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Andrew E. Demers

Mental competency exam ordered for former Maine State Police chief charged with gross sexual assault against child

By Beth Brogan on July 22, 2014, at 2:43 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A former Maine State Police chief charged with sexually assaulting a young family member will undergo a mental examination after his attorney questioned his competency to stand trial. Andrew E. Demers, 74, of New Gloucester was arrested March 17 and initially charged with Class B unlawful sexual …
Scarborough resident Marc Lausier stands outside Revision Energy in Portland, talking about the Nissan Leaf.  Lausier purchased the first electric Nissan Leaf sold in Maine and helped promote a new Environment Maine report urging wider use of electric vehicles in Maine.

Charging station for electric cars opens, sparks interest in Portland area

By David Harry on July 22, 2014, at 2:36 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Turning over a new leaf has worked well for Scarborough resident Marc Lausier. “I can say with confidence that I’ll never own a gas-powered car again,” Lausier said, standing next to his Nissan Leaf parked outside Revision Energy on Presumpscot Street. Lausier bought the first Leaf sold …
Tamika Dias

Gorham woman to serve 8 months in jail for aggravated sex trafficking

By Beth Brogan on July 22, 2014, at 2:25 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Gorham woman who — with two men — was charged with holding a 19-year-old woman against her will and forcing her into prostitution will serve eight months in jail as part of a plea agreement. Tamika Dias, 34, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Cumberland County Unified Court …
Alex West (right) of Hartland watches as Stu Silverstein (left) leads a workshop on earth oven building during the kneading conference held at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds last year.

New restaurant in Brewer, new butcher shop in Portland

By Emily Burnham and Kathleen Pierce on July 22, 2014, at 2:08 p.m.
A bread winner in Skowhegan What event combines a bread fair, baking classes and discussions on the science of sourdough and mysteries of gluten? It must be the Maine Grain Alliance Kneading Conference in Skowhegan. Now in its seventh year, the celebration of grain in Maine has been raising awareness …

Avocado and cayenne ice cream? Yes!

By Troy R. Bennett on July 22, 2014, at 1:56 p.m.
Rococo Artisan Ice Cream in Kennebunkport offers unusual flavors like sweet avocado cayenne and this cone, made with local wheat beer, candied ginger and apricots.
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Gifford’s ice cream is a hit on Capitol Hill

on July 22, 2014, at 1:01 p.m.
Is ice cream made in Maine rich enough to sweeten the nasty gridlock on Capitol Hill? Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream is giving it a spin. On Monday the Skowhegan frozen dessert maker was touted by state officials in Washington D.C. to herald the company’s expansion into the mid-Atlantic states. “The …
Carol Bressi examines the damage to her car and home on Donica Road in York, Maine, after a severe thunderstorm pounded the town July 15.

York delays use of $100,000 in contingency funding to help clean up microburst damage

By Susan Morse, The York Weekly on July 22, 2014, at 12:31 p.m.
YORK, Maine — The Board of Selectmen on Monday deferred releasing $100,000 from a contingency account to pay for tree cleanup from last week’s microburst storm but said the town would pay its bills. In an unanimous vote, the five-member board moved to have the town manager pay the bills …
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One-day paving projects in South Portland

Bangor Daily News on July 22, 2014, at 11:58 a.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — A one-day paving operation will take place July 23 in two locations in South Portland, according to Maine Department of Transportation. The first location will be on Market Street from Waterman Drive to Ocean Street beginning at 5 a.m.Once Market Street is completed, crews will be on …
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I-195 ramp closures planned in Saco

Bangor Daily News on July 22, 2014, at 11:37 a.m.
SACO, Maine — As the Maine Department of Transportation paving and milling project continues on Interstate 195 in Saco, ramp closures are scheduled for Wednesday evening, July 23. The schedule is:– Exit 2A westbound off-ramp will be closed from 9 to 11 p.m.– Exit 2A on-ramp onto Route 1 will be closed 11 p.m.-5 a.m.Motorists …
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Maine State Ballet Presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream August 8-16

By Debra Tenenbaum on July 22, 2014, at 11:26 a.m.
Who said fairy magic is just for children? The Maine State Ballet’s presentation of Shakespeare’s comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, brings the wily pranks of forest fairies and the quickly swayed hearts of humans to life in its ballet August 8-16 at the Maine State Ballet Theater in Falmouth. With …
Joe Eremita, 12, of Wells, prepares to fly with pilot Russell Keith at Brunswick Executive Airport during Maine ACE Camp on Monday.

Portland-based aviation camp takes kids into the sky

By Brendan Twist, The Forecaster on July 22, 2014, at 11:14 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — When Tim Lesiege took over two years ago as director of Portland’s Maine ACE Camp, a week-long summer session for aspiring aviators, he was excited about the opportunity to teach kids about all aspects of the aeronautics industry. Lesiege takes a week away from his job as …
A builder stands at top Murphy's Castle, one of nearly 50 entries in the Ogunquit Parks and Recreation Sand Castle Contest this past weekend.

Amateur sandcastle makers take to the beach for Ogunquit contest

By Chris Hayden, York County Coast Star on July 22, 2014, at 11:13 a.m.
OGUNQUIT, Maine — Beach bums, sunbathers and boogie boarders had some company at the Ogunquit Main Beach Saturday as nearly 50 contestants in the Parks and Recreation Sand Castle contest cast their creations out of the damp sand. Organized and coordinated by Select Board member Gary Latulippe, the contest is, …
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Bluestocking Film Announces Winners of 2014 Audience Choice Award

By Debra Tenenbaum on July 22, 2014, at 11:02 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine – After two standing-room only nights at Space Gallery in Portland and 14 films featuring complex female protagonists, the Bluestocking Film Series has announced the recipients of the Bluestocking 2014 Audience Choice Awards. Maura Smith of Massachusetts, won the Bluestocking 2014 Audience Choice Award for female directors for …
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan

Portland mayor proposes $10.68 citywide minimum wage by 2017

By David Harry on July 22, 2014, at 10:33 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — With a preliminary plan in mind, Mayor Michael Brennan and members of his Minimum Wage Advisory Committee want residents, business owners and workers to share opinions next month about increasing the $7.50-per-hour minimum wage in the city. Brennan, who first convened the committee of business and labor …

Wells man who picked up package he believed held pot to plead guilty

By Kimberley Haas, Foster's Daily Democrat on July 22, 2014, at 8:05 a.m.
A Wells man, who picked up a FedEx Express package containing what he believed was 22 pounds of marijuana, is expected to plead guilty to two charges related to the incident. James Barnes, 30, of 1 Preble St. in Wells, was taken into custody on July 23, 2013, after he …

NH man airlifted to Maine Medical after motorcycle, car collide

By Liz Markhlevskaya, Foster's Daily Democrat on July 22, 2014, at 6:45 a.m.
ROCHESTER, New Hampshire — A motorcyclist was airlifted to Maine Medical Center after he was seriously injured in an accident on Milton Road in New Hampshire on Monday afternoon. Gregory Hughes, 49, of Rochester, New Hampshire, was airlifted after his motorcycle collided with a Chevrolet Cobalt around 4:17 p.m. Monday. …

Sea Dogs rally past Mets in seventh

on July 22, 2014, at 12:18 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Sea Dogs broke a tie with two runs in the seventh and downed the Binghamton Mets 6-4 in the opener of a three-game series, Monday night at Hadlock Field. The Sea Dogs (65-37) held a 3-1 lead, heading into the seventh inning, but Brandon Nimmo …
The South Portland City Council voted 6-1 to pass an ordinance blocking the loading of crude oil onto ships from its waterfront district. Supporters hailed the vote as a historic local effort to block transport of Canadian tar sands through the city. Opponents say the measure hinders waterfront oil companies from adapting to changing energy supply trends, as proven oil reserves in the Canadian province of Alberta are now the third-largest after those in Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

South Portland council casts ‘historic’ vote to block tar sands exports

By Darren Fishell on July 21, 2014, at 11:55 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — The South Portland City Council effectively has banned the shipping of tar sands, or oil sands, from its waterfront with an ordinance that has gained international attention and that oil industry opponents have vowed to challenge in court or before city officials. “The fight is not …

14 piece band “Tredici Bacci” performs in Congress Square Park

on July 21, 2014, at 10:28 p.m.
In their ongoing collaborative effort to revitalize Congress Square Park, the Friends of Congress Square Park and SPACE Gallery have launched a free summer concert series. On Sunday afternoon, a fourteen piece band called Tredici Bacci put on an excellent show for the roughly 150 people in attendance (plus a …
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan speaks at a City Council workshop focused on the fate of Congress Square Monday evening flanked by Councilor Jill Duson.

November referendum rematch over Congress Square unlikely after Portland council workshop

By Seth Koenig on July 21, 2014, at 8:46 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A second citywide vote on whether Portland should sell two-thirds of its Congress Square to private hotel developers is unlikely to take place in November. Facing the prospect of keeping up with an aggressive timeline in order to put the controversial sale before city voters, members of …
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