President, CEO of Loring Development Authority says LePage’s trip to China advances talks to bring railcar manufacturer to Limestone

By Darren Fishell on July 03, 2014, at 5:48 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The head of the redevelopment effort at the former Loring Air Force Base said a state delegation’s recent trip to China advanced talks to bring a Beijing-based manufacturer to Limestone, but it did not result in any concrete details. “It’s a developing process,” Carl Flora, president and …
Steve Morrison, who owns Clovercrest Farm, a certified organic dairy farm in Charleston, stands with his cows in this May 2014 file photo. Morrison was selling milk to MOO Milk before the company went out of business.

MOO Milk farmers to spend holiday weekend mulling Oakhurst proposals that could revive collaborative

By Darren Fishell on July 03, 2014, at 5:28 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A proposal Thursday from Oakhurst Dairy has left the 12 dairy farmers of the shuttered Maine’s Own Organic Milk with the long holiday weekend to review details of at least two offers that could keep their collaborative together. “The cards are truly on the table today,” Tom …
People take the Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony at the Gracie Theater at Husson University on Thursday.

‘It feels like a new beginning,’ says Parsonsfield woman taking citizenship oath Thursday

By Judy Harrison on July 03, 2014, at 1:49 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Marta Esmeralda Perkoski will be working during the day Friday, but after work, she will experience Independence Day in a new way — as a U.S. citizen. A native of Honduras, Perkoski of Parsonsfield was one of 60 people who took the Oath of Allegiance on Thursday …

Riding the St. John River: Day three

on July 03, 2014, at 12:46 p.m.
Wednesday June 11, 2014 / Madawaska to Fredericton Total kilometers: 350 I finished my omelette in the Gateway Motel’s diner as workmen put up a new, lighted exit sign. The whole joint was going through a serious renovation. My room was brand-spanking new. I rode up Madawaska’s main drag, looking for …
Viewed from atop Hollywood Slots Hotel, thousands watch the Fourth of July fireworks explode over the Penobscot River between Bangor and Brewer.

Forecast has some Maine communities postponing Fourth of July fireworks, Bangor still on

By Nick McCrea on July 03, 2014, at 12:08 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Some communities are weighing whether to call off their fireworks in anticipation of wet weather forecast for Fourth of July night. The state’s biggest Independence Day celebration — Portland’s “Stars and Stripes Spectacular,” which includes a performance by the Portland Symphony Orchestra and typically draws 50,000 people …

South Portland neighbors, synagogue members seek new protection for open space where developers want to build Dunkin’ Donuts

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on July 03, 2014, at 11:27 a.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — The city could be faced with a new proposal next week when the Planning Board reopens discussion about rezoning green space in Thornton Heights. In a meeting hosted Wednesday night by Congregation Bet Ha’am, which abuts the property at Westbrook and Main streets, neighborhood residents and …
Powdered heroin is pictured in this undated handout photo courtesy of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

Maine physicians, drug agents brace for influx of fentanyl-laced heroin

By Beth Brogan on July 03, 2014, at 11:18 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — During one 24-hour period last week, the Eastern Maine Medical Center emergency department treated five patients who had overdosed on drugs. Dr. Jack Nicolet, a physician who works in EMMC’s emergency room, suspects they had all taken too much heroin, and likely heroin laced with the painkiller …

‘We get our hands dirty and help the world’: Cape Elizabeth church celebrates 100 years

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on July 03, 2014, at 11:08 a.m.
CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine — St. Alban’s Episcopal Church began with a sermon under a tent at Fort Williams in 1914. One hundred years, and a few locations later, it celebrated the same way. Maine’s largest episcopal church held its centennial celebration on June 22, exactly 100 years from the day …

Wine Enthusiast magazine is enthused about Portland

on July 03, 2014, at 10:55 a.m.
In case you missed it, Wine Enthusiast magazine named Portland to its list of “America’s 5 New Foodie Cities.” If you read my blog regularly, you know that Portland has been regularly lauded by nationwide publications for a while now for a range of things, but perhaps more than anything …

Flash flood watches in effect across Maine as more heavy rain expected

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 03, 2014, at 10:25 a.m.
GRAY, Maine — With more heavy thunderstorms and rain in the forecast through the end of the day Thursday, the National Weather Service has much of the state under a flash flood watch. A humid air mass over much of southern New Hampshire and Maine could produce heavy rain, which …

York ambulance group expands to cover South Berwick, nearby NH town

By Susan Morse, The York Weekly on July 03, 2014, at 9:23 a.m.
YORK, Maine — The bottom line of having the nonprofit York Ambulance Association expand its emergency transport service to South Berwick and Rollinsford, New Hampshire, is that residents of all three towns should notice no change in response times nor, in most cases, personnel, according to Eric Bakke, who serves …

Updated: Could Portland repeal its abortion clinic buffer zone in the aftermath of the Supreme Court ruling?

on July 02, 2014, at 5:49 p.m.
Most people following national or regional news by now know that, last week, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a Massachusetts law establishing a 35-foot no-protest zone around abortion clinics in the state was unconstitutional. That decision sets a precedent that’s widely expected to have an impact on a …

New York bank planning Portland expansion this year

By Darren Fishell on July 02, 2014, at 4:59 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A federally chartered bank based in Norwich, New York, has plans to open its first branch in Maine this year, focused on commercial banking and wealth management. The Albany Business Review reported the bank plans to add locations in Portland and Rutland, Vermont, this year. According to …

Shakeup in Portland’s nonprofit community: United Way, Camp Sunshine make changes at the top

on July 02, 2014, at 4:12 p.m.
At least two of Greater Portland’s most visible nonprofit organizations are announcing big changes in leadership. On Tuesday, United Way of Greater Portland announced its CEO, Suzanne McCormick, will be leaving to accept that same post at United Way Suncoast in Florida’s Tampa Bay area. Said McCormick in a statement: …

Riding the St. John River: Day two (part two)

on July 02, 2014, at 3:50 p.m.
Tuesday June 10, 2014 / Millinocket to Madawaska Total kilometers: 363 Before leaving the bridge at Dickey behind, I bumped down a gravel path to the edge of the river. I got off my bike and dipped my hands in the water. I splashed it on my face in a kind …
From the community

Maine student wins national competition

By John Taylor on July 02, 2014, at 3:40 p.m.
NORTH BERWICK, Maine — Noah Binette, a freshman at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine, has won first place for his exhibit about Malaga Island at the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day competition recently held at the University of Maryland. Binette and forty-six other middle and high school …
Brunswick Marine Resources Officer Dan Devereaux checks a trap designed to catch invasive green crabs in Buttermilk Cove on Friday morning. The traps are part of a study designed to figure out the best way to defend valuable clams from the voracious crustaceans.

Midcoast researchers prepare for new battle with invasive green crabs

By Beth Brogan on July 02, 2014, at 3:39 p.m.
FREEPORT, Maine — This time last year, Brunswick Marine Resources Officer Dan Devereaux pulled back a clump of mud along the banks of Harpswell Cove and revealed a swarm of green crabs frenetically scurrying for cover. But when Devereaux dug a clam rake into the mud in Buttermilk Cove on …
A variety of MOO Milk products are on display in this December 2010 file photo.

Contract talks pose tough choices for former MOO Milk dairy farmers

By Darren Fishell on July 02, 2014, at 1:41 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Leaders of the shuttered Maine’s Own Organic Milk met Wednesday with Oakhurst Dairy representatives to discuss a deal that could revive the MOO Milk brand and provide a long-term contract for some or all of the cooperative’s 12 member farms. But by the end of the day, …

Portland Public Library director to retire

By Brendan Twist, The Forecaster on July 02, 2014, at 11:04 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Stephen Podgajny, executive director of the Portland Public Library since 2006, will retire on July 1, 2015. “It has been such a privilege and honor to lead the library for the past eight years. It is an enormously important institution, not just to the city of Portland, …
From the community

Paving a section of I-195 in Saco

Bangor Daily News on July 02, 2014, at 9:39 a.m.
SACO, Maine — Maine Department of Transportation crews will be milling and paving the length of I-195 in Saco from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. beginning Monday, July 7.Both sides of I-195 will be paved beginning 0.07 miles west of Industrial Park Road and extend 1.93 miles east. In addition to milling and …
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