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Coral in the northern Gulf of Maine.

Maine lobstermen say they aren’t harming threatened coral beds

“It is evident to me that the marine corals in these zones appear to be thriving, which means that they are successfully coexisting with the trap fishery that has been there for many years.”
Fresh strawberries are hand-sorted

What you can do today to enjoy the summer harvest all year long

Most people envision glass jars filled with pickled cucumbers and beans when think of food preservation, but freezing and drying fruits or vegetables are two other relatively simple ways seasonal foods can be preserved.

Case at Portland private school among statewide whooping cough surge

During the 2015-2016 school year, 77 percent of Breakwater kindergarten students were vaccinated against the disease, compared to a statewide total of 96 percent.
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage proposes eliminating funding for Civil Rights Team Project

Maine Attorney General Janet T. Mills on Friday decried Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to eliminate funding through the attorney general’s office for a project that supports civil rights teams in Maine schools.
Alec Bollinger (left) and Nicole Twohig, both with Quahog Bay Conservancy, clean American oysters after pulling them up from a limited purpose aquaculture (LPA) site off Snow Island last week.  A number of oyster farms have started up in Casco Bay in recent years. Adult oysters, which are beneficial to the ecosystem, filter about 50 gallons of water per day, removing nitrogen and excess nutrients that wash into the bay with pollutants. Since the establishment of the Quahog Bay Conservancy in 2014, about 70,000 Snow Island oysters have been sold across the country.

With clams under siege, Maine’s Casco Bay is seeing an oyster boom

Oysters offer a number of advantages — in particular their ability to replenish the ecosystem instead of depleting it.
Governor Paul LePage

LePage commutes 17 prisoner sentences

On Friday afternoon, LePage commuted the sentences of 17 prisoners who the Department of Corrections deemed to be “lower-risk offenders,” according to a statement from the governor’s office.

One person dead, two injured in South Thomaston crash

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

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University of Maine's Nolan Vesey (left) tries to move the puck past New Hampshire's Dylan Maller during their hockey game at Alfond Arena in Orono on Dec. 3, 2016.

Former goalie offered assistant hockey coaching job at UMaine

Former University of Maine goalie Alfie Michaud, who was the school’s first-year volunteer goalie coach this past season, could be named the full-time assistant replacing Jay Leach as soon as Thursday.
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