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WIDGETS AND DIGITS (blog)

Home sales up, median sales price down in Maine for second quarter of 2014

on July 22, 2014, at 6:55 p.m.
The volume of single-family home sales in Maine continued to rise in the second quarter of 2014, up about 10 percent from the second quarter of last year. The increase in sales volume was coupled with a decline in the median sales price for the second quarter. Within that three-month period, June marked the …
Lightning strikes in Bangor in July 2013.

Potentially dangerous storms heading to Maine; Emera preparing for possible outages

By Dawn Gagnon on July 22, 2014, at 6:51 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The entire state is under a hazardous weather outlook, effective Wednesday afternoon into early evening, according to the National Weather Service’s offices in Caribou and Gray. The weather service is predicting thunderstorms that potentially could become severe, with damaging winds and heavy downpours. Some large hail also …

Field hockey festival, Senior All-Star game scheduled for Saturday in Waterville

By Larry Mahoney on July 22, 2014, at 6:28 p.m.
A celebration of field hockey will take place at Thomas College in Waterville on Saturday as the annual Maine Field Hockey Festival and the Moe McNally Senior All-Star game take place. The All-Star game will pit the senior All-State selections from the East against the West. Thirty-five high school teams …
CAMPAIGN 2014

Maine gubernatorial candidates react to split ACA verdicts

By Jackie Farwell on July 22, 2014, at 6:16 p.m.
Dueling court verdicts issued Tuesday over the legality of financial subsidies provided to Americans under the Affordable Care Act elicited quick response from Maine’s gubernatorial candidates. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the federal government can’t legally administer health insurance subsidies in Maine …
Gov. Paul LePage at a Republican rally at Husson University in June

LePage says 8 ‘unaccompanied alien children’ put in Maine without his knowledge

By Mario Moretto on July 22, 2014, at 5:54 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Republican Gov. Paul LePage learned Monday that eight unaccompanied children who entered the country illegally have been placed in Maine without his knowledge. In a statement from the governor’s office, LePage said he learned about the children’s placement during a conference call with White House staff and …
#MAINE (blog)

This Mainer is selling his life-sized Flintstones car. Guess the price…

on July 22, 2014, at 5:46 p.m.
You’ve seen classic car replicas, but perhaps nothing quite like this classic. Tip of the cap here to my BDN colleague Jackie Farwell, who was probably hunting online for a 1967 Corvette when she found this gem. Someone from Gorham is putting his life-sized Flintstones car up on Craigslist for …
From the community

Baxter Outdoors: MH&T Backwoods Triathlon

By Adam Platz on July 22, 2014, at 5:14 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Maine Huts & Trails, Main Street, Kingfield, ME, 04947 For more information: (802) 473-9084.; baxteroutdoors.com/eventpage10.html Join Baxter Outdoors in one of our favorite places on earth, Carrabassett Valley, Maine, as we partner with Maine Huts and Trails to bring you …
Michael Stevenson

USM provost to take new post in university system office

By Nell Gluckman on July 22, 2014, at 5:08 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The provost of the University of Southern Maine will leave his position to become the senior fellow for academic affairs for the University of Maine System, a new position in that office. Provost Michael Stevenson sent a letter to the USM faculty and staff on Tuesday announcing …
From the community
A Night to Shine

A Night To Shine

By Raymond Foss on July 22, 2014, at 4:28 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Location: Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church, 7 Houlton Street, Patten, Maine For more information: 528-2277; facebook.com/events/665821276829716/ August 7, 2014 in Patten, ME at Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church (after the United Methodist Men’s annual spaghetti dinner from 4-6pm) Sponsored by Jeremiah’s …
Turbines on Heifer Hill that are part of the Bull Hill Wind Project put up by First Wind in Township 16, seen here February 2013.

After legal challenge, Maine utility regulators again OK $333 million partnership between Emera, First Wind

By Darren Fishell on July 22, 2014, at 3:42 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted 2-1 Tuesday to allow Emera Maine’s parent company to invest $333 million through a joint venture with wind farm developer First Wind, a deal that was sent back to the commission for further review after a Maine Supreme Judicial Court decision. …
From the community

Cycle the Seacoast

By Gale Auclair on July 22, 2014, at 3:06 p.m.
Join the American Lung Association for the 6th annual Cycle the Seacoast event in Portsmouth, NH on Sunday, May 3, 2015. There are three route options for this one-day cycling tour through the beautiful Seacoast region of New Hampshire; choose 25, 50 or 100 mile options. This ride is fully …
From the community

Trek Across Maine

By Gale Auclair on July 22, 2014, at 3:04 p.m.
Join the American Lung Association for the 31st annual Trek Across Maine on Father’s Day Weekend – June 19 – 21, 2015. From the mountains at Sunday River to the sea in Belfast, cycle 180 miles across the state of Maine. This ride is fully supported by volunteers and trained …

Wednesday, July 23, 2014: Climate crisis, bear persuasion, comeback Cutler

on July 22, 2014, at 3:04 p.m.
Vote Fulford As a science teacher, registered Maine Guide and parent, I am concerned about the effect that global climate change is having on the world in general, and on Maine in particular. I see species ranges changing, invasive species intruding, and worldwide damage resulting from the rising intensity of …
Scaffolding around the State House Dome, seen here Tuesday, will be a regular sight through October, as contractors work to replace the more than 100-year-old weather-damaged and oxidized copper patina with a shiny new one.

Old copper from State House dome may be available for Maine artists

By Mario Moretto on July 22, 2014, at 2:48 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine artists may have a chance to get their hands on a bona fide piece of state history if a proposal pending before a legislative leadership panel wins approval Thursday. As work continues to replace 7,000 square feet of more than 100-year-old copper on the Maine State …
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 …
EDITORIALS
Alan Cunningham of Bangor organizes the thrift shop downstairs at The Together Place in Bangor in February.  Cunningham is in the ReFinement program, which allows people convicted of crimes to pay them back through community service.

It’s time for Maine to break a cruel cycle of poverty and incarceration

on July 22, 2014, at 2:37 p.m.
It’s summer. It’s beautiful outside. And inside Maine jails, inmates sit and bide their time. For many, their crime has nothing to do with violence, theft or dealing drugs. They simply can’t pay their court fines. Their real crime? It’s poverty. Look at the arrest log for any jail in …
From the community

Blood donors needed in Maine as summer supply dwindles

Bangor Daily News on July 22, 2014, at 2:29 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The American Red Cross urges eligible blood donors to roll up a sleeve and give to help prevent a summer blood shortage. Blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative are especially needed. The Red Cross is seeing fewer appointments at its blood donation centers …
FOOD BUZZ
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 …
From the community
Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team

Acadian Heritage Air Show Aug. 9 and 10 at Frenchville

on July 22, 2014, at 1:58 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Location: Northern Aroostook Regional Airport, 74 Airport Ave., Frenchville For more information: 207-543-6300 By Anne Ward, Public Affairs FRENCVILLE, Maine –  This is the fifth year the Northern Aroostook Regional Airport will host the …
VIDEO
Rococo Artisan Ice Cream in Kennebunkport offers unusual flavors, such as sweet avocado cayenne and this cone made with local wheat beer, candied ginger and apricots.

Avocado, cayenne pepper, lobster, local brews among the many unusual ingredients Maine ice cream makers are scooping up

By Kathleen Pierce on July 22, 2014, at 1:54 p.m.
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — Going to the garden for fresh herbs, reaching into the pot for a Maine-caught crustacean and raiding the brewery for a seasonal ale — these sound like activities that would take place in a commercial kitchen, not an ice cream stand. But, like chefs, bakers and mixologists …
 
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