News from December 2, 2012

December 2, 2012

Sebasticook Valley Health construction helping Pittsfield area contractors through winter

PITTSFIELD -- A $9.5 million expansion project at Sebasticook Valley Health hospital is helping some local construction companies to get through the long, cold winter season.

December 2, 2012

Pineland Suzuki School concerts to demonstrate students' language-like learning of music Several photos included in this story

AUGUSTA — When Betsy Kobayashi raises the bow of her violin straight up high, some 50 young string musicians follow suit, pointing to the high vaulted ceiling of South Parish Congregational Church and giving her their absolute attention.

December 2, 2012

Chelsea Fire Department without tanker trucks as aged vehicles go out of service

CHELSEA -- The town's Fire Department is without a working tanker after its 26-year-old truck failed to start last week when responding to a mutual aid call from Augusta.

December 2, 2012

Shooting club's feud with youth program director leads to four resignations

AUGUSTA -- A dispute involving a popular youth shooting program has prompted four leaders of the Capitol City Rifle and Pistol Club to resign.

December 2, 2012

Augusta District Court, Nov. 15 to 28, 2012

AUGUSTA -- The following is a list of cases closed between Nov. 15, 2012, and Nov. 28, 2012, in Augusta District Court:

December 2, 2012

Winthrop Historical Society revives calendar featuring photos of town's past

WINTHROP -- Want to track the new year with a look at the old town and its inhabitants?

December 2, 2012

Housing development tops Manchester Planning Board's agenda on Tuesday

MANCHESTER -- The Planning Board meets Tuesday to discuss a possible proposal for a multi-family housing development off Western Avenue.

December 2, 2012

Christmas party recognizes families of Waterville unit deployed in Afghanistan

WATERVILLE -- While U.S. service members continue to put their lives at risk in Afghanistan, the daily hardships of their spouses and children are often overlooked.

December 3, 2012

Study: Maine's most attractive school districts

Using U.S. Census data, economists determine which Maine school districts parents with young children most often move to — and which ones they most often leave.

December 2, 2012

State budget gap could reach $200 million

AUGUSTA -- The new Legislature that takes office this week faces serious financial problems, including addressing funding needs that could reach $200 million this budget year, which ends June 30.

December 2, 2012

Waterville businessman strikes international deal on paper-making product

WATERVILLE -- An area entrepreneur has reached an agreement with a partner company in France that opens the European market to his invention, a starch-based filler that can reduce the cost of making paper products.

December 2, 2012

REPORTING ASIDE: The joy of Christmas in a single gift

Like many central Mainers, I stepped out of the house the day after Thanksgiving and headed into the maelstrom that was Black Friday.

December 3, 2012

Patriots clinch AFC East

New England captures its fourth straight division title by beating Miami, 23-16, its sixth straight win.

December 3, 2012

Fugitive ex-prosecutor caught in New Mexico Several photos included in this story

James Cameron was on the run for more than two weeks before being arrested in Albuquerque.

December 2, 2012

Camden film festival receives grant from Academy

The $10,000 grant will be used for special programming and to increase filmmaker participation during the 2013 festival, which will be held from Sept. 26-29.

December 3, 2012

Letterman up for jabs with Kennedy Center Honors

Rock band Led Zeppelin, actor Dustin Hoffman, Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy and ballerina Natalia Makarova also are also receiving honors Sunday night.

December 2, 2012

'Cliff' talks: White House waiting on GOP move

House Speaker John Boehner describes negotiations as going "nowhere, period," and said "there's clearly a chance" the nation will go over the cliff.

December 2, 2012

Notre Dame ends season No. 1 in AP poll; Alabama 2

The Fighting Irish end the regular season as the No. 1 team in The Associated Press college football for the first time since 1988.

December 2, 2012

Ex-President George H.W. Bush in stable condition

There has been no change over the last couple of days in the status of the 88-year-old Bush, who is being treated for a lingering cough related to bronchitis.

December 2, 2012

Arundel man faces drug charges

Christopher Carbone was arrested Friday afternoon in Biddeford for trafficking in crack cocaine.

December 2, 2012

Obama, Bill Clinton enjoy round of golf

Also in the foursome, according to the White House, are U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and longtime Clinton backer and strategist Terry McAuliffe.

December 2, 2012

Kansas City victory won't lessen tragedy Several photos included in this story

The Chiefs win a rare game, but lost much more Saturday in Jovan Belcher’s murder/suicide.

December 2, 2012

Army private's trial delayed in WikiLeaks case

Pretrial proceedings will push the start date back for Pfc. Bradley Manning to either March 6 or March 18.

December 2, 2012

Moratorium possible for New England shrimp season

If a season is allowed to go forward, a committee says it shouldn't start until at least half of the shrimp have hatched their brood, which typically happens around mid-February.

December 2, 2012

400 expected for OOB Lobster Dip fundraiser

The Lobster Dip was Maine's original cold-water fundraiser when it began in 1988 with about 15 participants.

December 2, 2012

Scallop season begins under new regulations

Regulators say the rules attempt to give fishermen flexibility while rebuilding the scallop population.

December 2, 2012

Skiing Santas hit the slopes at Sunday River

The 13th annual event raises money for the Bethel Rotary Club's annual holiday toy drive.