A color-coded map of Falmouth shows where Summit Natural Gas plans to install gas distribution lines over the next four years.

Towns just north of Portland prep for $42 million natural gas ‘backbone’ project

By Ben McCanna on April 23, 2014, at 2:33 p.m.
FALMOUTH, Maine — The first phase of a $42 million natural gas distribution project is imminent, but it’s still unknown when residents will be able to begin using the fuel in their homes. That was the takeaway from an informational meeting held Thursday, April 17, at Town Hall by Summit …
Falmouth Town Councilor Claudia King, right, looks at designs for the Route One Infrastructure Plan in this photo from a public meeting at Falmouth Memorial Library in October 2013. The $12.3 million project is set to begin early next month.

Falmouth business district facelift to begin in early May — at a cost of $12.3 million

By Ben McCanna on April 23, 2014, at 1:07 p.m.
FALMOUTH, Maine — A long-planned, $12.3 million construction project that will change the face of the U.S. Route 1 business district will begin the week of May 5. The Route One Infrastructure Plan was the subject of a short presentation to the Falmouth Town Council on Wednesday, April 16. The …
From the community

Free Comic Book Day May 3 at Nemo Publishing

Bangor Daily News on April 23, 2014, at 9:36 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine – Nemo Publishing has announced it will be celebrating Free Comic Book Day May 3 with Casablanca Comics! Maine comic legend Jay Piscopo (Sea Ghost, Capt’n Eli, Squigglevision, Moonstone Comics) will be on hand to sign books and do free sketches fromNoon until 2 p.m. Free copies of Sea Ghost #1, …
PORTLAND, MAINE -- 04/15/14 -- Neil Reiter (left) along with Stella and Guy Hernandez, are opening a restaurant called Lolita on Portland's Munjoy Hill.

Old World style in new world setting, Munjoy Hill welcomes Lolita

By Kathleen Pierce on April 23, 2014, at 8:44 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — After seven years, Stella and Guy Hernandez closed Bar Lola in November. While regulars lamented, the Munjoy Hill restaurateurs promised they were committed to Portland’s East End and would return. When their new venture, Lolita, opens next month the culinary crowd will see the couple walks their …

NH man indicted on homicide charges in crash that killed Biddeford pastor, wife

By Liz Markhlevskaya, Foster's Daily Democrat on April 23, 2014, at 6:34 a.m.
DOVER, N.H. — Barrington resident John Shaw was indicted last week on four negligent homicide charges, alleging he caused the death of an elderly couple while driving under the influence of alcohol in August. Shaw, 49, of Barrington was involved in a two-vehicle collision on Aug. 31, 2013. Shaw was …
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud speaks at an Earth Day press conference on Yarmouth waterfront on Tuesday. He blasted Gov. LePage's stance on renewable energy.

On Earth Day, Michaud takes digs at LePage’s environmental, energy record

By Mario Moretto on April 22, 2014, at 6:33 p.m.
YARMOUTH, Maine — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud on Tuesday took several shots at Republican Gov. Paul LePage regarding the incumbent’s record on energy and environmental issues. Speaking during an Earth Day event organized by the Sierra Club of Maine at the Yarmouth Town Landing, Michaud said LePage has stood …

Michaud blasts LePage for not supporting renewables

By Troy R. Bennett on April 22, 2014, at 6:29 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Michaud, who is running for governor, blasts Gov. LePage for not supporting renewable energy options like wind and solar.

Four men arrested on elver charges in two incidents

By Bill Trotter on April 22, 2014, at 6:04 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Two men, a father and a son from Massachusetts, are facing criminal charges after Maine Marine Patrol officers found them with 31 pounds of elvers in their vehicle here over the weekend. In a separate incident, two other men from New York were arrested Saturday in Wiscasset …
Gov. Paul LePage

Anticipating sale of company, union representing FairPoint workers blasts LePage veto of new standards for telecom mergers

By Darren Fishell on April 22, 2014, at 4:53 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Officials at the union that represents most employees of FairPoint Communications say telephone and broadband customers remain exposed to the negative consequences of a bad merger or acquisition after Gov. Paul LePage on Friday vetoed a bill setting new standards for such a deal. The bill, LD …
Brad Choyt, center, at an Oct. 5, 2011, ceremony marking his installation as head of school at North Yarmouth Academy in Yarmouth.

Head of North Yarmouth Academy to leave private school at end of June

By William Hall on April 22, 2014, at 2:53 p.m.
YARMOUTH, Maine — North Yarmouth Academy’s top administrator, Brad Choyt, will resign at the end of the school year. Choyt, who has served as NYA head of school since 2011, will step down June 30. In an interview Tuesday he would not disclose the reason for his resignation. The NYA …
 North Yarmouth Memorial School, shown here in a file photo from The Forecaster, could be closed if voters in the towns of School Administrative District 51 agree with a school board proposal.

From school to ‘community septic system’? North Yarmouth considers options for building that will close in June

By Alex Lear on April 22, 2014, at 2:25 p.m.
NORTH YARMOUTH, Maine — With the fate of the soon-to-be-closed North Yarmouth Memorial School still far from certain, one proposal is to convert its septic system to handle community waste water. The Board of Selectmen will hold a workshop on the idea in the town office meeting room at 7 …
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan

Portland Mayor Michael Brennan leads trip to sister city in Japan

By David Harry on April 22, 2014, at 2:06 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Trips to Shinagawa, Japan, are becoming a Brennan family tradition. But to get there, Mayor Michael Brennan first had to get elected. Following in the footsteps of his sons, who visited Portland’s sister city with youth and sports cultural exchanges, Brennan left Saturday for a week in …
A crushed Styrofoam coffee cup lays on the ground in New York, Feb. 15, 2013.

Ban on Styrofoam food containers in Portland headed to council vote; grocery bag fee on hold

By David Harry on April 22, 2014, at 1:55 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Portland city councilors will vote on a proposed ban on food and beverage containers made of polystyrene foam, but an ordinance to charge fees for plastic take-out bags at supermarkets and convenience stores remains on hold. As of Tuesday, no information was available on when the council …
Maine junior state air rifle champion Brandon Bryer, 17, of Scarborough, demonstrates his competition rifle at a Spurwink Rod and Gun Club meeting on April 3 in Cape Elizabeth.

Young marksman from Scarborough aims for slots on college, Olympic shooting teams

By Brendan Twist, The Forecaster on April 22, 2014, at 1:33 p.m.
CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine — Three years ago, Don Leonard brought together the Scarborough Fish and Game Association and the Spurwink Rod and Gun Club to create a junior competition air-rifle team. Now, the coach can boast a junior championship squad. Leonard’s team placed first in Division II during February’s state …
Elvers squirm in a bucket outside the Delaware Valley Fish Company in Portland on Monday as they are delivered by truck from Waldoboro. The company buys the immature eels from fisherman and packs them for transport overseas.

Maine elver dealer: Season starts late with lower prices, ‘saner’ system

By Beth Brogan on April 22, 2014, at 1:20 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s short but lucrative elver fishing season has started slowly, by all accounts, and prices are down dramatically from the 2012 peak of more than $2,000 per pound. But two weeks in, the annual frenzy surrounding the netting, selling and shipping of the translucent baby eels to …

NY man arrested at Maine Mall faces forgery, child endangerment charges

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 22, 2014, at 8:35 a.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — A New York City man is facing multiple charges after allegedly bringing four Big Apple juveniles to the Maine Mall for the purpose of passing counterfeit cash, police said. The sequence of events leading to Monday afternoon’s arrest of Andrew Cupidore, 20, began when a mall …
Connie Koengeter, owner of Cork & Barrel in Falmouth, is closing the Route 1 store after 22 years in business.

Despite vintage sales year, lack of qualified workers leads owner of Falmouth wine shop to close after 22 years

By Ben McCanna on April 21, 2014, at 7:37 p.m.
FALMOUTH, Maine — After 22 years, it’s time to put the cork back in the bottle. Early next month, the long-running wine and gift store Cork & Barrel will close its doors after a final event — a wine tasting on Friday, May 2. Owner Connie Koengeter is calling the …

National investment firm pays $19 million for central Maine medical buildings

By Darren Fishell on April 21, 2014, at 5:33 p.m.
OAKLAND, Maine — A national medical real estate investment company has purchased a $4.3 million building leased by MaineGeneral Health at FirstPark in Oakland, adding to its $14.7 million acquisition in February of another building leased by the group that opened a new hospital in Augusta last year. Dan Greenstein, …

Portland man indicted on charges that he forced a 16-year-old into prostitution

By The Forecaster on April 21, 2014, at 11:11 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Portland man faces six charges related to sex trafficking of a minor after his April 11 indictment by a Cumberland County grand jury. Alexander Mitchell, 20, whose last known address in court records was 343 Cumberland Ave., was indicted on three counts of Class B aggravated …
Eric Wilkinson (from left), external affairs representative for ISO-New England; Steve Hinchman, general counsel and senior vice president with GridSolar; Dan Kelley, vice president of Woodard and Curran'’s energy and power engineering group; and John Carroll, spokesman for CMP parent company Iberdrola USA discuss the future of electricity delivery in Maine during an E2Tech program Thursday at the Wishcamper Center at the University of Southern Maine.

CMP and solar energy advocates clash over what’s the smartest grid for Maine

By Darren Fishell on April 18, 2014, at 3:28 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Central Maine Power Co. says it needs to change a rate structure that no longer reflects its costs for delivering electricity. But some of the utility’s largest customers have countered that the proposed rate structure change would penalize them for generating their own power, using solar panels …
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