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GREENVILLE – Although it was an appealing meal for some, the Black Frog Restaurant will no longer promote a free Skinny Dip sandwich for a naked plunge into Moosehead Lake. Restaurant owner Leigh Turner came to that decision on Thursday on the heels of the… Read More
    BANGOR – Levant’s Tyler Cotter bowled his first career 300 game at Family Fun Bowling Center during the High School Bowling League. The 18-year-old Hermon High School senior rolled 254-173-300 for a 727 series. It was the first perfect game on synthetic lanes at Family… Read More
BURLINGTON – He wasn’t headed to a fire, but a local fire chief was charged with operating under the influence while driving the department’s tanker truck shortly after midnight last Saturday. Triangle Fire Department Chief Russell Banks, 34, of Burlington was arrested and taken to… Read More
Maine residents: Beware! Your land is not yours to do with as you want. If a municipality wants it, they can take it by eminent domain. According to state statutes, Title 23, Section 3023, certain conditions must exist before taking; but apparently the town of… Read More
HOLE-IN-ONE Dan Swain KENDUSKEAG – Dan Swain of Garland recorded a hole-in-one on the 154-yard eighth hole at Kenduskeag Golf and Country Club Tuesday. He used a 7-iron to record the ace, which was witnessed by his wife, Jean Swain. Read More
BUCKSPORT – Town councilors Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a $16.3 million budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The spending plan includes the school budget of $11,274,325 and the municipal budget of $5,207,221. At Tuesday’s meeting, councilors held the line… Read More
    GREENVILLE – The parent company of Poland Spring Bottled Water Co. received permission Wednesday from the Land Use Regulation Commission to construct a pumping station in Pierce Pond and Spring Lake townships for water withdrawal. Representatives of Nestle Waters North America Inc. told the commission… Read More
BANGOR – The Bangor YMCA and Bangor-Brewer YWCA Barracuda Swim Team is seeking swimmers for the winter season. Interested individuals and parents are invited to stop by the YWCA Aloupis Pool on Union Street for information from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, Tuesday,… Read More
    DOVER-FOXCROFT – To say the injury bug has hit the John Bapst track and field team would be minimizing the Crusaders’ recent misfortune. Call it an injury epidemic, especially for the girls team. Fortunately for John Bapst, the Crusaders had the ideal… Read More
GUILFORD – Nursing his fourth cup of coffee before sunrise, 10-year-old Trevor Gourley leaned back in a chair Saturday at Guilford Middle School and chatted excitedly about the first day of deer hunting season. Accompanied by his father, Jason Gourley of Guilford, the boy said… Read More
Bangor District Court Roland Devoe, 35, Bangor, assault, dismissed; criminal mischief, dismissed. Matthew DeWolfe, 21, transient, assault, jail 14 days. Roland Dion, 47, Bangor, operating motor vehicle after suspension of license, $200, $100 suspended. Charles Dionne,… Read More
    LEWISTON — It was a reunion decades in the making, and it happened by chance at a checkout counter. Sue Parent peered at the customer across the counter and noticed she looked like her long-lost older sister. Then she noticed the woman and her sister… Read More
HOULTON — A Woodland man was indicted Thursday by an Aroostook County grand jury on a charge of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, stemming from a search of his home last month. The indictment against Allan Hallet, 38, was the result of Maine Drug Enforcement… Read More
    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The annual “slide and cookie” potluck hosted by the Downeast Chapter of Maine Audubon will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Wendell Gilley Museum in Southwest Harbor. Those interested should bring 12 new or vintage 35 mm slides to… Read More
Congratulations to Susan Young for her comprehensive and coherent article on the inequities inherent in an underfunded and distorted funding formula (BDN, Feb. 22-23). Young’s article was extensively researched; and, although it was a sensational story, it was factually and objectively reported. Shame on Bob… Read More
This is in regard to the “Living the tale of love and death” article printed in the Nov. 25 issue concerning the relationship of Barbara Ouellette to the death of Thomas Maki. We were outraged with this article that indicated a love triangle. How could… Read More
PORTLAND — A large fish weir along the banks of central Maine’s Sebasticook Lake, which initial tests showed to 5,100 years old, is now believed to be at least 5,900 years old. Archaeologists, in addition to finding stakes sticking out of the lake’s mud that… Read More
Folk singer Bill Morrissey hadn’t received his Grammy nomination last fall when he agreed to headline a concert to raise funds for the football team at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor. But then, freshman Ben Pratt didn’t recruit Morrissey because of his awards… Read More
    CAMDEN — The Camden Police Department is getting tough with speeders, but it will cost you the price of a ticket to find out how tough. Police Chief Terry Burgess told the selectmen Monday the seasonal cycle of heavy tourist traffic on Route 1 pushing… Read More
PROSPECT HARBOR — The Dorcas Library is open from 1:30 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday; and from 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday during July and August. The library is seeking book donations for its annual book… Read More
ELLSWORTH — A new organization of fishermen and conservationists hopes to re-establish runs for anadromous fish to the Union River. More than 25 people met at the Holiday Inn in Ellsworth Monday evening to discuss how to restore the types of fish that swim up… Read More
    WASHINGTON — P.J. O’Rourke, the White House correspondent for Rolling Stone magazine, has a new book on the shelves titled, “Give War a Chance.” It is half-jest, half insightful reporting. Given what happened in Los Angeles, the insightful parts look more compelling. Only war, it… Read More
Bangor High The English and business education departments are offering computer lab instruction to certain English classes. Students are learning keyboarding and computer terminology. They also will use the lab for English writing assignments. The lab is used to review English grammar, word processing and… Read More
Millinocket is a far cry from the desert of Saudi Arabia — especially at Christmastime. Sgt. Charles “Chuck” Quartuccio, an artilleryman with the 24th Infantry Division who grew up in the shadow of Mt. Katahdin, probably will spend his 24th Christmas mothering a field artillery… Read More
    Nearly $10,000 in jewelry was stolen from a Park Street home sometime Wednesday, according to Sgt. Harold Page of the Ellsworth Police Department. The burglary and theft may be related to a break-in and theft of $1,700 in jewelry and compact discs from a Church Street residence on… 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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. Investigators were… 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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