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Friday, September 19, 2008

Maine News for Friday, September 19, 2008

Portland Press Herald
Economist: Housing recovery just ahead, Portland market in relatively good shape
The area didn't see the extremes of the real estate bubble, Lawrence Yun says.

U.S. News: Portland a top retirement destination
The magazine praises the city for its public trails and proximity to outdoor opportunities.

MaineGeneral planning consolidated hospital
The new facility would be built in Augusta, leading to the closure of several care units elsewhere.

State withholds school subsidies
Required paperwork is not filed, causing a delay in funds and frustration for numerous school officials.

Maine scientist defends work on federal panel
An informed opinion is not bias, says Deborah Rice, who was removed after an industry group complained.

Weather conditions help produce red and juicy harvest
But increased growing costs mean customers might pay a little more.

Why pass 'fix me later' casino in the first place?
Facing a referendum with serious flaws from top to bottom, the best option is a simple 'no.'

Without proof, PETA's concerns too easily dismissed
The animal rights group has positioned itself on the fringe, and that affects its credibility.

M.D. HARMONWho's contesting rules to protect rights of conscience on abortion?
Those rights are well-established in federal law, so why shouldn't agencies enforce them?

Bangor Daily News
CARIBOU, Maine - For those who live in Aroostook County, frosty windshields and stiff, frostbitten lawns are not strange experiences during early mornings in September.

BANGOR, Maine — The Maine Democratic and Republican parties are making concerted efforts to involve young people in the 2008 general election campaign.

The attorney for Red Shield Environmental LLC said Thursday the company would be up for auction at the end of October with a starting bid of $11.5 million.

BAR HARBOR — The Cat ferry was delayed by four hours Thursday morning in leaving for Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, because police received a threat that a bomb was on board.

BANGOR, Maine — Nearly 75 percent of registered voters in Maine went to the polls for the 2004 presidential election, the highest participation rate ever recorded. Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap on Thursday told a group of more than 300 clerks, registrars and other municipal staff members to be prepared for an even greater turnout come Nov. 4.

GARDINER, Maine — Bangor Gas representatives report that hundreds of customers are looking into switching their home or business heating system from oil to gas.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The vacuum left by six-term Rep. Tom Allen’s departure to run for Senate in Maine’s 1st Congressional District has triggered a race between two experienced politicians, Democrat Chellie Pingree and Republican Charlie Summers.

WASHINGTON — Maine agencies this week received federal grants that are designed to help prevent drunken driving, improve highway safety and reduce the number of DNA samples awaiting analysis at the state police crime laboratory.

Caring for Rural Vets Members of Congress typically try to carve out a niche or two, choosing issues

The Debt Debacle The fundamental reason for the turmoil on Wall Street is simple: American

September 20 Letters to the Editor

Wendell Rafford: Where is Sen. Collins on free trade with Colombia? I was told while growing up that this is a nation of opportunity. Today, in

Kennebec Journal

New hospital planned
AUGUSTA -- Refining its vision for the future, MaineGeneral Health revealed Thursday its plans to build a consolidated hospital in Augusta that would lead to the closure of its inpatient Thayer and Seton units in Waterville as well as its downtown Augusta location.

MaineGeneral plan shifts city's sights to Inland
WATERVILLE -- Maine-General's proposed move of inpatient care to Augusta isn't the end of the world, Mayor Paul R. LePage said Thursday.

Subsidy checks held for some
AUGUSTA -- Maine has withheld subsidy checks this month from nearly a third of the state's school districts, delaying a monthly infusion of funds for 91 school systems.

Maine's college fund should be able to weather financial storm
AUGUSTA -- No immediate changes to the state's college-investing fund are expected since Merrill Lynch was sold to Bank of America, the head of the Finance Authority of Maine said Thursday.

The warmth of kids who care for others
Last week, Katelyn and Molly McGrail decorated a box, wrapping it in pink paper and writing on it in colorful letters: Project Sweaters.

River doing better in class
WATERVILLE -- The fact the Kennebec River is getting cleaner is as clear as the once-brown water now flowing within its banks.

Winthrop to hold meeting on heating
WINTHROP -- The Town Council is hosting a community meeting 6-8 p.m. Monday to discuss ways to keep warm this winter in the face of rising energy costs. The forum will be at the Town Office.


COMMON GROUND FAIR It's all local, all organic
Here's a partial list of what you can find at the Common Ground Fair, which begins today in Unity and continues through Sunday:

Grace period for some school plans is justified
School consolidation is the Rubik's Cube of Maine's education world. The challenge of finding suitable partners is proving frustrating for many school units. They've engaged in endless discussion, endless number-crunching and endless wooing. They've tried it this way and that way, with one set of partners and then another -- only to find that the numbers don't always work, and the voters don't always want it.

BUDDY DOYLE OF GARDINER : Done right, advertising informs, enlightens, even entertains
As one who has practiced and toiled in the advertising industry for more years than I care to divulge, I should be roaring into a wise and witty dissertation on political advertising. I've done my fair share of it over the years back in California and here in Maine, but I'm hardly a devotee of this genre.

PAUL R. LEPAGE : Political expediency has replaced honesty, integrity and credibility
I am an avowed member of the "clicker club." When any advertisement, political or otherwise, comes on, with rapid ease I click my trusty remote to another station. It drives my wife and mother-in-law crazy -- to the point that they are heading south until after the election cycle.

JOSEPH R. REISERT : Ruled by elitist political system, Brits confused by our populist one
LONDON -- The British media have offered a lot of advice to America in the short time I've been here.

Collins voted with GOP, not against it, 67.4%
In a letter dated Sept. 11, Robert G. Fuller Jr. claims that, "Susan Collins has disagreed with her party 67.4 percent of the time since 1991."

We need Crockett back in Legislature
Rep. Patsy Crockett has been an incredibly effective legislator.

Sun Journal
Acadia visitors increase in 2007
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Acadia National Park had 2.2 million visitors last year - an increase from 2006 but still below the highs set in the mid-1990s.

Ferry evacuates after bomb threat
BAR HARBOR (AP) - More than 300 passengers were evacuated from a high-speed ferry in Bar Harbor after a bomb threat was phoned in.

State officials: Brace for winter
LEWISTON - If you thought heating your home last winter was bad, you might want to head to Florida now.

Congress works on solution to crisis
WASHINGTON (AP) - The stock market finally found reason to rally Thursday, and Congress promised quick action as the Bush administration prepared a plan to rescue banks from the bad debt at the heart of the worst crisis on Wall Street since the Great Depression.

L-A joint services chair: It's time to act
LEWISTON - Combining services in the Twin Cities would lead to "real savings" - but recommendations need to be made soon, says the co-chairman of a group formed to find those savings.

'Too big to freeze'
A sure sign of winter? The first frost advisory from the National Weather Service.

Obama losing ground with 'minimalist' stance
Old Milwaukee beer's slogan - "It just doesn't get any better than this" - should be Barack Obama's after-hours toast these days.

Trouble Brews Between Shipyard Unions
There's trouble brewing at Bath Iron Works, between the current union leadership and supporters of the local labor leaders who were ousted earlier this year. About 200 workers from the shipyard which is owned by General Dynamics, gathered outside the factory gates this morning in support of a petition calling for the re-instatement of elected leaders of the S6 Union.

Congressional Candidate Says "Legalize Marijuana"
The federal government should legalize marijuana, says the self-described conservative Republican candidate for Maine's Second Congressional District. John Frary made his comments today on a state-wide radio call-in program.

Energy Auditors in High Demand
As oil prices have risen in the past year, and as winter appproaches, Mainers are continuing to seek ways to heat their homes more efficiently. The state's Home Performance Program reports that energy auditors around the state are at high demand. So today an oil company in Hampden announced it has expanded its services to include home energy efficiency evaluations. While helping customers save on their oil bill may seem contrary to RH Foster's bottom line, Anne Ravana reports the company says it wants to help its customers burn oil more efficiently.

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