Maine news

The cold weather that's crept into Maine is good for ski resorts that are starting to open.
Sunday River opened last weekend and already is running seven days a week. Sugarloaf had enough snow to open last weekend, and it will reopen on Friday for the season.
The warm October set the resorts back.
Sugarloaf spokesman Ethan Austin says the resort was unable to test snow guns in October.

Childsplay Fiddlers

Nov 14, 2017

Childsplay is the creation of luthier Bob Childs, a fiddler who has been making violins for more than 35 years.  Childs has a long history in Maine. He got his first job here as a furniture maker up on the airline highway in Amherst, Maine. It was there that he took his violin to get fixed by Ivie Mann in Orrington. Bob also toured and probably performed in almost every town and city in Maine for years (performing for dances and concerts playing music that he learned from local fiddlers).

Bangor Digitizes City Records, Makes Them Searchable

Nov 13, 2017
Ashley L. Conti / Bangor Daily News

If you’ve ever wondered how much the city of Bangor spent to maintain cemeteries in 1955 or how many times a city council member abstained from a vote in 2004, you’re in luck.

In an effort to enhance government transparency and cut down on paper costs, Bangor has digitized many of its records in a searchable database, which means the public can easily scour thousands of documents from the comfort of their own computer screens.

Video: Connecting Learning, Work, and the Future

Nov 13, 2017

It's not easy to make learning an engaging, interactive experience. The Maine Education Project has found four different education organizations that are connecting students to both learning opportunities and their communities, and we featured these stories in a half-hour-long television program this fall.

Maine’s first-year high schoolers this year will make history. They will be the first class that needs to meet a new requirement in order to graduate four years from now — they’ll have to demonstrate that they are proficient in a number of standards in order to receive a diploma.

This is the first in an extended series of reports on how this law is changing the way schools operate called “Lessons From Oak Hill,” focusing on the experiences of Regional School Unit 4, northwest of Lewiston.

LEWISTON, Maine - An elementary school in Lewiston will be closed Monday because of mold.
WMTW-TV reports that the mold was confined to an office space at Longley Elementary School.

No classrooms were affected, but the entire building will be closed Monday as a precaution as the problem is removed.

While students have the day off, teachers and other staff will attend training sessions off site.

Age-Friendly Communities

Nov 13, 2017

With an aging population nationwide, more cities and communities are looking to better accommodate older adults—and to provide housing, activities and facilities that keeps them comfortable and engaged. What does an age-friendly community look like and who can it help?

Guests: Anne Schroth, Health Peninsula Program Coordinator

René Colson Hudson, director of the Healthy Island Project - Deer Isle & Stonington

Documentary on March Gave Student a Political Voice

Nov 12, 2017

As a filmmaker, I work to tell stories with my own artistic twist. Most of my work has been focused on simple stories, such as how I like the sound that rain makes when it falls, but some stories are smaller pieces of a bigger story. Last winter, when my father asked me if I wanted to go to D.C. for the Women's March I got a chance to do just that.

This film was the result of that trip.

The protest was the largest nationwide protest in American history, and as someone who has been making films since fifth grade, how was I not supposed to bring my camera? 

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine - The snow guns have been going since early in the week as a handful of resorts open up across northern New England this weekend. 

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

OLD TOWN, Maine - On Friday, one of an elite group of American servicemen received a special visit for Veterans' Day, and a U.S. senator got to meet someone he's admired for years.

A.J. Higgins / Maine Public

Over the past 14 years, more than a million and a half U.S. service members have passed through the Bangor International Airport on their way to and from their overseas assignments. 

Boothbay Rescinds Permit For Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens' $30 Million Expansion

Nov 10, 2017
Amber Waterman Thomas / Bangor Daily News

Months after work commenced on a $30 million expansion of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, the Boothbay Board of Appeals on Thursday voted to rescind a permit allowing the project.

The board voted 3-2 in favor of an appeal filed by abutters of CMBG, who argued the project would further degrade the water quality of nearby Knickerbocker Lake, already listed by the state as “most at risk from new development.”

Just a few days after power was finally restored to nearly all of the hundreds of thousands of Maine customers who lost it in last week's storm, about 28,000 people are once again without it at this hour.

The culprit, once again, is gusty winds. The National Weather Service says winds are now gusting at 20-30 miles per hour across the state, with some gusts up to 40.

Central Maine Power is reporting just under 22,000 outages. CMP spokeswoman Gail Rice says these winds are causing more outages than usual because of last week's storm.

Veterans Day 2017

Nov 10, 2017

We continue our tradition of hosting a program on Veterans Day where veterans and their families can share stories and reflections of serving in the military. 

Guests: Debbie J. Kelly, State Director – Maine, USERRA Investigator, Veterans’ Employment & Training Service (VETS), U.S. Department of Labor

Peter Ogden, former director of the Maine Bureau of Veterans Services

PORTLAND, Maine - A city clerk in Maine is looking for the owner of a set of dentures left behind in a polling booth.
The Portland Press Herald reports the false teeth were discovered during Tuesday's election. An election clerk found the teeth in an auditorium that serves as a polling place in Portland.
The dentures are now in a plastic bag in the city clerk's office in Portland City Hall, just a few steps away from the polling place.