With rising fuel costs prompting airlines to seek much larger government payments to serve airports, Congress needs to rethink the Essential Air Service program, which provides subsidies to support air service to rural areas. Congress should downsize the program and pay larger subsidies to airports in isolated communities… Read More
    The recent and enthusiastic hyping of the link between abortion and breast cancer by pro-life activists is part of their shifting political tactic of dressing up an anti-choice agenda with “women’s health” rhetoric. Abortion could in fact be a risk factor for breast cancer later… Read More
“Caring for Kids,” an introductory baby-sitting class, is being offered to youths 12 years or older in the Dover-Foxcroft and Guilford areas by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Jane Conroy, an Extension educator, will conduct two-day sessions covering child development, discipline and child safety. Read More
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BANGOR – A portion of the area where pilots park their airplanes at Bangor International Airport is in such bad shape that it had to be closed earlier this year, but officials are working to repair the nearly 50-year-old section of pavement. Other areas of… Read More
ORRINGTON – Katee Stearns of Orrington recently became the first young woman in the Bangor area since 1993 to become Maine’s Junior Miss. “It feels great. It really does,” Stearns said of the overall experience. “I’m really excited to represent the state.” googletag.cmd.push(function () {… Read More
    Wave a hand over one of several large fiberglass vats in the cellar of the Marine Research Center at the University of Maine in Orono and young clownfish swarm to the surface. Any kid will tell you the goggle-eyed fry, orange- and white-striped, just like the animated film… Read More
C.L. “Mike” Rauch was elected earlier this month as the fifth commandant of the Mid-Coast Marine Corps League Detachment 637. Also elected to league positions were Stanley Sergeant, senior vice commandant; John Upham, junior vice commandant; Roland Knapp, judge advocate and veteran affairs. The league is involved in… Read More
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK – A historic fire tower atop Beech Mountain will be open to visitors from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11-12, in observance of National Fire Prevention Week. For updated information on opening times if weather conditions are poor, call… Read More
    BANGOR – A consulting psychiatrist with the Maine State Prison testified Wednesday he was going to try to get psychotic prisoner Ronald Pelletier committed to the Augusta Mental Health Institute in the weeks before the inmate committed suicide. Yet, Dr. Michael Tofani said the behavior Pelletier exhibited in… Read More
UNITY – The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association will host a series of Twilight Organic Farm meetings. There will be a blueberry production meeting from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday with Rudd and Lizabeth Douglass at Blueberry Ledge Farm on the Palmer Road in… Read More
Northeast COMBAT, in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, wants you to know that each year more children die in home accidents than from all childhood diseases combined. There are many household dangers. Know what and where the dangerous items are — medicines,… Read More
    SATURDAY’S GAMES Baseball Class A: Bangor (16-3) vs. Deering (15-4), 1 p.m. 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]… Read More
ORLAND — H.O.M.E. Daycare will sponsor a yard sale July 9-11. Proceeds will be used to buy supplies. 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++)… Read More
BANGOR — A former Bangor High School star athlete has pleaded innocent to a drunken driving charge stemming from a November car accident in Orono. Matt Kinney, a 21-year-old Boston Red Sox draft pick who was later traded to the Minnesota Twins, entered the innocent… Read More
    WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration warned kidney dialysis patients Friday that an adapter for certain dialysis catheters could break apart, putting them at risk of bleeding to death at home. Only a small portion of kidney dialysis patients have this type of dialysis… Read More
MACHIAS — A draft copy of Gov. Angus King’s Atlantic salmon conservation plan will be reviewed at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, by Washington County First, a citizens group. The meeting will be in Room 32 of Torrey Hall at the University of Maine at Machias. Read More
    It is difficult, in Washington County, to fathom just what is going on in our capitol. But, I recently found, all you have to do is read the papers. When Sen. William Cohen and other eminent, capable, people deserted our ship of state I wondered… Read More
    AUGUSTA (AP) — Ten candidates for the Maine House of Representatives have withdrawn since the June 14 primary election, leaving party leaders until July 25 to recruit replacements for open slots on the November ballot. Continuing an exodus of incumbents, two Democratic Party representatives —… Read More
EASTPORT — Plans for a major expansion of port facilities in Eastport have been cleared by the Department of Environmental Protection. All that remains now is for city officials to find the $22 million needed to complete the project. City Manager Mary Follis said Friday… Read More
MILO — Superintendent Frank Perkins of the Milo Water District has announced that all customers of the district should boil drinking and cooking water for at least five minutes before using. In his announcement, made midafternoon Monday, Perkins said that the chlorine pump at the… Read More
    MILBRIDGE — The 450 volunteers who assist the Washington-Hancock Community Agency deliver a wide range of services to needy and disadvantaged people in 82 communities in Washington and Hancock counties. Those people were honored at an appreciation dinner. The agency’s director, Sandra Prescott of Machiasport,… Read More
ORONO – Johann Magner and Steve Perry each scored two goals to help the Ellsworth Eagles defeat the Orono Red Riots 4-0 in schoolboy soccer action Saturday. The Ellsworth win avenged a 3-0 loss to Orono earlier in the seasona and was also pointworthy as… Read More
HANCOCK — Gone but not forgotten, some Hancock County residents who have been dead for 100 years were being investigated this week by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department after their remains were discovered in a gravel pit. Soil erosion over the years may be the… Read More
    THOMASTON — After four years, the SAD 50 board of directors has a new chairman. Elected during the last board meeting to serve in that capacity was Elizabeth Watts, who was re-elected in March to serve a second three-year term on the board. Watts replaced… 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
    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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    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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