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Former Owner of Paper Mills in Brewer, Lincoln Dies

Catherine Pegram

Updated 6 days ago

 

The former owner of two papers mills in Brewer and Lincoln has died.

Joseph Torras, Senior, died September 2nd in South Carolina at the age of 89.

Torras was a pilot in the U.S. Navy during World War II before starting his 53-year career in the paper industry.

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Joseph Torras, Sr.


Starks Family Takes Cellphone Tower Fight To SJC

Updated 7 days ago

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — A Starks family fighting construction of a cellphone transmission tower on land next to their farm is taking the case to Maine’s highest court.

Harry and Cindy Brown say the Starks Board of Appeals conducted the wrong type of hearing while reviewing their original objection to the Starks Planning Board’s approval of the tower.

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Concerns Spur Review Of Riverview

Updated 7 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The court master who oversees a consent decree governing how the state treats people with mental illness says he plans an inspection of the state-run Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta.

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100 Onions Grown By 5th-graders Stolen

Updated 7 days ago

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — It was supposed to be a lesson in growing your own food, healthy eating and helping the less fortunate, but instead, a group of Maine fifth-graders got a lesson in the harsh realities of life.

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Belgrade Mom Pleads Guilty To Child Endangerment

Updated 7 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman whose special needs son wandered five miles from home and had to be pulled from a stream by a stranger has pleaded guilty to child endangerment.

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Expanded Archery Hunt Is Underway

Updated 7 days ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s expanded season for hunting deer with bows and arrows is underway.

The state’s expanded archery season started Saturday and runs through Dec. 13. The state uses the expanded season to allow deer hunting in areas with significant deer populations and laws banning the discharging of firearms. Most of the hunting zones are in residential areas with wooded lots.

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LePage Re-election Team Launches First TV Ad

Updated 7 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s has released his first advertisement in the three-person race for Maine governor.

The ad titled “Our Governor” that was unveiled Monday features several Mainers, including Democratic and independent voters, highlighting LePage’s first-term accomplishments, like paying off a $400 million debt owed to Maine hospitals and enforcing one of the largest environmental fines in the state’s history.

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Spaghetti Dinner for the Wounded Warriors Project

Updated 1 week ago

There’s an opportunity on 9/11 this week to help soldiers in need and honor those killed in action.

Searsport Emergency Services and the Searsport Lions are holding a Spaghetti Dinner on September 11th.

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Exit Closure Due to Construction

Updated 1 week ago

As part of the Union Street bridge project, exit 184 northbound on-ramp has been shutdown to traffic.

The northbound travel lane in that area will also be closed during the overnight hours.

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Maine Republican Party: Michaud Has A Pattern Of Deceptive Ads

Rob Poindexter

Updated 1 week ago

The Maine Republican Party is asking Maine television stations to stop running a new ad from Democratic candidate Mike Michaud they say is deceptive.

In the ad, a headline is shown that appears to be from a newspaper touting a Michaud accomplishment. Republicans say the headline is a fabrication and the quote is from a press release sent from Cichaud’s Congressional office.

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Portside Grill in Bar Harbor Demolished After Being Destroyed By Fire

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 1 week ago

An excavator leveled all that was left of the Portside Grill in Bar Harbor.

Last Tuesday night, flames engulfed the building.

“We were here when it started actually. We were open and heard the fire trucks coming and I peeked out the door and there was just a little trickle of fire and in minutes it was just billowing smoke. Scary. It’s definitely a scary situation,” said Shawn Porter, owner of Little Village Gifts.

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Officials: Huge Goldfish in Belfast’s “Muck” Must Go

John Krinjak

Updated 1 week ago

“The Muck” in Belfast, or Kirby Lake as it’s officially known, is in sad shape.

“It’s been sort of a dumping grounds for pet fish and other items,” said Belfast Director of Parks and Recreation Norm Poirier.

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Organizations Offering Free Services to Folks Who Fought Portside Grill Fire

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 1 week ago

The Bar Harbor community has rallied together to help those affected by the fire at the Portside Grill.

Hotels have taken in tenants who lived above the restaurant, and money was collected for the victims, amongst many other things.

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Maine Veteran’s Home, Air National Guard Step Up to the Plate

Erica Stapleton

Updated 1 week ago

Maine Veteran’s Home in Bangor kicked off their residential care week with a wiffle ball game against the Air National Guard.

Staff from the veteran’s home took to the plate while residents looked on.

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Four Hospitalized after Head-On Collision in Newport

Erica Stapleton

Updated 1 week ago

Four were taken to the hospital after a 2-car crash in Newport.

Newport Police say A car turned left to get onto Williams Road by Nokomis Regional High School road when it struck another vehicle head-on on Route 7.

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Maine Science Festival Announces Pixar’s Tony DeRose as Headlining Guest

Erica Stapleton

Updated 1 week ago

The Maine Science Festival, to be held in Bangor this year, has announced it’s headlining guest.

Tony DeRose, a lead researcher at Pixar, will be talking about the science behind the movies.

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Second Robbery in a Month at Manchester Rite Aid

Updated 1 week ago

For the sixth time in a month, Kennebec County deputies are investigating a pharmacy robbery, this time in Manchester.

We’re told a female entered the Rite Aid Saturday, threatened violence, and demanded drugs.

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UMaine Student Completes 4,000 Mile Charity Run

Joy Hollowell

Updated 1 week ago

In January, we introduced you to Matt Dexter.

The then sophomore at the University of Maine was training for a coast to coast run in June.

Four thousand miles…all in the name of conquering cancer.

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Zoning Change Paves Way for Bangor Apartment Complex

Wayne Harvey

Updated 1 week ago

A plan to revitalize one Bangor neighborhood took a step forward Monday.

In a 7 -2 vote, the city council accepted a zoning change that paves the way for the Bangor Housing Development Corporation to begin construction of an apartment complex.

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Those Who Enjoyed The American Folk Festival Gave Generously

Updated 1 week ago

Organizers of last month’s American Folk Festival in Bangor say those who attended were generous with donations again this year.

They say the bucket brigade collected about $106,000.

That’s down about $16,000 from last year, but organizers say numbers in other areas have gone up.

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