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Single-Family Housing Permits Authorized in Maine

February 2014

141

February 2013

129

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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News from July 12, 2013

July 13, 2013

Sweet nostalgia! Twinkies return to Maine, elsewhere

The iconic snack of the baby-boom generation arrives gradually in Maine stores, seven months after they disappeared.

July 12, 2013

For sale: Naming rights to Portland arena

With millions of dollars at stake, the Cumberland County Civic Center hires a firm to find a corporate sponsor 'who is trying to make a statement' in the Portland market.

July 12, 2013

120-year-old Maine hardware store shuttering

The owners says he's closing down Park's Hardware because there's not much call for small neighborhood hardware stores anymore.

July 12, 2013

Pet insurance growing as employee perk

Dar Reike, Rick Reike Companies subsidize or discount policies as more owners look for a higher level of animal health care.

July 12, 2013

Stock market gets boost on remarks from Bernanke

Stocks rise after the Federal Reserve chairman says the central bank will keep supporting the economy.

July 12, 2013

More airline flights run late this year

American Eagle has the worst on-time rate in May.

July 12, 2013

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July 12, 2013

Online retailers warm to brick, mortar

retail storefronts Some owners don't buy in to the demise of physical stores, citing benefits virtual outlets can't offer.

July 12, 2013

Sharing offices works for Maine startups

 More than a half-dozen co-working facilities have opened in Greater Portland since January 2011.