Rock solid after 170 years – Eagle

DRACUT — Stepping into the entryway of Portland Stone Ware Company in Dracut is like walking back in time.

Inventory books and pottery hark back to the company’s beginnings in the 1800s. The owners even have glass-plate negatives from photographs taken decades upon decades ago. A drawing of the company’s original factories and kilns in Maine hangs above an antique desk on which the memorabilia sits.

There’s a rich history to the Portland Stone Ware Company, which has been owned by two families over the course of its 170 years in business. It’s a legacy that the current owners, the Schuler family, have taken great care to continue, including with an expansion into Methuen.

Jewett Construction Company recently broke ground on a new 15,000-square-foot warehouse for the company on a lot that will also include about 6 acres of additional outside storage for stone products. It sits on McGrath Road in Methuen’s west end,

... read more at:

Peabody councilors visit pot dispensary in Maine

Editor’s note: This article has been updated since its original publication to reflect a correction. The councilors visited two medical marijuana facilities — a dispensary and a cultivation facility. 

PORTLAND, Maine — Three Peabody city councilors traveled to Maine on Thursday to tour two medical marijuana facilities run by Wellness Connection, which is seeking state approval to open a shop in Peabody. 

Councilors Jon Turco, Joel Saslaw and Tom Rossignoll wanted to see how a dispensary in Peabody might be run. The City Council gave the local go-ahead for the facility in November.

The nonprofit company has run a dispensary in Portland for the past six years, discreetly located in a brick building near downtown. The entrance, in the back, requires someone from inside to buzz you in. Once inside, patients slide their license and medical ID card, a certification, through a slit in the bottom of a glass window to an employee who verifies the prescription.

... read more at:

Wicked Audio Endo wireless headphones review: Comfortable everyday listening on the cheap

I’ve had the great pleasure of reviewing some top-notch headphones recently, but I’m not comfortable roughhousing with them as I would with a cheaper and smaller pair. That’s why I was glad to give Wicked Audio’s new Endo headphones a go.

At under $50, these are inexpensive enough to purchase on impulse and to relegate to a life on the road as my commuter cans. Wicked’s been making budget gear for a good while now, so I was keen to find out if they can deliver decent audio at a low price point. Here’s what I found in testing the Endo for a couple of weeks.


The Endo is mostly just plastic and synthetic fabric, but it manages to look exceedingly sleek, thanks to a subtle matte black rubberized finish. They’re built to be ridiculously light – which is great for when you want to wear

... read more at:

Substitute gym teacher found guilty of abusing 6 girls over one day

A retired Portland Public Schools teacher was found guilty Friday of sexually touching six Oregon City middle school students while he was substituting as their gym teacher over the course of one day in 2015. 

Clackamas County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Jones said he found the girls’ testimony to be compelling, detailed and credible.

They described during the two-week trial how Norman Scott, now 66, touched their breasts, thighs, bottoms and other parts of their bodies while they were in seventh grade at Gardiner Middle School. Most were 12 at the time.

Jones said he couldn’t conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that Scott was guilty of abusing two other students because both initially reported that Scott hadn’t assaulted them.

The judge said he thought it was unlikely that the girls had colluded to bring false accusations against Scott. It was the first and only time Scott had been at the school. 

“The possibility of accidental touchings

... read more at:

Mother shares harrowing tale of addiction

“I’m addicted and it’s disgusting.”

Lexi Lamoureux wrote those words in her journal before she died, losing a decade-long fight against her addiction to heroin at the age of 28.

“I hadn’t read that until after she was gone,” said her mother, Susan Lamoureux, who read through Lexi’s journals after her death, coming to understand the mental struggles her daughter had endured.

“It was the most heartbreaking thing because she knew what it was doing to her, but she couldn’t stop.” 

Lamoureux shared Lexi’s story in a Facebook post that went viral, inspiring responses from families across the globe, including Greece and Ireland, thanking her and sharing their own struggles with losing a loved one. It has resonated on the North Shore, where Lexi, who grew up in Maine, spent much of her time living, working and studying, in Salem, Danvers, Rockport, Gloucester and Essex.

“Because of that I felt a stronger need to reach more people,” Lamoureux said. In the months since Lexi’s

... read more at: