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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Today is a pretty important anniversary. Sixty years ago the world’s self-proclaimed civilized countries got together and signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Rumored to be the most translated document in the world, it’s available in English, though most of us haven’t read it. Read More
    Today marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. At the initiative of Eleanor Roosevelt, the UDHR, consisting of 30 articles, was passed by the United Nations General Assembly on Dec. 10, 1948, as a recognition that every human being has human rights, and that… Read More
    Gov. John Baldacci and other state officials on Tuesday announced a public health advisory on domestic violence and sexual assault, calling on health care providers to institute routine screening as part of regular medical visits. Homicides in Maine related to domestic violence have risen dramatically,… Read More
    PORTLAND – Hampden Academy won its sixth mock trial championship in a row Tuesday when it beat the Lewiston High School team in a match held at the Cumberland County Courthouse. Leigh I. Saufley, chief justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, presided over the… Read More
    ROCKLAND – Proposed improvements at the Knox County Regional Airport in Owls Head got an administrative boost at the county commissioners’ meeting Tuesday. The commissioners authorized County Administrator Andrew Hart to sign documents associated with the 2007 Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that covers airport… Read More
    BANGOR – Beth Israel Sisterhood’s Hanukkah Marketplace and Craft Fair will take place 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at 144 York St. More than 15 vendors will share their crafts and gifts such as stained-glass items, jewelry, kosher baked goods, kosher meals-to-go, handmade soap,… Read More
    Ellsworth District Court Cases Oct. 1-Nov. 17 Nicholas J. St. Peter, 26, Bucksport, operating vehicle while license suspended or revoked, $250. Shain Stanley, 50, Sullivan, operating vehicle while under influence of intoxicants, $500, jail 48 hours, license suspended 90… Read More
    BELFAST – The Fertile Mind Bookshop will hold a reading by Mid-Coast Maine Writers from their first book, “Behind the Purple Door,” 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. Published in October, the group’s book is a mix of poetry, stories and “other stuff,” some funny, some… Read More
    HERMON – With little discussion, Hermon School Committee members expressed “no confidence” Monday night in the planned regional school unit consolidation with Carmel and Levant. The unanimous vote is largely symbolic. Residents of the towns still will decide in January whether they want to create… Read More
    MILLINOCKET – If the Town Council approves the idea, the town will help sponsor a warming center for residents at the Stearns Assisted Living Center starting Jan. 5, officials said Monday. Frank Clukey, recreation director for East Millinocket, Medway and Millinocket, will present a plan… Read More
    ORONO – Town councilors have set dates and times for a public hearing and a referendum vote on the plan to realign Glenburn, Orono and Veazie school departments into a regional school unit. The council also approved during Monday’s meeting the language of the consolidation… Read More
    BANGOR – A local man, who police have dealt with several times in the last couple of months, allegedly tried to run on Sunday when he was being questioned by police and crashed the stolen vehicle he was driving. David Riley, 25, then jumped out… Read More
    BELFAST – City police are investigating a criminal mischief complaint after a Back Belmont Road resident returned home early Tuesday to find her residence vandalized. Police Chief Jeffrey Trafton said the department was notified of the incident at 1:50 a.m. Tuesday. He said the homeowner… Read More
    Corinth officials have completed a deal to acquire a former factory building for possible use by the Fire Department or as part of the town’s recreation programs. Corinth’s Board of Selectmen signed a purchase agreement on the Corinth Products Co. building last fall after town… Read More
    Rockland District Court Cases Nov. 24-Dec. 1 Taylor R. Jewett, 26, Liberty, operating vehicle while under influence of intoxicants, $700, jail 10 days, license suspended 18 months, registration suspended. Robert Kniesner, 19, Dexter, possessing marijuana, $350. Read More
    FORT KENT – Three St. John Valley school districts have opted to pay annual financial penalties rather than move forward with any consolidation plans as mandated under state law. Two other valley districts, meanwhile, have had their plan to consolidate school administration accepted by the… Read More
    STONINGTON – A second community lobster sale planned for this weekend will not only benefit beleaguered local fishermen, it also will help the local food pantry. The Penobscot East Resource Center will hold another community lobster buy 1-4 p.m. Saturday on the Stonington Fish Pier. Read More
    BANGOR – The Maine National Guard Family Assistance Center and Operation Community Support are offering a limited number of “Sesame Street Live, When Elmo Grows Up” tickets to military families of those currently deployed. The Elmo live performance is 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at the… Read More
    BANGOR – Beginning today, motorists traveling on Broadway will see changes to the traffic signal system, city officials announced Tuesday. Computer models suggest changes to the timing of traffic signals from Grandview Avenue to the Interstate 95 northbound ramps could noticeably improve the flow of… Read More
    ELLSWORTH – There will be a new regional school unit for Ellsworth and 10 other towns after balloting on a proposed reorganization plan Tuesday. Voters in all but one of the towns approved the plan for the new RSU. Only in the town of Otis… Read More
    HOULTON – The town will consider accepting 3,300 linear feet of new roads located in the Country Fields subdivision at the next Town Council meeting. The matter first came before the council last month when Jim Brown, who established the Country Fields subdivision just off… Read More
    FORT KENT – Starting next school year, seventh- and eighth-graders in SAD 27 could be attending a new community middle school. Declining student enrollment has led the district’s board of directors to consider moving the students attending those grades in the Eagle Lake, Wallagrass and… Read More
    Ellsworth District Court Cases Oct. 1-Nov. 17 Ryan D. Maddocks, 17, Dedham, operating vehicle without safety equipment, $100. Jason D. Masterson, 33, Embden, operating vehicle while under influence of intoxicants, $700, jail 30 days, license suspended 18 months. Read More
    Employees at the Hannaford grocery store on Union Street called Bangor police at about 5:30 p.m. Monday to report two women shoplifting alcohol, but by the time an officer arrived the suspects were gone. Store employees were able to give Bangor police Officer Rob Angelo… Read More
    PRESQUE ISLE – A local man was arrested Tuesday after being charged with the aggravated assault of his 5-week-old daughter. Patrick Bailey, 25, was arrested after a joint investigation by the Presque Isle Police Department and state police Detective Adam Stoutamyer, according to a news… Read More
    BREWER – After a discussion about why an extension of the current 180-day moratorium on methadone clinics was needed, City Council members agreed to publicize the proposal and make a decision in January. City Councilor Joseph Ferris voiced his concerns about extending the moratorium, which… Read More
    HOULTON – In 2005, volunteers behind an effort to construct a pedestrian walking bridge in the community accomplished a major goal when the snip of a ribbon allowed residents to take their first steps across the trestle named Gateway Crossing. Initially labeled the Riverfront Bridge… Read More
    Any holiday mail through the American Red Cross national “Holiday Mail for Heroes” campaign, “to receive and distribute holiday cards to service members and veterans both in the United States and abroad,” must be postmarked by today, according to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Web site. Read More
    MONTPELIER, Vt. – A panel looking for ways to help Vermont dairy farmers is holding off on adding a surcharge on milk sold in the state, opting instead to continue studying the plan. The Vermont Milk Commission, which is made up of farmers, legislators, the… Read More
    RANGELEY – Nine men from Ecuador, Bolivia and Brazil have been taken into custody by U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement after officials got a tip that they were working illegally for construction contractors in the Rangeley area. Officials say seven of the men were charged… Read More
    In a new study of states’ preparedness for disease outbreaks, bioterror attacks and other large-scale disasters, Maine scored six points out of a possible 10 and earned a grade of C+. More than half of all states, along with the District of Columbia, scored seven… Read More
    AUGUSTA – A state review of recent incidents involving use of deadly force by Maine police against mentally ill individuals in crisis situations finds no need for changes in law enforcement training and procedures. The review was conducted by a task force made up of… Read More
    SOUTHWEST HARBOR – A local man who started building boats in his backyard 36 years ago and grew the effort into a yacht company that employs 130 people died Sunday. Thomas deWitt Cuyler Morris was 68 years old. The cause of death… Read More
    RUMFORD – Police say a 7-year-old Rumford boy is in Maine Medical Center with a serious head wound after he was shot with a BB fired from a pump-action air rifle. The Maine Public Safety Department says Daniel Johnson was shot Monday night in a… Read More
    BAR HARBOR – An attorney who has championed numerous environmental and human rights causes in Maine has announced that she intends to run for governor in 2010. Lynne Williams, 58, is state chairman of the Maine Green Independent Party and serves on the planning board… Read More
    Maine state courthouses, clerks’ offices and administrative offices will close at noon Wednesday, Dec. 24, and will be closed all day Thursday, Dec. 25, the judiciary announced Tuesday. All judicial branch facilities will be open for regular hours on Friday, Dec. 26. All courthouse locations… Read More
    BREWER – Billy Bissell had spent much of the evening watching his Brewer teammates maintain a modest lead over Hampden Academy, the victim of foul trouble. But when the Witches finally relinquished that lead early in the fourth quarter, the senior forward shook off those… Read More
    In 1976, there were six high school boys hockey teams in the state of Maine. It was odd that a state with such severe winters wouldn’t be more of a hockey hotbed. The Bangor area squandered an opportunity to establish hockey when… Read More
    COLLEGE North Atlantic Conference Tatum Welch (Maine Maritime Academy sophomore), women’s basketball, averaged 16 points, 9.3 rebounds in three games. TCCC Anthony Johnson (University of New England first-year), men’s basketball rookie, averaged 19.0 points, 66.7 field… Read More
    FORT KENT – University of Maine-Fort Kent sophomore Andre Anderson has been named to the NAIA Men’s Soccer All-America Second Team. Anderson is the first UMFK athlete to receive the honor. The Bengals compiled a 20-1-2 record this fall and advanced to the national quarterfinals. Read More
    NEWPORT – Hilary Throckmorton scored 13 points Tuesday night as Bangor held off Nokomis for a 38-36 girls basketball victory. Kate Freudenberger had 11 points for the Rams. Marissa Shaw and Kara Batchelder scored 10 points apiece for Nokomis. Read More
    ROCKPORT – Gordon Fischer scored 14 points to lead four players in double figures as Camden Hills rolled to a 74-49 schoolboy basketball victory over Waterville on Tuesday. Kiefer Lammi had 13 points for the Windjammers. Graham Safford scored 12 points and Tyler McFarland added… Read More
    BANGOR – Ray Eatmon totaled 18 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks to lead Saint Joseph’s College of Standish to a 90-65 men’s basketball victory over Husson University on Tuesday night. Chris Davis scored 16 points for the Monks, and Chris… Read More
    HOULTON – Caitlyn Esancy connected for a game-high 22 points as Presque Isle steamrolled to a 14-2 first-quarter lead en route to a 60-39 schoolgirl basketball victory over Houlton Tuesday. Sarah Porter scored 14 points for the Wildcats and Kayla Legassie had 10 points. Read More
    MAINE vs. OKLAHOMA Time, site: Wednesday, 8 p.m.; Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, Okla. Records: Maine 5-4; Oklahoma 8-0 Series, last meeting: 1st meeting Key players: Maine – 6-5 G Mark Socoby (15.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.6… Read More
    ‘A Maine Noel’ Natalie’s Restaurant at the Camden Harbor Inn continues to amass accolades, this time from one of the most-coveted symbols of excellence in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Both the restaurant and the Inn have received Four Diamonds from AAA, ranking it among… Read More
    AUGUSTA – The defense attorney for John A. Okie said the defendant in a double-slaying case “was crazy” the day of the first killing and delusional at the time of the second, but a prosecutor told jurors Monday that the 22-year-old defendant was bluffing. Assistant… Read More
    A federal judge on Monday refused to intervene on behalf of the former owners of the HoltraChem factory who are facing a potential $200 million cleanup of the contaminated site. Mallinckrodt LLC and United States Surgical Corp. asked the U.S. District Court last Friday to… Read More
    ORONO – Building the ideal wind turbine for offshore waters is no simple feat. At the University of Maine’s Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center, researchers are designing, manufacturing and testing windmill blades and towers in search of a solution. Habib Dagher, director… Read More
    The newspaper advertising wrapper in the [Saturday, December 6, 2008] paper erroneously identifies reporter Eric Russell as the Bangor Daily News city editor. The co-city editors are Jeff Strout and Tim Allen. Read More
    WASHINGTON – A man with strong Maine ties has been awarded the second-highest honor accorded by the Department of Homeland Security. Paul T. Conway, 43, recently was selected by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to receive one of the secretary’s Silver Medals in recognition of… Read More
    WASHINGTON – Sen. Olympia J. Snowe, R-Maine, the ranking member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, said she sent a letter to President-elect Barack Obama on Monday recommending that he elevate the Small Business Administration to Cabinet-level status, as it was during the Clinton administration in… Read More
    UNITY – U.S. Cellular said Monday that it recently completed construction of additional cell sites in Unity and Dixmont. The Unity site will increase U.S. Cellular’s coverage and network capacity in the town of Unity and provide service along Routes 139 and 202. The Dixmont site will bring… Read More
    AUGUSTA – Heating fuel prices continue to go down in Maine. According to the state energy office’s weekly survey released Monday, the average price for a gallon of heating oil was $2.47. That’s down 11 cents from a week ago and $2.24… Read More
    JAY – Maine’s congressional delegation is seeking an emergency grant from the federal government to give help to about 150 workers laid off from the Wausau paper mill in Jay. U.S. Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, along with U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, said they… Read More
    PORTLAND – The new workweek brought still lower gasoline prices in Maine and nationwide. According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of regular stood at $1.86 in Maine on Monday. That’s 59 cents lower than a month ago and $1.28… Read More
    It always focuses my attention when a supposed “Christian” group of “leaders” gets together to impose their interpretation of the Bible on groups that they wish to discriminate against and then insist that they are doing it for the good of the community. As I read, “Group fighting… Read More
    The political meltdown in Canada, at first, looks like a power grab by the Conservative Party and its leader, Prime Minister Stephen Harper. A closer look reveals that the parliamentary crisis came about because minority parties tried to undermine Mr. Harper just weeks after his party gained seats… Read More
    In response to a series of letters in the BDN regarding assault weapons, what the writers fail to see is what the real intent of the Second Amendment was. It was written for “the right of an individual to keep and bear arms.” Now what does the term… Read More
    Thanks for your reportage on the Temple for Advanced Enlightenment. Reactions on Web posts show that Maine has yet to achieve a tolerant, diverse culture. The Rev. Kevin Loring is a brave pioneer treading in the steps of Vin de Louria, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Stop… Read More
    Regarding “Knee-jerk reaction: (BDN, Dec. 2): What a refreshing letter. Where are all the Linda Shaids when the voting booths are open? Need we take “common sense” out of the dictionary? Conservative, common sense folks need to stop this “liberal, politically correct” agenda. As Linda said, in my… Read More
    Regarding articles in the Nov. 26 BDN, it’s so discouraging; Augusta just doesn’t get it! One article talks about cutting red tide monitoring. That would be harmful to the health of many people, income of fish markets, restaurants and fisherman. Raising fees by 25 percent… Read More
    This week, ClickBack seeks comments from editorial page readers on the future of the social safety net in Maine, the role of women in state government, Bangor’s urban renewal and international terrorism. Readers are directed to the “Opinion” pull-down menu at bangordailynews.com, where they will find the ClickBack… Read More
    Lately on TV there has been another flurry of ads by a group called “Americans for Job Security.” AJS claims to be concerned that employees are going to lose the right to secret ballot elections during union certification elections if the Employee Free Choice Act, or EFCA, is… Read More
    Prorogue is an archaic, intentionally obscure term being used to hide an abuse that hasn’t gone out of style. Facing the likelihood that his minority government would lose a confidence vote and that the opposition might form a government, Stephen Harper asked the governor general, Michaelle Jean, to… Read More
    TREMONT – A Camden lawyer who was sued by the state over his control of a local antique auto museum has agreed to relinquish his roles with the museum but will not have to return any of the money the museum paid him in legal fees. Read More
    Air Force Airman Benjamin R. Weston has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. He is the son of Vicki Leathers of Winterport. Weston is a 2008 graduate of Hampden Academy. Air National Guard… Read More