• Maine Jan 21

    Tropical Birds in Maine? In January? What's Going On Here?

    Birds often found in tropical places like the Caribbean and Florida are appearing in Maine. Over the past week, people from Gray, outside Portland to the Acadia region have reported what scientists have identified as purple gallinules. “If you see photos of them, they’ve got these incredibly long toes,” said Doug Hitchcox, a naturalist at Maine Audubon. How did...

  • Maine Dec 25, 2020

    Raise Your Mittens: Outdoor Learning Continues Into Winter at Some Hardy Schools

    Cindy Soule’s fourth-graders in Maine’s largest city have studied pollination in a community garden. They solved an erosion problem that was damaging trees. They learned about bear scat. Then came a fresh layer of snow and temperatures that hovered around freezing — but her students were unfazed. Bundled up and masked, they scooted outside with their belongings in buckets....

  • Maine Dec 11, 2020

    A Maine Farm No One Has Ever Heard of Received $1.2M PPP Loan

    A Paycheck Protection Program loan for nearly $1.2 million issued to an organic farm operator allegedly located in western Maine has raised suspicion after a massive disclosure of federal records about the small business relief program. According to records released by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Common Ground Organic Farm LLC, based in Bridgton, received the loan. The records show…

  • Spencer Smith Dec 10, 2020

    Maine Teen Dies By Suicide Due to COVID Isolation, Parents Say

    A heartbroken Maine family is warning parents to check in on their children after their teenage son died by suicide due to COVID social distancing leading to social isolation. Spencer Smith left a note for his parents, writing about feeling locked in the house and growing apart from his friends, his father Jay Smith said.

  • Coronavirus Dec 9, 2020

    COVID-19 Isolation Caused Maine Teen to Kill Himself, Parents Say

    The parents of a Maine teenager say “COVID-19 isolation” led to their son’s recent suicide. Spencer Smith, 16, of Brunswick, died by suicide on Friday, according to NBC affiliate News Center Maine. Smith’s parents said he left a note saying he felt “locked in the house” and was growing apart from his friends. “He’s loved by so many that...

  • Boston Dec 9, 2020

    Meet the Real-Life ‘Buddy the Elf' Whose Heartwarming Reunion With His Dad Went Viral

    If you’re at home marathoning your way through holiday movies, there’s a good chance “Elf,” starring Will Ferrell, might find its way into the mix. In the film, Ferrell’s character Buddy goes to New York City shortly before the holidays to find and meet his biological father after a lifetime at the North Pole. He’d thought he was just...

  • Maine Dec 8, 2020

    This Maine Lobsterman Is Going Viral on TikTok. The Reason Will Warm Your Heart

    Jacob Knowles, a fifth-generation Maine fisheman, is going viral on TikTok for a surprising — and adorable — reason.

  • Maine Dec 2, 2020

    Maine Elects Youngest House Speaker in the US

    With Gov. Janet Mills in quarantine, the state’s acting chief justice instead swore lawmakers into office Wednesday in a historic offsite session that featured the state’s first openly gay House speaker and the first Black woman in a party leadership position. House members formally elected Democratic Rep. Ryan Fecteau to succeed House Speaker Sara Gideon. The 28-year-old is also...

  • Coronavirus Nov 30, 2020

    New Hampshire Lawmakers to Bundle Up for Outdoor Session

    Hot days at the New Hampshire Statehouse traditionally feature a formal motion to allow men to remove their jackets. This week, a motion to permit extra layers of wool and fleece would be more fitting. Newly elected members of the Legislature will meet Wednesday for Organization Day on an outdoor field hockey pitch at the University of New Hampshire, where…

  • U.S. Senate Nov 5, 2020

    Why the Dems' Slim Hope of Flipping Senate Blue Now Hinges on Georgia

    In so many ways Tuesday was not the night Democrats envisioned. Not only was there no overwhelming nationwide repudiation of Donald Trump, but the hope many had that the Senate would flip into a Democratic majority hinges on two races in Georgia.

  • Decision 2020 Nov 4, 2020

    Collins Wins 5th Term in US Senate as Gideon Concedes Costly Maine Race

    Sen. Susan Collins is set for reelection to the U.S. Senate after her opponent in Maine’s most expensive political campaign, Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon, conceded the race. Collins’ victory comes after more than $100 million were spent in the race, and it helps Republicans’ chances of controlling the Senate for at least the next two years. Gideon’s concession...

  • ranked choice voting Nov 2, 2020

    What Is Ranked Choice Voting and Why Is Jennifer Lawrence a Fan?

    If the red and blue political map turns your stomach green, look to Maine for an alternative vision for picking our presidents. On Election Day, the state will be the first to try a ranked choice voting system in a presidential general election. So what is ranked choice voting and why do its supporters say it’s a better way to...

  • Susan Collins Oct 26, 2020

    Why Susan Collins Losing Her Maine Senatorial Race Would Be a BFD

    It’s not often a senatorial race in Maine gathers national headlines. But that changed in 2019 when Susan Collins announced her vote for Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, drawing the ire of Democrats hoping she would go against her party and scuttle his nomination. Now Collins, a 24-year senator, is in for the fight of her political life...

  • Maine Oct 23, 2020

    COVID-19 Outbreak Centered on Maine Church Grows Again

    A coronavirus outbreak at a rural Maine church has infected dozens of people, authorities said, and an investigation that originally centered around the church has found more cases in area schools. On Wednesday, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention advised in a release that “individuals who spent any time at the Brooks Pentecostal Church or Lighthouse Christian Academy…

  • Maine Oct 13, 2020

    Razor Blades Found in Pizza Dough Lead to Man's Arrest

    A New Hampshire man is under arrest for allegedly putting razor blades in pizza products at Hannaford supermarkets in Maine, and the grocery store is issuing an expanded recall. Nicholas Mitchell, 38, was arrested in Dover, New Hampshire on Sunday night on a food tampering warrant from Saco, Maine, police, authorities said. On Sunday evening, Hannaford supermarkets announced that anyone…

  • Maine Oct 13, 2020

    Razor Blades Found in Pizza Dough Bag Bought From Maine Supermarket

    Razor Blades Found in Pizza Dough Bag Bought From Maine Supermarket

  • Maine Oct 11, 2020

    Baby Born on Maine Island For 1st Time in More Than 90 Years

    A mother has given birth to a baby on Maine’s Little Cranberry Island for the first time in more than nine decades. Born two weeks ago, Azalea Belle Gray is the sixth child for Aaron Gray and Erin Fernald Gray. The Bangor Daily News reports that Azalea’s great-grandfather, a lifelong lobsterman, had been the most recent baby born on...

  • marijuana legalization Oct 9, 2020

    A Long Road: Marijuana Goes on Sale Years After Approval in Maine

    Mainers are getting their first opportunity to legally buy marijuana for adult recreational use, but a supply shortage is a potential buzzkill. Retailers blame the pandemic and a limited number of licensed manufacturers for reducing the variety of products available on Friday, the opening day. Licenses were issued only a month ago. That didn’t dampen Matt Bourgeois’ enthusiasm for...

  • Maine Sep 16, 2020

    Virus Death Toll Linked to Maine Wedding Grows to 7

    At least seven people have died in connection to a coronavirus outbreak that continues to sicken people in Maine following a wedding reception held over the summer that violated state virus guidelines, public health authorities said. The August wedding reception at the Big Moose Inn in Millinocket is linked to more than 175 confirmed cases of the virus, the Maine…

  • Coronavirus Outbreak Sep 4, 2020

    Third Person Linked to Maine Wedding Dies of COVID-19

    A third person tied to a wedding and reception last month in Millinocket, Maine, has died of the novel coronavirus, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday. There are now 147 total cases linked to the events on Aug. 7 at Tri-Town Baptist Church and The Big Moose Inn, health officials said. Also included are 72 cases at...

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