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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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Bethel Rape Suspect Pleads Guilty, Avoids Prison

Updated 4 weeks ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A man whose rape conviction was overturned by the state’s highest court has avoided additional prison time by pleading guilty before his retrial.

Spencer Glover was sentenced Wednesday in Androscoggin County Superior Court to 10 years in prison with all but 20 months suspended, but was given credit for the 20 months he has already served.

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Parsonfield Man Dies When Tractor Rolls, Pins Him

Updated 4 weeks ago

PARSONFIELD, Maine (AP) — Authorities say a Parsonfield man has died after the tractor he was operating rolled over and pinned him.

The York County sheriff’s office says 66-year-old John David was using the tractor to pull a tree stump from the ground when it rolled over just after noon on Wednesday.

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Maine First Lady, Veteran Speaking At Jobs Event

Updated 4 weeks ago

EDGECOMB, Maine (AP) — Maine First Lady Ann LePage and a veteran who lost four limbs while serving in Afghanistan are delivering remarks at a veterans’ job conference.

LePage’s remarks on Thursday will be followed by Travis Mills, a retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt., who was injured by an improvised explosive device during his third deployment.

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Speaker Boehner Heads To Maine To Support Poliquin

Updated 4 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner is heading to Maine to give a boost to Republican Bruce Poliquin’s bid for the 2nd Congressional District seat.

The fundraiser at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland kicks off with a VIP reception on Thursday at 6 p.m. Poliquin supporters will shell out at least $1,000 to get a photo with Boehner. Attendees can pay $250 for the general reception which begins at 6:30 p.m.

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Ex-York Hospital Nurse Charged With Stealing Drugs

Updated 4 weeks ago

YORK, Maine (AP) — A former nurse at York Hospital has been charged with stealing narcotic drugs from the hospital for her personal use.

Police say 45-year-old Nicolle Dauphinee of Kennebunkport was summoned to court next month to face a charge of stealing drugs.

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Maine Trusts Raises Enough To Buy Islands

Updated 4 weeks ago

HARPSWELL, Maine (AP) — The Maine Coast Heritage Trust says its effort to raise nearly $1 million to buy two uninhabited islands in Casco Bay and keep them open to the public has been a success.

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Student Charged With Having Knives At School

Updated 4 weeks ago

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — A Scarborough High School student is facing charges after allegedly bringing two knives to school, including a spring-loaded switchblade.

Eighteen-year-old Jonathan Germano was charged Tuesday after fellow students on a school bus told the driver they saw him sharpening a knife.

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Victim Of Biddeford Fire Died Of Smoke Inhalation

Updated 4 weeks ago

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — The medical examiner says the victim of a fire at a Biddeford apartment that was deliberately set died of smoke inhalation.

Michael Moore, and his roommate, James Ford, were removed unconscious from their Main Street apartment early last Thursday.

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Portland Man Sentenced On Prostitution Charges

Updated 4 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Portland man has been sentenced to four years in prison for transporting three women across state lines for the purposes of prostitution.

Samuel Gravely was also sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland to three years of probation.

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Gas Turbine Fired Up On Stealthy Warship

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BATH, Maine (AP) — Workers have fired up one of the main turbines aboard the future USS Zumwalt, marking a milestone in construction of the stealthy warship.

Engineers and technicians at Bath Iron Works have spent months in preparation for lighting the turbines, similar to units on the Boeing 777. The turbines will provide the grunt for generators that drive the largest destroyer ever built for the U.S. Navy.

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