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    November 30, 2012

    SNAPSHOT: Gardiner tree lighting preparations

    Gardiner Buildings and Grounds Supervisor Pat Chadwick hangs a wreath Wednesday on Water Street. Gardiner crews were preparing the downtown for the annual Christmas tree lighting, scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m.

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    November 30, 2012

    SNAPSHOT: Water stopper

    Aaron Scalia, of the Greater Augusta Utilities District, uses an earpiece to listen to double-check that no water is running inside a hydrant that had been winterized earlier by another crew.

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    November 30, 2012

    SNAPSHOT: Heat wreaths

    Volunteers assemble evergreen floral centerpieces, decorate boxwood trees and wrap wreaths Thursday at the Manchester Lions Club. More than 50 people from a variety of community groups are assembling the holiday floral designs to be auctioned off Sunday at Manchester's annual fuel assistance fundraiser at the elementary school. The 2 p.m. auction will be followed a tree lighting ceremony. All proceeds will be donated to winter heating fund for Manchester residents.

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    November 30, 2012

    Kennebec Journal area police log: Nov. 30, 2012

    At 4:24 p.m., theft was reported at the Home Depot on Stephen King Drive.

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    November 30, 2012

    Maine Human Rights Commission creates mediation panel

    AUGUSTA -- The state group charged with investigating claims of illegal discrimination in employment, housing and education and other areas has set up a program to try to resolve disputes sooner.

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    November 30, 2012

    Spring Road house in Augusta damaged by fire on Friday

    AUGUSTA -- A fire at a house on Spring Road was extinguished quickly Friday but not before causing significant damage.

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    November 30, 2012

    $100 million MaineCare shortfall a product of missteps, bad estimates, commissioner tells legislators

    Overly optimistic savings initiatives, budgeting based on still-unapproved cuts and a failure to forecast health care claims all are contributing to a projected $100 million shortfall in the state's Medicaid program.

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    November 30, 2012

    Human Rights Campaign calls Augusta above average on gay equality

    AUGUSTA -- While it doesn't have the gay-friendly vibe of Portland or Hallowell, Maine's capital city scored better than average on a recent survey that examined city services, employment practices and police attentiveness to lesbian and gay community members in 137 municipalities nationwide.

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    November 30, 2012

    Augusta attorney named president of Kennebec County Bar Association

    AUGUSTA -- Barbara L. Goodwin, an attorney who recently joined the Augusta law firm of Lipman & Katz, was elected president of the Kennebec County Bar Association.

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    November 30, 2012

    Gerald Hotel sale lining up for finalization next week

    FAIRFIELD -- Final paperwork nearly was completed Friday for the sale of the historic Gerald Hotel, leading to a $6.4 million plan to convert it into residential housing for low-income seniors.