WATERVILLE – Love and loss were etched in the faces of the family and friends of Lynn Robert Poulin as the remains of the Army staff sergeant killed by a suicide bomb attack in Iraq days before Christmas were laid to rest Thursday with military honors. Read More
    A Bangor District Court case listed in The Weekly erroneously melded information from two cases. Ryan M. Lawrence, 23, of Corinth was responsible for only the criminal trespassing charge listed under his name. Ryan J. Leighton, 19, of Orono should have been listed with the charges of minor… Read More
    BANGOR – Telford Aviation Services has been awarded a $110 million contract by the U.S. government for aviation support services. The Bangor company will conduct the work in locations throughout the United States. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes = [[300,250]]; var new_slot_sizes… Read More
    CHARLEMONT, Mass. – With the sun shining bright and the temperature pushing 40 degrees, Nancy Campbell had one thing on her mind Thursday morning: skiing. “It’s sunny, there’s no wind, and the snow is nice and soft,” the Amherst teacher said as she finished a… Read More
    Bangor native and former city mayor Bill Cohen, director of corporate communications for Anthem Health Plans of Maine, will leave his position at the end of this week, he announced Thursday. Cohen, who has been with for-profit, Indiana-based Anthem since just after it purchased Maine’s… Read More
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    A World Trade Organization panel ruled against the United States in a recent decision involving Antigua. Antigua, a small Caribbean island, has expanded its 1990s economy to include Internet gambling – which has become a substantial source of employment and revenue there. The United States… Read More
    Responding to a commission that called for more attention to the country’s oceans, President Bush recently took the important first step of creating a Cabinet-level committee on marine policy to coordinate the 15 federal agencies involved in such issues. Signing an executive order to create such a committee… Read More
    The “behemoth” on State Street that Debbie Walker referred to in her letter, “Dr. Steele’s stethoscope” (BDN, Dec. 11-12), happens to be the same place that gave me the opportunity to get my life back when the other hospital in Bangor let me go after 20 years of… Read More
    The recent resource plan announcement by Plum Creek for the Moosehead Lake region included a parcel of 35,000 acres available to the state for conservation purposes. What an extraordinary opportunity for establishing wilderness and preserving the integrity of a non-managed, natural forest ecosystem in the 100-Mile Wilderness. Read More
    A memo this week from the Maine Municipal Association speaks of anger fast becoming rage. MMA, you’ll recall, was the group last June that brought voters Question 1 and the promise of substantially lower property taxes. Yet instead of enjoying the fruits of its victory it finds itself… Read More
    Watching a recent news-talk show, I heard an executive from a Wall Street firm say that privatization of Social Security would help our economy by “generating” brokerage fees of maybe $60 billion in the next 30 years. He was a Bush campaign contributor, and I… Read More
    As the year comes to a close, we publish our last Santa’s Helper column of the season. We had set a goal of raising $50,000 for The Salvation Army, and, while we fell a little short of raising that amount, we did raise a total of $46,733.54. Read More
    PORTLAND – Several lawmakers plan to challenge the University of Maine System’s consolidation plan during this legislative session. At least two bills are being drafted to revamp a university plan aiming to close a projected $102 million budget gap over the next five years. But… Read More
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    LEVANT – A woman is suing the town for moving her husband’s grave without telling her. Carole Pomroy of Eddington and her family mourned and placed flowers at the wrong grave site in Waugh Cemetery for several months before realizing James Pomroy’s body had been… Read More
    BANGOR – A Penobscot County jury on Thursday found a Waldoboro man not guilty of having sex with a 13-year-old girl last spring. Frank J. Leathers, 19, was indicted in August on a charge of gross sexual assault. He was accused of having sexual intercourse… Read More
    FORT KENT – When biathlete Marc Sheppard watches fellow athlete and Maine Winter Sports Team member Annelies Cook compete at the U.S. Biathlon World Team trials, his eyes are on more than her performance. Sheppard, of West Yellowstone, Mont., designs and builds custom biathlon rifle… Read More
    CHARLESTON – They scraped paint off buildings, replaced roofs, made cupboards, laid floors, cut brush, mowed cemeteries and performed an assortment of other jobs that likely would have been neglected for lack of cash. More than 25,000 hours were donated in 2004 to local communities… Read More
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    PRESQUE ISLE – Fort Kent isn’t the only Aroostook County town getting an economic boost from ski enthusiasts this week. Hundreds of athletes converged on the Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle for the TAMC Nordic Heritage Sprints, a series of ski-racing events that were… Read More
    HOULTON – The town’s attorney said Thursday that town councilors could definitely take back control of the Shiretown Development Corp. as long as they convince six of the nine SDC board members to go along with the idea. The solution may appeal to some councilors,… Read More
    SAN ANTONIO – The following area residents recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base: . Air Force Airman Chad Stanley, son of Brenda Stanley of Medway, Maine, and 2004 graduate of Schenck High School. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var… Read More
    FORT KENT – UMFK computer science professor Ray Albert was approached recently by the information security manager for El Paso Community College in Texas to ask permission to use his instructional unit titled “Your Password, Your Identity, Your Privacy.” The unit will be used for… Read More
    AUGUSTA – The Elections Committee of the Maine House of Representatives unanimously agreed Thursday to recommend settlements of two disputed House races that would seat incumbent Democrat Walter Ash of Belfast and incumbent Republican Jeff Kaelin of Winterport for new two-year terms. Still pending is… Read More
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    HADLEY, Mass. – It’s among the most unsightly creatures in the waterways – a squirming, snakelike fish bound for no real glory beyond its role in Japanese sushi or as bait dangling from a fisherman’s hook. But it’s largely for that reason – not despite… Read More
    As 2004 draws to a close, many people recall the kindness, assistance, financial contributions, donations of necessary items and help of others that made this year a special one for them. For example, Dawn Dunphy of Hampden extends a thank-you to the Hampden Children’s Day… Read More
    MACHIAS – Maine State Police have identified Carolyn Chadwick, 62, of Machias as the woman who was killed Tuesday morning in a two-car collision on Route 9 in Alexander. Chadwick was a passenger in a car driven by her companion, James Wheeler, 61. Wheeler was… Read More
    NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard plans to use dozens of buoys bobbing off U.S. coastlines from Maine to Alaska to extend the reach of a security system that monitors large vessels heading in and out of ports. The buoys, from 9 to 39 feet… Read More
    LIVERMORE FALLS – The town is undertaking a study to determine what the costs and benefits would be if it left Androscoggin County and became part of Franklin County. Voters on Nov. 2 overwhelmingly gave their approval to a nonbinding ballot question asking if they… Read More
    This is the week of lists having to do with anything and everything that did or did not occur in 2004. So, here is the first annual Thorns and Roses sports list. There is no attempt to span all that happened, just a selection of… Read More
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    PRESQUE ISLE – Kris Freeman of Andover, N.H., and Alice Nelson of Hanover, N.H., swept their four races to earn TAMC Nordic Heritage Kilometer Freestyle Sprint Championship titles Thursday. Freeman was an easy winner in his morning qualifier, and his quarterfinal and semifinal heats. He… Read More
    NEWCASTLE – Cameron Puls scored 15 points as undefeated Camden Hills of Rockport downed host Lincoln Academy 59-44 in a KVAC Class B boys basketball game Thursday night. Jamey Davis and David Pike added 10 points apiece for Camden Hills while Tim Stammen scored nine… Read More
    Instead of calling them New Year’s resolutions, maybe we should just be a little more honest and pragmatic and call them New Year’s wishful intentions or improbable goals. With that in mind, here are a few that may or may not fall within the realm… Read More
    Rachel Gettings knew she would have an opportunity to become the University of Maine women’s hockey team’s starting goalie this season since workhorse Lara Smart had graduated. She won the job by beating out freshman Jayme Wilmann and has responded with a solid season so… Read More
    OLD TOWN – Travis Shaw scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Old Town Indians earned a 50-42 schoolboy basketball win over Morse of Bath on Thursday night. Logan Bouchard added 12 points for Old Town. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var… Read More
    ORONO – Derrick Plourde’s free throw with four seconds was the winning point as Fort Kent edged Orono 51-50 in a schoolboy basketball game Thursday. Tom Bard paced the Warriors offensively with 12 points, while Sam Bard and Seth Rivera added 11 points each. googletag.cmd.push(function… Read More
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Alyssa Burns scored 16 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and made six steals to lead Maine Maritime Academy of Castine to a 62-46 women’s basketball victory over SUNY-Potsdam on Thursday in the Land of Magic Classic. Michelle Gott netted 14 points and… Read More
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    PORTLAND – Former Maine Gov. John Reed, who was ambassador to Sri Lanka in the 1970s and ’80s, praised President Bush for dramatically increasing aid to the Asian region that was ravaged by tsunamis. Reed, who lives in Washington, D.C., and remains active in Sri… Read More
    A woman who grew up in Hope died Sunday when the earthquake-driven tsunami washed across the beach in Sri Lanka where she and her fiance were vacationing. The disaster is estimated to have killed more than 77,000 people in parts of Asia and Africa. googletag.cmd.push(function… Read More
    A story in Tuesday’s State section about a lawsuit stemming from a December 2002 accident in Old Town misspelled the first name of Stephen E. Gomm Jr., 18, of Milford, who died in the crash. Read More
    WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration has sent a warning letter to Novartis Animal Health U.S. Inc. because of what federal officials say were late reports on the death of cats being tested with a new painkilling drug. The drug being tested, Deramaxx, is… Read More
    WASHINGTON – More than 19 months after a mad cow scare closed U.S. borders to Canadian cattle, the United States said Wednesday it will allow imports beginning in March. The new policy will permit imports of cattle younger than 30 months and certain other animals… Read More
    ELLSWORTH – A local eatery recently sold to a local sporting goods store soon may have a new owner. Cadillac Mountain Sports recently purchased Frankie’s Cafe and Good Stuff from longtime owners Eric and Rosemary Foreman of Blue Hill. The sporting goods company, which has… Read More
    Hospitals account for about a third of health care costs in Maine. Their charges tend to be higher than those of hospitals in nearby states and their profit margins are higher, though the population they serve is poorer and, as nonprofit organizations, those profits look generous. They do… Read More
    For the past several months, Bangor’s City Council has been wrestling with the development options for a parcel of city-owned land near the corner of Hammond and Union streets. Councilor Geoffrey Gratwick’s comments at the recent meeting of local officials, in the article, “City, state leaders take on… Read More
    It irritates me as a driver when I see another driver with one hand on the wheel and the other hand with a cell phone in their ear. I was always told and taught you should have two hands on the wheel. Who do they… Read More
    Regarding the article, “Treasurer warns of gift card fees/Statement will harm Maine businesses, merchants’ association claims” (BDN, Dec. 16). I would like to give a great big thank you to State Treasurer Dale McCormick’s efforts to warn us all as to the hidden fees on… Read More
    Michael Leavitt’s unexpected departure from the Environmental Protection Agency should re-energize efforts to elevate the agency to a Cabinet-level department. Mr. Leavitt, who headed the EPA for only 13 months, is taking over the Department of Health and Human Services. He has long said that he sought a… Read More
    I’m sure Bangor Police Lt. Tim Reid means well when he says (BDN, Dec. 25-26), “I would say in a typical robbery situation, if somebody comes up and wants your money, your watch, your wallet, you immediately give them what they want.” Who defines “typical”?… Read More
    We Americans are an extravagant lot; it shows more at this time of year than any other, with the manner in which we celebrate the holiday. That is not to say there aren’t other days (New Year’s and the Fourth of July) with exorbitant amounts of money for… Read More
    King George III, in the 1770s, was having all sorts of problems with the American colonies. They wouldn’t pay the taxes that the crown deemed fair and necessary; they constantly disobeyed the English governors; they were unruly ruffians who repeatedly broke English law; they continually engaged in smuggling… Read More
    SAD 63 must be relieved that the tax cap didn’t pass. After all, about 80 percent of Holden’s property taxes go to run the schools. Don’t believe the town will go broke as SAD 63 continues to spend money like Enron? Don’t worry about a… Read More
    The world has lost another great elder. I am mourning and very much saddened. And yet my life is richer. How is that possible? But I feel in my heart it is so. Philip S. Reisman died on Dec. 11. Precious few readers of this… Read More
    PORTLAND – Influenza has been cropping up sporadically around Maine since late November, but so far the state has escaped large outbreaks. Nonetheless, state health officials say it’s important to get flu vaccinations, and they say it’s not too late to get some protection from… Read More
    FRANKFORT – Two masked men forced their way into a Hamm Road home Tuesday night and robbed the occupants of cash and other items. Waldo County Sheriff’s Department Detective Greg Stearns said the invasion took place about 6 p.m. He said the two intruders were… Read More
    BANGOR – A fire that damaged a South Park Street apartment building Wednesday, displacing three residents, was accidentally started by flames from a propane torch being used for repairs on the building’s front steps. As part of his investigation into the fire, Assistant Fire Chief… Read More
    ROCKLAND – A man who served prison time for the Nov. 7, 1994, beating death of his girlfriend’s 4-year-old daughter in Rockland was in court Wednesday for a bail hearing on an assault charge. Harold M. Clarke Jr., 42, now of Cushing, is accused of… Read More
    BANGOR – City officials and staff continued Wednesday to grapple with the death of a longtime mechanic with the motor pool. Ronald Raymond, 53, was killed Monday while working a small loader at Norumbega Park on Franklin Street. His death remains under investigation this week… Read More
    DOVER-FOXCROFT – Piscataquis County commissioners advised Greenville officials in a recent letter that they are willing to contribute to some projects in the community, such as the municipal airport. Greenville Town Manager John Simko had asked the commissioners to help fund certain projects that benefit… Read More
    BANGOR – After more than two hours of negotiations late Wednesday night and efforts to get a distressed man to come out of his Lincoln Street apartment, authorities let the man stay put, convinced he posed no threat to himself. The man had been drinking… Read More
    BANGOR – A Bangor couple has donated 13.1 acres of grassland in the Penjajawoc Marsh to a community group that aims to keep it in its natural state for future generations of people and wildlife. Fritz and Caroline Oldenburg’s gift to the Bangor Land Trust… Read More
    DENNIS, Mass. – Some Cape Cod residents faced a third night without electricity as crews from throughout New England worked around the clock to restore power knocked out by a powerful winter storm. About 3,600 NStar customers scattered throughout the Cape were without power Tuesday… Read More
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