CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island – Angered by a continuing U.S. ban on Prince Edward Island potatoes, Premier Pat Binns urged the federal government Tuesday to close Canada’s border to American spuds. The U.S. border has been closed since Oct. 20, when potato wart was found… Read More
    HARRINGTON – A meeting designed to help parents and students learn more about financial aid for college is planned for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Narraguagus High School. Guest speaker will be Stephanie Larrabee, financial aid director at the University of Maine at Machias. Read More
    BANGOR – A man from the Kennebec County town of Winthrop was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on three counts related to possession, receipt and interstate transportation of child pornography over the Internet. Adam Dean, 39, faces a maximum possible penalty of 40… Read More
    The name fits Primo restaurant in Rockland, run by award-winning chef Melissa Kelly and her fiance, Price Kushner, was one of the best new restaurants in the United States in the December issue of Esquire Magazine. Food critic John Mariani writes, “Here, for the first… Read More
    Do you remember way back when the presidential candidates were talking about Social Security instead of chads and butterfly ballots and vote counting? And do you remember those rosy campaign promises to let people take back part of their Social Security tax payments and invest… Read More
    PRESQUE ISLE – The Aroostook County branch of the American Red Cross is offering classes in adult, infant and child CPR, with first aid, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the branch office, 141 State St. Participants may register for the full class or for the… Read More
    PITTSFIELD – Concerned about a string of break-ins at local businesses, Pittsfield police are asking residents for help. Within the last month, there have been burglaries or attempted burglaries at four area businesses, the latest occurring overnight at Pittsfield Rental Center on South Main Street. Read More
    BUCKSPORT – The public will have a chance to participate in a straw vote Thursday designed to measure response to a proposed site for a new middle school. The Bucksport School Committee has set a public hearing for 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the… Read More
    AUGUSTA – Gov. Angus King asked President Clinton on Tuesday to send more heating assistance money to Maine to help eligible households cope with unexpectedly high fuel prices. The state received an extra $5 million in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program money in September,… Read More
    BOSTON – The University of Maine women’s basketball team has been subjected to tremendous defensive pressure by opponents in recent games. Boston University implemented the same strategy Tuesday night, utilizing effective full-court pressure and half-court trapping that resulted in 27 Black Bear turnovers and paved… Read More
    Urban and suburban sprawl entered the political scene during the recent election in a new and potentially significant way. A favorite argument against Question 2 in the recent election charged that a vote for the referendum was a vote for sprawl. Small landowners, it was claimed, would be… Read More
    PRESQUE ISLE – Maine Centers for Women, Work and Community will continue in 2001 to combine its fund-raising efforts with recognizing Aroostook County women for their achievements. The Presque Isle center is accepting nominations for its 2002 “Celebrating Women of Aroostook” calendars. Aroostook residents are… Read More
    PITTSFIELD – A brief town council meeting was held Tuesday night with the major order of business taking less than 45 minutes and consisting of scheduling future public hearings. A 45-minute executive session, during which the councilors evaluated Town Manager D. Dwight Dogherty, was held… Read More
    LINCOLNVILLE – A new conservation easement involving 61-acre Moody Pond places 1,200 feet of shorefront and 23 forested acres in permanent protection. The easement was contributed to Coastal Mountains Land Trust by Merrymeeting Trust. Merrymeeting Trust trustees are Merritt Blake, Peter Blake, Fred Blake, Cobb… Read More
    After learning of Maine Public Radio’s decision to drop its Saturday afternoon opera broadcasts, I felt myself slipping into a state of dudgeon. Had they removed “A Prairie Home Companion,” let’s say, or even “Car Talk” from the public radio line-up, I might have felt… Read More
    Boston Red Sox All-Star Nomar Garciaparra will honor Maine area kids for their hard work this past summer when he presents $46,500 to the representatives of 10 youth groups that completed community service projects as part of the Fleet All-Stars Program. Garciaparra will present a… Read More
    Ashland Community High School First quarter honor roll Seniors, highest honors: Melissa Muffler, Randall Perry; high honors: Leslie Bessey, Rebecca MacDonald, Andrea Millett, Michelle Muffler, Matthew Raymond; honors: Donnie Burby, Geoffrey LeBlanc, Joshua Lewin, Melissa McCausland, Jeremy O’Clair, Melinda O’Clair, Corey Skinner, Jennifer Tibbetts. googletag.cmd.push(function… Read More
    NORTHEAST HARBOR – Mount Desert selectmen voted Monday to schedule a public hearing on an ordinance change that would make Main Street’s one-way status permanent. In recent years, the street, which runs north to south, has permitted two-way traffic during slower winter months, but only… Read More
    DOVER-FOXCROFT – Buckshot, the stray bobtail cat that survived multiple pellet wounds to its head, has adjusted just fine to his new Orono home. Anne and George Smith, animal rehabilitators, adopted the 2-year-old cat after reading about his rescue at the hands of Douglas Villone,… Read More
    ROCKLAND – A Rockland woman was injured Tuesday in a three-vehicle rear-ender on Camden Street. Nancy Stone, 51, was taken to Penobscot Bay Medical Center with injuries, Deputy Police Chief Wallace Tower said. A hospital spokeswoman said that Stone was treated then released. googletag.cmd.push(function ()… Read More
    A story appearing Tuesday on the Penquis page misspelled the name of the state court administrator. The correct spelling is James “Ted” Glessner. Tuesday’s Style story on tatting should have said that Elaine O’Donal had made a yarmulke for a bat mitzvah, not a bar… Read More
    BANGOR – US Youth Soccer recently named Freeport’s Mike Healy as the 2000 Region 1 Youth Boys’ Coach of the Year. Healy, who received Soccer Maine’s Youth Boys’ Coach of the Year award last March, was chosen for the Region 1 award from a list… Read More
    The Bangor Police Department is stepping up its efforts this month to curb drinking and driving, promoting a national campaign designated as “You Drink & Drive – You Lose.” From placing red ribbons on police cruisers to publicizing the names of people arrested for drunken… Read More
    GRAND LAKE STREAM – The body of a 47-year-old Tuscarora, Pa., man missing since October was found Tuesday afternoon about three miles from the point where he went into the water. On Oct. 12, Patrick Dowling was in a motorboat with a fishing companion when… Read More
    BELFAST – By a 3-2 vote, the City Council on Tuesday night took the first step toward extending a moratorium designed to block “big box” stores and fast-food restaurants. The moratorium was first enacted for six months in the spring after Wal-Mart approached city officials… Read More
    The U.S. presidential election may depend on hanging, pregnant chads in Florida, but a happy Christmas for the needy in the area may depend on hanging Angel Bunnies and a pregnant Borders employee in Bangor. Stacie Sparkman is the community relations coordinator for Borders Books,… Read More
    ROCKLAND – A 13-year-old boy was injured Tuesday in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Broadway and Pleasant Street, when another driver, whose license was under suspension, struck his mother’s car. Jesse Eustis, a passenger in his mother’s car, was taken to Penobscot Bay… Read More
    BANGOR – Gov. Angus King has been asked to appoint a new treasurer for Penobscot County. Bangor Democrat Patricia Blanchette, who has served as county treasurer since 1994 and who also has served 12 years on the Bangor City Council, was elected last month to… Read More
    ROCKLAND – A lawsuit filed by a Warren business owner seeking repayment of a personal loan made to a former employee who is suing her for unwanted sexual advances has been dismissed by both parties. In April, Philip Georges of Thomaston filed a suit against… Read More
    BAR HARBOR – An Ellsworth woman was killed Tuesday morning when she lost control of her sport utility vehicle and careened into a rock ledge, Bar Harbor police said. Barbara Lee, 54, was driving south toward Bar Harbor on Route 3 about 7:30 a.m. when… Read More
    ROCKLAND – A group eager to call attention to the condition of the Rockland Recreation Center plans a public meeting Thursday. The session will be at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the center on Limerock Street. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes… Read More
    FAIRFIELD – Teachers at Lawrence High School have endorsed the idea of switching to longer classes. Staff members who have studied the concept now must draft a proposal to send to Superintendent Dean Baker and the SAD 49 board early next year. googletag.cmd.push(function () {… Read More
    EAST MACHIAS – The past month has been a busy one for Klaus-Peter Voss as he settles into his job as superintendent of SAD 77. The veteran Maine educator was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, and taught there for 10 years before coming to… Read More
    SKOWHEGAN – Two teen-agers accused of fatally shooting two horses as they grazed in a Pittsfield pasture have been ordered detained at the Northern Maine Juvenile Center in Charleston. Judge James MacMichael issued the order during a District Court hearing Monday and set an arraignment… Read More
    After reading the article about Insurance Commissioner Al Iuppa’s plans to remove some of the mandates for health insurance, I must say that this would be a profound mistake. Whether they like it or not, insurance companies do not really control how much illness there is, nor how… Read More
    SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick – NB Power and two private companies are negotiating with the province to build an 800-megawatt natural gas-fired generator that would sell most of its output to New England. The development follows the collapse of a similar deal between the provincial… Read More
    BANGOR – The proposed location of a methadone clinic planned for the city recently drew fire from its neighbors at the University of Maine at Augusta’s Bangor campus. At Tuesday’s meeting of the Special Committee on Opiate Addiction, the joint panel considered the clinic’s proposed… Read More
    CALAIS – A 19-year-old man who was arrested at the international border was being held without bail Tuesday pending a Dec. 19 hearing on charges that he is a fugitive from a Maryland indictment for child sexual abuse. Assistant District Attorney Paul Cavanaugh said Michael… Read More
    ELLSWORTH – The Hancock County Children’s Council is offering support to parents as they deal with the holiday season and its stress. Ronda Alley, regional parent involvement coordinator for the Maine Parent Federation Inc., will be available from 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays during the… Read More
    BATH – Offering himself up as an example, Maine Chief Justice Daniel Wathen urged students Tuesday to avoid the “big mistakes” in life and told them that they will succeed if they keep searching for their niche. Wathen described himself as 16th out of a… Read More
    On Nov. 9 the BDN printed a letter by Mary Lou Colbath of Orono in which she justifiably lamented program changes on Maine Public Radio. At the time I thought that there had to be some mistake. Would they really eliminate the Metropolitan Opera and weekday afternoon classical… Read More
    Presque Isle District Court Lori L. Saunders, 33, Caribou, operating motor vehicle after suspension of driver’s license, $500, jail seven days, license suspended one year. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes = [[300,250]]; var new_slot_sizes = []; var has_banner = false; for (var… Read More
    DOVER-FOXCROFT – Piscataquis County is one of the luckier counties to have received a federal grant to reimburse some of the costs of incarcerating federal criminals. Piscataquis County commissioners announced at their Tuesday meeting that the sheriff’s department had received a grant of $22,514 for… Read More
    OLD TOWN – Andy Butler’s name wasn’t mentioned during Tuesday night’s discussion of a proposed skateboard park at a meeting of the city’s parks and recreation board. The Glenburn skateboarder and his death were, however, on the minds of several people who attended the meeting at Leonard Middle… Read More
    BLUE HILL – St. Francis By The Sea Episcopal Church will be host of a traditional procession with carols to celebrate the Advent season. The event will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at the congregation’s temporary home at the First Congregational Church. Read More
    At his inauguration last week as president of Mexico, Vicente Fox promised his country the end of corruption, better education, more attention to human rights, environmental protection and economic progress. His ability to accomplish the impossible is enhanced by his already strong record regarding the improbable. Read More
    CORINNA – Selectmen have hired a landscape architecture firm that planners hope will help them work toward developing a marketing and development niche. Gates, Leighton and Associates Inc. of Boothbay Harbor is charged with defining the community’s potential and developing a plan to achieve it… Read More
    WINDSOR – A motorist was killed Tuesday night when her car struck a moose on Route 17, authorities said. Gloria Grant, 55, of Windsor was alone in the eastbound vehicle when it hit the moose in the travel lane and the animal slammed into her… Read More
    ELLSWORTH – The Down East Family YMCA will host an open house demonstration for QiGong. The demonstration will be held 7- 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, and 8:30-9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, at the Ellsworth Community Center in the Mill Mall. googletag.cmd.push(function () { //… Read More
    PEMBROKE – A Bangor ambulance service says it is willing to ride to the rescue of the nearly 30 Washington County communities that will be without ambulance service by the end of the week. Towns from Danforth to Wesley have less than 48 hours to… Read More
    I am a Maine Democrat and have been watching the national election events unfold in Florida with some very deep concerns. The Nov. 25 column written by John Day prompts me to respond. The right of each and every voter to have his vote counted… Read More
    FORT KENT – A representative of Maine Veterans Service will be available to serve the veterans of northern Maine, their dependents and survivors in all matters pertaining to veterans affairs. This service is available 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, at the Fort Kent Armory, and 9 a.m.-noon Thursday,… Read More
    Bangor Christian Schools First quarter honor roll Seniors, high honors: Chris Crane, Eric Curtis, Lindsay Dupere, Amanda Elliott, Kathy Fortier, Ken Fortier, Amanda Goodell, Sarah Gunning, Nick Harriman, Ted de la Haye, Hannah Layton, Renee Mick, Merideth Moores, Chris Patterson, Nicole Pelletier, Lisa Phinney, Marissa… Read More
    Even though his Black Bears received three more power play opportunities than Northeastern in Sunday’s 3-3 overtime tie at Portland’s Cumberland County Civic Center, including a five-minute major, Maine coach Shawn Walsh thought referee John Gravallese’s slashing call on Cliff Loya with 2:28 left that set the stage… Read More
    MAINE vs. BOSTON UNIVERSITY Time, site: Tuesday, 7 p.m.; Case Gym, “The Roof,” Boston, Mass. 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())… Read More
    BANGOR – NASCAR driver Ricky Craven will be signing autographs on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Wal-Mart in Bangor. The autograph session will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. Read More
    The tradition of deer hunting in Maine is rich. Allowing a bonus deer to firearm hunters would break with hunting regulations that have existed for at least 75 years. Consider: . In 1873, the first bag limit was set at three deer per hunter per… Read More
    As shock and outrage continue to resonate over the recent senseless shootings of two horses in Pittsfield by two 16-year-old boys, it might be a good time to evaluate your community and search for a Bobby Boutaugh. Bobby lives in Millinocket, where I grew up… Read More
    COLLEGE Leslie Weed Leslie Weed, of Husson College, has been named the Hammond Lumber player of the week. Weed had 41 points in a conference win over UM-Machias and added 18 in a win over Rochester Institute. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes… Read More
    MONSON – A wood stove-related fire swept through an elderly Monson man’s home Monday, demolishing everything the man owned. When firefighters arrived at Daniel Gallagher’s home on the Elliottsville Road about 12:30 p.m., the fire had already consumed one wall and was raging throughout the… Read More
    BANGOR – A Bradford man convicted in 1983 of murdering a city cabdriver was indicted Monday on charges that he robbed a Hampden woman outside the Bangor Mall last week. A Penobscot County grand jury handed up the indictment against Scott Allard, 37, on a… Read More
    PRESQUE ISLE – University students may gain valuable experience in working with high-caliber athletes as a result of an agreement signed Monday with the Maine Winter Sport Center. The agreement, signed with the University of Maine at Presque Isle, will allow physiology faculty members and… Read More
    WARREN – The central office for SAD 40 has moved to the Educational Service Center (formerly the Warren Primary School). The new mailing and shipping address is: SAD 40 Central Office, Educational Service Center, 44 School St., Warren 04864. The new phone number is 273-4070 and the fax… Read More
    AUGUSTA – A quarter-century of State House institutional memory walked out the door Monday night with Mal Leary, 50, bureau chief of Maine Public Radio. Leary has covered State House politics since 1975, when he was hired as a part-time reporter for United Press International. “I had no… Read More
    Let me say up front, I hate opera. I am one of those who is delighted that MPR has done away with that horrid wasteland on Saturdays. Saturday afternoon was one of the times when I didn’t have to be in my office, when I could relax and… Read More
    BANGOR – A former employee of WLBZ-2 television in Bangor has sued the station and its owners for sex discrimination and retaliation, claiming she left her position of 33 years after a new male supervisor subjected her to what the lawsuit terms “relentless gender-based harassment.” The employee claims… Read More
    ANSON – Travelers over the Madison-Anson Bridge each weekday may think that the protesters carrying signs in the early morning are from Madison Paper Industries, which is located next to the bridge. But the men and women gathered there each morning before heading to classes… Read More
    BANGOR – A Pearl Harbor memorial ceremony will be held at noon, Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Kenduskeag Stream Plaza in downtown Bangor by veterans organizations of the greater Bangor area. The commemorative service is for the members of the U.S. Navy and Air Force… Read More
    PRESQUE ISLE – The following divorces were granted in Maine District Court in Presque Isle by Judge David Griffiths. Unless noted, they were granted on the grounds of irreconcilable marital differences. Kent L. McLellan of Mapleton and Della R. Monson of Fort Fairfield, married in… Read More
    THORNDIKE – People for People, the Waldo County Christmas charity working on its 14th annual project, is making a last-minute appeal for donations. Paul Garelli, chairman of People for People’s board, said donations have been coming in more slowly this year. googletag.cmd.push(function () { //… Read More
    SACO – A man with a suspended license led Saco police on a high-speed chase before crashing into a carwash over the weekend. Police charged Jean-Louis Beaulieu, 29, of Old Orchard Beach with driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, attempting to elude… Read More
    The really scary thing about the two 16-year-olds who shot two horses in a field (and possibly shot into the cab of a moving truck on a highway) is that in just two years these mindless young men will be eligible to vote. Ethel M. Schwalbe Steuben… Read More
    WISCASSET – A Wiscasset man accused of shaking a toddler so violently that she later died from her injuries pleaded guilty Monday under an agreement with prosecutors. Erik Hart pleaded guilty to manslaughter in Lincoln County Superior Court in exchange for the state dropping a… Read More
    Coach says thanks I would like to extend my most sincere appreciation to all of those responsible for the honor that was given to me at the Center Drive School ceremony to recognize my 50 years of coaching. A special thanks to Rick Cortis who… Read More
    Bangor District Court Toby L. Howard, 20, Bar Harbor, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, $200. 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… Read More
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    ROCKPORT – The University of Maine Symphonic Band will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, in the Strom Auditorium at Camden Hills Regional High School. Curvin Farnham, director of bands at UM, will share the podium with Shianne Wheeler, director of bands… Read More
    A Superior Court judge has approved a settlement between Attorney General Andrew Ketterer and the state’s largest student-loan agency that keeps the two from quarreling in court over the agency’s conversion to a charitable educational foundation. Justice John Atwood OK’d a deal late Friday that… Read More
    While our media have been obsessed with judicial and legislative efforts to resolve not only a presidential election but a potential constitutional impasse, Canadians seemingly reconfirmed a tranquil status quo in their elections. Jean Chretien’s Liberals even increased their parliamentary majority. Chretien thus became only the fourth Canadian… Read More
    MACHIAS – A New Brunswick couple accused of stealing almost $90,000 in an automatic teller machine scam and later using the cash to buy a house, car and jewelry were sentenced Monday on theft charges. Richard Libby, 30, and his wife, Lisa Libby, 29, of… Read More
    PITTSFIELD – The SAD 53 board of directors discovered Monday night that a simple request from a group of support staff within the district – secretaries, educational aides, custodians – to join the local teachers’ union, has become more complicated. Superintendent Terrence McCannell told the… Read More
    BANGOR – Charles Dickens’ classic story of the power of Christmas spirit comes to life once again with Penobscot Theatre Company’s 8th annual production of “A Christmas Carol” beginning Dec. 13 at the Bangor Opera House. Performances are scheduled at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13;… Read More
    CAMDEN – The Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce’s “Business Before Hours” breakfast program on Friday will feature a speaker from Anthem Blue Cross-Blue Shield. Leroy Crockett will discuss the Chamber Alliance Health Insurance Program, which is available for small employers through the Maine State Chamber of… Read More
    Recent articles and an editorial in the Bangor Daily News have discussed legislation proposed by the Bureau of Insurance, an agency within the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. In addition, the release of the Report of the Year 2000 Blue Ribbon Commission on Health Care has heightened… Read More