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South Portland Votes To Ban Tar Sands Oil Unless It’s Distributed For Free In Clean Syringes

tar sands oil hippiesPORTLAND, Maine — More than a year of debate about the flow of heavy crude oil — commonly known as tar sands — through South Portland reaches its climax Monday night. The City Council is slated to take its final vote to enact an ordinance that would ban the bulk loading of crude oil — including the controversial, thicker bituminous oil — onto tanker vessels in the city’s port. During previous votes, the City Council and planning board supported the ban by 6-1 tallies. A previously proposed ordinance intended to block the bituminous oil — by restricting pier upgrades that would have been necessary to accommodate the thicker oil — lost in a close citywide vote last November. Since then, a city committee has drafted an alternative ordinance intended to essentially achieve the same goal, but by a different means. The debate has spilled far beyond the city limits, as supporters argue a ban is needed to protect Maine from what they believe are heightened environmental and safety risks associated with the bituminous oil, while opponents assert that it would place unreasonable limitations on waterfront businesses and worsen the region’s energy woes. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

Machias Fire Department’s “Save The Basement” Strategy Works Like A Charm

helens restaurant in machias maineMACHIAS, Maine — An early morning fire on Friday destroyed Helen’s Restaurant, a landmark business in Washington County. The owners, however, pledged to rebuild the popular eatery. Firefighters were called to the blaze shortly before 2 a.m., and crews from Machiasport, Marshfield, East Machias, Roque Bluffs and Jonesboro responded. Firefighters entered the burning building, located on U.S. 1 at the junction of the Machias River and the Middle River, but were unable to extinguish the blaze. They had to resort to containing it. They remained through mid-morning, coating the remains of the fire with foam, and a few stayed on the scene into the afternoon. The roof had caved in before firefighters had a chance to extinguish the blaze. The building was destroyed. No one had been inside when the fire broke out and dispatchers said no injuries were reported. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Mike Tipping Has Evidence Governor LePage Was Watching The History Channel When Hitler Came On And He Didn’t Change The Channel. Study It Out, People

Governor LePageAUGUSTA, Maine — An expert on anti-government extremists said the controversial group that met with Gov. Paul LePage eight times last year should not be considered terrorists, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worrisome. The Constitutional Coalition is a group of right-wing activists and conspiracy theorists that believes many of Maine’s laws are illegal, that several high-ranking political officials are guilty of treason, that lawyers are agents of foreign governments and that the Maine State Bar Association has infiltrated the government for its own sinister ends. Liberal activist and blogger Mike Tipping investigated the group for months as part of the research for a new book he’s written about LePage, and he revealed earlier this week that the group had met with the governor for more than a dozen hours over the course of several meetings last year. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

Jenny McCarthy Reportedly Worried That Ebola Might Give Her Kids More Autism

jenny mccarthys breastsThe current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is now the largest in history, but how likely is it to spread to the United States or other countries around the world? It’s theoretically possible that people with Ebola could travel to other countries on planes, and infect others outside the region. However, it’s extremely unlikely that the virus would then cause further outbreaks in communities in the United States or other developed countries with systems in place to contain such deadly infections, experts say. So far, the Ebola outbreak, which first appeared in December 2013, has infected at least 600 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, including 338 who died, according to the World Health Organization. The medical group Doctors Without Borders has said the epidemic is “out of control” in the region, and that they do not have the resources to care for the growing number of people who are sick. (read more at Fox News)

Waldoboro Board Of Selectman Having Trouble Remembering If They’re Supposed To Persecute Or Fellate Businesses This Week

Committee meeting. Maine news from the Rumford MeteorAfter issues were raised with a June 10 executive session and a subsequent vote to relax the town’s land use ordinance, the Waldoboro Board of Selectmen voted to rescind the action at their June 24 meeting. The June 10 vote was related to a perceived risk of losing a Family Dollar store planned for Route 1 to another town since the project’s proposed sign was more than twice the square-footage allowed in the town’s land use ordinance. A Family Dollar official has since said via email there was never a discussion to relocate the store. At the selectboard’s June 24 meeting, a former selectman and members of the Waldoboro Planning Board took issue with the selectmen’s decision to relax the sign requirements in the ordinance. “I think the action taken by the selectboard on June 10 regarding the Family Dollar store was a pretty big mistake and needs to be rectified,” said former selectman Steve Cartwright. Cartwright said he believes the intentions were good, but the rules need to be followed. (read more at the Lincoln County News)

Fiddle Player Still Stubbornly Trying To Perform Irish Music For Sober People

Eileen Ivers and Immigrant SoulIt is a rare and select grade of spectacular artists whose work is so boldly imaginative and clearly virtuosic that it alters the medium. It has been said that the task of respectfully exploring the traditions and progression of the Celtic fiddle is quite literally on Eileen Ivers’ shoulders. The Washington Post states, “She suggests the future of the Celtic fiddle.” Find out for yourself on July 12 when Ivers and her band, Immigrant Soul, will perform at the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor. The daughter of Irish immigrants, Ivers grew up in the culturally diverse neighborhood of the Bronx, N.Y. Rooted in Irish traditional music since the age of eight, Eileen proceeded to win nine All-Ireland fiddle championships, a tenth on tenor banjo and over 30 championship medals, making her one of the most awarded persons ever to compete in these prestigious competitions. (read more at Wiscasset Newspaper)

After 45 Years, Local Guitar Finally Gets His Chance To Perform At Woodstock, And Uses The Same Setlist

woodstock maineWoodstock’s gazebo will host its first entertainment event July 5 when singer Carl Vee brings his guitar to play songs from decades past. Vee approach Town Manager Vern Maxfield with the idea and Maxfield liked it. The gazebo was donated to the town two years ago by the Chase family. Vee, a Bryant Pond resident, grew up in Connecticut but his family has owned a house here for many years, he said. Inspired by his musical family, he has been playing guitar since elementary school. He played for many years in Connecticut with bands The Wanders, The Rockin Heartbeats and AIRPLAY, opening for such performers as The Drifters, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Shangri Las. (read more at The Bethel Citizen)

After 48 Years Of Umpiring, Pittsfield Man Recalls This One Time This One Kid Did That Thing. You Shoulda Seen It

Pittsflied basball umpireRalph Damren doesn’t remember the score of the most exciting baseball games he has umpired — or the names of most of the teams and players. Since first donning his uniform in 1966, he has called thousands of balls and strikes and has worked from the Little League ranks up through semipro ball. Etched in Damren’s mind instead are the memories of the great times he has enjoyed on the field with the many friends he has made along the way. “You do it, at least from my perspective, because it makes you feel young again,” said Damren, who is 68. “You’re working around kids, you’re working a game that you love, and it’s good exercise.” On Thursday, Damren ran onto the field for the first time in 2014 as the base umpire for a Junior American Legion contest at Mahaney Diamond in Orono. It marks the 48th year as an umpire for the Pittsfield native, who sat out the high school season after having hip replacement surgery in February. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Women’s Basketball Coach Has Sassy Haircut

cindy blodgettBOSTON — Cindy Blodgett is returning to the school where her coaching career started. The former All-America guard at the University of Maine has joined first-year head coach Kady Steding’s staff at Boston University, Steding announced Wednesday. Steding and Blodgett are former teammates, having spent the 2000 season together with the Sacramento Monarchs in the WNBA. Blodgett, 38, had spent the last three seasons on the bench as an assistant under Cathy Inglese at the University of Rhode Island. Her tenure ended when URI announced in March that Inglese’s contract was not renewed after five seasons and a dismal 30-115 (.207) combined record. Blodgett had been relieved of her head coaching duties at UMaine in the spring of 2011. Her teams compiled a 24-94 record in four seasons. (read more at Bangor Daily New)

Reporter Successfully Ekes Out 2000 Words About Increasing School Behavioral Problems Without Noticing The 800 Pound Single Mother In The Room

Classroom. Maine news from The Rumford MeteorThe little boy raged. Once or twice a week something would set him off. Teachers often didn’t know why. His principal isn’t sure the little boy even knew. But suddenly he would explode — hitting, kicking, biting, trying to run away, tearing apart the classroom. He was one of the youngest children in the Auburn elementary school, and he was out of control. “There were a bunch of times that I was called and dealt with the student,” said Laura Shaw, Sherwood Heights Elementary School principal and a member of the school’s internal crisis response team. “And I remember just having him in my lap and he didn’t even know what he was angry about. Just sweating. Body was tight, tight, tight, tight …  And I’m not even doing a (restraining) hold. He’s still mad, but I’m not holding him. I’m feeling his body just gradually let go. And, honestly, I think it was something so small. You know, maybe he wasn’t first in line or something.” Twenty years ago, experts say, it would have been unusual to be so young, so angry, so out of control so often. Teenagers can be destructive and difficult to manage sometimes, yes. But a first-grader? A kindergartner? A preschooler? They’re seeing it now. School leaders and mental health experts say Maine children are coming to them more often, at younger ages and with more significant problems than in decades past. Troubled teens have been joined by kindergartners in crisis. (read more at the Lewiston Sun Journal)

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