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Thistle Inn’s restaurant and pub closes indefinitely

“It just wasn’t financially feasible anymore,” said Max Ross, who bought the Boothbay Harbor-based inn in 2006 “In the last year-and-a-half I’ve seen a steady decline...

And then there was one: Bangor Howard Johnson restaurant closing

The upcoming closure of a Bangor Howard Johnson restaurant location in a few weeks will leave only one of the eateries in the country — a far cry from the more than 800 Howard Johnsons that...

$290K in fed grants to support, create 160 jobs

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Five Maine organizations have been awarded a total of $290,000 in grant funding through the USDA Rural Development Rural Business Development Grant program to assist in economic development, and the...

It's official: Obama designates North Woods national monument

On the eve of the centennial celebration of the National Park Service, the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument became a reality on Wednesday when President Barack Obama signed it into law.

Auburn-Lewiston airport using $899K fed funds to expand apron

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Airports across the state continue to receive federal grant funding for projects. The latest is the Auburn-Lewiston Airport, which will receive $899,480 to aid in the expansion and rehabilitation of...

MDI Bio Lab scientists score patent for heart repair medicine

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Three scientists at the Bar Harbor-based MDI Biological Laboratory have been awarded a patent — the first for the lab — for MSI-1436, a potential new heart disease drug that stimulates...

Former home of Foundation for Blood Research sells for $1M

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The former home of the shuttered Scarborough-based Foundation for Blood Research sold for $1 million to a Portland-based construction and development firm, Hardypond Development LLC.

Blue Hill Co-op steps up to the plate as first Fund-ME business

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The Blue Hill Co-op is the first business to use Fund-ME, Maine's crowdfunding law, as it looks to raise money for the construction of a new, larger storefront in the Hancock County town.

Canadian tourism in Maine continues to drop

For the third year in a row, Canadian tourism in Maine dropped, with 4.1 million of our northerly neighbors visiting Vacationland in 2015, down from the 5.5 million in 2013.

State publishes new consumer guide on high-cost loans

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Maine state officials have released “The Downeaster Common Sense Guide to High Interest/High Cost Loans,” a new digital and print consumer guidebook on high-interest, high-cost loans.