Books and cooks If you count yourself as both a foodie and a bookworm, then you should probably head down to next weekend’s Maine Cooks! event, set for 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at Mr. Paperback in Belfast. Four Maine authors will be on hand… Read More
    Mainers whose homes, businesses or nonprofit agencies were damaged by the flooding that occurred in April may apply for low-interest loans available through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Eligibility is restricted to properties in the federally designated disaster areas of Aroostook, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset and… Read More
The article on seat availability and passenger counts at Bangor International Airport (BDN, Dec. 10) noted that BIA has reversed a growth pattern of several years and began to decline sharply in 2005. What happened in the 2005 timeframe? JetBlue came to Portland and all the other carriers… Read More
Old Town High School football coach Peter Kenny has been relieved of his duties for using two ineligible players in a recent game. Kenny, in his first season as the Coyotes’ head coach, said he was informed Tuesday by Old Town principal Joe Gallant that… Read More
    MILLINOCKET – Its proponent probably won’t submit plans to Penobscot County officials until February, but town officials are starting to lay the groundwork for Matthew Polstein’s ambitious plan to transform about 1,450 acres of Township 1, Range 8 WELS between Baxter State Park and Millinocket into a resort. Read More
DEXTER – After battling each other through 80 regulation minutes, four overtimes, two sets of penalty kicks and a sudden-death penalty-kick session last year, the boys from George Stevens Academy and Dexter expected another tight playoff game. Saturday afternoon’s Eastern Maine Class C regional title… Read More
Basic training GREAT LAKES, Ill. – Navy Seaman Recruit Caitlin Gunn recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. A 2004 graduate of Hampden Academy, Gunn is the daughter of Norma and Patrick Gunn of Hampden. googletag.cmd.push(function () { //… Read More
    Most meetings or workshops arranged by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension tackle topics as diverse as pruning woody landscape plants or starting your own business. The meetings now on the agency’s calendar don’t involve rolling up sleeves or getting hands dirty. googletag.cmd.push(function () {… Read More
ROCKLAND – The Rockland office of the eastern Maine chapter of the American Red Cross is exploring its history. The Oral History Project, conducted by Trudy Richmond, AmeriCorps volunteer, is collecting histories from Red Cross volunteers as part of the National Red Cross Oral History… Read More
Since I never got out ice fishing (no ice) nor snowmobiling (no sled) this winter, I figured a change in seasons sounded like a pretty good idea. In fact, as soon as it became apparent that my winter activities would be confined to logging hour… Read More
    AUGUSTA – Taking a leave of absence from her duties as executive director of the Maine Forest Products Council, Abby Holman has joined the campaign of Republican gubernatorial candidate Peter Cianchette as the Nov. 5 election closes in. Explaining that the campaign needed more experienced… Read More
AUGUSTA – Heating oil prices continued to drop this week, down another penny from last week to an average of $1.14 a gallon. That is 41 cents a gallon less than a year ago, the State Planning Office reported Tuesday. It marks the sixth week… Read More
BANGOR- A New Canada man flown to a Bangor hospital after two pickup trucks collided Saturday in New Canada was said to be in fair condition Monday. Hospital officials at Eastern Maine Medical Center would not discuss Rodney Rioux’s injuries, but they said his condition… Read More
    GUILFORD — SAD 4 directors voted Wednesday to absorb the costs of the criminal record checks of staff members, recognizing the financial impact on limited incomes. Although the combined cost of $2,500 for the criminal record checks will be borne by the district, school employees… Read More
GUILFORD — A proposed budget of $807,133 will need voter action by Guilford residents next month. The annual town meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 15, at Piscataquis Community Middle School. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes = [[300,250]]; var new_slot_sizes… Read More
WASHINGTON — Twelve consumer, environmental and religious organizations asked the Consumer Product Safety Commission on Thursday to ban vinyl toys for small children, four days after Canadian officials advised parents of small children to throw away vinyl teethers and rattles because of possible kidney and liver damage. Read More
    DOVER-FOXCROFT — A veterans service officer from the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management will be available from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 2 at the community health and counseling center. She will assist veterans, widows and their dependent children in filing for state and federal benefits. Read More
CARRABASSETT VALLEY – Kristina Koznick and European Martin Tichy won the slaloms Monday in the U.S. Alpine Championships, while Carrie Sheinberg appeared to be the big loser despite a runner-up finish and a combined title. Koznick, 21, of Burnsville, Minn., posted the best time for… Read More
It is reported in the media that the United States owes more than $1.3 billion of a total $2.3 billion owed to the United Nations. This should be paid off — not only to honor a pledge, but to support world peace and humanitarian aid in war-torn areas. Read More
    The Pine Tree Conference already has its share of highly successful coaches. There’s Earle “Pete” Cooper in his 27th year at Lawrence in Fairfield, there’s Frank Knight of Waterville, and, of course, Gabby Price of Bangor. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes =… Read More
DURHAM, N.H. – Trailing the University of Rhode Island by nine strokes after the first round of the NCAA I District I Golf Championship, Central Connecticut State fired a second-round score of 302 to erase the deficit and post a three-stroke victory over the second-place Rams Sunday. Read More
WESTFIELD, Mass. – Running back Rob Marchitello rushed for 195 yards on 36 carries and scored five touchdowns as Maine Maritime Academy scored 34 unanswered points in the second half here Saturday and defeated Westfield State 48-16. Marchitello scored four second-half touchdowns for a total… Read More
    BATH — The man who led a successful fight against splitting Bath Iron Works’ biggest union from the Machinists Union has switched sides, calling on former adversaries to create an independent union. Leaders of the twice-failed Bath Shipbuilders Independent Union said they will back Authur… Read More
WASHINGTON — Lawyers who defend news organizations against lawsuits worried mightily not long ago that an increasingly conservative Supreme Court would make radical changes in libel law. They’re breathing easier now, even though their clients are trying to adjust to a rising number of lawsuits… Read More
STEEP FALLS — A hunter was charged with shooting holes in a garage and a swimming pool at a home in this southern Maine community, authorities said. Raymond Daggett, 33, of Steep Falls, was charged with reckless use of a firearm and discharging a firearm… Read More
    SOLON — Solon Fire Department members recovered the body of a Skowhegan hunter Tuesday afternoon from the Kennebec River. Paul O’Neil, 45, and two companions had been hunting along the river’s shore early Tuesday morning when their nine-foot pram boat foundered in swift current. googletag.cmd.push(function… Read More
The blues made a lot of people happy Friday night when the Chicago Blues Festival brought the legendary James Cotton with vocalist Katherine Davis and blues pianist Sidney James Wingfield to the Maine Center for the Arts. Although many were probably drawn to the concert to hear Muddy… Read More
PERRY — Future candidates for town office will have a good chance to find out who their friends really are if voters next week decide to throw out the current method of electing town officers at the polls and return to nominating and electing officers from the floor… Read More
    There are 1500 tickets available to University of Maine hockey fans for Sunday’s 5 p.m. Hockey East final between the Bears and Boston College at Conte Forum on the BC campus. Due to the measles outbreak on the Maine campus, the crowd will be restricted to people who… 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
    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 – 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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