‘Family’ extends to neighbors

By Sarah Smiley on June 14, 2009, at 11:06 p.m.
Ever since my oldest son, Ford, 8, was a baby, I’ve had the nagging sense that he is smarter than I am. As an infant, he looked at me in a way that none of my other children since has. Even then, I …

China woman injured in Old Town collision

By Judy Harrison on June 14, 2009, at 11:04 p.m.
A woman was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday after her Nissan sedan collided with a Chevrolet Blazer at Center and Fourth streets in Old Town. Rachel Kummel, 21, of China drove from Fourth Street into the path of the sport utility vehicle …

Turbine blade breaks Bangor traffic light

By Judy Harrison on June 14, 2009, at 11:03 p.m.
One of the large wind turbine blades being hauled from Searsport to the Canadian Maritimes hit and broke a traffic light and pulled down wires at Hogan Road and Mount Hope Avenue shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday, according to Bangor police. Police did not close the road but did park …

Events mark anniversary of Charlie Howard’s death

By Judy Harrison on June 14, 2009, at 10:35 p.m.
BANGOR | The 25th anniversary of Charlie Howard’s death will be observed with a series of events in July. Howard was an openly gay man who was attacked on July 7, 1984, by three teenagers and thrown into Kenduskeag Stream from the State Street bridge during Bangor’s sesquicentennial celebration. …

Portland church plans panel forum on torture

By Judy Harrison on June 14, 2009, at 10:14 p.m.
A retired U.S. Air Force interrogator will join representatives from religious, civil liberties and human rights groups to talk about the use of torture at a panel discussion at 7 p.m. Tuesday at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 425 Congress St. “Out of the Shadow of Torture: …

Motorcyclist killed in crash in Camden

By Sharon Kiley Mack on June 14, 2009, at 9:50 p.m.
A Warren man was killed Saturday evening when the motorcycle he was driving left Melvin Heights Road and slammed into a utility pole. The victim was identified by the Maine State Police Trooper Jeremy Wesbrock as Shawn Sturdee, 44. The incident began shortly before 7:45 p.m. when …

Morrill man drowns in canoe accident

By Sharon Kiley Mack on June 14, 2009, at 9:32 p.m.
The use of alcohol, a lack of life jackets and the inability to swim apparently contributed to the drowning of a 23-year-old fisherman Friday night at Cross Pond. Jared Peterson, 23, of Morrill drowned about 7:30 p.m. His body was spotted by a Maine Warden Service airplane …

Mobile home fire displaces family of 3 in Bucksport

By Rich Hewitt on June 14, 2009, at 9:16 p.m.
A fire Friday night destroyed a mobile home on Bucks Mills Road. The first call came in at 9:38 p.m., according to Bucksport firefighter John Gavelek. The home is about eight miles out of town, and when firefighters arrived flames were showing and the home was filled …

New market regulations ‘overdue’

By Mal Leary on June 14, 2009, at 9:05 p.m.
AUGUSTA | President Obama is scheduled to unveil his proposals to overhaul financial regulation this week, and members of Maine’s congressional delegation are watching closely, hoping for changes they believe are necessary. “Reform is long overdue, long overdue,” said Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine. “I have been urging stricter oversight …

UM math department cookbook aids colleague

By Joni Averill on June 14, 2009, at 9:02 p.m.
During a December vacation in Hawaii, Sergey Lvin, a member of the mathematics department at the University of Maine in Orono, was hit by a “very large wave” and suffered a spinal cord injury that has left him paralyzed, according to information provided by his UMaine colleagues. Hospitalized in Hawaii, …

Deer Isle home a total loss after fire

By Rich Hewitt on June 14, 2009, at 8:56 p.m.
A fire of unknown origin destroyed a single-story home on Dunham Point Road late Saturday afternoon. According to Fire Chief Brent Morey, several firefighters were at the town offices above the fire station and were able to get to the scene within a few minutes after …

Old Glory honored with music, dance, song in Bangor Flag Day ceremony

By Judy Harrison on June 14, 2009, at 8:43 p.m.
Katie Bellew clutched a small flag with one hand and her father’s finger with the other as the 11-month-old toddled around the city’s former armory Sunday afternoon. She seemed …

Kids serve up family fun at Mini Chefs event

By Judy Harrison on June 14, 2009, at 8:39 p.m.
BANGOR | Even though Jazzmin Bean and Koby Bean aren’t yet in kindergarten, the Corinth cousins made their own lunch Saturday. Jazzmin, 2½, and Koby, 4, carefully spread pizza sauce on prepared dough, then sprinkled mozzarella cheese over it. Next, they poured strawberries over shortcake and topped it off …

Antique machinery draws enthusiasts to Skowhegan

By Sharon Kiley Mack on June 14, 2009, at 8:35 p.m.
John Beyer of Fredericton, New Brunswick, hooked his fingers through the straps of his denim overalls and carefully assessed a row of antique engines. “This is the power …

Birding festival takes wing at P.I.’s Aroostook State Park

By Jen Lynds on June 14, 2009, at 8:32 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | Veeries and woodpeckers and warblers — oh my! That could have been the refrain of bird enthusiasts and other nature lovers Saturday as approximately 150 people flocked to …

Mars Hill woman charged in sex-assault case

By Jen Lynds on June 14, 2009, at 8:30 p.m.
A 30-year-old local woman was arrested and charged with gross sexual assault Friday after Maine State Police alleged that she is linked to a child pornography investigation with international ties. Julie M. Carr was arrested late Friday evening at her Mountain View Street residence after state …

Young gardeners eager to feed school

By Jen Lynds on June 14, 2009, at 8:27 p.m.
HOULTON | This time of year, most students are counting down the last days of school and are not thinking about what they are going to do when they return to school later in the …

Medical marijuana on court’s docket

By Judy Harrison on June 14, 2009, at 8:23 p.m.
PORTLAND | The Maine Supreme Judicial Court will hear arguments Wednesday in the first challenge to the state’s medical marijuana law. Donald Christen, 55, of Madison is appealing his …

Highways, bonds cap ’09 session

By Kevin Miller on June 14, 2009, at 8:15 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Lawmakers wrapped up the 2009 regular session early Saturday morning after negotiating compromises on a $150 million bond package and a highway funding bill. Bonds and a road …

Auditor advises Houlton to sock away more funds

By Jen Lynds on June 14, 2009, at 8:11 p.m.
While the 2008 annual audit indicated that Houlton remains in strong financial condition, town officials nonetheless were urged to keep a hefty sum of money in the municipal surplus account. They also again were advised to create a policy to govern the money that they keep in …