News from February 17, 2013

February 17, 2013

Environmentalists take tar sands oil pipeline fight to town halls

RAYMOND — Code Enforcement Officer Chris Hanson eyed the door of the selectmen’s chambers every time it opened, counting each person who came into the room — something he doesn’t often have to do.

February 17, 2013

Morning Sentinel area police log, Feb. 17, 2013

IN ANSON, Saturday at 4:05 p.m., an animal complaint was reported on Skidmore Road.

February 18, 2013

Unity apartment house fire rekindles on late Saturday

UNITY — A fire that destroyed an apartment building Saturday morning at 178 Main St. rekindled late Saturday night.

February 17, 2013

Waterville crash victims decry lenient sentence given to dangerous driver

WATERVILLE — The legal case is resolved, but emotions still linger.

February 17, 2013

Maine ahead of most states in preparing for health care law changes

AUGUSTA — Though Maine has not embraced all of the components of the federal health care overhaul, the state is still ahead of most others preparing for changes coming next year, an analysis shows.

February 17, 2013

Athens teen recognized for making wishes come true Several photos included in this story

MADISON — As a young child, Lanie Howes donated the presents from her birthday party to a charity that helps children with life-threatening illnesses.

February 20, 2013

Hardy Girls Healthy Women leader named Mid-Maine chamber's Rising Star for 2012

WATERVILLE — When Megan Williams was a high school student in Falmouth, she helped start a civil rights team at her school. One of the things the group did was organize a week to celebrate difference, but Williams said the idea was met with some negative reactions.

February 17, 2013

Developer turns to YouTube to pitch Augusta hospital redevelopment tax break

AUGUSTA — Local developer Kevin Mattson is taking his pitch for a tax break to help redevelop the old MaineGeneral Medical Center hospital building to YouTube and other social media.

February 17, 2013

Augusta District Court, Feb. 7-13, 2013

AUGUSTA — The following is a list of cases closed Feb. 7-13, 2013, in Augusta District Court:

February 17, 2013

Waterville councilors consider Carver Street, KMD zoning changes Tuesday

WATERVILLE — City councilors on Tuesday will consider rezoning two lots off Kennedy Memorial Drive and Carver Street to allow financial institutions or professional offices to be there.

February 17, 2013

Winds of change bring back memories of disappointed postal service rounds

I never thought I’d see the day the U.S. Postal Service would announce it planned to stop Saturday delivery.

February 17, 2013

Bangor newspaper's gun-info request puts legislators in hot seat

The Legislature on Tuesday is likely to begin dealing with the blowback from a Bangor newspaper’s decision last week to request personal identifying information of concealed weapons permit holders.

February 17, 2013

Monmouth school to add dads to classroom as area's second Watch DOGS group forms

MONMOUTH — The students at Henry L. Cottrell School will begin seeing new faces by March.

February 17, 2013

Schools follow Hartland's lead in sending healthy snacks home over break

HARTLAND — On a typical school day at Hartland Consolidated School, elementary-level students eat two of their three daily meals and an afternoon fruit snack.

February 17, 2013

State House calendar, week of Feb. 17, 2013

L.D. 218 “An Act To Promote Small-scale Poultry Farming” Exempts poultry farmers from inspection that either process less than 1,000 birds annually, and those that process more than 999 and fewer than 2,000 birds annually.

February 17, 2013

Gardiner plans $2,500 reward for first bed-and-breakfast opened in city

GARDINER — With no lodging options within city limits, visitors have to look to surrounding towns and cities if they want to stay in central Maine.

February 17, 2013

Danica Patrick scores a first for NASCAR

The 30-year-old driver makes history as the first woman to secure the top spot going into the Daytona 500 race.

February 17, 2013

Pistorius' agent cancels all races

Agent Peet van Zyl says there is "no option" but to cancel Oscar Pistorius' track dates indefinitely "to allow Oscar to concentrate on the upcoming legal proceedings."

February 17, 2013

Maine troopers enforce seat belt laws

Troopers recently issued tickets for seat-belt violations to 13 drivers after spotting them while on patrol on Interstate 295 between Scarborough and Falmouth

February 17, 2013

Maine Mall reopens after brief evacuation

The Maine Mall was evacuated Sunday afternoon due to a possible gas leak.

February 17, 2013

Fire damages Winthrop garage, apartment Saturday; no injuries reported

WINTHROP — A fire destroyed the inside of a five-bay garage and an apartment above Saturday night but left the attached, two-story house on Route 41 mostly unscathed.

February 17, 2013

Hallowell police cruiser totaled by alleged drunken driver Saturday

HALLOWELL — A city police cruiser was likely totaled Saturday night when an alleged drunken driver broadsided the vehicle from behind, as the officer was turning left into a Water Street parking lot.

February 17, 2013

Freeze Out raises cold cash

A 24-hour volunteer effort in Freeport collects $12,000 – and 800 pounds of food – for needy residents.

February 17, 2013

Maine gets pieces in place for health care law

Maine is one of 11 states to approve at least some of the Affordable Care Act's so-called market reforms, but is unwilling go along with one the expansion of Medicaid.

February 17, 2013

Republican foe of Hagel's nomination says let vote go on

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says Republican senators should stop stalling and allow a vote on Chuck Hagel as defense secretary.

February 17, 2013

Mainers take part in climate rally in Washington

Five busloads of Mainers will be attending Sunday's Forward on Climate rally in Washington.

February 17, 2013

Pizza delivery driver robbed at gunpoint in South Portland

Three men took cash and pizza at knife and gunpoint from the delivery man at the Old English Village apartments.

February 17, 2013

Blustery storm to leave several inches

The storm is just brushing the Maine coast, leaving behind 2 to 6 inches of snow before it moves out around dark.

February 17, 2013

State board may relax pesticide notification

But the proposal is raising concerns among organic farmers and environmental groups.

March 11, 2013

Proposed Bangor charter school linked to Turkish imam

But Maine's commission rejected the Bangor plan over financial issues, its chairwoman says.

February 17, 2013

Rival measures would restore alewives into the St. Croix

Gov. Paul LePage's administration would move cautiously. A competing proposal would open river dams immediately.