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Chris Lyons, chairman of the Libertarian Party of Maine, seen during a recent registration drive.

What’s next for Maine’s fledgling Libertarian Party?

By Christopher Cousins on July 24, 2016, at 1:01 a.m.
Almost overnight the creation of the Maine Libertarian Party morphed from a months-long slog by a core group of volunteers collecting party registrations to a political shift that is beginning to roll on its own.
Delegates from Seeds of Peace and local residents gathered Monday night, July 18, at the home of John and Amy Hebert in Van Buren. The delegates traveled to the St. John Valley as part of a trip to Maine.

Local family offers Seeds of Peace group a glimpse of St. John Valley

By Don Eno, St. John Valley Times on July 23, 2016, at 1 a.m.
At one point, one was teaching the dance to an enthusiastic delegate from Israel. “You would never see that in the Middle East. It just isn’t allowed.”
Robert Howarth

Man wanted in connection with fraud scheme caught in New Jersey

By Abigail Curtis on July 22, 2016, at 6:14 p.m.
Robert J. Howarth, 62, was caught on Friday, July 15, by police at a traffic stop in Fort Lee, New Jersey, according to the Fort Lee Daily Voice website.
Thunderstorms pass over a potato field in Fort Kent, Aug. 5, 2015.

National Weather Service: Severe thunderstorms possible

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 22, 2016, at 2 p.m.
Much of Maine was seeing hot and humid weather throughout Friday, but some counties could get strong thunderstorms by the end of the day.

Orono filtration startup gets boost from Silicon Valley

By Darren Fishell on July 22, 2016, at 1:32 p.m.
“It seems like a long way to go from Maine to California, but it is worth the trip because Plug and Play brings people from all over the world into their tech center,” company founder Susan MacKay said.

South Thomaston to vote on where to send trash

By Stephen Betts on July 22, 2016, at 12:02 p.m.
A special town meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the municipal building.
Pete Waterman of Waterman Farms in Sabattus posted a help-wanted sign along Route 126 in front of his family's farm recently because he was looking for a skilled farmhand.

Maine jobless rate ticked up in June to 3.7 percent

By Darren Fishell on July 22, 2016, at 11:58 a.m.
Maine’s jobless rate rose slightly in June, to 3.7 percent, as the estimate of people working or in the market for a job rose for the fourth straight month.
#MAINE

15 pound lobster, dubbed ‘Larry,’ rescued from Florida restaurant, is airlifted home to Maine

on July 22, 2016, at 11:19 a.m.
We here in Maine tend to take for granted our intimate and often scientific knowledge of the lobster. We know how big they’ve gotta be before you can keep them. We know what a shedder is. We’re very defensive about how to make a proper lobster roll (what kind of …
Student tutor Angie Foster, right, helps student Krystal Huffman with a math problem at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, Washington. Eastern Maine Community College in Maine will offer a pair of tuition-free certificate programs at off-campus centers in Dover-Foxcroft, East Millinocket and Ellsworth, the school announced Friday.

EMCC to offer tuition-free programs at off-campus locations

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 22, 2016, at 10:58 a.m.
Eastern Maine Community College will offer a pair of tuition-free certificate programs at off-campus centers in Dover-Foxcroft, East Millinocket and Ellsworth, the school announced Friday.
The sun sets on the State House in Augusta in this June 2015 file photo.

State law blocks northern Maine businesses from energy cost reduction aid

By Darren Fishell on July 21, 2016, at 6:25 p.m.
Aroostook and Washington counties will see no money from a new $3 million program to reduce power rates for “energy intensive” manufacturers.
A conservation advocacy manager for the Appalachian Mountain Club fills out a visibility data sheet while on the North Ridge trial on Cadillac Mountain in this April 2004 file photo. The manager was checking ozone levels.

Maine officials issue air quality alert for Friday

By Abigail Curtis on July 21, 2016, at 6:16 p.m.
State officials have issued an air quality alert for the coast from Kittery to Acadia National Park.
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One of the many varieties of day lilies at Bill and Lynn Warman's farm in Waldo. Bill bought the land from his parents and started clearing land, building raised beds, landscaping, breeding peonies and day lilies.

How this man found his dream job on a farm after retirement

By Abigail Curtis on July 21, 2016, at 1:53 p.m.
“I want to create something that has not been done before,” self-taught botanist Bill Warman said of his desire to keep hybridizing plants and share them with the world. “A pretty plant to look at — that beats a bottle of beer all to hell every time.”

The Maine Garden

By Gabor Degre on July 21, 2016, at 1:51 p.m.
“I want to create something that has not been done before,” self-taught botanist Bill Warman said of his desire to keep hybridizing plants and share them with the world. “A pretty plant to look at — that beats a bottle of beer all to hell every time.”
With the busy agricultural fair season approaching, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the state’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry are warning the public to use good hygiene and judgment when attending fairs.

Maine officials ask public to practice good hygiene at agricultural fairs

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 21, 2016, at 11:36 a.m.
With the busy agricultural fair season approaching, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the state’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry are warning the public to use good hygiene and judgment when attending fairs.
People ride their bicycles along Route 1 in Stockton Springs on Monday.

When it comes to sharing the road, cyclists and motorists can be at odds

By Julia Bayly on July 21, 2016, at 11:20 a.m.
Bicycle shop owner John Grenier believes there is a perception on the part of some drivers that cyclists are out on the road “playing” on their “toys,” when in fact many are using their bikes as a major form of transportation to and from work or school.
Maine is taking part in a loon translocation project being conducted by the Biodiversity Research Institute with cooperation from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Maine donating up to 10 baby loons to Massachusetts

By John Holyoke on July 21, 2016, at 6:09 a.m.
The wildlife department has joined forces with Biodiversity Research Institute in that organization’s “Restore the Call” program.
Sherry Sullivan (right) and her father, Geoffrey Francis Sullivan, pose for a picture during an outing at an unspecified beach in an undated family photograph.

After a 30-year search, will new relations with Cuba help Mainer find her missing father?

By Abigail Curtis on July 21, 2016, at 1 a.m.
“I’m hoping that I’ll be able to find out what happened to my father,” Sherry Sullivan said. “It’s a matter of principle for me. For justice for my father.”

Cross Insurance buys Bangor competitor Sargent, Tyler & West

By Darren Fishell on July 20, 2016, at 4:25 p.m.
Cross Insurance has purchased competing Bangor-based insurer Sargent, Tyler and West for an undisclosed price.
POLL QUESTION

Lower turnout, no majority support: Here’s how ranked-choice voting has worked in US cities

By Christopher Burns on July 20, 2016, at 1:42 p.m.
What research there is on ranked-choice voting is hampered by limited data.
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage staff broke texting policy while working to keep public meeting private

By Steve Mistler, MPBN on July 20, 2016, at 1:33 p.m.
Officials in the governor’s office violated LePage’s policy that prohibits state employees from using texts to conduct government business as they discussed denying public access to a special education commission meeting.