Recently, I heard from the mother of 12-year-old Meaghan Sinclair of Hermon, who attends Hermon Middle School and is an active member of Hermon Baptist Church, about a special decision Meaghan made at Christmastime. It was then, her mother wrote, that Meaghan’s uncle asked the… Read More
    AUGUSTA – Families, youth and organizations are invited to recognize Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at the Hall of Flags in the State House. The goal of the event is to elevate awareness of children’s mental… Read More
ORONO – There are no books, no parking spaces, not even a building at the Pine Street site, but residents can get used to the location of the future Orono Public Library by dropping off books at the big blue depository bin on the property. Read More
Starting at 4 a.m. today and lasting until 6 a.m., Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. plans to interrupt electric service on several streets in North Brewer in order to upgrade the system. The following streets will be affected in their entirety; Genie Street, Lincoln Street, Madison Avenue, Jefferson Street, Capri… Read More
    BELFAST – A mathematics teacher at Troy Howard Middle School was awarded the nation’s highest honor for teaching science and math, it was announced Tuesday. Margaret Southworth of Winterport has been teaching math for 10 years, the past nine to eighth-graders at Troy Howard in… Read More
ROCKLAND – A spring rummage sale will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 14, at the Rockland Congregational Church. High-quality clothing and household items will be offered, as well as a bargain-hunters’ table. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes =… Read More
    PITTSFIELD – It wasn’t quite as originally scheduled, but groundbreaking for a new $1.3 million surgical wing at Sebasticook Valley Hospital began this week. Earth was being removed from a small hill outside the existing surgical suite, between the hospital and its business offices. googletag.cmd.push(function… Read More
This letter is in response to the op-ed by George Hill and Ruth Lockhart on Jan. 21, concerning the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, that refers to the survey by the Family Planning Association of Maine. It stated that 58 percent of Mainers think of themselves as… Read More
WALDOBORO – Four people were injured Sunday in a head-on collision on Route 1 that appears to have been weather-related. Two drivers and two passengers were taken by ambulance to Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta. Two later were transferred to Maine Medical Center in Portland. Read More
HOPPIN’ JOHN’S LOWCOUNTRY COOKING, by John Martin Taylor, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston and New York, 2000, 345 pages, $18. Every New Year’s Day, southerners eat Hoppin’ John – a dish of black-eyed peas and rice – for good luck. Sometimes the dish is served with… Read More
CARRABASSETT VALLEY – The Mt. Blue High School of Farmington boys and girls ski teams jumped out to leads after the cross country freestyle portion of the State Class A ski championships at Sugarloaf Mountain Monday. Meanwhile, Caribou High School phenom Anna Sprague cruised to… Read More
    BANGOR – A labor union charge that Bangor Mental Health Institute is using Big Brother tactics to watch employees has prompted a state investigation. The Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services will investigate whether a complaint that security cameras and a… Read More
BLUE HILL — On Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11, Lester Kenway, trail manager of Baxter State Park, will lead a trail work training session on the Osgood Trail on Mountain Road in Blue Hill. The workshop on the old forest service trail to Blue Hill… Read More
    Coach Paul Kostacopoulos wants to mold the University of Maine baseball program into a consistent America East title contender. Two years into his stint as the Black Bears’ boss, Kostacopoulos is growing impatient as he realizes the process is going to take longer than he… Read More
ROCKPORT — The Rockport Public Library will hold an open house and party from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. “Every year about now, our volunteer group, the Friends of Rockport Library, sponsors an open house,” library director Sally Regan said. “The idea this year is… Read More
BREWER — The Penobscot Valley Chapter of the Maine Audubon Society will sponsor a public forum to consider three forestry proposals appearing on the November ballot at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the First Congregational Church at 35 Church St., Brewer. Voters this fall will be… Read More
    AUGUSTA — A new group of potential buyers is planning to visit the dormant Statler Tissue Co. mill, whose closure last year left hundreds in the capital area unemployed. Sam Posner of Boca Raton, Fla., has formed Tree-Free Fiber Co. with other executives in the… Read More
The Maine education commissioner’s decision to withhold from a state test for 11th-graders the poem “Richard Cory” is certain to raise questions. “Richard Cory,” by Edwin Arlington Robinson about “people on the pavement” who confuse success with appearance, not seeing the misery beneath, ends in suicide. Maine teens,… Read More
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COLUMBIA FALLS — Selectman Stan Look said Wednesday that he hopes the town will receive Department of Environmental Protection approval for a waste transfer station before June 30. The town’s second application to build the station on a portion of the 36 acres of town… Read More
SULLIVAN — Proponents of an innovative and experimental elementary school health program are under fire from Union 96 parents who accuse school officials of “playing with the kids’ minds.” About 80 people gathered Wednesday evening at Sumner Memorial High School for a progress update on… Read More
Maine’s superintendent of insurance has levied fines against six Maine insurance companies for doing business through a Vermont company whose license to operate in Maine had been suspended. Companies involved in the action by Joseph A. Edwards are John F. Ezzy of Madawaska, the Farnsworth… Read More
    This weekend in Augusta, Maine Republicans young and old are flexing their political muscle, gearing up for Campaign ’90 at their state party convention. The Augusta Civic Center — site of the exciting Class D basketball tournament and famous as one of the last concert… 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
    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
    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
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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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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