Carol Semple – Press Herald Fri, 24 Nov 2017 18:35:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Boston restaurant serves 5-foot-long roll packed with Maine lobster Wed, 08 Nov 2017 22:53:04 +0000

A new Boston restaurant, Lobstah on a Roll, is thinking big.

The South End shop offers a 5-foot-long roll packed with the meat of 80 Maine lobsters.

Chef Kenny Dupree’s creation is called the Monstah. The price? About $850 to $900, depending on the market rate.


]]> 0, MA- NOVEMBER 07, 2017- : Chef Kenny Dupree poses with a 5 foot "Monstah" roll at Lobstah on a Roll in Boston, MA on November 07, 2017. With 12 lbs of lobster the roll can feed up to 50 people. (CRAIG F. WALKER/GLOBE STAFF) section: Lifestyle reporter:Wed, 08 Nov 2017 20:20:15 +0000
What’s opening, what’s moving and other news from Portland’s food scene Fri, 03 Nov 2017 23:07:39 +0000 0 Marinated bluefish at Drifters Wife natural wine bar in Portland. Right: Customer Sam Gilbert watches as Domaine des Sablonnettes' "Le Bon Petit Diable" is poured.Fri, 03 Nov 2017 19:14:34 +0000 Developers propose another massive solar array in central Maine Fri, 27 Oct 2017 00:58:44 +0000 CLINTON — Plans for another large-scale solar project in the region continue to progress, as an energy company plans to file for a permit application in early November for a 20-megawatt facility.

The proposed site would be on about 150 acres between Holt Road and Channing Place, which is near the Sebasticook River. The application will be under the name Winslow Solar LLC, which is a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, a Florida-based company that recently took over the assets for Ranger Solar, of southern Maine.

NextEra is also in the application stage for a similar project in neighboring Fairfield. The company is proposing another 20-megawatt facility on U.S. Route 201 that would provide enough energy to power about 7,000 homes. The Fairfield site is on an active farm, and the company would have 240 acres to work with there. The Fairfield project is projected to cost $30 million.

NextEra is one of the largest generators of solar energy in the country. The company owns the power plant on Cousins Island, and it develops other forms of renewable energy sources. The company is the largest owner and operator of wind generating facilities in the country, has gas-fired facilities and works with nuclear energy.

Aaron Svedlow, project director for solar development, said the Clinton project essentially mirrored the size and scope of the Fairfield one. The pair of $30 million projects will each require “tens of thousands” of panels once completed, with the end of 2019 targeted as the date for the projects to be operational, and would sell the produced energy to Connecticut. As with Fairfield, Svedlow said the Clinton project would create about 85 construction jobs, and once operational, four full-time jobs at the site. The Clinton location, which is on private property that already has a cellphone tower and doesn’t have much agricultural value anymore, will be slightly more visible to residents than the Fairfield one, but not by much.

“It’s a great spot for solar,” Svedlow said.

The planned Clinton solar facility joins the growing ranks of other large-scale projects for the region. In addition to the Fairfield project, NextEra is also working toward a facility in Moscow, a small town just north of Bingham. The Moscow facility, which recently was endorsed by the town’s Board of Selectmen in a letter to Massachusetts Clean Energy officials, would send energy to the Bay State while also creating jobs and other economic benefits for Moscow.

NextEra also wants to build a 75-megawatt solar facility in Farmington, which would cost $80 million. Like the other proposed projects, the Farmington array would sell its energy to other New England states. NextEra generally has proposed its projects in areas deemed not highly visible to the public.

Fairfield also might be the site of another solar project. The town recently entered into a partnership with the Falmouth-based company Gizos Energy LLC to explore the town’s capped landfill as a site for a solar project, and would potentially sell the energy produced there locally. This 5-megawatt project, estimated to cost up to $7 million, would be on a 25-acre parcel and create 35 to 45 local jobs. Gizos also is working on a massive project at the Waterville capped landfill, a 20-megawatt facility, on Webb Road. The company is also proposing a smaller, roughly 5-megawatt facility elsewhere on Webb Road.

The Waterville City Council approved a partnership with Gizos earlier this summer, and the project is estimated to cost close to $30 million.

Earlier this summer, it was announced that part of what will be the state’s largest array, a 41,000-panel solar project in Pittsfield, would go online by the end of 2017. Environmental regulators approved the $24.2 million project in June, and the Maine Public Utilities Commission allowed Cianbro to enter into a long-term partnership with Central Maine Power Co. Cianbro’s 57-acre solar farm will be off U.S. Route 2 and will generate 9.9 megawatts. CMP will pay 8.45 cents per kilowatt-hour for that electricity over a 20-year contract. It is expected to be fully operational this fall.

Once fully operational, the Pittsfield array will surpass the size of the 26,000-panel farm at the Madison Business Gateway, which occupies about 22 acres and generates about 5 megawatts.

Meanwhile Colby College, in Waterville, expects to have a 5,300-panel, 1.8-megawatt photovoltaic energy project ready this fall.

Thomas College, also in Waterville, partnered with ReVision Energy in 2012 to install 700 solar panels on the roof of the Alfond Athletic Center and entered into a power purchasing agreement with ReVision, buying the electricity produced from the array on campus and then purchasing the system from ReVision at a reduced rate.

Nearby Unity College also partnered with ReVision, signing a power purchasing agreement to place a 144-panel solar array on the roofs of the Quimby Library and the Thomashow Learning Laboratory.

Bowdoin College has a 1.2-megawatt solar power complex in Brunswick.

A Yarmouth company continues to move ahead with plans to build a 50-megawatt solar farm at the Sanford municipal airport. The Sanford City Council approved the lease in May 2016.

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association launched its new array at the Common Ground Education Center on Crosby Brook Road in the spring, where more than 300 panels capable of producing 102 kilowatts are spread out over five barn roofs. The array is owned by ReVision Energy, and MOFGA has entered a power purchasing agreement to buy power from ReVision at a fixed cost. Though the agreement is for 30 years, the organization will have the option to purchase the array outright from ReVision after seven years.

Also, the Quaker meeting at the Vassalboro Friends Meeting House on Stanley Hill Road has invested $40,000 to become more energy-efficient, including solar panels and heat pumps.

Colin Ellis — 861-9253

Twitter: @colinoellis


]]> 0 Portland's solar array on the city's former landfill off Highland Avenue is expected to generate 1.2 million kilowatt-hours of energy per year. The mayor will turn it on at a switch-flipping ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. (Staff photo by Kelley Bouchard/Staff writer)Fri, 27 Oct 2017 12:51:26 +0000
Maine’s new immigrants: 12 people share their pain, joy, fears and aspirations Sun, 08 Oct 2017 08:00:12 +0000 0, 24 Oct 2017 11:27:40 +0000 Brunswick town councilor receives anti-gay hate mail Fri, 06 Oct 2017 20:13:34 +0000 BRUNSWICK — Councilor Kathy Wilson said she received homophobic emails and letters in the wake of reporting a flyer left on her car after a memorial service for 9/11 last month.

Wilson, 72, has been openly gay for decades and said most of the emails were either anonymous or from other states. One letter, sent to her former address on Cushing Street, was from a man in Idaho who encouraged her to read his book condemning homosexuality.

Wilson’s troubles began after she reported flyers left on her car that depicted a rainbow flag and a Soviet hammer and sickle, with an equal sign between them. The cryptic note also included the moniker “The Forest Brothers” underneath a strange symbol.

Other flyers with similar messages were also distributed in other areas of Brunswick, most notably the Cook’s Corner Burger King on Sept. 6.

Wilson said she reported the flyers because, while she wasn’t terribly upset, some people may have been frightened by them.

“Although I wasn’t afraid or going to go into hiding because of it, I have gay friends who, had they received such a thing, may not have felt really comfortable to go to another public event in town,” said Wilson.

Police caught the man responsible for the flyers on Sept. 15. While police advised him not to have contact with Wilson, she agreed to meet him and listen to his apology.

The man said he never intended to spread a hateful message, only one expressing his “conservative views,” Wilson said.

“He apologized, said he never meant to scare anybody or threaten everybody. I believe him when he said he didn’t mean to scare anybody.”

She explained to the man that she’s received hate mail and other messages, something he was “blown away by.”

“It gave other people permission to express their hate, because it sounded like hate,” said Wilson.

She agreed to keep his identity a secret, and stated that he has every right to hold conservative views, but should be aware of how things could be interpreted in the future.

Wilson brought the letter the man wrote to the police, and asked them not to pursue the matter further. “Basically it’s done, other than the lessons that come out of it.”

Another one of those lessons was the outpouring of support Wilson got from residents in town.

“I received a tremendous amount of support, either emails or a couple of cards in the mail or people stopping me places or coming up to me and saying how terrible they thought it was. I think it has brought about an awareness in this particular area that I think the good people overwhelm the bad.”



]]> the wake of finding flyers like this one on her car after a 9/11 memorial, Brunswick Councilor Kathy Wilson said she has received hate mail from multiple sources. Since the incident, she has also received an apology from the man distributing the flyers, who said he didn't intend to threaten anyone.Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:44:45 +0000
These 6 Maine public gardens are so worth the trip Fri, 01 Sep 2017 23:27:26 +0000 0, 06 Sep 2017 19:30:12 +0000 Here’s how we rank Maine’s high school football teams this year Sun, 27 Aug 2017 08:00:03 +0000

]]> 0 Ewing/staff photographer... September, 27, 2013…Kennebunk hosted Marshwood in football. Kennebunk's #21, Jesse Shields, reacts to his team's safety in the 1st half against the Hawks giving them a 9-0 lead.Fri, 25 Aug 2017 14:12:17 +0000
MaineToday Magazine: Multimedia ‘No Plan B’ makes innovative use of a tent Thu, 24 Aug 2017 08:00:14 +0000 0, 23 Aug 2017 23:12:13 +0000 Nearly see-through, weird claws and just plain old: See unusual lobster photos Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:22:09 +0000 0 Coppersmith of Windham holds a normal looking lobster next to a bright orange lobster that he caught while fishing in deepwater canyons in the Gulf of Maine with his steersman Brian Skillings Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Coppersmith said he has never seen an orange lobster like this in many years of fishing, though he did snag a white lobster in 1997. Coppersmith named him "Captain Eli" after his four-year old grandson. The lobster will be kept at the Fisherman's Catch in Raymond, run by Coppersmith's son, Billy Jr., for about a month before Coppersmith brings him back out to deep water and releases him back into the ocean. (Photo by Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer)Fri, 01 Sep 2017 18:24:20 +0000 LePage praises vocational training, calls teachers ‘a dime a dozen’ Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:08:06 +0000 PITTSFIELD — Gov. Paul LePage said Thursday that he values vocational training more than traditional education, and that classroom teachers are “a dime a dozen.”
The governor made the remarks at the unveiling of Cianbro’s new workforce development center, which aims to help replenish a diminishing workforce in the construction business through education and training.

Cianbro employees work Thursday at the company’s new workforce development facility in Pittsfield. Photo courtesy of Cianbro

LePage praised the new institute, which offers opportunities in vocational training that once were more widely available, such as shop class and home economics, which he said “were really good for our society back then.”

“Instead of hiding vocational education, we have to do what we used to do and bring it back to the front of the classroom,”

LePage said. He also took jabs at traditional education, saying Cianbro’s new facility places more value on mentoring, which is “more than just teaching out of a book.”
“Because teachers are a dime a dozen, mentors are what we really need in our system to prepare the next generation to take over,” LePage said. “It’s mentoring that’s more valuable. And I’m certain this institution is going to be mentoring.”

Lois Kilby-Chesley, president of the Maine Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, said in an interview afterward she was surprised to hear about the governor’s comments because compared to other New England states, Maine is struggling to fill many teaching positions.

She said the MEA does not agree with the “dime a dozen” comment and didn’t think any superintendent in Maine would.

Kilby-Chesley also said the MEA has supported vocational education in schools, now known as career and technical education. She said it prepares students for jobs that are more hands on, but that students can’t be lumped into just one category. She said students need to make choices, whether to pursue career and technical education or a path that leads toward higher education.

“Students will make choices based on their interests,” she said. “Not every student fits the same hole. Different pegs require different holes.”

Cianbro’s new workforce development department, called the Cianbro Institute, provides in-house training in construction, electrical work and other trades for its employees.

Peter Vigue, CEO of Cianbro, said the company was already providing this training in separate locations in Pittsfield, but “we’re busting out at the seams.” In introducing LePage, Vigue said Cianbro was passionate about people and the industry, which he said were values shared by the governor.

Peter Vigue, left, chief executive officer of Cianbro, speaks Thursday with Gov. Paul LePage at the company’s new workforce development facility in Pittsfield. Staff photo by Colin Ellis

LePage recounted that when he was first elected, he sent a cartoon to all the school superintendents in the state, depicting a plumber talking to a teacher. The teacher said they made $30,000 a year while the plumber said they made $65,000.

“And the superintendents were livid. You should see some of the comments I received,” LePage said. “But I was right.”

The actual cartoon was different, featuring a student who was going to be a welder and another student going for a liberal arts degree and different salary figures for both. The cartoon, which was actually sent to high school principals across the state, also included a handwritten note, saying: “Folks. We can do better and need to do better! Let’s put our students first.”

LePage said it takes six years to get a bachelor’s degree in Maine. He gave the example of his daughter, who he said had begun school planning to become a physician, but changed her mind and just graduated from law school. He said while that was good, it has become increasingly hard to find an electrician or plumber.

“I’m telling you the trades and vocational education are critical,” he said, adding that “you still have to have a roof over your head.”

He said technical education opportunities are important because “not everyone is going to go to college.”

Aside from placing value on vocational education, LePage commended Cianbro for being a forward-thinking company that has been an innovator in workplace safety.

“They were very, very interested in keeping their workers healthy and on the job,” he said.

Vigue said the kind of training the institute provides is valuable to young people from “humble backgrounds” or who have limited economic opportunities or low self-esteem.

“We are creating and building people who have integrity, character and skill,” he said.

The institute provides mentoring to current employees. Scott Mitchell, an instructor for the institute, said Cianbro has a four-year apprenticeship program that offers at least 576 hours of learning time both in the field and in a classroom.

Cianbro, which has been nationally recognized as the Healthiest and Safest Company in America by the American College of Occupation and Environmental Medicine, was started in 1949.

While the state’s workforce challenge could be perceived as a problem, Vigue said, it also presents an opportunity to “invest in the future of the workforce.”

“Cianbro created a fabulous facility that will help us move the ball,” Whyte said.

Michael Bellaman, president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors, said the Cianbro facility is “awesome” and that he is continually impressed by Cianbro’s work. Companies like Cianbro, which is a member of ABC, give the organization a credible voice “as we work for legislation,” he said.

Colin Ellis — 861-9253

Twitter: @colinoellis

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Elvis is celebrated at Hadlock Field: Photos Wed, 16 Aug 2017 22:56:51 +0000 The Portland Sea Dogs hosted a tribute to Elvis Presley on Wednesday to mark the 40th anniversary of the singer’s death.

Dana Z, an Elvis impersonator, performed prior to the game.

Any fan that sang at least four lines from “Hound Dog” at the ticket window received one free ticket.

Presley died in 1977 in Memphis, one day before he was scheduled to perform in Maine.


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Letter to the editor: Europe must shake its head over U.S.-caused refugees Sat, 05 Aug 2017 20:43:36 +0000 Imagine how furious and disgusted European leaders are with President Trump’s proposed skills-based immigration system after they accepted tens of thousands of Middle Eastern refugees whose plight can legitimately be traced back to the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Larry Kaplan
Cape Elizabeth

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Searchable race results for Saturday’s Beach to Beacon Sat, 05 Aug 2017 15:12:30 +0000 Full searchable race results for Saturday’s Beach to Beacon 10K road race are available by clicking here.

]]> 0 ELIZABETH, ME - AUGUST 5: A mass of runners pass by Pond Cove on Shore Road during the 20th annual TD Beach to Beacon 10K. (Staff photo by Brianna Soukup/Staff Photographer)Mon, 07 Aug 2017 20:46:13 +0000
Maine budget talks continue Thursday night, but shutdown looms Thu, 29 Jun 2017 23:24:08 +0000 0, ME - JUNE 29: Senator Paul Davis in the senate chambers during a vote. A state budget still had not been passed by Thursday afternoon. (Staff photo by Brianna Soukup/Staff Photographer)Thu, 29 Jun 2017 19:24:08 +0000 For farmers’ markets, Maine’s the place, summer’s the season: Photos, links Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:58:17 +0000 The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets offers information about dozens of markets where a wide variety of Maine produce, flowers, meat, cheese, bread, sweets, and even meals can be found.

Some options in Greater Portland include the Scarborough Farmers’ Market and the South Portland Farmers’ Market, both on Sundays and located in the parking lots of their respective town/city halls, the Portland Farmers’ Market in Monument Square on Wednesdays, and the Cumberland Farmers’ Market located at the Town Hall complex on Saturdays.

Go to the federation’s website for times, locations and a full list.


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Beach like a local at Maine’s lesser-known spots Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:00:24 +0000 0 may know best, as Jules Dochtermann 4, of Berlin, Germany, the grandson of state park Ranger Glenn Dochtermann applies his learnings at Ferry Beach State Park in Saco.Tue, 13 Jun 2017 20:11:15 +0000 Minor earthquake felt Wednesday morning in Waldo County Wed, 07 Jun 2017 16:03:14 +0000 A small earthquake occurred Wednesday morning between Dollof Hill and Jackson Road in Monroe.

The 2.1-magnitude earthquake was reported by the Massachusetts-based Weston Observatory shortly after 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. According to the magnitude scale, which quantifies the sizes of earthquakes, a 2.1-magnitude earthquake is listed as minor, felt slightly by some people, and results in no property damage.

The Waldo County Emergency Management Agency tweeted that residents of Winterport and Frankfort also heard “earth rumblings” around the same time.

Dale Rowley, director of the Waldo County Emergency Management Agency, said people from Monroe, Frankfort, Winterport and Hampden reported either feeling or hearing the earthquake. He said that outside of the noise created by the quake,y few people actually felt it.

“A lot of people heard a loud rumbling sound,” he said.

Rowley said he spoke with the Maine Geological Service, and said Maine gets about a dozen earthquakes each year. However, those quakes are usually very low on the magnitude range.

Rowley said no damage was reported from Wednesday’s quake.

Colin Ellis — 861-9253

Twitter: @colinoellis

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Healthy Maine Magazine: Caterpillars make us itch, and too much asthma Sun, 04 Jun 2017 08:00:48 +0000 0 Coates, M.D., a pediatric pulmonologist, listens to Reid Shores' breathing during his appointment, which happened to fall on his first birthday.Fri, 02 Jun 2017 15:05:20 +0000 Suggestions on what to eat to curb morning sickness Sun, 04 Jun 2017 08:00:38 +0000 Nutritionist Miriam Erick has been helping women with severe morning sickness, or hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), figure out what kinds of foods to eat for decades.

Her four books on the subject include “Take Two Crackers and Call Me in the Morning: A Real-Life Guide for Surviving Morning Sickness,” and her biggest piece of advice is “Listen to your cravings – if your body is telling you that it wants something, then just eat whatever that is.” Her only caveat: no alcohol – but, other than that, the world is your oyster. Or, maybe, oyster cracker.

HERE ARE SOME other hints from Erick:

 Bland is not necessarily best for everybody, even though the most common advice is to stick to bland foods such as applesauce and mashed potatoes. It’s not unusual for women with HG to seek out spicy or sour food, so follow your instincts.

Fluids can be more difficult to stomach when you’re nauseous, so don’t fret about liquids and focus on food first. If you think you can manage it, frozen watermelon cubes or grapes can be good alternatives to traditional fluids. If soda sounds good, don’t worry about the sugar too much if it means you’re getting necessary fluids into your body.

Forget ginger – if you want to. Ginger tea is commonly recommended to HG patients to help curb nausea, but, anecdotally, many HG patients say it doesn’t help. Noting that constant vomiting will naturally cause a raw throat, Erick says ginger may irritate the throat, which could be why it doesn’t agree with some women.

No matter what it is that you want to eat – whether it’s raw cauliflower, Key lime pie or jalapeño poppers – find that one item and eat it in small amounts throughout the day. Eventually you may be able to add a few more items that you can keep down, but it doesn’t really matter as long as you’re getting some nutrients and calories.

“Listen to your cravings,” nutritionist Miriam Erick recommends. Sometimes eating salty foods will help quell the nausea. Associated Press

Give salt a try – the mariner’s cure. While reading Julia Alvarez’s novel “Saving the World,” a passage referring to seawater as a cure for seasickness started Erick on a new line of thinking. Try adding salt to a glass of water or just eating salty crackers or chips; the salt might help quell the nausea, or, at least, make you thirsty for fluids.

Outside stimuli can have a powerful effect, so you may need to retreat to a small, dark space such as a closet when trying to eat. Not only can noise and light stimulate nausea, but smells – from your kitchen or even your spouse – can also make food even less palatable. Sometimes choosing food that doesn’t have a strong odor, or sticking to cold items, can also help.

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MaineToday Magazine: 8 Maine hikes hidden in plain sight Thu, 01 Jun 2017 22:01:47 +0000 0, 01 Jun 2017 18:09:01 +0000 During Maine summers, the big screen goes outside Wed, 31 May 2017 17:52:22 +0000 0, 31 May 2017 13:52:22 +0000 How to beat the crowds at Maine tourist hot spots Tue, 30 May 2017 16:54:06 +0000 0 walk by the Old Orchard Beach Pier last summer. This popular tourist destination for generations of Canadians doesn't appear to be suffering from what industry experts predicted would be a "Trump slump."Tue, 30 May 2017 21:12:17 +0000 Video: Sunrise, Portland Head Light Tue, 09 May 2017 20:31:46 +0000 CAPE ELIZABETH — Portland Head Light at Fort Williams Park has long drawn visitors, probably since its first oil lamp was lit on Jan. 10, 1791.

The oldest lighthouse in Maine got spruced up last year, making it even more picture-perfect. See a gallery of still photos here.

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Do you have a pre-existing condition? Thu, 04 May 2017 20:01:42 +0000 The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, prohibited insurers from turning away consumers with pre-existing medical conditions, a practice that was once standard in the industry.

Among the conditions that once commonly made insurers deny coverage, according to a list assembled by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation, were:

• Lupus
• Alcohol abuse/drug abuse with recent treatment
• Mental disorders
• Alzheimer’s/dementia
• Multiple sclerosis
• Arthritis (rheumatoid), fibromyalgia, other inflammatory joint disease
• Muscular dystrophy
• Cancer within some period of time (e.g., 10 years)
• Cerebral palsy
• Severe obesity
• Organ transplant
• Congestive heart failure
• Paraplegia
• Coronary artery/heart disease, bypass surgery
• Paralysis
• Crohn’s disease/ulcerative colitis
• Parkinson’s disease
• Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)/emphysema
• Pending surgery or hospitalization
• Diabetes mellitus
• Pneumocystic pneumonia
• Epilepsy
• Pregnancy or expectant parent
• Hemophilia
• Sleep apnea
• Hepatitis C
• Stroke
• Kidney disease, renal failure
• Transsexualism

The American Health Care Act, as the House Republican health care bill is called, does not explicitly eliminate Obamacare’s coverage guarantee.

But the bill would allow states to obtain a waiver from the federal government to eliminate another Obamacare mandate that prohibits insurers from charging people with pre-existing medical conditions more for insurance.

That means that some people with pre-existing medical conditions could see their premiums spike dramatically, if the House-passed bill becomes law.

In other words, a patient with diabetes, heart disease or cancer might still be “guaranteed” coverage, but only if he or she agreed to pay five or 10 times as much for a health plan.

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Video: Bird’s-eye view of Maine’s oldest covered bridge Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:34:25 +0000 0, 27 Apr 2017 13:35:29 +0000 Photos: Jets + Death Valley canyon = thrilling show Wed, 12 Apr 2017 20:19:11 +0000 DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Inside California’s Death Valley National Park is a narrow gorge nicknamed Star Wars Canyon where military pilots train and test jets — and put on a thrilling show.

Photographers and aviation enthusiasts travel from around the globe to stand on the rim of the deep, craggy canyon and watch the aircraft streak through the passage below.

The gorge got its nickname from its rocky, colorful landscape, which resembles a planet featured in some of the “Star Wars” movies. Some scenes from the first “Star Wars” film, released in 1977, were shot in a different part of Death Valley National Park.

The park is a four-hour drive from Los Angeles. Lately it has been drawing fans celebrating the 40th anniversary of “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.”

]]> 0 this Feb. 27, 2017, photo an F-15E Strike Eagle from Seymour Johnson AFB in North Carolina flies out of the nicknamed Star Wars Canyon turning toward the Panamint range over Death Valley National Park, Calif. Military jets roaring over national parks have long drawn complaints from hikers and campers. But in California's Death Valley, the low-flying combat aircraft skillfully zipping between the craggy landscape has become a popular attraction in the 3.3 million acre park in the Mojave Desert, 260 miles east of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:19:11 +0000
On the Job: For Portland schools’ cook, the quantities are impressive Tue, 11 Apr 2017 08:00:57 +0000

Every weekday morning, Lori Beatham puts on an apron and gloves, then helps feed 2,000 children.

Beatham is one of five cooks at Portland Public Schools’ Central Kitchen.

The Riverside facility provides meals for students at nine of the city’s elementary schools – including Peaks Island and Cliff Island schools – and Casco Bay High School.

The meals are prepared one day in advance, plated and sealed in disposable trays, and cooled. The next morning, they’re shipped to individual schools by delivery truck, then reheated in the school cafeterias where they are sold to students for less than $3 each.

Central Kitchen employs 12 people, including two delivery drivers.

An average of 15 percent to 20 percent of the produce is locally sourced, said Jane McLucas, the district’s food service director.

Beatham has worked in the kitchen for 2½ years. Previously, she worked as a food and beverage manager at the Hilton Garden Inn. She prefers the school job because it’s far less stressful.

The Portland resident performs two jobs within the school district. After working for six hours at Central Kitchen in the morning, she then spends two hours serving lunch at Lincoln Middle School. The average pay of food service assistants in Cumberland County schools is $15 per hour.

On a recent morning, Beatham sliced 150 pounds of tri-colored peppers and mashed 500 pounds of potatoes. Despite the massive quantities, she said it’s not daunting to prepare so many meals.

It is, however, surprisingly physical work. According to a digital step tracker, she walks an average of six miles every day within the sprawling Central Kitchen and an additional three miles at Lincoln Middle School.

“I don’t feel the need to go to the gym during the school year,” she said.

]]> 0, ME - APRIL 4: Lori Beatham, cook at Portland Public Schools' Central Kitchen, slices 150 pounds of tri-colored bell peppers. (Staff photo by Ben McCanna/Staff Photographer)Mon, 10 Apr 2017 20:16:13 +0000
Former students withdraw lawsuit over Maine-licensed nursing program Wed, 05 Apr 2017 05:00:45 +0000

AUGUSTA — Former nursing students have withdrawn their lawsuit against a California company that ran a Maine-licensed nursing program.

A complaint in U.S. District Court claimed InterCoast Career Institute’s nursing program didn’t deliver on promises. An InterCoast representative said such claims were “grossly inaccurate” and that the program received state approval.

The lawsuit was dismissed last month.

The Maine Board of Nursing received anonymous complaints about InterCoast’s program in 2012, and the board told InterCoast it had to obtain accreditation for its program by 2014. By 2015, InterCoast agreed to surrender its state certification and wind down its operations.

InterCoast is facing two other federal lawsuits by former nursing students. One lawsuit is set for jury trial.

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Mount Washington flirts with record low of minus 27, and never mind the wind chill Sat, 04 Mar 2017 22:49:22 +0000 Talk about cold.

The temperature atop Mount Washington was minus 24 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday afternoon, but that wasn’t the end of it.

With wind chill was minus 71 degrees. That was thanks to 78-mph winds atop the mountain in New Hampshire at about 5:30 p.m. The weather conditions were described as freezing fog.

The webcam on the Mount Washington Observatory website showed a snow- and ice-covered observation deck with low visibility. Earlier in the day, two figures were visible on the deck, bundled up and leaning into the wind.

The website notes that the record low temperature for the date – minus 27 set in 1943 – remained “in jeopardy” until midnight.

The website also warned, for anyone thinking about venturing their way, that frostbite could result in as little as five minutes on exposed skin in such conditions.

Take heart. The observatory expected temperatures to have warmed to around zero by the end of Sunday.


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Epidemic: Maine’s opioid crisis Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:01:27 +0000 0 this call in 2015, Portland paramedics were able to revive a woman who had injected a quarter-gram of heroin – but the number of Mainers who die of drug overdoses is increasing at an alarming rate.Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:01:27 +0000 Tournament time: Top seeds fall as regional basketball champs are crowned Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:30:19 +0000 0, ME - FEBRUARY 25: Brunswick seniors Aidan Sachs, left, and Brooke Barter share the honor of cutting the final strands of the net after their victory against Greely during the Class A South girls basketball regional final. (Staff photo by Ben McCanna/Staff Photographer)Sat, 25 Feb 2017 21:51:16 +0000 Trump’s first month: Immigration, Russia take center stage Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:02:51 +0000 0 Donald Trump announces Thrusday he will nominate Alexander Acosta for Labor Secretary in the East Room of the White House in Washington.Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:48:04 +0000 Twitter users weigh in with #LetLizSpeak on silencing of Elizabeth Warren Wed, 08 Feb 2017 22:59:05 +0000

By silencing Elizabeth Warren, the GOP gave women around the world a rallying cry. #ShePersisted #LetLizSpeak

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 8, 2017

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From outdoor rinks to tasting rooms, gets traveling Sun, 05 Feb 2017 09:00:01 +0000 0, 04 Feb 2017 23:01:10 +0000 What do you get when you cross a dive bar with a diner? Downtown Lounge Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:43:18 +0000 0, 26 Jan 2017 19:44:10 +0000 On the Job: Ebenezer Akakpo creates art that helps others Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:00:26 +0000 Ebenezer Akakpo, 41, blends his design aesthetic with his Ghanaian heritage to produce art with a purpose.

Akakpo uses his talent to raise money for charitable projects. Sales of the jewelry and other accessories he makes in his South Portland studio support a project in Ghana that uses ultraviolet technology to purify water.

He also holds down a day job as an IT support specialist at the Maine Turnpike Authority.

Akakpo received a bachelor’s of fine arts degree from Maine College of Art in metalsmithing and jewelry, and then a master’s degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

On Sunday, his jewelry and metalwork were part of a hair and fashion show in Portland to raise money for Women’s Initiatives that Strengthen and Empower, a nonprofit that supports economic independence for women in Zambia.

What he loves about his art is “the idea of having a thought and being able to make that thought tangible. Having people see it,” he said.

“There is always a challenge and you have to make it work, to use your technique to get the result that you want.”

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The latest: President Trump walks part of parade route Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:10:25 +0000 WASHINGTON – The Latest on Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States:

5:40 p.m.

A video on social media shows District of Columbia police pepper-spraying a group of protesters — including an elderly woman and a man on crutches, as well as those trying to help them to move out of the way.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department declined to immediately provide comment. It was unclear what happened just before the video began.

The video shows a woman screaming “my child” as she runs with her crying son in her arms. Others are hunched over or coughing as plumes of pink spray waft over hundreds of people in the street. Toward the end of the video, protesters appear to be breaking up cement blocks and

5:30 p.m.

A group of protesters in downtown Washington jumped on the hood of a limousine, smashed its windows and then set it on fire, while hundreds of others waved signs and chanted slogans voicing their displeasure of their new president.

The protests came as President Donald Trump’s inaugural parade continued blocks away.

Pockets of demonstrators broke out into screaming matches with Trump supporters. Police deployed flash bang grenades. Helicopters circled above, taking in the scene.

A line of police officers wearing riot gear watched demonstrators marching. The officers moved in once the limo was set afire to allow fire officials to extinguish the blaze. A pile of overturned newspaper boxes, trash cans and a tire were also set alight.

President Donald Trump smiles with his son Barron as they view the 58th Presidential Inauguration parade in Washington on Friday.

President Donald Trump smiles with his son Barron as they view the 58th Presidential Inauguration parade in Washington on Friday. Associated Press/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

5:20 p.m.

President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and their wives are arriving at the reviewing stand near the White House to watch the inaugural parade.

Trump said the day was “unbelievable,” as he and wife Melania made their way along the North Lawn to the stand on Pennsylvania Avenue. Trump also flashed a thumbs-up.

The first couple are surrounded in the enclosed stand by their family members.

5:15 p.m.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump twice got out of their vehicles to walk and wave to the crowd during their escorted trip from the Capitol to the White House.

They first walked for about a block before reaching the Trump International Hotel, where the crowds on both sides of the street were at their loudest. As the Trumps neared the hotel, agents urged the couple to get back into their sedan.

A large crowd of protesters had gathered on the opposite side of the street, while supporters and employees of the hotel cheered on the hotel side of the street.

Later, the Trumps exited their sedan with their children and grandchildren in tow. An announcer roared, “Welcome home, Mr. President.”

President Donald Trump waves as he walks with first lady Melania Trump during the inauguration parade on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington on Friday.

President Donald Trump waves as he walks with first lady Melania Trump during the inauguration parade on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington on Friday. Associated Press/Evan Vucci

5:10 p.m.

A man who described himself as an American nationalist says his friend was knocked out after he was hit on the head with a stick by an anti-Trump protester in McPherson Square.

Samuel Hyde of Jacksonville, Florida, says he and his friends ventured into the anti-Trump protest “just to see what was going on. We figured out quickly we weren’t welcome.”

The pro-Trump supporters were quickly surrounded. The man who was struck, who did not give his name, told Army soldiers who came to his aid, “I was worried they were going to bash my brains out.”

Araquel Bloss, lead organizer of the Occupy Inauguration protest in McPherson Square, also came to the man’s aid. She says the protest was nonviolent and the man who struck the victim is not representative of the protesters.

5:05 p.m.

A watchdog group is asking the General Services Administration to determine whether President Donald Trump has violated his lease for the government-owned building that houses his luxury hotel a few blocks from the White House.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington issued the letter Friday shortly after Trump took the oath of office.

The 2013 lease Trump signed for the Old Post Office building specifically bars any “elected official of the Government of the United States” from benefiting. Trump announced earlier this month that he would hand over day-to-day control of his multibillion-dollar business empire to two of his sons, but there is no indication he has relinquished his ownership stake in the $200 million project.

A spokeswoman for the GSA declined to comment.

4:25 p.m.

The leader of Taiwan’s delegation to the U.S. presidential inauguration has dismissed China’s strong objections to his attendance as “small-minded.”

Former Premier Yu Shyi-kun says: “It’s hard to believe that a country with 5,000 years of history and its glorious background is so focused on this. It just shows how petty they are.”

Yu was interviewed by The Associated Press after watching Trump’s swearing-in. He says he had a good seat, directly in front of the ceremony at the Capitol.

The U.S. has no formal relations with self-governing Taiwan in deference to China, which claims the island as its own. However, the two maintain robust informal ties. China is concerned that President Donald Trump could seek to redefine relations between Beijing, Taipei and Washington.

Military units march during the 58th Presidential Inauguration parade for President Donald Trump in Washington on Friday.

Military units march during the 58th Presidential Inauguration parade for President Donald Trump in Washington on Friday. Associated Press/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

4:05 p.m

President Donald Trump is making his way down Constitution Avenue with a military escort as his inauguration parade begins in Washington.

The president will review the parade from a viewing stand near the White House.

He and first lady Melania Trump are riding in the presidential limousine nicknamed “The Beast.”

Trump is being cheered by supporters as his car passes.

Others are shouting “Media sucks” while a group of protesters chants, “Not my president, not my president.”

Military units march in the inaugural parade from the U.S. Capitol on Friday in Washington, D.C.

Military units march in the inaugural parade from the U.S. Capitol on Friday in Washington, D.C. Associated Press/Alex Brandon

3:50 p.m.

Military bands representing all the service branches are playing and marching outside the Capitol, signaling the start of the inaugural parade.

Police officers on motorcycles are following closely behind as the parade participants begin the slow trek down Constitution Avenue.

Hundreds of police officers have lined both sides of the street. Service members are also standing at attention on both sides.

There are only a few onlookers along the first couple of blocks but the crowds appear to grow as the parade approaches the National Mall.

3:15 p.m.

President Donald Trump – in brief remarks at his inaugural lunch at the Capitol – says he was honored that Hillary Clinton, his rival in the White House race, came to the event.

The bipartisan crowd of lawmakers and other dignitaries gave Clinton a standing ovation after Trump asked her to rise.

Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, sat with members of Trump’s family at the event.

Trump ended by saying he has “a lot of respect for those two people.”

Contrast that with some of his rhetoric during the campaign.

Back then, Trump repeatedly said Hillary Clinton deserved to be in jail because of her private email server issues. And Trump invited women who had accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault to sit in the audience of one of the presidential debates.

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Some notable Inauguration Day tweets Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:11:22 +0000

As President Trump begins his new Administration, I wish him the best, because if he succeeds, then our country succeeds.

— Senator Angus King (@SenAngusKing) January 20, 2017

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Here’s a look at some fashionable first ladies Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:19:34 +0000 0 President George Bush and Mrs. Barbara Bush attend one of the Inaugural Balls, Friday, Jan. 21, 1989, night at the D.C Armory in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:36:45 +0000 SnowTrac: Maine snowfall totals for Jan. 18, 2017 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:41:11 +0000 0, 03 Mar 2017 13:47:54 +0000 Police: Litchfield man reached speed of 114 mph in West Gardiner Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:34:09 +0000 A Litchfield man was arrested Friday on various charges after allegedly driving a car 114 mph on Interstate 295 in West Gardiner while intoxicated and getting stopped by a Maine State Police trooper.

The man, 30-year-old Ethan Francine, was arrested on charges of operating under the influence, criminal speeding and violating conditions of release, according to an affidavit filed by Trooper Niles Krech.

Krech took Francine to the Gardiner Police Department after the arrest, where a breath test showed his blood alcohol level was 0.12 percent, Krech wrote. In Maine, the legal driving limit is 0.08 percent.

Before the Friday arrest, Francine was free on $1,000 cash bail for two felony counts of possession of sexually explicit materials of minors under age 12. In August, he was indicted on those charges and pleaded not guilty to them at the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta.

Those charges are still pending, and Francine’s next court appearance is a dispositional conference scheduled for Feb. 14, said Maeghan Maloney, district attorney of Kennebec and Somerset counties, in an email.

After his arrest last week, Francine is being held without bail at the Kennebec County jail because of the pending charges of possessing child pornography, a jail employee said Tuesday. If not for those charges, his bail for the alleged speeding violation would have been $750, the employee said.

Krech, the trooper who arrested Francine, was parked on the side of Interstate 295 on Friday and facing northbound traffic when he saw Francine’s vehicle coming over a hill. His radar recorded Francine allegedly moving at 114 mph.

After interviewing Francine, Krech wrote in the affidavit, “I could smell the odor of intoxicating beverages coming from him when he spoke to me.” Krech signed his affidavit at 10:17 a.m. Friday.

Francine made his initial court appearance for the recent charges on Monday, according to court documents.

Over the summer, the indictment against Francine alleged that he possessed child pornography from Feb. 5 to March 24, 2016, in Litchfield. The maximum penalty for each count is five years in prison.

At the time of Francine’s arrest last March, a news release from Maine State Police spokesman Stephen McCausland said police seized computers from Francine’s home that contained child pornography. He also said Francine worked as a lifeguard at the Bath YMCA pool.

Francine’s case has been delayed because he fired an attorney who was representing him and hired another, Maloney said. The courts allowed more time for the new attorney to build a defense.

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Hanukkah, Christmas, comedy and trivia: 9 things to do this weekend Fri, 23 Dec 2016 00:47:56 +0000 0, 22 Dec 2016 19:57:44 +0000 Photos: These holiday displays might just warm your heart Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:22:06 +0000 0, ME - DECEMBER 17: Bob Peary sweeps fresh snow off his inflatable holiday decorations on the front lawn of his Scarborough home on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. Peary said this is the first year that he set up the decorations, because he wanted something special for his grandkids. (Photo by Derek Davis/Staff Photographer)Wed, 21 Dec 2016 18:05:53 +0000 Photos: Last supermoon of 2016 shines brightly Wed, 14 Dec 2016 22:35:11 +0000 Fishing boats point the way of the tide in the Scarborough River under a full moon at Pine Point on Wednesday morning. It was the third consecutive supermoon. The term “supermoon” is used for those full moons that occur when the distance between Earth and the moon is less than is typically the case.

Fishing boats point the way of the tide in the Scarborough River under a full moon at Pine Point in Scarborough on Wednesday morning. It was the third consecutive supermoon. The term “supermoon” is used for those full moons that occur when the distance between Earth and the moon is less than is typically the case. Derek Davis/Staff Photographer Derek Davis/Staff Photographer


The fishing vessel Persistence leaves the Scarborough River as it heads past Pine Point in Scarborough under a full moon on Wednesday morning.

The fishing vessel Persistence leaves the Scarborough River as it heads past Pine Point in Scarborough under a full moon on Wednesday morning. Derek Davis/Staff Photographer Derek Davis/Staff Photographer


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What did you read in 2016? Stories about the Guv, Geraldine Largay, ‘the tree guy,’ Tilted Kilt. Wed, 14 Dec 2016 18:20:56 +0000 0 Woodworth says dressing as a tree and slowly crossing a busy intersection on Monday in Portland, for which he was arrested, was conceived as a piece of performance art.Fri, 23 Dec 2016 14:06:33 +0000 Maine’s top, bottom schools in English, math and science Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:13:15 +0000 The districts with the highest and lowest percentage of students at or above grade level, according to a statewide assessment released Wednesday:

ENGLISH – Top 10
Falmouth Public Schools, 80.64 percent
Mount Desert CSD, 80.58 percent
Yarmouth Schools, 79 percent
Baxter Academy for Technology and Science, 78.38 percent
York Public Schools, 73.75 percent
RSU 51/MSAD 51 (Cumberland), 72.81 percent
Five Town CSD, 72.66 percent
Scarborough Public Schools, 72.19 percent
Cape Elizabeth Public Schools, 71.8 percent
Penobscot Public Schools, 71.15 percent

ENGLISH – Bottom 10
Indian Township, 18.89 percent
RSU 42/MSAD 42 (Blaine), 27.89 percent
Pleasant Point, 29.76 percent
Lewiston Public Schools, 29.86 percent
Bridgewater Public Schools, 30.3 percent
Cornville Regional Charter School, 30.77 percent
Charlotte Public Schools, 31.43 percent
RSU 41/MSAD 41 (LaGrange), 32.03 percent
Deer Isle-Stonington CSD, 32.64 percent
Princeton Public Schools, 32.76 percent

MATH – Top 10
Yarmouth Schools, 74.26 percent
Falmouth Public Schools , 72.55 percent
South Bristol Public Schools, 68.42 percent
Bar Harbor Public Schools, 67.06 percent
Chebeague Island Public Schools, 65.52 percent
Marshfield Public Schools, 62.5 percent
RSU 51/MSAD 51 (Cumberland), 62.29 percent
Cape Elizabeth Public Schools, 62.28 percent
Hope Public Schools, 61.06 percent
RSU 21 (Kennebunk), 59.11 percent

MATH – Bottom 10
East Machias Public Schools, 12.59 percent
Indian Township, 14.44 percent
Harpswell Coastal Academy, 17.70 percent
Cornville Regional Charter School, 17.95 percent
Cherryfield Public Schools, 18.82 percent
RSU 03/MSAD 03 (Unity). 19.25 percent
RSU 45/MSAD 45 (Washburn). 19.35 percent
RSU 42/MSAD 42 (Blaine). 20 percent
RSU 04 (Litchfield). 20.25 percent
RSU 41/MSAD 41 (LaGrange). 20.61 percent

SCIENCE – Top 10
Bar Harbor Public Schools, 87.06 percent
Cape Elizabeth Public Schools, 86.63 percent
RSU 51/MSAD 51 (Cumberland), 83.15 percent
Yarmouth Schools, 82.80 percent
Great Salt Bay CSD, 82.22 percent
Falmouth Public Schools, 80.72 percent
RSU 26 (Orono), 78.26 percent
Scarborough Public Schools, 77.7 percent
Bristol Public Schools, 76.92 percent
RSU 78 (Rangeley Lakes), 75.56 percent

SCIENCE – Bottom 10
Indian Township, 27.78 percent
RSU 85/MSAD 19 (Lubec), 31.25 percent
RSU 88/MSAD 24 (Van Buren), 35.71 percent
Lewiston Public Schools, 36.29 percent
RSU 23 (Old Orchard Beach), 40.67 percent
RSU 41/MSAD 41 (LaGrange), 42.86 percent
Machiasport Public Schools, 44 percent
MSAD 27 (Fort Kent), 45.86 percent
RSU 17/MSAD 17 (Oxford Hills), 46.09 percent
RSU 42/MSAD 42 (Blaine), 46.67 percent

Source: Maine Department of Education

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‘Anything Helps’ puts Portland panhandling center stage Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:27:02 +0000 0, 07 Dec 2016 12:27:23 +0000 MaineVoices Live: Videos of interviews with luminaries from the arts, politics and business Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:00:13 +0000 0 Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:00:13 +0000 ‘Like a Boss’ podcast: Steve Smith, CEO of L.L. Bean, talks about his life and philosophy Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:50:51 +0000 0, 07 Dec 2016 15:05:06 +0000 Santa Hustle, Festival of Trees: Things to do in Maine this weekend Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:57:29 +0000 0, 02 Dec 2016 21:53:11 +0000