2016-09-17 / State/Regional


Sale of 2 Vermont newspapers complete

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — The sale of two Vermont newspapers to a pair of business people from Maine and New Hampshire has been completed.

The Rutland Herald and Times Argus reported that the two papers were sold Friday for an undisclosed price to Reade Brower of Maine and Chip Harris of New Hampshire, both of whom have extensive experience in publishing in northern New England.

Earlier this year, both newspapers cut back on publishing a printed newspaper from seven to four days a week, with online-only editions Monday through Wednesday.

Outgoing Chairman and President R. John Mitchell says his family is glad to be passing the newspapers on to “solid, responsible stewards.” He says the new owners “will continue the service that we’ve felt is every newspaper’s role.”

Bangor victim of Mass. speed boat crash dies

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say a second person involved in a three-boat crash during a speed boat race on a Massachusetts lake has died.

Bristol District Attorney Thomas Quinn reported Friday that 67-year-old Stephen Joy of Bangor, Maine, died at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence as a result of injuries sustained in the Sept. 10 crash on Watson Pond in Taunton.

Mark Greene, of Moultonborough, New Hampshire, was pronounced dead on the scene of the crash during the Bill Giles Memorial Regatta.

Fire officials previously said that one boat spun out traveling 65 mph, and then was struck by the other two.

The South Shore Outboard Association, which organized the event, was saddened by the news of Joy’s death.

State Environmental Police are investigating the crash.

Feds approve funds to improve railroad safety

PORTLAND (AP) — U.S. Senators from Maine and Rhode Island say the federal government is providing nearly $2 million to improve safety practices on short line railroads.

Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Jack Reed of Rhode Island say the Federal Railroad Administration is providing the Short Line Safety Institute with $1.9 million. The senators say the institute seeks to help short line railroads assess and improve safety operations.

The senators say the country has 550 short line railroad companies that operate more than 50,000 miles of track. They constitute almost two fifths of the nation’s railroad network.

The Short Line Safety Institute was established last year as a partnership between Congress, the federal government and the short line rail industry.

Collins is a Republican and Reed is a Democrat.

Maine heating prices holding steady

AUGUSTA (AP) — The Maine Governor’s Energy Office says heating prices are holding steady in Maine as fall nears.

The office says the average price for heating oil rose a penny over the last few weeks to $1.88 per gallon. Kerosene prices have also held steady at $2.41, and propane prices have increased 3 cents to $2.15 per gallon.

Prices were fairly consistent throughout the state. Northern Maine averaged a slightly higher $2.03 per gallon for heating oil.

The highest heating oil price of $2.19 per gallon was found in southwestern Maine.

The prices reflect a Sept. 12 survey.

Governor LePage: Trump can win

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage has broken his recent vow against speaking to the media and says Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has a good chance of winning in Maine.

In an interview with the conservative website Breitbart, LePage says Trump will win three of Maine’s four electoral votes.

A poll released this week by Colby College and The Boston Globe suggested Maine voters supported Trump 39 percent compared to 42 percent support for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

LePage, who has said Trump was his third choice for president, says the “silent majority” will come out to support Trump.

The governor blamed Democrats for not reducing taxes, energy costs and regulations. He says American people want the “plain truth,” not “politically correct truth.”

Artifacts found in Old North Church garden

BOSTON (AP) — Archaeologists have uncovered historic items in a garden of Boston’s oldest surviving church building.

City Archaeologist Joseph Bagley said Friday the trove of artifacts from the Old North Church provide a snapshot of the lives of European immigrants in Boston’s North End during the 1800s.

The items include pieces of ceramic pottery, children’s toys, tobacco pipes and religious figurines.

The finds are from a two-week survey of the church’s Washington Garden this summer. Church organizers hope to turn the garden into an outdoor classroom.

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