The proposed cuts to services for Maine’s disabled citizens have affected my family in a way that feels cold and uncaring. My 28-year-old son has Down syndrome and is mentally retarded. He receives a minimum of services – a day program at Penobscot Valley Industries for 18 hours… Read More
Marvin Ellison’s Feb. 14 BDN article was a shocker in that he could possibly still believe that abortion is health care. Twenty-nine worldwide studies, 13 U.S., link abortion to breast cancer. Since the mid-1980s, breast cancer rates increased more than 40 percent. The increase is limited to women… Read More
    AUGUSTA – A judge has refused to throw out statements that trucker Scott Hewitt made to police after a Maine Turnpike crash last summer killed a Scarborough woman. Hewitt’s statements after the July 29 crash were made voluntarily after he was advised of his legal rights, Kennebec County… Read More
BREWER – Jordan McLain singled and doubled to drive in two runs as Brewer defeated previously unbeaten Bucksport 6-2 in a Penobscot Valley Conference softball game. Katie Quimby, Anna Corey and Kate Hanlon each had an RBI single for Brewer. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define… Read More
THOMASTON – SAD 50’s preliminary 2004-05 budget totals $10.5 million and will go before residents at a public hearing May 12. The $10,528,585 budget is up 2.55 percent over last year’s expenses, while the assessment to member towns is $8,100,183, or 3.9 percent higher than… Read More
In response to the letter, “Birch Stream cleanup” (BDN letter, Nov. 13), I wish to clarify the fact that we do appreciate the people who came together to clean the area from decades of litter from our Birch Stream. I did say we were grateful… Read More
    John Baldacci is a very good friend of mine and we have worked well together since 1994 when he went to Washington, D.C. as our congressman. He has been always attentive to the needs of federal employees and to the folks in Washington County. What’s more, he cares… Read More
MACHIAS – A judge has dismissed a Whiting woman’s complaint against the town and the company that wants to build a 330-foot telecommunications tower on Yellow Birch Mountain. But the question of who will pay $4,631 in Whiting’s attorney fees remained unclear Wednesday. googletag.cmd.push(function ()… Read More
AUSTIN, Texas – Austin police have filed a capital murder charge against a 53-year-old taxi driver in the shooting deaths of two of his customers, including a man from Maine, during a disagreement early Saturday morning, police said. Wayne Franklin Lambert Jr., a driver for… Read More
    This letter is to second vehemently the recent pointed letter of Mary Lou Colbath (BDN, Nov. 9), who has protested the elimination by Maine Public Radio of such programs as the Saturday afternoon Metropolitan Opera and the weekday afternoon music offering. For a station that… Read More
WALDOBORO — SAD 40 voters struggled for an hour and three-quarters Thursday to pass the first of seven articles considered at a districtwide meeting. Eventually, all articles were passed, with a total reduction of $7,500 from what was proposed the third time around. The 1999-2000… Read More
    BROOKSVILLE, Fla. — A Maine woodsman, handcuffed and flown to Florida last week, has been sent home after a grand jury declined to indict him in the 1993 slaying of a 12-year-old girl. After hearing two days of testimony, a Hernando County grand jury issued… Read More
BANGOR — The Police Department is issuing an alert about a series of stolen checks that are fraudulently being cashed and used for purchases around eastern Maine. The business checks were stolen in late March from the purse of a Bangor woman and bear the… Read More
    PRESQUE ISLE — After 43 years in existence, the Braden Theater closed its doors on Main Street Sunday. Competition from a new eight-cinema theater built adjacent to the Aroostook Centre Mall was blamed for the closing, according to Michael Bernard, owner of Aroostook Cinemas Inc. Read More
    STANDISH – Madison High School Coach Colin Campbell wasn’t surprised when his team scored eight runs in the first two innings of its state Class C softball final Saturday against George Stevens Academy. The Bulldogs, Campbell said, used aggressive play to get to the state… Read More
CAMDEN — The Camden Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor a second series of dog obedience classes starting Tuesday, June 25, at the Ragged Mountain Recreation Area in Camden this summer. Cheryl Roberts of Dogworks in Lincolnville will be the instructor. For more information, and to receive registration… Read More
DOVER-FOXCROFT — The Piscataquis County Commissioners, in cooperation with Eastern Transportation Services, will hold a series of public meetings, at which residents will have an opportunity to make comments and give suggestions, pertaining to unmet transportation needs. The meetings will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 26,… Read More
    If you had a band, what would you call it? “The Copper Lights.” 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… 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
    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
    Schools Maine Recycles Week 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 Slot var slot_sizes =… Read More
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    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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