About a week after the world watched loaded passenger jets plow into the sides of the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, my husband and I held the hands of our 5- and 8-year-old children and took our appointed seats on a plane at Bangor International Airport. Read More
    AUGUSTA – The Public Utilities Commission held an emergency hearing and deliberations Friday on the FairPoint Communications takeover of Verizon’s land-line and Internet services in northern New England after FairPoint sold bonds to finance the deal at interest rates that were much higher than expected. Read More
. City Council, 6:45 p.m. Monday, City Hall, executive session, land acquisition for Hogan Road extension. . City Council, 7:30 p.m. Monday, City Hall, regular meeting, confirmation of Ronald K. Gastia’s appointment as police chief, establishment of standing airport committee, parking ordinance amendments, flu planning… Read More
CALAIS – The Ice Grippers Winter Carnival that had been scheduled for this weekend has been canceled. Mother Nature did not cooperate and the snow that had been hoped for never materialized. The organizers plan to hold a winter carnival next year. Read More
    STONINGTON – After a second round of interviews this week, selectmen Wednesday night hired a Maryland businessman to be the town’s next town manager. Howard S. Willinghan of Catonsville, Md., has accepted the town’s offer, but has not yet signed the contract, according to board… Read More
A $150 million capital campaign approved Monday for the University of Maine will go a long way to improving the buildings, enhancing the faculty and helping students. The campaign, which is slated to last six years, should be generously supported by university alumni, area residents and businesses and… Read More
Boating course BANGOR – Penobscot Bay Sail and Power Squadron has set dates and locations for the U.S. Power Squadron’s boating course this winter. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes = [[300,250]]; var new_slot_sizes = []; var has_banner = false; for (var i… Read More
    LINCOLN, Neb. – Peter Hoff believes there are a lot of things that set him apart from the other three finalists for the University of Nebraska president’s position, namely his career in higher education. His connection with students on a university campus is one of… Read More
ELLSWORTH – The proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter and the unfinished Home Depot building soon may serve a greater purpose than simply selling retail merchandise. City Manager Tim King is backing two proposals he thinks would make better use of the presence of the large-scale commercial developments… Read More
Upon reading the article pertaining to the formulation of a state commission charged to find ways to recruit and retain teachers (BDN, Oct. 25), I feel a response is necessary. There were implications that the commission should make it easier and more lucrative for business… Read More
    HODGDON – Liz Howard knocked in a goal on corner kick with nine minutes remaining in the second half to lift Washburn to a 1-0 victory over Hodgdon in schoolgirl soccer action Friday. Goalie Crystal Blakney made 14 saves on 19 shots for the 5-1… Read More
SOUTH PORTLAND — Fairchild Semiconductor has completed the $450 million purchase of the Power Device Division of Samsung Electronics Co., officials said. Kirk Pond, Fairchild’s president and chief executive, said Wednesday the purchase adds several hundred products to his company’s portfolio. googletag.cmd.push(function () { //… Read More
BANGOR — For weeks, it looked as though there would be only one candidate for the special City Council election April 14. Gerry G.M. Palmer Jr., who came in fourth in last November’s council election, had taken out nomination papers early and returned them several… Read More
    When she started her first class at Washington County Technical College, Teena Annable was up half the night, sick to her stomach and filled with fright. After more than 20 years outside a classroom, she didn’t know if she would succeed in college. Her first… Read More
PORTLAND — Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. said Wednesday it will ask regulators to approve a 6 percent rate hike over two years. The state’s second-largest electric utility said higher rates are needed to offset costs from the Maine Yankee nuclear plant, which has been closed since… Read More
Entering Week 6 of the 10-week competition, Larry Mahoney continues to edge away from the rest of the staff in pursuit of his second straight title. In a generally good week for the predictors, Mahoney turned in an 18-2 mark which padded his lead to… Read More
    MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont utility regulators say they are more likely to support a proposed natural gas pipeline through the Northeast Kingdom if it delivers gas to the region. The Public Service Board said the benefits of clean, low-cost natural gas would probably outweigh environmental… Read More
DEXTER – Senior quarterback Brad Sherwood came up big for Dexter with eight completions in 12 attempts for 180 yards, five touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions in a 40-8 schoolboy football win against Rockland Saturday. Sherwood hooked up with Chuck Moninski for the… Read More
SANFORD — Cruelty to animal charges have been dropped against a Sanford mother and son who had been accused of torturing a kitten with electrical equipment. Springvale District Court Judge Andre Janelle Wednesday dismissed animal cruelty charges against Barbara Rutterford, 35, and Richard Bernard, 19. Read More
    DOVER-FOXCROFT — Consumers of the Dover and Foxcroft Water District will see about a 32 percent increase in water rates next January, unless a petition is filed to have the Public Utilities Commission further investigate the rate request. About 15 people attended a public hearing… Read More
BELFAST — A discussion on what to do with the Crosby Junior High School building will be the focus of a public forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library. This second forum is sponsored by… Read More
FORT FAIRFIELD — He rolls around the nursing home in his wheelchair, teasing the staff, visiting patients, and showing off his latest baseball cap. He also likes to play board games, have visitors and go outside. Wayne Sharpe, 23, of Fort Fairfield suffered a degree… Read More
    Arthur Boatin of Milbridge was always willing to drive around Frenchman and Blue Hill Bays to hear a concert at Left Bank Bakery and Cafe, but he wished there were concerts closer to home. So two years ago, he began Milbridge Chamber Concerts, a March-October series of monthy… Read More
WINSLOW – Shane Grenier and Jesse White scored first-period goals to help spark Winslow to a 2-0 Class B hockey victory over Old Town at Sukee Arena here Saturday. Reggie Dionne assisted on the Grenier goal and Mark Bouchard set up the White tally. Jred… Read More
The front page of the April 15 Boston Globe had a couple of articles which caught my attention. One dealt with a decline in the use of alcohol and the dependence thereon by the younger and middle-aged population. The other had to do with a resurgence in church… Read More
    MILLINOCKET — Stearns High School Principal Terrance Daigle has announced the honor roll for the first ranking period: Seniors, highest honors: Traci Bilodeau, Lori Gelinas, and Michael Murphy; high honors: Jessi Beadnell, Seth Brooker, Robert Burrell, Brent Cole, Darcy DiFrederico, ,Seanna Dionne, , Billie Jo… 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 – 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
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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
    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. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define… 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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