lizabeth Fossett plays fetch with her search and rescue dog Kobuk at her home in York, Maine, on Wednesday afternoon after the 5-year-old German shepherd discovered a South Portland woman who had been missing since Monday.

Reward for rescue dog? A game of ball with the missing South Portland woman he found

By Susan Morse, The York Weekly on July 10, 2014, at 9:03 a.m.
YORK, Maine — A 77-year-old South Portland woman who had been missing since Monday was found safe Wednesday morning in the woods of Waterford by Kobuk, a 5-year-old German Shepherd search and rescue dog, and his owner, Elizabeth Fossett of York. Ruth Francis Brennan, who had been missing for 48 …

South Portland city councilors give early approval to tar sands ordinance

By WGME on July 10, 2014, at 5:50 a.m.
The Clear Skies Ordinance is designed to protect South Portland from tar sands oil, but local energy companies believe the ordinance goes too far.
Bernard Madoff leaves federal court in New York in this March 2009 file photo.

Maine couple who lost more than $1 million in Madoff’s Ponzi scheme take case to jury trial

By Seth Koenig on July 09, 2014, at 8 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Bremen couple who lost more than $1 million in disgraced stock broker Bernard Madoff’s investment scam is suing the advisors they say talked them into the ill-fated fund. A jury trial in the 4-year-old case is scheduled to begin Thursday in U.S. District Court in Portland. …

Business owner hopes to convert York hardware store into Route 1 distillery

By Susan Morse, The York Weekly on July 09, 2014, at 3:31 p.m.
YORK, Maine — David Woods, owner of Wiggly Bridge Distillery in York Beach, is looking for planning board approval to convert an existing hardware store on Route 1 into a distillery with retail space. Woods is scheduled to go before the planning board on Thursday, July 10, in York Public …
From the community

American Cancer Society honors six Maine residents

on July 09, 2014, at 3:20 p.m.
ROCKY HILL, CT – Six Maine residents have been awarded the Sandra C. Labaree Award this year by the New England Division of the American Cancer Society. This volunteer award is the most honored accolade by the New England Division.  The 2014 recipients include: Deb Cook, Topsham; Rebecca Driscoll, Portland; Chad Labree, Glenburn; Denise Trafton, Glenburn; Britney Morton, Portland; Polly Potter, Cape …
Nina Chase, a rising fourth grader at Wentworth Intermediate School in Scarborough, gathered more than 500 signatures before the end of the school year in favor of banning plastic water bottles at the new school.

Scarborough fourth grader leads effort to ban bottled water in school

By Shelby Carignan, The Forecaster on July 09, 2014, at 2:25 p.m.
SCARBOROUGH, Maine — Did you know Americans use 1,000 plastic water bottles every second, and almost all will end up in landfills, even though they can be recycled? Nina Chase, a rising fourth-grader at Wentworth Intermediate School, knows. And she’s doing something about it. Chase, 9, wants her school to …
Bonnie Starkey receives support from her family at her husband Brian's grave.

‘The man had a heart of gold’: York, regional firefighting community mourns the loss of assistant fire chief

By Susan Morse, The York Weekly on July 09, 2014, at 2:19 p.m.
YORK, Maine — Firefighters from across New England on Monday honored York Village Assistant Chief Brian Starkey, who died July 1 at the age of 48. Starkey served with the department for over 30 years, according to York Village Fire Chief Chris Balentine. Starkey was a third-generation firefighter who loved …

Scarborough panel seeks to ease tension over beach conflicts between dog owners, endangered bird advocates

By Shelby Carignan, The Forecaster on July 09, 2014, at 2:03 p.m.
SCARBOROUGH, Maine — Although hostility between dog owners and advocates for endangered birds may continue on town beaches, members of the recently formed ad-hoc committee on canine education and enforcement hope to improve conditions on town beaches — and diffuse tension. In its first two meetings, the panel has started …

American Idol hopefuls line up on the Maine State Pier in Portland

By Troy R. Bennett on July 09, 2014, at 1:47 p.m.
It’s the first time in the popular talent search show’s 14-year history that it’s held try-outs in the Pine Tree State.
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Senators Collins, King announce grants for Maine fire departments

on July 09, 2014, at 1:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the Demark Volunteer Fire Department will receive a federal grant in the amount of $157,510, and the Sullivan Volunteer Fire Association will receive a federal grant in the amount of $61,560 through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant …
Sylvia Schlotterbeck of Auburn holds a sign outside the polls on Broadway in South Portland seeking votes in favor of the waterfront protection ordinance that would prevent tar sands oil from flowing to the Portland-Montreal Pipe Line in this November 2013 photo.

After overcrowding problem Monday, South Portland secures a bigger venue for latest vote on tar sands ordinance

By Seth Koenig on July 09, 2014, at 12:21 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — After too great a turnout for Monday night’s South Portland City Council meeting threatened city fire code violations and forced a delay of a vote on a new ordinance aimed at blocking transportation of so-called tar sands oil through the city, the issue will be back …

Maine teen looking for stranger who saved her life by the side of the road

By Marissa Bodnar, CBS 13 on July 09, 2014, at 12:19 p.m.
KENNEBUNK, Maine — A Kennebunkport teen and her family are trying to find the stranger who saved her life on the side of the road. Gabby Smith said she was on her way to work around 7:40 on Thursday morning, when she ate a handful of Cheez-Its and started choking …
Ali Stauble (right) of Bangor performed with her twin sister, Susie Pepper at the American Idol auditions on Wednesday in Portland.

‘American Idol’ searches Maine for the next superstar

By Kathleen Pierce on July 09, 2014, at 11:33 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — They drove down from Caribou, up from Boston and flew in from Kentucky. Gathered in the hot sun on the Maine State Pier was a crowd of hundreds with guitars clutched, makeup freshly applied and vocal chords rested, awaiting their chance for a shot at superstardom on …
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Maine Medical Center named ‘Most Wired’

Bangor Daily News on July 09, 2014, at 11:04 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — For the fourth year in a row, Maine Medical Center has been name to the list of “Most Wired Hospitals” by Hospital and Health Networks magazine. Results are based on the Most Wired Survey. The survey asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT …
Lance Palmer, 44, of Auburn.

Police locate two men of interest in Biddeford double homicide, arrest one on unrelated charge

By Seth Koenig on July 09, 2014, at 10:30 a.m.
BIDDEFORD, Maine — Maine State Police announced Wednesday morning they had made contact with the two men they believed had information on Sunday night’s double homicide in Biddeford. An update on the case issued by Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland added that one of the men — …

Lobster cooperative asks court to order feds to hand over $70,000 in confiscated funds

By Stephen Betts on July 09, 2014, at 10:18 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Spruce Head Fishermen’s Cooperative has asked a federal court to order the U.S. government to return $70,000 it seized from a former manager who has been accused of stealing from the organization. The cooperative filed a lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland. The money …
Elizabeth Fossett (left), her canine Kobuk and Ruth Brennan pose for a photo after Fossett and her canine located the 77-year-old Brennan in Waterford on Wednesday morning. Brennan had been missing since Monday.

Missing South Portland woman found safe in Waterford

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 09, 2014, at 9:56 a.m.
WATERFORD, Maine — A 77-year-old South Portland woman who had been missing for 48 hours was found safe in the woods of Waterford Wednesday morning. Ruth Francis Brennan, who had been missing since Monday, was found safe by Maine Search and Rescue Dogs canine handler Elizabeth Fossett and her German …

Casco Bay Lines board votes itself a free ride

on July 09, 2014, at 9:36 a.m.
The Casco Bay Island Transit District (CBITD) board has voted itself free ferry travel in a measure to increase engagement in public oversight of island ferries. CBITD board members are island residents that have been elected by fellow residents of Peaks, the Diamonds, Cliff, Chebeague, and Long Islands as well as ex-officio posts …

Bangor teenager shares lead after first round of Maine Amateur Golf Championship

By Kalle Oakes, Sun Journal on July 08, 2014, at 8:51 p.m.
FALMOUTH — Two young golfers — perhaps too young to overanalyze the accomplishment — subdued Goliath Woodlands Club on the opening day of the 95th Maine Amateur. Well, not exactly subdued. Let’s say they made the monster break a sweat, at least. Drew Powell, 16, of Bangor, and Joe Walp, …
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan, who said the governor’s rule could cost his city $250,000 in aid per month, has called LePage’s stance “incredibly unfortunate.”

Portland to join municipal association lawsuit challenging LePage on distributing aid to undocumented immigrants

By Seth Koenig on July 08, 2014, at 7:09 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The city of Portland announced Tuesday evening it will join the Maine Municipal Association lawsuit challenging whether Gov. Paul LePage has the authority to cut off General Assistance aid to undocumented immigrants. Lewiston’s top administrator said earlier Tuesday his city has not taken that step, and Bangor …
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