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The First Time I Thought I was Fat!

on Aug. 21, 2014, at 9:45 a.m.
I was a pretty big baby at birth with plenty of rolls of baby fat all over. I didn’t notice. I didn’t care. I was born with a healthy appetite. I loved my grub. My father liked to tell me I was reading by 9 months. Apparently I could spot …

How about breakfast burritos without eggs, cheese and meat?

on Aug. 21, 2014, at 9:10 a.m.
“Tofu Breakfast Burritos” Ever want to try a breakfast burrito without eggs, cheese and meat? A lot of you would probably say, no thanks! Well, I am here to tell you I have a recipe you will love that does not include animal products. We love breakfast burritos, especially as …

Maine props up ‘two Americas’ with no Medicaid expansion

on Aug. 21, 2014, at 8:43 a.m.
Christy Daggett, Maine Center for Economic Policy Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on August 19, 2014 The Affordable Care Act, as originally passed, holds tremendous promise to decrease health care costs and increase insurance coverage rates across rural states like Maine. But federal court opinions and repeated vetoes …

Why some feel threatened by unaccompanied minors, despite the facts

on Aug. 21, 2014, at 8:29 a.m.
Robert Glover, University of Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on August 6, 2014 Maine recently returned to national prominence when satirist Stephen Colbert spoofed Gov. Paul LePage’s reaction to news that Maine received eight unaccompanied child migrants from the country’s southern border. Colbert’s report makes us chuckle by placing …

Maine’s Coincident Index for July shows economy continuing to improve

on Aug. 20, 2014, at 9:46 p.m.
From the Philadelphia Fed: The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia has released the coincident indexes for the 50 states for July 2014. In the past month, the indexes increased in 41 states, decreased in five, and remained stable in four, for a one-month diffusion index of 72. Over the past three months, the …

Trent Richardson; The most overrated RB in 2014

on Aug. 20, 2014, at 5:09 p.m.
Fantasy football is supposed to bring you joy and fun.  Even for some of us that take it seriously, it really shouldn’t get you to a point where you are screaming at your computer, TV, etc.  With that being said, every major site I look at has a man by …
U.S. Rep and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud

GOP attacks Michaud for sponsoring bill that passed with wide bipartisan support

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 20, 2014, at 4:55 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Maine Democrats and the campaign of Mike Michaud are becoming increasingly agitated over a series of attacks being made by their Republican rivals in the governor’s race. Michaud, Maine’s 2nd District U.S. congressman, is the Democratic nominee in a hotly contested campaign against incumbent Republican Gov. Paul …
Gov. Paul LePage

Advocates decry LePage rule change that could kick 12,000 off food stamps

By Mario Moretto on Aug. 20, 2014, at 4:53 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A proposed rule change by Gov. Paul LePage that could see about 12,000 food stamp recipients lose eligibility for the program on Jan. 1 was decried by advocacy groups Tuesday during a public hearing held by the Department of Health and Human Services. Representatives from soup kitchens …
Sen. Susan Collins

Collins wins another labor union endorsement

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 20, 2014, at 3:53 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — The re-election campaign of Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins was touting another union endorsement Wednesday. According to a campaign release, the Massachusetts & Northern New England Laborers’ District Council of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, AFL-CIO has endorsed Collins. The union represents about 25,000 general …
The breach of the large pond holding waste matter from the mine spilled some 10 million cubic meters of water and 4.5 million cubic meters of fine sand into Polley Lake in central British Columbia.

Canadian mine disaster offers Maine a lesson: Strong regulations, enforcement are critical

By Nick Bennett on Aug. 20, 2014, at 3:42 p.m.
This year, the Maine Legislature rejected weak regulations that would have allowed mining companies to pollute our waters and shift massive cleanup costs to Maine taxpayers. A recent mine disaster in Canada shows that lawmakers made the right decision. The disaster occurred when the tailings dam collapsed at the Mt. …

Maine’s real estate, health care industries grow the most; administrative services grows the fastest

on Aug. 20, 2014, at 3:19 p.m.
Maine’s real estate and health care are making up an increasing share of the state’s economy, according to preliminary statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. It’s no surprise — given demographic trends — that Maine’s economic growth has lagged the nation’s. The latest batch of data, however, gives more detail on the …

Nighttime road work to close I-195 ramps in Saco

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 20, 2014, at 2:28 p.m.
SACO, Maine — Several on- and offramps will be shut down to traffic on Interstate 195 on Thursday and Friday while nighttime road work continues, according to the Maine Department of Transportation. Paving and milling work will require the on- and offramps for Exit 1 to periodically be shut down, …
From the community
“Jamie Wyeth: Get Into Reality” is the topic of a Champlain Society discussion tonight at College of the Atlantic by the show’s curator, Dr. Elliot Bostwick Davis.

Wyeth’s retrospective dissected at COA forum tonight

By CollegeoftheAtlantic on Aug. 20, 2014, at 2:18 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Thomas S. Gates Jr. Community Center, College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden St., Bar Harbor, Maine For more information: 207-801-5620; “Jamie Wyeth: Get Into Reality” topic of Champlain Society discussion at College of the Atlantic BAR HARBOR, MAINE — …
Gov. Paul LePage

York County chamber cancels next week’s gubernatorial debate after LePage turns down invite

By Deborah McDermott, York County Coast Star on Aug. 20, 2014, at 1:37 p.m.
KITTERY, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage has turned down a gubernatorial debate in Kittery on Aug. 27, prompting the Greater York Region Chamber of Commerce to pull out of the event. “We can only do so much,” said Chamber board president Jeff Pelkey. “It’s unfortunate for southern Maine. This is …
Maine House Speaker Mark Eves. D-North Berwick, speaks with Eunice St. John, 76, in Brunswick on Wednesday before announcing a series of proposals designed to build more affordable housing for seniors and otherwise help them remain in their homes as they age.

House speaker proposes $65 million bond to build senior housing, other measures to help older Mainers live at home

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 20, 2014, at 1:29 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Maine House Speaker Mark Eves on Wednesday announced a series of proposals designed to build more affordable housing for seniors and otherwise help them remain in their homes as they age. Eves, a Democrat who is running for re-election in his North Berwick House district, said his …

Eves announces KeepME Home

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 20, 2014, at 1:26 p.m.
Maine House Speaker Mark Eves on Wednesday announced a series of proposals designed to build more affordable housing for seniors and otherwise help them remain in their homes as they age.

Auburn firm cracks Inc. magazine’s top 10 ‘fastest-growing’ firms list

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 20, 2014, at 12:45 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — An Auburn-based competitive electricity company has landed in the top 10 of Inc. magazine’s list of the country’s fastest-growing companies, ranked by revenue. In hard numbers, Electricity Maine parent company Provider Power’s revenue jumped to $137.9 million in 2013, up from $690,697 in 2010. It was ranked …
Matthew Gagnon

Maine native Matt Gagnon returns from DC to lead Maine Heritage Policy Center

By Mario Moretto on Aug. 20, 2014, at 12 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A Hampden native, DC insider and political blogger who was named one of the top 10 communicators in politics is returning to Maine to be the new CEO of the Maine Heritage Policy Center. Matt Gagnon, a 2004 graduate of the University of Maine, has been working …
John "Swisher" Mitchell (center) stands with Dick Whitmore at Whitmore's retirement party at Colby College in Watervile in this June 2011 file photo.

Point guard who helped Waterville win New England Championship in 1944 to be inducted into Maine Basketball Hall of Fame

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 20, 2014, at 11:51 a.m.
WATERVILLE, Maine — The impact of basketball on Johnny Mitchell’s life is ensconced in the nickname he’s carried since helping Waterville High School win the New England championship 70 years ago: “Swisher.” To many basketball fans of the day he was Bob Cousy before there was Bob Cousy, the former …
A monarch butterfly feeds on milkweed in this file photo.

The butterfly effect: Monarchs continue to vanish from Maine fields

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 20, 2014, at 11:23 a.m.
People are seeing fewer monarchs across the country, and lepidopterists (people who study moths and butterflies) believe the population decline is because of two primary factors: destruction of their winter habitat and destruction of their primary food source, milkweed. In Maine, monarch butterflies have been slowly disappearing from the landscape …
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