Archive for September, 2018

Dempsey Challenge draws cast of thousands to Lewiston

September 30th, 2018

LEWISTON — Just as scores of walkers and runners were about to take their first steps in the 5-kilometer run/walk Saturday, Patrick Dempsey wove among them and exclaimed, “Thank you, guys, for being here. You are amazing. Thank you!”

Dempsey then approached a middle-age woman among the participants at Simard-Payne Memorial Park. He spoke to her, and she answered back softly, barely above a whisper. “You’re a survivor,” Dempsey said with admiration.

Such kinship was felt among the crowd of thousands who attended the first day of the 10th Dempsey Challenge under a jet-blue sky. The Challenge raises money for the Dempsey Centers, founded by the actor, a Maine native, to offer free services to those affected by cancer.

Nancy Audet, communications director for the Challenge, said the day went swimmingly. “It was great,” she said. “There was so much energy and emotion during the 5k and 10k.”

Fundraising teams from all over the state spent time and effort throughout the year raising money to donate to the Dempsey Centers, based in Lewiston.

“We don’t call it a challenge for nothing,” Audet said. “We want everyone to work harder than they thought was possible.”

Audet said that while the final dollar amount raised hadn’t been totaled, at last count Friday, this year’s challenge had raised $1 million. She thought that number may have bumped up to $1.1 million. The final amount will be released Sunday, she said.

Victor Oboyski, 70, retired to Maine after a career in law enforcement in New York and moved to Brunswick with

Article source: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/09/29/dempsey-challenge-draws-cast-of-thousands-to-lewiston/

Maine Asks Restaurant To Stop Giving Lobsters Cannabis Before Boiling Them

September 28th, 2018

Charlotte Gill, owner of Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound in Maine, says she believes that cannabis can calm crustaceans before they are tossed into boiling water.

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Charlotte Gill, owner of Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound in Maine, says she believes that cannabis can calm crustaceans before they are tossed into boiling water.

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The state of Maine has asked the owner of a lobster restaurant to stop giving cannabis

Article source: https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/09/25/651466068/maine-asks-restaurant-to-stop-giving-lobsters-cannabis-before-boiling-them

Men who grew marijuana for Bangor head shop owner sentenced …

September 28th, 2018
Gabor Degre | BDN
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
September 26, 2018 9:34 am

Two men who grew marijuana for the owner of a downtown Bangor head shop were sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

Nicholas Reynolds, 33, of Bangor was sentenced to six months in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. The first six months of his supervised release must be spent in home confinement.

Reynolds was ordered to begin serving his sentence on Oct. 24.

Jeremy Duguay, 35, of Bangor was sentenced to two years of probation for his limited role in the operation, according to information posted on the court system’s website. He worked in the operation for a short time, according to court documents.

Both men pleaded guilty earlier this year to being part of drug conspiracy to grow and distribute marijuana with Christopher Ruhlin, the owner of Herbal Tea Tobacco at 44 Main St. and Terrence Sawtelle, who distributed the pot through the former Owls Club, Sawtelle’s smoking lounge, adjacent to the head shop.

Reynolds and James Mansfield operated an indoor pot farm

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2018/09/26/news/bangor/men-who-grew-marijuana-for-bangor-head-shop-owner-sentenced/

Q&A: Maine House District 92 Candidate Ann Matlack

September 27th, 2018

Ann Matlack, D-St. George: I moved to Maine more than 40 years ago to attend the University of Maine and I have lived here practically ever since. I have been a resident of St. George for more than 25 years. Over those years, I have been involved in a variety of boards, committees and volunteer efforts for St. George and Knox County: I coached soccer and participated on the St. George Recreation Committee; served two terms on the former MSAD 50 School Board, 10 years on the St. George Budget Committee and 10 years on the Knox County Budget Committee. I also participated on the St. George Ad Hoc Internet Service Availability Committee, which looked at broadband quality and availability in St. George and what might be done to improve service town-wide. Currently, I’m the Board Chair of Penquis, a non-profit community action agency that provides services such as Head Start, LIHEAP and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program to improve the lives of people in need. 

For seven years I was the Assistant to the City Manager of Rockland and for a short time, served as Town Administrator of South Thomaston. For more than 10 years, I worked for a consultant in analyzing maritime casualties and editing policy and procedure manuals for major shipping companies.

I have a master’s degree in public policy and management from the Muskie School at the University of Southern Maine and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine at Orono. I was a member of the

Article source: https://www.penbaypilot.com/article/qa-maine-house-district-92-candidate-ann-matlack/108130

Planners quickly OK marijuana shop ahead of vote

September 27th, 2018

FRYEBURG, Maine — Two new marijuana caregiving businesses were approved Tuesday by the planning board, just before a moratorium vote that could ban new caregiving shops takes place at special town meeting in Fryeburg tonight.

Marijuana caregivers are licensed by Maine, and may sell and cultivate marijuana for patients with a medical marijuana card obtained with a doctor’s permission.

Article 4 on tonight’s special town meeting warrant is an ordinance barring new medicinal marijuana retail stores in Fryeburg to take effect immediately if passed. It would likely last at least until town meeting next June.

Tonight’s town meeting will start at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Building.

The first marijuana caregiving shop approved Tuesday was Best Budz, formerly known as Nothin’ But Fire, which is owned by Adam Martinese of Fryeburg and is located next to Osgood’s Outdoor Power Auto on Bridgton Road.

The second shop to be approved was Out of the Woods LLC, owned by partners Stephanie Holland of Washington, D.C., and Scott Keeler of Florida and California. It will be located next to the NAPA Auto Parts on Main Street.

The board struck down a motion to hold a public hearing next month for Out of the Woods by a 3-2 vote, allowing the shop to begin operations.

Voting in the majority were board chairman Pat Emery, Edy Kizaki and Robert Ricks. In the minority were Ed Price and Barry Woodbrey.

Martinese, whose final application had been pending for several weeks, received unanimous approval from the board.

Holland said she’s visited Maine for 25

Article source: https://www.conwaydailysun.com/news/local/planners-quickly-ok-marijuana-shop-ahead-of-vote/article_4292ca32-c1be-11e8-8e63-43fe044f7ec0.html

Q&A: Maine House District 94 Candidate Vicki Doudera

September 27th, 2018

I grew up in a small split-level house a mile from what was then Schaefer Stadium. Believe it or not, the area was rural then and we could walk on old carriage roads through the woods to watch the Pats play – no tickets necessary!  I made extra money babysitting for some of the players’ kids and worked as a lifeguard at our town pond in the summer.  Our family spent a lot of time in Vermont, where my grandparents lived, and those visits instilled a love of the outdoors and nature. We didn’t have the money for expensive vacations but we did go camping, canoeing and fishing at State Parks around New England, and my brother and I loved it.

My high school was a regional public one, where I ran track and played field hockey. Thanks to good grades, my sports, and financial aid, I attended Hamilton College, where I held down a series of work study jobs and continued to play sports. I majored in Comparative Literature, minored in French, and found a job in Boston after graduation.

I came to Maine a few years later with my future husband, Ed, very little money, and the dream of starting a business.  We found a run-down Victorian on Route 1, worked like crazy fixing it up, and opened the Blackberry Inn that June. 

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Early on, I immersed myself in our community. I trained as

Article source: https://www.penbaypilot.com/article/qa-maine-house-district-94-candidate-vicki-doudera/108128

Waldoboro Police beat: Stolen medical marijuana plants, assault

September 27th, 2018

WALDOBORO — Waldoboro police responded to 136 calls for service from Sept. 18-25. Listed below are a few of the highlights. An arrest or summons does not imply guilt. A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Sept. 19                                           

Richard O’Keefe, 62, of Waldoboro, was issued a summons by Officer Thomas Bartunek for terrorizing.                                                       

Theodore Mills, 75, of Waldoboro, was issued a summons by Officer Justin Hills for uninspected motor vehicle.

Sept. 20                                             

Amber Chaisty, 27, of Waldoboro, was arrested by Sgt. Jamie Wilson and Bartunek for disorderly conduct, refusing to submit to arrest/detention and indecent exposure.

Sept. 22      

Officer John Lash investigated an accident on Friendship Road at 6:01 p.m. Sarah Beaucage, 29, of Friendship, was driving a 2017 Ford sedan. The driver was traveling southbound on Friendship Road and for unknown reasons went off the road on the right, striking a bridge rail, and coming to rest beyond the rail. No injuries were reported.  

Percys Nickles, 35, of Dresden, was arrested by Bartunek for aggravated assault.

Sept. 23      

Mark Carlson, 54, of

Article source: https://www.penbaypilot.com/article/waldoboro-police-beat-stolen-medical-marijuana-plants-assault/107976

South Berwick council takes action on water quality concerns

September 26th, 2018

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine Water safety issues highlighted Tuesdays Town Council meeting.

Town Manager Perry Ellsworth said the Maine Department of Environment Protection would issue an order prohibiting drilling water wells in the Hooper Sands Road area due to detection of carbon tetrachloroethylene, a known carcinogen, in the aquifer.

The DEP addressed the contamination in the 1990s, but at the Sept. 11 council meeting it was noted a Hooper Sands Road homeowner discovered the same contaminant in a new well on their property. Ellsworth said Poland Springs offered to supply water to the homeowner, but alternate access to water is being provided by the town.

Old Mill resident and Town Council candidate Abigail Kemble also raised concerns about elevated arsenic levels in her water supply, according to notices from the South Berwick Water District. According to the notices, arsenic levels of 11 parts per billion were found. A level of 10.58 ppb is the safe threshold for this heavy metal.

While acknowledging Kembles issue, Councilor Russell Abell said cancer risks associated with such levels of arsenic usually occur after a lifetime exposure to such concentrations.

Noting they do not have jurisdiction over town water service, councilors advised Kemble to contact the water district with her concerns.

In other business

Ellsworth said due to extenuating circumstances it is unlikely a sewer line can be implemented in the Route 236 TIF district. Specifically, a Maine Department of Transportation right of way would not be large enough to allow access to

Article source: http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20180925/so-berwick-council-takes-action-on-water-quality-concerns

Men who grew marijuana for Bangor head shop owner sentenced

September 26th, 2018
Gabor Degre | BDN
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
September 26, 2018 9:34 am

Two men who grew marijuana for the owner of a downtown Bangor head shop were sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

Nicholas Reynolds, 33, of Bangor was sentenced to six months in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. The first six months of his supervised release must be spent in home confinement.

Reynolds was ordered to begin serving his sentence on Oct. 24.

Jeremy Duguay, 35, of Bangor was sentenced to two years of probation for his limited role in the operation, according to information posted on the court system’s website. He worked in the operation for a short time, according to court documents.

Both men pleaded guilty earlier this year to being part of drug conspiracy to grow and distribute marijuana with Christopher Ruhlin, the owner of Herbal Tea Tobacco at 44 Main St. and Terrence Sawtelle, who distributed the pot through the former Owls Club, Sawtelle’s smoking lounge, adjacent to the head shop.

Reynolds and James Mansfield operated an indoor pot farm

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2018/09/26/news/bangor/men-who-grew-marijuana-for-bangor-head-shop-owner-sentenced/

Maine Asks Restaurant To Stop Giving Lobsters Cannabis Before …

September 26th, 2018

Charlotte Gill, owner of Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound in Maine, says she believes that cannabis can calm crustaceans before they are tossed into boiling water.

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images


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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Charlotte Gill, owner of Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound in Maine, says she believes that cannabis can calm crustaceans before they are tossed into boiling water.

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The state of Maine has asked the owner of a lobster restaurant to stop sedating lobsters

Article source: https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/09/25/651466068/maine-asks-restaurant-to-stop-giving-lobsters-cannabis-before-boiling-them