News from December 28, 2012

December 28, 2012

Skowhegan bicyclist hurt in North Avenue accident

SKOWHEGAN — A bicyclist was taken to the hospital Friday afternoon after he was hit by a car in the parking lot of Beverage Mart on North Avenue.

December 28, 2012

Investigators to meet with Ayla Reynolds' mother

WATERVILLE -- Investigators have rescheduled a meeting with the mother of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds.

December 28, 2012

Morning Sentinel area police log, Dec. 28, 2012

IN CANAAN, Thursday at 9:15 p.m., a motor vehicle fire was extinguished on Hinckley Road.

December 28, 2012

Eaton Mountain Ski Area owner 'up and around' one year after accident

SKOWHEGAN -- Eaton Mountain Ski Area opened for snow tubing Friday, a year after the owner was injured and forced to close the mountain.

December 28, 2012

Consultant urges Farmington to create downtown tax-financing district

FARMINGTON -- A new downtown area tax is being proposed to help fund downtown development projects.

December 28, 2012

Quarry Road Recreation Area in Waterville benefits from fresh snowfall, prepares for snowmaking machines

WATERVILLE -- A winter storm jump-started the cross-country ski season at Quarry Road Recreation Area on Friday, but the park will soon be snow-covered every winter regardless of fickle weather patterns.

December 28, 2012

US senators save $150 million in groundfishery funding

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate passed a $60 billion disaster relief bill Friday that includes funding to support struggling groundfishing fleets in Maine and other northeastern states.

December 28, 2012

Two-year MaineCare cutoff for opiate addiction drugs kicks in Tuesday

 Health officials say those who still need certain drugs to treat addiction won't be cut off entirely, even as a legislative bill aims to cut off treatment for some.

December 28, 2012

Gardiner backs new restaurant, potential downtown magnet, with $40,000 loan

GARDINER -- Owners of a soon-to-open restaurant hope their new eatery, and their improvements to an unpopular public walkway, will draw more people and businesses downtown.

December 28, 2012

ON THE EDGE: Return to abnormal

I miss John Boehner. I miss Harry Reid, "Plan B" and Eric Cantor. I even miss Donald Trump and Mitt. I miss the terrible anxiety of the fiscal cliff, and the push and shove of the hordes rushing through the mall. This week I pulled back the sheets to reveal that I am not only a political junkie, but an unabashed stress junkie.

December 29, 2012

Fears grow over impact of curtailment order spending cuts

Advocacy groups for the elderly, mentally ill, substance abusers and the poor were bracing for the impact Friday of Gov. Paul LePage's order to cut $35.5 million in state spending to keep the current state budget balanced.

December 28, 2012

Everett J. Prescott CEO given Lifetime Achievement Award by Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce

GARDINER -- The headquarters of Everett J. Prescott Inc. could have moved in 2003 from the city where it was founded in 1955.

December 28, 2012

Health of George H.W. Bush 'improving'

Family spokesman says Bush's conversations with doctors and nurses at Methodist Hospital now include singing.

December 29, 2012

44 couples obtain marriage licenses Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The legal barrier dismantled by November’s vote, same-sex couples line up to make "it official."

December 28, 2012

Dockworkers strike averted, for now, at East Coast ports

Dockworkers agree to extend their contract for a month to avoid a crippling stoppage.

December 28, 2012

Opposed to same-sex marriage, company ends wedding business

At odds with Maryland's legalization of same-sex marriage, the owner of a wedding-related business has decided to close down rather than provide services to gay couples.

December 28, 2012

Maine snowmobile season starts with a bang

There is already snow on the ground across the entire state, a sharp contrast to last winter when temperatures were mild and there was a lack of snow.

December 28, 2012

NC town having possum drop, without live possum

During past drops, the possum was suspended in a see-through box covered with tinsel and lowered to the ground at midnight.

December 28, 2012

2nd subway push death strikes NYC Video clip included

The news of the horrific death of a 46-year-old man from India came as the mayor touted drops in the city's annual homicide and shooting totals.

December 28, 2012

Missing children found in Ellsworth

A search was initiated involving state and local police, the Hancock County Sheriff's Department and the Maine Warden Service.

December 28, 2012

Clock ticking on strike threat by dock workers

A strike on Sunday would idle 14,000 longshoremen and potentially deal a big blow to businesses.