Maine http://nhpr.org en Battle Over South Portland Tar Sands Ordinance Not Over Yet http://nhpr.org/post/battle-over-south-portland-tar-sands-ordinance-not-over-yet <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="An oil tanker makes its way into the harbor in South Portland." data-attribution="Credit Susan Sharon" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/mpbn/files/styles/card_280/public/201407/14689031076_1665c6a314_m_0.jpg" alt="" /><p>When South Portland Mayor Jerry Jalbert announced the 6-1 vote to approve a measure that will block the loading of raw crude, including Canadian tar sands oil, onto tanker ships in the southern Maine city, residents and supporters, who had filled the community center, rose to their feet and gave the City Council a standing ovation. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:54:08 +0000 Susan Sharon 52465 at http://nhpr.org Battle Over South Portland Tar Sands Ordinance Not Over Yet Maine Fire Investigators Partnering With Four-Footed Helpers - Arson Dogs http://nhpr.org/post/maine-fire-investigators-partnering-four-footed-helpers-arson-dogs <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="Justin Davis of the San Antonia Fire Department, with his arson dog Kai." data-attribution="Credit Patty wi" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/mpbn/files/styles/card_280/public/201407/14662787865_7c4a52414d_m.jpg" alt="" /><p>Arsons accounted for more than 150 fires last year in Maine. They killed three people, injured more than a dozen and caused more than $4 million worth of property damage. The state Fire Marshal's Office investigates thousands of fires a year to determine which are crimes, and increasingly relies on arson dogs to help with the investigations. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:10:39 +0000 Patty Wight 52068 at http://nhpr.org Maine Fire Investigators Partnering With Four-Footed Helpers - Arson Dogs 200-Year-Old Ellsworth Estate Frozen in Time http://nhpr.org/post/200-year-old-ellsworth-estate-frozen-time <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="Joshua Torrance is director of the Woodlawn Museum and Gardens, an estate in Ellsworth that&#039;s frozen in time." data-attribution="Credit Jennifer Mitchell" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/mpbn/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201406/14466656614_86e8d2eae6_z.jpg" alt="" /><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/mpbn/audio/2014/07/06242014jm.mp3" class="asset-audio">Jennifer Mitchell reports on the Woodlawn Museum and Black House, an historic Ellsworth estate frozen in time. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:40:42 +0000 Jennifer Mitchell 50859 at http://nhpr.org 200-Year-Old Ellsworth Estate Frozen in Time Maine Marine Animal Rehab Center Releases Last Seals Before Closing http://nhpr.org/post/maine-marine-animal-rehab-center-releases-last-seals-closing <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="A harbor seal, the same kind as the five seals that were released today in Biddeford." data-attribution="Credit Bodvar Eggertsson" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/mpbn/files/styles/card_280/public/201406/3316706615_1a5696877e_m.jpg" alt="" /><p>At 7:00 tonight, five seals will emerge from kennels and flop across a Biddeford beach into the ocean. It will be the final release of rehabilitated seals from the University of New England's Marine Animal Rehabilitation and Conservation Center. UNE announced last month the center would close due to financial constraints and a shift in programming. Those who rescue stranded marine animals say they're scrambling to figure out how to continue helping animals in distress. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:09:10 +0000 Patty Wight 50459 at http://nhpr.org Maine Marine Animal Rehab Center Releases Last Seals Before Closing Maine DEP Withdraws Formaldehyde Rule Proposal, Dismaying Environmentalists http://nhpr.org/post/maine-dep-withdraws-formaldehyde-rule-proposal-dismaying-environmentalists <p><span style="color: rgb(44, 44, 44); font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; text-align: justify;">Say the word "formaldehyde" and you can practically smell it. The pungent preservative is associated with everything from nail polish and hair straightener to embalming fluid and fetal pigs. Wed, 07 May 2014 18:10:55 +0000 Susan Sharon 48088 at http://nhpr.org Maine DEP Withdraws Formaldehyde Rule Proposal, Dismaying Environmentalists Maine Highway Signs Bill Draws Wide Opposition http://nhpr.org/post/maine-highway-signs-bill-draws-wide-opposition <p>Lawmakers in Maine are joining business owners and local officials in speaking out against a bill they say will hurt tourism in towns across the state.</p><p>The measure would remove nearly a third of the signs on Maine highways that direct motorists to secondary locations.</p><p>Officials with the Maine Department of Transportation and the Maine Turnpike Authority, which support the bill, say the law needs to be changed for Maine's interstates to comply with federal highway sign standards.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:58:52 +0000 Jay Field 46092 at http://nhpr.org Adrenalin Flows at Maine Arm Wrestling Championships http://nhpr.org/post/adrenalin-flows-maine-arm-wrestling-championships <p>The ancient sport of arm-wrestling is enjoying a surge in popularity.</p><p>A record number of people from across the Northeast - most, but not all of them, bulky males - turned out over the weekend for the Maine State Arm Wrestling Championships at a sports bar in South Portland.</p><p>With nearly 150 pumped-up competitors - some of them world champions, some of them beginners - there was no shortage of adrenalin.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:44:25 +0000 Tom Porter 44594 at http://nhpr.org Bowdoin Exhibit Explores Racist Images Spawned by Anti-Slavery Novel http://nhpr.org/post/bowdoin-exhibit-explores-racist-images-spawned-anti-slavery-novel <p>An exhibition of controversial images and objects associated with Uncle Tom's Cabin is on display at Bowdoin College in Brunswick - the town where Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote much of the groundbreaking mid-19th century novel. With its anti-slavery message, the book is often credited as one of the factors that helped bring about the Civil War. The novel also spawned a wealth of spinoff musical shows, stage productions and images portraying African-Americans in what could be considered a racist light.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:42:17 +0000 Tom Porter 43839 at http://nhpr.org Maine Considers A State-Run Virtual School http://nhpr.org/post/maine-considers-state-run-virtual-school <p>Lawmakers in Maine have been looking recently at virtual learning. For-profit charter school operators have proposed two virtual learning charters.</p><p>But a bill this year would create a state-run online school first, before allowing for-profit charters to set up shop.</p><p><a href="http://www.mpbn.net/News/MPBNNews/tabid/1159/ctl/ViewItem/mid/3762/ItemId/32065/Default.aspx" target="_blank">Visit MPBN's website to read or hear Jay Field's report.</a></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:43:33 +0000 Jay Field 43057 at http://nhpr.org Shoe Company Cole Haan Moving To New Hampshire http://nhpr.org/post/shoe-company-cole-haan-moving-new-hampshire <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Leather shoes and accessories manufacturer Cole Haan is moving its headquarters from Maine to New Hampshire.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Officials said on Friday that the headquarters will relocate from Scarborough, Maine to Greenland, N.H., where its customer service and distribution center is located.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 20:43:07 +0000 Associated Press 36631 at http://nhpr.org Shoe Company Cole Haan Moving To New Hampshire Lobster's Journey From Trashy Food To Fancy Feast http://nhpr.org/post/lobsters-journey-trashy-food-fancy-feast <p>As the summer winds down, so will demand for lobster and its market price. Maine lobstermen are bemoaning low wholesale prices, but far from shore, say New York City’s <a href="http://lobsterjoint.com/">Lobster Joint</a>, market price today for a roll is $19…a boiled lobster will cost your $34. Today, the crustaceans are coveted, and symbolic of wealth, class, and extravagant living. Not so long ago, lobster was considered lower than the ocean floor on which it dwells. Here to trace its climb up the social ladder from grub for the poor to high-class delicacy is <strong>Daniel Luzer,</strong> Web Editor at the Washington Monthly. We found <a href="http://www.psmag.com/business-economics/how-lobster-got-fancy-59440/">his article</a>, “Low Lobster Got Fancy,” in Pacific Standard.</p><p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 16:15:43 +0000 Virginia Prescott 33898 at http://nhpr.org Lobster's Journey From Trashy Food To Fancy Feast Breaching The Veazie Dam To Restore A Habitat http://nhpr.org/post/breaching-veazie-dam-restore-habitat <p>On July 22<sup>nd</sup>, <a href="http://www.americanrivers.org/newsroom/blog/akober-20130722-removal-veazie-dam-begins-penobscot-river.html" target="_blank">bulldozers breached the Veazie dam</a> in Eddington, Maine – an 830 foot strip of concrete that had separated the Atlantic Ocean and the Penobscot River for a century.&nbsp; It was an <a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/maine/2013/07/22/removal-veazie-dam-maine-penobscot-river-starts-creating-easier-pathway-for-salmon/90TiLUVoBH4ozythyRsQrK/story.html" target="_blank">effort undertaken</a> by an unlikely coalition of conservationists, fishermen, power companies and others, who came together to help restore 1000 miles of endangered Atlantic salmon habitat. <strong>Brian Graber</strong> is director of the river restoration program at American rivers, one of the partners behind the project.</p><p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 14:49:23 +0000 Virginia Prescott 32132 at http://nhpr.org Breaching The Veazie Dam To Restore A Habitat The Burgess Boys http://nhpr.org/post/burgess-boys-0 <p>Shirley Falls, Maine is one of those New England towns with a strong memory of the way things used to be…before the mills closed, before the mall went up across the river…before so many residents moved away. It’s the fictional town left behind by a pair of brothers in <a href="http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781400067688"><em>The Burgess Boys</em></a>, a new novel by <strong>Elizabeth Strout</strong>, who won the Pulitzer prize for fiction for <a href="http://www.elizabethstrout.com/?book=olive-kitteridge" target="_blank"><em>Olive Kitteridge</em></a>. The story centers on Jim and Bob Burgess, brothers whose lives are imprinted by a childhood tragedy in very different ways. Both pull up their stakes and secret miseries and move to New York City….and both are pulled back to their hometown by another family crisis. Elizabeth talks to Virginia about the book and it's connection to Maine.</p><p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 15:07:41 +0000 Virginia Prescott 25121 at http://nhpr.org The Burgess Boys A Sudsy CSA http://nhpr.org/post/sudsy-csa <p>In Maine, consumers can buy dairy products, meat, fish, eggs and organic produce via a growing array of subscription-based, community supported agriculture programs. CSAs encourage customers to pay a farmer or fisherman up front in exchange for weekly shares of, say, shrimp or mixed vegetables. As Jay Field reports, microbrew lovers on the Blue Hill Peninsula will soon be able to buy their beer the same way.</p><p></p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 14:01:21 +0000 Jay Field 15490 at http://nhpr.org A Sudsy CSA Doing Whatever It Takes... http://nhpr.org/post/doing-whatever-it-takes <p>The unsteady path of an artist is never an easy one. Especially in today’s ambiguous economy, the choice to reject a&nbsp; steady paycheck or conventional job is all the more difficult to justify. One Portland, Maine-based <a href="http://cultureshock.bangordailynews.com/2012/09/03/rockin-out/portland-singer-sara-hallie-richardson-creates-magical-worlds-within-her-songs/">songwriter</a> has made that conundrum into a source of inspiration. Zach Nugent takes us on a radio field trip to meet <a href="http://www.myspace.com/sarahallierichardson">Sara Hallie Richardson. </a></p> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 14:59:13 +0000 Zach Nugent 12592 at http://nhpr.org Doing Whatever It Takes...