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Gifford’s Ice Cream To Expand To Washington

Updated 7 months ago

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — Company executives with Skowhegan-based Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream say the firm is preparing a push into the Washington, D.C., market.

The Morning Sentinel reports the company will unveil a marketing campaign in the Washington area this summer. Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream acquired a competitor with a similar name in the national’s capital about two years ago.

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Environmentalists Release Solar Report In Maine

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Environmentalists and Portland Mayor Michael Brennan are releasing a report about the growth of solar power in American cities.

Environment Maine is unveiling the report, “Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution,” on Tuesday at 11 a.m. outside of Becky’s Diner near Portland’s waterfront. The group says the report is a comparative look at the solar power growth in cities around the country, including Portland.

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Sanford Man Flies US Flag For First Time In Years

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SANFORD, Maine (AP) — A Sanford man honored his father, grandfather and all veterans on Memorial Day by flying a U.S. flag that hadn’t been outside its plastic casing in nearly 50 years.

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Sierra Club Celebrates Wilderness Act In Maine

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine chapter of the Sierra Club environmental group will host a series of outdoor events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the federal Wilderness Act.

The events include hiking, camping and canoeing trips in Maine’s wild areas. The events begin May 31 with a trip to Sears Island and end with a writing workshop at Lunksoos Camp in Stacyville from Oct. 3-5. Other events include a yoga retreat at Camp Mechuwana in Winthrop from Aug. 22-24 and a celebration of the 100 Mile Wilderness at West Branch Pond Camps in Greenville from Aug. 8-10.

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Judge Named 2nd-in-command Of Maine District Court

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The chief judge of the Maine District Courts has appointed Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz to serve as second in command.

Chief Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere says he’s grateful to Moskowitz for agreeing to serve as deputy chief judge to assist him in the administration of Maine’s 29 district courts.

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Autism Families Push For Better, Uniform Coverage

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — After hitting some bumps during the setup of the Affordable Care Act, advocates say they’re regaining momentum in their effort to expand private insurance coverage for the treatment of autism.

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450 Students Getting Degrees At Bates College

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Warmth of Other Suns” is receiving an honorary degree from Bates College.

Author Isabel Wilkerson was the keynote speaker at the college’s 148th commencement ceremony Sunday.

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UMaine Trustees Propose Workforce, Facility Cuts

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — University of Maine System trustees have released a draft strategic plan that would cut about $60 million through workforce and facility reductions over the next five and streamline academic programs to reduce overlap.

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Colorado Man Faces Sentence For Maine Stabbing

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Colorado man is guilty of aggravated assault for stabbing two people in a fight in a Maine bar last November.

A jury convicted 27-year-old Jacob Lynn Hitchcock of Bennett, Colorado, of the crimes on Thursday. Hitchcock faced the charges stemming from an alcohol-fueled bar fight in Hallowell.

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Autopsy: Maine Infant Died From Suffocation

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The autopsy on a 3-month-old girl whose death led to manslaughter charges against a 10-year-old concluded the infant was suffocated.

The report on the death of Brooklyn Foss-Greenway in July 2012 matches what police told her mother: Brooklyn died from asphyxiation and had traces of medication in her system. She also had bruises on her head.

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Augusta Hospital Eliminating Almost 130 Jobs

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The chief executive of Maine’s newest hospital says it is eliminating almost 130 jobs and laying off 16 people this summer.

Chuck Hays, chief executive of MaineGeneral Health, says the Alfond Center for Health that opened in Augusta in November is busy but overstaffed.

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Bath Man Arrested After Police Chase

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BATH, Maine (AP) — Police say a Bath man who led police on a car and foot chase and allegedly tried to run down a sheriff’s deputy has been arrested.

The Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office says it got reports of an erratic driver in West Bath at about 4 p.m. Thursday.

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Inmate Sues After Getting Pepper-sprayed

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine prison inmate who was pepper-sprayed while restrained and then not allowed to wash his face for more than 20 minutes has sued the guard who sprayed him.

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Fire School To Get Federal Money

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BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — The Maine Fire Service Institute in Brunswick will receive $154,714 in federal money for training equipment.

Rep. Chellie Pingree said Thursday that the money will come from the federal Assistant to Firefighters Grant program. She said it will be used to buy fire protection suits for instructors and portable radios for certification and training exercises.

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Rockwell’s Red Sox Painting Sold For $22.6M

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NEW YORK (AP) — A Norman Rockwell painting of Boston Red Sox players has sold to a private buyer for $22.6 million.

“The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room)” led the bidding Thursday at Christie’s auction of American art in New York.

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Police: Child Hurt While Playing In Jeep

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LIVERMORE, Maine (AP) — Police say a 6-year-old girl was injured this week when a Jeep Wrangler she was playing inside began moving.

Police tell the Sun Journal that the Jeep rolled over the girl when she jumped out on Monday. Another 6-year-old in the Jeep was not hurt.

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Ball State Board Picks Ferguson As Next President

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MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — The Ball State University Board of Trustees has selected Paul Ferguson to become the school’s next president.

Ferguson has been the president of the University of Maine since 2011. Before that, he was provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and a professor of pharmacology and toxicology there for five years.

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Maine Asks Medicaid Consultant To Resubmit Report

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services is asking a consultant to resubmit a report after a newspaper found that portions were taken from another organization’s work.

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LePage Warns Against Possible National Guard Cuts

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage is criticizing the media and Democrats for mischaracterizing and politicizing the possible move of the Maine Army National Guard’s 133rd Engineer Battalion.

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Jury Convicts Maine Woman In Manslaughter Case

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PARIS, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman accused of being drunk and reading a text message at the time of a double-fatal car crash has been convicted of vehicular manslaughter.

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