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News Minute: Here is the latest Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont news from The Associated Press

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MAINE:

ST. FRANCIS, Maine (AP) - A rescuer says two teenage hikers who got lost in the Maine woods this past week did the right thing by finding shelter and staying there until they were found. The Portland Press Herald reports that 16-year-old Nathaniel Nadeau and 15-year-old Garrick Brown of Gorham did not return on time from a hike up 1,900-foot Debouillie Mountain in Aroostook County on Wednesday. They Were were in good spirits and unharmed when they were found about 3:30 a.m. Thursday.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - More than 80 Maine farms are opening their doors for residents on the state's 25th annual Maine Open Farm Day. The farms will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow. State officials say Open Farm Day is designed to allow residents to lean about food producers and farmers to show their products to the public.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - This year's bear hunt could be the last one in Maine with legal use of bait, dogs and traps. Today is the first day it is legal to set bait for bears. A November ballot question could prohibit hunting Maine bears with bait, dogs or traps. Maine is the only state to allow all three of those hunting methods. Supporters of the ban say bear baiting is cruel, but opponents say a ban would hurt state tourism.

WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) - The beleaguered New England grocery store chain Market Basket is appealing to workers to return after a week of protests and halted store deliveries demanding the return of its fired chief executive. Arthur T. Demoulas was fired last month by the family-owned company's board, controlled by his cousin. The chain has 71 stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.

NEW HAMPSHIRE:

LEBANON, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire town of Lebanon has been named a "Top 10 Small Town" by a website that looks at small- and mid-sized communities. Editors at Livability.com examined statistics such as cost of living, health care spending, racial and socio-economic diversity and crime. Lebanon was No. 3 on the annual list, behind Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Northfield, Minnesota. The editors said Lebanon offers "a bucolic escape."

WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) - The beleaguered New England grocery store chain Market Basket is appealing to workers to return after a week of protests and halted store deliveries demanding the return of its fired chief executive. Arthur T. Demoulas was fired last month by the family-owned company's board, controlled by his cousin. The chain has 71 stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.

WOLFEBORO, N.H. (AP) - The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution from Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen commemorating the 20th anniversary of a New Hampshire museum recognized for its World War II -era memorabilia. The Wright Museum of World War II History is in Wolfeboro. It is believed to be the only museum in the United States that exclusively focuses on the contributions and legacy of World War II-era Americans.

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Aspiring entrepreneurs in New Hampshire have a bit more time to enter a competition that will provide $100,000 in financing. The deadline to apply for the 2014 TechOut competition has been extended to August 1 st, and organizers are waiving the $100 entry fee. The competition is open to startups that have been in business for fewer than three years.

VERMONT:

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A company that had hoped to install 20 wind turbines on a mountaintop in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom says it is ending all work on the project. Seneca Mountain Wind issued a statement yesterday saying it has withdrawn a request to connect the project to the New England power grid, and it has terminated all its leases in Newark, Brighton and Ferdinand where it had hoped to build the turbines.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Democrats are meeting today to endorse their party's candidates for statewide office and to hear remarks from Progressive candidate for lieutenant governor Dean Corren. In what is largely a formality, the state Democratic Committee will endorse Governor Peter Shumlin, Congressman Peter Welch and other statewide elected officials for re-election.

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The University of Vermont is taking several steps designed to raise its profile as a place for environmental studies. The Burlington Free Press reports that the school is creating a new Institute for the Environment, a new master's program in sustainable entrepreneurship, and a "food systems initiative" to study food production and its environmental impacts.

GREENSBORO, Vt. (AP) - A popular Vermont-based youth circus is continuing its annual summer tour of New England, with stops in the coming days in Waltham and Northampton, Massachusetts. Greensboro, Vermont-based Circus Smirkus just finished an engagement on Cape Cod and now is in Waltham for performances today and tomorrow at that city's Gore Center. Show times are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on today and 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. tomorrow.

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