Side Trips
6:01 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Maine Museum Preserves Relics from Golden Age of Public Transport

One of the cars at the Seashore Trolley Museum.
Credit Tom Porter / MPBN

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine - Now we look back to what many describe as a golden age of public transport in America. I'm talking about an era when trolleys, streetcars, trams and electric cable cars ruled the road. Think Judy Garland in the classic film "Meet Me in St. Louis." As Americans increasingly relocated to cities and towns in  the early 20th century, street trolleys became the dominant way for ordinary Americans to get from A to B - at least until about 75 years ago.  And that, incidentally, is when the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport was established.

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Marijuana vote
5:59 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Third Maine Community to Vote on Legalizing Marijuana for Recreation

YORK, Maine - As of today, the town of York will put marijuana legalization on the ballot this November. The Marijuana Policy Project submitted more than 900 signatures to town officials this afternoon, more than enough needed to qualify for a citizen initiative. It's the third municipality in Maine to send the issue to voters, which is a growing concern for opponents.


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Racism concerns
5:56 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Michael Brown Killing Stirs Debate about Racism in Portland

Portland residents, left to right, Howa Mohammed, Hamdi Hassan and Hani Ali.
Credit Susan Sharon / MPBN

Nearly 200 people turned out in Portland Tuesday night to discuss the racial implications of Ferguson, Missouri in one of the whitest states in the nation:  Maine.  Many say the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer has raised the curtain on institutional racism in the U.S.  And blacks and whites at the meeting say they're committed to rooting it out.


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2:39 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Maine Calling Book Club: "Augusta Gale" by Barbara Walsh


This month the discussion takes up Barbara Walsh's memoir "August Gale - A Father and Daughter's Journey into the Storm." It reads like fiction and tells the story of a fisherman fighting an unforgiving sea, a father who abandons his son, family secrets and reconciliation.

GUESTS: Jon Keller, author of the novel "Of Sea and Cloud." He's worked on lobster boats and now works as a clam digger.

Linda Oliver, Head of Reference at the Bangor Public Library

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Mountain rescue
12:21 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Climber Rescued from Maine's Tumbledown Mountain

BYRON, Maine (AP) _ Game wardens say a Maine climber who suffered a compound fracture of her leg has been rescued from Tumbledown Mountain.

Officials say rescuers had to carry 28-year-old Maris Toland of Portland off the mountain overnight over difficult terrain. She was airlifted to Maine Medical Center Wednesday morning.

Toland was rock climbing when she fell and broke her leg on Tuesday.

12:01 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Farmington Man Dies After Diving into Lake in Wilton

Jeffrey Mitchell's pontoon boat on Wilson Lake in Wilton.
Credit Courtesy Maine Warden Service

WILTON, Maine - A Farmington man died Tuesday after diving from his pontoon boat into Wilson Lake in Wilton.

The Maine Warden Service says Jeffrey Mitchell, 63, was struggling when he surfaced. A friend he was boating with, and other boaters nearby, managed to get Mitchell out of the water.

They transported him to a nearby boat landing, where they were met by medical personnel who had been called to the scene at about 4:36 p.m. 

Mitchell was pronounced dead at the scene.

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9:00 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Augusta Property Owners Get Confusing Tax Bill

AUGUSTA, Maine — Thousands of Augusta residents may have been confused when they got tax bills recently that appeared to be from another city.

The mistake involved about 2,500 residents who received bills with the city of South Portland on the letterhead. The communities are about 60 miles apart.

City Clerk Barbara Wardwell says the amount of the bills was correct, it was just the letterhead that was wrong.

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7:26 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Pot Activists to Deliver Petitions in York, Maine

YORK, Maine — A group that wants to legalize marijuana for recreational use by adults is ready to submit its petitions to the town of York.

Citizens for a Safer Maine collected more than 900 signatures. That's far more than the 641 valid signatures of registered town voters needed to qualify for the ballot.

Marijuana activists began collecting signatures after the Town Council vote 3-2 against putting the measure to a town vote. The petitions will be delivered Wednesday.

Contract disputes
4:22 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Contract Disputes Lead to Demonstrations on Mount Desert Island

MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, Maine - Members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters are demonstrating on Mount Desert Island this afternoon to draw attention to ongoing contract disputes with three area towns. Workers in Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert and Bar Harbor complain that they're being asked to accept reduced health benefits, as part of any new contract deals with the towns.

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4:16 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Man Killed in Paper Mill Accident Fell 28 Feet

RUMFORD, Maine (AP) _ Officials say a worker who died at a paper mill in Rumford, Maine, fell 28 feet from a crane.  The mill is owned by NewPage Corporation.

Police identified the victim as 35-year-old Brant Munster of Newport. He was an employee of Pittsfield crane company Somatex Inc., which was doing repair work on the crane.

Rumford police Chief Stacy Carter said Munster was pronounced dead at the scene on Monday.