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“Dawn of the Dead (2004)” Blu-ray: Zack Snyder’s excellent, often darkly hilarious remake of George Romero’s 1978 horror classic is exactly the movie it should it have been. It respects the first film, it builds upon what was there, it takes elements of the story and makes them… Read More
OLD TOWN – Maine has had a strange winter, one with shockingly little snow and cold weather until recently. December and January were disappointments to skiers, ice fishermen and snowman-builders, but not to Abbey Talon. Twenty months ago, Abbey was born premature. She is highly… Read More
AUBURN – The Bangor Rams opened the 2004 season with a solid display of complementary football Friday night, using balanced offense, aggressive defense and a strong kicking game to defeat Edward Little 29-6 at Walton Field. Coach Mark Hackett’s club amassed 337 total yards, 251… Read More
    I watched the Democratic convention and it was like eating oatmeal with no cinnamon, brown sugar or raisins. It was like going to buy a new car and the salesperson rolls out a model from yesteryear. All I heard were platitudes and tired rhetoric that… Read More
It’s been a month since I’ve been on the water. I’m still having paddling withdrawal tremors, but thanks to planning sessions for next spring’s Paddle Smart symposium in Bangor and the Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides and Instructors meetings, I have regular fixes to keep me centered. Read More
    MADAWASKA – For the third time in three years, the town of Madawaska agreed Tuesday night to give the Madawaska Water District a grant to bring well water to the district’s nearly 1,200 users. The Town Council unanimously agreed to the request made by water… Read More
Rockland District Court Douglas Urqhart, 41, Winterport, taking sea urchins without license, $500. John L. Wall, 35, Rockland, violating municipal shellfish ordinance, bound over for jury trial. Richard E. Warner, 44, St. George, passing stopped school bus, $250. Read More
PALMYRA — A healthy surplus will enable Palmyra officials to fund a new public works truck and keep the tax rate relatively low for another year, if all the articles are approved at Saturday’s town meeting. Palmyra voters will gather at 10 a.m. at the… Read More
    WASHINGTON – In 1999, an estimated 250 wild Atlantic salmon returned to spawn in seven of Maine’s most important wild salmon rivers. That represents a decline of 90 percent from 15 years ago, and is 99.9 percent lower than historic levels. In the last two… Read More
JONESBORO — Town elections were held Friday and voters will convene for the business part of the annual town meeting Monday. Town Clerk Joan Brown said all incumbents were seeking re-election and that there were no challengers. None of the 27 articles… Read More
    Name: Betty Johnson Democrat Age: 58 Birthplace: Sioux City, Iowa Address: RR 1, Box 4036, Lincolnville Occupation: Owner of small business (Betty’s Designs), retired registered nurse Education: Not given Experience: Maine Democratic Party Assistant Treasurer, Waldo County Democratic Committee Chair since 1993, chair of the Caucus of County… Read More
OLD TOWN – When it came to the ground game, Old Town halfbacks Peter Baker and Alger Yanush got most of the attention in Saturday’s Eastern Maine Class B title game between the Indians and defending champion Belfast. It was Lions tailback Tim Parenteau who… Read More
    PRESQUE ISLE — Organizers of the March of Dimes WalkAmerica 1994 fund-raiser are seeking volunteers to participate in a walk beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Aroostook Centre Mall’s Kmart parking lot. Registration will be held 8-9 a.m. Volunteer walkers will travel… Read More
BAR HARBOR — Agreeing the time is right, the Town Council this week authorized the Harbor Committee to draft a proposal on the development of a harbor management plan. Representing the Harbor Committee, Harbormaster Ivan Rasmussen said the town needs a plan “of how to… Read More
PRESQUE ISLE — An art exhibition sponsored by Dr. James Benjamin was held Sept. 4-6, and featured artists from Tortola, the British Virgin Islands, Connecticut and New York. The artists were Linda O’Neal, Roslyn Griffith, Brigitte Botnick, Victoria Namad and Myah Benjamin. They were managed by Rebekah’s Originals,… Read More
    LEVANT — The Levant Planning Board on Wednesday approved a request for a gravel pit from the High Hopes Development firm. According to Cheryl Quinn, chairman of the Planning Board, the firm will lease land from Susan Ransom and Dwight Overlock. The property is at… Read More
Rick’s Challenge: Is there any way that White can win, or even draw, in the diagrammed position? White moves. Philosophers raise the question, “What is truth?” Truth in chess is revealed by moves. Since last week’s position was challenged by Rick, we need the moves… Read More
    GREENFIELD — In an effort to curb unruly debate, the Greenfield Board of Selectmen recently adopted a policy prohibiting most public comment during its meetings. The new policy, the latest in a saga of problems that have politically divided this town of about 200, has… Read More
    ORONO – What better time than the holidays to hold the popular Maine Indian Basketmakers Sale and Demonstration, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Student Recreation and Fitness Center, University of Maine. The event offers the public an opportunity… Read More
    BANGOR – Penobscot Theatre continues its 35th anniversary season with two productions for the holiday season – the Tony-nominated family musical “A Year With Frog and Toad,” and the uproarious comedy for mature audiences, “A Tuna Christmas.” The productions run through Dec. 23 at the… Read More
    BANGOR – Stephanie (Stevie) Dunham and Caleb McGary met at age 8 while taking a class at Caleb’s mother’s dance studio, River City Dance, and while performing with Robinson Ballet. Since that age they have danced in “The Nutcracker,” performing various roles separately or partnered… Read More
    If you had a band, what would you call it? “The Copper Lights.” Sam Belknap, Bangor “The Awesomely Intimidating Dude Squad.” Evans Goff, Orono “The Lipstickups.” Hillary Pride, Old Town… Read More
    Schools Maine Recycles Week An elementary school in Bangor and a high school student from Hermon have earned honors for their participation in Maine Recycles Week. Fruit Street School in Bangor and Hermon High School senior Duncan Hutchinson received special… Read More
    3rd District Court, Bangor Cases Nov. 10-14, 2008 Samuel V. Ascanio, 18, South Portland, minor possessing liquor, $200. James E. Augustine, 29, Bangor, negotiating worthless instrument, $150, restitution $174.76. Nicholas Bennett, 19, Westbrook, minor possessing liquor, $200. Read More
    Bangor BSO Sneak Peek series at Maine Center for the Arts The Bangor Symphony Orchestra recently received a $3,000 grant from the Maine Charity Foundation Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to support the organization’s Jan. 31 Sneak Peek series to be held… Read More
    Because of anticipated state and federal budget cuts, elderly residents at some Maine assisted living facilities will no longer be served breakfast beginning on Jan. 1. Freese’s Assisted Living in Bangor, Stearns Assisted Living in Millinocket and Merry Gardens Estates in Camden will continue to… Read More
    From the governor’s office to the showrooms of small auto dealerships throughout the state, many Mainers are paying close attention to the proposed $15 billion bailout of U.S. automakers. Most involved in the industry are hoping that the U.S. Congress will vote to give the… Read More
    BELFAST – State and local police converged on a High Street home after a male occupant was shot to death there Tuesday morning. Police said a woman was being questioned in connection with the shooting and a weapon was recovered. Investigators were… Read More
    BANGOR – Fraser Papers Ltd. has sued a Michigan firm in U.S. District Court seeking payment for 1.8 million pounds of specialty paper manufactured at Fraser’s Madawaska facility and shipped to North Carolina between May 5 and June 2. In the breach-of-contract lawsuit filed Monday,… Read More
    ORONO – The Maine Better Transportation Association will host a program Thursday evening at the Best Western Black Bear Inn titled “Flight Plan: Weathering Turbulence and Finding Opportunity in the Passenger Air Travel Market.” The program begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11. Rebecca Hupp,… Read More
    BREWER – The national slowdown in the auto industry will cause a temporary shutdown at Brewer Automotive Components. Company officials are anticipating a two-week shutdown starting Dec. 19 at the Brewer factory, where 117 workers make suspension and steering components for Toyota of North America… Read More
    Almost every day on TV one will view the suffering of little children who are victims of war, pestilence, famine and natural disasters. Then again there are agencies, which rescue children from picking in city dumps. If a civilization cannot control birth rates compared to… Read More
    A loan program unveiled last week fills an important void by targeting money to small businesses in rural and downtown areas. The new loans also come at a critical time when credit markets across the country remain frozen. Coastal Enterprises, Inc. was selected by the… Read More
    It’s good that the Bangor Daily News highlights the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (“Eleanor’s Declaration,” Dec. 8) and that the BDN states that “few in the West would argue these basic claims that come with being human.” One aspect of the human rights… Read More
    There’s an intimidating picture on the front page of the Dec. 3 Bangor Daily News It shows an individual brandishing the Bible like some club with which to throttle those Christians (like me) who look into Scripture and see Christ’s words of love and tolerance. Read More
    The country’s health insurance industry was praised last week for joining the national debate over universal health coverage. Pledges to give up its ability to reject people with pre-existing medical conditions and its longstanding objection to guarantees of insurance coverage could represent a significant change for the insurance… Read More
    Several readers have written in about whether it is possible for President-elect Barack Obama to become president before Jan. 20. While the chances of this happening are virtually nil, there are constitutional paths to such a development. One would be for Condoleeza Rice to resign… Read More