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L.L. Bean Considering Layoffs

Updated 6 years ago

An e-mail memo from President and Chief Operating Officer Chris McCormick obtained by the Times Record Newspaper of Brunswick indicates the catalog retailer missed its sales targets by 10 percent or more. And the new year isn’t looking any better.

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Post Offices

Updated 6 years ago

But most of them are going to shorten their lobby hours on this Wednesday.

Anything being mailed out should be dropped off by noon.

There will be ten post offices that remain open until 5 pm Christmas eve. Those include Augusta, Bangor, Ellsworth, Rockand, and Waterville.

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Building Destroyed in North Anson

Updated 6 years ago

A large piece of North Anson’s village center is in ruins.

The building that housed the Shared Blessings thrift store and food cupboard, and also the Masonic Hall, burned Saturday night in a massive fire.

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Heating Assistance

Updated 6 years ago

(AP) That’s nearly as many households as received funding for all of last winter from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

About 50,000 households received aid last year. MaineHousing Director Dale McCormick says nearly $28 million in heating assistance benefits have been paid so far. She expects about 70,000 Maine households to receive LIHEAP funds by the time heating season is over.

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Ranger Charged with Night Hunting

Updated 6 years ago

An Allagash Wilderness Waterway ranger has pleaded not guilty to hunting moose at night and out of season.

Ranger Reid Caron and another man from Allagash, Jess Mcbreairty, pleaded not guilty Friday in Fort Kent District Court.

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First Day of Winter Brings Snows

Updated 6 years ago

Mainers are digging out from a nor’easter that dumped more than three feet of snow on parts of the state.

According to the Associated Press, Eric Schwibs from the National Weather Services says Eustis recorded a whopping 41.8 inches of snow at what he described as &quot:the sweet spot of the storm.&quot:

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Maine’s Population Grows Slightly

Updated 6 years ago

The bureau estimates the number of Mainers at 1,316,456. Maine tied with Vermont for the lowest population gain in New England. New Hampshire and Connecticut grew by 0.3 percent and Massachusetts was up 0.5 percent.

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Bad Economy Means Good Business for Maine Debt Collectors

Updated 6 years ago

The economy may be down in Maine, but business is up for the state’s debt collectors. The number of debt collectors is growing and debt-collection agencies are beefing up their staffs as the amount of bad debt rises. William Lund, superintendent of Maine’s Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection, said the rise in bad debt — and in the number of debt collectors — is a reflection of the poor economy. Lund said there are 809 collectors in Maine who are licensed to recover consumer debt, with credit card and medical debt leading the way. In 2003, there were only 477 licensed debt collectors in the state.

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Maine’s Catholic Bishop Appeals Priest Abuse Ruling

Updated 6 years ago

Maine’s Roman Catholic bishop is supporting an appeal to the Vatican of a church tribunal’s finding that sexual abuse accusations against an 81-year-old priest were not proven. At issue are allegations against the Rev. Thomas Lee, who was suspended from ministry in 2003 and resigned six months later following an investigation into allegations regarding sexual abuse of minors. The tribunal made up of three priests from outside the Diocese of Portland ruled this summer that the accusations were not proven but acknowledged that Lee’s actions were imprudent. Lee served in parishes in Millinocket, Boothbay Harbor, Bath and Lyman and spent 15 years as a hospital and prison chaplain. He remains out of ministry until the case is resolved.

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ZF Lemforder Layoffs Announced

Updated 6 years ago

Forty-five workers at a Maine auto parts plant are being furloughed for three to four weeks because of the downturn in the car manufacturing industry. The temporary layoffs at the ZF Lemforder plant in Brewer were precipitated by shutdowns by General Motors and Mercedes, said Bryan Johnson, spokesman for ZF Group in Northville, Mich. With no cars being manufactured, there is no demand for the steering components made at the Brewer facility, he said. Johnson said Friday’s announcement that President Bush would give U.S. automakers $17.4 billion in emergency rescue loans is good news for auto parts manufacturers, but there will be a lag time in startup.

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Mills to Head SBA

Updated 6 years ago

Maine’s top leaders are applauding President-elect Obama’s selection of venture capitalist Karen Mills of Brunswick to head the Small Business Administration. Calling her a close adviser and friend, Gov. John Baldacci noted that Mills chaired his Council on Competitiveness and the Economy. He credited her with playing a key role in supporting economic development, investments in innovation and small business growth. Two years ago, Mills led the initiative for a $50 million research and development bond that won voter approval. Members of the state’s congressional delegation also weighed in with praise for Mills. Mills is the wife of Bowdoin College President Barry Mills.

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Teen Dies in Millinocket

Updated 6 years ago

A 16-year-old boy has died at his home in Millinocket, the apparent victim of exhaust fumes from the family’s plow truck. Lt. Robert Young of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department said the parents of Matthew Cesare found their son’s body at about 11 a.m. Thursday. The teen was a student at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone and was home for Christmas break. Young said Cesare had been trying to warm up an older plow truck in the small garage when he apparently fell ill from the truck’s fumes.

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Fatal Crash in Corinna

Updated 6 years ago

The crash happened on Route 7, Thursday afternoon.

A tractor trailer truck hauling logs was heading south when it left the road crashing into a tree in front of a home.

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Dilligaff’s Closed

Updated 6 years ago

Steve and Shelly Spivey opened Dilligaff’s in Stonington a little more than three years ago.

They catered mostly to local fishermen and their families. But with fishermen receiving less and less for their catches, there’s been less spent at the store.

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Okie Found Guilty

Updated 6 years ago

Thejury returned the verdict inAugusta this afternoon.

Both the defense and the prosecution agreed that Okie bludgeoned and stabbed 19-year-old Alexandra Mills at her home in Wayne before fatally stabbing 59-year-old John Okie in Newcastle six days later.

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Gone in 12 Hours

Updated 6 years ago

Police say the vehicles were stolen from French Street, Warren Street, Wing Street, and 2nd Street overnight Wednesday.

Three of the cars are still missing.

Those three are: a 2002 gold Mazda Protg 4-door, a 1994 blue Saturn SL 4-door, and a 2003 green Mercury Sable 4-door.

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Arrest Made in Rape Case

Updated 6 years ago

State Police brought 38-year old Derwin &quot:Tiger&quot: Springer, Junior, from Passadumkeag, to the Penobscot County Jail Friday morning.

Springer is accused of breaking into a Pleasant Street home on October 29th, and forcing the woman who lived there to have sex with him.

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MPBN Layoffs

Updated 6 years ago

MPBN is also imposing temporary wage reductions in response to cuts in state and federal funding.

The publicly funded station is also eliminating a television tower, and two of its seven radio towers.

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Plymouth Fire

Updated 6 years ago

Fire investigators will be in Plymouth on Thursday, trying to figure out what sparked a fire in a mobile home Wednesday night.

The people who lived at the Condon Road residence called for help around 7:40 pm, we’re told they all made it out safely.

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Bikini Women Protest

Updated 6 years ago

Two women from P.E.T.A.: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, stood outside the restaurant at noontime, dressed only in yellow bikinis.

They say that they braved the elements to protest what they say is &quot:abusive treatment&quot: of chickens on factory farms and in slaughterhouses.

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