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May 14 2009
The air just got a little lighter in Maine’s public places. On May 13 Governor Baldacci signed a law that prohibits smoking on public beaches and in certain areas of state parks and historical sites managed by the State of Maine. “People from around the world know of Maine’s spectacular outdoor activities, scenic views and family-friendly activities,” the Governor said. “By prohibiting smoking from areas at state parks and other state-run facilities, we are ensuring that tourists and Mainers alike can visit these areas unencumbered by secondhand smoke and cigarette butts.”Read more from the State of Maine.
Posted at Thu, 05/14/2009 - 10:11am.Login or register to post comments
The Maine Lighthouse Museum opened near Rockland’s waterfront less than five years ago. Filled with dories and lenses, photos and charts, the museum is a treasure trove of goodies for anyone interested in maritime history. The museum, which relies on donations and visitor fees, faces a shortage of funds that may threaten the ability to keep the doors open to a unique view of America’s maritime history.Learn more about the Maine Lighthouse Museum here.
Posted at Thu, 05/14/2009 - 9:51am.Login or register to post comments
It’s official (at least until 2010): Maine is the oldest and whitest state in the nation. That’s according to updated figures from the Census Bureau. As they gear up to do another Census in 2010, the bureau staff has updated 2000 statistics using birth and death certificates, migration data, and IRS information. According to the new estimates, Maine’s median age is 42, compared to the national average of 36.8. And the new numbers put Maine’s population at 95.3 percent white. (Vermont is close behind with a white population totaling 95.2 percent.) Nationally, whites make up 66 percent of the population.Read more about the updated numbers at the Bangor Daily News.
Posted at Thu, 05/14/2009 - 8:14am.Login or register to post comments
May 13 2009
A vote by the Insurance and Financial Services Committee sends "An Act To Preserve Home Ownership and Stabilize the Economy by Preventing Unnecessary Foreclosures" to floor debate. Submitted by Rep. Sharon Treat as an emergency preamble, the bill identifies rising prime and sub-prime foreclosures in demonstrating statewide need. If approved, the bill would create a voluntary mediation process between lenders and homeowners and would fall in the jurisdiction of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.Read the full text of LD 1418 here.
Posted at Wed, 05/13/2009 - 3:15pm.Login or register to post comments
Motorists may be accustomed to seeing moose in the Bangor area, yet few were likely prepared to see the four-hoofed, fury frame of Jeremiah Jones. The seven-year-old gelding recently trotted from Bangor Raceway and toward the Interstate. Pulling a sulky, sans driver — Jeremiah Jones seemed headed for homestretch of a different sort.Read more here.
Posted at Wed, 05/13/2009 - 1:52pm.Login or register to post comments
Red’s has got nothing on the West End Neighborhood Association. This group is "going Guinness" by attempting to set the world record for the longest lobster roll ever — sixty feet. If you want to catch a glimpse (or taste) of the long sandwich, whose production will be overseen by Maine’s Lobster Chef of the Year 2008, Margaret Salt McLellan, you’ll have to attend the Old Port Festival on June 7. After the length is officially recorded by Mayor Jill Duson, slices will be on sale to benefit the neighborhood association's swim scholarship fund.Read more at the Portland Press Herald.
Posted at Wed, 05/13/2009 - 1:26pm.1 comment
If your lawn is all the sudden looking a little less lush this spring, you might blame the grubs (and the raccoons, turkeys, skunks, and crows that are rototilling your lawn to find them). Last summer was the first year of the grub (technically defined as the thick wormlike larva of certain beetles and other insects) infestation troubling Bangor, Portland, and most of Southern Maine. James Dill, the pest management specialist at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, is studying the different species and the best way to get rid of them. While you might be tempted to pull a Caddyshack and blast them out of the ground, Dill urges you to hold off: It’s best to treat the grubs (with pesticides or nematodes, not dynamite) from mid to late summer.Read more at MPBN.
Posted at Wed, 05/13/2009 - 7:31am.Login or register to post comments
May 12 2009
Let’s be clear: Any listing that includes The Liberal Cup, Hallowell’s hallowed hall of ale, is a winner in our book. The Cup is one of 14 breweries listed by the Maine Brewers’ Guild for its Maine Beer Trail. Gritty’s, Allagash, Shipyard and other big names make the list, too. If you follow the trail be sure to ask the bartender for lists of local microbrews on tap. Maine has several, such as Andrew’s of Lincolnville, that are not listed with the Guild yet are worth finding — or tasting — nonetheless.Read more from the Maine Brewers' Guild.
Posted at Tue, 05/12/2009 - 11:22am.Login or register to post comments
Three feet was just enough wiggle room to notch Maine three gears higher on the the League of American Bicyclists annual tally of bike-friendly states. Maine became number three in the nationwide poll, thanks in part to a move to encourage motorists to allow three feet clearance when passing bicyclists. The annual Bicycle Friendly States poll weighs legislation, education, infrastructure and efforts to encourage bicycle use when determining rank. Washington and Wisconsin retained first- and second-place ratings.Read more in the Boston Herald.
Posted at Tue, 05/12/2009 - 10:00am.Login or register to post comments
Lafayette Hotels Group, based in Bangor, has purchased the Holiday Inn by the Bay in downtown Portland. Lafayette Hotels owns and operates 22 hotels in Maine, as well as hotels in Michigan and New Hampshire.Read more from the Portland Press Herald.
Posted at Tue, 05/12/2009 - 7:12am.Login or register to post comments