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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    SOUTH THOMASTON – A local woman apparently suffered minor injuries Wednesday in a head-on crash on Route 73. Mildred E. French, 66, of South Thomaston was taken by ambulance to Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport, according to a report filed by Knox County Sheriff’s… Read More
    A Bradford man was charged with OUI and other offenses after his truck rolled over Friday evening in Corinth. Deputy Mark Lloyd of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department said that a truck went off the road and rolled over once on Route 15, across from… Read More
    BLUE HILL – Police are investigating a break-in at the Blue Hill Consolidated School in which an estimated $100 was stolen and doors and filing cabinets were damaged. The burglary occurred either on Christmas or very early Friday, according to Hancock County Deputy Sheriff Ken… Read More
    WARREN – A local teenager who was tuned in to his truck’s stereo Christmas night ended up rolling his vehicle into a ditch on Route 131. Matthew R. Lamb, 17, was distracted by the vehicle stereo system, according to a report filed by Knox County… Read More
    BREWER – Aubuchon Hardware will hold its third annual Community Appreciation Day Jan. 10, and will donate a portion of the day’s sales to the Brewer High School Key Club. Discounts will be offered. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes = [[300,250]]; var… Read More
    A Northwood University senior from Frankfort was part of an award-winning team at the Midland, Mich., school’s International Auto Show. Rusty Grove, son of Valerie and Harold Grove, was co-captain of Team Porsche, which won Best European Award. The show is attended by more than 50,000 people and… Read More
    BANGOR – The Hammond Street Congregational Church has voted to become an officially open and affirming congregation. The congregation has pledged to accept all participants “regardless of their background, circumstances, ethni-“city, gender identity, family configuration or sexual orientation.” googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var… Read More
    BANGOR – A retreat examining a seven-fold path of Christian well-being will be held next month at Grace United Methodist Church. “Anchoring Your Well-Being: Christian Wholeness in a Fractured World” is designed to teach insights about enlivening spiritual and ethical life as a Christian, techniques… Read More
    PORTLAND – U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is asking members of the New England Fisheries Council to reconsider a new set of proposed fishing regulations. Collins, R-Maine, said that the new regulations would devastate Maine fishermen and the state’s fishing industry. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define… Read More
    CAMDEN – A special program designed to help congregations and their ministers find renewal is allowing a local pastor to work a few months in a New York shelter for homeless youth. The Rev. Michael Gordon Rowe, rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, already is… Read More
    Well, Christmas is over for another year (save for the cleaning up, the stowing of gifts, and, if you’re one of the unlucky ones, the returning of unwanted or ill-fitting garments). I’m happy to report that, as usual, I’ve got no complaints. Santa was, I… Read More
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    HERMON – Steve Conrad, 1975 winner of the Paul Bunyan Amateur Golf Tournament and runner-up in 1982, will conduct a Natural Golf demo day today from 10 a.m. to noon at Sports Arena’s indoor golf facility. There will be no charge for the presentation. Conrad… Read More
    FORT KENT – Claire Thompson netted 18 points to help the Houlton girls knock off Fort Kent 74-52 in basketball action Friday night. Danielle Sewell scored 17 points for the Shiretowners. Aimee Guy netted 12 points and Alyssa Foster added 10. googletag.cmd.push(function () { //… Read More
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    I’m not sure why I think about past summer adventures during the winter. It might have something to do with the sentimental nature of the holidays. Either that or it’s because summer is so distant from the short days and freezing temperatures that we now endure. Whatever the… Read More
    Christmas may have passed, but if you’re still looking for a good last-minute (make that a later-than-last-minute gift) for an outdoors enthusiast, the state’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has an option for you. The DIFW is offering a definitive book on Maine’s wildlife… Read More
    Please forgive the following digression. This column normally covers birds and ornithology, but what I’m about to share with you describes a rare visit from a nocturnal creature that becomes temporarily airborne (so there is a slight connection there). It was so unusual that I just had to… Read More
    If Reader’s Digest magazine ever calls (they rarely do) for my most unforgettable character, it would have to be Mahlon P. Bither, who died this week at 71 in Presque Isle. We knew him simply as the Godfather of the St. John River, a man… Read More
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    Again we read of the devastation in the County. Medicare and Medicaid are up with no end in sight, all northern counties are the biggest users of state aid, such as you can get out of the Department of Human Services. Our governor is doing… Read More
    The least-reported initiative of the Bush administration is the biggest foreign-aid endeavor in a generation. For a president who ran for office on a domestic-policy platform, Mr. Bush has created a surprising, outward-looking, cooperative set of international policies through his State Department that could have a significant effect… Read More
    On page 2 of the BDN on Dec. 12, I found it interesting that a police officer in Scarborough, when “… asked to have an intoxicated and unconscious patron removed from the bar,” said “the man was told” to pay his tab, then escorted out. Then, “about 20… Read More
    The National Folk Festival, according to recent rough figures from Eastern Maine Development Corp., helps the Bangor area by $3.7 million a year, a useful calculation as the city prepares to serve as host of the event for the final year. But the dollar figure is no more… Read More
    I was saddened to learn of the collapse of Hampden’s “Dome” (the Maine Sports Complex) due to the recent heavy snows. The Dome has been a wonderful venue for adults and children alike, offering a professional-level playing arena for soccer, field hockey, golf, football and sports parties. Read More
    As the owner of a modest parcel of undeveloped land on Brewer Lake, I am confused as to what all the fuss is over Roxanne Quimby’s proposed use of her own land. Is there a law in Maine that requires her to give access to loggers, hunters, trappers… Read More
    After reading your story praising Bangor’s Public Works Department for their snow removal of the recent storm, I felt compelled to write. As a night employee at Bangor International Airport, I was glad to drive on the plowed streets of Bangor and would say they… Read More
    Now that the U.S. Army has captured Saddam Hussein, the U.S. soldiers can come home now, right? Whoops! We still haven’t found any of those pesky weapons of mass destruction. Well, now that Hussein is in custody, Iraq will be a safer place for our… Read More
    The Orono Bog Boardwalk closed for the winter on Dec. 1, ending its first season of operation with a total of 15,560 visitors. Since we know that many boardwalk visitors fail to register, that number is conservative, and it is double our expectations. In its… Read More
    ST. AGATHA – Until a few days ago, Sgt. 1st Class Robert Guerrette didn’t know he would be home for Christmas. But changes in training schedules allowed him and many others in his National Guard unit to be with their families for the holiday. googletag.cmd.push(function… Read More
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    ALLAGASH – Water levels behind a 2-mile ice jam on the St. John River receded a bit overnight, but the ice jam remained in place Thursday despite heavy rain. If the ice jam remains and the river freezes again when cold weather returns, it could… Read More
    ORONO – Three years after it closed, the Bear’s Den is making a comeback thanks to the University of Maine Class of 1944, whose members graduated before the popular student hangout was created. Tucked away in the basement of the Memorial Union, the Bear’s Den… Read More
    The arsenic poisoning at a church in New Sweden that killed one parishioner and put 15 others in the hospital was voted the top Maine news story of 2003. Members of Gustaf Adolph Lutheran Church became sick in April after drinking coffee spiked with the… Read More
    BREWER – For months, a thief burglarized the new Eastern Maine Healthcare/Cianbro construction site on outer Wilson Street and police were baffled. Then the Brewer Police Department decided to use technology against the criminal. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes = [[300,250]]; var… Read More
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    SKOWHEGAN – Somerset County residents will have a chance to review the county’s $5.2 million proposed budget next week. The spending plan represents a 6.9 percent increase from the current plan. The hike is driven by increased jail costs. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot… Read More
    SAN ANTONIO – Army Spc. Christopher Cole has graduated from basic military training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He is the son of William Cole of Springfield and a 2000 graduate of Lee Academy. Army National Guard Pvt. Andrew Davis has graduated from basic combat… Read More
    Following are divorces granted in 2nd District Court in Presque Isle in November on grounds of irreconcilable differences: Michael A. Ball and Linda M. Ball, both of Easton, married Nov. 3, 1995, at Easton. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes = [[300,250]]; var… Read More
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    HERMON – Two teenagers were injured after a car rolled over on the Odlin Road in Hermon on Thursday night. At about 8:45 p.m. the Honda Civic, traveling toward Bangor, went off the road and rolled three times, striking a tree and coming to rest… Read More
    SURRY – It was just a year ago on Christmas Day that Yonas and Senait arrived in Maine. It had taken them two days to travel from their homeland in Ethiopia to join their adopted family in Surry. Now, after a year, they still are… Read More
    ST. ALBANS – Fire Chief Jamie Cooper is hoping St. Albans residents will rally for a local man whose home was destroyed by fire on Christmas Eve afternoon. Chester Kupinsky, 76, lived alone in a “very rustic one-room cabin” on Bryant Road, said Cooper. googletag.cmd.push(function… Read More
    Veazie police charged a man Thursday with assaulting his girlfriend and her mother Wednesday evening. Officer Brian Sirois reportedly went to a Greystone Trailer Park residence at about 7 p.m. At the home, Joshua Zowghi, 21, reportedly had grabbed his girlfriend by the neck and… Read More
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    NEWPORT – When SAD 48 directors recently learned that the district’s adult education program needed $35,000 to survive, not the $25,000 originally budgeted, they quickly added the extra funds to the controversial budget. The budget in SAD 48 has been voted down four times, including… Read More
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    ST. ALBANS – Despite a proposed budget for 2004 that will not increase the town’s tax rate, a group of residents is spearheading an effort to trim town expenses by eliminating the town manager’s position. Led by Gary Jordan and Dennis Smith, a pair who… Read More
    1. Arsenic poisonings in April at New Sweden church. 2. November referendum on a casino in southern Maine and slot machines at two harness racing tracks. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes = [[300,250]]; var new_slot_sizes = []; var has_banner = false; for… Read More
    Campaign spending on a proposal to put a racetrack with slot machines in Westbrook or Saco exceeds $600,000, a figure that should continue to rise until voters go to the polls next week. More than $500,000 of the expenditures listed in finance reports filed Wednesday… Read More
    Looking to create a Maine studies program for middle-school pupils, Frank Callanan and Jessica Kelly wanted their laptop computer lessons to be fun as well as challenging. So the former teachers who work for the Center for Educational Services in Auburn began researching tried and… Read More
    JACKMAN – A workplace accident on the day before Christmas claimed the life of a 34-year-old father of three. Robert R. Robichaud of Cornville was killed early Wednesday morning when he became tangled in a conveyor belt at Moose River Lumber, the Somerset County Sheriff’s… Read More
    AUGUSTA – The man awaiting trial for the kidnap-murder of a Colby College student was transferred to Maine State Prison after he allegedly tried to strangle a Kennebec County Jail cellmate and threatened to attack a guard. Edward J. Hackett, 47, was moved Tuesday to… Read More
    KITTERY – A former commander of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard sees a positive side to the base-closing criteria that could help get the yard through the next round of military base closures in 2005. Capt. William McDonough said the criteria, broken up into eight conditions,… Read More
    Darius Parker has had a long and successful basketball career at East Grand School in Danforth. So long and successful, in fact, that some fans can’t believe he’s still playing. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes = [[300,250]]; var new_slot_sizes = []; var… Read More
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    Just two Eastern B boys basketball teams took unbeaten records into Christmas, 6-0 Hermon and 5-0 Ellsworth. Hermon preserved its unbeaten status by holding off previously unbeaten Foxcroft Academy 80-73 in an intense, physical battle Monday night. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes… Read More
    WINTER HARBOR – Along with the applause he’ll hear when he performs here tonight, folk singer Bob Franke has earned the highest praise possible from his peers. Franke’s songs have been recorded by folk legends Tom Paxton and Peter, Paul and Mary; contemporary folk musicians… Read More
    Driving up the East Coast from Washington, D.C., to Bangor provides interesting insight into Maine’s economy. By comparison, it seems we have an anemic level of activity. But once home in Maine, we realize we have other things that matter, perhaps more. googletag.cmd.push(function () {… Read More
    GARDNER, Mass. – The Boston & Maine Corp. has been fined for not following correct procedures in removing asbestos during the demolition of a railroad freight depot in Gardner that burned last year. The state Department of Environmental Protection said Tuesday that the company agreed… Read More
    HAMPDEN – Three R.H. Foster convenience stores connected with the company’s ExxonMobil stations will be converted to the On the Run franchise by year’s end, company President Robert W. Foster said Wednesday. The Mobil Mart in Ellsworth is changing over, as are the One Stop… Read More
    BANGOR – Two new shopping complexes and what might be another big-box store are among commercial ventures in store for the area surrounding the Bangor Mall, according to city officials. In addition, construction on a new 125,000-square-foot Target store is ahead of schedule, which might… Read More
    How heartening to know there are still businesses that value their employees and show it. I speak of the San Antonio Shoe Co. with a business in Pittsfield that so generously rewarded its workers. In today’s world of corporate greed and fraud, this story is… Read More
    If Cal Thomas can really make the leap that Huge Hefner and Playboy magazine are the cause of the AIDS epidemic in Africa (BDN column, Dec. 19), does that mean I can make the same leap and blame Charlton Heston and the NRA for the war in Iraq?… Read More
    Your honest and courageous lead editorial of Dec. 18, “Baker and Iraq’s Debts,” is among the finest hours of the Bangor Daily News. Thank you for this truth- telling about the origins of the Iraq wars and current U.S. occupation. It is difficult to get… Read More
    I see by your Dec. 18 news article, “Public safety, crowded prisons at odds,” that nobody has found the light switch yet. So, we’ll continue to stumble around in the dark, as we have for more than half a century. During that time we’ve become… Read More
    City councilors of any town are supposed to be somewhat intelligent, have a degree of common sense and be well read on issues that will affect their town. Let’s put that theory to the test for the city of Bangor. Each of the council members… Read More
    Regarding the Dec. 22 editorial, “Of Weapons and Words,” George Bush is clearly counting on the electorate having a dismally short attention span, or perhaps just distracted by the holidays, when he would have us believe that Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction don’t matter anymore. Read More
    The SAD 48 “taxpayer group” referred to in a Dec. 17 article started attacking the 2003-04 budget by saying it was too big; taxes would go up 14 percent across the district. They convinced people to vote “no” or taxes would be high and senior citizens would lose… Read More
    It is the beginning of the third millennium of the Christian era. The Roman legions once garrisoned in Palestine long ago returned to dust. But the passing of scores of generations of common men and of hundreds of kings and tyrants and presidents has made remarkably little difference… Read More
    Hats off to Jim Allmon (BDN letter, Dec. 20-21). He has voiced my sentiments exactly. What right does the governor have to go against the voter? The racino was voted in, now leave it alone. I find the governor trying to control the situation unworthy… Read More
    With increasing regularity the local news has contained stories about the Native American tribes of Maine. Whether it is a story about the Penobscot Indian Nation and Passamaquoddy Tribe fighting for cleaner water in the Penobscot River, the Aroostook Band of Micmac proposal to open a tax-free tobacco… Read More
    It is time for the Maine Legislature and Gov. Baldacci to begin immediate restructuring of the Maine Department of Human Services. We can review the recommendations to merge DHS and the Department of Behavioral and Developmental Services, but we must not wait any longer to make immediate changes. Read More
    Thanks to the generosity of many Bangor Daily News readers, the Santa’s Helper Fund is nearing its goal of $50,000, although it’s not quite there. The total with today’s donations is $48,483.16, or 97 percent. The following donations arrived Wednesday, Christmas Eve day: Mason and… Read More
    VEAZIE – Fred “Pete” Beck remembers the day almost 50 years ago when his father chopped down an old woman’s favorite tree, claiming a little piece of the nation’s history for his hometown of Presque Isle. That 70-foot white spruce from Alice Kimball’s property on… Read More
    FORT KENT – Two large ice jams created by unseasonably high temperatures and rain on top of record snowfalls have put the town of Allagash on a Christmas flood watch, an alert usually posted only in early spring. “This is very unusual for this time… Read More
    BANGOR – For the families of National Guard and Reserve soldiers who have put their private lives on hold while serving their country in the Middle East and other global hot spots, opportunities to get together to see shows, games and similar events can be few and far… Read More
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee and Maine are among the seven states that missed a deadline to file information about teacher quality with the federal government as required by the “No Child Left Behind” law. Judith Malcolm of the Maine Department of Education said in October… Read More
    WESTBROOK – With a referendum less than a week away, Scarborough Downs racetrack is continuing its search for land where it could locate a horse track with slot machines if voters give the OK. The track has contacted at least four Westbrook property owners to… Read More