Former MBAN building in Belfast going up for auction 

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A large complex where former credit card company MBNA once employed 2,000 Mainers is going up for auction. 

Bids will start at $1.8 million next month for the former MBNA call center that’s now home to home to Bank of America, service company OnProcess Technology and several other companies. The Bangor Daily News reports that the online auction will begin on Sept. 23. 

The 320,000-square-foot property building has been for lease for more than a year. 

Tony McDonald, one of the partners at the Boulos Co. in Portland, said it’s been difficult to lease because it’s such a large space in a rural market. 

In 2006, Bank of America bought MBNA and occupied the complex. However, Bank of America’s workforce used only part of the space. 


Live-fish as bait now prohibited in northern Maine 

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife has adopted a rule that will limit the use of live fish as bait. 

Maine Director of Fisheries and Hatcheries Francis Brautigam says this new rule will better protect wild trout waters. If bait fish escape and breed, they can out-compete wild trout for food. 

The Portland Press Herald reports that the department’s advisory council unanimously approved the regulation on Wednesday. 

The new rule would prohibit the use of live fish as bait in most of northern Maine’s lakes and ponds, which make up most wild trout waters in New England. 

The new rule will take effect Jan. 1, 2020. The practice will continue in some waters under a special regulation. 

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