Posts Tagged ‘Maine’

An AFSCME supporter holds a sign over his head at a rally in Senate Park, Washington, D.C., Feb. 12, 2013. (Cropped photo by Djembayz, used under Creative Commons license)

The fine print on accepting retroactive Social Security benefits

By, on Feb. 10, 2016, at 10:40 a.m.
There is one huge reason not to take the retroactive benefits.
Roger Goodoak (right), a 14-year Navy veteran, readies a box of hats outside the Oxford Street Shelter in Portland with son Kevin, 16. Goodoak prowls city streets twice a day in search of homeless veterans to assist.

It looks like there are more homeless veterans in Maine. But the numbers don’t tell the whole story

By Seth Koenig on Dec. 31, 2015, at 8:15 a.m.
“It’s very difficult right now to find homeless veterans on the streets.”
Jeanne Clark, public information officer for Alcosan (Allegheny County Sanitary Authority), poses for a portrait in her office on Dec. 10, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Clark started her new job at Alcosan on her 65th birthday, working past normal retirement age.

Why you should invest in retirement as early as possible

By, on Dec. 28, 2015, at 4:23 p.m.
Before time slips away and your retirement dreams of lazing in a beach house turn into extra years of work, try to alter your spending and saving habits
Karen Johnson, a longtime restaurant server from Lewiston, speaks during a press conference to announce a referendum campaign to increase Maine's minimum wage to $12 per hour in 2020 and index it to the consumer price index thereafter.

How well do you remember the news of 2015 in Maine?

By Seth Koenig on Dec. 28, 2015, at 11:49 a.m.
Over the course of 12 months, sometimes the details get hazy or blend together.
Salvage BBQ in Portland, including chicken, ribs, pork, squash and cole slaw.

These 4 charts show Portland’s emergence as a culinary destination

By Seth Koenig on Dec. 26, 2015, at 8:44 a.m.
Instead of market saturation, Greater Portland’s restaurant explosion seems instead to be creating a multiplier effect.

Portland firefighters rally to provide Christmas for local family in need

By Troy R. Bennett on Dec. 23, 2015, at 2:19 p.m.
“We’re going to deliver them Christmas morning, probably in the back of the ambulance.”
Gunsmith, Frank Cobet, of the Get Loaded gun store in Chino, Calif., shows a customer an AR-15 rifle on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015.

Gap in mental health records, background checks undermines gun safety in Maine, group claims

By Seth Koenig on Dec. 19, 2015, at 8:07 a.m.
“The evidence is clear that as states submit their mental health records, background checks become more effective at keeping guns out of dangerous hands.”
Topsham poll worker Anette Philippon collects ballots the old fashioned way in a 2013 special Maine Senate District 19 election.

How liberal or conservative is your hometown? New database provides insight

By Seth Koenig on Dec. 18, 2015, at 7:55 a.m.
While voter records for a community provide one view of its political leaning, donation records offer another, sometimes less obvious glimpse.
Current assistant House minority leader Ellie Espling, R-New Gloucester, and assistant House majority leader Sara Gideon, D-Freeport.

Women’s share of state legislative seats levels off after decades of gains

By Seth Koenig on Dec. 09, 2015, at 4:35 p.m.
The Pew Charitable Trusts released a report this week about the demographics of state legislatures across the country, and found that after decades of gains, the percentages of women in those governing chambers hit a wall right around 2009. In Maine, women have long been better represented in the Legislature than other …
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Holiday scams to watch out for and how to protect yourself

By, on Dec. 09, 2015, at 9:04 a.m.
Beware of bogus websites, and consider using credit over debit.
Joe Baum exits the voting booth Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 after voting at the Reiche School in Portland, Maine.

What would it take to turn Maine from blue to red in the next presidential election?

By Seth Koenig on Dec. 07, 2015, at 7:15 a.m.
The website FiveThirtyEight has the answer, at least from a pure statistical perspective.
Inmates walk the hallways during a media tour of the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 7, 2015.

Maine is the only state in New England that spends more on higher education than jails

By, on Dec. 06, 2015, at 8:01 a.m.
Funding for prisons nationwide has increased — 141 percent since 1986 — and some systems are still dealing with overcrowding.
The Ellsworth Power House and Dam, sold in 2013 to Brookfield Partners, produces about 30,000 megawatt hours of electricity annually.

Where Maine’s electricity comes from, in two charts

By Seth Koenig on Dec. 04, 2015, at 7:26 a.m.
“Maine has already made substantial progress in reducing carbon emissions and adopting clean energy technologies.”

Lighthouse bidder donates Maine island to school

By Seth Koenig on Dec. 01, 2015, at 2:33 p.m.
“Its location and relatively unspoiled environment teeming with marine wildlife was the perfect match for their studies.”
Wendy Birdsall heads to Clements Hall for a class at Southern Methodist University in Texas on Sept. 23, 2015.

How much you’d need to earn in wages to work your way through college in each state, mapped

By Seth Koenig on Nov. 16, 2015, at 7:20 a.m.
We put together a simple, color-coded map of the U.S., showing how much a student in each state would need to make per hour to pay for a year of in-state tuition and room and board.
Daniel Wathen, chairman of the Maine Turnpike Authority board.

Citizens’ group raising funds to fight proposed relocation of York toll plaza

By Deborah McDermott, The York Weekly on Nov. 13, 2015, at 4:10 p.m.
“I’m concerned that if we don’t have the necessary revenue to hire lawyers to adequately defend ourselves, we put our position in jeopardy.”
Dan Tierney, a farmer at Cornerstone Farm in Palmyra stacks vegetables at the Bangor Farmers Market recently. Packing a lunch with ingredients grown locally is now easier than ever. Vegetables like cherry tomatoes, carrots or cucumbers make great snack foods, but markets and farms throughout Maine also sell other foods like bread, meat and cheese.

When it comes to growing and consuming local food, Maine’s one of the best

By Michael Kennedy on Aug. 09, 2015, at 8:25 a.m.
According to the 2015 Locavore Index — produced by Strolling of the Heifers, a Vermont-based local food advocacy group — Maine is the second best at consuming locally-produced food. This is good news for Mainers and New Englanders. As Chuck Ross, agriculture secretary in Vermont can attest to, producing and …
An antique shuttle loom displays a Brahms Mount blanket at the company's Freeport store. Brahms Mount was recently featured in America Online's This Built America series.

Maine-based Brahms Mount textiles featured in AOL’s ‘This Built America’

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on Dec. 22, 2014, at 2:41 p.m.
FREEPORT | The craftsmanship is apparent at Brahms Mount. A large, antique shuttle sitting in the window at 115 Main St. tells passersby the products are made with great attention and detail. The staging of blankets, throws and pillows inside the store looks like a page out of a …
Maine gubernatorial candidates (from left) Democrat Mike Michaud, Republican Paul LePage and independent Eliot Cutler face each other in a televised debate on Monday night in Portland.

Candidates for governor exchange quips, policy in televised debate Monday night

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 20, 2014, at 9:43 p.m.
PORTLAND | In a freewheeling and heated hourlong debate co-sponsored by CBS 13 and the BDN, Maine’s three gubernatorial candidates on Monday night all found openings between their respective scripts to fight a war of quips, aiming for laughs and applause from a live audience stacked with a mix …

Frozen ascent: Maine ice climbers tell tales of success and disaster

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Feb. 11, 2014, at 3:14 p.m.
When an ice climber approaches a wall, he enters a conversation. It starts with a swing of his axe. The ice replies with a “thunk” or “shunk” or “crunch.” And the climber responds by either putting his weight on the ax; taking another swing; or walking away from the wall …