Archive for March, 2010


Dover-Foxcroft budget hearing planned

By Diana Bowley on March 31, 2010, at 11:44 p.m.
The $1.849 million municipal budget is winding its way through the adoption process.

Central Hall supporters to seek grants, plan strategy

By Diana Bowley on March 31, 2010, at 11:42 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | Over the next year, the Friends of Central Hall will be aggressively seeking grants for the rehabilitation of the historic building that served as a focal point for business …
SAD 31 Superintendent Jerry White seeks state or federal grants or energy assistance programs to add to the 66 155-watt solar panels at Penobscot Valley High School of Howland. The panels save about 5 percent of the school?s electric bill per month and will pay themselves back in about 12 years, he said. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY NICK SAMBIDES JR.

High school seeks funds for solar panels

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 31, 2010, at 11:38 p.m.
HOWLAND | Angled at 25 degrees, facing south-southeast and very broad, the Penobscot Valley High School roof is perfect for solar panels, SAD 31 Superintendent Jerry White says. That’s …

Holden eyes budget cuts, but layoffs unlikely

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 31, 2010, at 11:36 p.m.
With big cuts to revenue sharing and other state revenues expected and increased operating costs, town officials are proposing cuts, but no layoffs, Town Manager John Butts said on …

‘Recharged’ Bolduc will stay on as Millinocket’s police chief

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 31, 2010, at 11:31 p.m.
Police Chief Donald Bolduc won’t be resigning after all, Town Manager Eugene Conlogue said Wednesday.

Builder joins rec center committee

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 31, 2010, at 11:23 p.m.
LINCOLN | Paul Labrecque wants Lincoln to have a recreation center, he said Wednesday.

Special religious events, services across the state

on March 31, 2010, at 11:12 p.m.
Click here for a list of special religious events, services across the state.

Baldacci signs budget to close $310M gap

The Associated Press on March 31, 2010, at 11 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. John Baldacci on Wednesday signed a budget-balancing bill which he says demonstrates that the Legislature can rise above partisanship and make tough decisions. Baldacci was …

Snowe: ‘Jobs, jobs, jobs’ are top priority in Maine

By Meg Haskell on March 31, 2010, at 10:46 p.m.
BANGOR,Maine — With the contentious national health reform debate behind her, U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe has shifted her priorities to extending unemployment benefits for laid-off workers, creating …

Maine’s changing worker needs to be focus of UMS summit

By Jessica Bloch on March 31, 2010, at 10:39 p.m.
BANGOR | It wasn’t so long ago that high school graduates in some towns could be assured of a job at the local mill or factory.

House seeks deal on statewide gambling

By Kevin Miller on March 31, 2010, at 10:19 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A proposal to seek voter approval this November for casinos in Oxford and Washington counties and table games at Hollywood Slots in Bangor survived its first critical vote in the …
Dr. Robert G. Marvinney, Maine state geologist and director of the Maine Geological Survey. w/Hewitt story

Earthquakes happen often in Maine and likely will rattle state again

By Rich Hewitt on March 31, 2010, at 10:09 p.m.
ORRINGTON | The shaking and rattling that rolled around eastern Maine on Tuesday afternoon was a relatively minor quake compared to the devastating temblors that struck Haiti and Chile …
Thousands of seagulls hover above the former Stinson Seafood Plant in Prospect Harbor late Thursday afternoon, February 18, 2010. Bumble Bee Foods, the current plant owner notified employees Wednesday, February 17 that the plant will close in April after being a fixture there for over 100 years. BANGOR DAILY NEWS FILE PHOTO BY JOHN CLARKE RUSS

Wait and see, retrain or retire?

By Bill Trotter on March 31, 2010, at 9:55 p.m.
GOULDSBORO | As residents of the Schoodic Peninsula wait to find out if another company might be taking over the former Stinson sardine cannery, nearly 130 workers at the facility are …
Seth Diemond smiles Wednesday, March 31, 2010, after getting tickets for President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Portland, Maine. Supporters waited in the rain for hours to get tickets for the event, where Obama will discuss health care. (AP Photo/Joel Page)

Obama brings message to Maine today

The Associated Press on March 31, 2010, at 9:44 p.m.
PORTLAND | President Barack Obama selected another friendly state for his campaign-style tour to sell his health care overhaul with an address today in Portland, where some …

Maine enacts law to end deceptive free trial offers

By Judy Harrison on March 31, 2010, at 9:37 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine became the first state in the nation Wednesday to enact a law to safeguard consumers from deceptive free trial offers, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

Easter to hit streets of Belfast

on March 31, 2010, at 9:34 p.m.
Scott Baker, pastor of Little River Church, and members of the congregation are planning something different this Easter weekend.
Deacon Ian Dunn of Southwest Harbor leads a Tenbrae service at St. Thomas Anglican Church in Ellsworth on Wednesday, March 31, 2010. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY BRIDGET BROWN

First, a journey into the night

By Judy Harrison on March 31, 2010, at 9:24 p.m.
To reach the light Christ’s Resurrection brought into the world, Christians must walk through the dark shadows of his Crucifixion.
Nicholas Carpenter of Rockland addresses dozens of people in an Augusta courtroom Wednesday after graduating from the Co-Occurring Disorders Court, which helped him quit abusing substances and bring his mental illness under control. "This program is a miracle," he said. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER COUSINS

Off drugs, and off the criminal path

By Christopher Cousins on March 31, 2010, at 9:14 p.m.
AUGUSTA | In 2007, Nicholas Carpenter of Rockland was what you might call a hardened criminal.

4 hopefuls in governor’s race in line for public campaign aid

The Associated Press on March 31, 2010, at 9:08 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Four candidates for governor — three Democrats and one Republican — likely will qualify for public campaign funds this election year.
Michael Eastman, principal of Sumner Memorial High School in Sullivan. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY BILL TROTTER

School’s Race to the Top means exit for principal

By Bill Trotter on March 31, 2010, at 8:53 p.m.
SULLIVAN | The board of Regional School Unit 24 voted Tuesday to apply for a federal Race to the Top grant for Sumner Memorial High School, one result of which will be that Michael Eastman …