Central Maine Power line worker Matt Beeler reconnects the service cable to a home in Bucksport.

Nominee for PUC disagrees with LePage on some issues

By Darren Fishell on May 05, 2015, at 5:28 a.m.
PORTLAND | One of the biggest and broadest challenges ahead in the electricity world is how to pay for the grid upgrades expected to cost about $1.5 trillion nationally between 2010 and 2030, an estimate developed by consultants at The Brattle Group. Bruce Williamson, the economist that Maine Public …
Rep. Robert Nutting

Maine lawmakers seek deeper study of hayride safety

By Scott Thistle on May 04, 2015, at 5:38 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A bill meant to regulate farm amusement rides, such as the haunted hayride that ended in the death of an Oakland teenager last October, will result in a task force to study farm amusement ride safety in Maine. On Monday, the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety …
Rep. Lawrence E. Lockman

Right-to-work bills face long odds in Maine Legislature

By Mario Moretto on May 04, 2015, at 5:29 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Testimony on a handful of bills that proponents call right-to-work legislation lasted hours on Monday in the State House, but Gov. Paul LePage — perhaps the effort’s loudest cheerleader — is pessimistic about their chance for success. In an interview on WVOM’s George Hale Ric Tyler Show, …

Lori Alexander Joins Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty as Vice President

By Dana Whitney on May 04, 2015, at 4:35 p.m.
Camden, Maine (April 28, 2015)—Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce that Lori Alexander has joined our Camden real estate brokerage office as a Vice President. With offices in Portland, Brunswick, Kennebunk, Camden and Damariscotta, Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty is one of the largest real estate companies …
A preliminary sketch of planned development at the former Century Tire service center at 45 Marginal Way, Portland, which calls for a Chipotle restaurant and T-Mobile store.

Developer to raze historic Century Tire building to make way for Chipotle, phone store

By David Harry on May 04, 2015, at 3:38 p.m.
PORTLAND | A developer expects the former Century Tire service center at 45 Marginal Way to be flattened within the next two weeks. “Our demo guys are ready to roll,” Northland Enterprises principal Josh Benthien said May 1, two days after the announcement his company bought the property and …

Downeast Scenic Railroad to Begin 2015 Summer/Fall Operations

By Tom Testa on May 04, 2015, at 2:59 p.m.
PRESS RELEASE The Downeast Scenic Railroad announces that effective Saturday May 9, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. EDST, the following railroad grade crossings in the Town of Hancock and the City of Ellsworth will see rail traffic again as the Downeast Scenic Railroad begins operating work trains in preparation of its …

SunEdison halts talks with Maine regulators on wind energy deals

By Darren Fishell on May 04, 2015, at 2:36 p.m.
PORTLAND | Renewable energy developer SunEdison has decided not to seek a long-term contract with Maine utilities for its Weaver Wind project, following the Maine Public Utilities Commission’s reconsideration of the terms of a 25-year power purchasing agreement. The company withdrew its project from consideration in a filing Monday. …

Webinar: Good Health is Good Business: Integrating Health into Productivity Business Strategies to Lower Costs and Compensation Claims

By Marie Stuckey on May 04, 2015, at 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Good Health is Good Business: Integrating Health into Productivity Business Strategies to Lower Costs and Compensation Claims, Online webinar, Topsham, Maine For more information: 207-844-8106; With an aging workforce, rising health care costs and disturbing health statistics, Maine employers …
Tonya Philbrick of the Maine Immunization Program (r) presents the award to Cassie Grantham.

Cassandra Cote Grantham named Childhood Immunization Champion

on May 04, 2015, at 11:17 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Immunization Program has selected Cassandra Cote Grantham, Director of Child Health at MaineHealth, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Childhood Immunization Champion for Maine. The CDC Foundation and CDC hold this annual awards program to honor and acknowledge the outstanding efforts of individuals who …

Belfast Ladies Night Out at the Historic Colonial Theatre

By Anna Johnson on May 04, 2015, at 11:05 a.m.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Colonial Theatre, 163 High Street, Belfast, Maine For more information: 2073385800; Belfast Ladies Night Out at the Historic Colonial Theatre Cornerspring Montessori School will host a Ladies Night Out at the historic Colonial Theatre in downtown Belfast on Tuesday …

Jackson Lab, Australian Institute in new cooperative agreement

on May 04, 2015, at 11:05 a.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine, and MELBOURNE, Australia — Two international centers for mammalian genetics, The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) and the Australian Regenerative Medicine (ARMI) at Monash University, have entered an agreement to establish several cooperative programs and activities. Under the agreement, the two institutions will explore opportunities for short- and long-term faculty and …

GasBuddy: Average retail price per gallon rises 7.5 cents in Maine

on May 04, 2015, at 8:55 a.m.
Average retail gasoline prices in Maine have risen 7.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.60/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 1,228 gas outlets in Maine. This compares with the national average that has increased 8.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.62/g, according …

How to be sure that aid gets to Nepal disaster victims

By Russ Van Arsdale, executive director Northeast CONTACT on May 03, 2015, at 10:20 a.m.
In Friday’s Bangor Daily News, readers learned Nepalese students at the University of Maine were raising money to aid victims of the earthquake. The students plan to send donations to a hospital in Kathmandu. The father of one of the students works at the hospital, so they know their donations …
Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett (right) shows his friend, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, the finer points of newspaper tossing, prior to the Berkshire annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, Saturday, May 2

Warren Buffett celebrates 50th year at Berkshire, defends 3G ties

By Luciana Lopez and Jonathan Stempel, Reuters on May 03, 2015, at 9:38 a.m.
OMAHA, Nebraska — Berkshire Hathaway Inc. shareholders on Saturday celebrated Warren Buffett’s 50th anniversary running the conglomerate, as the billionaire fielded questions about the company and its future, and explained some business practices. Berkshire owns more than 80 companies, including the Burlington Northern railroad, Geico car insurance, Benjamin Moore paint, …
Dave Goldberg, chief executive officer of SurveyMonkey, died Friday at the age of 47.

SurveyMonkey CEO, husband of Facebook’s Sandberg, dies

By Reuters on May 02, 2015, at 4:43 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO — SurveyMonkey CEO and husband of Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, Dave Goldberg, died unexpectedly on Friday night, his brother wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday. “It’s with incredible shock and sadness that I’m letting our friends and family know that my amazing brother, Dave Goldberg, …
Meg Quijano stands on the back deck of The Smiling Cow in downtown Camden.

Smiling Cow in Camden celebrates 75 years under one family

By Stephen Betts on May 02, 2015, at 11:48 a.m.
Meg Quijano said she never intended to run a gift shop founded by her grandmother in 1940. But for the past 35 years, Quijano has carried on the family tradition and is glad she did. The Smiling Cow, known for its red-and-white striped awning and an open …
Shawn Thayer buckles a blanket on a horse after brushing it at the Bangor Raceway on Thursday. Thayer has four race horses of his own and takes care of several for other owners. The harness racing season in Bangor starts Saturday, May 2.

‘It’s tradition’: Group aims to spark next generation of harness racing

By Pete Warner on May 02, 2015, at 5:48 a.m.
BANGOR | Laurie MacKenzie of Plymouth has been involved in the harness racing industry her whole life. Her husband, Gerald “Butch” MacKenzie Jr., was a longtime trainer and driver. Her father, Elmer Ballard, is still involved with racing at Scarborough Downs at age 80. MacKenzie’s daughter, Liz, works as …

US telecom groups, AT&T seek to block new Internet rules

By Alina Selyukh, Reuters on May 01, 2015, at 3:46 p.m.
WASHINGTON — U.S. telecom industry groups, alongside AT&T Inc. and CenturyLink Inc., called for regulators to block parts of new rules for Internet service providers on Friday, citing “crushing” compliance costs and threats to investment. In a filing with the Federal Communications Commission, the industry did not ask for a …

Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution Welcomes Jay Tilley as Senior Vice President, Director of Operations

By Broadreach Public Relations on May 01, 2015, at 3:44 p.m.
For Immediate Release Contact: Donald Lauzier Saco & Biddeford Savings 207-602-7323 Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution Welcomes Jay Tilley as Senior Vice President, Director of Operations SACO, Maine (May 1, 2015) – Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution (SBSI) recently welcomed Jay Tilley, of Saco, as the bank’s Senior Vice President, …
Tourists in Bar Harbor take pictures of the cruise ship AIDA Bella anchored offshore in this Oct. 9, 2013, file photo.

Maine set to get more than 400 cruise ship visits in 2015

By Bill Trotter on May 01, 2015, at 1:25 p.m.
BAR HARBOR | Like the first robin of spring, the arrival next week of the Maasdam in Frenchman Bay will signal the start of Maine’s annual cruise ship season, which is expected to last through early November. The May 7 visit by the Holland America ship, the first to …
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