MILLINOCKET – The suspected arson that did $43,000 damage to the town’s volunteer-funded creative playground July 9 was a despicable crime that would have been worse had a handful of town workers not handled it adroitly. That was Recreation Department Director Frank Clukey’s message as… Read More
    While I have noticed a number of responses to the article about the boy who was allowed to use a girls bathroom because he wishes to be female, “Hatred rears its head” (BDN, Dec. 24) by Rev. Max Soucia stood out. He criticized the grandfather of another student… Read More
It was just about this time of year five years ago when the campaign to sell the Iraq war to America began. The Bush administration brilliantly pummeled the airwaves with experts and high-ranking members of his cabinet telling us how dangerous it would be to not invade Iraq. Read More
I wanted to take a moment to thank Gov. Baldacci for pushing through the low-income heating assistance. The federal government failed to help low-income families with high home heating prices. Instead the federal government cut services to the poor to pay for a tax cut for the wealthy. Read More
    ORONO – The University of Maine peace studies program, in conjunction with Witness for Peace, is inviting people interested to join a delegation to Venezuela March 4-13. The trip, which focuses on the theme “Exploring the Complexities of the New Venezuela,” “comes at a historic… Read More
Castine Unitarian Church says it has called the Rev. Mark Worth to be its full-time minister, starting July 1, 2006. Since 1991, when he was ordained, Worth has been minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth three-quarter time and one-quarter time at Castine. A leader in UU… Read More
BREWER – Four men and one woman, employees of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department, were recognized Friday for their dedication and abilities to rise above tough situations. The employees receiving the awards represented the various operations within the department. Some work behind the scenes, making… Read More
    Earl Anderson knows most people assumed he would leave his post as Nokomis girls basketball coach after the 2002-03 season. After all, the Warriors of Newport graduated all five starters from group that won a Class A state title, two Eastern Maine crowns, and one regional runner-up plaque. Read More
On Nov. 4 the citizens of Maine will have the opportunity to vote on Question 2, which states, “Do you want to allow slot machines at certain commercial harness racing tracks?” I would like to give you several reasons that a yes vote would be favorable. Read More
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    BELFAST – The following divorces were granted in Belfast District Court during March on grounds of irreconcilable marital differences. Paul David Foster and Ann Marie Delaney, both of Belfast; married at Springfield, Ohio, on Dec. 31, 1993; shared custody of one child. googletag.cmd.push(function () {… Read More
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK – Superintendent Paul Haertel said the annual closure of areas in and around Precipice Cliff and Valley Cove to protect rare peregrine falcons will begin today. Hiking trails, including the Precipice and the East face of Chamberlain Mountain, will be closed until… Read More
DOVER-FOXCROFT – Town officials are making an effort to preserve the local character of rural land and to define those areas, pending the development of a comprehensive plan. To do that, the planning board has proposed changing the zoning ordinance to be more restrictive of… Read More
    BELFAST – A Florida man who dodged Maine burglary charges for five years had his request to return home put on hold when he appeared in Waldo County Superior Court on Wednesday. William S. Breward, 39, also known as David Wayne Breward and James Wallbridge,… Read More
BREWER – Perennial Eastern Maine Class A schoolboy soccer power Hampden Academy, after an 0-2 start, is starting to get some of the kinks out. The Broncos turned in an impressive all-around performance Monday, receiving goals from juniors Tom Janicki, Derek Rodgerson and Justin Groshon… Read More
    We have always been able to add 2 plus 2 and get 4, but we can’t seem to do so with the situation at the Manna Soup Kitchen in Bangor. After the roof collapsed, Bill Rae was quoted as saying it would cost $12,000 to… Read More
High school AT BOWDOIN COLLEGE, Brunswick High School Relay results Waterville boys 95.22, Edward Little 77, Greely 44.5, Portland 42, Brewer and Brunswick 41, Bucksport 39.5, Cheverus 24.5, Mount Ararat 19.5, Thornton Academy 7.33, Skowhegan 7, Westbrook 6.5, Windham 4, Gray-New Gloucester .33 googletag.cmd.push(function ()… Read More
PORTLAND — A white tenant at a subsidized housing complex has been given an eviction notice for allegedly instigating a brawl between whites and Cambodian immigrants, authorities said. William Greenwald, 47, was ordered to stay away from Asian residents at Sagamore Village or else face… Read More
    Fraudulent telemarketers have found yet another way to steal your money, this time from your checking account. Consumers across the country are complaining about unauthorized debits (withdrawals) from their checking accounts. Automatic debiting of your checking account can be a legitimate payment method; many people… Read More
As she stood there, motionless, she caught my attention with a bat of her enormous, chocolate-brown eyes. A gentle breeze ruffled her long, flowing chestnut hair. She stands more than five feet tall and her sleek frame has no trouble carrying around her 1,100 pounds. Read More
    BELFAST — Two obstacles stand in the way of Robert Gould’s winning re-election to the state Senate. One is that term limits already make him a lame duck. The other is Susan Longley. From the moment she declared her candidacy for Senate District 11 last… Read More
We keep criticizing New Brunswick for collecting sales tax at the border when its citizens return from shopping in Maine. But Maine is not so friendly to out-of-state business either. Maine is collecting sales tax from Mainers when they are shopping by mail outside our state! Maine is… Read More
ARUNDEL — Opponents turned out in force Wednesday for the first of four days of hearings on a proposal to build a dump for incinerator ash and other special wastes on the Biddeford-Arundel line. Critics said the 300-acre site was too wet and was too… Read More
    An item on the Penobscot Page Saturday about a charity softball tournament contained an error. The tournament will be held at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 26 and 27, not Aug. 22 and 23, as reported. Read More
The Right Rev. Victor Scantlebury, suffragen bishop of Panama, will be a guest at the 172nd annual convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine on Saturday, May 18, at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland. He will be homilist at Evensong services at 6:30 p.m. Friday,… Read More
Fans of Bates College sports should be happy to know the women’s volleyball team is, once again, bringing fame to Lewiston, Maine. Sixth-year head coach Marsha Graef’s Bobcats are 20-1 and ranked second in the NCAA Division III East Region, an area that includes 70… 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
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    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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