News from June 9, 2012

June 10, 2012

Union Rags wins Belmont in photo finish Video clip included

The winner, owned by Maine's Phyllis Wyeth, rallies through an opening on the rail to edge Paynter by a neck.

June 9, 2012

Maine U.S. Senate candidate Pollard files spending report

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Benjamin Pollard says he's filed a campaign finance report that was due May 31.

June 9, 2012

Woman charged in NH bank heist also suspected in Maine robbery

Roxanne Esty, of New Hampshire, is suspected of robbing banks in Conway, NH and York, Maine.

June 9, 2012

LePage to graduates: Be humble, honest, respectful

Gov. Paul LePage called on 365 Kaplan University graduates Saturday to follow a piece of advice he once received.

June 9, 2012

Falmouth boys, girls win Class B state tennis titles — again

 The Falmouth boys and girls tennis teams repeated as Class B tennis state champions Saturday, each capping another undefeated season with a 5-0 shutout victory.

June 9, 2012

New aircraft carrier named for Bush coming to Maine

Former President George H.W. Bush will fly on a Navy helicopter this weekend from his Kennebunkport summer home to the USS George H.W. Bush as it sails along the Maine coast.

June 9, 2012

PHOTO: Lightning sets off barn fire in W Maine

A lightning strike set off a fire that destroyed a large barn that doubled as a workshop and stable in western Maine.

June 9, 2012

The Clam Shack wins Lobster Roll Rumble

The Clam Shack of Kennebunk had its lobster roll voted "Fan Favorite" at the 2012 Lobster Roll Rumble in New York City, where it competed against restaurants from around the country.

June 9, 2012

Maine Forest Service provides wildfire training

Firefighters from across Maine are finishing up two weekends of training at the 10th annual Maine State Wildfire Training Academy.

June 9, 2012

Obama campaign woos Hispanics with TV, radio ads

With a new slate of Spanish-language ads, Obama is reinforcing his advantage with Hispanics in key swing states.

June 9, 2012

GOP groups top Democrats in TV spending by far

In the race for the White House and Senate, Republican PACs are outspending Democrats by a ratio of 3.5 to 1.

June 9, 2012

Maine PAC launches campaign against gay marriage

Michael Heath and Paul Madore, co-chairmen of the No Special Rights PAC, vow to speak out and raise money against legalizing same-sex marriage in Maine.

June 9, 2012

Holder appoints 2 US attorneys to lead leaks probe

Two U.S. attorneys are taking over separate FBI investigations into leaks of national security info that critics have accused the White House of orchestrating to improve Presiden Obama's re-election chances, a claim Obama calls "offensive" and "wrong."

June 9, 2012

LePage: Maine economy getting stronger

Paul LePage In his Saturday radio address, the governor said reservations for the summer season are up 10 percent or more.

June 9, 2012

Protesters see threat to freedom in health care law

AUGUSTA -- Gerry Pellerin joined a rally in front of the Muskie Federal Building Friday to protest a federal rule that exempts churches from a mandatory health insurance coverage for contraceptives, but covers other religious organizations that don't rely solely on members of the religion as employees, such as schools and hospitals.

June 9, 2012

Waterville District Court: May 21-25, 2012

WATERVILLE -- The following cases, listed alphabetically A-P, were closed from May 21 to May 25, 2012, in Waterville District Court.

June 9, 2012

Morning Sentinel police log: June 9, 2012

IN ALBION, Thursday at 8:27 p.m., a verbal warning was issued after a complaint on Knights Road.

June 9, 2012

Four town seats contested on Skowhegan ballot

SKOWHEGAN -- The road commissioner's job, the town clerk and treasurer's position and two open seats on the Board of Selectmen are all up for grabs Tuesday during annual elections.

June 9, 2012

State school cuts bump Vassalboro town budget

VASSALBORO -- Residents will consider town and school budgets Monday that propose to increase the taxes by $1 per $1,000 of property valuation.

June 9, 2012

Housing chairman denies 'witch hunt' against McCormick

The chairman of the Maine State Housing Authority's board of directors told legislators Friday that "we weren't on a witch hunt" against Dale McCormick before she resigned as head of the agency in March.

June 9, 2012

Skowhegan District Court: April 30-May 4, 2012

SKOWHEGAN -- The following cases were closed from April 30, 2012 to May 4, 2012, in Skowhegan District Court.

June 9, 2012

AMY CALDER: Painting what she loves

The skies were gray with only a hint of sun and Kirsten Stray-Gundersen was up on a stepladder, sliding her tiny paintbrush along the outline of a skier's shoulder.

June 9, 2012

Proposal raises Skowhegan budget 6 percent

SKOWHEGAN -- Voters at the annual Town Meeting on Monday night will be asked to spend 5.5 to 6 percent more in the coming year to make up for spending cuts made over the past few years.

June 9, 2012

Skowhegan couple's jewelry stolen while they slept, police say

A man who had been out of jail for three days was arrested Friday on charges that he broke into a couple's home while they slept and stole more than $10,000 in diamond jewelry.

June 9, 2012

Skowhegan’s grain mill typifies foundations’ grant targets

Among the more than $8 million in grants that the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation handed out last year was $250,000 to the Somerset Economic Development Corp.

June 9, 2012

Pittsfield kindergarten teacher retiring after 38 years

PITTSFIELD -- Karen Lylis wanted her last days as a teacher to remain low-key.

June 9, 2012

Lawrence graduates get hugs, diplomas and advice

FAIRFIELD -- Principal Pamela Swett hugged all 175 graduates of Lawrence High School before they received a diploma and handshake from Superintendent Dean Baker.

June 9, 2012

Madison Area Memorial High graduating seniors

MADISON -- Madison Area Memorial High School graduating class of 2012:

June 9, 2012

Madison won't stop believing

MADISON -- They marched to "Pomp and Circumstance" Friday night in royal blue and soild white, those 62 graduates of the class of 2012 at Madison Area Memorial High school.

June 9, 2012

Rate going up for dumping lumber, debris in Belgrade

BELGRADE -- In an effort to save money, the town has changed the rules for dumping old lumber and debris at the transfer station.

June 9, 2012

Erskine class of 2012

SOUTH CHINA -- Erskine Academy graduating seniors: Jordan Adams, Courtney Alexander, Abby Archer, Katelyn Archer, Stephen Atwood, Damon Bailey, Kristina Bailey, Katelyn Balmer, Harlie Barnum, Natasha Barrows, Sara BeDen, Damian Belanger, Tyler Belanger, Aaron Bengtson, Bethany Bernhardt, Kelsey Bickford, Shannon Blanchard, Meryl Bond, Dylan Botbyl, Marissa Bovie, Nathan Bowring, Daniel Boynton, Courtney Brann, Noah Brann, Nathaniel Britten, James Burk Jr., Nathan Burns, Victoria Butler, Sean Cabaniss, Raven Carlezon, Taylar Chase, Victoria Condon, Kaitlyn Cooper, Katie Crawford, Ashlee-Marie Crowell-Smith, Cody Davis, Logan DeMerchant, Kathryn Demers, Emily Dugal, Brianna Dumond, Benjamin Dyer, Nicole Dyer, Catherine Eason, Stephen Faires Jr., Robert Fasano, Macy Fenderson, Thomas Ferguson, Dezarae Fleming, Zelda Flisiuk, William Foley, Zachary Forbes, Allison Fortin, Michaela Fortin, Andrew Foster, Eleanora French, Tasha French, Rebekah Friel, Devin Gagnon, Samantha Gamage, Alex Garceau, Melody Gay, Nicole Glidden, Nicholas Goedecke, Mitchel Gosselin, Joseph Gould, Alexandria Goulet, Jacob Grady, Thomas Grady, Spencer Gray, Ashley Green, Taryn Grenier, Hannah Grover, Michaela Hamel, Steven Hamel, Christopher Harris, Cole Hayes, Ruby Hayford, Mikhaela Helm, Stephen Hofmeister Jr., Dylan Holt, Morgan Hood, Alexander Hopkins, Jory Humphrey, Samuel Jandreau, Todd Jones, Mariah King, Nicholas Kothman, Seth Lemieux, Erica LeSiege, Trinity Levesque, Steven Lewis, Erika Loubier, Taite MacFarland, Justin Marcellino, Milicent Markle, Kevin Marois, Jordan Martin, Allizah Mason, Stephany Mayo, Ryan McClellan, Sasha McKenney, Heidi Metten, Patrick Meunier, Adam Michaud, Carea Michaud-Boynton, Renee Moody, Megan Moore, Douglas Morgan Jr., Cassidy Morse, Esther Morse, Brandi Moulton, Seth Mullett, Zachary O'Ben, Ramazan Fatih Osmanoglu, Haley Pass, Jeffrey Paulin, Abigail Peabody, Hannah Peabody, Jeffrey Pelletier, Emelia Petroski, Amy Phillips, Paden Pillow, Erica Plato, Aaron Porter, Aaron Poulin, Ryan Pulver, Katie Putnam, Zoe Ramsden, Brittany Reigle, Alexis Richards, Brittany Richardson, Lauren Richardson, Oliver Richardson, Simon Rollins, Sasha Rumpf, Raechale Sage, Shyler Scates, Thomas Senior, Brittany Shorey, Destiny Silcott, Jeremiah Simonsen, Kyle Slowey, Derek Smith, Evan Smith, Emily Smithson, Alivia Spicer, Darrell St. Jean, Morgan Starkey, Matthew Sturgis, Justin Sularie, Torri Sutter, Brandon Tardiff, Camiesha Terry, Sierra Tjelmeland, Isaac Tobey, Nathan Tower, Kalyn VanValkenburgh, Caleb Virgin, Brittany Wadsworth, Stephen Wadsworth, Jessica Weeks, Brittany Welch, Hattie Welch, Joshua Wescott, Amber White, Kervyn Willett, Marina Williams, Ida Wistar, Brenden Wood, Emily Wood, Ryan Wood and Yanchi Yu.

June 9, 2012

Erskine grads told to enjoy life

AUGUSTA -- Erskine Academy Salutatorian Joseph Gould told his fellow graduates Friday night to relax and find the humor in life.

June 9, 2012

Nokomis graduating seniors

NEWPORT -- Nokomis Regional High School graduating seniors: Sarrah Margaret Ackerman, Benjamin Joseph Allen, Justin Lance Amoroso, Svea-Linnea Ashe, Kendra Ambrosia Ayen, Jordan Mathew Bailey, Nicole Marie Ballard, Janica Ellen Barrows, Thomas Lewis Batchelder III, Nokomis Rayne Beck, Brock Christian Beckett, Stanley Lovely Bernard, Michael Allen Bickford, Ashley Anne Black, Joshua Corey Bowden, Rebecca Kathleen Boyce, Alycia May Bradley, Courtney Leigh Bradstreet, Tucker Willis Braley, Cody Earl Brawn, Morgan Elizabeth Breznyak, Jillyann Elizabeth Bubar, Taylor Rachelle Burke and Katherine Jade Burrill.

June 9, 2012

Natural gas deal changes the game

AUGUSTA -- A subsidiary of a Colorado-based company has agreed to buy the assets of the firm planning to build a natural gas pipeline in central Maine.

June 9, 2012

Lawrence High School graduating seniors

FAIRFIELD — Lawrence High School graduating seniors: