“Whereas, the increases in the rate of the minimum wage scheduled to take effect over the next 4 years could have a detrimental effect on the economy of the State; and Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and requi
PORTLAND (AP) — The National Endowment for the Arts plans to help pay for a public art project in a city square that was spared from development by a referendum.
Thank You from Oasis Free Clinics
On behalf of the patients, volunteers and staff of the Oasis Free Clinics, I want to thank everyone who supported our 2nd Annual Polar Plunge on February 10. The wind was fierce and the water was frigid, but our hearty group of “plungers” jumped in any way! Thanks to their efforts, we raised $550 for our free medical and dental services.
AUGUSTA (AP) — A critic of public funding for gubernatorial candidates says he has become the first candidate seeking the governor's office to qualify for state clean elections funds.
Garrett Mason last May voted to support a bill to save $6 million in clean elections funds by removing gubernatorial candidates from eligibility.
AUGUSTA (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration has agreed to halt the removal of equipment from a minimum-security state prison that's emptied of inmates.
Attorneys representing the state Department of Corrections and the Washington County Commission told a judge Wednesday that they've begun negotiations.
AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine transportation officials are close to finishing multi-million dollar emergency repairs to an Augusta overpass, but they are still at a loss as to who caused the damage.
PARIS (AP) — A Maine county has sworn in a new sheriff whose predecessor faced sexual misconduct allegations.
The Sun Journal reports that Oxford County sheriff James Theriault was sworn in Tuesday and vowed to restore the faith of the community and rebuild morale in the department.
BANGOR (AP) — Police in Maine say daycare workers suspect a parent brought them cookies tainted with marijuana.
Bangor Sgt. Brent Beaulieu said no children ate the cookies that were dropped off at the Watch Me Shine daycare. But some of the staff reported "a feeling of marijuana intoxication."
The daycare was closed Wednesday while police investigated.
PORTLAND (AP) — The Portland Museum of Art is expanding its Winslow Homer collection thanks to the donation of a dozen paintings from the Berger Collection Educational Trust.
NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — Republican Vermont Gov. Phil Scott will serve as the first state co-chair of the federally funded economic development organization that has helped create jobs in depressed areas of Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and upstate New York.
Topsham Selectmen will soon get a look at a water safety zone ordinance.
Topsham Town Manager Rich Roedner has a first draft of the ordinance — requested by Brookfield Renewable, which owns the Brunswick Hydroelectric facility — ready to pass on to the board.
The death of Selectman Gary Poulin will leave a void in the Richmond community.
Poulin died Feb. 8, five days shy of his 61st birthday. He was serving his second term as a Richmond selectman, having first been elected in 2012. He was a Mason and member of Le Calumet Club.
He will be remembered for his impact on Richmond.
BATH — Sagadahoc Preservation Inc. is seeking vintage prom photos from local residents, especially Morse High School alumni, for an upcoming event. The photos will be used as décor at the April 21 Winter Street Prom. The event will include a cocktail hour from 6 to 7pm, followed by dancing from 7 to 10pm. Attendees are encouraged to wear fun prom attire from any decade.
BRUNSWICK — AARP Maine Volunteer State President Rich Livingston will discuss bills before the state legislature, including LD 735, An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue to Support the Independence of Maine’s Seniors at 11 a.m. Feb. 21 at the Coastal Landing retirement community at Brunswick Landing.
An unhappy customer is suing L.L. Bean over its new return policy, claiming the company broke a vow to customers.
The lawsuit in federal court in Chicago contends customers bought items because of L.L. Bean’s unlimited “satisfaction” guarantee. The lawsuit accuses L.L. Bean of breach of warranty.
Bath Iron Works will be laying off 57 electricians next Friday, Feb. 23.
“There’s 57 electricians that got notified of layoffs, but by the end of the year there’ll be hundreds of jobs that will be offered,” said Mike Keenan, president of the local S6, the shipyard’s largest union.