ALLAGASH – Water levels on the St. John River have been like a yo-yo – up and down and up again – for nearly a week because of an ice jam. Water levels at Dickey Village have gone from 12 feet to as much as… Read More
    WARREN – SAD 40’s policy committee concurred Monday that the role of a district business manager should encompass not only finance, but transportation, food service, custodial services, building maintenance and grounds. The committee fine-tuned a job description for a business manager, which should be ready… Read More
    BELFAST – A local man has received treatment for multiple stab wounds allegedly inflicted by a juvenile defending his sister’s honor. Toran Bragdon, 22, of Swan Lake Avenue was stabbed some seven times by a 15-year-old who lives a few houses away, the Belfast police… Read More
    A Bangor man was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon Monday afternoon at a park off Second Street. Bangor police Officer Thomas Reagan responded to a call that someone was swinging a Samurai sword in the park. Reagan’s report said he stopped to… Read More
    ORONO – The University of Maine will host its annual Martin Luther King Keeping the Dream Alive breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 19, at Wells Conference Center. Sponsored by the NAACP, the UM Human Rights Coalition and others, the featured speakers will… Read More
    LINCOLN – The Bureau of Motor Vehicles mobile license unit will suspend services Thursday, Jan. 1, in observance of New Year’s Day. The mobile unit will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29. googletag.cmd.push(function () {… Read More
    Sky Lodge in Jackman is about to become something entirely different, thanks to the wishes of its housekeepers and the support of its owners. The Couri Foundation, based in Connecticut and founded by John and Elaine Couri in 1989, owns Sky Lodge, which for the… Read More
    MILLINOCKET – Mill workers who smoke will have to find another place to light up when Katahdin Paper Co. goes smoke-free beginning Jan. 1 at its paper mills in East Millinocket and Millinocket. The company had notified its workers of the new policy when they… Read More
    PORTLAND – A Lewiston man was sentenced in federal court to 30 years in prison Monday after being convicted of conspiring to distribute crack cocaine earlier this year. After a three-day trial in July 2003, Mitchell “Mix” McGuire, 28, was found guilty of transporting crack… Read More
    NORTHPORT – A Hart Road man injured in a weekend snowmobile accident died early Monday. Oakley Shedd, 64, was injured after the 1989 Yamaha snowmobile he was riding crashed into his pickup truck, which was parked at the end of a gated woods road. googletag.cmd.push(function… Read More
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    In September and October 2002, the Craft Yarn Council of America conducted a survey to measure the incidence of crocheting and knitting among women in the United States, to describe knitters’ and crocheters’ yarn usage and shopping patterns, to measure attitudes toward crafts, and to identify and track… Read More
    BANGOR – The Bangor Symphony Orchestra invites the public to attend its 22nd annual Maine High School Concerto Competition at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, (snow date Jan. 24) at Minsky Recital Hall on the University of Maine campus. Twenty-one exceptional high school musicians over… Read More
    Dear Jim: I’m tired of maintaining my wood siding and want to replace it with maintenance-free siding. I don’t like the appearance of vinyl. What other options are there? Can I add more insulation under it? – Mike O. Dear Mike: You have many new… Read More
    The regional cheerleading competitions will look different this year. This year’s regional tournaments will not feature any callbacks. Each team will run through its routine once, and the top teams will advance to the state finals based on that one shot at perfection. googletag.cmd.push(function ()… Read More
    The University of Maine men’s hockey team is in a goal-scoring drought and coach Tim Whitehead said one of the problems is his team’s lack of accuracy. “We’ve got to hit the net more and we’ve got to use the wrist shot more. We’ve got… Read More
    As a childless Future-Stepfather-In-Training, I find that the clich? catch-phrase every teacher ever tried to impress on me may be true. It seems it may be possible to learn something new every day after all. I may learn what the girls – age 8 and… Read More
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    PHOENIX – Matt Ohme scored 25 points as Saint John’s University of Collegeville, Minn., upended the Husson men 77-68 Monday in the Grand Canyon Trip Sports Classic. The Braves held a five-point lead at halftime, but the Johnnies outscored the Braves by 14 in the… Read More
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    WINSLOW – Mike McPike scored a pair of goals and Jamie Hardy made 10 saves as the Bangor ice hockey team rolled to a 5-1 victory over Lawrence Monday at Sukee Arena in high school action. T.J. Vanidestine, Alex Porter and Nick Payson had the… Read More
    FORT FAIRFIELD – Hodgdon’s Samantha Williams rebounded a teammate’s missed free throw and hit her only basket of the game with seven seconds left to clinch a 49-46 victory over Fort Fairfield as two undefeated schoolgirl basketball teams met Monday. Erin Foster scored a game-high… Read More
    Red Sox faltered For many months now Red Sox fans have been tuned into radio, TV and have been reading the Boston Globe or Boston Herald hoping to hear news that Alex Rodriguez would become a member of their beloved Red Sox. All the baseball… Read More
    Phyllis Johnson of Belfast contacted COMBAT after BuyWell Shoppers of California had not delivered catalog merchandise four months after she had placed her order. Johnson’s experience is a perfect example of the right way to handle mail-order problems and how state and federal law provides protections for the… Read More
    AUGUSTA – The Baldacci administration wants to give businesses that participate in its new Pine Tree Development Zones a break on their power bills. Under legislation submitted by the Department of Economic and Community Development, electricity charges for participating businesses would go down – in… Read More
    Current investigations in Washington and Augusta involve questions of potential conflicts of interest. In both cases, the central figures have hired influential people who are well placed to do some good for those central figures. In Washington, Conrad Black, an embattled media baron and author… Read More
    Indonesia, the world’s largest Islamic country, is often described as a crucial ally of the United States in the war against terrorism. Then why its sour reaction to the capture of Saddam Hussein? Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda told a Jakarta newspaper: “Indonesia did not share the international joy… Read More
    In response to Beth McIntyre’s letter in the Dec. 15 edition, we do use “common sense” with regard to spending taxpayer money, scheduling classes, and renovating and building new facilities. That is precisely why we are building new classroom space rather than a residence hall. Read More
    How can giving gays the same rights as everyone else not be a good thing? How can this great country of ours be “free” if we deny one group of people the same rights every other citizen enjoys? At first people were saying gays were too promiscuous. Now… Read More
    As I was reading the Bangor Daily News on Dec. 23, I noticed an error in Jonathan Salant’s Associated Press report on page A7 at the end of the second paragraph. He claims the HummerH2 weighs “more than 8,500 pounds…” He’s off by more than a ton. Read More
    The voters in Bangor and across the state were clear in their support of racinos. But I am quite certain they did not know how racinos would be regulated under the referendum. Some have suggested the people should be given a second chance to vote… Read More
    BREWER – Shortly after New Year’s Day, the daytime pizza delivery driver for the Brewer Pizza Hut will turn 80. Brewer resident Walden Lawson, who likes to be called “Wally,” said he loves to drive. That’s the main reason he stays behind the wheel and… Read More
    BANGOR – Five more Penobscot County Jail inmates reported flulike symptoms during the weekend, but cold sufferers appeared to be on the mend, Sheriff Glenn Ross said Sunday. Safety precautions announced Christmas Eve are expected to remain in effect at least until midweek, Ross said. Read More
    For many, the Christmas holiday has come to a close and fond memories of family gatherings, happy children, hope and love will remain for some time to come. For some, the Christmas season extends through Epiphany, which is celebrated Jan. 6. The Salvation Army extends… Read More
    BAR HARBOR – Applications for two scholarships for students from Maine majoring in or planning to major in horticulture-related fields are available. The Garden Club Federation of Maine Scholarship is $2,500, and the Nell Goff Memorial Scholarship of the St. Croix District is $1,000. The… Read More
    CONWAY, N.H. – Police on Sunday were investigating possible connections between a drugstore robbery in New Hampshire and recent robberies at pharmacies in Maine. Two men robbed a CVS pharmacy at gunpoint in Conway around 9:30 a.m. Friday. Police said the robbers were wearing black… Read More
    Postal employees in Maine are bracing themselves for change – and possible jobs cuts – as part of a nationwide effort to make for a slimmer U.S. Postal Service. The President’s Commission on the United States Postal Service issued a report last summer recommending a… Read More
    SAN ANTONIO – Army National Guard Pvt. Joshua A. Thomas has graduated from basic combat military training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. A 2003 graduate of Houlton High School, Thomas is the son of Kathy Bartley of Houlton. Read More
    ELLSWORTH – The Hancock County Planning Commission will hold a public meeting to discuss opportunities for a summer or fall household hazardous waste collection event in the Ellsworth area. Towns interested in participating in the 2004 collection must appoint a representative to each stage of… Read More
    Open throttles were blamed for two unrelated snowmobile accidents Sunday. In Northport, a snowsled operator and a 6-year-old boy were injured Sunday morning when the throttle on their machine apparently stuck in the open position and they were catapulted onto the hood of a parked… Read More
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    AUGUSTA – A researcher has concluded that more than 10,000 psychiatric patients have died in the 163 years that Maine has operated a psychiatric hospital in Augusta. A Portland-based group made up of Mainers who have been treated for mental illness has launched an effort… Read More
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    ESTERO, Fla. – Goals have been hard to come by lately for the University of Maine men’s hockey team and that proved costly at the Florida Everblades Classic at Teco Arena this past weekend. Junior goalie Morgan Cey stopped all 32 shots he faced and… Read More
    ORONO – Something, and perhaps more importantly someone, was missing Sunday afternoon at Alfond Arena. The University of Maine women’s basketball team struggled mightily on offense against a scrappy Southern Methodist team. And with emotional senior leader Melissa Heon sidelined by a thumb injury, the… Read More
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    CARIBOU – Monica Selander scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds Saturday to lead unbeaten Caribou to a 61-55 girls basketball victory over Hermon. Makayla Gahagan netted 12 points, Lindsey Burlock scored 11 and Lauren Harrigan added 10 for Caribou. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define… Read More
    EAST MILLINOCKET – Nick Bishop scored his only basket of the game with three seconds left to snap a tie and give Schenck a 64-62 boys basketball victory over Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln on Saturday. Mark Hanington led the Wolverines with a game-high 17 points. Read More
    ORONO – In high school track, it’s numbers that win meets. Even though the Brewer High girls’ numbers are down this year from what they normally are, when this team picks on someone it’s own size, watch out. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var… Read More
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    ORONO – With phone lines down in Iran after a devastating earthquake early Friday morning, there was no way Orono pharmacist Ali Aghamoosa could find out if his family or friends are OK. “I’m still in shock,” said the native of Iran during a noontime… Read More
    Influenza in Maine is now considered “widespread” by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, leaving only five states – New Hampshire, Louisiana, Florida, Oklahoma and Hawaii – with less severe outbreaks. The CDC’s “widespread” designation means outbreaks of the illness are reported and… Read More
    No doubt the Food and Drug Administration is correct in asserting as it did recently that the cost of establishing a parallel inspection system for drugs imported from Canada would outweigh the benefits of the lower-priced drugs, especially if a system were designed specifically to cost more to… Read More
    A recent legislative task force on out-migration of Maine youth makes several worthwhile observations and recommendations, but raised at least as many questions about what the state hopes to accomplish. Considering the condition of the state and its likely future, lawmakers should further clarify the problem and refine… Read More
    An article by Sharon Kiley Mack (BDN, Dec. 18) quoted SAD 48 Superintendent William Braun’s accusations that the representatives of the Committee for Reasonable Taxes are lying: “When they say the proposed budget will increase school taxes by 14 percent, that’s a lie. When the say the budget… Read More
    I am disturbed by the stray cat issue in Pittsfield. In my opinion, it is blown out of proportion. If one follows the articles in the Bangor Daily News, it’s apparent that “facts” change with each accounting. Chester Strett resident Kathy Frost first brought the issue of roaming… Read More
    In reference to the article by Mark Sherman about mad cow cases (BDN, Dec. 26), wasting disease has been in the United States in deer herds for some years now so no one should be surprised that mad cow disease would surely soon follow. To my limited knowledge… Read More
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    As a descendant of Acadians, I read with interest the article in the Bangor Daily News on Dec. 5 regarding the request for an apology from Queen Elizabeth II for the deportation of Acadians. The article quoted Euclide Chiasson of Canada’s National Society of Acadians as follows: “This… Read More
    I’d like to thank Richard Hill for his efforts in his letter (BDN, Dec. 22) where he helped us conceive of the vastness of the quantities of things like how much natural gas it takes to replace that “good ole” nuclear power that once came from Maine Yankee. Read More
    And so we find ourselves in that no man’s land between Christmas and New Year’s Day when nothing much gets accomplished across the fruited plain and only working stiffs without enough pull to be on vacation are left on the job to man the ramparts. Read More
    When people think of forests with big old trees, we usually think of the West Coast. Here in New England, trees are naturally shorter, and loggers have been cutting the forests for hundreds of years, so many people think we never had big old trees, or, if we… Read More
    The complicated job of remaking the state’s health care system begins simply enough. You start by recognizing that health care is both crucial and expensive, and then you begin to gather some numbers, such as how many people can’t afford coverage and how much it might cost for… Read More
    PORTLAND – Despite a holiday break in the hearing on Shawn Scott’s application for a Maine racetrack license, this has been a busy week for the Las Vegas casino developer. Scott has filed a lawsuit in New Mexico, prepared for a new racino referendum in… Read More
    The Santa’s Helper Fund has raised more than $48,000 toward its goal of $50,000. The money is distributed to needy families by The Salvation Army. Donations are accepted until Dec. 31, so there is still time to contribute to this year’s effort. googletag.cmd.push(function () {… Read More
    A favorite childhood pastime has led a young Dedham woman to the deserts of Iraq, where she lives in a concrete bunker, repairs Humvees for the U.S. Army and watches CNN to keep up with the news. Kristy Decesere was one of the lucky members… Read More
    A flood warning remained in effect for the Kennebec River in Skowhegan on Friday while other rivers around the state also came close to spilling over their banks. Officials at the Maine Emergency Management Agency have been monitoring Maine’s rivers over the last few days… Read More
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