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Zuckerberg, Chan pledge $3 billion to fight disease

By Deborah M. Todd, Reuters on Sept. 21, 2016, at 9:45 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, on Wednesday pledged more than $3 billion toward a plan to “cure, prevent or manage all disease within our children’s lifetime.” Speaking through tears at a San Francisco event to announce the initiative, Chan said she hoped …
Northeast Pellets' Ashland mill after the reconstruction in 2011.

Ashland heating pellet mill scores UMFK biomass deal

By Anthony Brino on Sept. 21, 2016, at 1:48 p.m.
Ashland-based Northeast Pellets has won a new contract with UMFK that’s set to boost employment.

Maine’s Best Grocery Baggers Compete for Trip to Las Vegas and Chance at $10,000

By Christine Cummings on Sept. 21, 2016, at 12:42 p.m.
The Maine Grocers & Food Producers Association will host Maine’s Third Annual Best Bagger Championship to honor our state’s “best” grocery checkout bagger. Bagging is a critically important step for many grocery stores as it is the last impression of the store’s attention to detail, emphasizes the employee and store’s …

Maine Food Means Business 2016 Summit

By Christine Cummings on Sept. 21, 2016, at 12:40 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Hilton Garden Inn Freeport, 5 Park Street, Freeport, Maine For more information: 207-622-4461; mgfpasummit2016.eventbrite.com Providing key education, camaraderie, and professional development to members. The Maine Food Means Business Summit brings together Maine’s food producers, grocers, service providers and food industry …
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Michelle Byrman cuts bars of soap she just took from the mold at SoulShine Soap Co. in Winterport. Byrman makes all the soap in her kitchen.

Maine woman helps people clean up their act with handmade soaps

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 21, 2016, at 12:05 p.m.
“People are getting the hang of the local food movement now,” soap-maker Michelle Byram said. “But they don’t realize that your skin is our biggest organ.”

Kellogg recalls Eggo waffles due to possible Listeria

By Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier on Sept. 20, 2016, at 9:19 p.m.
The voluntary recall is for the Kellogg’s Eggo Nutri-Grain whole wheat waffles.
Gov. Paul R. LePage

LePage joins court challenge to Obama’s new overtime rule

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 20, 2016, at 3:57 p.m.
LePage has signed on to a legal complaint by 21 states against new overtime rules proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Parkview Adventist Medical Center can be seen in this June 2015 file photo. On Aug. 20, 2015, Parkview was purchased by Mid Coast Hospital and the two merged into Mid Coast-Parkview Health.

Maine surgeon sanctioned for ‘substandard’ care

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 20, 2016, at 2:02 p.m.
A Brunswick orthopedic surgeon has been placed on indefinite probation by state regulators after they learned that the now-closed Parkview Adventist Medical Center had suspended his privileges based on substandard or inadequate care.
Two ATVs disappear down Half Township Road in Lincoln. Millinocket volunteers hope to forge the first connection between the networked ATV trails of southern and northern Maine.

Volunteers eyeing 3,000-acre site for state’s first ATV-snowmobile park

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 20, 2016, at 1:23 p.m.
One problem — it’s a dump.

Emera Maine to pilot microgrid with solar and storage at Hampden Operations Center

on Sept. 20, 2016, at 11:04 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Emera Maine and Opus One Solutions has announced an innovative project that will provide clean, onsite generation for Emera Maine’s Hampden Operations Center. The Hampden Microgrid will include solar generation, a Tesla battery storage system, a level 2 electric vehicle charging station, and an advanced microgrid controller. …
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Amy Alward is opening Baristas and Bites on Fore Street and will pay full-time staff members $15 per hour in this no-tip zone.

Why this Maine restaurant is betting its business on banning tips

By Kathleen Pierce on Sept. 20, 2016, at 10:51 a.m.
“This is risky and different,” said Amy Alward, owner of Love Kupcakes Inc., who will open her new establishment serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, with the goal of paying full-time employees $15 per hour.
An employee works in the fabricating facility at Fairchild Seminconductor in South Portland in 2009.

Fate of Maine semiconductor plant unclear after sale

By Patty Wight, MPBN on Sept. 20, 2016, at 7:45 a.m.
The fate of Fairchild’s South Portland facility is unclear.
Lee-Russel Dunn is the baker at Fork & Spoon in Bangor. He makes all of the pastries and breads fresh each morning. Dunn makes loaves of ciabatta bread Friday morning.

With a new owner and menu, Bangor’s Fork & Spoon focuses on ‘quirky and conscious’ food

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 20, 2016, at 6:23 a.m.
“People always told me, ‘You should open a restaurant!’ But it’s so scary to do that. You never know if it’ll actually work,” said Elisabeth Dean. “It’s been a long time coming.”
WHSN 89.3 FM is one of five stations nominated to receive a Marconi Award as the Noncommercial Station of the Year from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).  Husson University’s New England School of Communications are responsible for all aspects of station operations.

Husson University’s WHSN 89.3 FM Nominated for the National Association of Broadcaster’s Noncommercial Station of the Year Award

By Eric B. Gordon on Sept. 19, 2016, at 6:16 p.m.
BANGOR, MAINE – September 19, 2016 – The New England School of Communications at Husson University proudly announced today that WHSN 89.3 FM is one of five stations nominated to receive a Marconi Award as the Noncommercial Station of the Year from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). The winner …
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A person gets a shot in this file photo.

Flu vaccine or mask: Maine hospitals draw line on patient safety, workers’ rights

By Jackie Farwell on Sept. 19, 2016, at 4 p.m.
Critics of the policies say they amount to little choice at all and infringe on employees’ personal freedom.
Baker Newman Noyes

Baker Newman Noyes Continues to Earn National Accolades for Growth

By Broadreach Public Relations on Sept. 19, 2016, at 3:37 p.m.
BOSTON, Mass., MANCHESTER and PORTSMOUTH, N.H., and PORTLAND, Maine – On the heels of several successful mergers and expansions, Baker Newman Noyes (BNN) is pleased to be named among the nation’s top 100 U.S. accounting firms by INSIDE Public Accounting for 2016. Ranking at 94, this is the first year …
The driver of a westbound logging truck on Route 9 in Eddington.

Paper mills are closing, but Maine’s economy still relies on logging

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 19, 2016, at 2 p.m.
Maine relies more on the logging industry for jobs than any other place in the country.

Hampden company hires new personnel

By Maine Trailer on Sept. 19, 2016, at 10:40 a.m.
HAMPDEN — Maine Trailer Inc. announced that it recently hired Annette McKenney as accounting manager and Joy Sinclair as marketing and customer relations director. McKenney previously served as billing supervisor at Gaftek and staff accountant at RH Foster Energy. She is a graduate of Husson University. Sinclair was previously an …
Mainebiz Momentum Convention 2016 presented by TD Bank

Navigating Maine’s Future: Mainebiz U Workshops Announced for 2016 Momentum Convention

By Broadreach Public Relations on Sept. 19, 2016, at 10:29 a.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive, Augusta, Maine For more information: 207-761-8379 ext. 327; mainebiz.biz/section/&template=moco PORTLAND | Mainebiz has announced the 2016 Momentum Convention’s roster of workshops that will explore and expand upon this year’s theme, Navigating Maine’s Future.Story …
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Answering these text messages could lead to empty bank accounts

By Russ Van Arsdale, executive director Northeast CONTACT on Sept. 19, 2016, at 9:55 a.m.
Customers at some Maine banks and credit unions have been receiving fraudulent text messages. The messages are from scammers falsely claiming that there’s a problem with the customer’s account or debit card.
 

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