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Blood drive results issued by fire department

The Portland Fire Department in conjunction with the American Red Cross held the second "Roll Up Your Sleeves and Remember" blood drive last Thursday at the blood donor center on Forest Avenue in Portland, and according to Tim Nangle, the fire department spokesman, "the American Red Cross collected 108 units of blood, 28 units over the initial goal of 80."
The 2015 blood drive will be moved to another location to accommodate the anticipated outpouring of support, Nangle said. Some people left before they were able to donate due to the number of people that showed up.
"Red Cross staff were busy all day and they did an incredible job," said Nangle, "but unfortunately some potential donors were not able to wait, and we appreciate their commitment and want to be able to accommodate them next year."

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 23:12

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Michaud enjoys slight lead in new election poll

A new Public Policy Polling survey released Sunday showed that U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, remained slightly ahead in the race to be Maine's next governor, with Independent candidate Eliot Cutler a distant third, the Michaud campaign announced.9-19-14-michaud-mike-side
The poll, which surveyed 1,059 voters on Sept. 8-9, showed Michaud with 43 percent of the vote, followed by Republican Gov. Paul LePage at 42 percent. Cutler was at 11 percent.
The poll, which was paid for by the Maine Conservation Voters Action Fund, found that Michaud is winning independent voters, 43 percent to 35 percent, and that Michaud leads among women voters, 49 percent to 38 percent for Gov. LePage and just 10 percent for Cutler, the campaign reported.

The poll results can be found at http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2014/09/maine-governors-race-remains-close-cutler-losing-support.html.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 23:38

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Scarborough Commons office fire deemed accidental by investigators

The State Fire Marshal's Office reported that an overnight fire in Scarborough that caused at least $1 million in damage to the Scarborough Commons office complex along Route 1 was accidental.
The fire, which erupted around 8 p.m. Monday, was a three-alarm fire that had crews working at least eight hours to to extinguish flare-ups and hot spots.
Fire investigators said an electrical malfunction in a first-floor ceiling started the fire. The fire started in the offices of Chapman Chiropractic Center, located in the back of the building, state officials reported. Four Fire Marshal investigators worked throughout the morning Tuesday to pinpoint the cause.
Scarborough Commons was badly damaged. The three story building contained 31 professional offices, of which seven were vacant, a state press release reported.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 September 2014 23:34

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Part of history, Portland African-American sailor's grave to be decorated

The gravesite of an African-American sailor who witnessed the British bombardment of Ft. McHenry, Baltimore — the battle which inspired the National Anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner" — will be decorated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Eastern Cemetery, Portland.
The event commemorates the 200th anniversary of the battle fought Sept. 13-14, 1814.
"It's a difficult song, but a remarkable story," said former State Rep. Herb Adams, a local historian. "To think a Mainer was there, and a Mainer of color at that, gives layers of meaning to one of America's most memorable nights."
The event coincides with the 200th anniversary of the bombardment of Ft. McHenry in the War of 1812
Saturday's event is sponsored by the Committee to Restore the Abyssinian Meeting House, Portland, and Adams, who organized the event and will speak at the ceremonies.
Portlander Richard Hill, an African-American laborer, was serving as a sailor on U.S. Gunboat No. 47 in Baltimore Harbor the September night the British fleet bombarded Ft. McHenry preparing to invade Baltimore
in the War of 1812, Adams explained.
Francis Scott Key, a Baltimore lawyer, witnessed the all-night bombardment from another ship, and the sight of the fort's torn U.S. flag still waving at dawn inspired the poem "The Star Spangled Banner," Adams noted.
Leonard Cummings, President of the Committee to Restore The Abyssinian, will also announce a grant of $25,000 from the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to stabilize the historic meeting house on Newbury Street, believed to be the third oldest African-American meeting house standing in the United States.
National Archive records show that Hill received 160 acres of Ohio "Bounty Land" for his service in the War of 1812, before returning to a laborer's life in Portland. Hill was tragically murdered by his own son in 1861. Hill's story was rediscovered and his forgotten grave was marked
by a VA headstone in ceremonies in 2012.
Nearby graves of other Portland African-Americans who fought in the American Revolution, some as slaves, will also be decorated in what Cummings and Adams hope will become an annual event.
"It is an honor long overdue to those who fought to make America what it is today," said Cummings.
"Patriotism knows no color," said Adams. "But it is an irony that these veterans served a country that did not always serve them back. No one knew it better in their own lifetimes than they did. Now it is time to set the record straight. "
The event is free and open to the public. Sailor Hill's grave is to the left of the main gate off Congress Street.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 00:34

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SMCC, UNE to unveil credit-transfer agreements on Monday

Southern Maine Community College and the University of New England have formed a partnership and will sign 16 transfer agreements that will ensure students can "transfer seamlessly from SMCC programs to programs at UNE that will prepare them for successful careers in high-demand and emerging industries," a press release stated.
Officials will sign credit-transfer agreements and a partnership agreement that lays the groundwork for future transfer agreements and expanded research opportunities for faculty and students at both institutions, according to an announcement. The agreements guarantee that SMCC will enter UNE as juniors and can complete their associate and bachelor's degrees in four years, the announcement stated.
The event is Monday, Sept. 15, at 1 p.m. at the SMCC South Portland Campus, Ortiz Atrium inside the Campus Center, 86 Fort Road.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 00:35

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