Bills tackle mounting issues of aging in Maine

by Ruth Leubecker

More than 200 bills related to the state’s growing elderly demographic are waiting for attention from the 130th Maine Legislature.

They represent a vast array of subject matter, ranging from excessive drug prices and expanding dental health coverage to improving access to bariatric care in nursing homes and the long-term impact of economic abuse.

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DECH seeks to acquire Calais Regional Hospital

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

In a written statement issued Friday, Down East Community Hospital (DECH) announced its intention to “acquire substantially” the assets of Calais Regional Hospital and to continue its operation as a critical-access hospital.

DECH and CRH are the only two hospitals in Washington County. Both hospitals are the largest employers in their communities, CRH with 255 employees and DECH with 310.

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For some, construction business booms as remote work opens doors

by Celia Cummiskey

March will mark one year since the World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic and the United States entered a state of national emergency. Since then much of daily life as we knew it has changed, including, for many, where they call home.

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Family sleuths solve nickname mystery, a generation later

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Laurence Johnson was nicknamed “Nonnie” on the day of his birth, but it was decades after his death before his children found out why. For Nonnie’s son Tommy Johnson, the answer came long after he’d given up hope of solving the puzzle.

“My dad and all of his siblings had already died, and none of them ever knew why he was called Nonnie anyway,” says Tommy. “There was just no way at all to ever figure it out after all the parties involved had passed away.”

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Reeves to be sentenced in Cherryfield murder

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, Carine Reeves will be sentenced for the murder of Sally Shaw whose body was found shot on the side of the road in Cherryfield in 2017. Shaw was 55 years old.

A jury convicted Reeves in Oct. 2020 after four hours of deliberation.

At the time of the murder, Maine State Police linked Shaw’s body with a black 2017 Chevrolet Impala found to have been in an accident at the intersection of routes 193 and 9, approximately 13 miles from where Shaw’s body was found. The car had been rented in Bangor.

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Motorists urged to clear snow for safety, and with courtesy

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A photo of a windshield smashed by in Machias was one of many that spurred Rep. Dustin White (R-Kittery) to submit late legislation that would penalize drivers who do not clean their car roofs of ice and snow.

“I've never been one to try to legislate common sense, but unfortunately, there seems to be a small portion of our state that needs the threat of a financial penalty in order to take the time and effort to clean off their vehicles to protect surrounding motorists,” White said.

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Do Black Lives Matter’s lies matter?

by Jonathan Reisman

 

Last month a controversy erupted in Hancock County, fueled by left-wing media and the wokerati whose operational motto is “Obey or be canceled.”

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The Nature of Phenology: Nest boxes

by Joseph Horn

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Snowmobiling struggles as prime Maine moneymaker

by Ruth Leubecker

For decades Maine has openly recognized and profited from the economic engine of snowmobiling in Maine.

In 2010, sledding generated over $356 million in revenue, and over the past decade that bottom line has increased impressively. According to a new study by the University of Maine in conjunction with the Maine Snowmobile Association, snowmobiling brought $459 in direct spending to the state’s economy, supporting 2,279 jobs in the 2028-19 season.

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Mechanical upgrade to Moosabec area schools could cost $6.9M

by Nancy Beal

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