Bangor District Court Jonah Benmansour, 21, Gouldsboro, assault, not guilty; disorderly conduct, $100. Jeremy M. Benn, 20, Bangor, operating motor vehicle without driver’s license, dismissed. Michael Bennett, 20, Hartland, operating motor vehicle while under influence of intoxicating liquor, operating… Read More
    Houlton District Court Nancy Campbell, 56, Stockton, Calif., operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, $600, jail seven days, license suspended 18 months, registration suspended. Joseph R. Daigle, 39, Richibueto, New Brunswick, operating a commercial motor vehicle with… Read More
    Don’t worry. It won’t be long before you get a glimpse of a flag just seconds after it has been discharged from its loading station on an ice trap. As I reminisce of past trips I can almost hear the echo of the word “flag”… Read More
    Kenny Rogers will bring holiday cheer to the Augusta Civic Center on Friday, Dec. 15, in his production, “Christmas From the Heart.” The production will feature performers, musicians and a choir in the story of a magical toy shop that comes to life. Tickets are $20, $30 and… Read More
    Reading the letters to The Salvation Army and the Santa’s Helper Fund, one can draw similarities among the tough situations facing people in our area. A common problem seems to be that there are not enough funds remaining at the end of a month, after paying the bills,… Read More
    UNITY – The Unity Volunteer Ambulance Corps has switched to a new emergency number. The new number is (800) 660-3398 and connects with the Waldo County Sheriff’s Department. Bruce Cook, Unity ambulance chief, said people in the seven-town area his unit serves… Read More
    The following is excerpted from the fall 2000 Maine Policy Review, a publication of the Margaret Chase Smith Center at the University of Maine. . Heritage,” or “cultural,” tourism is so nebulous a phrase, it may be better to suggest an exercise… Read More
    Fort Kent District Court Harold Barrett, 58, Rockport, hunting without hunter orange clothing, $100. Gilbert Bouchard, 51, Fort Kent, marijuana cultivation, bound over for jury trial. Jessica L. Bourgoin, 16, Fort Kent, possession of tobacco products by minor, $100. Read More
    WARREN – Amidst concerns for public safety, the owner of a Route 90 rifle range agreed to disclose its financial condition to the state Bureau of Environmental Protection to show whether the business is capable of complying with its permit. “I have nothing to hide,”… Read More
    A slowdown in tax revenues, a surge in health care costs, and bills due from tax cuts – for many state governments, the new year promises to bring budget headaches. Economic forecasts at year’s end show at least a dozen states facing a combination of… Read More
    BUCKSPORT – Paper isn’t just paper. It’s weight. It’s chemistry. It’s money. And it’s work for two teams of employees at International Paper Co.’s mill that spent years developing a new lightweight paper for Time, People and Sports Illustrated magazines and their 10 million subscribers. Read More
    BANGOR – HarvardNet, one of the leading providers of digital subscriber line Internet service to businesses statewide, is restructuring the company and will no longer offer the DSL connections, the Massachusetts-based firm announced Wednesday. As part of the reorganization, HarvardNet will lay off its entire… Read More
    APPLETON – After avoiding a deer that was crossing West Appleton Road on Tuesday night, a Union woman hit another deer with her car, causing $4,000 in damage to the vehicle. Julie A. Packard, 47, was driving north at 9:55 p.m. when she turned to… Read More
    AUGUSTA – A woman with a background in Maine hospital management will be the new superintendent of the state psychiatric hospital in Augusta. Lisa Kavanaugh will begin as top administrator at the Augusta Mental Health Institute on Jan. 2, 2001, Mental Health Commissioner Lynn Duby… Read More
    MACHIAS – Machias Dental Care is trying to spread holiday cheer to Washington County children in need. Dr. James Sparaga and the team at the dental center on 75 Court St., have placed a Spirit Tree in the office reception room. The… Read More
    On Nov. 25, an international conference on global warming collapsed at The Hague and was almost completely ignored by U.S. media obsessed with the election controversy in Florida. The conference was a last-ditch effort to salvage the Kyoto Accord of 1997 and its collapse could have much greater… Read More
    PITTSFIELD – Mayor Gary Jordan said the Town Council has already begun preparing for Pittsfield Town Manager D. Dwight Dogherty’s retirement in 2003. As Dogherty starts his 18th year as Pittsfield’s town manager, Jordan has asked him to create a complete job description that the… Read More
    This is not about Florida. By way of preface there follows a passing reference to Florida, but it is awfully hard these days to discuss anything of even the slightest public interest without alluding in some way to the state now so clearly identified as the source of… Read More
    ELLSWORTH – There were plenty of questions but few answers when city councilors and school committee members talked about money and budgets Tuesday. City Manager Tim King told the two panels that while the city’s valuation and property tax revenue have steadily increased in recent… Read More
    AUGUSTA – Democratic candidates once again swept all three constitutional offices Wednesday, in addition to the legislatively elected post of state auditor. G. Steven Rowe, the outgoing Democratic House speaker from Portland, faced no opposition in his bid to become attorney general. Fairfield Democrat Dan… Read More
    CALAIS – Even with a gun to their heads, it took the city councilors two meetings Wednesday to decide how the city would cope with the loss of ambulance service. When they were done, the majority voted to enter into a contract with a private company. Read More
    Although it lasted a mere 7 minutes, 10 seconds, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s address to a joint session of Congress on Dec. 8, 1941, is regarded as one of the most passionate speeches in American history. Some historians question whether a war-anxious FDR really was surprised by Japan’s… Read More
    CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island – Canadian Agriculture Minister Lyle Vanclief is talking with U.S. officials about possibly lifting their ban on Prince Edward Island potatoes, Premier Pat Binns said Wednesday. However, the province has yet to hear whether Ottawa will impose a corresponding ban on… Read More
    MACHIASPORT – More than $38,000 was taken from a safe in an apparent break-in discovered Wednesday at the town office, authorities said. The burglary was discovered by Town Clerk Margaret Flaherty when she arrived at work about 8:15 a.m. At first, all appeared normal until… Read More
    MAINE VS. WAYNE STATE Time, site: Thursday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 1 p.m.; Alfond Arena, Orono Records: Wayne State 3-11-0; Maine 5-7 Series, last meeting: Maine leads 2-0; Maine 9-3 on Jan. 14 Key players: Maine –… Read More
    ELLSWORTH – Ellsworth-area schools have made plans for four holiday concerts. Each performance will be at the Ellsworth High School auditorium. Second-graders from the Bryant E. Moore School will perform at 7 tonight. Ellsworth Middle School pupils will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11. Read More
    PORTLAND – A Rockland man was arrested on an arson charge after a smoky pre-dawn fire Wednesday in a Weymouth Street apartment that injured one person and drove nearly two dozen others from the four-story building. Eric Malmstrom, 22, admitted that he set the blaze… Read More
    FAIRFIELD – The SAD 49 board on Thursday will consider extending Superintendent Dean Baker’s contract by one year. During the meeting, set for 7 p.m. at Lawrence High School, board members will conduct Baker’s annual performance evaluation in executive session then vote on his contract… Read More
    Whether going to or from work, running errands, or stopping by the corporate offices, the employees of Webber Oil Co. in Bangor hope all will participate in their first food drive. Webber’s Jennifer Brewer said Webber employees started a food drive the day after Thanksgiving… Read More
    BRADFORD – The remains of a man uncovered in a shallow grave here last week were identified Wednesday as Joseph Cloak Jr. of Ellsworth, according to the Maine State Police. The state Medical Examiner’s Office said it expected to release a cause of death Friday. Read More
    I read a recent column concerning the retirement of your columnist John Day. It seems like just yesterday John and I were sitting around our fraternity house at the U of M and somehow were discussing when we were born. As it unfolded, we were not only born… Read More
    GLENBURN – What educators saw as an update to a family life curriculum that’s been taught here for more than 20 years, some parents viewed as a drastic change in the way sex education is talked about in the eighth grade. Last month, about 40… Read More
    NEWPORT – Selectmen Wednesday night settled a disagreement over how much winter sand to buy and how much to pay for it. Robert Noyes of R and R Lumber of Carmel addressed the board to explain his side of a disagreement with the town’s public… Read More
    FORT KENT – Cross-country skiing is going right to town in northern Maine, known for decades as the snow capital of the state. While snow is still being awaited in the region, the anticipation is especially high at Fort Kent Elementary School, where a new… Read More
    BASS HARBOR – Coast Guard officers saved a 65-foot fishing boat that was in danger of sinking at the town dock. The Nordsee, owned by Rodney Wilmer of Bernard, appeared to be taking on water Monday while moored in the harbor, so Tremont harbor master… Read More
    BANGOR – Delta Airlines plans to notify and rebook air travelers who will be affected by a possible work slowdown, according to Bangor International Airport’s marketing manager. But local customers who are using Delta Connections to fly to Cincinnati, one of the airline’s largest hubs,… Read More
    ARLINGTON, Va. – Gannett Co. has promoted Craig Dubow to president of its broadcasting division. He will replace Cecil Walker, who will become chairman and continue as chief executive officer of Gannett Broadcasting, Gannett announced Tuesday. Dubow, who had been the executive… Read More
    FAIRFIELD – Town Manager Paul Blanchette once had high hopes for a regional partnership designed to promote growth. But his attitude has soured since a business group and a planning agency abruptly announced plans to lead the effort. These days, Blanchette is waiting skeptically for… Read More
    Several hundred residents in Glenburn and Kenduskeag were without power for less than an hour Wednesday, according to a spokesman for Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. The power outage was attributed to a problem at a substation, although the spokesman didn’t know specifically what caused the power… Read More
    AUGUSTA – Maine’s 7-year-old law that sets term limits for lawmakers has come under fire from critics who say it is weakening the legislative branch of government. But because of widespread reluctance to tamper with a statute that was created by voters in a referendum,… Read More
    ELLSWORTH – The American Cancer Society and Maine Coast Memorial Hospital will present a free seminar tonight on financial guidance for cancer survivors and their families. The seminar will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, in the first-floor classroom of the hospital’s medical… Read More
    BANGOR – Ed Farren has put plenty of miles on his tires this year, as in years past, coming to Maine to motivate state government and businesses to join New Brunswick in its quest to get a piece of the new economy. Each time, he… Read More
    STOCKTON SPRINGS – Nobody was hurt when a Church Street barn was destroyed by fire Wednesday. The Stockton Springs Fire Department said a kerosene space heater in the barn’s wood shop is believed to have overheated material nearby and ignited the blaze. The barn, which… Read More
    PORTLAND – A baby who was born in a Logan Airport bathroom stall and left for dead in the toilet bowl has been placed in his grandparents’ custody in South Portland. A Massachusetts judge agreed last month to allow 7-month-old Benjamin Robert Angell-Clifton to live… Read More
    MACHIAS – The Washington County Sheriff’s Department released a composite sketch Wednesday of the suspect who stabbed a deputy in Lubec. Sheriff Joseph Tibbetts said Deputy Jamie Denbow, a contract patrol officer for Lubec, was stabbed in the upper leg Tuesday night when he stopped… Read More
    WJBQ 97.9 will present Q Bash 2000, featuring Third Eye Blind and other performers, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 775-3331. Read More
    I am amazed at reports that a woman in Newport News, Va. has had trouble sleeping after finding a chicken head in her box of McDonald’s chicken wings. What was this woman thinking? That chicken wings grew on a chicken wing tree? The head was… Read More
    House eaves and split-rail fences are draped in icicle lights by the thousands, while in storefronts, wire reindeer move their heads up and down as if keeping time to the rhythm of the Salvation Army bells nearby. It’s the height – the high noon –… Read More
    The Portland Symphony Orchestra will create a winter wonderland Dec. 8-18 at its annual “Magic of Christmas” concert. Headlining the event will be Broadway performer Christiane Noll and 13-year-old Maine soprano Laura Darrell. Also performing at the show will be the Parish Bell Ringers of Brunswick, the Boy… Read More
    FORT KENT – The University of Maine at Fort Kent division of nursing will host an informational presentation on organ transplant donation at 9:30 a.m. today in the campus SportsCenter. Registered nurse Laura Huckstein, a transplant coordinator from the New England Organ Bank, will speak… Read More
    Micmac, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot basket makers will be on hand during the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance sale and demonstration, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Hudson Museum in the Maine Center for the Arts, University of Maine in Orono. The yearly event will feature… Read More
    PRESQUE ISLE – The Alert Test will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12. in the Aroostook Room of the campus center at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Passing this test is a prerequisite for enrollment in the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s… Read More
    MAINE vs. TOWSON Time, site: 5:30 p.m., Towson Center, Towson, Md. Records: Maine 5-1 (0-0 America East), Towson 2-3 (0-0) Series, last meeting: Maine leads 8-6, UM won 84-71 on Jan. 27 Key players: Maine –… Read More
    Help! I don’t understand government economics. How can the government have a surplus and be trillions of dollars in debt? The last account, on Nov. 29, it amounts to over $5.6 trillion. This debt costs us millions of dollars daily in interest. Apparently, the economic… Read More
    PRESQUE ISLE – The University of Maine System, in partnership with the Maine Humanities Council, invites applications from individuals and groups to support projects that will expand and preserve knowledge of Maine’s rich multicultural heritage. An outgrowth of the University of Maine System Diversity Initiative,… Read More
    DOVER-FOXCROFT – The sentencing of a Milo man, who pleaded no contest to sexual abuse of a minor Wednesday in Piscataquis County Superior Court, was continued day to day. Jeffrey Banker, 28, also entered guilty pleas for aggravated furnishing of marijuana and for violation of… Read More
    PRESQUE ISLE – The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Outdoor Adventure Program International is sponsoring a 72-hour, hands-on Wilderness First Responder course from Feb. 17 to Feb. 25. The cost of the course is $365 per person. A 50 percent deposit is required by… Read More
    TALES FROM RHAPSODY HOME: OR WHAT THEY DON’T TELL YOU ABOUT SENIOR LIVING By John Gould, Algonquin Books, Chapel Hill, N.C., 2000, 182 pages, $18.95. When you are 90 years old, use a walker, have a heart condition and are stuck in a nursing home,… Read More
    ELLSWORTH – The Bangor Daily News bureau in Ellsworth will host an open house and kids’ holiday fun night. The fun and games will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at 63 Main St. The open house and kids’ night is part… Read More
    AUGUSTA – Three Vassalboro residents pleaded guilty and were sentenced Wednesday on charges related to a methamphetamine operation in that central Maine town, the Maine attorney general’s office said. David M. Miles, 28, also known as Michael Miles, was sentenced to five years in prison… Read More
    Sarah Walsh, Kim McLaughlin WATERVILLE – The Maine Women’s Basketball Coaches Association has named Sarah Walsh of Colby College and Kim McLaughlin of Bates College as their Players of the Week. Walsh, a sophomore center from Catonsville, Md., averaged 15 points and seven rebounds in… Read More
    Congratulations to Robert Gardiner and Charles Beck for completely ruining what was once a wonderful public radio station. Remember the days of Boston Symphony broadcasts, Robert J. (who had a marvelous talent for programming interesting and varied music, and who also knew how to pronounce… Read More
    COLUMBIA FALLS – The Columbia House has been entered into the National Register of Historic Places. Earle G. Shettleworth Jr., director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, said the designation indicates that the property has been documented, evaluated and considered worthy of protection as part… Read More
    PORTLAND – Fifteen health care experts have been named to the board of directors of the new charitable foundation that resulted from the sale of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine. The Maine Health Access Foundation will use $82 million from the sale of… Read More
    SKOWHEGAN – The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture has announced a $5,200 fellowship for a residency program for a nine-week session, from June 16 through Aug. 18, 2001. Full and partial fellowship support is available through the Bingham Fellowship and the William and Marguerite Zorach Fellowship for… Read More
    FORT KENT – The Madawaska-Edmundston complex of Fraser Papers Nexfor was hailed Wednesday by the group’s president as the centerpiece of the international pulp, paper and dimensional lumber company. Bert Martin, a native of Edmundston, New Brunswick, who moved up through the company’s ranks from… Read More
    Editor’s Note: In Sound Advice, the first Thursday of every month, veteran NEWS entertainment writer Dale McGarrigle reviews new rock, pop, alternative, country, folk or blues albums. Different NEWS writers contribute reviews from other musical genres. “Nathan Michael Shawn Wayna” (Universal) – Boyz II Men… Read More
    BELFAST – Democrats of Waldo County will meet to mark the holiday season Friday. Third-term state Rep. Joe Brooks of Winterport and newly elected Rep. Walter Ash of Belfast will be on hand to talk about the 2001 legislative session. The Waldo County Democratic Committee… Read More
    GARLAND – SAD 46 officials and Penobscot County deputies are stymied about the motivation behind repeated break-ins at the Garland Elementary School. School personnel arrived Wednesday morning to discover – for the third time – that someone had entered the school through a window, opened… Read More
    It seems likely, now, that G.W. Bush will be our next president – thanks to some poorly designed and junky voting devices (machines) in Florida, and elsewhere in the country. Some suggestions for our new president before 2004 are: Trash the junky voting devices; have… Read More
    Dover-Foxcroft District Court Brodie Mackin, 18, Brownville, possessing marijuana, $200. Michael J. Martin, 34, Greenville, assault, bound over for jury trial. Clifton H. McCullough, 44, Hudson, operating motor vehicle while under influence of intoxicating liquor, bound over for jury… Read More
    BANGOR – A Superior Court judge this week awarded the city more than $101,000 in damages in its lawsuit against Bangor Packet & Steamship Co., an affiliate of the Sea Dog Brewing Co. Justice Jeffrey L. Hjelm, in his order filed Monday in Penobscot County Superior Court, awarded… Read More
    NEW SWEDEN – Union 122 board members named a new superintendent Tuesday night. The board unanimously approved Rebecca Haskell of Caribou, who will assume the position Jan. 1. Haskell has served as the union’s special services coordinator for the past 10 years. Read More
    In theaters DR. T AND THE WOMEN 122 minutes, R, directed by Robert Altman, written by Anne Rapp. In the new Robert Altman film, “Dr. T and the Women,” Richard Gere stars as the most popular OB-GYN in Dallas history, so you… Read More
    Disney on Ice’s Snow White will be performed at the Bangor Auditorium at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001; 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, 2001; 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, 2001; 11:30 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001; 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14,… Read More
    The decision to withdraw the Met from Maine Public Radio is appalling. While I do not profess to be an opera buff, I have come to expect its presence among the repertoire of classical music programs offered by public radio. How can we promote and preserve the arts… Read More
    BAR HARBOR – An American Indian basket collection from New Mexico is headed to the new Abbe Museum. The collection owned by Dianna Baker has been donated to the museum. The 44 baskets in the collection were made primarily by members of… Read More
    PALMYRA – There is a at least one four-legged fugitive, and possibly two, in the woods and fields bordering Interstate 95 in Palmyra. For more than two weeks, area police and animal control officers have made repeated trips to Mile Markers 146 and 147 northbound… Read More
    One of my favorite desserts during the holidays is plum pudding, the dense and gooey fruit-filled cake smothered with a sauce of butter, sugar and cream. Plum puddings, traditionally served at Christmas time and often referred to as Christmas puddings, trace their culinary heritage to England, where the… Read More
    Does anybody really believe Vice President Gore when he says that the manual recount in Florida is about the “rule of the law” and the “will of the people”? These are two things Gore cares very little about. We all know that the manual recount… Read More
    CARIBOU – The Cary Medical Center will offer free flu vaccines 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, at the Stockholm School. A limited amount of flu vaccine is available at Cary Medical Center’s free flu shot clinics. Vaccines will be given first… Read More
    PITTSFIELD – Dwayne Black, the former operator of Shorey’s Funeral Chapel in Pittsfield, recently relocated to Connecticut, leaving the local facility to be operated by Dana McGinnis, former Clinton police chief. According to McGinnis, Black and his family moved out of state last month, a… Read More