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South Portland city councilors give early approval to tar sands ordinance

By WGME on July 10, 2014, at 5:50 a.m.
The Clear Skies Ordinance is designed to protect South Portland from tar sands oil, but local energy companies believe the ordinance goes too far.

New owner looking to redevelop Green Hill Drive site in Presque Isle

By Kathy McCarty, Presque Isle Star-Herald on July 10, 2014, at 5:29 a.m.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The former site of MBNA and Connect North America — most recently used by BalanceBPO — may once again be used as a call center or other business, according to its new owner, Michael Scarks. Scarks of Portland, a representative of Neptune Properties Inc., purchased the …
Bernard Madoff leaves federal court in New York in this March 2009 file photo.

Maine couple who lost more than $1 million in Madoff’s Ponzi scheme take case to jury trial

By Seth Koenig on July 09, 2014, at 8 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Bremen couple who lost more than $1 million in disgraced stock broker Bernard Madoff’s investment scam is suing the advisors they say talked them into the ill-fated fund. A jury trial in the 4-year-old case is scheduled to begin Thursday in U.S. District Court in Portland. …
Linda Bean at Port Clyde in this 2013 file photo.

PETA claims company dropped Linda Bean lobster because of crustacean abuse video

By Stephen Betts on July 09, 2014, at 7:08 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A nationwide company that provides concessions for major league sports arenas, hotels, parks and airports has stopped buying lobsters from Linda Bean’s Maine company. Representatives of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals claim that the decision was the result of a video the organization distributed concerning …
The Katahdin Avenue industrial park in Millinocket is a shell of what it was in this picture taken on May 4, 2014.

Great Northern Paper auctioneer misses Millinocket tax payment for second day

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 09, 2014, at 6:17 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — The auctioneer paying Great Northern Paper Co.’s property-tax debt to the town has apparently missed a payment deadline for the second straight day, officials said Wednesday. Town Manager Peggy Daigle and Town Council member Michael Madore said the town had not been wired the $340,000 in property …

Tradewinds store proposed for Route 1A in Ellsworth

By Bill Trotter on July 09, 2014, at 4:14 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — The owners of supermarkets in Blue Hill and Milo have plans to expand their business portfolio to Ellsworth. Chuck and Belinda Lawrence, owners of Tradewinds supermarkets, convenience stores and gas stations, are proposing to build a 9,500 square-foot business on a 6.3-acre lot on Route 1A. The …

Business owner hopes to convert York hardware store into Route 1 distillery

By Susan Morse, The York Weekly on July 09, 2014, at 3:31 p.m.
YORK, Maine — David Woods, owner of Wiggly Bridge Distillery in York Beach, is looking for planning board approval to convert an existing hardware store on Route 1 into a distillery with retail space. Woods is scheduled to go before the planning board on Thursday, July 10, in York Public …
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Broadreach Public Relations welcomes Katelynn Boynton

on July 09, 2014, at 2:47 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine – Broadreach Public Relations has recently hired Cumberland native Katelynn Boynton as its intern for summer 2014. Broadreach’s internship program, now in its fourth year, is highly competitive and provides a strong experience for its participants. “Broadreach is committed to providing opportunity to attract and keep youth in Maine,” explains …
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Baker Newman Noyes Managing Principal Eleanor Baker Named One of “50 People Shaping Our State” in Maine Magazine

By Broadreach Public Relations on July 09, 2014, at 2:46 p.m.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jennifer Price Baker Newman Noyes jprice@bnncpa.com 800.244.7444 PORTLAND, Maine (July 9, 2014) – Baker Newman Noyes, one of New England’s largest accounting and advisory firms, announced that Managing Principal Eleanor Baker was named to Maine Magazine’s “50 People Shaping Our State” list. Baker was featured in …
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Living Innovations promotes Andy Taranko and Lynn Reed-Augustine

By Perry Blass on July 09, 2014, at 2:22 p.m.
Greenland, NH – Living Innovations, an agency that provides in-home and community support to the elderly, those with long-term illnesses, and people with developmental disabilities, recently announced the promotion of two members of its Senior Management Team. Together these two members will oversee Living Innovations’ seven field office locations in …
Sylvia Schlotterbeck of Auburn holds a sign outside the polls on Broadway in South Portland seeking votes in favor of the waterfront protection ordinance that would prevent tar sands oil from flowing to the Portland-Montreal Pipe Line in this November 2013 photo.

After overcrowding problem Monday, South Portland secures a bigger venue for latest vote on tar sands ordinance

By Seth Koenig on July 09, 2014, at 12:21 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — After too great a turnout for Monday night’s South Portland City Council meeting threatened city fire code violations and forced a delay of a vote on a new ordinance aimed at blocking transportation of so-called tar sands oil through the city, the issue will be back …
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Katelynn Boynton

Broadreach Public Relations welcomes Cumberland resident Katelynn Boynton

By Broadreach Public Relations on July 09, 2014, at 10:35 a.m.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Linda Varrell Broadreach Public Relations lindav@broadreachpr.com 207-619-7350 PORTLAND, Maine (July 9, 2014) — Broadreach Public Relations has recently hired Cumberland native Katelynn Boynton as its intern for summer 2014. Broadreach’s internship program, now in its fourth year, is highly competitive and provides a strong experience for …

Lobster cooperative asks court to order feds to hand over $70,000 in confiscated funds

By Stephen Betts on July 09, 2014, at 10:18 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Spruce Head Fishermen’s Cooperative has asked a federal court to order the U.S. government to return $70,000 it seized from a former manager who has been accused of stealing from the organization. The cooperative filed a lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland. The money …
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MPX unveils EDAPT, Electronic Document and Payment Technology

By Leigh Turitz on July 09, 2014, at 9:35 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine – July 8, 2014 – MPX launches its proprietary Electronic Document and Payment Technology (EDAPT) to streamline the document and billing process into a single online portal. MPX kicked off the new program with 100,000 users. MPX develops robust document and billing portals with direct integration to its …

First Wind appeals Maine environmental board’s Bowers Mountain rejection

By Darren Fishell on July 09, 2014, at 8:47 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — First Wind has filed an appeal to challenge a decision that prevents it from building a 16-turbine wind farm to generate power for which it already has a buyer. The state’s Department of Environmental Protection denied a permit for the project last year, a decision upheld by …
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Is there a Skills Gap in Maine?

on July 09, 2014, at 8:28 a.m.
AS noted previously, much has been made in Maine regarding twin structural problems in the state’s labor market and overall economy.  The first problem is that Maine’s shifting demographics are causing a labor shortage (or, some will argue, will within the next 6 years).  However, the concern over shifting demographics …
Millinocket Town Manager Peggy Daigle

Great Northern Paper auctioneer misses another tax payment deadline

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 08, 2014, at 8:13 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — The auctioneer hired by Great Northern Paper did not pay Millinocket the $340,000 in property taxes GNP owed Tuesday as part of a payment-by-installment plan, Town Manager Peggy Daigle said. As of 6 p.m., the town had not received the second payment of four promised by the …
Aaron McCluskey of Millinocket welds a manifold during recent work at Millinocket Fabrication and Machine Inc.

Century-old Millinocket foundry to replace penstocks for 2 Brookfield dams

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 08, 2014, at 5:41 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — One of Millinocket’s oldest businesses was awarded the job to replace penstocks to two dams with new technology, a decision made by Brookfield Renewable Power, officials to the energy company said Tuesday. Millinocket Fabrication and Machine Inc. will build more than 700 feet of 11-foot diameter penstock …
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Mid Coast Red Cross elects officers, welcomes new members

Bangor Daily News on July 08, 2014, at 4:12 p.m.
TOPSHAM, Maine — The board of the American Red Cross, Mid Coast Maine Chapter, has elected a new slate of officers and welcomed new board members to its annual meetings. Dennis White, Pine Tree Society, has been elected as chair; Michelle Curtis, Bar Harbor Bank and Trust, has been elected …
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Old Town 3 Day Yard Sale. July 10-12 (53 Southgate Rd) Time 8am to 3pm

By rosalie countryman on July 08, 2014, at 4:06 p.m.
Thursday, July 10, 2014 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.Friday, July 11, 2014 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.Saturday, July 12, 2014 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Yard Sale, 53 Southgate Road, Old Town , Maine (3) Day Yard Sale in Old Town ~ Thursday, Friday and Saturday. July 10, 11 …
 
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