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Dempsey’s ‘challenge’ Raises More Than $1.1M

Updated 3 weeks ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Nearly 3,900 people helped raise more than $1.1 million for cancer care and support at the 6th annual Dempsey Challenge, organized by actor Patrick Dempsey in honor of his mother.

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Sake Brewer Launches Kickstarter Campaign

Updated 3 weeks ago

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — Maine is known for its microbrew beers, boutique distilleries and even blueberry wine. But a brewer is going to need help if Maine is to become home to a sake brewery.

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Maine Cities, Towns Get Coastal Grants

Updated 3 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Coastal Maine communities are getting grants to support harbor management and public access to the state’s coast.

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Maine Coastal Program is providing the grants via an award from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Dogfish Remain Abundant Off East Coast

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The stability of the dogfish population off the coast of New England is not in jeopardy despite a recent survey that found less of the fish off of Maine and New Hampshire than previous years.

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$20M Grant To Prepare At-risk Students For College

Updated 3 weeks ago

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine at Farmington is receiving $20 million over seven years to help at-risk students prepare for and be successful in postsecondary education.

The Maine grant is projected to serve up to 7,600 students annually from 63 high-poverty, rural schools in 26 districts.

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Stealthy Warship Is More Than 90 Percent Complete

Updated 3 weeks ago

BATH, Maine (AP) — The Navy says a stealthy warship under construction at Maine’s Bath Iron Works is more than 90 percent complete.

The shipbuilder completed the “light-off” of one the first of two turbines last week, an important milestone. Testing will continue this fall with activation of the ship’s computer system.

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Community, Trade Students Default More

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s community college and private trade school students are more likely to default on federal student loans than students at four-year universities.

The Portland Press Herald reports that federal Department of Education data says Maine’s 2011 default rate was 12.8 percent. That is slightly less than the national 13.7 percent rate, which is also a drop from the 14.7 percent rate in 2010.

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Portland Considers Minimum Wage Hike

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials in Maine’s largest city are reviewing a proposal to increase the minimum wage from $7.50 an hour to $10.68 an hour over the next two years.

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Academics, Scientists Lead Groundfish Research

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A group of scientific and academic institutions is leading a researching initiative about the groundfish stocks in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank.

The federal New England Fishery Management Council is giving $800,000 to the Northeast Consortium for the project. The consortium includes the University of New Hampshire, University of Maine, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. University of New Hampshire officials say the consortium will seek proposals related to the project.

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Vermont Man Guilty Of Wire Fraud In Court Oct. 6

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Vermont man convicted of wire fraud for submitting false invoices to a Maine town faces a court conference next month prior to his sentencing.

A judge convicted Craig Sanborn in May and he faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. His case is scheduled for an Oct. 6 pre-sentencing conference, and he could be sentenced within a month.

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Western Maine Ski Resort Goes Solar

Updated 4 weeks ago

GREENWOOD, Maine (AP) — A western Maine ski resort is installing an 803-panel solar array it says should eventually provide 70 percent of the resort’s annual electricity needs.

Jamie Schectman, the marketing director of Mt. Abram ski area in Greenwood, says the project is expected to produce more than 280,000 kilowatt hours annually.

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Man Charged With Robbing Bridgton Pharmacist

Updated 4 weeks ago

BRIDGTON, Maine (AP) — A Gardiner man has been charged with robbing a Bridgton pharmacy last year.

Robert Richard was taken into custody Thursday on a warrant issued after he was indicted Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland on a charge of interference with commerce by robbery.

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L.L. Bean Stitches Up Some Boots For The ‘captain’

Updated 4 weeks ago

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — New York Yankees retiring captain Derek Jeter is getting a gift from L.L. Bean and the Boston Red Sox.

L.L. Bean has produced a special pair of boots for the “captain” sporting a Yankees logo and colors. They’re even lined with pinstripes. An L.L. Bean spokeswoman says the tongue of the boot has the years in which he and the Yankees won the World Series.

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Portland Testing Its 1st Bicycle Corral

Updated 4 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland has installed its bicycle corral with a goal of boosting business by giving cyclists a place to put their bikes.

Mayor Michael Brennan and city officials on Friday are celebrating what could be the first of several bicycle corrals. The pilot location is between Arabica Coffee Company and Rosemont Market and Bakery on Commercial Street.

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First Moose Hunt Session Ends Saturday

Updated 4 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The first session of Maine’s annual moose hunt is drawing to a close.

The moose season started Monday in eight of the state’s 29 wildlife management districts. The season is all in northern Maine and ends Saturday. The state cut down moose permits from 4,110 last year to 3,095 this year. Officials say winter ticks were among factors that culled the moose herd.

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Price Agreed To For New NH-Maine Bridge

Updated 4 weeks ago

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — The Maine and New Hampshire departments of transportation have reached a tentative price agreement for replacement of a bridge connecting the two states.

Officials say the $158.5 million construction cost agreement with Cianbro Corp. of Pittsfield, Maine, is a major milestone for the new Sarah Mildred Long Bridge. Construction is scheduled to start late this year with the new bridge expected to open in August 2017.

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Speaker Boehner Raising Money For Poliquin

Updated 4 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says Republican Bruce Poliquin has a “real shot at winning” Maine’s 2nd Congressional District seat.

The Ohio Republican is in Maine to attend a fundraiser for Poliquin. The event at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland kicked off with a VIP reception Thursday evening. Poliquin supporters were paying at least $1,000 to get a photo with Boehner, or $250 for the general reception.

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Firm Gets $10M Bid For Portsmouth Naval Yard Work

Updated 4 weeks ago

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — A Biddeford, Maine architectural firm won a $10 million Navy contract to design and engineer improvements to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery and other Navy facilities.

The Portland Press Herald reports Oak Point Associates will improve buildings at the naval yard and improve their energy efficiency. The firm’s first job will be to repair and improve three buildings at the Kittery facility. That job will cost $800,000.

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Summer Camp Maintenance Worker Charged with Molesting a Child

Updated 4 weeks ago

A worker at a church summer camp in York is charged with molesting a child.

Police say the child told her mother she had been kissed and touched on her chest by a maintenance worker while attending camp at the York First Parish Church in July.

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13 Businesses Busted In Portland Liquor Sting

Updated 4 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland police have issued summonses to 13 city businesses that allegedly sold alcohol to minors.

Portland police worked with underage volunteers from Southern Maine Community College who attempted to buy alcohol 143 times at businesses from Sept. 3 through the 17.

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