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Former President George H.W. Bush is getting out and meeting veterans in the Maine community where he spends the summers.

On Saturday, the 93-year-old former president attended the monthly pancake breakfast at the American Legion Post 159 in Kennebunkport.

In addition to local veterans, Bush was joined by former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft.

Bush arrived in Kennebunkport last week, about a month after the death of his wife of 73 years, Barbara.

MILLINOCKET, Maine - A convoy of motorcyclists in Maine will ride from Portland to Millinocket in an annual Memorial Day weekend event meant to honor dead service members from Maine.
The convoy will leave Portland Saturday for Baxter State Park, with all of the motorcyclists carrying stones engraved with the names of service members from Maine who have died while serving. WABI-TV reports the stones will then be carried by hikers during a Sunday event.
This is the fifth year for the annual Summit Project event.

AUBURN, Maine - A Maine man is suing a local KFC restaurant alleging permanent damages from a piece of bone he says he found in his chicken pot pie.
Auburn resident Willie Blanchette alleges he badly hurt his teeth when he bit down on a large bone contained in his chicken pot pie ordered from the restaurant chain's store in Scarborough in 2015.
The Sun-Journal reports that Blanchette is seeking damages plus attorney fees for "great pain and suffering and mental anguish requiring medical treatment.''

A Maine man has pleaded guilty to running an illegal sports gambling operation out of his home and business for 14 years, netting him millions.

The Portland Press Herald reports 61-year-old Stephen Mardigan pleaded guilty Wednesday to unlawful gambling, money laundering and filing a false tax return.

Court documents show Mardigan ran the gambling operation from his Portland home and business from 2003 to 2017.

Maine health officials say vaccination opt-out rates for the state's kindergarteners increased during the 2017-2018 school year.

According to a report released this week by the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention, 5 percent of kindergarteners were opted out by their parents this year for philosophic of religious reasons. The Portland Herald Press reports Maine's rate last school year was more than twice the national average of 1.8 percent.

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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is canceling the planned June 12 summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, citing the "tremendous anger and open hostility'' in a recent statement from North Korea.
Trump says in a letter to Kim released Thursday by the White House that based on the statement, he felt it was "inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting.''
The president says the North Koreans talk about their nuclear capabilities, "but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.''

The Trump administration has announced plans to increase access to hunting and fishing on national wildlife refuges, including three in Maine.

The Portland Press Herald reports the proposal announced Monday by U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke would open about 250,000 acres to hunting and fishing.

The three Maine refuges that would be affected are the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in York, the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge in Washington County and the Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge along the New Hampshire-Maine border.

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine hospital celebrating its centennial anniversary says it has received a $2.8 million donation from the family of its first chief of pediatrics.
Mercy Hospital in Portland said Monday that the gift was from the family of the late Dr. Harry Davis, who served as chief of pediatrics at the hospital from 1943 until his death in 1963. The Portland Press Herald reports the gift was from Davis' daughter Patricia Klingenstein and her family, who the hospital says has worked to improve health care in Maine.

EAST MACHIAS, Maine - A conservation group in rural Maine is welcoming fish lovers to dine on smoked herring by a river while celebrating the spring migration.
Downeast Salmon Federation is setting up smokehouses near the East Machias River while thousands of river herring head upstream. The group says the herring provide important cover to young, rare migrating Atlantic salmon.

In this March 8, 2016 photo released by the U.S. Navy, Joan Gardener, with the Naval Research Laboratory, scans the Arctic ice for a location to conduct research and collect data during Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2016.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Tyler N. Thompson / U.S. Navy

The University of New England has launched a new institute dedicated to study of the North Atlantic and the Arctic.

Officials announced Monday that the Institute for North Atlantic Studies of the University of New England will be based in Portland. The Portland Press Herald reports the first students for UNE North will be accepted this summer and classes will begin in summer 2019.

In this file photo made Dec 20, 2006, stars trails streak across the sky in a 75-minute time-exposure at Acadia National Park, Maine.
Robert F. Bukaty / AP Photo

Advocates in Maine are looking to make it known that the state contains the largest area free of light pollution in the eastern half of the United States in order to draw more tourism.

Former President George H.W. Bush waves to the crowd in Kennebunkport as he returns to Maine for the summer.
Evan Sisley / Office of George H.W. Bush

Former President George H.W. Bush is in Maine for the summer, and for the first time in 73 years, he’s without his wife by his side. The 93-year-old Bush arrived at his summer home in Kennebunkport on Sunday, a month after the funeral for his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush. A Bush spokesman says the nation’s 41st president was eager to get to Maine after enduring his wife’s death and then falling ill with a blood infection that landed him in the hospital.

The Maine State Police bomb squad is working to clear a Skowhegan home after a man called for help while trying to disable a black-powder cannon by drilling holes in it.

Police were called Saturday night to the Summer Street home after the occupant told police he didn't feel safe and he was concerned about terrorists.

A Maine state project aims to bring salmon and river herring back to a tributary of one of the state's major rivers.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is using its Species Recovery Grants to States Program to award more than $310,000 to the Maine Department of Marine Resources for the project. The state wants to restore salmon and herring back to Togus Stream.

The only significant state fishery for baby eels in the United States has blown past records for value as high demand from overseas aquaculture companies is driving prices to new heights.

Fishermen in Maine search for the eels, called elvers, in rivers and streams every spring so they can be sold to Asian aquaculture companies as seed stock. Fishermen have sold more than $20 million worth of the eels so far this season.