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The owners of Aurora Mills and Farms Sarah and Matt Williams grow and mill certified organic wheat for oats and flour in Linneus.

Boston University signs deal to serve organic Maine oats

By Kathleen Pierce on June 30, 2015, at 12:32 p.m.
PORTLAND | Aurora Mills and Farms in Linneus just signed a deal with Boston University to supply the school with Maine oats for the upcoming school year. It’s a big win for The County and the state’s burgeoning food economy. “It’s exciting that they are looking at local grains,” …
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Rene Letourneau, co-founder of Maine Escape Games at 125 John Roberts Road in South Portland, said her goal is to have up to five separate rooms for different groups. The first one will have a lighthouse theme.

Could you escape? Real-life puzzle venues to open in southern Maine

By Colin Ellis on June 30, 2015, at 10:40 a.m.
PORTLAND | After the doors lock, you have 60 minutes to find your way out. And the people with the keys are betting against you. This isn’t some diabolical dungeon with fiendish creators. It’s the latest trendy entertainment venture to come to Maine, and it’s happening at two separate …
A bride poses inside the water at the coastal city of Larnaca June 19, 2015. According to local media around 70 couples from Russia and Israel tie the knot during a mass wedding in the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

Getting married? Make sure you answer these 5 tax questions

By David D. Stewart on June 30, 2015, at 10:39 a.m.
If you’re preparing for summer nuptials, make sure you do some tax planning as well. A few steps taken now can make tax time easier next year. Here are some tips from the IRS to help keep tax issues that may arise from your marriage to a minimum: • Change …

Obama plans to expand overtime eligibility for millions of workers

By Daniel Wiessner, Reuters on June 30, 2015, at 9:41 a.m.
President Barack Obama on Monday announced a proposal that would make nearly 5 million more workers eligible for overtime pay, a move that would touch nearly every sector of the U.S. economy and could face legal challenges. Obama in an editorial posted on the Huffington Post website said the proposal …
Jonesport-Beals 2015 Graduating Class Representatives: CJ Carver, Kali Alley,Tristan Alley, Meagan Alley and Heather Farren

UCP of Maine’s Elizabeth Levinson Center receives in-memorium from Jonesport-Beals 2015 Graduating Class

By Marc Inman on June 30, 2015, at 8:51 a.m.
UCP of Maine’s Elizabeth Levinson Center staff was pleased to be visited by five members of the 2015 graduating class from Jonesport-Beals High School to make a $1,000 donation in the memory of former ELC resident and their classmate Elizabeth “Lizzie” Smith. Lizzie would have graduated with their class. The …
Jonesport-Beals 2015 Graduating Class Representatives: CJ Carver, Kali Alley,Tristan Alley, Meagan Alley and Heather Farren

UCP of Maine’s Elizabeth Levinson Center receives in-memorium from Jonesport-Beals 2015 Graduating Class

By Marc Inman on June 30, 2015, at 8:45 a.m.
UCP of Maine’s Elizabeth Levinson Center staff was pleased to be visited by five members of the 2015 graduating class from Jonesport-Beals High School to make a $1,000 donation in the memory of former ELC resident and their classmate Elizabeth “Lizzie” Smith. Lizzie would have graduated with their class. The …

Deadline looms in Emera union contract talks

By Darren Fishell on June 29, 2015, at 6:42 p.m.
The contract for about 175 union workers at utility Emera Maine is set to expire at midnight Tuesday as bargaining continued Monday between the parties. Susan Faloon, a spokeswoman for the company, wrote Monday that contract talks are on schedule to conclude this week but declined to disclose any of …
 The former Navy facility is seen in the village of Corea in Gouldsboro recently.

$9 million Down East solar project on hold as bill vetoed

By Darren Fishell on June 29, 2015, at 6:23 p.m.
PORTLAND | A bill to study a new way to compensate electricity customers for the power they generate and return into the grid was vetoed by Gov. Paul LePage on Monday. The legislation, LD 1263, comes as uncertainty looms over just how long the state-level scheme for reimbursing small-scale …

MDI hotel firm fined for dumping paint in ocean

By Bill Trotter on June 29, 2015, at 4:47 p.m.
BAR HARBOR | A local hotel company has paid a civil penalty of more than $5,000 for violating state environmental laws when an employee dumped mineral spirits and paint into a drain that emptied into Frenchman Bay, according to a state agency. An employee at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel …

Island Nursing Home hires public relations-marketing director

on June 29, 2015, at 3:56 p.m.
DEER ISLE, Maine — Island Nursing Home has hired Judy Mathewson, a former news reporter, as its director of public relations and marketing. “Judy’s 20 plus years of journalism experience will help us spread the word about Island Nursing Home’s tradition of providing care, compassion and service to an aging population,” …
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NBC Universal fires Donald Trump over remarks about Mexicans

By Reuters on June 29, 2015, at 3:35 p.m.
NBC Universal ended its relationship with real estate developer Donald Trump and his “Miss USA” and “Miss Universe” shows on Monday after he made derogatory comments about Mexicans when he began his run for president last week. The pageants, which are part of a joint venture between NBC and Trump, …
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Morris Yachts appoints new president and leader

on June 29, 2015, at 12:11 p.m.
SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine —  Morris Yachts, America’s premier builder of sailing yachts from 29-to-80 feet, has appointed new leadership. Commencing July 1st, Pete Carroll will be responsible for all aspects of Morris Yachts’ operations, customer service, finance and facilities. Mr. Carroll is a native of Fort Collins, Colorado. He recently …

Andrea Daigle becomes licensed social worker

By Joanne Fortin on June 29, 2015, at 11:39 a.m.
Fort Kent ~ Andrea Daigle was notified on June 19, 2015, that she has met the state of Maine requirements for licensure as a social worker at the master’s level. Having completed the University of New England online master’s program, Daigle successfully tested for state boards on June 17. Multiple …
Erin Greeley pumps gas into her vehicle in Waterboro in this January 2015 file photo.

Gas prices hold steady leading into July 4 weekend

By Darren Fishell on June 29, 2015, at 10:15 a.m.
PORTLAND | The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in Maine stopped rising in the past week, after a steady decline of the national average price heading into the Independence Day weekend. The gas price tracking website GasBuddy.com reported the state’s average at $2.79 Sunday, and AAA …
From left, Mark Franklin, DDS, Peter Levandoski, DMD, Owen Johnson, DDS, and Natalie Sigwart, DDS, recently completed PCHC’s General Practice Dental Residency Program.

PCHC Dental Center welcomes four new dental residents

on June 29, 2015, at 8:52 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Penobscot Community Health Care is pleased to announce that four new General Practice Dental Residents have joined PCHC Dental Center, under the direction of Philip Higgins, Jr., DMD, Chief Dental Officer and General Practice Residency Director. The residents are fully licensed dentists who have chosen to participate in …

Health, safety inspections of apartments to restart in Bangor

By Evan Belanger on June 29, 2015, at 5:54 a.m.
Health and safety inspections are now planned for 539 apartment buildings in Bangor, with city officials planning to inspect even more in the future. City officials confirmed this week the Bangor Fire Department has begun resurrecting an old apartment-inspection program that has been dormant for years. Rental …

Papa John’s spending $100 million a year to clean up menu

By Craig Giammona, Bloomberg on June 28, 2015, at 9:29 p.m.
Papa John’s International Inc. is spending $100 million a year to eliminate artificial ingredients and other additives from its menu, underscoring the cost of the restaurant industry’s shift to more natural foods. The company removed monosodium glutamate, or MSG, from its ranch dressing last year and pulled trans fats from …
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A few tips for safe, fun fireworks use

By Russ Van Arsdale, executive director Northeast CONTACT on June 28, 2015, at 3:15 p.m.
Each Independence Day safety officials renew their advice regarding consumers who buy and use fireworks: Make sure everyone involved knows the items are not toys and are not to be used by children. “I want to make sure people are aware that fireworks are for people 21 years of age …

Workforce to shrink as baby boomers retire, birth rates fall

By Natasha Lindstrom, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on June 28, 2015, at 9:51 a.m.
It’s a national dilemma: Birth rates rose slightly in 2014 but are not high enough to sustain population levels, just as employers brace for the largest generation ever to retire in droves. The oldest of 75 million baby boomers — born between 1946 and 1964 — turned 69 this year. …

Video Collaboration: Helps To Work in Group Projects

By Chris Pentago on June 28, 2015, at 5:19 a.m.
Professional video collaboration software (PVCS) are recent technical innovations that are revolutionizing the way we communicate, especially during productivity-oriented tasks. A decade ago, non-personal mediums like phone and email were the only ways to conference remotely. Those methods proved ineffective in serious group meetings, though, because over 50 percent of …
 
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