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    ST. PAUL, Minn. – Maine delegates to the Republican National Convention here say they are disappointed but understand why their convention schedule had to be altered as a result of Hurricane Gustav, which was predicted to hit the Gulf Coast sometime this morning. The convention… Read More
A special train consisting of private cars 444 of the Boston & Maine Railroad and 666 of the Maine Central pulled up to Bangor’s brand new Union Station at 7 p.m. July 23, 1907, a century ago today. Among the dignitaries aboard was Lucius Tuttle, president of both… Read More
Burglars apparently spent a considerable amount of time earlier this week checking doors and windows to a local business before they broke into the building. The Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department hopes that a Route 15 motorist may have seen someone around Herring Bros.’ retail shop late Monday night… Read More
    Bank promotion BANGOR – Elizabeth A. Sherman of Greenbush has been promoted to officer in the TD Banknorth Maine branch on Union Street. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes = [[300,250]]; var new_slot_sizes = []; var has_banner = false; for (var i =… Read More
DEXTER – SAD 46 directors inked a contract on Wednesday with the local union representing district custodians. Under the three-year contract, which was ratified by custodians in recent weeks, there will be a 3 percent wage increase in 2006 and 2008, but no increase in… Read More
Maine was a national leader 15 to 17 years ago in developing mental health programs specific to the needs of Maine’s older residents. Now, if the proposed mental health budget is adopted, these programs – most of which have steadily shrunk over the past seven to eight years… Read More
    ELLSWORTH – Three incumbent members of the City Council and a former councilor won new terms Tuesday on the seven-member panel. Incumbents Lee Beal and Barbara Reeve and former councilor Gary Fortier, who last served on the board in 2001, each won three-year terms on… Read More
A pharmaceutical industry spokesman is right that a plan announced earlier this week by the Penobscot Nation, Maine Council of Senior Citizens and Maine ALF-CIO to set up a system to import prescription drugs from Canada and resell them to the state’s pharmacies is a “bizarre scheme.” What… Read More
AUGUSTA – Strange weather swept through Maine on Jan. 13. Downright balmy temperatures – nearly 50 degrees – greeted church-goers in central and eastern Maine that Sunday morning, followed by rain. That afternoon, snowflakes the size of golf balls began floating down, and by evening,… Read More
    BANGOR – A maintenance worker in the city’s school department killed himself early Monday morning in a pickup truck parked outside his Court Street workplace. Edwin Lowell, 39, was rushed to Eastern Maine Medical Center shortly after 6:30 a.m., when police officials found him on… Read More
Newport District Court Lewis H. Batchelder, 35, Dixmont, assault, dismissed. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes = [[300,250]]; var new_slot_sizes = []; var has_banner = false; for (var i = 0; i < slot_sizes.length; i++) { if (isMobileDevice()) { if (slot_sizes[i][0] googletag.cmd.push(function ()… Read More
Snow has begun falling, so it’s not too early for a Christmas-time detective story: Who really wrote “The Night Before Christmas”? The poem first appeared, anonymously, in 1823 in an upstate New York newspaper. It soon became a hit. It transformed Santa Claus from a… Read More
    THOMASTON — A Maine State Prison chaplain was suspended for five days without pay for giving a religious booklet to an inmate without following Corrections Department procedures. The Rev. Matthew Kantrowitz, a prison chaplain for more than 12 years, said this week that he accepted… Read More
Bangor police received at least two reports of suspicious telephone calls early Friday morning in which residents were asked for their phone card access numbers by someone allegedly investigating the misuse of their phone cards. One of the Bangor residents was told by Bell Atlantic… Read More
BLUE HILL — The Health Education Center of Blue Hill Memorial Hospital is sponsoring a free blood pressure screening from noon to 1 p.m. and from 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24. Preregistration is not necessary. The screening will be held at the center on Water… Read More
Last fall, the Maine congressional delegation struggled with a legislative request from the Penobscot Indian Nation that would have circumvented the claims settlement act of 1980. The bill went right to the edge before Maine’s two senators adroitly pulled it back until 1995. What a… Read More
NEWPORT — A letter from a Newport resident who is also a part-time police officer is scheduled to be discussed by selectmen at their meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 2. The letter, written by Allen Graves Jr., was forwarded to the board after statements… Read More
    ORONO – The University of Maine men’s basketball team will play a Blue-White intrasquad scrimmage Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Memorial Gym on campus. The game will be open to the public. It will be the only opportunity to see the UM men in action before the… Read More
HARTLAND — Gifted and talented pupils in SAD 48 have used puppets to bring to life aspects of their recent study of India, its culture and crafts. Using papier-mache puppets that they created, the pupils will become teachers as they perform puppet shows for younger… Read More
John Hale’s Sept. 22-23 column was a great commentary that Maine voters should read, analyze, and consider. It is time for the voters of Maine to react similarly to Massachusetts voters even though our state is not as desperate economically as Massachusetts. It does not… Read More
    SKOWHEGAN — Thirty-five warranty deeds were transferred in Somerset County Register of Deeds May 11-16. Henry H. and Hope V. Graff, St. Albans, conveyed May 10, land on southerly sideline of Ballard Road, St. Albans, to Christopher H. Sanborn and Terri H. Stanley, Benton. googletag.cmd.push(function… Read More
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    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
    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
    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
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    3rd District Court, Bangor Cases Nov. 10-14, 2008 googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes = [[300,250]]; var new_slot_sizes = []; var has_banner = false; for (var i = 0; i < slot_sizes.length; i++) { if (isMobileDevice()) { if (slot_sizes[i][0] googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define… Read More
    Bangor BSO Sneak Peek series at Maine Center for the Arts googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes = [[300,250]]; var new_slot_sizes = []; var has_banner = false; for (var i = 0; i < slot_sizes.length; i++) { if (isMobileDevice()) { if (slot_sizes[i][0] googletag.cmd.push(function ()… 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. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define… 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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