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    As I recall, the public hearing on the proposed Presque Isle Bypass, conducted by the state Department of Transportation on Aug. 14, 2006, at the Caribou Inn and Convention Center, was standing room only. Attendance was about 300. The overwhelming sentiment in comments that evening… Read More
BANGOR – The city’s fledgling trails project stands to gain in more ways than one from a newly released map of the area’s open-space gems. The hand-painted watercolor map was created by cartographer Molly Holmberg, a former Mainer, for the Bangor Trails Project, a partnership… Read More
A story published Monday in the State section on Gov. John Baldacci’s and Education Commissioner Susan Gendron’s planned meetings with members of the Maine Education Association requires a clarification. The meeting in Presque Isle will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 10, in the Allagash… Read More
    AUGUSTA – State Republican legislative leaders on Thursday asked Democratic Gov. John Baldacci to avoid doing business in the future with Hugo Chavez, saying the Venezuelan leader has insulted President Bush and the United States by his remarks before the United Nations. Baldacci, who approved… Read More
Sixth-year University of Minnesota hockey coach Don Lucia said Saturday’s NCAA West Regional game against Maine will pit two similar teams. “We’re a lot like Maine. We don’t have any superstars,” said Lucia. “We had two [All-WCHA] third teamers in [Ryan] Potulny and [Danny] Irmen… Read More
In reference to the article, “Center’s name too close for Mount View” (BDN, May 17). I was appalled at SAD 3 Superintendent Daniel Lee’s biased and uninformed opinion of the Mountain View Youth Development Center and its residents. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var… Read More
    ROQUE BLUFFS – An established folk duo from Minnesota will entertain Saturday, Oct. 16, in a fund-raising concert at the Roque Bluffs Community Center. Curtis and Loretta, who perform around the country and have appeared in Machias in past years, will play Celtic and traditional… Read More
Ever since the new weather service office was completed at the Caribou airport, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) operations were moved into it, we’ve been treated to blaring TV Winter Storm Warnings every time a snowfall of more than an inch was predicted. Read More
HOULTON – The municipal tax rate could increase by a half-mill this year. That would change the tax rate from its current $25.75 per $1,000 of valuation to $26.25, adding 50 cents per $1,000 to tax bills. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes… Read More
    UNITY – Dean Fuller of Albion started on the pole for the pro stock feature by virtue of pole-sitter Andy Saunders’ clutch problems and held on for a victory Saturday night at Unity Raceway. Fuller would take advantage of the front starting spot by leading… Read More
As a veteran of overseas service during World War II, I stand perplexed at the lack of comprehension voiced by some concerning seriousness of the present national emergency. Without much doubt, we have only seen the start of terrorist activity, which may ultimately involve chemical and bacteriological attacks. Read More
PORTLAND — Maine Arts Inc., the producers of the Maine Festival, New Year’s Portland, and Congress Square Events, is hosting its second annual Poster Art Contest for the 24th annual Maine Festival, taking place Aug. 3-6 at Thomas Point Beach in Brunswick. Last year’s winning… Read More
    The Monterey Bay Aquarium recently listed Maine lobster as a food to avoid because they allege it is “overfished” and “depleted.” The Monterey Bay Aquarium claims it is dedicated to inspiring ocean conservation. They routinely list marine species in three general categories: “best choices,” “proceed with caution” and… Read More
MACHIAS — The Washington Hancock Community Agency and state Department of Human Services have reached their goal of 100 job placements for Washington County through the JOBS program. In recognition, a celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 12, at the… Read More
The front-page article about Maine Dads in Maine Weekend, June 20-21, causes concern. The “Father’s Rights” movement seems to be more concerned about the privileges of fatherhood than the responsibilities — regardless of the best interest of their children. It’s taken this society nearly 25… Read More
    LEWISTON — Plans by former Democratic Gov. Kenneth Curtis to co-host a fund-raiser for independent Gov. Angus King’s re-election campaign don’t shock the Democrats’ gubernatorial nominee. Thomas Connolly said he’s “hurt, but not surprised” by Curtis’ decision to co-host the fund-raiser on Aug. 11 with… Read More
This column is a followup after reading the Bangor Daily News op-ed on Oct. 16, a major column on prostate cancer. This response is written solely to encourage prostate cancer victims that they have more options than were expressed and that they should consider before finally deciding what… Read More
BELFAST – Just when Allen Holmes figured his Belfast team wasn’t listening to him, senior Darci Brown proved him wrong. Trapped in a 1-1 tie with the 10-minute overtime ticking away, Brown came up with the soft touch to beat a diving Camden-Rockport goalie Heather… Read More
    You have made my day! I love the new format on the last page of the paper. All of my favorite parts of the paper are all in one place and are large enough for me to read them. Please do not go back to the old format. Read More
CHINA — Two teachers in China have received special recognition by national forest and paper organizations and their Maine counterparts for their innovative approach to environmental education. Diane Lewis, a teacher at the China Middle School, and Kathy Memmer, who teaches at the China Elementary… Read More
PRESQUE ISLE — Martha A. Grant, a Presque Isle native, has announced her candidacy for representative to the Legislature from District 145. Grant plans to focus on the issues of economy, improved transportation and new businesses for Aroostook County, welfare, and growth of the agriculture… Read More
    Many people are familiar with the public persona of stand-up comic Paula Poundstone. But few know of the serious person behind the funny woman, which is reflected in her material. “In the beginning, it was all about me, and what I was interested in,” recalled… Read More
Yesterday, during the Great American Smokeout, I smoked my usual number of cigarettes throughout the day. I’ll probably do the same today. Tomorrow, too, although you can never tell about tomorrow. Maybe I’ll quit tomorrow, who knows? Life is full of surprises. googletag.cmd.push(function () {… Read More
    CARIBOU — The Caribou Parks and Recreation Department will offer “mini snolf” at the annual Helen Collins Memorial Fun Day on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Teague Park. The snow golfing activity is open to all ages and is played with a putter and a tennis… Read More
For years, people have associated heart attacks and heart disease only with men. But heart disease is a major cause of death among women as well. This week, Health Talk features Robert Allen, M.D., of the Eastern Maine Medical Center cardiology section. Allen will join heart surgeon Robert… Read More
    VAN BUREN — Ron Turcotte, the renowned jockey who rode Secretariat to the Triple Crown champion in a quarter of a century in 1973, was among the graduates honored at the SAD 24 Adult Community Education commencement ceremonies at Van Buren District Secondary School Thursday night. Read More
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    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
    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
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    Bangor BSO Sneak Peek series at Maine Center for the Arts googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes = [[300,250]]; var new_slot_sizes = []; var has_banner = false; for (var i = 0; i < slot_sizes.length; i++) { if (isMobileDevice()) { if (slot_sizes[i][0] googletag.cmd.push(function ()… 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
    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. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define… 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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