Archive for December, 2011


National notable deaths of 2011

on Dec. 31, 2011, at 10:28 p.m.
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People lift the inflatable ball before throwing it off the top of Paddy Murphy's in downtown Bangor on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 to mark the beginning of 2012.

It’s 2012. How will you spend the new year?

on Dec. 31, 2011, at 9 p.m.
It’s a new year. What are your plans for 2012? Let us know in the comments below.


on Dec. 31, 2011, at 8:09 p.m.
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Fort Kent Girls Basketball 49 at Central Aroostook 50

By Stori shaw on Dec. 31, 2011, at 7 p.m.
At Mars Hill, Sarah Grass scored with four seconds left in the game to give the Panthers the winning edge. Victoria McIntyre scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Panthers, including an 11-for-12 effort from the line. Rachael Grew hit three 3- pointers and finished with 11 points and …
A tip-up sits on a freshly drilled ice hole on Pickerel Pond during Maine Youth and Fishing Association's annual ice fishing day off Stud Mill Road near Greenfield in January 2010.

Warm weather, rains put damper on kickoff of Maine’s ice fishing season

By Kevin Miller on Dec. 31, 2011, at 5:57 p.m.
The arrival of the new year also marks the official start of Maine’s ice fishing season. But December’s roller coaster-like weather means many Maine fishermen hoping to spend their holiday on the ice may have to travel considerable distances — or resort to smaller ponds — to find ice thick …

Dunkin Donuts free dozen donuts, who will get the 20 free dozens?

on Dec. 31, 2011, at 5:54 p.m.
Wish we had a Dunkin Donut close by, I would try and get one of the 20 give away! There are approximately 832 participating locations in this 20 Dozen Doughnut giveaway at Dunkin’ Donuts.  If you’re feeling especially ambitious tomorrow (1/1/12) and you live in a participating state (NY, MA, …

Walmart Deals for the new year

on Dec. 31, 2011, at 5:23 p.m.
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Police recover four stolen vehicles in Hancock County

By Kevin Miller on Dec. 31, 2011, at 5:19 p.m.
State police in Hancock County are investigating who is responsible for four stolen vehicles found on a rural woods road Saturday. The vehicles — a 2002 Subaru Legacy, a 1998 Ford Mustang, a 2005 Ford Ranger and a 2011 John Deere Gator 4×4 — were reported stolen between Nov. 28 …

High court to decide if parents liable for grown daughter’s suicide

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 31, 2011, at 5:17 p.m.
PORTLAND | The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has been asked to decide if the parents of an adult daughter were legally obligated to prevent her from committing suicide. Kristin Cummings, 25, was staying with her parents, James and Jadzia Davie, at their Norway home when she shot herself with …
Bangor's Jade Baumrind (4) and Elizabeth Hintz (20) lead their teammates in a celebration with the trophy after defeating Scarborough in the Class A soccer state championship in Falmouth on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011.

Bangor girls soccer state championship named WZON/BDN’s top sports story of 2011

By Larry Mahoney on Dec. 31, 2011, at 4:49 p.m.
The Bangor High School girls soccer team was on a mission this past fall. After suffering through a postgame celebration by the Scarborough High School girls in 2010 after losing to them 3-0 in the state Class A championship game, the Rams set their sights on hoisting the gold ball …
Kayla York, 4, plays in the grass this past summer. The 4-year-old has CHARGE syndrome, a genetic disorder that can cause multiple birth defects. A Bangor family recently donated a bone anchored hearing aid to Kayla.

Family’s donation helps Presque Isle girl hear

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 31, 2011, at 4:32 p.m.
Just before Christmas Eve, Amber York of Presque Isle spoke in a news story about the blessings she has experienced over the past year as her family continued to seek out the best care for Kayla, their 4-year-old who struggles with a genetic disorder. She talked …

63-year-old Nova Scotia woman dies after I-95 crash in Edinburg

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 31, 2011, at 3:54 p.m.
A 63-year-old Nova Scotia woman who was a passenger died in a one-car crash on Interstate 95 in Edinburgh on Saturday. State Police said Aizhi Gao from Halifax was the last person to die on Maine roads in 2011. The car was driven by her daughter, Xiao …
This undated photo from a Facebook page shows missing toddler Ayla Reynolds.

Ayla Reynolds’ grandfather pleads for her safe return

By DAVID SHARP, The Associated Press on Dec. 31, 2011, at 3:33 p.m.
WATERVILLE | A day after police declared a 20-month-old girl’s disappearance a crime, her grandfather pleaded Saturday for her return, urging anyone with information to come forward. “We’re all out here begging and pleading for the return of our baby girl, safe and sound. Call the state police,” Ronald …

Innumeracy strikes again

on Dec. 31, 2011, at 3:32 p.m.
Mathematical illiteracy leads to muddled statements Back in 1988, John Allen Paulos published a book identifying and explaining mathematical mistakes in published articles. Innumeracy: Mathematic Illiteracy and its Consequencesled to lots of discussions and to some journalism departments adopting curricula intended to avoid this problem. Yet innumeracy has not gone …

21-year-old Cornville man killed after crashing car into telephone pole

on Dec. 31, 2011, at 3:12 p.m.
A 21-year-old man was killed Friday night in a single-vehicle crash on West Ridge Road. Joseph T. Faucher-Kuhlman, of Cornville, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a statement from the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office. There were no passengers, the Kennebec Journal reports. Faucher-Kuhlman was driving …

1,098 miles in 2011

on Dec. 31, 2011, at 2:52 p.m.

Brewer Boys Hockey 5 at Orono 1

By Susan Perry on Dec. 31, 2011, at 2:45 p.m.
At Alfond Arena in Orono, Spencer Valley scored two goals and Kyle Alexander recorded a goal and four assists to help unbeaten Brewer improve to 6-0. Tyler McCormick and Jake Caron each added a goal for the Witches while Tyler White and Michael Shedd each notched an assist. Adam Cossette …

‘Drug deal gone bad’ nets Bath men federal drug, gun charges

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 31, 2011, at 2:20 p.m.
PORTLAND | Two Bath men being held at the Two Bridge Regional Jail in Wiscasset on robbery charges in connection with a “drug deal gone bad” were charged Friday with drug and gun crimes in federal court. John Byrd III, 23, and Joseph Holland, 25, were charged with conspiracy …
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Answering Michelle Obama’s call to help

By Sarah Smiley on Dec. 31, 2011, at 2:04 p.m.
Last week I told you about my plan for 2012: to host 52 separate dinner guests, one for each week that my husband, Dustin, is deployed overseas. For us, this project is intended to be more of a distraction than it is a measurement of time. And we know that …

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on Dec. 31, 2011, at 2:01 p.m.
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