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Monday, December 05, 2016
  • Governor LePage's supplemental budget proposal to cut $221 million from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) received plenty of feedback from Maine people during three days of public hearings in mid-December. . . .
  • At least 34 weather-related records were broken in Maine this year, including 13 record rainfalls, 12 record hot temperatures and nine snowfall records, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). . . .
  • An underground natural gas pipeline from Windsor to Rockland is being proposed by Self-Gen, a company that is trying to get large area businesses like Dragon Cement and FMC interested in using natural gas to create electricity . . .
  • "Our typical resident is a woman in her early eighties with advanced dementia and no family members or none that are able to assist her," said Meghan McLaughlin, administrator for Woodlands Assisted Living of Rockland, a dementia . . .
  • Unemployment numbers may be dipping slightly, but there are still a lot of people looking for work, and looking for heating and food assistance. The unemployment rate in Knox and Lincoln counties was 7.8 percent . . .
  • In the next few weeks DCP Midstream, the largest supplier of propane to the state of Maine, is likely to file an application for a permit to build a 22.7-million-gallon propane tank at a 24-acre commercial site on Mack Point in Searsport, according to Searsport Town . . .
  • Kingfield Boasts Maine's Best Drinking Water
    Kingfield, a small town of a thousand people in western Maine, walked away with the 2011 award for the tastiest drinking water in the state at a competition held in Freeport on Thursday, December 8. . . .
  • The public will get an opportunity to weigh in on Governor LePage's proposed $221 million in budget cuts to Maine health care this week at three days of public hearings in Augusta. Those who cannot attend can submit written . . .
  • The new wind turbine blade test lab at the 37,000-foot expansion of the University of Maine AEWC Advanced Structures and Composites Center in Orono is complete and equipment testing is currently under way, according to Paul Melrose, the project manager . . .
  • My little 18-month-old cousin loves to dance. Put the music on and that girl gets up and busts a move. It's adorable, and who wouldn't want to share it by snapping photos and shooting video with smartphones and emailing . . .
  • In Pursuit of Al Qaida After 9/11
    The death of Osama Bin Laden gave many Americans hope that organized jihadist groups like Al Qaida no longer posed a serious threat to Americans on American soil. . . .
  • McDonald's, Mini-Mart to Open Before December 1
    A new combined mini-mart, gas station, and McDonald's restaurant is scheduled to open in Thomaston by December 1. "The absolute latest would be Thursday morning," said Darrell Clark, the marketing manager for Nouria Energy, . . .
  • Doctors, Patients, Hospitals Must Demand Fair Health Care
    Health care costs in the United States are higher than in all other countries in the world, and health care costs in Maine are among the top five highest in the nation - but there is little sense in waiting for the government to make it better. . . .
  • Towns and cities in the midcoast reported good turnout for an off-year election that included four statewide ballot measures and many local issues around the three-county midcoast area. . . .
  • The synthetic drugs misleadingly labeled as bath salts or plant food were legal to use and legal to sell in Maine until July, when the state classified possession and distribution of the drug as illegal. But the penalties . . .
  • Tuesday, November 8, is election day this year and this year it will be easier than ever to vote. Maine residents can vote early, either at the municipal polling place or by absentee ballot, plus most midcoast towns will have expanded voting hours on election day.
  • The economic costs and benefits associated with wind energy as compared with other energy sources were analyzed at a University of Maine forum on Wednesday, October 26, by economists, an energy analyst, and an electricity . . .
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a federal agency that oversees saltwater fisheries, has agreed to spend a year collecting information on alewives and blueback river herring to see if they require . . .
  • Maine home foreclosure rates are still historically high, according to William Lund, the director of the Maine Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection. "The rates of past due mortgages right now is 7.84 percent," said . . .
  • Midcoast Rotary Clubs Step Out to End Polio
    Members of several midcoast Rotary clubs went the distance last Saturday, October 22, in a fund-raising walk to wipe polio out around the globe. Starting at noon, each club walked six-and-a-half miles, for a total . . .