unarmed daughter will probably never get shot by the police without consequence. It is insane that this is a statement we put forward with certainty in 2014, particularly with what it means in context of the reality faced by black kids and adults alike. Non-whites …

Industry group leads push for Maine’s southern counties to use reformulated gasoline

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 21, 2014, at 5:27 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing for seven southern Maine counties to transition to lower-emitting reformulated gasoline, a proposal supported by the fuel industry-led Maine Energy Marketers Association. The EPA issued the proposed rule earlier this week, which would prohibit the sale of conventional gasoline in … email customers complain of outage company is still resolving

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 21, 2014, at 4:36 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Many people with email addresses at FairPoint Communications’ domain have not received messages for several days, a problem a company official said is still under investigation. FairPoint spokeswoman Angelynne Amores Beaudry said the company put additional servers online to handle emails for customers at the …
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Saco & Biddeford Savings

Free Kids Safety Day in Westbrook, Saturday, September 20

By Broadreach Public Relations on Aug. 21, 2014, at 4:16 p.m.
For Immediate Release Contact: Linda Varrell Broadreach Public Relations 207-619-7350 Free Kids Safety Day in Westbrook, Saturday, September 20 Westbrook Public Safety, Saco & Biddeford Savings and Hannaford to host free kids safety event for the community Westbrook, Maine (August 21, 2014) – Westbrook Public Safety, along with Saco & …

Eyewitness account of body going downriver in Westbrook

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 21, 2014, at 3:43 p.m.
Jim Peterson of Portland was having coffee by the Presumpscot River on Thursday morning and saw firefighters miss the body of a man floating downstream by a few feet.
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