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Former Mayor of Brewer, State Rep. Dies

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 days ago

A former state representative and mayor of Brewer has died.

Michael Celli passed away Wednesday, October 22nd.  He was 59.

He served seven years on the Brewer City Council – four of them as mayor.

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Gubernatorial Candidate Profile: Common Core

Updated 5 days ago

We continue our focus on the candidates running for governor in Maine – Democrat Mike Michaud, Independent Eliot Cutler and Republican Paul LePage.

We asked them the same series of questions.

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Lobster Processors Have A Labor Problem

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TENANTS HARBOR, Maine (AP) — The booming lobster processing business in Maine is struggling to find and retain good workers.

Since 2010, when a change in Maine law expanded the types of products plants can process, the number of companies that hold lobster processing licenses has more than doubled to 13.

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Volunteers Work To Save Lost Valley Ski Resort

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — The Lost Valley ski resort took another step toward an unexpected opening this winter.

The Auburn resort, which first opened in 1961, announced in June that it was in financial trouble and would likely not reopen this winter.

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Dozens Of Campaign Signs Removed In Portland

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland police are investigating after dozens of political campaign signs were removed and then arranged in a circle in a city park.

The 65 signs removed sometime Saturday night represented more than a dozen different candidates, of various political parties, and different ballot questions, so it does not appear as if any one campaign was targeted.

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Grants, Private Donors Aid Gardiner Library Work

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GARDINER, Maine (AP) — The Gardiner Public Library has received more than $100,000 in grant money to renovate its archive room and better protect the records kept there.

The library received $112,000 in grants from four foundations and one private donor over the last several months to fund its plan to renovate the lower floor with a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, a tiled floor and LED lighting.

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Maine Supreme Court Visits High Schools This Week

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s supreme court is wrapping up its latest series of road trips to high schools.

The court will hear three appeals Tuesday at Presque Isle High School.

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Absentee Ballot Deadline Approaches

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The deadline for requesting absentee ballots for Maine’s election is fast approaching.

The deadline for most voters is Thursday. Election officials say Mainers can request a ballot until the close of business by going online, calling or visiting their town office.

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President Obama In Maine This Week To Help Michaud

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — President Barack Obama is planning to swing through Maine this week to campaign for Democratic governor hopeful Mike Michaud.

Obama is headlining a rally for Michaud on Oct. 30 at the Portland Exposition Building.

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Bates Researchers Study Climate Through Clams

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The National Science Foundation has awarded $337,228 to a Bates College oceanographer and a geologist to continue climate research based on the shells of clams.

Biology professor William Ambrose and geology professor Michael Retelle say they’ll analyze the natural record archived in clamshells over a millennium to plot changes in sea temperature.

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Endangered Animals Bill On Tap For December

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A draft of a legislation that would add several new species to Maine’s threatened and endangered animals list will likely go to state lawmakers in December.

State environmental officials might add the little brown bat and northern long-eared bat to the endangered list after white nose syndrome hurt populations. The eastern small-footed bat also faces threatened status. The black-crowned night heron and great cormorant may be upgraded to “endangered.” The cobblestone tiger beetle, Frigga fritillary butterfly and six-whorl vertigo snail could also be added to the endangered list.

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Portland University, Group Get Art Education Money

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The University of Southern Maine and a Portland education group will receive $1.9 million from the federal government for arts education in Portland schools.

The university announced last week that Youth in Action: Side x Side and the school will receive the grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination grant will be used to developer a four-year arts education program entitled “Project IMAGINE.”

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Official Defends Bear-baiting Web Design

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A senior Maine wildlife official says her department paid a company $6,600 for web design and a PowerPoint presentation defending bear-baiting not to sway voters in an upcoming referendum, but as a matter of public education.

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Maine Harvest Festival To Be Held Next Month

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — More than 150 local farmers and producers will be showcasing their food, beverages, music and more at the Maine Harvest Festival next month.

The fourth annual festival will be held Saturday Nov. 8 and Sunday Nov. 9 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

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3-way Race Creates Fireworks In Northern Maine

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CARIBOU, Maine (AP) — The Maine governor’s race isn’t the only three-way contest with candidates running neck-and-neck and an independent who could tilt the vote.

Voters in Maine’s sprawling 2nd Congressional District will decide a hard-fought race between Democrat Emily Cain and Republican Bruce Poliquin, who’re battling for an open seat that’s been in Democratic control for 20 years. The race also features independent Blaine Richardson.

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Hillary Clinton Stumps For Michaud In Maine

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SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says Democratic gubernatorial nominee Rep. Mike Michaud is the best candidate to spur economic change in Maine.

Clinton spoke Friday at a rally at Scarborough High School that attracted about 1,000 people. The former secretary of state and first lady of the United States says Michaud’s background as a mill worker underscores his understanding of the need for middle-class jobs.

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Strikers Continue To Target FairPoint Owners

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WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — A group of striking FairPoint workers is picketing a meeting of Colby College’s trustees, saying one of them has the power to force the telephone company to return to the bargaining table.

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Cinema Savvy: John Wick & Halloween Favorites

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 5 days ago

An early Happy Halloween to those watching. Only two new films were released over the weekend. First up,why can’t teenagers just leave the dead alone? I don’t know, but we may find out in the latest supernatural horror flick, Ouija.

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Reports: Quarantined Nurse was Returning to Maine

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 5 days ago

A nurse quarantined while returning from treating Ebola victims in West Africa was traveling to Fort Kent, ABC News reports

Kaci Hickox, 33, was automatically quarantined when she arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport. New Jersey is one of four states that have begun quarantining people returning from West Africa who had contact with Ebola patients.

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Grant to Help State Research Violent Deaths

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 5 days ago

The State of Maine will get nearly a million dollars from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to find out more about violent deaths across the state.

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