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Lilly Kuhn of Yarmouth harvests potatoes during Wolfe's Neck Farm's summer Teen Agriculture program in Freeport.

Maine is a ‘hotbed’ of summer camps, and kids love it

By Emily Burnham on March 28, 2017, at 8 a.m.
“There’s a reason why Maine is such a hotbed for summer camps, and it’s because of the woods and mountains and lakes and coast.”
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Sap buckets around a neighborhood in Belfast wait to be emptied by Sasha Kutsy and her family Wednesday. The family gathers sap from neighbor trees to make around two gallons of maple syrup.

Maple syrup isn’t just a business, it’s a way of life

By Abigail Curtis on March 28, 2017, at 5:57 a.m.
“As February rolls around and we are so eager for spring to come, this is a sign that it’s on its way.”

Small Maine communities reclaim their say over wind projects

By Darren Fishell on March 27, 2017, at 7:06 p.m.
A total of 39 Unorganized Territory communities have taken back the ability to nix wind power projects they don’t like.
Long Creek Youth Development Center on Westbrook Street in South Portland.

Long Creek superintendent resigns, citing personal reasons

By Dawn Gagnon and Jake Bleiberg on March 27, 2017, at 6:53 p.m.
Long Creek Youth Development Center Superintendent Jeff Merrill II has resigned less than a week after being placed on administrative leave.

Maine pols push to keep late campaign contributions hidden until after elections

By Steve Mistler, Maine Public on March 27, 2017, at 5:36 p.m.
Last year, candidates, PACs and ballot question campaigns disclosed more than $2.6 million of spending under what’s known as 24-hour reporting.
Students walk across the University of Maine through a 2017 spring snowstorm.

How Trump’s deep budget cuts might affect Maine universities

By Nick McCrea on March 27, 2017, at 4:38 p.m.
“We are concerned about the potential impact that cuts to federal agencies may have on UMaine academic, research and service programs.”
Detroit Red Wings defensemen Dan Renouf (77) and forward Mitch Callahan (57) go after the puck during the first period of play against Chicago Blackhawksduring a preseason game at United Center.

Former UMaine defenseman called up by NHL’s Detroit Red Wings

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 27, 2017, at 3:10 p.m.
Dan Renouf, who spent three years with the Black Bears, was called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins, the organization announced on Sunday.
Faith Sjoberg of Presque Isle is presented the first-place trophy for the 12-13 year-old girls' age division during the New England Elks Hoop Shoot awards banquet held in South Portland March 25. At left is Andrew Bolz, president of the Maine Elks Association. Sjoberg hit 24 of 25 free throw attempts to advance to the national finals in Chicago on April 22.

Presque Isle girl wins New England free throw title

on March 27, 2017, at 1:30 p.m.
Faith Sjoberg, a seventh-grader at Presque Isle Middle School, made 24 of 25 attempts, which was two better than the runner-up.
A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain will make for a messy morning commute across Maine Monday.

Snow, freezing rain to make for slick commute across Maine

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 27, 2017, at 6:55 a.m.
The wet snow falling Monday morning will be followed by a light coating of sleet or ice, according to the National Weather Service.
Salena Sawtelle, a certified nursing assistant at the Stillwater Health Care nursing home in Bangor, talks to Connie Drake before getting her ready for breakfast on Feb. 28

A Maine woman who protects the dying can barely afford to live

on March 27, 2017, at 6:22 a.m.
She is one of 24,000 workers whose wages have declined even as demand has grown, and have no clear way of getting ahead.
After a spike in crashes, the Maine Department of Transportation will lower the speed limit on a stretch of Interstate 295 between Falmouth and Topsham.

Speed limit to drop on span of I-295 on Monday

By Dawn Gagnon on March 26, 2017, at 2:21 p.m.
The decision to drop the speed limit from 70 mph to 65 mph was prompted by a nearly 30 percent increase in crashes on a span of the interstate between Falmouth and Topsham.
Medals earned by former Army Staff Sgt. Peggy Dunlap of Waterboro.

Pingree pushes for medal to recognize Maine veterans who served during Cold War

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 26, 2017, at 10:49 a.m.
“It is not just a medal in my eyes,” former Army Staff Sgt. Peggy Dunlap said. “It is a way my country can show how much they appreciated my service to this great nation.”
Medical marijuana is shown in a jar in Seattle, Washington, Jan. 27, 2012.

Lawmakers have lots of ideas for spending proceeds from taxing pot sales

By Mal Leary on March 26, 2017, at 7:52 a.m.
When recreational marijuana is available for retail sale in Maine sometime next year, it will generate an estimated $12 million per year in tax revenue.

Highland Belts a small operation with a big heart

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 26, 2017, at 7:37 a.m.

Proposal would bar Maine from charging minors with prostitution

By Steve Collins, Sun Journal on March 25, 2017, at 12:43 p.m.
“These are the children in our community who need to be supported, not criminalized,” Destie Hohman Sprague of the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault said.
Blueberries wait to be raked, Aug. 12, 2016.

Maine growers struggle with surplus blueberries, plummeting prices

By Jennifer Mitchell, Maine Public on March 25, 2017, at 9:49 a.m.
Finding a package of blueberries these days is as easy as pie. They’re plentiful in the fresh and frozen sections of the supermarket. But while the supply is high, the market price has taken a dive, and that has growers feeling blue.
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Camden Hills Regional High School students get onto a bus after being dismissed from school Friday afternoon. Maria Libby, superintendent of MSAD 28, part of the Five Town CSD, said Wednesday that the vast majority of parents in her district support starting school later.

More Maine schools are opting for later morning starts

By Alex Acquisto on March 25, 2017, at 7:40 a.m.
Midcoast school districts are considering joining the ranks of others in Maine that have delayed the start of the school day.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) holds a news conference after Republicans pulled  the American Health Care Act bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act act known as Obamacare, prior to a vote at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, March 24, 2017.

Republicans pull health care legislation plan in blow to Trump

By Dustin Volz and David Lawder, Reuters on March 24, 2017, at 4:31 p.m.
House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan met with Trump at the White House before the bill was pulled from the House floor after hours of debate.
In January, Sanford Police and the York County Sheriff’s Office assisted state and federal drug agents in the arrest of two people in the largest heroin drug bust in Maine. The combined street value of the fentanyl laced heroin seized in both Maine and Massachusetts was over $1.8 million.

Maine needs more money to investigate fentanyl deaths

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 24, 2017, at 2:51 p.m.
Of the 378 overdose deaths in 2016, 195 were attributed to fentanyl, up from only nine in 2013.
The Pettegrow family, which owns the Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound, is selling its wholesale lobster distribution business, Seal Point Lobster Co. in Lamoine, to the Maine Lobstering Union. The sale, which media reports say is for $4 million, will provide the fishermen-only union with a greater stake in the industry's distribution chain.

Maine lobstermen figured out how to make more money off their catches

By Bill Trotter on March 24, 2017, at 2:08 p.m.
A lobstermen-only fishing organization has purchased a local lobster wholesale business, Seal Point Lobster Co.