Archive for December, 2010

Philomena Baker demonstrates how to frame a photo for U.S. servicemen and their dependents on a field trip in Germany in the 1950s.

From Germany’s ruins to Fort Kent, Maine

By Kathryn Olmstead, Special to the BDN on Dec. 31, 2010, at 11:57 p.m.
The Maine State House is framed by spruce trees in Capitol Park, Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, in Augusta, Maine. Gov.-elect Paul LePage's transition team are working on a two-year state budget package. The Republican governor-elect promised a restructuring of state government during his campaign to eliminate waste and promote efficiency. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

New committee prepares to revive economy

By Matt Wickenheiser on Dec. 31, 2010, at 11:24 p.m.
It’s still too early to tell exactly what bills and issues will come before the Legislature’s newly constituted Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee, but leaders of the …

Teen makes case on TV for protest ban

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 31, 2010, at 10:32 p.m.
Zach Parker, the Frankfort high school senior whose history class project about banning military funeral protests has garnered national attention, sounded both exhausted and exhilarated Friday while …

Bust targets Trippy Hippy owners

By Diana Bowley on Dec. 31, 2010, at 10:18 p.m.
Two local business owners were arrested Thursday after the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency executed search warrants at the Trippy Hippy Co. and at the pair’s Prospect Street …

Dec. 31, 2010, Local Sports Results

on Dec. 31, 2010, at 9:46 p.m.

11 people to watch in ’11

By Kevin Miller on Dec. 31, 2010, at 9:42 p.m.
While all eyes will be on Paul LePage, Maine’s incoming governor and the first Republican to serve as the state’s chief executive in 16 years, there are many other Mainers — some household …

Pondering the future of books

By Renee Ordway on Dec. 31, 2010, at 8:48 p.m.
When I was 13 years old my mother handed me a well-worn hardcover edition of Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone with the Wind” and said, “Read this.”

Biathlon draws ideas from Austrian event

By Kevin Sjoberg Presque Isle Star Herald on Dec. 31, 2010, at 8:38 p.m.
There was much to be learned from a recent trip taken to Hochfilzen, Austria, by North American Biathlon World Cup organizing committee members …

Wheaton cruises past Husson in Grand Canyon Classic

BDN staff and wire reports on Dec. 31, 2010, at 8:38 p.m.

Tannery site avoids flood damage

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 31, 2010, at 8:28 p.m.
Unusually high Penobscot River water levels slightly dislodged an erosion control blanket last week but otherwise did no damage to the former tannery building site, Town Manager …

Jan. 1 Letters to the Editor

on Dec. 31, 2010, at 8:23 p.m.
Maine State Rep. Andrea Boland introduced the Children’s Wireless Protection Act last winter, which would have placed warning labels on cell phones.

Sheriff’s criticism of MDEA chief unwarranted

By Edward Googins on Dec. 31, 2010, at 8:19 p.m.
It is unfortunate the sheriff of Washington County recently chose to publicly attack the competence and credibility of MDEA Director Roy McKinney, a trusted and well-respected member of Maine’s law …

LURC’s commitment to economic prosperity

By Gwen Hilton and Steve Schaefer on Dec. 31, 2010, at 8:17 p.m.
In recent weeks, questions have risen regarding the future of the Land Use Regulation Commission, many premised on incorrect assumptions. We want to take some of the apparent mystery out of what LURC …

Resolving to make no resolutions

By Kent Ward on Dec. 31, 2010, at 8:14 p.m.
I was watching television one recent evening when a top aide to President Barack Obama disclosed that one of the president’s prime resolutions for the new year that begins today would be to …

The Baldacci Report Card

on Dec. 31, 2010, at 8:05 p.m.
When it seemed likely that Republicans would sweep to victory in Maine last month, Gov. John Baldacci tried to rally Democrats. “I wanted our side to fight more. I wanted our side to give the rest …

Notre Dame beats Miami 33-17 in Sun Bowl

By TIM KORTE on Dec. 31, 2010, at 7:50 p.m.
FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2010 file photo, Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton are seen at St. James's Palace in London, after they announced their engagement. London is a sure bet for crowds around the April 29 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.     (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file)

Augusta firm spreads royal wedding fever in US

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Dec. 31, 2010, at 7:44 p.m.
Ever since Britain’s Prince William became engaged to his longtime girlfriend Catherine “Kate” Middleton in November, the globe has been abuzz with news of the royal family and their soon-to-be …
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People to watch in the new year

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Dec. 31, 2010, at 7:38 p.m.
Throughout the past year, numerous interesting people have been featured on these pages so it was difficult to choose just 11 who we think are going to be worth watching in the coming 365 days.

Accepting forgiveness, moving on

By Rev. Daryl E. Witmer on Dec. 31, 2010, at 7:33 p.m.
Perhaps you’ve heard about the fellow who wrote out all of his New Year’s resolutions. On Jan. 1, 2008, he wrote: “I will try to be a better husband to Marge.” In 2009: “I resolve not to …

Hunkering down until springtime

By Reeser Manley on Dec. 31, 2010, at 7:23 p.m.
What a great snow! The garden is now covered with a foot-deep insulating blanket that will protect plant roots from killing temperatures, at least until the next thaw, and birds …