AUGUSTA – Two state-funded reports and one privately financed study this year point out Maine’s need to replace its aging bridges before time runs out. But where the money will come from to address problems cited in the studies remains to be seen. Read More
    More shoveling, more snowmen and more skiing – and that does not include just the ski resorts in Maine’s western mountains. Many areas of the state got rain this past weekend, but whether you live in Caribou, Calais, Camden, Kittery, or any place in between,… Read More
    BANGOR – Just when he had gotten the ball rolling – make that dropping – in his effort to give Times Square some competition as the hot spot to spend New Year’s Eve, local lawyer Stephen C. Smith shipped out for a yearlong stint in Afghanistan. Read More
    Following is background information about some of the bands that will perform at various venues as part of Downtown Countdown: . Big Time, Union Street Brick Church. This band features progressive funk rock with a blended style including influences from Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder and… Read More
    Following is the lineup of Downtown Countdown events leading up to the annual midnight ball drop at West Market Square. Events are listed by venue: . Bangor Opera House – 4 p.m., “The Iron Giant”; 7 p.m., live folk music with Generations; 8 p.m., “A… Read More
    Dear Jim: I added “smart house” computer controls to make my house more efficient. During even a brief power outage, settings are lost. Are there backup power supplies that don’t waste electricity and are big ones better? – Al S. Dear Al: Smart house controls… Read More
    Can it be true that tomorrow is the start of 2008? Incredible as that seems, it also is true that we all will become one year older sometime in this coming year. Our column has dispensed much ink in the past year encouraging family members… Read More
    Polls show that health care is a major issue – rivaled only by the Iraq war – in the current presidential campaign. Complaints about the present system include the mounting cost, the many left out, poor service and too much paperwork. Yet all the major candidates of both… Read More
    Lately it was real estate: Could it be that the next bubble, currently inflating, is ethanol? The new energy bill, which heavily subsidizes corn, is trumpeted as a means of stopping our dependence on foreign oil, but if the entire corn production of the U.S. were used for… Read More
    In June, I voted against forming regional school units, a plan that would not work for all schools in Maine. It was too dramatic of a change in too little time. I have listened to the public and have been working on a plan that would give school… Read More
    It’s a typical below-freezing Maine winter day, and as you drive by the neighborhood school, you notice a door propped open, or windows in the second floor raised to let in the fresh air. Balancing heat and humidity in a building – especially an older one – with… Read More
    A Dec. 15 letter, “State of emergency,” states that 7,000 local families need help to heat their homes. The writer says that 47,000 other local families need help to feed, clothe their families and heat their homes. I know that Manna Ministries of Bangor begged for more than… Read More
    I am writing on behalf of Raft Maine, an association of seven professional white-water rafting outfitters, in support of the Plum Creek concept plan. As supporters, we believe the plan offers substantial benefits in the areas of conservation, wildlife management, habitat protection, sustainable forestry, tourism,… Read More
    Foreign doctors and foreign nurses have been a godsend. We are grateful. Enough said. And now the obvious questions: Why can’t America produce enough doctors and nurses to meet our own needs? When Maine kids are moving away to get better-paying jobs, why are we giving away some… Read More
    Legislators will soon consider a bill to protect our children from dangerous toys and other products (such as phthalates in IV bags in hospitals) from every country, a problem far more prevalent than Chinese lead paint poisoning. The bill would establish a registry where citizens may gain some… Read More
    CARMEL – A two-story house on Hinckley Hill Road appeared to have been demolished Sunday night in a blaze that could be seen from Interstate 95. No one was reported injured in the fire. The name of the homeowner was not available… Read More
    AUGUSTA – Gov. John Baldacci says 2008 will be the year state and local governments reorganize to be more efficient and save money or it will be the year when many programs at all levels of government will be cut or eliminated. “There won’t be… Read More
    Happy New Year’s Eve! I love New Year’s resolutions. The idea that I can remake myself in the new year with these simple declarations is hopeful, exciting and empowering. It’s a time to begin anew, a time to continue and a time to be better. Read More
    BELFAST – Ice chips flew through the air and covered clothing as teams of ice carvers sawed, chopped, burnished and chiseled sleek blocks of ice into glistening sculptures depicting everything from animals to mythic totems. Twenty teams gathered along the circular driveway and portico of… Read More
    ADDISON – State police were trying to find out Sunday night who had crashed a car on Basin Road and then fled. Police were unsure what kind of injuries the driver of the 1998 Buick LeSabre suffered when the vehicle rolled and came to rest… Read More
    HOULTON – Frustration and uncertainty surrounding the school consolidation law were palpable among the members of the SAD 29 board late last week, as panelists met with local legislators to determine what the law might mean for the towns and students that make up the district. Read More
    Dover-Foxcroft District Court Cases Nov. 30-Dec. 20, 2007 David H. Babkirk, 50, Eliot, operating ATV on land of another without permission, $100. Jessica Badger, 23, Milo, operating vehicle while license suspended or revoked, $250, jail 72… Read More
    ST. DAVID – Madawaska firefighters were able to save a two-story home in St. David from significant damage after a fire broke out at the dwelling Friday evening. Madawaska Fire Chief Norman Cyr said Sunday that the fire at the home of Jerry and Rina… Read More
    BANGOR – Free dance workshops at the School of Robinson Ballet that were canceled this weekend because of the snowstorm have been rescheduled. They will be held Saturday with new instructor Stevie Dunham at the school’s studio above the Greyhound bus station in downtown Bangor. Read More
    DOVER-FOXCROFT – The Penquis Child Care Resource Development Center will offer 24 hours of training in Maine Early Childhood Learning Guidelines at its offices at 50 North St. Classes meet from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, and from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays, Jan. 28… Read More
    Rockland District Court Cases Dec. 10-15, 2007 Sydni A. Barham, 20, Belmont, minor possessing liquor, $200. Eric A. Benson, 24, Warren, assault, $300, jail seven days. Helen D. Brouwer, 79, Camden, allowing dog to be at… Read More
    GARDINER – The mother of a Vassalboro man fatally shot by police four days before Christmas said her son was in need of help and shouldn’t have been shot. Jason Wentzell was desperate to talk to his estranged wife, Angel, when he went to her… Read More
    HAMPDEN – The Hampden Kiwanis Club will hold its monthly baked bean supper from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Hampden Kiwanis Club Civic Center. For home delivery, call 862-3700 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. the day of the supper. Admission is $6 for adults,… Read More
    Air Force Airman Brendan L. Byrne has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. During his training, Byrne received special training in human relations. He is the son of Patrick Byrne of New Ipswich, N.H., and Susan Pope of Bangor. Read More
    CORINNA – Residents interested in submitting town meeting articles involving the town’s Abner F. Morison Trust Fund should do so by Jan. 14, according to an announcement by the town’s Board of Selectmen. All other town meeting articles are due by Jan. 28. They should be submitted to… Read More
    VAN BUREN – The New Year’s celebrations started four days early here at a reception Friday evening for Kaetlin Parent, the newly crowned Miss Maine USA. Congratulations and accolades were offered at the Van Buren High School gathering for the 19-year-old Parent, who was named… Read More
    TRENTON – The transfer of a parcel of land expected to be developed into a bus depot and national park welcome center has been completed, according to officials. Friends of Acadia, which on Dec. 20 acquired a 369-acre property on Route 3, sold 151 acres… Read More
    PORTLAND – The Maine Turnpike carried a record number of vehicles in 2007, but the growth was minuscule and the increase in truck traffic outpaced the growth in cars. Turnpike officials said that an estimated 63.4 million vehicles will drive on the state’s busiest road… Read More
    Are you a resolution maker? Is this the time of year when you step back, take stock, and decide just what and how you might change, or improve, in your life or that of another? If you are a resolution maker and you would like… Read More
    SACO – A 42-year-old woman and her teenage son are in jail after being charged in connection with a string of car break-ins in southern Maine. Kimberly Jones and 19-year-old Shane Jones were arraigned Friday after their arrests Thursday night. Police say… Read More
    CARATUNK – A Maine game warden escaped serious injury when his snowmobile broke through thin ice on a Somerset County pond. The Maine Warden Service says Scott Thrasher got a dunking in waist-deep water in Pleasant Pond in Caratunk about 10 feet from shore around… Read More
    ORONO – Josh Hesseltine scored 10 seconds into overtime to help the Old Town Coyotes knock off the Houlton-Hodgdon Black Hawks 4-3 in overtime Saturday night at Alfond Arena. Old Town’s Jason Smith won the opening faceoff in overtime and sent the puck to Hesseltine,… Read More
    HIGH SCHOOL Noble Invitational At Berwick Noble 224, Massabesic 215, Camden Hills 177.5, Belfast 162.5, Lisbon 136, Bonny Eagle 130.5, Mount Mansfield, Vt. 108, Winnacunnet, N.H. 104.5, Mount Ararat 101.5, Sanford 99, Mountain Valley 87.5, Kennebunk 86, Goffstown, N.H.,… Read More
    LOCAL EPIC Finale 5K At Bangor 1. Adam Goode 16 minutes, 4 seconds; 2. Judson Cake 16:21; 3. Matt Hougan 16:26; 4. Casey Quaglia 16:53; 5. Erik McCarthy 16:53; 6. Robert Gomez 16:59; 7. James Pellerano 17:04; 8. Spud… Read More
    HIGH SCHOOL Morse Invitational At Bath, Friday Morse girls 140, Bangor 126, Scarborough 96, Greely 94, Mount Desert Island 80, Westbrook 70, South Portland 22 200 medley relay: 1, Bangor (E Thomas, S Cardello, G Barnett,… Read More
    PRESQUE ISLE – Chase Huckestein’s goal with 4:26 left in overtime lifted the John Bapst Crusaders to a 3-2 high school hockey win over the Presque Isle Wildcats Saturday. Neil LaFrance and Andrew Casey each scored a goal in the third period for the Crusaders… Read More
    ATLANTA – Alexa Kaubris connected for 16 points, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range, to lead the Bowdoin College women’s basketball team to a 67-57 victory over Roanoke College at the Oglethorpe Stormy Petrel Classic Sunday. Wilmington College beat Bowdoin 73-54 Saturday. In… Read More
    PRESQUE ISLE – Adam Kingsbury scored a game-high 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Presque Isle to a 62-49 Big East Conference boys basketball victory over previously undefeated Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln on Saturday. Russ Mortland added 20 points for the Wildcats. Read More
    MAINE vs. CANISIUS Time, site: Monday, 2 p.m., Koessler Center, Buffalo, N.Y. Records: Maine 4-7; Canisius 1-10 Series, last meeting: Canisius leads 12-5, Canisius 67-66 on 2/11/89 Key players: Maine – 6-9 C Brian Andre (12.4… Read More
    EAST MACHIAS – Senior center Tim Nicely scored a career-high 25 points and added 13 rebounds to lead Washington Academy past George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill 60-54 in a Class C boys basketball game at Gardner Gymnasium on Saturday. Joey Hunter had 15 points… Read More
    COLERAINE, Minn. – Four Maine biathletes have received nominations to compete for the U.S. Biathlon Team at the Youth and Junior Biathlon World Championships in Ruhpolding, Germany, from Jan. 26 to Feb. 2. Hilary McNamee of Fort Fairfield, Meagan Toussaint of Madawaska, Grace Boutot of… Read More
    BY DANA WILDE OF THE NEWS STAFF NOW: WORKS ON PAPER 1976-2006: POETRY AND ANTIPOETRY, by Tom Fallon; Transition Books, Waldoboro, Maine, 2007; 112 pages, large-format softcover, $13.95. Tom Fallon, working out of Rumford, has been industriously stirring up the… Read More
    My occasional visits to the Maine State Library in Augusta often find me browsing the shelves to see what is “new,” or at least new to me. One such volume is “Vital Records of Hartford, Maine, 1767-1891,” compiled by Angela M. Foster and published by… Read More
    “DAME FORTUNE SMILED ON BANGOR IN 1907,” the Bangor Daily Commercial declared on New Year’s Eve a century ago. “Industrial Life of the City Prospered and the Prospects for the Future Are Bright.” Such good cheer might have seemed a trifle overblown to some as the Panic of… Read More
    Reeling back through all the lifetimes of my life , I hear again ancestral voices of the massive form of my father’s mother snoring next to me, her long slow breath inhaling the night. And I… Read More
    CARIBOU – Monkey Publishing recently announced the release of two new titles, including the fourth book in its “Pioneer Homes” series. “Pioneer Homes” is a series featuring the older houses in a particular town or group of towns. Filled with high-resolution pictures, historical photos and… Read More
    PORTLAND – When Steve Kahn received a $26,000 tax bill on his airplane, he thought Maine Revenue Services had made a mistake. Kahn lives and works in Massachusetts. But the bill was no error. It was part of the agency’s efforts to collect taxes on… Read More
    A story in the State section of Wednesday’s paper about the Downtown Countdown New Year’s Eve events in Bangor on Dec. 31 contained an error. The early registration fee for the Epic Sports 5K race is $10. Read More
    1864 President Abraham Lincoln and Congress approve the Pacific Railroad Act of 1864, granting millions of acres to the Northern Pacific Railway to build a transcontinental line. 1883 The mainline of the Northern Pacific is complete. 1930s D.C. Dunham builds a lumber… Read More
    On Dec. 20 the BDN published an interesting Associated Press story about Maurice Roundy of Auburn and his three historic airplanes. It had been his great ambition to restore one of the planes and get it airborne. The writer was attracted to the story for… Read More
    Our freedom and rights are being attacked. Rights do not come from the government; they are natural rights that come from our creator. The government has no rights, only powers granted by the people. Representatives, presidents and others have gradually assumed powers not so granted. People are partially… Read More
    Now that Christmas is over and the lazy, contemplative holiday week is in full sway, consider the poor fruitcake. It used to be a mainstay. Somehow it has become largely a butt of sneering jokes. True, several groups of Trappist monks and food suppliers such… Read More
    Declining morals are spreading across this nation like a cancer. It has become an accepted way of life for too many, which we now see children starting to copy. The radical liberal belief is that having sex with anyone, whether single or married, is acceptable. They don’t care… Read More
    It is a relief to finally hear our state government talking seriously about extending passenger rail service to Bangor. I expected the worst, assuming it would take until gas hit $5 a gallon before we started seeing some action. Having rail service between Bangor and… Read More
    To the “Do as I say, not as I do” constituency: The next time a developer wants to put a 100-lot subdivision in Cumberland County; or if L.L. Bean applies for a permit to sprawl over more of the (formerly) quaint seaside village of Freeport; or if Wal-Mart… Read More
    “Christian Priorities” (BDN, Dec. 21) is a fine editorial. The Orono School Committee has handled this situation with sensitivity. Bill Carlin chairman, Welcoming Congregation Committee Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor Bangor… Read More
    There’s an old adage in the banking business, according Dr. Robert Strong, a professor of finance at the University of Maine. “Owe the bank $100, and you’re in trouble. Owe the bank $100 million, and they’re in trouble.” At the close of 2007, many homeowners… Read More
    The article “Conflicting MLK Jr. events cause controversy” (BDN, Dec. 15-16) gave James Varner, a former officer of the Greater Bangor Area NAACP, a chance to express his views of the “controversy,” but his statements about the planning of our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast are patently… Read More
    Out for my daily walk in Winterport a couple of summers ago, I heard a voice shouting “Hello, there,” presumably to me. Looking around, I couldn’t see a soul within hailing distance, so I wrote it off as the work of a practical joker making sport of me,… Read More
    PRESQUE ISLE – Northern Maine Community College will be $100,000 richer when it ushers in 2008. During a press conference Friday afternoon, Larry Wold, president of TD Banknorth in Maine, announced that the TD Banknorth Charitable Foundation would make a donation to the college’s first-ever… Read More
    A phone that rings too early or too late sends my heart into palpitations. The call that my 20-year-old niece had been in a fatal accident came at 5 a.m. The call to inform us that my sister-in-law had been shot and killed came at… Read More
    Federal environmental regulators have signed off on a plan to reduce mercury pollution in New England lakes, rivers and streams as part of an effort to lift widespread fish consumption advisories. But the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declined to impose tougher emissions standards on upwind… Read More
    ELLSWORTH – An Ellsworth man pleaded guilty and was sentenced Friday to serve two years in prison for providing cocaine to a 14-year-old family member last year. Scott Firley, 40, was arrested in January after a concerned witness brought the allegations to police in Ellsworth,… Read More
    HOULTON – Town councilors spent their last meeting of the year accepting a number of donations that will benefit the youth of the community. They also paid tribute to a Houlton native who was killed in Iraq earlier this month. During a… Read More
    BREWER – When the snow fell Thursday, public works crews were out spraying salt brine on the city’s busiest streets as an experiment to see how it works, David Cote, Brewer Public Works director, said Friday. “It helps to keep the snow melting,” he said. Read More
    BANGOR – Artistic directors Keith and Maureen Robinson of the Robinson Ballet announced that free dance workshops with new instructor Stevie Dunham are available today at the Robinson Ballet school, 107 Union St., above the Greyhound bus station. The schedule is: . For younger dancers,… Read More
    MILLINOCKET – It takes about 5 million footsteps to walk the entire 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin, and Paul and Jaime Renaud want the most memorable portion to be the Maine end of that monumental journey. That’s why the… Read More
    . State Planning Office public hearing, 3 p.m. Wednesday, City Hall, presentation regarding proposal to implement state building codes, audience questions and comments. . Recycling committee, 5 p.m. Wednesday, public works conference room, update on written articles, planning for Earth Day, recycling video update, office… Read More
    Johnathan is an adolescent boy who was born in 1993. He enjoys Yu-Gi-Oh! cards, playing outdoors and the Boston Red Sox. John is an engaging young man, both with adults and peers. He is nice, polite and is often helpful to other children. John has… Read More
    Belfast District Court Cases Dec. 10-14, 2007 Victor M. Amaro, 26, Belfast, violating condition of release, jail seven days. Christian W. Brackett, 36, Lincolnville, assault, $300, jail 48 hours; violating condition of release, jail 48 hours. Joy… Read More
    BANGOR – A two-vehicle crash about 3 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Hancock and Exchange streets caused injuries to both drivers and a combined $10,000 in damage to the two SUVs involved, according to police. Joan Merrill, 59, of Stetson was traveling east on… Read More
    HOULTON – Over the years, this community has worked to counteract the growing problem of drug abuse with support groups and public forums. Now the Houlton Police Department is gearing up to add another resource to those efforts by rekindling the Drug Abuse Resistance Education,… Read More
    SALEM, Mass. – A Massachusetts woman accused of shaking her 9-month-old daughter to death is scheduled to be arraigned in Salem Superior Court on a murder charge. Jennifer Ward of Peabody was arrested last week at her parents’ home in Kennebunk, Maine, after a grand… Read More
    Everyone who wants to participate should be able to enjoy one great New Year’s Eve in Bangor, thanks to the efforts of those involved with Downtown Countdown 2007 on Monday, Dec. 31, in the Queen City. Representatives of Bangor Center Corp. remind us parking at… Read More
    AUBURN – An Auburn man who rode away after a woman fell from the back of his motorcycle and suffered a fatal injury apologized for shirking his responsibility. Under a plea agreement, John Ferland pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of… Read More
    AUGUSTA – Maine fish and game officials say 2007 is turning out to be one of the safest years for hunters since the state started keeping records in 1940. With just a few days left on this year’s calendar, no hunter deaths have occurred and… Read More
    BANGOR – Husson College will welcome Stuart Bowen Jr., special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, as its featured speaker at the next Husson Business Breakfast. The breakfast will take place at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 3 in the Webber Campus Center. The title of Bowen’s presentation… Read More
    PRESQUE ISLE – A Mapleton man who illegally had trees cut on the property of another person has been ordered to pay more than $7,000 in restitution and a $500 fine, in a precedent-setting decision in Presque Isle District Court on Nov. 2. Glendon Brayley… Read More
    AUBURN – A Turner man charged with manslaughter and drunken driving arising from a crash that killed a paramedic has pleaded not guilty. Christopher Boutin appeared in Superior Court in Auburn on Thursday to answer charges that he was responsible for crashing his pickup truck… Read More
    BRUNSWICK – Police in Brunswick subdued a man with a Taser after he allegedly chased his wife with a butcher knife and smashed her car window so he could get to her. Victor Perez, 24, a Navy medical corpsman who recently returned from combat duty… Read More