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Munjoy Hill performance hall before city for final approval https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/22/munjoy-hill-performance-hall-before-city-for-final-approval/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/22/munjoy-hill-performance-hall-before-city-for-final-approval/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1320205 A proposed 400-seat performance hall in the heart of Portland’s Munjoy Hill is up for final city approval Tuesday, more than five years after it was first presented to mixed reviews.

If the project is approved by the Portland Planning Board, the Friends of the St. Lawrence Church will be able to turn its attention to its next big challenge: raising the $10 million estimated to be needed to construct a contemporary addition to the 19th-century Gothic-style church at 76 Congress St., according to Julia Kirby.

“After the site plan approval process, we will truly be a shovel-ready project,” Kirby said. “We hope by showing that we’re a professional organization that has been able to tackle this project and get it to a point where it’s complete will really speak well to donors that are interested. Instead of a pipe dream, it’s a reality.”

The performance hall would be located in a 52-foot-tall addition to the stone church. The existing building has a 110-seat parish hall used for concerts and other performances that would remain intact.

The project is a significant undertaking for the friends group, a small nonprofit founded in 1996 to renovate the church. The group also sought to renovate the former sanctuary and 80-foot-tall bell tower, but had to demolish those because of structural issues.

According to recent tax filings, the nonprofit has only four employees and an annual budget of about $200,000. And it has operated at a loss since at least 2013.

Even so, Kirby said if the project is approved, the group is confident it will be able to raise the money to move the project forward.

“I think that we’re very optimistic – that’s why we’re bold enough to go through this process and make an investment into this,” she said. “We’re a small organization with a big vision and we’re working very hard.”

A site plan approval is valid for one year, but may be extended for up to three years. If the project does not get underway during that period, the friends will have to go through the planning process all over again.

The group believes that the performance hall will fill a void in the community, which has small venues that seat fewer than 200 people and larger venues that seat more than 1,000. The friends hope to provide a venue for acts such as Keb Mo, Ani Defranco, Patti Griffin and Arlo Guthrie, among others, according to the group’s website.

The hall will also include a promenade banquet room, with glass walls, on the top floor, that could be rented for corporate events to generate revenue for the nonprofit. When the room is not being rented, the friends have said the room would be available to other nonprofit and school groups, which often have trouble finding affordable space to host their own fundraisers.

The original scale and design of the proposed performance hall was not well-received when it was first unveiled in 2012. However, after a series of meetings with the city’s Historic Preservation Board, the friends were able to ease some of those concerns by breaking up its box-like design and adding granite accents, windows and some greenery to the facade.

The performance hall does not include any additional parking, which also worried residents. Instead, a conditional zoning agreement approved by the City Council in 2014 requires the group to provide $70,000 to Metro to help increase bus service on Munjoy Hill, which officials hope will encourage people to park elsewhere. That money will be raised through a $5 surcharge on tickets.

Munjoy Hill also has seen much change and redevelopment since the performance hall was first proposed. The historic, tightly packed residential neighborhood has become Portland’s hottest real estate market, with older homes and apartment buildings being replaced by modern condominiums.

Opposition has largely dissipated since the council’s zoning approval. When site plans were filed in late 2016, a member of Concerned Residents of Munjoy Hill, which formed to oppose the proposal, said the group would not likely speak against the project, partly because they did not think it would ever be funded.

Stuart O’Brien, the city’s planning director, said he has not received any public comment ahead of Tuesday’s meeting.

And Jay Norris, president of the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Association, said he is not aware of any ongoing opposition to the project, although he knows some residents continue to be anxious about how it might affect resident parking on the hill.

Norris said he supports the project.

“Just the attempt to bring it to life is inspiring, and once it’s done and comes to life, it will be a jewel of Portland and our historic neighborhood,” Norris said.

 

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Maine employers dispute IRS penalties under ACA https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/22/maine-employers-dispute-irs-penalties-under-aca/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/22/maine-employers-dispute-irs-penalties-under-aca/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1320191 The Internal Revenue Service has ordered at least two dozen businesses in Maine and New Hampshire to pay fines up to $1 million or more for failing to abide by the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate.

But legal and accounting experts in Maine say most of the fines are based on errors and should not have to be paid.

“Most of the assessments that we’ve seen so far were in error, and the numbers are not small,” said Bill Enck, a tax group principal at the accounting firm Berry Dunn McNeil & Parker LLC in Portland and a member of the Maine Association of Professional Accountants.

In most cases, the penalties appear to be based on incorrect reporting of employer information to the IRS, and/or incorrect processing of information by the federal agency, Enck said. He and other tax experts have been advising their clients to appeal the fines.

DiMillo’s on the Water owner Steven DiMillo said he received a letter from the IRS in December saying that the business owed a $33,000 “assessment” for failure to comply with the ACA in 2015. However, the penalty was based on a simple mistake, DiMillo said.

“Our payroll company filled out the forms incorrectly,” he said.

Portland attorney Steven Gerlach said ACA penalties assessed against his firm’s clients range from a few thousand dollars to $1.1 million. As many as two dozen clients appear to have been fined incorrectly, he said.

“All of the ones I’ve seen so far dispute the penalty,” said Gerlach, a shareholder at the law firm Bernstein Shur Sawyer & Nelson P.A.

IRS media relations team member Cecilia Barreda said Thursday that the agency isn’t able to say whether it is dealing with a large incidence of employer fines based on inaccurate information regarding ACA compliance in Maine or nationally.

The ACA’s employer shared responsibility provision, more commonly known as the employer mandate, penalizes employers that either fail to offer health insurance coverage to a certain percentage of employees, or fail to offer coverage that meets minimum value and affordability standards. The mandate, which took effect in 2015, applies only to firms with the equivalent of 50 or more full-time employees.

Currently, the mandate requires that employers offer coverage to at least 95 percent of employees, and that the cost to employees does not exceed about 9.5 percent of any employee’s salary. However, 2015 was a transitional year in which employers were only required to offer coverage to at least 70 percent of employees.

Sometime around mid-November, the IRS started sending out notices to Maine businesses alleging noncompliance with the ACA mandate in 2015, Enck said. Those letters continued to arrive at least through mid-December, he said.

IRS penalties received by clients of Berry Dunn range from about $80,000 to $1.2 million, Enck said.

“So they’re not small numbers by any means,” he said.

In all cases, the IRS is alleging that the employer failed to provide coverage to at least 70 percent of employees, Enck said. It’s known as the “A” penalty, he said, as opposed to the “B” penalty, which is for failure to meet coverage affordability and quality standards.

The erroneous fines appear to be based on one of two scenarios, Enck said. Either the employer or its payroll company filed incorrect information to the IRS, making it appear that it did not provide coverage to at least 70 percent of workers, or it filed accurate information electronically, but the information was processed incorrectly by the IRS.

“All of the notices we’ve received so far have been focused on the ‘A’ penalty, which is the more expensive of the two,” Enck said.

In the case of DiMillo’s, it came down to the Portland restaurant’s payroll company checking the wrong box on an IRS form. DiMillo said he has since spoken with an IRS agent, who said the payroll company could simply resubmit the corrected form and the fine would be reversed.

“The IRS agent assigned to our case (is) a super helpful and friendly man,” DiMillo said.

Because 2015 was the first year employers were required to submit information to the IRS under the employer mandate, mistakes were commonplace, Enck said. Employers weren’t used to filling out the forms, and the IRS wasn’t used to processing them.

“We have seen inconsistencies between what the employer reported and how the IRS processed that information,” he said.

Gerlach said there is a process for disputing the penalties, but that it requires the recipient to respond promptly. The appeal process requires a response within 30 days, although the business can request an extension.

“If you get a notice from the IRS, don’t ignore it,” he said. “What happens when you do that is you lose rights.”

Enck said employers should not try to dispute the penalties on their own. He recommended they work with an accountant, attorney or tax professional who is knowledgeable about ACA requirements.

So far, the IRS appears open to hearing the arguments of employers who disagree with their fines, he said. However, disputing the fines is a multi-step process, and it remains to be seen how the more formal appeals step of the process will play out, Enck said.

“It’s going to be interesting to see how long that piece takes, and what the employers’ success rate is through the appeals process,” he said.

 

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Letter to the editor: Forget the fuel companies that forgot all about you https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/22/letter-to-the-editor-forget-the-fuel-companies-that-forgot-all-about-you/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/22/letter-to-the-editor-forget-the-fuel-companies-that-forgot-all-about-you/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1320074 It’s the coldest day of the year and you run out of propane, even though you are an automatic delivery customer and have been for over 20 years. It was the second time this has happened since late October.

The first thing you do is call, and then you call, and call again. But no one returns your call. So you wait another day, hoping that someone will at least have the courtesy to call you back about delivery.

Well, I’m not calling again. So, Dodge Oil & Propane, you can come pick up the tank!

Dianne McLellan

Scarborough

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Letter to the editor: Polarized country provides little hope for progress https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/22/letter-to-the-editor-polarized-country-provides-little-hope-for-progress/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/22/letter-to-the-editor-polarized-country-provides-little-hope-for-progress/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1320073 A “cognitive distortion” is known in therapist circles as a false thought that causes suffering to its victim. Black-and-white thinking is a cognitive distortion wherein its victim thinks in extremes, discounting a third happier, healthier and more realistic choice.

America is suffering a terrible disease. It’s not poverty. It’s not taxes. It’s not immigration laws or terrorism. Well, it is those things, but what America is really suffering from right now is a bad case of black or white thinking.

Either you are with Donald Trump or against him. Either you want all the undocumented immigrants thrown out or you don’t. Either you want strong government regulation and services or you don’t want government involved at all.

Whatever happened to moderation? Compromise? Balance? Balance was one of the principles our country was founded on. Balance is the whole reason our Founding Fathers decided to have three branches of government designed to hold equal power.

Let’s face it, most Americans don’t want to throw out all the immigrants, nor do they want a massive influx of immigrants. Most Americans want to keep Social Security, Medicare and the military, but they do not want to pay high taxes. Most Americans want the freedom to live the way they choose, but also want some rule of law and to ensure a clean environment, decent schools and productive businesses.

Take conservatism to its logical extreme and you have anarchy, extreme poverty and a ruined environment. Take liberalism to its logical extreme and you have limited freedom, a stagnant economy and lack of innovation.

Let’s take a cue from the professionals and try to find the middle way in America.

Meghan Walsh

licensed clinical social worker

Portland

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Letter to the editor: Restrictions on abortion amount to undue burden https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/22/letter-to-the-editor-restrictions-on-abortion-amount-to-undue-burden/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/22/letter-to-the-editor-restrictions-on-abortion-amount-to-undue-burden/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1320072 As one of the groups suing Maine in federal court over the state’s “physician-only” abortion law – indeed, one of our skilled nurse practitioners, Julie Jenkins of Belfast Family Planning, is the named plaintiff in Jenkins v. Almy – we would like to clear up some misconceptions perpetuated in recent coverage of L.D. 1763 (“Republicans decry timing of attorney general’s bill to expand abortion access,” Jan. 16).

The bill put forth by Rep. Joyce McCreight addresses the same concerns as our lawsuit: Namely, that Maine statute prohibits qualified medical professionals from delivering abortion care that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Public Health Association and the World Health Organization all agree is safe and well within their scope of practice, without medical justification.

This restriction serves as an unreasonable burden to women, making it more expensive, time-consuming and difficult to obtain a needed procedure. In fact, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2016 that state abortion restrictions like this, without any medical justification, violate the U.S. Constitution. Allowing advanced practice clinicians (referred to, confoundingly, as “non-doctors” in the Press Herald) to provide this care, as they currently do in more than a dozen other states, would increase meaningful abortion access in our large, rural state.

This is not a “far-left” issue, as avowedly anti-abortion legislator Ellie Espling is trying to assert – and news outlets should be careful not to echo such rhetoric. Recent polls have shown that the majority of the American public thinks abortion should be legal. L.D. 1763 and our lawsuit merely seek to make that broadly supported right truly accessible to all.

Leah Coplon

certified nurse-midwife

Augusta

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Letter to the editor: Trump’s party devoid of decency https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/22/letter-to-the-editor-trumps-party-devoid-of-decency/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/22/letter-to-the-editor-trumps-party-devoid-of-decency/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1320071 After 48 years as a registered Republican, on the day the Trump tax plan passed and after weeks watching Republican support for an accused child molester, I drove to our town hall and told the clerk, “In good conscience, I can no longer be a Republican.” It was a sad day for me.

I remember the Republican Party as the party of fiscal responsibility, a party that promoted a strong middle class and upward mobility. That party understood that national security depends on close working relationships with other countries, that helping countries in need is not only moral, but also the best advertisement for a democratic form of government. Where did my party go?

I watched that party pull out our country’s credit card to add more than a trillion dollars to our national debt, burdening our children’s future. It was not a tool to relieve an ongoing recession but payback to campaign contributors, while contemplating reductions in Medicaid and Medicare for our poor and elderly.

I could not vote for Donald Trump. His racist, anti-immigrant and misogynistic rants told us who he is. Still, my hope was that other Republicans would provide the moral center that Trump lacks. Our Republican Congress refuses to stand up to Trump’s lies that often only require someone to say, “Roll the tape” to show their untruthfulness. When Republicans in small meetings say, “I can’t recall …” following Trump’s vulgar description of poor countries’ immigrants, I am embarrassed and saddened for the party. Sen. Susan Collins, a previously bright light for me, retreats to the safety of lukewarm comments, unresponsive to Trump’s autocratic attempts to weaken branches of government.

While I work to elect people and promote ideas that can help return this country to “that bright shining city on the hill,” I cast a disappointed backward glance toward a party that I loved, now complicit with a president who wants to be king.

Rita Saliba

Freeport

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Maine Voices: We must provide access to full range of reproductive health care https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/22/maine-voices-we-need-to-provide-access-to-the-full-range-of-reproductive-health-care/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/22/maine-voices-we-need-to-provide-access-to-the-full-range-of-reproductive-health-care/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1320045 Forty-five years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that women have a legal right to privacy, and that includes the personal decision to end a pregnancy. Yet numerous laws and regulations have made it increasingly difficult for women to access not only abortion but also the full range of reproductive health care, including affordable contraception, quality maternal health care and basic preventive care.

We see more and more stories of women forced to drive hours for abortion care because it is not available in their communities. You can’t pick up the paper or turn on the news without seeing another political attack on women’s health or an overall indifference to building a health care system with women in mind. Along with an alarming trend of reduced access to maternal care, particularly in rural areas, this highlights the challenges many women face in accessing high-quality, affordable care right here in Maine.

Decreased funding and limited access to quality care mean the U.S. now has the highest maternal mortality rate among developed countries. Over 60 percent of these deaths are preventable. Some of these women might still be alive if they had better access to preventive care to manage their high blood pressure, weight or diabetes.

These risks are exacerbated in rural counties, where maternal mortality rates are higher and maternal health care is disappearing.

From 2004 to 2014, 9 percent of all rural U.S. counties lost access to hospital obstetric services, and more than 45 percent are now without a single local hospital where women can get prenatal care and deliver babies. Calais Regional Hospital is the latest to close its obstetric and gynecological unit, meaning that women in northern Washington County must now drive more than an hour to Machias for prenatal care and delivery.

The birth control pill has been available to American women for more than 50 years and remains the most popular form of contraception. Yet women face unprecedented attacks on access to birth control including threats to providers, insurance coverage and federal funding. Key health programs like Title X (federal family planning funding), Medicaid, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act all disproportionately serve and benefit women. But as these programs come under attack, it is women and especially women of color and low-income people who disproportionately pay the price.

And nearly half a century later, access to abortion remains limited, especially for women in rural areas. There are only three public abortion providers in Maine, and more than half of Maine women live in a county without access to an abortion provider.

Restricted access to abortion simply compounds an already challenging environment for women to receive the care they need when they need it. Roe v. Wade may have guaranteed a right to a medical procedure, but without providers in rural areas and affordable access, the right becomes one in name only.

Abortion is the only medical procedure singled out in Maine law with provider restrictions. Today, nurse practitioners and other advanced care professionals are willing and able to provide the service in areas with no other provider, but this outdated law prohibits them, thus denying women the ability to access care in their hometown, their county or even within a few hours’ drive.

There’s no medical reason for this, and women’s health is harmed by this fundamental lack of access. Numerous health organizations, including the World Health Organization, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Public Health Association, have called for a change, as have local women’s health care providers, the Maine Medical Association and the Maine State Nurse Practitioners Association.

Over the last year, we have seen a groundswell of people demand a health care system that better meets the needs of people. It bears noting that women represented the majority of this movement. We saw women in record numbers stand up to protect the Affordable Care Act and Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading women’s health care provider. And now we need to channel that energy to ensure that women’s health isn’t sidelined but centered in the discussion.

Because Maine has two options.

We can regress to a health system that overlooks women’s needs and limits access to women’s reproductive health care, including abortion and maternal care.

Or we can progress toward a system that meets women’s needs with better outcomes, integrated women’s health providers and improved access to the full range of reproductive health care: contraception, abortion and maternal health.

The choice is ours.

 

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Our View: Junk food ban won’t make Maine healthier https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/22/our-view-junk-food-ban-wont-make-maine-healthier/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/22/our-view-junk-food-ban-wont-make-maine-healthier/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1320038 The federal government has said once again that Gov. Paul LePage cannot ban the use of food stamp benefits on sugary drinks and candy, a decision he said last week would harm the health of Maine families.

Fortunately, there’s little to back up his claim – and plenty of other ways for the governor to intervene if he wants to make Maine a healthier state.

It was the second time the U.S. Department of Agriculture denied LePage’s request, but the first time under the Trump administration, which the governor felt may be more open to his ideas than the department under Barack Obama.

Frankly, we’re ambivalent about the proposed ban, which drew bipartisan support when considered two years ago in the Legislature.

At its heart, food stamps, known formally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is, well, a nutrition program. Allowing its use on unhealthy goods such as soda and energy drinks is antithetical to that mission.

And as LePage points out, SNAP amounts to an annual subsidy for the junk-food industry that is measured in billions of dollars, spending that contributes to major health problems such as obesity and heart disease.

But the SNAP funds spent on sugary drinks and junk food represent a tiny percentage of overall spending on soda, candy and other food void of nutritional value, and thus it is unlikely that LePage’s proposed ban would have much of an effect on the producers of junk food. Plus, soda consumption has been falling for years now, indicating that other initiatives to reduce use are working.

Besides, it’s not SNAP that is making America obese – the epidemic is a problem across all income levels.

And while it’s true that low-income Americans are more likely overall to be obese than those with higher incomes, there is no evidence that food benefits are the reason. In fact, for some recipients, the presence of SNAP makes it more likely that they will eat healthy food.

Those realities make it very unlikely that LePage’s ban would have helped Mainers become more healthy. It certainly wouldn’t have made them less hungry, which has been a worsening problem under the LePage administration.

The number of Mainers receiving SNAP fell from 243,301 in December 2010 to 178,193 in December 2017, largely because of the barriers LePage has put in place.

It’s certainly not because those people no longer need help – Maine’s hunger rate is worse than the national average, and Maine is one of the few states where hunger has not improved along with the economy.

Charity food distributors have been posting record numbers on an annual basis, indicating that they are helping the people left behind by LePage’s policies.

The governor should focus on using his position to find the best way for Maine’s government to help those folks. If he wants to do something about the health of low-income residents, that would be a good place to start.

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Briefs https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/22/briefs-199/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/22/briefs-199/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1320033 BATH

Rocky’s Ace Hardware raises $6,000 to help Make-A-Wish

Rocky’s Ace Hardware has donated $6,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Funds were raised on Community Day at the hardware store’s Bath location. Proceeds will directly benefit eligible children and their families in Maine.

SANFORD

Grant will assist York County cancer patients with travel

York County Community Action Corp. has been awarded a two-year, $50,000 grant by the Maine Cancer Foundation to provide access to cancer care and related services for York County residents who do not have access to other transportation options.

York County Community Action’s transportation program will use the funds to operate Connecting to Cancer Care, a partnership with medical providers treating cancer patients, in 2018 and 2019.

Rides can be scheduled at 324-5762, option 2, or in-person at the YCCAC Transportation office, 6 Spruce St., Sanford.

For details, visit www.yccac.org.

BRUNSWICK

Volunteers of America gets $95,000 for veterans housing

Volunteers of America Northern New England has received a $95,000 grant from Jane’s Trust in support of the Cabin in the Woods veterans-housing program. This donation will help furnish the living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens of 21 homes for veterans.

Cabin in the Woods provides 16 one-bedroom units and five two-bedroom units on an 11-acre space at the Togus VA Medical Center for homeless veterans.

Veterans are eligible for the permanent, supportive housing.

Individuals and families will move into Cabin in the Woods early this year.

In Maine, Volunteers of America operates 30 programs that provide affordable senior housing, behavioral health residences, community justice programs, youth and family services, and veterans housing, including two residences in Saco and Biddeford.

For more details, call 373-1140 or go to voanne.org.

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Events https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/22/events-206/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/22/events-206/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1320032 SACO

Donations now accepted for free clothing giveaway

A free clothing giveaway will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Saco Grange No. 53 hall, 168 North St.

To donate clothing or volunteer, call Dawn Tarbox at 602-9423 or email tarbox.dawn@yahoo.com.

Donations will be accepted from noon to 5 p.m. Monday, 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday. For clothing pickup, call Beverly Russell at 229-0651.

STANDISH

Full Moon Snowshoe walk spans 500 acres of orchard

The Presumpscot Regional Land Trust will hold its annual Full Moon Snowshoe walk beginning at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Randall Orchards.

Attendees will meet at the farm at sunset and head out to explore nearly 500 acres of orchard and forest while snowshoeing in the moonlight. After the walk, participants are invited to have hot cider from apples grown and pressed on-site at the orchard. The snowshoe walk will be about a mile and the program will last two hours.

Registration is required for the free event at www.prlt.org.

SOUTH BERWICK

Lecture spotlights relations between pilgrims, natives

New revelations about trade and relations between the pilgrims and Native Americans will be the subject of an Old Berwick Historical lecture presented by Dr. David B. Landon at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Berwick Academy Arts Center, 31 Academy St.

Over the past few summers, Landon has led a group of undergraduate and graduate students in archaeology digs at an early 17th-century settlement in Plymouth, Massachusetts. In 2016, they unearthed the site of the original pilgrim settlement, discovering 17th-century pottery, tins, trade beads and musket balls. Landon will detail their findings Thursday.

Admission is free. Donations will be accepted.

For more details, go to www.oldberwick.org.

ROCKLAND

Chili, chowder contest aids muscular dystrophy group

Both amateurs and professionals are invited to show off their best chili and chowder recipes at the 7th annual Chili & Chowder Cook-off, to be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Trackside Station, 4 Union St.

Organized by the Rockland Professional Firefighters Local 1584 chapter of the International Association of Fire Fighters, proceeds from the competition will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The public is invited to sample the entries. Winners will be chosen in the professional category, featuring local restaurants, as well as in the individual category.

While attendees will have a say in choosing among the entries, there also will be a judging panel this year, including broadcast reporter Don Carrigan of WCSH-TV, Rockland restaurant owner and chef Lynn Archer, local nurse Sandy Lowe and a surprise judge to be announced later on.

To enter a chili and/or chowder dish for consideration, contact Carl Anderson at 831-9323 or email canderson@rocklandmaine.gov.

The cost is $20 per entry, with all proceeds benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

There also will be raffle prizes and local 1584 T-shirts on sale. Admission is $10 at the door.

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Births https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/22/births-191/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/22/births-191/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1320031 Bridgton Hospital

Barrett Clyde Anderson, born Dec. 13 to Karah Coburn and Kenneth Anderson of Hiram. Grandparents are Debbie and Kenny Anderson of Standish and Sandy and Chris Coburn of Sebago.

Southern Maine Medical Center

Riley Sterling Townsend, born Jan. 11 to Randy Townsend and Melissa Whitmore of Biddeford. Grandparents are Rodney Whitmore and Ann Macleod, and John and Sandra Townsend of Standish.

Finn Robert Joseph Kennedy, born Jan. 14 to Shawn Kennedy and Heidi Mitchell of Wells. Grandparents are Robert and Cindy Mitchell of Wells and Linda Teale of Windham.

Waylon Layne Holbrook, born Jan. 15 to Waylon and Nicole (Eastman) Holbrook of Kennebunkport. Grandparents are John Eastman and Sally York of Bangor and Donna Holbrook of Saco.

Mid Coast Health Care

Piper Lillian Fortin, born Jan. 13 to Katie Sue Dyer and Shawn Dale Fortin of West Gardiner. Grandparents are Laurie and Hugh Dyer of Litchfield and Mary and Dale Fortin of Winslow. Great-grandparents are Andrea Bekkim of Richmond, Theresea Auconin of Waterville and Blanche Fortin of Winslow.

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Community meals https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/22/community-meals-83/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/22/community-meals-83/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1320030 MONDAY

Free community breakfast, including eggs, bacon, pancakes, French toast and pastries, as well as coffee, tea, juice and milk. Open to all. 6:30 to 9 a.m. Chestnut Street Baptist Church, 29 Chestnut St., Camden. 542-0360.

WEDNESDAY

Free meal, Trinity Lutheran Church. 5 to 6 p.m. Westbrook Community Center, 426 Bridge St. 854-5653.

THURSDAY

Free community meal, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 678 Washington Ave. Open to all, in collaboration with Wayside Food Programs.

FRIDAY

Haddock chowder and lobster roll luncheon, featuring egg salad and chicken salad sandwiches, potato chips, pickles and fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. North Deering Congregational Church, 1364 Washington Ave. A la carte and combo prices range from $5 to $13. Fresh bread for $2. 797-2487.

SATURDAY

Potluck supper, 5 p.m. North Belgrade Community Center, 508 Smithfield Road, Belgrade. 495-3481.

Baked bean supper, 5 p.m. Centenary United Methodist Church, 113 Doctor Mann Road, Skowhegan. $8. 474-3915.

Church public bean and casserole supper, with salads, homemade breads and desserts. 5 p.m. First Congregational Church, Route 115, Gray. $8, $4 for ages 12 and under. Handicapped-accessible. 657-3279.

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Man accused of killing Maine teen in 1980 to go on trial https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/22/man-accused-of-killing-maine-teen-in-1980-to-go-on-trial/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/22/man-accused-of-killing-maine-teen-in-1980-to-go-on-trial/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:06:44 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/22/man-accused-of-killing-maine-teen-in-1980-to-go-on-trial/ BANGOR — A man accused of killing a teenager in Maine in 1980 in a cold case that vexed authorities for years is set to go on trial.

A judge will hear opening statements on Monday in the trial of Philip Scott Fournier.

Fournier was charged in 2016 in the slaying of 16-year-old Joyce McLain of East Millinocket, who disappeared while out jogging. Her body was found two days later.

Fournier, who pleaded not guilty, was identified as a person of interest in the girl’s death when he was sentenced in 2009 to prison for possession of child pornography.

Police say Fournier stole and wrecked a fuel truck on the night the teenager went missing. Prosecutors say he changed his story many times over the years.

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Patriots favored in Super Bowl but Eagles draw early big money https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/patriots-favored-in-super-bowl-but-eagles-draw-early-big-money/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/patriots-favored-in-super-bowl-but-eagles-draw-early-big-money/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 04:00:38 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/patriots-favored-in-super-bowl-but-eagles-draw-early-big-money/ LAS VEGAS — Oddsmakers like the chances of Tom Brady winning a sixth Super Bowl ring, making the New England Patriots nearly a touchdown favorite to beat the Philadelphia Eagles.

Sports books around Las Vegas opened the Patriots around a six-point favorite Sunday to win their second straight Super Bowl. They also made New England a big favorite to win the Super Bowl next year in Atlanta.

But the closest thing to a lock in this gambling city is that betting on this Super Bowl will smash the existing record of $138.5 million set just last year.

“Sports betting couldn’t be more popular than it is now,” said Jay Kornegay of the Westgate Las Vegas sports book. “That combined with the fan base of the Eagles and the strong economy will mean a record handle on this game.”

Bookmakers posted their opening lines early in the fourth quarter of the Eagles-Vikings game, with lines ranging between 5 and 61/2 points. The over/under in most books for total points scored in the game was 48.

Bettors didn’t take long to weigh in themselves, with one gambler taking the six points and putting a big bet on the Eagles at the South Point resort before their rout of the Minnesota Vikings was even over.

“Our first bet was $10,000 on the Eagles,” said Jimmy Vaccaro, the oddsmaker at the South Point.

Bettors jammed into sports books Sunday for the two conference championship games, with millions wagered in person and millions more bet on phone apps.

Bookmakers had a good day, with most winning money on both games.

That shouldn’t change in the Super Bowl, where bookmakers have turned a profit every time except the 2008 game when the New York Giants upset the previously unbeaten and 12-point favorite Patriots.

At the Westgate, Kornegay said the opening line of the Patriots minus-51/2 points was made knowing there would be money coming in from both the Eagles’ rabid fan base and by bettors who simply have a dislike for the dominance of Brady and the Patriots.

“This is the only event where we make a line that depends on public opinion,” Kornegay said. “There’s so much more money from the public on this game than you would get from the so-called sharks. They come in here and they just don’t want to root for the Patriots.”

Unlike the games preceding it, a lot of the money on the Super Bowl comes from so-called “prop” bets that often cross over to other sports. Some of the bigger sports books will put up several hundred prop bets later this week that will include the coin flip and other possibilities that have nothing to do with the final score of the game.

“It’s much easier to do lots of props with Brady,” Vaccaro said. “Either you love him or you hate him. Half the people bet on him to see him win and half bet to see him lose.”

One of the more popular prop bets is whether there will be a safety in the game, and Vaccaro said about $15,000 was wagered on either side of that prop even before the second game ended Sunday.

Oddsmakers at the William Hill chain also made the Patriots a 9-2 favorite to win next year’s Super Bowl in Atlanta, followed by the Eagles at 17-2.

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When it comes to volunteering, Lewiston senior’s the real deal https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/when-it-comes-to-volunteering-theres-roger-labbe-in-the-cards/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/when-it-comes-to-volunteering-theres-roger-labbe-in-the-cards/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 03:39:13 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/when-it-comes-to-volunteering-theres-roger-labbe-in-the-cards/ LEWISTON — Roger Labbe arrives at 8 a.m. every Thursday at the Lewiston Recreation Department to unlock the doors and begin preparations for the cribbage group he oversees.

By the time Labbe arrives, there are usually a few seniors waiting to get in. By 9 a.m., the official start time, there are an average of 15 tables of players shuffling cards and chatting.

“They look forward to Thursday mornings so they can be with other people – their friends,” Labbe said at the Lewiston Armory building last week. “It gets pretty loud in here sometimes.”

To accommodate between 50 and 70 people, there is an overflow room normally in use with more tables.

Labbe, a retired Lewiston Middle School teacher, has been volunteering for the Lewiston Senior Citizens group for a decade, running the weekly cribbage group and taking on additional duties as president of the board of directors for four years.

But for Labbe, it doesn’t feel like volunteering.

He said running the program means he gets to spend time with friends, playing cribbage and bridge. He takes advantage of the other senior activities, as well as annual trips planned by the group. Next year they’re going to Iceland.

When he’s not in Lewiston, he helps out with a biweekly senior luncheon in Lisbon Falls, where he lives with his wife. There, and in Lewiston, people know Labbe because of his involvement with the senior groups.

“It’s such an experience meeting all these new people, and making these new acquaintances,” he said. “When people see me (in the community) they say hello, and it’s just a good feeling.”

Labbe, 68, is a native of Van Buren. He attended the University of Maine at Fort Kent and moved to the Lewiston area.

He taught science to eighth-graders for 33 years, retiring in 2006. Shortly after retiring, he began playing bridge with the Lewiston Seniors and eventually he stepped up when the Recreation Department needed someone to run the cribbage group.

Membership in the Lewiston Senior Citizens is open to all residents in Lewiston and surrounding communities who are 50 and older. The cost is $10 per year and includes a monthly mailed newsletter.

Labbe says the group is always in need of more volunteers, including people willing to run their own programs, whether it’s a book club or Scrabble group.

“Anything to get seniors out of the house and into this organization,” he said.

Jason Hanken, superintendent of Lewiston Recreation, said last week that the department wouldn’t be able to offer many of its programs without the presence of volunteers.

“It simply would not be possible,” he said in an email. “We have over 100 volunteers that help throughout the year.”

Hanken estimated that Labbe’s weekly cribbage group is among the state’s largest.

“We are lucky to have him and the other senior leaders who head up some of the games throughout the week,” Hanken said.

The Lewiston bridge group, where Labbe also plays, is part of a national organization and is also headed up by a volunteer.

For the cribbage group, Estelle Bosse is among the first to arrive each Thursday. She doesn’t even know how to play. She makes the coffee, sets out some baked goods and takes $1 from every player to create a pool for winners. She dishes out the winnings.

Bosse’s husband is among the players, and he’s about 90 percent blind. Labbe said he hasn’t missed a Thursday cribbage group for four years.

“He’s the only one,” Labbe said. “It’s amazing.”

Later on Thursdays, he goes to another cribbage group hosted at a nearby American Legion hall. Bosse joked that he plays cribbage, takes a nap, then plays cribbage again.

Each week, Labbe also runs a tight ship. The game is played in pairs, but no one team is allowed to stick together week-to-week. Teams are created based on picking cards. Labbe said that way it’s fair and players are guaranteed different interactions each week.

Running the group is very different from being in charge of a classroom full of middle school students, he said.

“This is pleasant,” he said. “It’s therapy for me.”

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Patriots notebook: Injury worried Brady, but didn’t stop him https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/patriots-notebook-injury-worried-brady-but-didnt-stop-him/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/patriots-notebook-injury-worried-brady-but-didnt-stop-him/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 03:38:33 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/patriots-notebook-injury-worried-brady-but-didnt-stop-him/ FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots never talk about injuries, so the secrecy surrounding Tom Brady’s injury in practice Wednesday wasn’t surprising.

On Sunday, not long after the Patriots defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20 for their eighth AFC championship since 2001, Brady finally opened up about the injury, admitting that he didn’t know if he would be able to play. Brady suffered a cut on his right hand while handing off the ball in a drill. It was apparently very bloody and required several stitches, perhaps as many as 10.

“Yeah, I wasn’t sure on Wednesday,” Brady said in his postgame press conference. “I certainly didn’t think … I thought, ‘Out of all the plays, my season can’t end on a handoff in practice.’ We didn’t come this far to end on a handoff. It’s just one of those things.”

Brady not only played, but he was vintage Brady for the most part. He was 26 of 38 for 290 yards and two touchdowns – both in the fourth quarter to Danny Amendola as the Patriots overcame a 20-10 deficit.

Brady credited the Patriots’ training staff as well as his personal trainer, Alex Guerrero, with getting him ready to play. He wore a piece of black tape that wrapped up his thumb.

Brady said he hoped to have the stitches out “pretty soon. I think hopefully this week, mid-week, then I can just get out there and get normal treatment like I always do and be ready to go.”

TIGHT END Rob Gronkowski left the game with 1:23 remaining in the second quarter when he suffered a head injury on a hard hit by Jacksonville’s Brad Church on a pass over the middle. Gronkowski was visibly shaken by the hit and walked slowly off the field.

Considering that Gronkowski is Brady’s No. 1 target, his absence made the comeback victory all the more impressive. Other receivers had to step up, particularly Amendola (seven catches on nine targets, 84 yards and two touchdowns) and Brandin Cooks (six catches on eight targets, 100 yards).

“I don’t feel any added pressure,” said Amendola. “Every play, I’m competing my tail off to try to win the route, win the block or whatever my job is on that play. Whoever is in the game, whoever is beside me, I have a lot of trust and faith in them, whether it’s Gronk or Cookie or Hoagie (Chris Hogan) … whoever it is. I know we have a lot of trust in that room.”

Brady credited offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels – who’s rumored to be heading to Indianapolis to become the Colts’ next head coach – with adjusting the game plan after Gronkowski’s injury.

“Josh did such a great job of figuring out what we needed to do and how we needed to get it done,” said Brady. “And he made it happen. It’s hard when you lose such a critical part of your team and your offense. Hopefully he’s OK.”

Before Gronkowski was injured, he caught a 21-yard pass to become the NFL’s all-time leader in postseason receiving yards by a tight end with 856.

THE PATRIOTS are 5-4 all-time in the Super Bowl and have a chance to tie Pittsburgh for the most Super Bowl wins.

They are a streaky team in the Super Bowl. They lost their first two (Chicago, Green Bay), won their next three (St. Louis, Carolina and Philadelphia), lost their next two (both times to the New York Giants) and won their last two (Seattle, Atlanta). Now they’re facing Philadelphia in a rematch of the Super Bowl after the 2004 season, won by the Patriots, 24-21.

Brady has now been the quarterback on eight conference championship teams, an NFL record. John Elway is second with five.

RUNNING BACK Rex Burk-head returned to the lineup from a knee injury after missing the last three games, including the 35-14 win over Tennessee in the divisional round. Fellow running back Mike Gilleslee, however, was inactive for his third consecutive game (also because a knee injury) and ninth in the last 10 games. Also inactive for the Patriots were wide receivers Kenny Britt and Bernard Reedy, linebacker David Harris, tight end Jacob Hollister, offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle (knee) and defensive tackle Alan Branch (knee).

PLAYERS ON both teams received a $51,000 share for being in the AFC championship game.

The shares get a little bigger in the next game: players on the winning team in the Super Bowl get $112,000, while players on the losing team get $56,000.

 

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As federal shutdown continues, states bail out Lady Liberty, Grand Canyon https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/as-federal-shutdown-continues-states-bail-out-lady-liberty-grand-canyon/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/as-federal-shutdown-continues-states-bail-out-lady-liberty-grand-canyon/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 03:30:15 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/as-federal-shutdown-continues-states-bail-out-lady-liberty-grand-canyon/ From his office’s second-story window in Lower Manhattan, Stephen Briganti could see dozens of tourists “milling about” over the weekend, trying to understand why they could not travel to the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island.

“This happens every time there’s a (government) shutdown,” said Briganti, president of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. “People coming from abroad, and even those coming from other parts of the country, don’t realize the statue closes when the government shuts down.”

Now they won’t have to worry. On Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty would stay open on the state’s dime under an agreement struck with the Interior Department. Arizona has similarly said it will ensure the Grand Canyon remains open – whether the federal government reopens or not.

The government shutdown, entering its third day despite frantic negotiations late Sunday on Capitol Hill, has sent home federal workers needed to maintain beloved U.S. icons – cleaners at the Statue of Liberty, rangers patrolling Mount Rushmore, plow drivers who clear snowy roads leading to the Grand Canyon. Some states are trying to step into the void left by the federal government, eager to contrast their competence with Washington’s dysfunction.

“No matter what drama occurs back in Congress, we have a responsibility to make sure the shutdown doesn’t have an impact on Arizona’s economy or our children’s health care,” Gov. Doug Ducey said, noting that the state will fund its Children’s Health Insurance Program until Congress can break the logjam over it.

Governors have taken actions during previous shutdowns, with Cuomo also keeping the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island open in 2013. For blue states such as New York that have already vowed to shield residents from the new Republican-backed tax law – which critics say disproportionately hit them – the shutdown offers another opportunity to try to contrast their record with that of a Republican-controlled Congress.

As of Sunday evening, congressional negotiators had failed to resolve an impasse that centers on the fate of nearly 800,000 young immigrants known as “dreamers.”

“It’s all about bringing people here. The concept of closing the doors to immigrants is repugnant to the concept of America,” Cuomo, the grandson of immigrants, said at a news conference, adding that the state would spend $65,000 a day keeping the monuments open.

An extended government shutdown would cost the U.S. economy $6.5 billion every week it lasts, according to an estimate from Standard & Poor’s in December. Analysts say that state interventions are likely to only help blunt the pain felt by specific areas, such as tourist towns around the Grand Canyon, and that they won’t do much to reduce the overall impact.

“States can really do nothing to change the fact that federal employees aren’t receiving paychecks, and that will certainly be the biggest impact on the economy,” said Constantine Yannelis, a finance professor at New York University.

Added Jared Bernstein, an economist at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: “If every state governor wanted to end this tomorrow, it wouldn’t necessarily have that much of an impact. This is really a federal thing.”

But that’s not going to stop some states from trying to step in.

In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy, inaugurated less than a week ago, held a conference call with members of the state’s congressional delegation, including some House Republicans, to begin discussions about possible reactions to a protracted shutdown.

Other states are beginning to think of contingency plans. If the shutdown goes on, California Gov. Jerry Brown, whose state is home to 252,000 federal employees, will ask state agency heads to explain potential places the state can step in.

“We’ll turn on a dime to learn how this affects us if it looks like it’s going on for a while,” said H.D. Palmer, a spokesman in the state’s Department of Finance. “They’re ready, and we’re ready, to be able to act at a moment’s notice.”

Even the deal reached between Cuomo and the Interior Department leaves the fate of many important landmarks in his state unsettled. Dozens of other federally managed sites could close in the coming days.

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Body found in Fort Kent identified as that of Allagash man https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/body-found-in-fort-kent-identified-as-that-of-allagash-man/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/body-found-in-fort-kent-identified-as-that-of-allagash-man/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 03:04:04 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1320204 The Fort Kent Police Department has identified the man whose body was found Saturday afternoon next to a snowmobile trail.

Police Chief Tom Pelletier in a statement Sunday evening said the body is that of Cody Allen Bennett, 25, of Allagash.

His body was discovered on a woods trail off Pleasant Street by a couple who were snowshoeing, according to the chief.

“Bennett had not been reported missing but had not been seen for several days. It appears that Bennett was walking on the snowshoe trail when he left the trail and possibly became disoriented,” Pelletier said. “Temperatures in the area were extremely cold during the previous days. It appears that exposure could have contributed to his death.”

Pelletier said that Bennett’s death does not appear to be suspicious, but Fort Kent police will continue to investigate.

Bennett’s body was discovered around 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

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Slain teen remembered at annual ski race in Readfield https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/slain-teen-remembered-at-annual-ski-race/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/slain-teen-remembered-at-annual-ski-race/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 02:52:57 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/slain-teen-remembered-at-annual-ski-race/ READFIELD — The conditions were a little icy as Zola Roberts, 11, skied down the local slalom run on Sunday morning, with sets of colorful bead necklaces bouncing around her neck.

“It was slow and kind of packy,” Roberts said, meaning the snow had a packed-down feeling to it.

But she enjoyed the run, she continued, before grabbing onto a rope that, with the help of a motor, tugged her back up the hill.

Her coach and father, Weber Roberts, had brought 16 young skiers from their home mountain, the Camden Snow Bowl, to Readfield for a fundraiser that’s held every year in the memory of Marlee Johnston, a Fayette girl who was murdered a dozen years ago.

“This is our favorite event,” Weber Roberts said of the annual Race to Remember, which supports improvements to the Joanne and Dick O’Connor Alpine Training Center. “We love supporting the fundraiser.”

The ski center is part of Kents Hill School, but is also open to other skiers.

Participants in the race frequently wear tie-dye shirts, faux floral leis, polka-dotted tutus and other colorful garb for which Johnston was known to have a soft spot.

Since Marlee Johnson was slain in November 2005, at the age of 14, by a boy she had befriended, her family has been organizing fundraisers in her name. The event is called the Marlee Johnston Alpine Ski Race to Remember.

This year provided a particularly strong display of the momentum those fundraisers have developed, according to her father, Ted Johnston. About 180 kids of all ages participated, even though the race had to be rescheduled twice.

It was first going to be held on Jan. 13, but weather delayed it. Then they tried to hold it Jan. 14, but the machine used to groom trails needed a repair.

By Sunday morning, the machine was running again, Ted Johnston said, and at 4:30 a.m., Stephen Bell, the snow sports director at Kents Hill School, was riding it over the hill, giving the snow the corduroy texture that helps skiers dig in their inside edges.

Ted Johnston said the races usually bring in between $4,000 and $5,000, which is used to support youth programs and make improvements to the ski area, such as installing a new sound system or replacing gates. The events also benefit from the contributions of local businesses and organizations, as well as volunteers.

Soon, the center hopes to give its rope tow electric power, which would make it cleaner, Ted Johnston said. Marlee’s brother, Alec Johnston, now works as an engineer and recently had to make a repair on the existing rope tow.

On another level, the fundraisers have also allowed the Johnston family and the community at large to forge something positive from the tragic death of Marlee Johnston, her father said.

Besides renovations to the ski center, the Marlee Fund also provides monetary support to youths who want to ski there and attend Kents Hill School.

The competition between the children was not fierce on Sunday, as the race is not formally recognized by Maine Alpine Ski Racing, and results were not available on Sunday evening.

If anything, Ted Johnston said, the event is an opportunity for kids to practice their turns and “work the bugs” out of their system while preparing for future races and having fun.

While the rope tow may need some work, it also had plenty of admirers among the people who came to Readfield on Sunday.

With a touch of admiration, Weber Roberts acknowledged the speed of the device, which could allow skiers to take more than a dozen runs in the time it would take skiers at the Camden Snow Bowl – who must ride a comparatively slow chairlift – to take fewer than half that.

 

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Eagles rout Vikings to reach Super Bowl https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/eagles-rout-vikings-to-reach-super-bowl/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/eagles-rout-vikings-to-reach-super-bowl/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 02:42:43 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/eagles-rout-vikings-to-reach-super-bowl/ PHILADELPHIA — Hey Philly, maybe it’s time to forget Carson Wentz. Nick Foles might be good enough to win the Eagles their first Super Bowl title.

Foles was on fire Sunday night against the stingiest scoring defense in the NFL. Philly made big play after big play on both sides of the ball in a stunning 38-7 rout of the Minnesota Vikings for the NFC championship.

Next up for the Eagles after their most-lopsided playoff victory: their first Super Bowl appearance since the 2004 season, against the team that beat them then, AFC champion New England.

Foles replaced the injured Wentz in Game 13 and finished off a rise from last place to first in the NFC East. There were plenty of doubters entering the playoffs, but the former starter in Philadelphia (15-3) under another regime has been brilliant.

“I just think you’ve got to keep going at it,” Foles said. “And we all believe in each other. I’m blessed to have amazing teammates, amazing coaches. Everyone here that’s a part of the Philadelphia Eagles organization is first class.”

His best work might have come against Minnesota (14-4) and its vaunted defense that was torn apart in every manner. Foles threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns, showing poise, escapability and moxie in going 26 for 33.

“I’m so happy for Nick and the offense,” said Coach Doug Pederson, “and for Nick, everything he’s been through and battled, he stayed the course and we all believed in him.”

Foles was helped greatly by the Eagles’ domination on defense and a spectacular, weaving 50-yard interception return TD by Patrick Robinson. Philadelphia ruined the Vikings’ hopes of being the first team to play in a Super Bowl in their own stadium.

Instead, the Eagles will seek their first Super Bowl crown in Minnesota on Feb. 4. Their last NFL championship came in 1960.

“I’m so proud of our players,” team owner Jeffrey Lurie said. “The resilience this group of men has is unequaled.”

Minnesota opened the game in impressive fashion, driving 75 yards on nine plays. The payoff was a 25-yard throw from Case Keenum to Kyle Rudolph well behind linebacker Najee Goode as Philadelphia’s defense looked confused on the play.

That didn’t happen again.

Defensive end Chris Long had a huge hand in Robinson’s 50-yard interception return that tied the game. Long burst in from the left side and got his arm on Keenum to disrupt a pass intended for Adam Thielen. The ball went directly to Robinson, who sped down the left side, then made a sharp cut to the right and got a superb block from Ronald Darby to reach the end zone.

Inspired, Philly’s defense forced a three-and-out, and Foles led the Eagles on a 12-play, 75-yard drive. LeGarrette Blount showed all his power and escapability on an 11-yard surge up the middle for a 14-7 lead.

Another turnover set up Philadelphia’s next touchdown. On third down from the Eagles 15, Keenum was blindsided by rookie Derek Barnett, and the ball bounced directly to Long.

It was only the second strip-sack the Vikings allowed all season.

A blown coverage – another rarity for Minnesota – on third-and-10 allowed Alshon Jeffery to get wide open for a 53-yard TD. Philadelphia then got the ball back at its own 20 with 29 seconds remaining in the half, and Foles hit passes of 11 yards to Jay Ajayi, 36 yards to Zach Ertz and 13 to Ajayi – setting up Jake Elliott’s 38-yard field goal that made it 24-3 at halftime.

DANCING IN THE LINC: Fifty seconds into the final quarter, with the score 38-7, Eagles players on the sideline and waiting to kick off on the field were dancing up a storm and fans were chanting “We want Brady.”

They get Tom Brady and the Patriots in two weeks.

BACK TO THE BIG GAME: Long won the Super Bowl last year with the Patriots, as did Blount. Now they return on the other side.

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On Football: Patriots show once again they’re Not Done Yet https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/on-football-patriots-show-once-again-theyre-not-done-yet/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/on-football-patriots-show-once-again-theyre-not-done-yet/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 02:36:34 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/on-football-patriots-show-once-again-theyre-not-done-yet/ FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Not Done Yet.

That’s the motto of the New England Patriots this season. Three simple words, yet they mean so much. Players and coaches take them to heart.

The Patriots proved it again on Sunday, rallying in the fourth quarter for a 24-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium in the AFC championship game.

The Patriots will defend their NFL championship against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4 in Minneapolis. It will be New England’s 10th Super Bowl appearance – an NFL record.

The Patriots are never done. Or they never think they are. A year ago we watched them rally from a 28-3 deficit to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime in Super Bowl LI.

On Sunday, we watched them stumble to a 20-10 deficit early in the fourth quarter against a younger, fiercely competitive Jacksonville team.

The Patriots had done nothing offensively for three quarters against the Jaguars, other than a penalty-aided touchdown drive that gave them life just before halftime.

But they weren’t done yet.

For the 54th time in his career, Tom Brady – playing with his right thumb wrapped to protect a deep cut he suffered in practice last week – rallied the Patriots to a victory in the fourth quarter, throwing two touchdown passes to Danny Amendola. The defense, knocked around in the first half, suddenly rose up and slowed the Jaguars down.

“It showed the type of guys we have on this team, fighters, people who never give up,” said safety Duron Harmon. “When you’ve got that type of camaraderie on a team, it allows you to get through tough situations like today, being down 10 … but nobody panicking. We just continued fighting and eventually the ball will bounce our way.”

It’s a mindset, said Harmon. Mental toughness.

It’s a trait the Patriots have always seemed to possess. They began this season with two wins and two losses, the defense horribly horrific. Maybe this team isn’t good enough, many fans wondered. But in the locker room, no one ever thought that. They knew the season was a work in progress.

Not Done Yet.

“We earned this,” said linebacker Marquis Flowers, acquired in a trade from Cincinnati in August. “We all just kept the faith and worked hard. This is what we worked for – a chance to play in this game right here. It was hard tonight. It was another hard game. But we’ve been there before. We’re a team. We’re a family. We stuck through it all.”

“You keep showing up at work every day,” said Brady, in the press conference room that serves as the Patriots’ primary meeting room. “We sit in these chairs and Coach (Bill) Belichick gets up here and demands a lot out of us and tries to get the most out of us every day. It’s not always great but you’re just trying to get better and better.”

In the first half, Jacksonville made this a miserable game for anyone wearing the home blue jersey. They attacked Brady, took away the running game and knocked Rob Gronkowski out of the game with a head injury.

But the Patriots didn’t shirk from the challenge. If anything, this team thrives on challenges.

“It’s the work you put in, the situations Coach Belichick puts us in, the type of practice settings we have, the weight room,” said Harmon. “The whole atmosphere in this building is to always put pressure on the players so when it comes to the game, pressure is easy. We’ve already been through it.

“I just think Coach Belichick does a great job of literally always putting the pressure on us so that when we get in pressure situations we can always come out and we can play our best football, when a lot of teams don’t play their best football in pressure situations.”

The Patriots have become the benchmark in this NFL, a dynasty in an era that promotes competitive balance. No one team is supposed to have the type of success the Patriots have established in the salary-cap era. Yet, here they are again, in the Super Bowl for the eighth time in 17 years. They will be going for their third championship in four years – much as they did in the beginning of Brady’s career.

Now 40, he was asked if he ever thought that he would begin his career with three titles in four years and then have the chance to do it again at the end.

“It would have been crazy to think that,” he said. “I could never have imagined getting the kind of team achievements we’ve done, we have. I don’t think anyone will ever take them for granted. It’s been an amazing time for all of us.”

And they’re Not Done Yet.

 

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Revised Scarborough school times meet opposition https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/revised-school-times-meet-opposition/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/revised-school-times-meet-opposition/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 02:29:40 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/revised-school-times-meet-opposition/ SCARBOROUGH — Critics of a change in school start times are using an online petition to press school officials to reconsider before the changes take effect in the fall.

The change.org petition, signed by more than 550 people, contends there is a more balanced approach to be considered than the one that will have high school students starting at 8:50 a.m., middle school students at 9 a.m., and elementary school students at 8 a.m.

But School Board members and Superintendent of Schools Julie Kukenberger said the plan will be implemented on the first day of school.

Classes at the high school now begin at 7:35 a.m. The middle school starts at 7:45 a.m., students in grades 3-5 start at 8:20 a.m., and kindergarten through second-graders start at 8:50 a.m.

Petitioners’ concerns include longer bus rides, earlier pickup times for young students, and the need for additional after-school care.

The School Board voted to implement the changes last April, after considering data that suggests high school students with later start times have reduced automobile accidents, truancy and absenteeism; improved mental health, and lower rates of substance use. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends high schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

Dr. Peter Amann, a Scarborough family practitioner with children in grades 7, 9 and 12, said data also that suggests later start times reduce obesity and produce higher attendance, among other benefits.

“It’s inconvenient, but there is dramatic evidence to support it,” Amann said.

Parent Sarah Crossman, who has children in first and fifth grades, said “This is a good shift. It honors the developmental needs of older students and younger students,” while the existing schedule doesn’t serve any population well.

She conceded there are constraints the town must deal with, including its size – 54 square miles – making transportation difficult. But she said change is inevitable and the town must focus on how to adapt. Crossman said challenges with before- and after-school care already exist, and the decision-making process was thoughtful, with adequate communication and information about meetings and discussions.

School Board Chairwoman Donna Beeley, a retired principal who taught primary school for nearly 40 years, said she is optimistic and hopeful the plan will work for all students in the district. She said the board was willing to give staff and parents a year and a half to prepare for the changes, and some logistics are still being worked out, including middle school athletic schedules, which will be impacted by later release times.

Scarborough will likely be the school with the latest release times in the state, according to Kukenberger.

Jillian Trapini, a petition signer and mother of four children, including a second-grader, said she started speaking against the changes when they were first proposed in 2015.

Although she supports a later start time for high school students, Trapini is concerned about how younger students will be affected, especially those who will be waiting for buses as early as 6:40 a.m. She said the board’s action was not thoughtful, and to her, seemed to garner only mediocre support that has created additional problems.

Trapini said the 50-minute change is too drastic for young students, and she would be more supportive of a 25- or 30-minute change. Trapini also said longer bus rides that will take a toll on children’s physical activity, and on family time and child-care arrangements.

She said some children may have 10-hour days that include school and after-school care.

“This is not an experiment,” Trapini said. “You can’t experiment with our children.”

Dr. Jennifer Jubulis, a pediatrician and mother of a first-grader, said she also supports a delayed high school start time, but said the changes to younger grades is something she cannot support. There are benefits for later start times for adolescents, but there is no hard data to support earlier times are beneficial to younger students, she said.

Jubulis said the board’s decision was made with the best of intentions, but the geographical makeup of the town makes bus pick-up times for younger students too early and reduces their sleep schedule, which can be detrimental to behavior and learning.

Read this story in The Forecaster.

Juliette Laaka can be contacted at 781-3661 ext., 106 or at:

jlaaka@theforecaster.net

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Portland event celebrates women’s rights, activism https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/portland-event-celebrates-womens-rights-activism/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/portland-event-celebrates-womens-rights-activism/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 02:27:50 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/portland-event-celebrates-womens-rights-activism/ A crowd of about 200 people squeezed into a downtown Portland venue Sunday to celebrate the power of the women’s rights movement and its efforts to resist an administration in Washington they say has divided the nation, not united it.

Women’s March – Maine, the regional chapter of the national group that organized the Women’s March on Washington, D.C., one year ago, and March Forth Maine sponsored Sunday’s event at Space Gallery on Congress Street.

Sunday’s sold-out anniversary celebration featured guest speakers, live performances, and a surprise appearance by Mary Herman, the wife of U.S. Sen. Angus King.

“Last year’s march was an historic event for women and for our country, and now is the time to evolve our protests into votes,” Genevieve Morgan, 2017 state chairwoman of the Women’s March – Maine, said in a statement.

Morgan explained that Sunday’s celebration offered people the chance to renew their commitment to one another and to get energized for the important work ahead – in particular promoting Power to the Polls, a national voter registration effort whose goal is to target swing states to register new voters and elect more women and progressive candidates to office.

The Portland get-together capped off a weekend of women’s rights demonstrations. About 2,500 people, most of them women, marched to the State House in Augusta on Saturday. Marches were also held Saturday in Bangor, Bar Harbor and Gouldsboro.

The Augusta rally included a march around Capitol Park, as well as speeches from lawmakers and activists.

Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration and the first day of the federal government shutdown.

Herman told the crowd that her husband really wanted to attend the event but was unable to come back to Maine from the nation’s capital because of the government shutdown. King won’t leave until he and his colleagues in the Senate can figure out a way to get the government running again, she said. The couple live in Brunswick

“He would have been here, but he is stuck in Washington,” Herman said.

Hermon urged those at the gathering to keep up their good work, to run for political office, and to get the votes out.

“If everyone stays involved, we’re going to get it back,” she said.

Adelaide Layall may only be 16 years old, but she plans to commit her high school years to making sure her peers at Waynflete in Portland and other high schools become more politically active so that in two years, when they are eligible to vote, they can make informed choices.

Layall, who serves as student ambassador to Women’s March – Maine, said she has found that students are knowledgeable but are less likely to be active in politics.

“I feel like we’ve got to get these young people motivated. They’re our future,” said Layall’s mother, Blanche Belliveau of Portland.

Sarah Gormady of East Baldwin organized Sunday’s live performances, which included improvisational comedy and burlesque. She said she has spent most of her life accepting less than what she deserves, and that now is time for action, not standing around while others decide the country’s future.

“We got the president we deserve, not the one we wanted,” Gormady said.

Hamdia Ahmed is a junior at the University of Southern Maine and became the first Muslim woman with a hijab to compete in the Miss Maine USA contest.

A native of Somalia, she grew up in a Kenyan refugee camp before moving to the United States with her family in 2005. Ahmed urged the audience to resist, especially leaders like Trump, who she claims is a divider, not a politician interested in uniting the nation. “Today we are in a government shutdown because our government can’t agree on how to protect 800,000 immigrants,” Ahmed said, referring to so-called “dreamers,” young immigrants brought illegally to this country as children and whose status is threatened by Trump’s plan to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.

She said that while the United States is a great nation, “our greatness will not depend on Donald Trump.”

Morgan, the chairwoman of Women’s March – Maine, said her organization will continue to build its movement by reaching out to the state’s most marginalized communities in an effort to create social and political change.

“We want to empower people in Maine to hold their leaders accountable, and to realize that as a nation there is more that binds us than divides us,” she said.

 

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College roundup: No. 2 Louisville handed first women’s basketball loss https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/college-roundup-no-2-louisville-handed-first-womens-basketball-loss/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/college-roundup-no-2-louisville-handed-first-womens-basketball-loss/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 02:11:45 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/college-roundup-no-2-louisville-handed-first-womens-basketball-loss/ LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A.J. Alix made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:04 remaining and Nicole Ekhomu added a free throw with 7.8 seconds left Sunday, helping No. 12 Florida State hand No. 2 Louisville its first loss of the season, 50-49.

The Seminoles (18-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast) trailed 22-9 after the first quarter before rallying, taking their first lead at 37-36 in the third quarter. They won despite shooting 28 percent overall.

Arica Carter’s 3-pointer put Louisville (20-1, 6-1) ahead with 1:54 to go. Alix answered from long range, then Ekhomu made the second of two from the line.

Louisville missed one shot and committed two turnovers in the final 30 seconds before Myisha Hines-Allen hit a layup to end it.

(1) CONNECTICUT 113, TEMPLE 57: Kia Nurse scored 24 points and freshman Megan Walker added a career-best 22 to help UConn (18-0, 7-0 American Athletic) rout Temple (9-9, 1-5) at Philadelphia.

(3) MISSISSIPPI STATE 71, (6) TENNESSEE 52: Victoria Vivians had 24 points and nine rebounds as Mississippi State (20-0, 6-0 Southeastern) defeated Tennessee (16-3, 4-2) to match its best start in school history.

(5) NOTRE DAME 90, CLEMSON 37: Arike Ogunbowale and Jackie Young each scored 23 points for Notre Dame (18-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast), which shot 62 percent to rout Clemson (11-9, 1-6) at South Bend, Indiana.

(10) SOUTH CAROLINA 81, KENTUCKY 64: A’ja Wilson scored 26 points after missing two games because of an ankle injury, leading South Carolina (16-3, 5-2 Southeastern) over Kentucky (9-11, 1-5) at Lexington, Kentucky.

(11) MISSOURI 88, ARKANSAS 54: Sophie Cunningham scored 22 points to lead five players in double figures for Missouri (17-2, 5-1 Southeastern) against Arkansas (11-9, 2-5) at Columbia, Missouri.

(13) UCLA 64, STANFORD 53: Jordin Canada had 21 points and five assists, and Monique Billings scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help UCLA (15-4, 6-2 Pac-12) beat Stanford (12-8, 6-2) at Los Angeles.

NORTH CAROLINA 92, (15) DUKE 86: Paris Kea scored a career-high 36 points, including a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left that sent the game into overtime, and North Carolina (14-6, 4-3 Atlantic Coast) won at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to end a seven-game losing streak against Duke (15-5, 4-3).

MINNESOTA 77, (20) IOWA 72: Kenisha Bell scored 21 points, Carlie Wagner added 15, combining for six free throws in the final 25 seconds at Minneapolis, and Minnesota (16-5, 3-3 Big Ten) handed Iowa (15-5, 3-4) its third straight loss.

(21) CALIFORNIA 62, SOUTHERN CAL 59: Kristine Anigwe scored 20 points, Asha Thomas converted the go-ahead three-point play with 1:29 to play as California (14-5, 5-3 Pac-12)edged USC (13-6, 3-5) at Los Angeles.

(22) ARIZONA STATE 73, COLORADO 59: Kianna Ibis scored 24 points, Courtney Ekmark added 16 and Arizona State (14-6, 5-3 Pac-12) beat Colorado (11-8, 2-6) at Tempe, Arizona, for its eighth straight win in the series.

NEBRASKA 52, (25) RUTGERS 42: Kate Cain scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and Jasmine Cincore added 11 and seven to help Nebraska (14-6, 5-2 Big Ten) beat Rutgers (17-5, 3-2) at Piscataway, New Jersey.

BOWDOIN 102, UM-PRESQUE ISLE 29: The third-ranked Polar Bears (18-0) scored the first 27 points and defeated the Owls (2-12) at Brunswick.

Abby Kelly scored 16 points in 15 minutes for Bowdoin, which led 30-2 after the first quarter and 56-14 at halftime of the nonconference game.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND 68, SOUTHERN MAINE CC 47: Jada Littlejohn scored 27 points as the Knights (13-9) beat the Seawolves (14-6) in a nonconference game at Warwick, Rhode Island.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

(2) VIRGINIA 59, WAKE FOREST 49: Kyle Guy scored 17 points and Virginia (18-1, 7-0 Atlantic Coast) beat Wake Forest (8-11, 1-6) at Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for its 10th straight win.

(23) MICHIGAN 62, RUTGERS 47: Moe Wagner scored 16 points and Duncan Robinson added 12 to lift Michigan (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten) to a win over Rutgers (12-9, 2-6) at Ann Arbor, Michigan.

(25) MIAMI 86, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 81: Bruce Brown Jr. scored 19 points and Miami (14-4, 3-3 Atlantic Coast)shot 58 percent to hold off North Carolina State (13-7, 3-4) at Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Hannaford launches digital rewards program https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/hannaford-launches-digital-rewards-program/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/hannaford-launches-digital-rewards-program/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 02:04:54 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/hannaford-launches-digital-rewards-program/ Hannaford is rolling out a new, digital-only customer loyalty program based around a smartphone app that delivers a personalized stream of digital coupons to each customer.

Known as My Hannaford Rewards, the program requires customers to download a Hannaford app that is available on both the Google and Apple app stores. The app serves up a new batch of electronic coupons each week that is tailored to that customer’s buying preferences based on past shopping activity. It is similar in functionality to Shaw’s supermarkets’ “MyMixx” app, but with a few differences.

Hannaford is aggregating coupons from third-party digital coupon providers as well as creating its own coupons, company President Mike Vail said.

Customers who join the program also will accrue in-store credit for every Hannaford brand product they buy, Vail said. The credit is equal to 2 percent of each eligible product’s price. Eligible brands include Hannaford, Taste of Inspirations, Nature’s Place, Home 360, Cha-Ching, Etos, Companion, CareOne and Healthy Accents products.

The store credit will be deducted from customers’ bills once per quarter when they shop at Hannaford, he said.

“My Hannaford Rewards is a new way to thank customers, with a 2 percent reward on private-brand items and coupon offers that are meaningful to them as individuals,” he said.

Customers using the app select the coupons they want to redeem, which generates a bar code that is scanned by the cashier at checkout. If they aren’t using any coupons, they still can have the bar code scanned or enter their phone number at checkout to receive their store credit, Vail said.

The program differs from other customer loyalty programs in that there is no “two-tier pricing,” Vail said. Hannaford will continue to charge the same prices on all items for all customers regardless of whether they join the program, but customers who do join will receive rewards and have access to the digital coupons, he said.

To join the program, a customer must sign up through the app or inside a Hannaford store. Each customer must provide a full name, email address, phone number and home address. Hannaford spokesman Eric Blom said the information is needed to identify each customer and track household shopping habits in order to serve up more useful coupons.

The information will not be shared with third parties, Blom said.

“None of it is being sold,” he said. “All of it is being carefully protected.”

Hannaford began test-marketing the program in October in Burlington, Vermont. In addition, company employees have been beta testing the app since August.

Based on customer reviews, some have experienced problems getting the app to work properly.

The Hannaford app has a customer review score of 2 out of 5 stars on Apple devices, and 2.8 out of 5 stars on Android devices. Several reviewers said the app is glitchy and often doesn’t work properly. Some said they’ve had difficulty signing up or signing in to the app, and a few said they have to delete and reinstall the app every time they want to use it.

Blom said the app did have some technical issues, but that those have been addressed through software updates.

“That’s why we did the pilot programs,” he said.

 

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Sports Digest: U.S. hockey team GM dies https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/sports-digest-u-s-hockey-team-gm-dies/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/sports-digest-u-s-hockey-team-gm-dies/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 01:58:02 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1320132 U.S. hockey team GM dies as Olympics approach

Jim Johannson, a longtime USA Hockey executive and U.S. Olympic men’s hockey general manager, died unexpectedly Sunday at age 53, shocking the sport less than three weeks before the start of the Games.

Johannson died in his sleep at his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. His death came in the midst of the most high-profile role in his career: putting together the U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team without NHL players going to South Korea, a position he relished after doing it at several world junior and world championships.

“He had a couple of the greatest days of his life at USA Hockey recently, to be able to call all these guys that never thought in their lives they’d play on a U.S. Olympic hockey team, and he got to tell them they realized a dream,” said Pat Kelleher, the USA Hockey executive director. “I think that meant as much to Jimmy as it did to any of the players.”

SKIING

WORLD CUP: Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway finally won his first World Cup slalom of the season, ending Marcel Hirscher’s five-race winning streak with a victory at Kitzbuehel, Austria.

Carrying a 1.05-second lead over his Austrian rival from the opening run, Kristoffersen lost only 0.08 of his advantage in a wild second run in dense snowfall to claim his first victory of the season and 16th overall.

• Lara Gut of Switzerland won the final super-G before the Olympics, signaling a return to form after knee surgery with a victory at Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy.

GOLF

PGA: Jon Rahm beat Andrew Landry with a 12-foot birdie putt on the fourth hole of a playoff in the CareerBuilder Challenge at La Quinta, California.

In fading light, Rahm finished off Landry for his second PGA Tour title and fourth worldwide victory in a year. Rahm will jump from third to second in the world ranking.

EUROPEAN: Tommy Fleetwood successfully defended his Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, coming from five shots behind with nine holes remaining to win by two shots with a final-round 65 in the United Arab Emirates.

SINGAPORE OPEN: Sergio Garcia began his 20th year as a pro by closing with a 3-under 68 for a five-shot victory.

SOCCER

PREMIER LEAGUE: Harry Kane scored his league-leading 21st goal of the season in a frustrating 1-1 draw for Tottenham at Southampton.

Kane has scored 99 league goals overall.

• Watford’s rapid turnover of coaches produced the ninth change in less than six years when Javi Gracia replaced Marco Silva. Watford has fallen to 10th place after winning only one of its last 11 games.

U.S. WOMEN: Mallory Pugh scored a pair of second-half goals, and the U.S. women opened the year with a 5-1 victory against Denmark in a friendly at San Diego. Alex Morgan, Julie Ertz and Crystal Dunn also scored for the top-ranked United States.

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

UFC: Stipe Miocic set the heavyweight record with his third straight successful title defense, turning the anticipated slugfest against Francis Ngannou into a methodical ground-and-pound bout, winning 50-44 on all three scorecards in Boston.

In the co-main event, Daniel Cormier defended his 205-pound title with a second-round victory over Volkan Oezdemir.

– Staff and news service report

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Senate adjourns without deal to end shutdown; vote postponed until noon Monday https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/moderate-senators-race-to-strike-a-deal-to-end-government-shutdown/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/moderate-senators-race-to-strike-a-deal-to-end-government-shutdown/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 01:44:07 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1320122 WASHINGTON — The government shutdown headed into its third day after frantic efforts Sunday by a bipartisan group of moderate senators failed to produce a compromise on immigration and spending.

“We have yet to reach an agreement on a path forward that would be acceptable for both sides,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday, adding that talks would continue ahead of a procedural vote scheduled for noon Monday.

The effects of the shutdown over the weekend were relatively limited — halting trash pickup on National Park Service property, canceling military reservists’ drill plans, and switching off some government employees’ cellphones.

But the shutdown continuing into Monday, the start of the workweek, means that hundreds of thousands of workers will stay home and key federal agencies will be affected. Passport and visa applications will go unprocessed, federal contractors will see payments delayed, and the Internal Revenue Service will slow its preparations for the coming tax season.

The moderates’ proposal – to link a three-week extension of government funding to the consideration of an immigration bill in the Senate – prompted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to announce that he would be willing to start debating immigration legislation if an agreement of the issue was not otherwise reached by early February.”Let’s step back from the brink,” he said. “Let’s stop victimizing the American people and get back to work on their behalf.”

But the pledge came with caveats that led senior Democratic aides to question whether it would ultimately be workable. Mindful of the failure of a sweeping immigration bill that passed the Senate in 2013 but languished in the House, Democrats want stronger assurances that the legislation they are demanding to protect young undocumented immigrants will ultimately become law.

Whether Republicans can find compromise on immigration remained as uncertain as ever Sunday, with no clear backing from House Republican leaders or President Trump, who showed no sign of retreating from his hard line on immigration.

Still, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said he was “optimistic” the Senate would vote tomorrow to break the impasse. Schumer, he said, “wants to just give everybody a chance to chew on it and sort of understand it, and so that’s why he didn’t want to have the vote tonight.”

Matt House, a spokesman for Schumer, said the Democrats “made some reasonable offers to Senator McConnell and he hasn’t accepted them yet. The caucus is waiting for him to move some in our direction.”

The bipartisan group scrambled for a compromise, but the decision ultimately belonged to McConnell and Schumer.

“We’re trying to be helpful in showing them that there is a path forward,” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who hosted more than a dozen fellow moderates in her office for an early afternoon meeting.

Sunday began with more of the partisan posturing that marked much of the previous week, delivered on the morning news programs, on the House and Senate floors, and in a presidential tweet.

Trump wrote that if the “stalemate continues,” then Republicans should use the “Nuclear Option” to rewrite Senate rules and try to pass a long-term spending bill with a simple majority rather than the 60 votes needed to pass most legislation — a notion Trump has previously floated to McConnell’s repeated dismissal.

The president otherwise remained uncharacteristically quiet, heeding the advice of senior advisers who argued that he has the upper hand over Schumer and the Democrats and that they would soon be forced to capitulate.

On the Senate floor, Schumer showed no signs of caving and kept pressure on Republicans.

“Not only do they not consult us, but they can’t even get on the same page with their own president,” he said. “The congressional leaders tell me to negotiate with President Trump; President Trump tells me to figure it out with the congressional leaders. This political Catch-22, never seen before, has driven our government to dysfunction.”

As the clock ticked toward a scheduled 1 a.m. Monday vote — set by McConnell in part because of arcane Senate rules but later postponed — the moderates made the most visible progress toward a deal. Among the participants in the Collins meeting were a number of Democrats who are seeking reelection in states Trump won in 2016 — five of whom voted Friday against sparking the shutdown in the first place.

“There are more than just moderate Democrats or conservative Democrats — a majority of Democrats want it to end,” said Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.).

All of that weighed on lawmakers who milled around the Capitol, many in flannel shirts, sweater vests and other casual garb.

“If it doesn’t happen tonight, it’s going to get a lot harder tomorrow,” said a windbreaker-and-baseball-cap clad Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), who has pressed for action on immigration legislation and met with the moderates’ group Sunday.

No firm proposal emerged from the meeting, but senators discussed a broad outline that could unlock a deal: modify the temporary spending bill now under consideration in the Senate to expire on Feb. 8, and then find some way to guarantee that immigration legislation moves forward in the interim.

The White House has said it supports the plan for funding through Feb. 8 but has been wary of making concessions on immigration. While legislation protecting DACA recipients could probably move through the Senate with Democrats and a handful of Republicans supporting it, Trump has rejected proposals along those lines and House GOP leaders are under fierce pressure not to bring up any bill that a majority of Republicans would reject.

Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” White House legislative affairs director Marc Short declined to provide assurances that the president would guarantee a vote on an immigration bill in exchange for a short-term spending deal. “We want to have the right resolution,” he said.

Other Republicans also saw little advantage in making any concessions to advance legislation that would provide protections for “dreamers” — undocumented immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children, 690,000 of whom face potential deportation after Trump canceled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

In a brief closed-door meeting of House Republicans, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) reassured lawmakers that there would be no negotiations on the issue as long as the government remained shuttered, affirming the White House position.

Cornyn told reporters that the deadline for action to address DACA remained March 5, when the last of the program’s participants will see their protected status expire.

“We’re more than happy to have a vote on it well before the deadline. We’ve committed to that,” Cornyn said. “But turning the agenda over to Democrats who just shut down the government makes no sense to me. It just seems like it encourages bad behavior.”

While there have been talks since early last year about trading DACA protections for more border security funding, as many Republicans want, negotiations have failed to produce a deal.

Democrats said they made a significant concession over the weekend, agreeing to put major funding behind Trump’s promised border wall, something that has been anathema to liberals since the 2016 presidential election.

Schumer on Sunday said that in a Friday meeting, Trump “picked a number for the wall, and I accepted it.”

“It would be hard to imagine a much more reasonable compromise,” he added. “All along, the president saying, ‘Well, I’ll do DACA, dreamers, in return for the wall.’ He’s got it. He can’t take yes for an answer. That’s why we’re here.”

Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), one of the most outspoken Democratic advocates for immigrant rights, also said in a Sunday appearance on ABC’s “This Week” that he would agree to the funding.

“I think the wall is a monumental waste of taxpayer money,” he said. “Having said that . . . if that’s what the hostage takers [demand for] the dreamers, if that’s their ransom call, I say pay it.”

But the concession was rejected on two fronts. Doubts remained that the Democratic rank and file would agree to wall funding — even with the blessing of Schumer and Gutiérrez. Asked about a deal that could deliver Trump as much as $20 billion for the border wall, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) scoffed, “Oh, come on.”

“None of us is at a table where they’re talking about $20 billion,” she said. “Should there be fencing? Should there be technology? Should they mow the grass so that people can’t hide in it? Should there be some bricks and mortar someplace? Let’s see what works.”

And Republicans themselves scoffed at Schumer’s claim that he offered Trump precisely what was demanded. The Democratic offer, they said, fell short of the full, immediate funding the president sought and instead involved yearly installments of funding that could be subject to future shutdown threats.

Moreover, Republicans have demanded concessions on other aspects of the immigration system, including an end to rules authorizing permanent legal immigrants to sponsor family members for legal status and an end to a “diversity visa” program that distributes visas based on a lottery system.

The wall is “one of the three legs of this three-legged stool,” said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), a key House conservative. “I’m glad to hear that there is some movement there, but there’s a couple of other legs of that stool that have to be put forth.”

The battle lines over immigration have become especially firm as spending talks falter. Republican leaders have cast the shutdown as the product of Democrats’ prioritization of undocumented immigrants over American citizens.

But a debate has opened up in the party about how far to push that argument. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) questioned an online ad from Trump’s campaign that said the president’s immigration proposals are “right” and “Democrats who stand in our way will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants.”

“I don’t know if that’s necessarily productive,” Ryan said on CBS.

Most senators remained cautious about the developments, adding quickly after each burst of optimism that any vote late Sunday or early Monday could easily fall apart and that the moderate group was sparking discussion but was hardly in control.

Sen. Joe Donnelly (Ind.), one of the five Democrats who crossed over on Friday, said he and other Democrats met with Schumer on Sunday morning.

“The pitch is we need to do what’s right for the country and he does, too. He feels the same way, and that’s what we’re trying to do,” said Donnelly, who faces a tough reelection fight in a state Trump won.

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Senator who lost her legs in Iraq calls Trump ‘5-deferment draft dodger’ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/senator-who-lost-her-legs-in-iraq-calls-trump-a-five-deferment-draft-dodger/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/senator-who-lost-her-legs-in-iraq-calls-trump-a-five-deferment-draft-dodger/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 01:43:29 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/senator-who-lost-her-legs-in-iraq-calls-trump-a-five-deferment-draft-dodger/ WASHINGTON — In a Senate-floor speech Saturday, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., blasted President Trump as a “five-deferment draft dodger” and accused him of trying to bait North Korea into a war, putting both the military and the national security of the United States at risk.

It was a moment of fire for Duckworth, a veteran who lost both of her legs in 2004 while serving in the Iraq War, and who has advocated for military and disability issues since she was elected to national public office in 2012.

Duckworth said Saturday her speech was prompted by a tweet Trump had posted Saturday morning accusing Democrats of “holding our Military hostage” to have “unchecked illegal immigration.” The tweet was just one of many partisan attacks Trump launched over the weekend trying to blame Democrats for a congressional budget stalemate that had led to a shutdown of the federal government.

That Trump would accuse Democrats – like herself – of not caring about the military was galling, Duckworth said.

“Does he even know that there are service members who are in harm’s way right now, watching him, looking for their commander in chief to show leadership, rather than to try to deflect blame?” Duckworth said. “Or that his own Pentagon says that the short-term funding plans he seems intent on pushing is actually harmful to not just the military, but to our national security?”

The junior senator from Illinois said Trump’s attempts to pin the shutdown on Democrats, especially by using the military, were examples of the president failing to take responsibility.

“I spent my entire adult life looking out for the well-being, the training, the equipping of the troops for whom I was responsible,” Duckworth continued. “Sadly, this is something the current occupant of the Oval Office does not seem to care to do – and I will not be lectured about what our military needs by a five-deferment draft dodger.”

Duckworth saved her zinger for the end, a dig at the medical reason Trump has claimed was why he was able to avoid military service for the fifth time.

“And I have a message for ‘Cadet Bone Spurs,'” Duckworth said. “If you cared about our military, you’d stop baiting Kim Jong Un into a war that could put 85,000 American troops, and millions of innocent civilians, in danger.”

Since Trump took office, he and Kim have repeatedly exchanged threats – and insults, at times – about each other’s nuclear arsenal. Trump has called Kim “Little Rocket Man” and a “madman.” In return, Kim has called Trump a “deranged U.S. dotard” and, most recently, a “lunatic” and a “loser.”

But the escalating rhetoric has also led many lawmakers to worry about the possibility of a war with North Korea.

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Supporters call hydropower project vital to N.H. economy https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/northern-pass-backersits-vital-to-n-h-economy/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/northern-pass-backersits-vital-to-n-h-economy/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 01:27:13 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/northern-pass-backersits-vital-to-n-h-economy/ Supporters of one of the most-debated power transmission projects in New Hampshire history say approval is essential for economic and energy development in the state.

The backers of the $1.6 billion Northern Pass hydropower project filed their final brief with the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee on Friday. The project would include a 192-mile transmission line from Pittsburg to Deerfield.

Northern Pass Transmission LLC is a subsidiary of Boston-based Eversource, and the submission of the final brief is a key step in the project’s approvals process.

Northern Pass backers said in the executive summary of the brief that the proposal would have no view impacts in the White Mountain National Forest, Appalachian Trail or Franconia Notch areas.

They also wrote that the proposal “has received the most extensive review of any electric transmission project in the history of New Hampshire” and would “deliver clean, affordable hydropower into the New England power grid.”

The project is designed to carry hydropower from Canada to southern New England markets, providing power for about a million homes. Opponents who are skeptical of the economics and environmental impacts of the project have rallied against it and called on state regulators to prevent it from moving forward.

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests filed a memo earlier this month stating the project would “pervasively and permanently scar the northern two thirds of our state with towers and transmission lines that cut through unique forest ecosystems and rise well above the tree canopy.”

New Hampshire regulators completed hearings on the project in December.

The Site Evaluation Committee is expected to begin deliberations about the Northern Pass application in the final days of January.

Then, state regulators are expected to announce their final decision on the project by the end of March.

Project supporters would like to begin construction by the spring.

Their final brief says that the project would “create or generate 2,600 jobs during construction, with a commitment to hire NH workers first.”

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Colin Firth joins actors refusing to work with Woody Allen https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/colin-firth-joins-actors-refusing-to-work-with-woody-allen/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/colin-firth-joins-actors-refusing-to-work-with-woody-allen/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 01:11:16 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/colin-firth-joins-actors-refusing-to-work-with-woody-allen/ Colin Firth is the latest actor refusing to work with director Woody Allen after having starred in one of his films in the past.

Firth, who starred in the filmmaker’s 2014 flick “Magic in the Moonlight” alongside Emma Stone, told The Guardian he “wouldn’t work with him again.”

The 57-year-old actor is the latest star to voice his disapproval of Allen, whose adopted daughter Dylan Farrow recently came forward to reiterate her accusations that he molested her when she was a child.

The “Annie Hall” director has repeatedly denied the allegations.

 

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South Portland neighborhoods recycling more food waste https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/s-portland-neighborhoods-recycling-more-food-waste/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/s-portland-neighborhoods-recycling-more-food-waste/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 01:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1320127 SOUTH PORTLAND — Since its inception last May, a pilot program to collect food waste has increased recycling rates in two participating neighborhoods.

About 600 households in the Knightville and Meetinghouse Hill neighborhoods received 6-gallon buckets to use for curbside compost collection. Additional bins were set up at the transfer station on Highland Avenue for residents who do not live in the pilot-program zones.

The city and ecomaine, the regional waste management service, estimate up to a third of household waste is from food.

Recycling has increased in the two neighborhoods from 29 percent to 38 percent, and 30 tons of waste were collected from May to November, according to data provided by the city’s sustainability office.

Four tons of food waste have also been collected at the transfer station.

The compost is delivered to ecomaine, aggregated with business food waste, and then sent to Exeter Agri-Energy, where it is combined with cow manure in an anaerobic digester. The machine converts the matter into electricity, a liquid by-product for fertilizer, and a solid material for animal bedding or compost.

Julie Rosenbach, South Portland’s sustainability coordinator, said at the beginning of the program that the objective is to gather data on participation, waste diversion, and the cost-effectiveness of adding curbside food waste collection to the city’s waste management program. The city is aiming to recycle 40 percent of its waste by the year 2020, she said.

Rosenbach said food waste is a large portion of trash collected by the city, and even though about a third of people in the neighborhoods using the program also compost, waste such as meat and oil that do not break down in backyard composting can be picked up by the city.

She said there is a 37 percent set-out rate of households who use the buckets each week, but said the participation rate is slightly higher.

The pilot program has cost the city about $40,000, she said.

Rosenbach said the goal is to take the program citywide, and residents in other neighborhoods have inquired about its expansion.

South Portland appears to have had more success than Scarborough, which said last fall it was unlikely to expand its test program because the effort fell short of expectations.

Read this story in The Forecaster.

Juliette Laaka can be contacted at 781-3661 ext.106, or at:

jlaaka@theforecaster.net

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Portland-Yarmouth trackside trail would be costly but desirable https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/trackside-trail-said-costly-but-desirable/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/trackside-trail-said-costly-but-desirable/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 01:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1320113 Construction of a 10-mile trail alongside unused railroad tracks between Portland and Yarmouth is not only feasible, according to a study, but desirable – particularly because of connections that could be made to other trail systems in the region.

But while a trail along the former St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad is technically possible, it would also be expensive, with an estimated cost of about $23 million, according to the preliminary study by the Greater Portland Council of Governments. The cost is related to the need for several bridge and roadway crossings.

In a report prepared in cooperation with Portland, Falmouth, Cumberland and Yarmouth, the council said it would make sense for trail construction to be done in phases, starting with a 1.7-mile stretch in Yarmouth that doesn’t include any physical barriers.

The cost for that section of the trail is estimated at $2.2 million, according to Kristina Egan, executive director of the council, who authored the report.

Based on Egan’s analysis, the 3.8-mile Falmouth section of the trail, would be the most expensive – about $10.7 million – because it has the most crossings.

The 1.7-mile Portland stretch would cost nearly $6 million, according to Egan, and the Cumberland section, which is 2.7 miles, would be $3.8 million.

In all, she said, the railroad tracks in the study area cross five bridges, six large culverts and nine roads.

The railroad line between Portland and Yarmouth has been discontinued, although the Maine Department of Transportation owns a rail right-of-way and freight operator Genesee & Wyoming holds an operator easement for that section.

If rail service were to resume next to the trail, the trains would be limited to a top speed of 25 miles per hour, Egan said.

Walking or biking on the railroad right-of-way is currently prohibited and Egan said the four communities that want to build the rail trail would need permission from MDOT.

What makes the proposal so attractive, according to Egan, is “the potential trail along the St. Lawrence & Atlantic could connect to other trails in the region, and would also become part of the regional transportation network.”

Connections could include the Beth Condon Trail in Yarmouth and the trail around Back Cove and the Eastern Promendade in Portland.

Egan said the council spent about five months reviewing the potential for a trail that would preserve the potential for future restoration of rail service.

She said the December meeting was well-attended. “Residents supported (this) trail because it would give people an option to avoid driving and traffic, bike safely, and to commute in a climate-friendly way,” Egan said in the report. “Others cited the benefits of improved quality of life, public health, economic development, and increased property values.”

She said the next step is for the communities along the proposed route to commit to a more detailed feasibility study, which would address the “physical constraints … such as crossing the Presumpscot River, going under the Falmouth Spur, and widening existing embankments.”

Read this story in The Forecaster.

Kate Irish Collins can be reached at 710-2336 or at:

kcollins@theforecaster.net

Twitter: KIrishCollins

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Sunday’s NBA roundup: Spurs’ home winning streak ends at 14 games https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/nba-roundup-nets-down-pistons-on-last-second-shot/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/nba-roundup-nets-down-pistons-on-last-second-shot/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:18:22 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/nba-roundup-nets-down-pistons-on-last-second-shot/ SAN ANTONIO — Victor Oladipo scored 19 points and the Indiana Pacers defeated San Antonio 94-86, snapping the Spurs’ 14-game home winning streak Sunday night.

Darren Collison added 15 points for Indiana, which snapped a three-game losing streak in San Antonio.

The Spurs lost at home for the third time this season and the first since Nov. 10 against Milwaukee.

Pau Gasol had 14 points to lead San Antonio.

With Manu Ginobili, Rudy Gay and Kawhi Leonard out with injuries, the Spurs opted to bring Tony Parker off the bench for the 14th time in 1,165 career games.

NETS 101, PISTONS 100: Spencer Dinwiddie’s jumper with 0.9 seconds left lifted Brooklyn at Detroit for the Pistons’ fifth straight loss.

After a basket by Andre Drummond put the Pistons ahead with 4.7 seconds left, Dinwiddie took the inbounds pass, drove to 14 feet and drained a jumper against his former teammates.

Caris LeVert split a pair of free throws with 13.7 seconds left, giving the Nets a 99-98 edge. It was the second time he missed a free throw in the final 42 seconds.

Langston Galloway misplayed the ensuing inbounds pass, but was able to knock the ball to Drummond. He nearly traveled in a rare drive and flipped in a go-ahead shot.

LAKERS 127, KNICKS 107: Jordan Clarkson had 29 points and 10 assists, Julius Randle added 27 points and 12 rebounds, and Los Angeles won at home for its sixth win in eight games.

Kyle Kuzma added 15 points for the Lakers (17-29), who continued their midseason surge of solid play. Rookie point guard Alex Caruso set career highs with nine points and eight assists, making the most of extensive playing time in the absence of the injured Lonzo Ball.

Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Michael Beasley scored 17 points apiece for the Knicks, who have lost 12 of 16. New York slipped to 2-2 on its seven-game trip.

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Jordan urges Pence to ‘rebuild trust’ after Jerusalem pivot https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/jordan-urges-pence-to-rebuild-trust-after-jerusalem-pivot/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/jordan-urges-pence-to-rebuild-trust-after-jerusalem-pivot/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:17:33 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/jordan-urges-pence-to-rebuild-trust-after-jerusalem-pivot/ AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan’s king appealed Sunday to Vice President Mike Pence to “rebuild trust and confidence” in the possibility of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, following fallout from the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Pence tried to reassure the monarch that the U.S. was committed to restarting peace efforts and to a two-state solution, if both sides agree. Such a caveat deviates from long-standing U.S. support for that approach as the only possible outcome of any peace deal.

Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem last month infuriated the Palestinians, who seek the Israeli-annexed eastern sector of the city as a future capital. They accused the U.S. of siding with Israel and said Washington can no longer serve as a mediator.

Jerusalem is the emotional centerpiece of the long-running conflict, and Trump’s policy shift set off protests and condemnation across Arab and Muslim countries.

It posed a dilemma for Abdullah, a staunch U.S. ally who derives his political legitimacy in large part from the Hashemite dynasty’s role as guardian of a key Muslim site in Jerusalem. Any perceived threat to Muslim claims in the city is seen as a challenge to Jordan, where a large segment of the population is of Palestinian origin.

Pence told the king that the U.S. has committed “to continue to respect Jordan’s role as the custodian of holy sites, that we take no position on boundaries and final status.” It was a message Pence relayed Saturday in talks with Egypt’s president.

Later, after meeting U.S. troops near the Syrian border, Pence said he and Abdullah had “a very frank discussion.”

“Look, friends occasionally have disagreements and we agreed to disagree on the decision by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. But what we agreed on was the need for all parties to come back to the table,” Pence said.

“The Palestinian Authority has been absent from direct negotiations since 2014. And I hope I impressed upon King Abdullah our earnest desire to restart the peace process,” Pence said.

Abdullah expressed concerns about the regional fallout from the Jerusalem decision.

“Today we have a major challenge to overcome, especially with some of the rising frustrations,” he said. He described the Pence visit as a mission “to rebuild trust and confidence” in getting to a two-state solution, in which a state of Palestine would be established in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, lands Israel captured in 1967.

Another cause of concern for Jordan is the Trump administration’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Jordan vehemently opposes such a move if taken ahead of an Israeli-Palestinian partition deal. Israel views Jerusalem as its unified capital.

An international consensus has long held that the city’s final status should be decided through negotiations, which was also U.S. policy going back decades.

Palestinians view Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as a blatantly one-sided move.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he would not meet with Trump administration officials and called off a meeting with Pence that had been scheduled for mid-December.

Palestinians in the West Bank protested Pence’s arrival by burning posters with his image on them.

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Sunday’s NHL roundup: Flyers stay hot, beat Capitals in overtime https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/sundays-nhl-roundup-flyers-stay-hot-beat-capitals-in-overtime/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/sundays-nhl-roundup-flyers-stay-hot-beat-capitals-in-overtime/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:07:58 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/sundays-nhl-roundup-flyers-stay-hot-beat-capitals-in-overtime/ WASHINGTON — The Philadelphia Flyers are already in playoff mode. That was enough to beat the spotty Washington Capitals.

Travis Konecny scored 27 seconds into overtime, and the surging Flyers beat the Capitals 2-1 on Sunday.

Michael Raffl also scored for Philadelphia, and Brian Elliott made 27 saves. The Flyers, who lost 10 consecutive games earlier in the season, have won three in a row and seven of eight to move into playoff position in the Eastern Conference.

“Coming in here and getting a win, it definitely says something about our character,” Konecny said. “There’s just that vibe in the locker room right now. We really want that playoff opportunity and we’re pushing for it.”

Konecny found space in the middle of the offensive zone, and his shot deflected off Washington’s T.J. Oshie and past Braden Holtby for his eighth goal of the season.

Konecny also scored in Saturday’s 3-1 win against New Jersey. Washington began the day with 18 home wins, tied with the Vegas Golden Knights for most in the NHL.

Washington has dropped three in a row but still leads the Metropolitan Division, seven points ahead of the fourth-place Flyers.

Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-best 29th goal for the Capitals.

GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5, HURRICANES 1: James Neal and Jonathan Marchessault scored to help Vegas win at Carolina, giving the expansion franchise the best record in the NHL.

Colin Miller had a goal and two assists, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves for Vegas.

JETS 1, CANUCKS 0: Patrik Laine scored in the first period and Connor Hellebuyck made 29 saves for his fourth shutout of the season as Winnipeg won at home.

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DEVILS: Goalie Keith Kinkaid (groin) and forward Brian Gibbons (hand) were placed on injured reserve, a day after both players were injured in a 3-1 loss at Philadelphia.

Coach John Hynes said there’s no timetable yet on how long either will be sidelined.

No. 1 goalie Cory Schneider, who didn’t dress for two of the last three games because of a stomach illness, said he’s feeling better and expects to start Monday night against the Red Wings.

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‘SNL’ revisits Trump’s cognitive test results https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/snl-revisits-trumps-cognitive-test-results/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/snl-revisits-trumps-cognitive-test-results/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:00:18 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/snl-revisits-trumps-cognitive-test-results/ The government may be shut down, but “Saturday Night Live” sketches about the president won’t be any time soon.

The NBC show kicked off last week’s episode by mentioning the Washington gridlock, then spent most of its time lampooning President Trump’s physical exam results. Once again, resident Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin didn’t appear.

Instead, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Aidy Bryant) introduced reporters in the briefing room to the lead White House doctor “to come out here and tell you about how not fat the president is.”

Navy Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson (Beck Bennett) is clearly enamored of Trump’s body, saying the president “has a gorgeous 44-inch Coke bottle waist” and “his height, 75 inches – with legs, well, they seem to go on forever.”

“It’s my expert opinion that the president’s got a rockin’ bod,” he adds.

The reporters in the sketch don’t buy it.

“There’s been questions about the president’s mental fitness and the White House has of course pushed back on that,” a reporter, played by Kate McKinnon, says. “Since you’ve examined him personally, my question is: How broke that brain?”

The fake Jackson reassures reporters that Trump passed his cognitive test “with flying colors, almost no hints.”

And when asked about how the president has bragged about doing better on the test than past presidents, the doctor responds: “In fairness, no other president has been given this exam. We typically only use it to make sure someone’s not severely brain damaged, or a monkey in people clothes.”

Pete Davidson, playing himself, pops up to ask a question: Did Trump mention anything about a sexual encounter with adult film star Stormy Daniels?

Bryant’s Sanders character kicks him out, and then later she pushes back on skeptics of Trump’s exam results.

“The president has passed every exam we gave him: physical exam, mental exam, the Tide pod challenge? Crushed it.”

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‘Peyton Place’ actress Dorothy Malone dies at 93 https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/peyton-place-actress-dorothy-malone-dies-at-93/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/peyton-place-actress-dorothy-malone-dies-at-93/#respond Sun, 21 Jan 2018 23:55:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1320076 DALLAS — Actress Dorothy Malone, who won hearts of 1960s television viewers as the long-suffering mother in the nighttime soap “Peyton Place,” died Friday in her hometown of Dallas at age 93.

Malone died in an assisted living center from natural causes days before her 94th birthday, said her daughter, Mimi Vanderstraaten.

After 11 years of mostly roles as loving sweethearts and wives, the actress decided she needed to gamble on her career instead of playing it safe. She fired her agent, hired a publicist, dyed her hair blond and sought a new image.

“I came up with a conviction that most of the winners in this business became stars overnight by playing shady dames with sex appeal,” she recalled in 1967. She welcomed the offer for “Written on the Wind,” in which she played an alcoholic nymphomaniac who tries to steal Rock Hudson from his wife, Lauren Bacall.

“And I’ve been unfaithful or drunk or oversexed almost ever since – on the screen, of course,” she said.

When Jack Lemmon announced her as the winner of the 1956 Academy Award for best actress in a supporting role for the performance, she rushed to the stage of the Pantages Theatre and gave the longest speech of the evening. Even when Lemmon pointed to his watch, she continued undeterred, thanking “the Screen Actors and the Screen Extras guilds because we’ve had a lot of ups and downs together.”

Malone’s career waned after she reached 40, but she achieved her widest popularity with “Peyton Place,” the 1964-69 ABC series based on Grace Metalious’ steamy novel which became a hit 1957 movie starring Lana Turner. Malone assumed the Turner role as Constance Mackenzie, the bookshop operator who harbored a dark secret about the birth of her daughter Allison, played by the 19-year-old Mia Farrow.

ABC took a gamble on “Peyton Place,” scheduling what was essentially a soap opera in prime time three times a week. It proved to be a ratings winner, winning new prominence for Malone and making stars of Farrow, Ryan O’Neal and Barbara Parkins.

“RIP Dorothy Malone, my beautiful TV mom for two amazing years,” Farrow posted on Twitter.

Malone was offered a salary of $10,000 a week, huge money at the time. She settled for $7,000 with the proviso that she could leave the set at 5 p.m. so she could spend time with her young daughters, Mimi and Diane. She had been divorced from their father, a dashing Frenchman, Jacques Bergerac.

He had been discovered in France by Ginger Rogers, who married him and helped sponsor his acting career. They divorced, and he wooed and wedded Dorothy Malone in 1959. The marriage lasted five years and ended in a bitter court battle over custody of the daughters. “I wish Ginger had warned me what he was like,” she lamented.

Malone married three times – 2 1/2 by her calculation. Her second marriage, to stock broker Robert Tomarkin in 1969, was annulled after six weeks, Vanderstraaten said. A marriage in 1971 to motel chain executive Huston Bell also ended in divorce. “I don’t have very good luck in men,” she said. “I had a tendency to endow a man qualities he did not possess.”

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Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman dies at 83 https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/weather-channel-co-founder-john-coleman-dies-at-83/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/weather-channel-co-founder-john-coleman-dies-at-83/#respond Sun, 21 Jan 2018 23:38:27 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/weather-channel-co-founder-john-coleman-dies-at-83/ LAS VEGAS — John Coleman, who co-founded the Weather Channel and was the original meteorologist on ABC’s “Good Morning America” during a six-decade broadcasting career, has died. He was 83.

His wife, Linda Coleman, said her husband died Saturday night at home in Las Vegas. She did not give a cause.

The Texas native got his first TV job while still a student at the University of Illinois. Coleman worked at several local stations in the Midwest before joining “GMA” when it launched in 1975.

He served as CEO of the Weather Channel for about a year after helping launch it in 1981.

Coleman went on to join KUSI-TV in San Diego, where he spent 20 years as weatherman for its morning show before retiring in 2014.

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Australian Open: Keys advances to quarterfinals https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/australian-open-dimitrov-ousts-kyrgios-nadal-grinds-out-win/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/australian-open-dimitrov-ousts-kyrgios-nadal-grinds-out-win/#respond Sun, 21 Jan 2018 23:33:54 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/australian-open-dimitrov-ousts-kyrgios-nadal-grinds-out-win/ MELBOURNE, Australia — Madison Keys continued her strong run through the Australian Open draw, returning to the quarterfinals for the first time in three years with a 6-3, 6-2 win Monday over Caroline Garcia.

The 2017 U.S. Open finalist has yet to drop a set at Melbourne Park and is averaging a brisk 62.5 minutes on court through her first four rounds.

Going into the match against Garcia, she had only dropped 14 games – the second fewest among the women through three rounds, just behind Angelique Kerber’s 13 games.

Keys will meet Kerber in the quarterfinals. The 21st-seeded German beat Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.

Keys is seeded just 17th after undergoing wrist surgery and missing several months on tour last year, but she is playing pain-free again and looking increasingly confident.

Keys, the only American woman to reach the fourth round, said she feels like she’s playing without pressure since returning from her wrist injury.

“I definitely realize how much l love it and how much pressure I put on myself” in the past, she said. “Just being really happy to be back out here and not at home in a cast.”

Keys lost her serve in the opening game of the match against the eighth-seeded Garcia but broke the Frenchwoman five times as she raced through the next two sets. She had 32 winners to just nine for Garcia.

On Sunday, men’s No. 3 seed Grigor Dimitrov eliminated the last remaining Australian, defeating Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (4).

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal also advanced to the quarterfinals, beating Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3 in 3 hours and 51 minutes.

“It was a good test for me. It was a lot of hours on court, moments under pressure,” Nadal said.

Nadal will next play 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic, who collected his 100th Grand Slam match win with a 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-6 (0), 7-6 (3) victory over No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta.

Caroline Wozniacki, the No. 2 women’s seed, reached the quarterfinals for the first time since 2012 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Magdalena Rybarikova.

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Former Kinks bassist Jim Rodford dies at 76 after fall https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/former-kinks-bassist-jim-rodford-dies-at-76-after-fall/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/former-kinks-bassist-jim-rodford-dies-at-76-after-fall/#respond Sun, 21 Jan 2018 23:33:31 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/former-kinks-bassist-jim-rodford-dies-at-76-after-fall/ LONDON — Former Kinks bassist Jim Rodford has died after a fall. He was 76.

The Zombies, the group Rodford had played with since 1999, confirmed the death of the British musician on their Facebook page Saturday.

Zombies co-founder Rod Argent said his cousin and longtime bandmate was a “magnificent bass player.”

Rodford joined The Kinks in 1978, touring with the group and playing on its later albums. Ray Davies, The Kinks’ co-founder, tweeted that Rodford was “an integral part of the Kinks later years.”

Argent also highlighted Rodford’s commitment to music in St Albans, north of London, where he lived his entire life.

Argent said “Jim’s life was dedicated to music. He was unfailingly committed to local music – an ever-present member of the local scene in St. Albans.”

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New Mexico 5th-grader accidentally brings THC-laced gummies to school https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/fifth-grader-accidentally-brings-thc-laced-gummies-to-school/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/fifth-grader-accidentally-brings-thc-laced-gummies-to-school/#respond Sun, 21 Jan 2018 23:27:02 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1320056 A 9-year-old student in New Mexico gave fellow students gummies – only to realize later they were not ordinary candies.

The candies apparently had been laced with tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the chemical responsible for how marijuana affects the brain, and were being used by the student’s parents as medical marijuana.

Kristi Del Curto, dean of elementary students at the Albuquerque School of Excellence, told the Albuquerque Journal the fifth-grader brought the box of gummies she found at home and shared with friends at the school cafeteria one morning.

“She thought she was sharing candy, and if you saw the picture on the box, it did look like candy,” Del Curto told the newspaper.

The student later felt dizzy during class and was sent to the school nurse. After school officials determined the fifth-grader had eaten THC-laced gummies, students were asked over the school’s public address system who else had the candies, the paper reported.

Del Curto said five other students had gummies. Some did not seem to have been affected, and some others were “giggly,” she said. The student who brought the candies felt ill after eating five.

One student told KRQE News 13 she immediately realized they were not ordinary candies after she ate one and started feeling dizzy. Paramedics were later called to check on the students.

School officials informed parents of the incident, which happened a little more than a week ago, according to the school’s Facebook page.

“We would like to remind all students and parents to be cautious about food/drink sharing … and we would like our community to be alert with drugs and any edibles that may or could be in different formats,” the school wrote. “We kindly ask our parents and community members not to talk explicitly about drugs/medicine when students are present.”

Twenty-nine states or territories, including the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico, allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes. New Mexico became the 12th state to allow medical cannabis in 2007.

Eight states and D.C. have legalized recreational use of marijuana, but New Mexico is not one of them.

Edibles, or food products laced with cannabis extract, have become a popular way to sell marijuana, and many are sold online, though interstate transport is illegal. In Colorado, for example, edibles accounted for 45 percent of all cannabis sales, according to a paper published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Edibles come in different forms, such as candies, gummies, chocolates, baked goods and beverages.

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Patriots rally to defeat Jaguars, advance to Super Bowl https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/patriots-rally-in-fourth-to-defeat-jacksonville-24-20-for-afc-title/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/patriots-rally-in-fourth-to-defeat-jacksonville-24-20-for-afc-title/#respond Sun, 21 Jan 2018 23:14:56 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/patriots-rally-in-fourth-to-defeat-jacksonville-24-20-for-afc-title/ FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots refuse to go quietly into the night.

Down by 10 early in the fourth quarter, playing without their all-world tight end Rob Gronkowski (out with a head injury suffered in the second quarter), being pushed around by a fierce young defense for much of the game … they again rose to the challenge.

Tom Brady threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to Danny Amendola as the Patriots rallied to defeat the upstart Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20 in the AFC championship game Sunday at Gillette Stadium – and return to the Super Bowl again.

New England will play in its NFL-record 10th Super Bowl – eighth since 2001 when Brady became Bill Belichick’s starting quarterback – on Feb. 4 in Minneapolis, facing the Philadelphia Eagles in a rematch of 2004.

The Patriots are attempting to become the first team to win back-to-back championships since they did it in 2003 and 2004, beating the Eagles 24-21 in Super Bowl XXXIX.

“It’s been an unbelievable run and I think everyone should be really proud of what we accomplished,” said Brady, who played with his injured right thumb taped up.

“It would be really great if we take care of business in a couple of weeks.”

Playing in the AFC championship game for the seventh consecutive year and 12th time in the Brady-Belichick era, the Patriots were pushed to their limits by the Jaguars. Jacksonville led 14-3 in the second quarter and 20-10 with 14:52 remaining in the game after Josh Lambo’s second field goal of the game, a 43-yarder.

It was then that Brady and the Patriots’ defense stepped forward.

The defense finally shackled Jacksonville in the fourth quarter, holding the Jaguars to 62 yards and two first downs.

They took away the Jaguars’ running game, holding Leonard Fournette to 3 yards on four rushes in the fourth. Safety Patrick Chung came up to make a couple of tackles, and James Harrison, Lawrence Guy and Malcom Brown played stout at the line.

And they kept Jacksonville from converting on third down. The Jaguars were 4 of 6 on third down in the first half, 2 of 9 in the second half, including 0 of 5 in the fourth quarter.

Safety Devin McCourty said it wasn’t about tactical adjustments, just being more aggressive.

“We needed to come off blocks and we needed to tackle better,” he said. “And we did that.”

McCourty started it by stopping Allen Hurns 1 yard shy of a first down on third-and-8 on Jacksonville’s first series of the fourth. The Patriots got the ball back at their 15 and Brady calmly drove them 85 yards in eight plays for a touchdown, a 9-yard pass to Amendola with 8:44 left that made it 20-17. The key play was a flea-flicker that resulted in a 31-yard pass from Brady to Phillip Dorsett.

The defense, after giving up a 20-yard pass to Hurns, forced another punt. The Patriots couldn’t do anything and punted, but the defense forced another three-and-out – cornerback Eric Rowe making a big play to break up a pass to Hurns – and another punt.

This one Amendola fielded and returned to the left for 20 yards and a first down at the Jacksonville 30. “It just comes down to making a play when you get the ball in your hands, following a block or two or seeing any opening space to get to,” he said. “That was it.”

On first down, Brady hit James White with a screen pass for 15 yards. Then Amendola for 8. Brady sneaked in for a first down to the 5.

After a White run gained 1 yard, Brady dropped back, looked left to Brandin Cooks, then turned to see Amendola cutting across the back of the end zone from the right. The pass was high. Amendola jumped, caught it, then tapped both feet inbounds for the touchdown.

“He’s got great hands and just a great sense about where he’s at on the field,” said Brady. “He’s made so many big plays for us and this was huge … It was an incredible play.”

Still, it was up to the defense to make one last stand. Bortles threw a 29-yard pass to Dede Westbrook, who leaped over Stephon Gilmore to make the catch at the Patriots’ 48. On second down, Kyle Van Noy and Harrison sacked Bortles for a 9-yard loss. On fourth-and-15, Bortles threw deep to Westbrook again. but this time Gilmore batted the pass away, giving the Patriots the ball – and for all intents the AFC title – with 1:47 left.

“We fell behind and made more plays at the end,” said Belichick. “Played better defensively, played well in the kicking game, played well offensively when we needed to. I think that’s really the mark of this team and these players. When we need it the most, that’s when we played our best.”

 

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Windsor man seriously injured in snowmobile accident https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/windsor-man-seriously-injured-after-striking-head-on-bridge-during-snowmobile-ride-in-augusta/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/windsor-man-seriously-injured-after-striking-head-on-bridge-during-snowmobile-ride-in-augusta/#respond Sun, 21 Jan 2018 22:50:51 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1320087 AUGUSTA — A 52-year-old Windsor man suffered a bad head injury on Sunday afternoon after riding a snowmobile across Togus Pond and striking a low bridge.

The man, who wasn’t wearing a helmet, hit his head on the bridge and suffered a “serious” injury that was “potentially” life-threatening,” said District Game Warden Robert Decker.

Decker declined to identify the man, who was brought to MaineGeneral Medical Center.

The man was riding his snowmobile near Hayden Road when he struck the bridge, which connects the mainland to an island in Togus Pond and is about 2.5 feet high, Decker said.

He was traveling with other people, but none of the other riders saw the accident, which happened around 3:10 p.m., Decker said.

Decker urged all snowmobilers to wear a helmet, which he said “probably would have prevented serious injury” in this case.

He also said that there was lots of open water on Togus Pond on Sunday, and that with rain in the forecast, people should be very careful if they’re thinking about riding a snowmobile in the coming days.

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Knox County woman finds purpose year after fire took husband, son https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/washington-woman-finds-purpose-year-after-deadly-fire-took-away-husband-son/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/washington-woman-finds-purpose-year-after-deadly-fire-took-away-husband-son/#respond Sun, 21 Jan 2018 22:17:28 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1320143 WASHINGTON — Elizabeth Rhodes lay in the emergency room of the PenBay Medical Center in Rockport with burns on her forehead and shoulder and the feeling that her scalp was on fire.

When one of the technicians working in the trauma room leaned in to tell her she was cutting away her nightgown, Rhodes said only this: “This is all I have. I’ve lost everything.”

Hours earlier, on Jan. 23, 2017, her husband Steven had died trying to save their son, who was born with Down syndrome, from a fire at their home in the Knox County town of Washington.

She lost them both, leaving her with their two adult daughters.

In the year since the fire, Rhodes said she has asked God why she lived.

“Only by the grace of God am I still here,” she said in an interview. “The state fire marshal told my daughter that not even a minute more being in that smoke and I would have been the third fatality.”

In the year since the death of her husband and son, Rhodes has struggled. The funeral for Steven and Isaac was held on the Saturday following the fire, and more than 700 people packed the gymnasium at the South Liberty Baptist Church.

They were people who knew Steven and Elizabeth from church or from where they worked. They knew Isaac from Medomak High School or from Mobius, an organization in Damariscotta that provides services for people with disabilities.

The following Saturday, a pig roast fundraiser was held for the Rhodes family at the Thompson Community Center in Union. That event and an online crowd-sourced fundraiser helped raise money to defray funeral and medical expenses.

Washington Fire Chief Phil Meunier said he’s never seen anything like it.

“The line of people wrapped around three times inside the building,” he said.

On the day of the fire, Elizabeth Rhodes was flown by helicopter from PenBay Medical Center to Maine Medical Center in Portland for treatment. In addition to the burn on her head, she also had a serious burn on her shoulder and suffered from breathing in smoke. A year later, her voice is still raspy, and she struggles to reach the high notes as a soprano when she sings.

Not all the injuries are physical. On many nights, she said, she has nightmares about the fire.

After she was released from Maine Medical Center, she went to stay in Rockland with her brother, who was with the fire department there.

The sound of a siren from a passing police car or fire engine or the sight of flames in his pellet stove would trigger flashbacks or panic attacks.

FAMILY OF FAITH

For more than 30 years, Steven and Elizabeth Rhodes lived in the house they built on Cattle Pound Road in this small Knox County town, just up the road from the home where Steven’s parents live and not far from Washington Pond.

In many ways, Steven was the answer to Elizabeth’s prayers. She had asked God for a good, Christian man, and she said Steven was that man. They had met as teenagers, and at one point Steven told her she was the one he would marry.

After they married in 1981, Steven started building their home on a wooded lot. They lived in the cellar first.

“Steven was a mason, so he built it,” Rhodes, 57, said.

First, Rachel was born. But with a second child, Rebekah, on the way, she said she gave Steven a nine-month ultimatum to get the rest of the house done.

He didn’t make it, but not long after the growing family moved into their completed home.

By the time their son, Isaac, arrived several years later, they were settled in and building their lives.

Steven worked for Hunt Brothers for a while and then Bath Iron Works. When he developed neck problems, he went to work for Storer’s Lumber in Waldoboro.

Elizabeth had worked for the town office and had been head of elections; she also worked for the school district and briefly at PenBay before she was diagnosed with an aneurysm. In, around and through all of that flowed their faith in God and their involvement with their church, South Liberty Baptist Church. Steven was a boys’ coach at the South Liberty Baptist Academy.

Eventually, Rebekah and Rachel married. Rebekah and her family live in Camden; Rachel and her family stayed close to home. Isaac, who was born with Down syndrome 10 weeks early, underwent open heart surgery shortly after his birth. Down syndrome is a genetic abnormality that causes developmental delays and medical conditions.

Isaac graduated from Medomak High School and remained at home with his parents.

After the deadly fire, Rhodes found she couldn’t stay alone, turning down a chance to house-sit this past summer. Rachel and her family stayed with her.

Nothing could be salvaged from the family’s home following the fire, although family members found a Bible and copies of some sermons that Steven had given years before at the church.

“That was God giving something back,” she said.

They never found her rings, although they looked desperately. Instead, she had a family ring made up with stones that represent the members of her family, and she wears it on her left ring finger, she said, because that finger is connected directly to the heart.

Initially, Rhodes said she vowed she would not return to the Washington property, but she changed her mind. Even though the house was gone, it was where her daughters grew up, and where her grandchildren have come to play.

Rebuilding and dealing with the line of equity that Steven had taken out was complicated by the fact that all the family’s paper work and records were lost in the fire.

When she ran from the burning house in her nightgown, she wasn’t even wearing slippers.

DAY OF THE FIRE

On that cold blustery January day, a Monday, Rhodes had settled back to bed with some toast and tea.

She had not been feeling well on Sunday and had slept most of the day. She was up early, more than an hour before sunrise. She took a shower and started breakfast and lunch for her husband, who was 53, before he was due to leave for his job at Storer Lumber down in Waldoboro.

Rhodes had just settled under the blankets again, when an explosion rocked the house.

“It was just like you see on TV when there’s an earthquake,” she said. “I never experienced that before.”

While Rhodes said she doesn’t remember everything that followed, she recalls going to the cellar door to find out what happened.

Steven called up that the wood stove had blown back at him. When she went down to see, she saw embers had ignited some papers. “I didn’t even stop to see if he was burned,” she said.

She filled a brown pitcher with water to help put out the fire, and called her daughter Rachel who was living with her family in the home’s addition and next door to alert them to the fire before calling 911.

The 911 dispatcher told her to get everyone one out of the house.

The fire was already spreading fast, and when she handed a fire extinguisher to her husband in the cellar, all she could see was Steven’s hand.

Rhodes said she was torn between tossing the guns and ammunition out the window or grabbing her husband’s wallet, but she went after her son, when she saw he had not gone outside.

But Isaac, then 25, wouldn’t come with her. She thinks the shrieking smoke detectors frightened him.

“If he didn’t want to do something, he would do a sit-down strike,” she said. And that’s what he did, and slipped off his pajama shirt.

She tried to coax him, but she was getting hot, and went outside to get some air thinking she could go back in. Isaac was sitting only about two steps from the outside door.

She didn’t get the chance.

“I almost collapsed,” she said.

Then she heard the whooshing thump of a backflash and saw flames.

Steven had come out of the cellar and asked where Isaac was. When he heard their son was still inside, he went in after him.

“He didn’t hesitate one bit. He came right up the ramp,” she said. “I said, ‘Go low,’ you know, and he went in and that’s the last time I saw him.”

Even a year later, Meunier, the Washington fire chief, has a clear recollection of that morning including the weather and what time the call came in.

Washington is part of a multi-town fire mutual aid agreement that includes Jefferson and Union, and they all turned out.

When firefighters arrived, they found heavy fire smoke.

Fire crews set up a tanker shuttle system to fight the fire, and they were able to knock it down.

The fire destroyed the home and its contents.

“It was a long day,” Meunier said. “We did bring the son out. He didn’t make it.”

Steven Rhodes’ body was recovered from the rubble in the basement later that day.

By the end of the month, the State Fire Marshal’s office determined the cause of the fire could not be identified because of the degree of the damage to the house. Investigators said there was nothing to indicate the fire was anything but an accident.

The deaths of Steven and Isaac hit the department hard. Rachel’s husband Dean Batlis is one of the fire captains in the Washington Fire Department, and the loss was felt throughout the organization.

FINDING HER WAY HOME

Now, Rhodes is rebuilding.

Work started on the house that now sits on the same parcel of land as the original house started in May. Within weeks, it will be completed.

Her portion of the house is an open-plan living room and kitchen, with a bedroom and a bathroom just off the main room. She shares an entryway and a laundry area with the two-story main house where Rachel and Dean and their children live.

Her space is devoid of clutter and mementos and the items that people collect over the course of their lives.

“I don’t want a lot of clutter,” she said.

To ease her dry throat, Rhodes went in search of a glass for water, trying two cabinets before locating one.

In one corner of the living room a large TV is mounted, and pictures and paintings waiting to be hung lean against another wall.

Sitting on an easy chair that was delivered only five days earlier in her living room, newly painted seafoam green because she and Steven and Isaac loved the ocean, she said for a long time she didn’t know why she survived.

But now she does.

It came to her at a teen church retreat in Howland, where she had driven several girls from South Liberty Baptist. Rhodes found herself at the front of the church.

She doesn’t remember all she said, but she remembers she said this, which she recounted in a voice thick with unshed tears, sometimes fading to just a whisper.

“In a blustery January of this year (2017) I had everything in this world. I owned my home, I married my best friend, and I lost it in a twinkle of an eye. I lost my home in a fire and I lost my husband and a son. I don’t really know why I am here because I don’t want to be. We were together for 40 years. I just wish someone could help me figure it out.”

The pastor said God wants her to make a tract with her story on one side and the Roman Road – Bible verses taken from the New Testament book of Romans that show the path to salvation – on the other.

So that’s what she’s doing.

In the days since she moved into her home, on that bright winter afternoon scented with the apples simmering on her stove for applesauce, she said she has not had one nightmare, and she hopes it stays that way.

Rhodes is praying, and she’s working on telling her story.

“God will tell me what to write.”

 

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Acadia National Park closing operations as shutdown continues https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/acadia-national-park-closing-operations-as-shutdown-continues/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/acadia-national-park-closing-operations-as-shutdown-continues/#respond Sun, 21 Jan 2018 21:12:32 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/acadia-national-park-closing-operations-as-shutdown-continues/ Acadia National Park was in the process of closing its operations Sunday as the federal government shutdown moved toward its third day.

Much of the park will remain open to the public, but if it snows, there will be no plows to clear the roads and parking lots, hampering access, Acadia spokeswoman Christie Anastasia said Sunday.

All but 15 of the park’s 94 staff members, most of them park rangers, will be furloughed. Employees started receiving furlough papers to sign Saturday, and by Monday the furlough process should be complete, Anastasia said.

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget gave the park 72 hours to close up following the government shutdown, which started at midnight Friday.

Anastasia said the park will remain as accessible as possible but not everything will be open while the shutdown continues.

She said sections of the park closed off for the winter will remain closed but the open areas will stay open unless it snows. All of the restrooms will be closed.

The Blackwoods winter campground will remain open and campers may stay as long as their permits allow, but no new permits will be issued until the shutdown ends. The Schoodic Road into the Mount Desert area of the park will remain plowed to allow access to an employee who lives inside the park.

On Sunday, the park was filled with visitors, Anastasia said.

“Today is a good day for visitors because the parking lots are plowed. We are still good for skiing and walking. Folks are still out on the lakes ice fishing,” she said.

Anastasia said that while park rangers will continue to patrol, visitors to the park will be entering at their own risk. She said cellphone service is spotty inside the park.

She said more information about the shutdown will be posted on the park’s website Monday.

Beth Quimby can be contacted at 791-6363 or at:

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Despite Irving’s 40 points, Celtics fall https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/despite-irvings-40-points-celtics-fall/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/despite-irvings-40-points-celtics-fall/#respond Sun, 21 Jan 2018 20:53:51 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/despite-irvings-40-points-celtics-fall/ BOSTON — After a near-miss in their last game, the Orlando Magic were rewarded for another solid effort.

Elfrid Payton had 22 points and the Magic won for just the third time in their last 20 games, overcoming Kyrie Irving’s 40 points to beat the Boston Celtics 103-95 on Sunday.

“It feels good to get a win, especially after playing well,” Payton said. “We felt we played well against the Cavs and didn’t come out with the victory. So to get the win today feels good.”

Orlando snapped a 14-game losing streak at Boston. The Magic had lost 10 in a row on the road overall since early December including a one-point loss to Cleveland in its previous game.

Irving sat out Boston’s previous game to rest a sore left shoulder. Despite his efforts, the Celtics dropped their season-worst third straight overall and at home.

“We haven’t played well consistently on both ends for a while now,” Celtics Coach Brad Stevens said. “I felt like they were shooting layups for the most part tonight.”

Evan Fournier added 19 and Aaron Gordon had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Magic.

“Was a really good win for us and we are playing really hard right now,” Fournier said. “We almost let it slip, but made a few plays to close the deal and it feels really good.”

Trailing 59-58 at halftime, Orlando outscored the Celtics 32-12 in the third quarter while shooting 60 percent. The Magic held Boston to four field goals, three by Irving, and led 90-71 after three.

“I thought Payton was the leader of the pack,” Magic Coach Frank Vogel said. “Elfrid in the third quarter was the guy driving the engine.”

Jayson Tatum sparked a fourth-quarter run by scoring seven of his nine points to draw the Celtics to 93-84, but both teams traded points and Orlando maintained control the rest of the way.

Orlando shot 61 percent on combined 27 of 44 in the second and third quarter. The Magic came into the game 14th in the NBA in field goal percentage.

Shelvin Mack and D.J. Augustin combined for 20 points as the Magic bench outscored the Celtics 38-8. Boston reserves shot 4 for 19 from the field.

NOTES

Magic guard Aaron Afflalo completed his two-game suspension and didn’t play. … Nikola Vucevic missed his 12th game and is hoping to return after the All-Star break. … Orlando made one of its first 16 shots in the fourth quarter. Boston’s Marcus Morris (12) scored in double figures for his fourth straight game. Jaylen Brown added 17 for Boston. Boston had been one of five teams not to lose three straight.

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Workers emerge from painful reset at Bath Iron Works https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/workers-emerging-from-painful-reset-at-bath-iron-works/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/workers-emerging-from-painful-reset-at-bath-iron-works/#respond Sun, 21 Jan 2018 18:05:34 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/workers-emerging-from-painful-reset-at-bath-iron-works/ BATH — After a stormy chapter in labor relations, the leader of Bath Iron Works aims to collaborate more with workers as the shipbuilder completes production of a stealthy class of destroyers and competes for an entirely new class of smaller warships.

Dirk Lesko said after wrapping up his first year as president that he maintains an “abiding faith” in the workforce to help solve problems to keep the General Dynamics subsidiary competitive as the president’s goal of expanding the Navy fleet’s size is met with difficult fiscal realities in Washington.

“None of us is as smart as all of us. When we’re all pulling together and working on the same problem, the solutions are always better,” Lesko said.

But changes don’t come easily and wary workers must be convinced through actions, said Mike Keenan, president of Machinists Union Local S6, the shipyard’s largest union.

The shipyard is emerging from a painful reset.

Lesko’s predecessor, Fred Harris, angered many of the shipyard’s 5,700 workers by removing a blue “BIW” flag, a shipyard symbol for years, and insulted them by declining to use the oft-repeated phrase “Bath-built is best built.” He sought to have lower-wage contractors do more work on ships.

Harris was an outsider who won deep concessions from unionized workers to compete for a lucrative Coast Guard contract that was ultimately won by a competitor.

Workers remain angry and frustrated.

“A lot of people took a lot on the chin to make us more competitive. If we’re going to succeed, then their voices need to be heard,” Keenan said.

The outgoing president’s leadership style may have been a “shock to the system,” but the shipyard needed to address its reputation for being costly, said Jay Korman, a Navy analyst with Avascent Group in Washington. During tight budget times, cost is as important as the quality on which workers have buttressed their reputation, he said.

“If you can address the cost issue, if that makes you competitive of a new class of ships, then I think it’s for the betterment of the yard in the long run,” Korman said.

Cost is ever important.

The Navy wants to increase the fleet’s size – something President Trump supports – but the budget is limited and construction is spread out among shipyards in other states.

At Bath, there are challenges other than cost.

The shipyard has added 2,000 workers over the last 3½ years to replace retiring workers, and will be adding hundreds more, officials said. Many of those workers were hired to work on the futuristic Zumwalt class of destroyers, the largest and most technologically advanced destroyers built for the Navy. Now, they’re going to shift to an upgraded class of Arleigh Burke destroyers featuring a new radar system that makes the ships capable of providing ballistic missile defense.

The company is also asking lawmakers to extend state tax breaks. Executives want to extend a tax credit for up to $3.5 million a year.

For now, the shipyard has contracts to carry the workers through 2022 and the company is aggressively pursuing a contract for a new class of frigates.

That’s plenty for a new leader to juggle. But he’s confident about the future because workers and shipyard managers are on the same page with a “shared reality.”

“I’m absolutely committed to working with every part of the workforce,” Lesko said. “The people are what make this place incredible. And if you ask them to do something, and they understand what you want, even if it’s impossible, they’ll figure out how to do it.”

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Condemnation of Jackman town manager’s racial comments grows https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/jackman-selectmen-plan-to-meet-with-town-manager-over-racial-comments/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/jackman-selectmen-plan-to-meet-with-town-manager-over-racial-comments/#respond Sun, 21 Jan 2018 17:08:15 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/jackman-selectmen-plan-to-meet-with-town-manager-over-racial-comments/ Jackman selectmen are scheduled to meet this week with Town Manager Thomas Kawczynski to discuss his white separatist, anti-Islamic and anti-feminist comments as condemnation of his remarks continued to grow on Sunday.

The town’s attorney, Warren Shay, said the four-member board called for a meeting with Kawczynski at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Jackman Town Hall.

“The beliefs attributed are not shared by the selectmen and do not reflect the beliefs of the townspeople in general,” Shay said Sunday, speaking for the board.

On Sunday night, the president of the Maine Town, City and County Management Association issued a statement calling on the embattled town manager to resign.

“The divisive and extreme beliefs and opinions publicly expressed this week by the Jackman Town Manager Thomas Kawczynski are fundamentally incompatible with the role and responsibilities of a municipal manager,” said the group’s president, Larry S. Mead. “We reject and condemn the principles of division, uniformity and white separatism espoused by Mr. Kawczynski.”

While Kawczynski is entitled to express his beliefs as a private citizen, his public advocacy of such beliefs “disqualifies him from serving as town manager. He should resign,” Mead said in his statement.

The association represents more than 200 members, most serving as chief administrators in Maine municipalities, said Mead, who is the town manager of Old Orchard Beach.

Kawczynski triggered an outcry Friday for views he expressed on his New Albion website and social media. The selectmen – Jayme French, Charles Lumbert, Scott Smith and Alan Duplessis – have declined to comment and referred questions to Shay.

Jackman, population 862, is in rural Somerset County near the border with Quebec. The town bills itself as “a tourist friendly region” on its website.

In a telephone interview with the Press Herald on Friday night, Kawczynski said New Albion is not a racist movement.

“I am not a white supremacist. I am not a racist,” he said. “What gets me in trouble sometimes is I am a white person who is not ashamed to be white.”

Kawczynski, 37, said living in northern Maine, where most people are white, allows him to “experience the joys of living in a monoculture.” He said he opposes Islam because it’s “not compatible with Western culture.”

On the New Albion website he wrote: “I believe in all people, living as they choose, in free determination. For the people of New England, our folk are white people of European ancestry and ideas, emphasizing the value of work, communing with nature and a society based upon order. While I am not an absolutist on race understanding, the many complications created by the American system, I do believe to the extent we voluntarily separate, the happier every group will be as they regain self-determination.”

He also attacked feminists.

“It’s no accident unattractive women make up the vast majority of feminists,” he said this month on Gab, a social networking service associated with the far right. “Their issue is less with the roles men and women play, and more with resentment about the lack of attention they draw from men due to these attributes.”

When Kawczynski’s comments were reported in news stories Friday, critics pounced on his views.

They included the Rev. Christina Sillari of First Parish Church, a Unitarian Universalist church in Portland.

“It’s really awful what he’s doing,” she said.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine condemned him as well, The Associated Press reported.

On Saturday, the Jackman-Moose River Region Chamber of Commerce issued a statement criticizing Kawczynski’s comments.

“We believe in American values of freedom, diversity and inclusiveness,” said the chamber’s president, Gary Hall. “At this time, we are calling on our selectmen to take appropriate measures and protect our community for which so many have come to know and love.”

The chamber’s Facebook page filled up with public comments about Kawczynski and his New Albion website.

Shay said the meeting Tuesday could be public unless the selectmen decide to go into executive session. He said the board wants to talk to the town manager and “find the facts as best they can understand them.”

“These meetings are generally public,” Shay said.

Kawczynski, who was hired in June at a $49,000 annual salary, started posting his ideas on his website in November and has regularly posted anti-Islamic and anti-feminist comments on Gab.

He said Saturday that he would not quit his job. He set up a crowd fund to sustain him during any legal fight over his job on the Hatreon website, which lacks the hate speech restrictions of other crowd funding websites.

Staff Writer Dennis Hoey contributed to this report.

 

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Sanford woman dies in crash on Route 111 in Arundel https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/sanford-woman-dies-in-arundel-crash/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/sanford-woman-dies-in-arundel-crash/#respond Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:29:28 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/21/sanford-woman-dies-in-arundel-crash/ A Sanford woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Route 111 in Arundel early Sunday morning.

York County Sheriff William King said in a news release that Kerry Kiernan, 45, was killed in the 1:45 a.m. crash near the intersection of Limerick Road.

Kiernan was traveling east in a 2005 Chevrolet Impala when it crossed the centerline and struck a 2016 GMC Sierra operated by John Sanborn, 22, of Alfred who was traveling west. There were no passengers in either vehicle.

Police said Kiernan was thrown from her car and pronounced dead at the scene. Sanborn was taken to Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford for treatment of minor injuries.

The road was shut down until about 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

The crash remains under investigation.

King said police have not been able to determine if Kiernan was wearing a seat belt.

 

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