In poll, 42 percent unable to name governor candidate

The primary elections are less than a month away, but many Mainers still don’t know who’s running for governor.

Critical Insights said Thursday that 30 percent named Republican Les Otten in a poll asking if they could name a candidate. Sixteen percent named Republican Peter Mills and Democrat Libby Mitchell, and 11 percent named Democrat Steve Rowe.

It was single digits for the rest: Democrats Pat McGowan and Rosa Scarcelli and Republicans Steve Abbott, Bruce Poliquin, Paul LePage, Matt Jacobson and Bill Beardsley.

Forty-two percent couldn’t name any candidate.

The poll surveyed 600 likely primary voters from April 28 to May 7, before the Republican convention. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.


Federal grant to help protect seaports from terror attacks

The city will receive more than $1 million in grants from the federal Department of Homeland Security to safeguard its port from acts of terrorism, including weapons of mass destruction or improvised explosive devices.

“These targeted grants will help fund anti-terror safeguards, increasing the security of our ports and helping protect seacoast communities and the infrastructure of Maine,” said U.S. Sen. Susan Collins.

Collins, who announced the grants Thursday, is a ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

In addition to Portland, Bar Harbor received $50,000.


Wayside invites donations at the Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market on Somerset Street is hosting a food drive today and Saturday to benefit Wayside Kitchen and Food Rescue.

Wayside’s staff and volunteers will provide a shopping list to customers at the store’s entrance and ask them to consider buying one or more items from the list. Wayside representatives will collect food donations as shoppers leave the store.

All donations will benefit Wayside food programs, including the prepared meal service, mobile food pantries and the 51 other pantries and agencies in southern Maine that receive free food from Wayside.


L.L. Bean announces lineup for scaled-back concerts

L.L. Bean’s Summer in the Park concert series will begin June 26 with a schedule that doesn’t include the big-name headliners that were typical in past years.

The biggest name in the seven-concert series is indie-rock singer-songwriter Mike Doughty, former lead singer of the band Soul Coughing. He will perform with Christina Courtin on Aug. 7.

Other concerts in the series: Tift Merrit, folk pop, June 26; Johnny Hiland, country rock, July 4; Trombone Shorty & Orleans Jazz, rock-funk-jazz, July 10; Rogue Wave, folk rock, July 24; Ingrid Michaelson, indie pop, Aug. 21; and Joshua Radin, folk pop, Sept. 4.

All concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Bean’s Discovery Park.


Moose runs into police car, causes $2,000 in damage

A police cruiser hit a moose early Thursday morning at the intersection of Route 302 and Hams Hill Road.

Deputy Cory Plummer was driving on Route 302 around 3 a.m. when a moose ran into the intersection, striking the front right side of his cruiser, said Capt. Jeff Davis of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

Plummer was not hurt and the moose ran off. No other vehicles were involved. Davis estimated the damage to be $2,000.


Hemlock woolly adelgid found in midcoast trees

A new infestation of hemlock woolly adelgid has been identified, this one in Harpswell.

Officials with the Maine Forest Service and the Department of Agriculture say the new outbreak is worrisome because it moved 30 miles up the coast from Saco, the longest jump by the insect since it was first detected in the state in Kittery in 2003.

The woolly adelgid leaves white woolly masses at the base of needles on the undersides of hemlock twigs. Infested trees also have off-color needles and premature needle drop and twig dieback.

The forest service is releasing 9,000 predatory lady beetles around Ferry Beach in Saco and York to control infestations in those areas.

State officials ask people who think they may have infested hemlocks to report it by phone at 287-2431 or by e-mail at [email protected] or [email protected]


Graduate to pedal unicyle across states to raise money

A University of Maine at Farmington student plans to pedal his unicycle from Vermont to Maine’s easternmost point after he graduates to raise money for cancer research.

The Bangor Daily News said Tristan Bates, 22, plans to set off from Lake Champlain’s edge in Burlington, Vt., and pedal through New Hampshire and then across Maine. He’ll have a support team along the way.

Bates, an aspiring math teacher, plans to begin what he hopes will be a 10-day trek on May 23. Bates’ father died of malignant melanoma in February. Bates wants to raise money for research into the disease.


Regulators warn investors to beware of securities scam

Maine securities regulators are warning investors about a scam involving a company that promises big payouts that fail to materialize.

State officials have also issued a cease-and-desist order prohibiting Imperia Invest IBC from soliciting Maine investors through offers of unregistered securities. Officials believe the company is in the island nation of Vanuatu in the South Pacific.

Maine Securities Administrator Judith Shaw said consumers who use online chat sites that focus on deaf people are being swindled. Investigators were contacted by a Maine resident who reported that a friend had invested $1,000 in Imperia in January after being promised a multimillion-dollar payout within six months.


— From staff and news services


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