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    December 26, 2020

    Women’s golf club once again brings joy to children

    Like a holiday card from old friends, it was reassuring to receive a note this week from the Riverside Women’s Golf Association along with 17 checks totaling $530. “Thanks so much for all the good work you do! Merry Christmas and joyous wishes for better days to come,” they wrote. The women hit the fairways […]

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    December 25, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Dec. 25

    Dec. 25, 1870: “Never has a sadder Christmas dawned on any city,” Livermore native Elihu Washburne writes in Paris while serving as the U.S. minister to France. “The sufferings … exceed by far anything we have seen.” On the 99th day of the Prussian army’s siege of the city during the Franco-Prussian War, Washburne, one […]

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    December 24, 2020

    Meet some of the children helped by the toy fund this year

    A teenager helping care for her younger siblings and a 4-year-old with Down syndrome are just two of thousands.

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    December 24, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Dec. 24

    Dec. 24, 2018: Incumbent U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-2nd District, drops his federal lawsuit claiming that he, not Democrat Jared Golden, should have won the Nov. 6 election for his seat. Golden was declared the winner under Maine’s new ranked-choice voting system. Running for re-election against three challengers, Poliquin was the top vote-getter, but fell […]

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    December 23, 2020

    The legacy of Bruce Roberts continues 71 years later

    Robert Bruce Beith wrote a regular column for the Portland Evening Express for years, but one stands out.

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    December 23, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Dec. 23

    Dec. 23, 1831: The Augusta newspaper The Age publishes its first issue, just in time to capitalize on the impending arrival of state government and the printing contracts it is likely to offer. In the 1850s, Melville Weston Fuller (1833-1910) is a part-owner of the newspaper. The Age competes for several decades with the Kennebec […]

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    December 22, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Dec. 22

    Dec. 22, 1807: President Thomas Jefferson signs the Embargo Act in response to British seizure of American cargo and impressment of American seamen during the Napoleonic wars. The law, which forbids trade with other nations, hobbles Maine seaports’ economy, which was thriving until then. The law is repealed two years later, but continued agitation from […]

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    December 21, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Dec. 21

    Dec. 21, 2005: Maine Turnpike Authority Director Paul Violette announces that his agency is planning to replace the turnpike’s toll plaza at York, which was meant to be temporary but has been functioning for 35 years. Violette said the toll plaza, which is 7 miles northeast of the New Hampshire state line on Interstate 95, […]

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    December 20, 2020

    Mother remembered for devotion to family and the toy fund

    Many donations to the toy fund are made in memory of mothers. That seems especially true this year, with notes from donors about how it was their mothers who filled the holidays with warmth and joy and lasting memories. One such donation came from Mary Turner: “In memory of my mom, Ruth Hamm, who donated every […]

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    December 20, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Dec. 20

    Dec. 20, 2018: The Portland Press Herald reports that Efficiency Maine, a state agency whose mission is to help Maine residents use energy more efficiently, has contracted with a California company for the installation of seven electric-vehicle charging stations along Maine highways from the southern part of the state to the Quebec border. The company, […]

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