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SURRY – There will be a benefit supper in memory of Abigail Joan Hammond, the daughter of James Howard and Priscilla Smith, who died at birth on Aug. 8., from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Surry Fire House. Donations will be accepted. For information,… Read More
    PORTLAND – The high-speed ferry called The Cat has arrived for the first time at its new home on the Portland wa-terfront. The 320-foot catamaran ar-rived Wednesday at the city’s $21 million Ocean Gateway terminal, which will serve The Cat as well as cruise ships. Read More
WEST ENFIELD – The town of Enfield has taken Cold Stream Lumber Co.’s sawmill off its 2005-06 tax rolls to help the company recover from a devastating fire last weekend. The deletion removes $400,000 to $500,000 in appraised value from the company’s property taxes and… Read More
    AUGUSTA – Gov. John Baldacci’s office on Wednesday announced the death of the Baldacci family’s 10-year-old dog, Murphy. Murphy, who along with 3-year-old running mate Sam was a springer spaniel, had become a high-profile presence on the grounds of the Blaine House and more than… Read More
Plans to repave parts of Route 3 in Trenton and rebuild Route 186 in Gouldsboro were among the road projects put on hold by state officials this week because of an anticipated budget shortfall of $130 million. Citing increases in construction costs and a decline… Read More
BREWER – A local man is in stable condition after receiving life-threatening stab wounds Saturday night, according to Brewer police. Police received a call at 9:15 p.m. saying that a person had been stabbed at 446 North Main St. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot… Read More
    CALAIS – Officials at the Washington County Community College continue to investigate a classroom incident Wednesday that left a student enrolled in the school’s heating program with burns over a portion of his body. Citing confidentiality, WCCC President William Cassidy did not reveal the student’s… Read More
BANGOR – Unbeaten Willemstad, Curacao, didn’t need to win its final game of pool play at the Senior League World Series on Thursday night to continue its quest for a second straight championship. That lack of incentive didn’t matter, as the Latin American champions outlasted… Read More
It has been five years since Gov. King issued a challenge to Washington County: With planning under way to overhaul Maine’s antiquated and inefficient prison system, they needed to make the case for Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport to be included in those plans. They… Read More
    DOVER-FOXCROFT – Municipal officials voted Monday to hold a public meeting to explain how and why a revaluation is being conducted in town. Lou Durgin, tax assessor, told selectmen Monday that there has been so much “misinformation” distributed on the street that cooperation among residents… Read More
PRESQUE ISLE – People always think bigger is better. That’s why we have SUVs and supersize and supercenters. But often, bigger just means more leg room, more french fries and more falling prices to watch out for. It doesn’t mean higher quality. It just means higher quantity. Read More
I congratulate our congressional delegation for working together to save civilian jobs at Cutler. Many of us on the Schoodic Peninsula hope they now will focus their efforts on finding a new federal employer for the superb facilities the Navy will will leave behind in Winter Harbor and… Read More
    FAIRFIELD — Investigators continue to search for the vandals who tossed crude firebombs at Lawrence High School nearly two weeks ago. But so far, they have made little progress. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes = [[300,250]]; var new_slot_sizes = []; var has_banner… Read More
AUGUSTA — In preparation for the introduction of the chickadee design license plate, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles is reminding vehicle owners who want to keep their current license plate numbers to reserve them before July 1, 1999. On that date the new chickadee license… Read More
I would like to respond to Cal Thomas’ column in your newspaper on June 26 about the Spice Girls. I’m a fifth-grade student at Helen Hunt School in Old Town. I enjoy music by the Spice Girls and many other groups. I’m in the Honors… Read More
    PLEASANT POINT — With drums used by their ancestors pounding rhythmically in the background, youngsters at the Beatrice Rafferty Elementary School will observe Vision Day on Wednesday to celebrate their heritage and the future of Sipayik, the reservation they call home. Grace Davis, bilingual teacher… Read More
LAMOINE — A man who may have been feeding the trout in a pond on his property Wednesday appears to have fallen into the water and drowned, according to a Maine Warden Service official. George “Wes” Carr, 63, of Walker Road was discovered near the… Read More
    CHERRYFIELD — At the annual town meeting Monday, voters defeated a proposal that would have established a local board of assessment review, and would have given selectmen authority to appoint a three-member board. Voting 49-29, by written ballot, townspeople defeated the proposed board that would… Read More
ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth Adult Education again will offer a course on global awareness this winter from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Jan. 15, at Ellsworth High School, Room B-20. Each week a different global region is examined from historic, social and economic perspectives with… Read More
    Four months ago, around Thanksgiving, I wrote a column describing what I thought was the successful treatment of my kidney stone with a new device called an Extra-Corporeal Shock Wave Lithotriptor. This device generates ultrasonic pulsations (the shock wave) outside the body (extra-corporeal) and focuses them on a… Read More
ELLSWORTH — The University of Maine Center at Ellsworth will offer more than 40 courses during the fall semester. Day and evening classes are available to meet the busy schedules of working people and individuals with family responsibilities. Some of the courses include: Academic Reading… Read More
BAILEYVILLE — A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in the library at the Woodland High School to discuss the problems that led to the temporary closure of the Woodland Elementary School. Parents and the public are urged to attend… Read More
    EDITOR’S NOTE: The information for this column comes from David O. Solmitz’ recent trip to China as a Fulbright-Hays scholar. Solmitz, who teaches social studies at Madison High School and resides in Readfield, met freely with many Chinese, most of whom could speak English. Since… Read More
    If you had a band, what would you call it? “The Copper Lights.” 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… 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
    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
    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
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    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. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define… 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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