WASHBURN — An organizational meeting of the potential Northern Aroostook and New Brunswick Mushers Club will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at the municipal building on Main Street. Those attending are asked to bring possible club names, goals and expectations. Refreshments will be… Read More
    PRESQUE ISLE — The Aroostook County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Grant Memorial United Methodist Church, 79 Fleetwood St. The public is welcome and can call 762-9531 for information. Read More
    In response to Emily B. Wesson’s letter, “Paving paradise” (BDN, Dec. 22). Yes, the mall sprawl does worry others of us in the community. I, too, have watched pastures turned to pavement at the outskirts of Bangor while the downtown founders in neglect and abandonment. Read More
    GREENVILLE — Luke Fontaine of Lyman has been named vice president of finance for the Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home in Greenville. Fontaine’s most recent employment history includes nearly 11 years as controller with Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford. googletag.cmd.push(function ()… Read More
    As a graduate of the University of Maine at Machias and a former volunteer at the Pleasant River salmon hatchery, I took great interest in Andrew Goode’s Dec. 13 commentary. Goode questioned Gov. Angus King’s use of scientific information to publicly oppose the effort by U.S. Fish and… Read More
    The December issue of the journal of the National Conference of State Legislatures has a cover story titled “Can the Sales Tax Survive Cyberspace?” A more appropriate, though wordy, title for this well-researched and comprehensive piece would be “Can Common Sense Survive the Debate over the Sales Tax… Read More
    DOVER-FOXCROFT — A county budget of $2.49 million, representing a 4 percent increase over last year’s spending plan, was adopted Tuesday by Piscataquis County commissioners. The budget will increase the mill rate from $1.324 to $1.37 per $1,000 valuation. Assessments to the 17 municipalities, two… Read More
    ORONO – An Orono High School hockey alumni game will be played Wednesday night beginning at 7:15 at Alfond Arena to celebrate the life of former Riot defenseman Chris Murdoch, who died of cancer in May. All of the players will wear No. 17 in his honor and… Read More
    ORONO – Orono High School exchange student Erik Schymberg of Sweden knew exactly how many hat tricks he had accumulated throughout his hockey career. “This was my first one, ever,” said the senior right winger, whose three goals and assist led the Riots to an… Read More
    HOULTON – The Houlton Shiretowners outscored Bucksport 20-1 in the fourth quarter, blowing open a close game on their way to a 64-41 schoolgirl basketball victory Monday afternoon. Samantha Berry had 19 points for Houlton, while Hannah Socoby tossed in 14 and Kelly Socoby added… Read More
    Bad fans are everywhere Mr. Dunston on Dec. 14 (BDN) wrote in to say “Shame on UMaine” for some behavior he experienced at Alfond Arena at the UMaine-Boston University men’s hockey game on Dec. 10. I received a copy of it via a UMaine Hockey… Read More
    BUCKSPORT – Last year, Frank DiStefano came into his own as one of the best pivot players in Eastern Maine Class B basketball. This year, he wants to be even better. The 6-foot-5 Houlton center is showing he can do more than block shots, man… Read More
    HOULTON – The Houlton Shiretowners outscored the Bucksport Golden Bucks 20-1 in the fourth quarter en route to a 64-41 schoolgirl basketball victory Monday night. Samantha Berry had 19 points for Houlton, while Hannah Socoby tossed in 14 and Kelly Socoby added 11. googletag.cmd.push(function ()… Read More
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    NEWPORT — The town of Newport is ready for Y2K, according to Town Manager Jim Ricker. “We’ve gone through everything that has been recommended,” he said last week. “Public sentiment in Newport is that everything will go on as usual.” googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define… Read More
    Bangor police arrested a Prentiss Street resident Sunday after his live-in girlfriend reported that he threatened to “get someone to put a bullet in her head.” Charles C. Sinclair, 26, faces charges of terrorizing and reckless conduct after the incident, in which the girlfriend also… Read More
    AUGUSTA — The Maine Atlantic Salmon Commission has closed the recreational fishing season for sea-run Atlantic salmon in the state. The commission found that improper handling and low river flows are some of the conditions that can make catch-and-release fatal to salmon, in contrast to… Read More
    HOULTON — The southern Aroostook County region is relatively well prepared for any problems that might develop when the calendar changes from 1999 to 2000 Friday night. Most of the larger towns in the region have contingency plans in place should there be a power… Read More
    LEE — Fire destroyed a home on Route 168 Monday afternoon and the cold made a difficult task even more so. No one was at home at the Winn Road residence, located about a half mile from the center of town and owned by Bob… Read More
    Unlike decorative houseplants, indoor herbs work hard for us. Since we may be harvesting regularly for culinary purposes, these delectable plants need special attention. Whether you’ve brought herbs in from the summer garden, or started them from seed or cutting, if you plan to enjoy… Read More
    Remember when you could buy a candy bar for 5 cents, gasoline was 20 cents a gallon, and you could go to the movies for 15 cents? How many times have we heard these cliches? Probably too many times. I can’t resist relaying a new… Read More
    I’ve been a trucker for 27 years and have many safe miles of coast-to-coast trucking experience. But what bothers me most is our laws concerning our legal overweight Maine state-certified vehicles (vehicles licensed to haul over the 80,000 gross limit). In other states that neighbor… Read More
    If the economy is doing so great, how come the homeless are on the rise and donations to charities and food banks are at the lowest ever? It’s simple: The rich get and stay rich by holding onto and investing their money, not giving it to charities. Last… Read More
    GRAY — Officials said no one was injured and nothing toxic was spilled during a train derailment in Gray. Firefighters got the call at 3 a.m. Monday that 17 cars of a Guilford freight train had derailed. A spokeswoman for the Maine Department of Environmental… Read More
    GREENVILLE — Affordable and available housing is viewed by Greenville town officials as necessary for economic growth, but the town appears to be lacking in both. For weeks, a local committee has been studying the housing issues in this Piscataquis County town and the results… Read More
    SCARBOROUGH — Lucinda Yates didn’t need breakthrough technology to start a business that generates between $1 million and $2 million in annual sales. All she needed were the square and triangular pieces that make up the House Pin, an art deco-style pin sold to benefit… Read More
    Bar Harbor District Court Eric E. Fogg, 15, Bar Harbor, leaving scene of motor vehicle accident, $100, $100 suspended, 25 hours of community service; operating all-terrain vehicle on a public way, $100, $100 suspended, 25 hours of community service. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot… Read More
    ORONO — Not only do untreated high blood pressure and diabetes increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke, they may impair mental function, according to a team from the University of Maine that analyzed data from two long-running studies. The UMaine psychologists, working… Read More
    BANGOR — A half-century of Bangor’s history seemed condensed into a couple of hours Monday evening as 17 former mayors and three former city managers were honored during the last City Council meeting of the 1900s. A pin and a copy of the newly released… Read More
    A story in Saturday’s edition about a Washington County group that is participating in a global effort to drum in the millennium gave an incorrect time for the gathering in Machias. The drumming will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday, New Year’s Day, at Holy Name Parish Hall in… Read More
    In response to Jim Harney’s commentary, “Witness to the battle of Seattle” (BDN, Dec. 15). I have lived through World War II, the Korean police action, the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War and the Cold War. I have witnessed and participated in demonstrations and… Read More
    HOULTON — If there are any problems affiliated with the change in the millennium, people in Aroostook County will find out first. Unlike the rest of Maine, Aroostook County electric utilities are tied to the New Brunswick power grid. All of the electric power used… Read More
    GREENVILLE — Maine game wardens have a couple of good leads but no suspects in the random shooting in October of nine moose and two deer in Soldiertown Township. Hunting and nonhunting enthusiasts alike have been so angered by the wasteful killing of Maine’s wildlife… Read More
    Presque Isle District Court Michael A. Bessette, 29, Manchester, N.H., possessing loaded firearm in motor vehicle, $100. 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
    ORONO — A bloody fingerprint left on the arm of a chair belonged to the son of a 59-year-old waitress found stabbed to death in her apartment last week, according to court records. Maine State Police have traced Mark John Barnes’ movements in the hours… Read More
    Dear Jim: I read about an entire family killed by carbon monoxide poisoning while they slept. Our new efficient house is pretty airtight and has gas heat. How can I check for CO poisoning? What are the symptoms? — Ann D. Dear Ann: Carbon monoxide,… Read More
    The directors of SAD 4 appear to have gotten carried away with the holiday spirit in awarding Superintendent Norman Higgins a 3.55 percent, $2,500 pay raise. (BDN, Dec. 17). I am sure Higgins is doing a fine job, but for $70,500, a superior level of performance should be… Read More
    ELLSWORTH — City councilors will debate what action to take now that a report on the condition of the fire station’s concrete floor is completed. Numerous cracks developed in the floor less than a year after it was poured as part of the overall renovation… Read More
    DEER ISLE — Haystack Mountain School of Crafts has announced its faculty and visiting artists for the 2000 season, which will open June 4 and continue through Sept. 1. Session one, June 4-16, will feature: blacksmithing with Elizabeth Brim; clay with Bobby Silverman; fibers with… Read More
    Calais District Court Matthew B. George, 18, Eastport, attaching false motor vehicle plates, $100. 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()) {… Read More
    AUGUSTA — The Maine Human Rights Commission has ruled in favor of a deaf man who said he was treated unfairly during his arrest on a domestic assault charge. George Crocker had said Lewiston police and prison officials didn’t provide an interpreter during his arrest… Read More
    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — A Maine fisherman, adrift in the Atlantic for 1 1/2 days, says the Coast Guard saved his life and his boat. John Rosa of Kittery was stranded about 70 miles off the coast when the Coast Guard picked up an emergency beacon… Read More
    A blue-ribbon commission to examine health care in Maine, proposed last week by Gov. Angus King, is an important opportunity to address issues of cost and access to medical care. The commission should be given enough resources to do a thorough job and be willing to provide bold… Read More
    SKOWHEGAN — A manger and missing baby Jesus have been rescued from the Kennebec River. The hand-painted fiberglass figure was stolen on Christmas Eve from a wire-enclosed Nativity scene in front of the Federated Church, said Deane S. Tracy of the Skowhegan Police Department. googletag.cmd.push(function… Read More
    HOULTON — Local doctors and others told Sen. Susan Collins on Monday that the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 threatens the future of health care in Maine. Collins agreed. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes = [[300,250]]; var new_slot_sizes = []; var has_banner… Read More
    WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Susan Collins nominated 35 Maine students Monday for admission to the nation’s service academies. Under the academies’ selection rules, Collins is able to nominate up to 10 students for each vacancy. It is then up to each service academy to make… Read More
    BANGOR — The city has a master plan in place for Friday and Saturday, just in case problems crop up with Y2K, as the date in computers rolls over to the year 2000. Local officials have put together a Bangor Area Y2K Readiness Task Force… Read More
    Old Town High School First quarter honor roll Seniors, highest honors: Joanne Bagley, Christina Belknap, Robert, Carlstad, Brady Crocker, Susan Cronkite, Peter Fournier, Johanna Fuller, Scott Godsoe, Nicolette Kimball, Elena Lvin, Jamie Manos, Ryan Nadeau, Jennifer Pattershall, Christina Rogers, Becky Shorey, Robert Stevens, Duska Sturrup,… Read More
    Bangor District Court Dostie Log Homes Specialties, Sidney, operating commercial motor vehicle without medical certificate in violation of rules, $100. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes = [[300,250]]; var new_slot_sizes = []; var has_banner = false; for (var i = 0; i… Read More
    As we enter a new millennium, I have hope for a better relationship, between the native population and the state of Maine. In order for us to achieve this improved relationship, we must end 400 years of hurt and discrimination. We must learn to live together peacefully, by… Read More
    Each day I try to do the puzzles in your newspaper, but the Jumble on Dec. 18 had me stumped. It showed a man handing out money after passing a moose. The question was, “You might say he did this when he strolled by a moose.” The answer… Read More
    A letter from David M. Purdy of Troy (BDN, Dec. 23) regarding Sen. Susan Collins’ efforts to allow the president greater authority in drawing on the U.S. Strategic Petroleum reserves questions whether Sen. Collins has “been in the whole debate on energy use … and alternative energy.” The… Read More
    Skip everything else on this page today and read this column; it is one that has a shot a changing your life for the next century, and if it doesn’t, you were probably already perfect. New Year’s 2000 is an event auspicious enough that many… Read More
    Santa Claus was delighted when seven children from Nokomis High School called and wanted to be elves for Santa. He was told he would be at the Webber Building at Eastern Maine Medical Center at 2 p.m. last Wednesday. They came dressed in red shirts, black pants and… Read More
    Dover-Foxcroft District Court Joseph N. Glidden, 21, Dover-Foxcroft, operating motor vehicle while under influence of intoxicating liquor, $500, jail 48 hours, license suspended 90 days. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes = [[300,250]]; var new_slot_sizes = []; var has_banner = false; for (var… Read More
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden – The United States team blew two leads and had to settle for a 2-2 tie against the Czech Republic Sunday in the World Junior Hockey Championships. Josef Vasicek’s power-play goal in the third period was the equalizer of the Group A opener… Read More
    Nothing taught America the value of a job like the Great Depression, and governments since then have closely tracked the unemployment rate to measure success or hardship, wealth or woe. But as Maine revels in rock-bottom jobless rates, it is fair to ask why more Mainers are not… Read More
    Bangor District Court Jessica L. Clark, 19, Old Town, theft by unauthorized taking, $200. 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()) {… Read More
    Some veterans of World War II, some Korea and many more remember Vietnam. I remember the Panamanain riots of 1964. The Vietnam War was in full fury. In America, students were protesting the war. As a 24-year-old college student, I had to make a choice:… Read More
    Recently, the word “wild” has been added to further categorize the species Atlantic salmon. This was done by state and federal wildlife biologists and private groups advocating the listing of Atlantic salmon as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act. This is a devious attempt to change the… Read More
    SADDLEBACK MOUNTAIN — After two decades of discussions, the National Park Service and a ski resort owner are optimistic about reaching an agreement in the new year to preserve the longest unprotected segment of the Appalachian Trail. But park service officials weary from years of… Read More
    PORTLAND — Julia Skalina, who lost 35 family members including her parents in the Holocaust, says nothing can compensate for the crimes committed by the Nazis during the World War II. “Listen, they cannot pay for what we went through,” Skalina said. “How do I… Read More
    Following are petitions for bankruptcy filed at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Bangor: Anthony P. DiCentes, dba JT’s Pub, Millinocket; assets, $2,176; debts, $58,933. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes = [[300,250]]; var new_slot_sizes = []; var has_banner = false; for (var i… Read More
    Dana Delano, who helped establish Ward Log Homes of Houlton as a national leader during his nearly 15-year career with the company, has returned as director of sales and marketing. Jill McDonald has been appointed the new director of Community Relations for Eastern Maine Healthcare. Read More
    BREWER — During their special meeting Tuesday, members of the City Council will handle a series of municipal housekeeping items before heading into executive session for City Manager Stephen Bost’s evaluation. The meeting, the council’s last for this year, begins at 4 p.m. at City… Read More
    How about a New Year’s resolution? One that’s short and sweet. GET ORGANIZED. Any genealogist knows that notes, documents and charts — like anything made out of paper — multiply when we’re not looking. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes = [[300,250]]; var… Read More
    Bar Harbor District Court Reginald A. Gilley, 40, Bar Harbor, violating conditions of release, jail five days. 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
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    In response to the recent Associated Press article, “U.S. urges Russia to permit changes in ABM Treaty”; I find it contrary of Strobe Talbott, our deputy secretary of state, to “persuade Russia to let the United States amend the anti-ballistic missile treaty.” It is the job of the… Read More
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    IF THE WALLS COULD TALK, by Margo Cobb, YWCA Bangor-Brewer, Bangor, 1999, 66 pages, $15.77. Telling the story of a landmark requires a love of history, a strong sense of community and an ability to really “connect” with the property’s occupants over the years. googletag.cmd.push(function… Read More
    DURHAM, N.H. — In keeping with a year that has seen rankings of the century’s top athletes, books, news events and entertainers, climatologist Barry Keim has come up with his Top 10 New England weather events of the century. But he didn’t rate them. Instead,… Read More
    Based on what our politicians have proposed to do with the surpluses, it should be obvious to all that they don’t care if our country’s $5.75 trillion debt ever gets amortized. What follows from this is that they don’t care that every American taxpayer will remain in a… Read More
    NEWRY — American Skiing Co., which offered special deals to skiers holding reservations if snow didn’t materialize in time for the holidays, says it’s keeping its end of the bargain. As southern Maine’s least-snowy December on record continued ticking away Sunday, American Skiing’s resort in… Read More
    Nokomis Regional High School First quarter honor roll Seniors, highest honors: Jackie Ames, Douglas Kus and Katharine Page; high honors: AudieLee Arbo, Janice Archambault, Erica Bacon, Caitlyn Barker, Joshua Beauregard, Tiffany Benevento, Anthony Bubar, Janet Carlow, Courtney Carter, Saida Cooper, Autumn Curtis, Corey Dow, Tiffany… Read More