FORT KENT – When Lionel Lavoie returned home from Vietnam 40 years ago, he never envisioned the kind of reception he had at the Fort Kent Community High School on Saturday night. This weekend fellow veterans, students and community members saluted his efforts, but four… Read More
I am writing regarding the buying of FairPoint by Verizon. I don’t really care one way or the other if they do, but I want to make your readers aware of this fact. I have FairPoint because it’s my only choice. I have been without telephone service twice… Read More
BREWER – Hampden historian Brian Swartz will present a program on “Maine at Gettysburg” during the monthly meeting of the Brewer Historical Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, at the Clewley Museum, 199 Wilson St. The program will entail a slide presentation and discussion… Read More
BRUNSWICK – If Bowdoin College gets its way, downtown Brunswick will become Maine’s first community to offer wireless Internet access to much of its downtown district, allowing laptop users to log on from sidewalks and park benches along Main Street. The liberal arts college on… Read More
DEXTER – Dexter Softball Boosters will hold a spaghetti supper and auction 5-7 p.m. Saturday, April 24, in the Dexter Regional High School to raise money to benefit the women’s softball team. The dinner is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Anyone who is… Read More
    VEAZIE – The Garden Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at the back of the Veazie Cemetery for a guided tour of the McPhetres Farm Forest Trails. Those attending should wear sneakers or hiking shoes. After the tour, a wine and cheese social and… Read More
The entire Aroostook County community can take pride in a very special coming event. Susan Tardie of the Fort Kent Business and Professional Women’s Club reports that her organization will be the host for the BPW District IV fall meeting. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define… Read More
    AUGUSTA – A proposal intended to keep Maine land open to hunters has been signed by Gov. Angus King. The new law allows the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department to issue turkey-hunting permits to landowners who keep their properties open to the public for hunting. Read More
GREENVILLE – A local businessman told the Land Use Regulation Commission on Thursday that Plum Creek Land Co.’s concept plan to develop 89 lots on First Roach Pond would help breathe life into the Moosehead Lake region economy. “If this area continues to strangle growth,… Read More
    HOULTON — An agricultural seminar titled “Riparian Buffers and Effects on Water Quality” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, in Room 32 at Houlton High School. The program will be presented by John Jemison, water quality specialist from the University… Read More
Concerning the current debate on public lands: Whereas large landowners do provide public access, such access mainly for the benefit of hunters, fishermen and snowmobilers, for hikers who love the mountaintop experience, the situation leaves much to be desired. Unlike public lands where mountain trails… Read More
ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth police arrested a 16-year-old boy from Hancock for threatening to shoot his father if he didn’t give him $40. About 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, the youth and a friend walked into the High Street business where his father worked, and demanded $40 for… Read More
    During the past two years, I have worked on a temporary basis at Augusta Mental Health Institute, Maine Medical Center and Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle-Fort Fairfield. Permanent psychiatrists had not yet been hired, therefore temporary physicians were needed. As far as I know, there is still… Read More
CALAIS – Katie Jackson and Kim McGraw each scored a goal in the second half to lead George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill to a 2-1 schoolgirl soccer victory over Calais on Saturday. Betsy Lepper made four saves on eight shots for GSA, now 8-1. Read More
    BOSTON – The University of Maine softball dropped a pair of games to Boston College, 3-2 and 10-1, on Saturday afternoon. In the first game, Maine blew a 2-0 lead as Boston College rallied for three unanswered runs in the fifth and sixth innings to… Read More
MACHIASPORT — David Rier of Machias, skipper of the 26-foot Westwind Luder 16, was the overall winner in a fleet of nine boats in the first Commander Wally Kurz Memorial Regatta on Sunday in the 10-mile race for mono-hull sailboats. Rier’s 1940s vintage sloop, featuring… Read More
BANGOR — A walk through downtown can be a dangerous and frustrating experience. The Bangor Police Department is working to change that. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes = [[300,250]]; var new_slot_sizes = []; var has_banner = false; for (var i = 0;… Read More
    BELFAST — The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Belfast School System will hold a conference to organize collaborations which aid children and families, Tuesday and Wednesday, July 26-27, at the Troy Howard Middle School, Belfast. The conference, “Working Together to Strengthen Families,” is… Read More
AUGUSTA — Several dozen anti-tax advocates staged a rally while a handful of anti-cutback activists argued against further reductions in education funding Thursday as budget negotiators plodded through parts of a far-from-completed biennial spending plan. As various lobbying groups pleaded their cases in the corridors… Read More
DEXTER — Dexter councils set to work on their municipal budget for next year Thursday night. Departmental budgets reviewed by councils were those of the public works department, general assistance, the police department and library. According to Town Manager Steve Whitesel the overall budget of… Read More
    EASTPORT — The City Council will hold a regular meeting at an irregular time next week to discuss with Passamaquoddy Water District representatives the utility’s proposal to become tax-exempt. The council will meet at 6 p.m., an hour earlier than usual on Tuesday, Feb. 18,… Read More
The new NCAA ice hockey tournament format has met with generally favorable reviews from coaches across Hockey East. The format, which will be implemented this season, will break the 12-team field into two six-team tournaments to be held at the Providence Civic Center and Detroit’s… Read More
Bangor School Committee members and the district’s superintendent said Monday that a proposed $1.1 million reduction in the municipal and school budgets would be catastrophic for future school programs and state subsidies. As much as $1 million of the petition, aimed at reducing the city’s… 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
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    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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