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Controversial Coffee

Updated 6 years ago

The Vassalboro Planning Board on Tuesday will consider a business permit request for a topless coffee shop at the site of the former Grand View Motel on Route 3.

The building has also been the home to several other business ventures, most recently Mac Daddy’s Pub at the Fat Cat Grille, which closed three or four years ago.

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RED CROSS TRYING TO KEEP UP

Updated 6 years ago

&quot:we are on track to have one of the biggest years ever and we have already – totally- gone over our budget for 2008 – 2009.&quot:

GRETCHEN O’GRADY SAYS FIRE AFTER FIRE THIS WINTER HAS DRAINED THE RESOURCES OF THE PINE TREE CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN RED CROSS…

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STAYING SAFE THIS WINTER

Updated 6 years ago

&quot:Really, in the wintertime, on the ice, it’s a rule of checks.&quot:

&quot:Check with the locals, check on your gear, check the ice yourself.&quot:

GAME WARDEN JIM FAHEY SAYS THE BLANKET OF SNOW THAT FELL OVER THE HOLIDAYS HAS SLOWED THE FREEZING PROCESS DOWN, AND WHILE SOME LAKES AND PONDS MAY BE OKAY TO TRAVEL ON, SOME MAY NOT BE….

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Switch to Digital Beacons Begins in February

Updated 6 years ago

Mariners are being urged to buy new

digital emergency distress beacons for the upcoming arrival of the

digital age at sea.

Beginning Feb. 1, satellites that scan the Gulf of Maine and

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Baldacci to Unveil Budget Plan

Updated 6 years ago

Gov. John Baldacci this week presents the

details of his two-year state budget for Maine — and the spending

blueprint is sure to drive much of the legislative agenda in the

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Springfield Store Sells Winning Megabucks Ticket

Updated 6 years ago

Someone in northern Maine is a half million dollars richer.

A winning Megabucks ticket was sold last week at Smith’s General Store in Springfield.

The wednesday jackpot was $550,000.

State Lottery director Dan Gwadosky says the winner came forward on Friday.

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Maine Towns Hoping to Reap Benefits of Obama Stimulus Plan

Updated 6 years ago

Congressional hearings have yet to begin

on the economic stimulus plan that’s championed by President-elect

Barack Obama.

But already many Maine municipalities are joining the state in

expressing hope of getting a piece of the stimulus pie. Towns and

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Renowned Author/Scholar Dies

Updated 6 years ago

Renowned Bangor author and teacher Burton Throckmorton has died.

Doctor Throckmorton taught for more than six decades.

He was the Hayes professor of New Testament Language and Literature at the Bangor Theological Seminary for 35 years.

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Homicide Rate Up for 2008

Updated 6 years ago

Some grim statistics from Maine State Police— the number of homicides in 2008 grew to 31 in the state.

That’s the highest number since 1989, when 40 people were killed in the deadliest year in Maine history.

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History To Be Made Tuesday

Updated 6 years ago

Some history will be made on Tuesday in

the Maine State House.

Janet Mills of Farmington will become the first woman to serve

as state attorney general when she’s sworn in by Gov. John Baldacci

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Medway Man Indicted

Updated 6 years ago

A Medway man who was driving a company

truck when it crashed and killed a passenger has been indicted on

charges of manslaughter and aggravated driving to endanger.

James Lee, who is 43, runs a construction business in

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Fire Safe Cigarettes

Updated 6 years ago

Laws went into effect on New Year’s Day in Delaware, Iowa, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas.

Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and 14 other states allow sales of fire-safe cigarettes only. Fifteen other states have laws that will take effect this year or next, according to the Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes.

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Beware of Thin Ice

Updated 6 years ago

(AP) The cold weather of the past week has made a difference, but many lakes and ponds are not ready for anglers, much less ice shacks.

Most observers in central Maine say ice conditions are not yet safe. In the upper Kennebec Valley, following the recent cold weather, it’s just beginning to freeze solid.

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Augusta Fire Death

Updated 6 years ago

Stephen McCausland of the Maine Public Safety Department says the fire in the seven-unit downtown building broke out between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. Thursday. McCausland says the fire started in the victim’s second floor apartment, but the cause is under investigation.

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Two Families Homeless in Skowhegan

Updated 6 years ago

Crews from six towns were called to an apartment complex in Skowhegan around 12:40 Thursday morning.We’re told everyone made it safely out of both apartments at 83 Lawton Street.The Red Cross says that it is helping out the two families that lived there, both of whom have children.The two families are currently being put up in an hotel for now, and the Red Cross will be by to provide them with clothes to wear and food to eat.Meanwhile, we’re told the crews have cleared the scene as of 7 o’clock Thursday morning. The apartment building was destroyed.

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Adoption Records

Updated 6 years ago

Under the old law, when a person was adopted their original birth certificate was sealed. With an amended document issued that lists the adoptive parents names.

The bill to change that law was sponsored by former state senator Paula Benoit, who was adopted herself.

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Very Cold Hikers

Updated 6 years ago

Two people from Alabama called state police about 5:30 Thurscay morning to say they got lost while hiking from Eagle Lake to the West Face Trail.

The hikers told police they had no idea where they were, and they were not dressed for the below zero temps.

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Fatal Fire Update

Updated 6 years ago

Maine fire officials are still working to pinpoint the cause of a fire that killed the Augusta woman. They say the fire started in the bedroom of a second-floor apartment.

Maine Public Safety Department spokesman Stephen McCausland says the fire in the seven-unit downtown building broke out between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. Thursday. None of the other residents in the building were hurt.

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2008 Homicide Statistics

Updated 6 years ago

(AP) That’s the highest number since 1989, when 40 people were killed in the deadliest year in Maine history.

Of last year’s homicides, 19 were domestic related, or roughly two-thirds of the killings. State Public Safety Department spokesman Stephen McCausland says that normally, about half of Maine’s homicides are domestic.

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Crime Numbers

Updated 6 years ago

The number of calls jumped by 1,100 in the past year.

Police say some of that is because of a computer system change in August, but it doesn’t explain that many more calls.

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