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Maine auction house sells 125-year-old Levis for nearly $100K

PORTLAND, Maine — A buyer with a penchant for vintage denim has plunked down nearly $100,000 for a pair of truly vintage jeans that come from the American Old West.

The 125-year-old Levi Strauss & Co. blue jeans, which failed to sell at auction in 2016, now have a new owner somewhere in Southeast Asia.

It’s somebody who loves old Levis,” said Daniel Buck Soules from Daniel Buck Auctions, who worked for 11 years on public television’s “Antiques Roadshow.”

Maine city seeking plans to redevelop historic cotton mill

AUGUSTA, Maine — Advocates in the Maine capital are hoping they can find a group to help fund the estimated $3 million cost of restoring the only remaining building of the Edwards mill complex on the Kennebec River waterfront in Augusta.

At one time the cotton mill complex employed thousands of Franco-American immigrants who came to Augusta to create a better life for their families by working in the mill.

A committee has suggested a heritage center, gallery or museum, a visitor’s center, cafe or restaurant.

George HW Bush joins fellow veterans at Maine pancake breakfast

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — Former President George H.W. Bush is getting out and meeting veterans in the Maine community where he spends the summers.

On Saturday, the 93-year-old former president attended the monthly pancake breakfast at the American Legion Post 159 in Kennebunkport.

In addition to local veterans, Bush was joined by former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft.

Official tally shows big win for abortion rights in Ireland

DUBLIN — Irish voters overwhelmingly repealed a constitutional ban on abortions and asked the country’s parliament to enact laws that reflect the popular will and make abortions legal in the country for the first time, final results from a historic referendum showed Saturday.

Elections official Barry Ryan said more than 1.4 million voters, or 66 percent of those who cast valid ballots, favored repealing the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution while roughly 724,000 wanted to keep the abortion ban in place.

Plan Extra Travel Time: Know Before You Go For Holiday Weekend Traffic

KOSCIUSKO — Memorial Day traditionally marks the start of the summer travel season in Indiana. And whether you’re attending the Indianapolis 500, vacationing, visiting family and friends, or just passing through, INDOT urges drivers to plan extra travel time, to stay informed on road conditions, and to drive safely.

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Maine family behind landmark doughnut shop builds up food truck empire

WELLS, Maine — Calling all foodies, craft beer fans, seafood lovers, fresh-doughnut freaks, hungry, sand-covered beach-goers and even the family hound: There’s something for everyone at the expanded Congdon’s After Dark food truck park, opening this weekend at the renowned family bakery, Congdon’s Doughnuts on Route 1 in Wells.

Two-vehicle crash in Freeport closes I-295 northbound lanes

FREEPORT, Maine — A serious accident in Freeport closed part of Interstate 295 on Saturday morning, forcing traffic headed north for Memorial Day weekend to be diverted to alternate routes.

Crews responded to the scene near Exit 20 in Freeport shortly before 10 a.m., with Maine State Police diverting traffic between Exits 17 and 20.

Few details are being shared, through travelers are being warned about potential back ups.

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