OLD TOWN – The West Old Town Landfill soon will be known as Juniper Ridge Landfill. The city had requested that the name be changed since the landfill deal among the state, the Georgia-Pacific Corp. paper mill and landfill operator Casella Waste Systems Inc. was… Read More
    In a Page One story published Dec. 27 looking at the agenda for the 2006 legislative session, The Associated Press erroneously reported that lawmakers had planned to consider a bill to eliminate coyote snaring. A bill calling for a ban on the snaring program was introduced in 2003,… Read More
    HAMPDEN – A group of Hampden residents opposed to the Pine Tree Landfill is working to raise money to aid in their fight to stop the proposed increase in capacity at the landfill. The Hampden Citizens Coalition is trying to raise at least $10,000 in… Read More
    MEDWAY – Pat Carroll immediately sensed danger as his 18-wheel tractor-trailer topped a steep hill at 7 a.m. Friday on Route 157 at the long, gentle curve between Salmon Stream and the Penobscot River. Carroll, of Lee, later told Jeremy Williams, director of safety and… Read More
    The letter, “Bush’s plan is to win” (BDN, Dec. 19), is far from accurate and is certainly not a good analogy. First, winning is not a plan but a goal. Is President Bush being hectored by the liberal Demo-crats? Are Democrats and 60 percent of… Read More
    Once again, just like clockwork, here comes New Year’s Day. Once again, in a wave sweeping across time zones, the world will count backward from 10. Celebrants will wish each other the best and mean it, at least for as long as the cup of kindness brims. Parades… Read More
    Friday’s BDN front page photo and article of the overturned truck on Summer Street bring home once again the real dangers of having these heavily loaded vehicles use our local streets and roads instead of the interstate where they rightfully belong. Fortunately, no one was… Read More
    President Bush’s policy: . Cut domestic spending across the board which hurts low- and middle-income households. . Send $200 billion plus to Iraq to create a democracy and increase civil rights for Iraqis. . Take away civil rights of… Read More
    In all of the articles published in the past couple of months about the new Medicare Part D program, most have encouraged – indeed, urged – seniors to get with it and sign up. The local agencies have had seminars and workshops, seniors have been prompted to have… Read More
    Again your editorial (BDN, Dec. 28) speaks of senior citizens behind the wheel. I am one of the seniors who drives. I am 82 years ago and have a good driving record. The last accident I was involved in was in 1997. Read More
    What, exactly, was the point of last Tuesday’s Bangor Daily News article on poultry and eggs? After reading and re-reading it, I’m left with the conclusion that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself – that, and our increasingly industrial food system. Read More
    If you were a University of Maine student 20 years ago and had doubtful taste in music, you could put on a Donovan record, hear the lyrics “For every boy there is a girl,” and know it to be treacly true. The next line in… Read More
    Because a “leap second” has been added to the length of this final day of 2005 so the earth can catch up with atomic clocks that have unerringly defined universal time for several decades, the new year will begin a second later than we had bargained for, scientists… Read More
    In Mineral Spring’s sterile lab, the growing process begins with vials containing mycelium, or the white rootlike strands found underground from which mushrooms grow in the wild. A sterile culture containing the mycelium of a mushroom species and a growing medium are combined to create spawn (essentially mushroom… Read More
    BANGOR – A Penobscot County Superior Court judge has allowed a lawsuit challenging the recent election of the board of the directors of the Friends of Fort Knox to go forward, but refused to grant a preliminary injunction that immediately would have overturned the results. Read More
    NEWPORT – Police on Friday released the name of the victim of a tragic accident that occurred Thursday when a husband accidentally drove over his wife at a local truck stop. Barbara Badger, 63, of Hartland was killed when her husband, Kermit Badger, 56, also… Read More
    WILLIMANTIC – This town has closed for business. Although residents in this small community with a year-round population of 148 still can register vehicles and the streets are being plowed, there is little else available for town services. Town officials say the… Read More
    Members of the City Council’s business and economic development committee this week approved an extension of the city’s short-term lease with a company gearing up to manufacture heat pumps. During a meeting Wednesday night at City Hall, the panel, chaired by Councilor Richard Greene, agreed to extend Hallowell… Read More
    A Bangor man alerted Bangor police early Friday morning that he thought his truck contained some type of explosive device. The man had given his niece and her boyfriend a ride in his truck on Thursday night. The next morning he noticed a bag in the back seat… Read More
    School will be open Monday and students will be in classes, even though the city is observing Monday as the New Year’s Day holiday. “The prior [superintendent], Betsy Webb, put together the calendar last year,” Superintendent Daniel Lee said Friday during a call to his home. “It makes… Read More
    SANGERVILLE – Just how to improve safety at the four-way intersection in the heart of Sangerville was discussed Thursday by about 20 residents and Commissioner David Cole of the Maine Department of Transportation. The majority of residents who attended the meeting expressed their frustrations with… Read More
    Corey is a very enjoyable 14-year-old to spend time with. He has a good sense of humor and “random things make him laugh,” he says. Corey enjoys spending time with other people during both indoor and outdoor activities. His favorite sport is ice hockey, though… Read More
    BANGOR – With several major downtown and waterfront building projects on the drawing board, the city is taking steps to ensure that the architectural character of the new construction does not clash with Bangor’s existing traditional downtown historic settings and densities. To that end, Council… Read More
    HOULTON – For the second time in a month, town councilors are appealing to the public to participate in a survey they hope will give the community a better sense of the local work force and how to entice businesses to set up shop or expand here. Read More
    BANGOR – A Greenfield man was summoned by police Friday in connection with a three-vehicle accident on Route 1A in Holden last week. Mark E. Libby, 51, faces misdemeanor charges of operating without a license, leaving the scene of an accident where personal injury occurred,… Read More
    ELLSWORTH – Five people were hurt Thursday night after the sport utility vehicle they were riding in rolled over on Route 180. Two of the injured remained hospitalized Friday morning. Police said 18-year-old Steven Kreinus was rounding a curve near Flower Way… Read More
    Local officials happily accepted on Wednesday a $31,000 bid from a Texas firm for a poorly maintained home at 18 Water St. The property was one of two the town took over for nonpayment of taxes. The board also sold a half-acre lot on the Matthews Road to… Read More
    BLUE HILL – Local streets will remain open this evening for the town’s Last Night celebration. The New Year’s Eve festivities will feature dancing, musical and theatrical performances, a parade, crafts, and refreshments at various locations, including George Stevens Academy, Town Hall and the Blue… Read More
    Residents are reminded to put their trash and recyclables out a day later than normal next week due to the New Year’s Day holiday. Because it falls on a Sunday, the New Year’s Day holiday will be observed on Monday. That means curbside trash and recyclable collections will… Read More
    BAR HARBOR – A former police dispatcher allegedly has stolen more than $3,000 from the Bar Harbor Police Association’s general fund, Police Chief Nate Young said Friday. Theft of the money occurred over the last four years and was discovered in early December, according to… Read More
    The town will ring in the New Year by kicking off its yearlong bicentennial celebration with a bonfire. The event starts at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, at the Orono High School parking lot. People are invited to bring written wishes for the bicentennial year to throw into… Read More
    BANGOR – A New Brunswick newlywed whose honeymoon plans were thwarted last month when his stepdaughter told border agents of her mother’s plan to smuggle her new husband across the border was sentenced on Wednesday to time served. Rene Viel, 40, of St. Francois de… Read More
    Hundreds are expected to gather tonight in West Market Square for Bangor’s second annual New Year’s Eve ball drop. As of Friday, weather forecasts looked favorable, with temperatures in the teens and only a 30 percent chance of snow. Like last year, the low-budget affair will feature the… Read More
    Looking back on what was, in so many respects, a very difficult year for all Americans, it is refreshing to recall acts of kindness and generosity that have made a difference in the lives of others. John Worthley and Luanne Zelko of Hermon, for example,… Read More
    GORHAM – Phil White had 18 points, 10 rebounds, and five steals to lead Husson College to a 73-71 men’s college basketball victory over Saint Joseph’s College to win The Maine Event tournament Friday. Jason Harvey had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Eagles,… Read More
    LINCOLN – Nelson Grant remembers how during his teenage years a cousin, Trooper Matt Grant, used to let him ride along in his state police cruiser while on patrol. The elder Grant would allow him to ask about anything he wanted to know about life or about being… Read More
    AUGUSTA – “The Wicked Good Bridge” and “The Prosperona Bridge” are among the names that were considered for a final moniker for the new span replacing the Waldo-Hancock Bridge in eastern Maine. The new $84 million bridge, which is scheduled to open next fall, will… Read More
    Fifty years ago next weekend, radios across the land were crackling with news about five American missionaries who were missing and feared dead deep in the Amazon basin of Ecuador. The fears soon gave way to reality. Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, Pete Fleming, Ed McCully… Read More
    Each year at this time, I’m tempted to say that the previous year flew by, and I can’t figure out exactly where it went. That, of course, is the conventional, tried-and-true, Happy-New-Year way of looking at things. But each time I look… Read More
    24th Noble Invitational Thursday and Friday At North Berwick Camden Hills A 244, Noble A 173.5, Massabesic 165, Lisbon 156, Mount Mansfield (Vt.) 154.5, Belfast 142, Mountain Valley 137, Foxcroft Academy 135.5, Oxford Hills 97, Goffstown (N.H.) 96.5, Caribou… Read More
    HIGH SCHOOL At Old Town Old Town girls 120, Foxcroft 36 200 medley relay: Old Town A (Megan Laverdiere, Alanna Mills, Lindsay Randall, Sarah Nickerson) 2:24.44, Old Town B 2:30.76, Foxcroft A 2:32.43; 200 free: Denise St. Peter (OT)… Read More
    FORT KENT – Lanny Kraus was looking directly into near blizzard snow Friday morning at an electronic clock ticking off the seconds as he carefully controlled the start of each biathlete in the sprint competition of the Olympic trials. The veteran timer painstakingly controlled the… Read More
    FORT KENT – Junior-level standout Russell Currier was pleased to get through Friday’s 10-kilometer men’s sprint at the U.S. Olympic biathlon trials. That’s because he didn’t exactly finish Thursday’s 20K men’s individual race on a high note. Currier, a Stockholm native and… Read More
    ROXBURY, Mass. – Angela Qualey had 17 points, 16 rebounds, and five assists to lead the University of Maine at Machias women’s basketball team past Fisher College 57-14 in the Fisher College Tournament Friday. Laryssa Larochelle scored 14 points for the Clippers. Kim Fenton scored… Read More
    HARRINGTON – Jeff Ramsdell scored 11 of his 19 points during a 31-12 second-quarter run as the Washington Academy Raiders of East Machias rolled to their third win of the season, 82-63 over the Narraguagus Knights in schoolboy basketball action Friday. Jared Sternbergh tossed in… Read More
    LIMESTONE – Danny Hayes posted a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds to spark the Limestone/MSSM Eagles to their first victory of the season, 69-51 over the Fort Fairfield Tigers in a schoolboy basketball game Friday. Chris Kirchner scored 19 points and Jeremy Summers… Read More
    Ah, 2005, we hardly knew ye. And yet, you left a few indelible fashion impressions. There were highs (heels included), and lows (low-rises, that is). Glitter and fur and fabulousness ruled, while Willy Wonka glasses and the universally unflattering gauchos turned heads. Not in a… Read More
    So you have your small screen television, your Cheez Whiz, your saltines, your Vienna sausages, Melba Toast and Jacques Bonet “champagne method,” and you are all set for New Year’s Eve. But you know, deep down in your heart of hearts, that there is something… Read More
    Once this weekend is over, most of us will be back to something resembling normal life, only with thinner wallets and thicker waistlines. Maybe this recipe for Peasant Soup can help with both. Mim Hart in Hampden sent this along back when we asked for… Read More
    Last week I received an e-mail from Pat Felton, graduate of the Hancock County Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Program, Class of 2002, now gardening in Belfast. Her message contained questions and observations that will be great fodder for future articles. Since I am on “the pruning roll,” as… Read More
    PORTLAND – Airports in Bangor and Portland are among the four in New England that are employing security officers who use behavior detection techniques to identify people who are acting suspicious. The federal Transportation Security Administration implemented its pilot program for behavior detection – the… Read More
    BANGOR – A television, computer monitor, suitcases, tires, even a couple of kitchen sinks could be seen as city employees worked Thursday to empty a load of debris from an overturned truck in downtown Bangor. The truck, owned by K-B Corp. of Hampden, was hauling… Read More
    TOPSHAM – Fifty-five U.S. Marine reservists will soon be leaving Maine for a yearlong deployment that will include seven months in Iraq, military officials said Thursday. Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion of the 25th Marine Regiment, based in Topsham, are scheduled to leave the… Read More
    PORTLAND – The Federal Emergency Management Agency spent nearly $274,000 to store thousands of bags of ice in Portland that were initially bought for hurricane relief efforts more than 1,500 miles away. In a letter to U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, a FEMA official said… Read More
    FORT KENT – Freezing rain was crusted on their jackets and caps. Plastic sheets covered their clipboards. More than 100 volunteers shoveled, cleaned and groomed the site of the U.S. biathlon trials Thursday despite a serious round of winter weather. Read More
    Maine Public Service Co. put utility crews on standby and emergency management officials deployed cots for temporary shelters as northern Aroostook County prepared for a prolonged storm with freezing rain and ice today. The freezing rain began Thursday and was expected to coat roads, trees… Read More
    The deadline to propose warrant articles for the town of Sidney is every Dec. 31. Most articles are voted up or down at town meeting in March or April. The meeting is held on a Saturday. We vote by holding up a bright-colored card. A few articles and… Read More
    If you’ve read, heard or watched the news in recent years, you know that health officials and researchers have long warned that Americans are unfit. Rather than wait for the follow-up study that finds a lack of exercise is the reason for our collective unfitness, go for a… Read More
    Dick Hoyt’s Dec. 28 op-ed about the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and liquefied natural gas is so full of factual errors and wild-eyed conjecture that it begs a response. First, Hoyt charges that Congress gave away local autonomy in siting LNG facilities. Wrong. The Energy… Read More
    The article, “Medal of Honor recipient recognized” (BDN, Dec. 20), prompted me to recall the time when I met Ed Dahlgren. Years ago the United States Postal Service issued a commemorative postage stamp in honor of all veterans who received this medal for the highest… Read More
    By striking down parts of Augusta’s parade and mass-gathering ordinances, U.S. District Court John A. Woodcock last week vigorously protected the First Amendment against the over-reach of government. The ruling was impressive in its treatment of the issue and welcome in its result. The city… Read More
    The BDN editorial of Dec. 9 titled, “DHHS Tries Again,” highlights the ongoing problems that exist within the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. But I was surprised by the BDN’s assessment that Gov. Baldacci has taken control of the deteriorating situation as expressed by the statement,… Read More
    Citizens and legislators of Maine, take note: The decision about whether to grant the Washington County town of Cooper the right to deorganize may seem a tempest in a teapot, but it will have consequences that extend far beyond the woods and waters of that little town, and… Read More
    BRUNSWICK – The proposed joint Reserve center at the Brunswick Naval Air Station could be broken up into several components as various branches of the military look to snap up “surplus” property when the base closes. The original plan called for construction of a $42… Read More
    AUGUSTA – On the heels of a year during which persistent rain shattered 20-year-old records, it may seem odd to propose bills that would ensure enough water for Maine’s farmers. Agriculture officials say that the protection is necessary in light of rules being considered by… Read More
    Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection is launching a new permit system that requires discharges by cruise ships to be as clean as wastewater treated on shore. Cruise ships will be prohibited from dumping wastewater within three miles of shore unless they can meet the same… Read More
    Wireless Internet services, commonly known as WiFi, soon will be available downtown, thanks to an agreement city councilors approved Wednesday night. During a meeting at City Hall, the councilors unanimously voted to grant a license allowing wireless Internet routers to be mounted on Pickering Square parking garage and… Read More
    Millinocket District Court Cases Dec. 21-23, 2005 Lewis Barker, 46, Millinocket, three counts negotiating worthless instrument, $100 each count, restitution $519.75; two counts negotiating worthless instrument, $100 each count, suspended, restitution $180.61. Lisa Breton, 16, Medway, possession of tobacco… Read More
    HARTLAND – Hartland residents attended a public hearing Thursday afternoon to learn more about a $500,000 grant application to continue upgrades to the town’s aging wastewater treatment plant. Town Manager Peggy Morgan explained that the plant was built in 1977 and is in need of… Read More