ORONO – A panel of American and Canadian transportation businesses, transportation industry representatives and U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud emphasized Tuesday the need to continue to push the federal government to increase weight restrictions on trucks traveling through Maine on Interstate 95. “I eat, sleep, live… Read More
    I never liked single elimination. When the state Little League tournament was single elimination, I used to write column after column about changing it to double elimination. Anything can happen in one game. I hated the thought of some 12-year-old shortstop having to live with… Read More
ST. ALBANS – A Pittsfield woman received multiple injuries Friday morning when she crashed into a utility pole on Route 152. Debra Burgess, 44, of Pittsfield was treated for lacerations and bumps and bruises at Sebasticook Valley Hospital after the 7:45 a.m. crash, which left… Read More
BANGOR – Federal and state authorities are expanding the scope of homeland security grants to include schools and other potential security risks as part of efforts to protect vital, strategic or populous areas. The Maine Emergency Management Agency, which oversees the federal grants at the… Read More
Several weeks ago an American woman protester was killed by an Israeli astride a bulldozer, as she stood in the way of a Palestinian home that the driver had been instructed to level. Bulldozing Palestinian homes has become a common practice of the Sharon regime and is performed… Read More
    FORT KENT – In a session closed to the public, the outgoing municipal attorney on Monday night briefed the Town Council on the status of various legal issues. Even though the action was challenged by the press under Maine’s Freedom of Access law, the council… Read More
TOPSHAM – Village Candle is not for sale even though suitors have been pursuing the company. But a competitor, Olde New England Candle Co., is expanding through its purchase of another candle maker. Village Candle owner Paul Aldrich said he has no plans to sell… Read More
CALAIS — Billy Townsend has been inside a burning building and helped pull a cousin from a wrecked car, and he is only 18 years old. Such experiences began three years ago, when Townsend approached Calais High School officials about developing a work-study program at… Read More
    BUCKSPORT — Child care experts, local health programs and businesses will come together at Shop ‘n Save to provide information for young families with children. The public will have a chance at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 20, to talk with organizations that stress the importance… Read More
Last January, Kendra Webdale, a 32-year-old aspiring screenwriter, was killed after being pushed into the path of a New York City subway train. Her assailant was Andrew Goldstein, a schizophrenic who had a long history of non-compliance with his treatment programs. In April, Edgar Rivera, father of three,… Read More
Twenty-one years ago, crafter Eunice Finely of Dover-Foxcroft thought about having a one-woman show to display and sell her work. “By the time I mentioned it to my friends,” she told us a while ago, “I had 16 people who wanted to join me. googletag.cmd.push(function… Read More
    A winter barn will be open at Bangor Raceway this year. For the first time in four years, horsemen have a guarantee they will be able to stable at the Bangor racetrack and training facility without interruption during the cold weather. Over the past four… Read More
DOVER, N.H. — Although the New England states blame coal-fired Midwestern power plants for air pollution that causes acid rain, most of the day-to-day smog in Maine and New Hampshire comes from the Northeast, experts say. On some days, New Hampshire’s and Maine’s air pollution… Read More
This column is in regard to an article in the Jan. 1 Bangor Daily News, titled, “Couple says seat belt law must include school buses.” The Porters are among many concerned parents who often bring up the issue of seat belts on school buses. I… Read More
    The Greens’ bill on forest practices that has been initiated for Maine voter referendum greatly restricts the silviculture that would be permitted in Maine’s unorganized territory. The proposal also bans clear-cutting. Unfortunately, in addition to offering simplistic solutions to complex problems, this bill ignores the strategic importance of… Read More
Courtney got THE call, but it may be a while before we see the results. When Fourteenth Street School first-grader Courtney Stevenson of Bangor got her finger stuck in her desk the first week of school, it was 911 to the rescue. googletag.cmd.push(function () {… Read More
PORTLAND — Job discontent appears to be a growing problem among Maine lawyers and some have abandoned legal work to carve out careers they find less stressful and more satisfying. Although no specific figures are available, a new survey from the American Bar Association indicates… Read More
ROCKPORT — Back by popular demand, Bay Chamber Concerts will present pianist Frederick Moyer in concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Rockport Opera House. Bay Chamber Concerts artistic director Thomas Wolf will give a pre-concert lecture at 1:15 p.m. at the Sail… Read More
    VAN BUREN — Bernard R. Cyr, a Van Buren businessman, is running for the District 148 seat to the House of Representatives, challenging Rep. Hilda Martin, D-Van Buren. Cyr said he is running was because the state needs leadership from business people. “The business (sector)… Read More
CAMDEN — The Zoning Board of Appeals will continue a review of the Wayfarer Marine issue at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17. The town’s decision to grant Wayfarer permission to expand its boat shed was appealed by Sea Street resident Stephen Gold. Gold charged that… Read More
Ellsworth police are investigating the theft and forgery of a state income tax refund check. The $339.25 check was stolen from a residental mailbox at Sportman’s Trailer Park, police reported. The resident’s signature was forged. Four cases of beer and a 12-pound steak were stolen… Read More
    DOVER-FOXCROFT — Among the deeds recorded in the Piscataquis County Registry of Deeds for September were as follows: Robert W. Page of Sarasota, Fla., conveyed, Sept. 14, land with building on the northerly side of Sebec Lake, to Stephen A. Page of West Willington, Conn. 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
    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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    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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