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AUGUSTA – Although the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention describes this year’s flu season as moderate, the flu continues to spread in Maine and health officials believe it is responsible for the recent deaths of three young people, including a child in eastern Maine. Read More
    As the Senate again turns its attention to an economic stimulus package, the focus should remain on choosing the quickest, most effective financial boost. Because lawmakers have only one chance to get the contents and timing of a stimulus bill right, they should stick close to the Senate… Read More
DOVER-FOXCROFT – Foxcroft Academy Music Boosters will hold their annual Christmas tree sale Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 8-9 at the academy. This year’s tree sale also features an opportunity for customers to pre-order their tree in the size desired. Customers can then pick up their… Read More
Lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to a bill that reopened the emotional and heated debates over access to the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. A separate but equally controversial bill to add Katahdin Lake to Baxter State Park remained unresolved late Thursday, however, as lawmakers hustled to… Read More
    The Colorado experience with TABOR provides a concrete example of what is likely to happen in Maine if this measure passes on Nov. 7th – major reductions in the Maine Medicaid program affecting the benefits and eligibility of children. Colorado passed its TABOR in 1992. Read More
    Bangor police responded to two separate calls of shoplifting at Filene’s on Friday. A female juvenile was charged with theft while another suspect was not apprehended. Bangor Officer Brad Hanson arrived at Filene’s at about 4:20 p.m. to find mall security had taken a teenage… Read More
Poor road conditions and unsafe speeds were believed to have caused two separate tractor-trailer accidents on Interstate 95 on Wednesday morning. By early evening, state police had responded to more than 25 accidents. None of the accidents involved serious injuries and most involved cars sliding… Read More
ORONO – Douglas Dieuveuil, 11, and his 81/2-year-old brother, Mark, sat like stones Tuesday morning at their table in a University of Maine dining room. Like the 100 or so other people in the room, they were riveted by Jim Lucas’ portrayal of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther… Read More
BELFAST – The following divorces were granted in Belfast District Court during January on grounds of irreconcilable marital differences: Gary M. McKeen, Winterport, and Sandra R. McKeen, Stockton Springs; married at Searsport on Jan. 27, 1965. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes =… Read More
Some midcoast land trusts and conservationists have asked the state Department of Transportation to temporarily halt a study of the heavily traveled Route 1 corridor and a proposed widening of Route 1 in Warren and Thomaston. The effort is aimed at prodding the state to… Read More
    ENFIELD — Three people escaped serious injury Friday night when they swerved their vehicle into a ditch to avoid a dog in the road on Route 2. Shannon and Richard Dill, both 22, of Lincoln, and Ronald Kafka, 23, address unknown, were treated for injuries… Read More
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine, the state’s largest health insurer, announced Tuesday that it will merge with Anthem Insurance Cos. of Indiana, a for-profit company that operates Blue Cross affiliates in Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. The company’s new name will be Anthem… Read More
    HAMPDEN — The Hampden Fire Department will conduct a chlorine protection education training session at 7 tonight at the Town Council chambers, 106 Western Ave. The session is designed to educate residents in sheltering-in-place procedures in case of a chlorine or other hazardous materials spill. Read More
DOVER-FOXCROFT — Piscataquis County commissioners on Tuesday avoided a court battle by formally accepting an arbitrator’s ruling on vacation and sick leave that was favorable to a union representing some county employees. The dispute over earned time, which is vacation and sick leave earned by… Read More
    PORTLAND — More than a third of Maine’s public school buildings are in poor shape or badly suited to learning, according to a new federal survey. Six out of 10 Maine schools reported at least one structural problem, such as a leaky roof, according to… Read More
BREWER — The City Council Tuesday night voted to suspend operation of the Penobscot County Farmers Market. Councilor Donna Thornton, who sponsored the order, said that as long as the farmers who sold goods at the market did not comply with city rules, the market… Read More
    DEXTER — Rep. William F. Reed, R-Dexter, has announced his bid for a third term in the Maine House of Representatives. Reed, a lifelong Maine resident, was a successful businessman for more than 40 years. Prior to his 1988 retirement, he served as president and… Read More
Unless you have been stuck on a deserted island, completely cut off from the computer world, you have heard the term software bug. A software bug is a section of software code that does not do what is expected. Many new programs and/or program upgrades suffer varying degrees… Read More
EMBDEN — A 20-year-old Augusta woman was dead at the scene of a car crash this weekend in this western Maine town and the driver has been charged with drunken driving, state police said. Doreene Perry was riding in the rear seat of a car… Read More
    CAMDEN — Town Attorney Terry Calderwood met with the Board of Selectmen Monday to provide updated information on the situation on the Norumbega lodgings business. Earlier this year, the High Street bed-and-breakfast was cited by the code enforcement officer for having more rooms that allowed… Read More
DEXTER — The annual meeting of the Messiah Episcopal Church in Dexter was held Jan. 15. A potluck supper and Bible study preceded the meeting. Minutes of the last meeting were read by Secretary Donna Palmer, and the financial report was reviewed. googletag.cmd.push(function () {… Read More
Feathers ‘n Fins Aside from being a spawning ground for white perch, the shoal water sprawling before the Brewer Lake Dam was the municipal swimming pool for kids from the South Brewer-Orrington area. Many and golden are the memories of those carefree days we spent… Read More
    Galen Cole spent 50 hours a week for the last three years seeing to fruition the Cole Family Land Transportation Museum and Thursday evening he held a reception attended by 200 people honoring all those who helped along the way. The museum on Perry Road… Read More
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    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
    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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    3rd District Court, Bangor Cases Nov. 10-14, 2008 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 () { // Define… Read More
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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