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Man Who Fired Shots With Kids Nearby Gets 18 Years

Updated 3 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine man accused of chasing and firing at another man as children were preparing to catch their school bus is going to prison for 18 years for being a felon in possession of ammunition.

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Firefighter Faces Arson Charge

Updated 4 days ago

WILTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine firefighter is facing an arson charge for allegedly setting a small blaze at an outdoor music theater in the village of East Dixfield.

An investigator with the state Fire Marshal’s office says Jason Baldwin set a fire at the Countryfolk Music Theatre on U.S. Route 2 on Oct. 15 and then helped extinguish it with only minor damage.

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Colorado Man Pleads Guilty To Child Porn Charge

Updated 4 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Colorado man has pleaded guilty to sending a picture of himself engaged in sexually explicit behavior with a minor to an undercover federal agent in Maine.

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Police Identity Victims Of Bridgton Crash

Updated 4 days ago

BRIDGTON, Maine (AP) — Police say a 16-year-old Gorham High School student was one of the two people who died in a weekend car crash in Bridgton.

Police on Monday identified Branden Denis, a starting lineman on Gorham’s football team, and 35-year-old Eric Morey, or Portland, as the victims of the crash on Route 302 south just before 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Ocean Acidification Group To Issue Report

Updated 4 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine committee charged with studying the impacts of ocean acidification on the state’s environment is expected to issue a draft of its recommendations.

The Maine Ocean Acidification Study Commission is meeting on Tuesday in Augusta to finish the draft. A spokeswoman says the commission will likely make a final vote on the recommendations Nov. 12. The 16-member council will report findings to the state legislature’s Marine Resources Committee.

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Recommendations For Elver Season Due Soon

Updated 4 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A key federal panel will provide recommendations to fishery regulators soon about Maine’s elver quota for next year.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s American Eel Management Board is considering options for elver fishermen that range from closing the fishery to maintaining this year’s quota of 11,749 pounds. A spokeswoman for the commission says the American Eel Working Group’s recommendations to the board will be released on Wednesday.

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Maine’s First Footgolf Course Opening In Portland

Updated 4 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials in the city of Portland say they are opening the first footgolf course in Maine.

Portland Mayor Michael Brennan is unveiling the course at Riverside Golf Course on Monday morning. Footgolf is a sport that combines soccer and golf. The sport will be playable at the golf course’s South Course from Friday until Nov. 30. City officials say the golf course is the first to offer the sport in the state.

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Food Insecurity Brought People Together in Portland Over the Weekend

Updated 4 days ago

The southern Maine chapter of “The National Council of Jewish Women” kicked off a year-long campaign to battle hunger.

They discussed programs available for Mainers in need of food and what state leaders are doing about it.

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City Approval Sought For Portland Music Festival

Updated 5 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A broadcasting company is seeking permission from the city of Portland for an all-day music festival at the Eastern Promenade.

Townsquare Media Portland — which owns 15 radio stations — is expected to ask the City Council on Monday to approve a festival for next August.

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2 Dead In Bridgton Car Crash

Updated 5 days ago

BRIDGTON, Maine (AP) — Police say two people have died in a car crash in Bridgton.

Chief Kevin Schofield says the victims were passengers in a car that went out of control while trying to pass another vehicle and struck a tree on Route 302 south just before 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Hillary Clinton To Campaign With Mike Michaud

Updated 5 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Hillary Clinton is scheduled to campaign with Democratic nominee for governor U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud (MEE’-shoh) in Scarborough on Friday.

Michaud says if Maine residents want change in Augusta they have to make it happen. He says that’s why he’s “so humbled and excited” to have Clinton visiting to rally voters and join him in energizing supporters to help ensure a great turnout on Election Day.

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Bowdoin Completes Installation Of Solar Project

Updated 5 days ago

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Bowdoin College has completed the installation of the largest solar project in Maine.

The college says there are nearly 4,500 solar panels in the 1.2 megawatt project. There are four major installations: a ground-mount at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, rooftop systems at the Farley Field House and the Sidney J. Watson Arena and Greason Pool.

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Group Gets $1M To Help People With Dementia

Updated 5 days ago

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — A group in southern Maine is getting nearly $1 million from the federal government to help older adults living with dementia.

The Southern Maine Agency on Aging tells Maine Public Broadcasting Network that the grant will help the group better identify and serve people living with dementia and boost support given to caregivers, among other things.

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Flood Worries Have City Looking At Sewer Bond

Updated 5 days ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — In South Portland, Maine, the weather may be campaigning for a city bond issue.

Nearly six inches of rain that fell this past week, flooding numerous basements in the city. It came just weeks before residents vote on a $3.5 million bond proposal for part of a planned upgrade to the city’s sewer and stormwater systems.

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Woman Cited After Vehicle Hits 2 Others, House

Updated 5 days ago

NAPLES, Maine (AP) — A 65-year-old Maine woman faces drunken driving and other charges after police say her pickup truck hit two other vehicles and then a house.

Barbara Thorpe of Casco was arrested by Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies on Friday evening after the crashes were reported in Naples.

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Deer Isle Nursing Home Spreads Dementia Empathy

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Updated 6 days ago

“We’re expected to have 70 million adults in the year 2030 over the age of 65 in our system,” says Becky Siebert, Residential Care Director at Island Nursing Home.

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Bowdoin Completes Solar System

Updated 1 week ago

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Construction of Maine’s largest solar power complex is complete with the installation of a ground-mount array at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station.

The system comprised of more than 4,000 solar panels at four locations will produce 1.2 megawatts of power, or about 8 percent of the needs of Bowdoin College.

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Heating Prices Dip In Early October

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine government survey says the average price of heating oil in the state dropped 5 cents from the end of September to $3.27 per gallon.

The Governor’s Energy Office said Thursday that the average statewide price for a gallon of heating oil ranged from $2.88 to $3.60. It also found the average price of kerosene was five cents less than the end of last month at $3.83 per gallon. The average propane price is now $2.86, a 3-cent climb per gallon from last month. Heating oil is down 27 cents per gallon from a year ago while kerosene fell 12 cents. Propane is 21 cents more expensive.

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At Least 2 Still In Hospital After Hayride Crash

Updated 1 week ago

MECHANIC FALLS, Maine (AP) — At least two people remain hospitalized in the wake of a fatal Maine hayride crash that is under investigation.

A Jeep towing a wagon full of passengers in Mechanic Falls crashed during a Halloween-themed hayride Oct. 11. The crash killed 17-year-old Cassidy Charette and injured more than 20 others. Passengers were initially sent to Maine Medical Center in Portland, Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston and St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston.

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Business Incubator Opening On Portland Waterfront

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine company and an Icelandic businessman are partnering to establish a business incubator on Portland’s waterfront that commercializes new products related to the ocean.

Portland officials announced the new enterprise on Thursday. The Iceland Ocean Cluster led by Thor Sigfusson is working with North Atlantic Assets & Soli DG Inc. to create the New England Ocean Cluster. Portland city officials say the cluster’s goal will be to create, encourage and spin off new companies and products.

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