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Fundraisers for Machias Restaurant Multiply

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 1 week ago

People and businesses throughout Downeast and Central Maine are stepping up to help a business that burned to the ground last week in Machias.

Helen’s Restaurant was known all over the country for its blueberry pie and warm-hearted service.  Last week a fire destroyed the building sending 50 workers into unemployment.

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Smoking Banned At Lewiston Park

Updated 1 week ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The Lewiston City Council has banned smoking in a city park named after a former councilor and mayoral candidate who died of lung cancer.

The council voted 7-0 Tuesday to bar smoking at Mark Paradis Park after hearing from his widow.

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OOB Puts Breaks On Pot-growing Facility

Updated 1 week ago

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) — Old Orchard Beach town councilors have enacted an emergency moratorium on the cultivation of medical marijuana in nonresidential facilities.

The 60-day moratorium proposed Tuesday night is in response to a local man’s efforts to open a medical marijuana growing and research facility in an old post office in town.

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New Sharon Teen Indicted On Burglary Charge

Updated 1 week ago

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A New Sharon teen has been indicted by a Franklin County grand jury for allegedly stealing $50,000 worth of cash and jewelry from a Wilton home.

Eighteen-year-old Brian Durrell was indicted this week on charges of burglary and theft following his arrest in May.

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Rights Commission Upholds Discrimination Complaint

Updated 1 week ago

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — The Maine Human Rights Commission has upheld an investigator’s report that found that Brunswick schools should have done more to protect a middle school student who said he was bullied, stabbed and sexually assaulted at school.

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Man Falls 65 Feet Down Rock Cliff, Dies

Updated 1 week ago

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says a man preparing to descend from a rock cliff in North Conway fell 65 feet and died of his injuries.

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Downeaster Cancels 4 Trains Through Wednesday

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Downeaster train will cancel four trains through Wednesday as workers replace railroad ties around Durham, New Hampshire.

The canceled trains will be a 9:05 a.m. train from Boston’s North Station to Brunswick, Maine; an 11:35 a.m. train from Boston to Portland; a 12:45 p.m. train from Portland to Boston; and a 2:35 p.m. train from Portland to Boston.

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South Portland Marijuana Petition To Be Submitted

Updated 1 week ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A group of activists hoping to put the question of marijuana legalization for adults in South Portland before voters is submitting its petition.

Citizens for a Safer Maine is expected to submit more than 1,500 signatures to South Portland City Hall on Monday. It needs 959 valid signatures to put the issue on November ballot.

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Program Aims To Make Inmates Better Fathers

Updated 2 weeks ago

WINDHAM, Maine (AP) — A program at the Maine state prison in Windham is trying not just to make inmates better citizens when they’re released, but better fathers as well.

The InsideOut Dad program at the Maine Correctional Center was developed by the nonprofit National Fatherhood Initiative.

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Grandmother Embarks On 2,500-mile Kayak Trip

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A grandmother from Maine has launched a 2,500-mile kayak trip from Portland to Guatemala.

Sixty-three-year old Deborah Walters of Troy pushed off from Portland’s Eastern Promenade Beach on Sunday.

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Officials To Hold Smelt Fishery Forums

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine officials will hold a series of public meetings to collect public input on the future management of the smelt fishery.

Officials say the meetings will also allow the state to present data from recent smelt surveys. State officials will also explain its decision to close the fishery for 90 days from Stonington to the New Hampshire border beginning March 14 of this year.

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Pilot Dies In Crash After Takeoff

Updated 2 weeks ago

LIMINTONG, Maine (AP) — Officials say a Maine pilot is dead after his single-engine plane crash in Limington shortly after takeoff.

York County authorities say pilot Clarke Tate of Gray was the only person on board the 1942 Culver two-seat airplane when the crash occurred Saturday afternoon.

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Bowdoin Building State’s Largest Solar Project

Updated 2 weeks ago

BOWDOIN, Maine (AP) — Bowdoin College is beginning to build what is expected to become the state’s largest solar power project.

The school says that the 1.2 megawatt, 4,500-panel solar project will be seven times bigger than Maine’s largest existing installation.

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Saco Hit-and-run Victim Dies

Updated 2 weeks ago

SACO, Maine (AP) — An elderly Maine woman who was critically injured in a hit-and-run crash in June has died in the hospital where she was being treated for her injuries.

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Drive-ins Use Creativity To Afford Digital Switch

Updated 2 weeks ago

SACO, Maine (AP) — Drive-in operators are finding creative ways to afford the switch from film to digital.

Operators say more than 200 of the remaining 348 drive-ins in the country have made the expensive conversion. It typically costs $70,000 or more.

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True Pleads Not Guilty In Death

Updated 2 weeks ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A second man charged with murder in connection with the slaying of a Lewiston man whose body was dumped in a stream in Monmouth has pleaded not guilty.

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Dog Left In Hot Car During Massachusetts Concert

Updated 2 weeks ago

MANSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Maine man is facing animal cruelty charges for allegedly leaving his dog in a hot car while he attended an all-day concert in Massachusetts.

Police say 60-year-old Edwin Harrington Jr. of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, left the Boston terrier-bulldog mix in his car in the parking lot at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield on Thursday at the Vans Warped Tour.

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Scarborough Doughnut Shop Rammed By Car

Updated 2 weeks ago

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — Police say a car rammed a Scarborough doughnut shop apparently in an effort to rob it.

Employees arriving for work at the Dunkin’ Donuts on Thursday morning found that the studs at the back of the building had been pushed in and the vinyl siding damaged.

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OOB Man Indicted In Connection With Fatal Crash

Updated 2 weeks ago

ARUNDEL, Maine (AP) — An Old Orchard Beach man has been indicted on manslaughter and drunken driving charges in connection with a car crash that killed his friend.

The Portland Press Herald reports that a York County grand jury indicted 32-year-old Brian Roche this week in connection with the crash October 26 in Arundel.

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Maine Flags To Be Lowered To Honor Former Lawmaker

Updated 2 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — State of Maine flags in the town of Cape Elizabeth will be lowered to half-staff to honor a longtime state lawmaker who died this week.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage ordered the flags to be lowered on the day of Richard Hewes’ funeral, which will be held Friday. All U.S. flags will remain at full staff.

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