Archive for March, 2012


Portland Dems Senate Debate Gets Weird

on March 31, 2012, at 9:31 p.m.
At the Portland Dems Senate Debate, during the question on race relations in America,the people at the table I was at started playing “Hangman”… I’m not kidding. They were an older couple, somewhere around 60. The “disconnect” between the game they were playing to pass the time and the subject …

They did it! Bangor Humane Society marks first-ever empty shelter!

on March 31, 2012, at 9:01 p.m.
Bangor Humane Society did it! They emptied the shelter through the Mega Match-a-thon of over 100 animals! Here’s what they wrote on their facebook page. I couldn’t word it any better: “Because of our HUGE success we are closing early today at 4 pm and will be closed tomorrow to …
Participants in the St. George Canoe race struggle though low water on Saturday, March 31, 2012.

Low water, rocky rapids fail to deter St. George race paddlers; Houlton’s Ludwig earns 10th victory

By Ernie Clark on March 31, 2012, at 7:55 p.m.
APPLETON | Two related topics dominated the post-race talk at Saturday’s 33rd St. George River Race. One was what the paddlers described as “bony” conditions, which describes a paucity of water in what normally are rapids that forces canoeists and kayakers into a lot of maneuvering to avoid uncovered …
The seafood counter at Whole Foods Market in Hillsboro, Ore., is seen in September 2012. Whole Foods Market says it will stop selling fish caught from depleted waters or through ecologically damaging methods, a move that comes as supermarkets nationwide try to make their seafood selections more sustainable.

Whole Foods to stop sale of unsustainable seafood

By MICHAEL HILL, The Associated Press on March 31, 2012, at 6:59 p.m.
ALBANY, N.Y. — Whole Foods Market said Friday that it will stop selling fish caught from depleted waters or through ecologically damaging methods, a move that comes as supermarkets nationwide try to make their seafood selections more sustainable. Starting Earth Day, April 22, the natural and organic supermarket chain will …
Volunteers of the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) place candles among about 5,000 candles to picture the globe prior to 'Earth Hour' in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Saturday, March 31, 2012. Earth Hour takes place worldwide at 8.30 p.m. local time and is a global call to turn off lights for 60 minutes in a bid to highlight the global climate change.

Pictures of the Day: Saturday, March 31, 2012

on March 31, 2012, at 6:46 p.m.
Sharon Barker, founding director of the Women's Resource Center at the University of Maine, is proud to mark their 20th anniversary. Behind Barker is a piece of art painted and donated by former student Sylvia Herbold.

Portrait of women symbolizes 20 years of work by Women’s Resource Center

By Judy Harrison on March 31, 2012, at 6:31 p.m.
ORONO | Four years ago, Sylvia Herbold went looking for a wall. The University of Maine art student needed a place where she would hang the painting that would be her honors project. Now an art teacher in Ellsworth, Herbold, 26, of Surry found what she was looking for …
A view of Fort Kent's West Main Street in the 1950s shows the buildings of Alphee Nadeau (right) and two others destroyed in last weekend's fire.

Fires a part of Fort Kent’s history

By Julia Bayly on March 31, 2012, at 6:26 p.m.
It has been just under a week since the massive fire that claimed three historic buildings along Fort Kent’s West Main Street. Just under a week of cleaning up, taking stock, and giving thanks that the only losses — large as they may have been — …

Skowhegan brush fire spreads to field, burns around 5 acres

By Alex Barber on March 31, 2012, at 5:52 p.m.
A gust of wind blew a permitted brush fire onto a field near Middle Road on Saturday afternoon. Skowhegan Fire Chief Tom Keene said a resident had a permit for a brush fire, but a gust of wind carried the flames to a field where it burned …

Police investigating assault on Easter Bunny at Presque Isle Walmart

By Julia Bayly on March 31, 2012, at 5 p.m.
Apparently nobody is safe. Presque Isle police are studying security tapes in an effort to identify two teenagers involved in an alleged assault on the Easter Bunny at the Presque Isle Walmart Supercenter on Saturday afternoon. According to Sgt. Mark Barnes of the Presque Isle Police …

Voisine helps UMaine complete sweep of Norfolk State

By BDN Staff Reports on March 31, 2012, at 4:53 p.m.
NORFOLK, Va. — D.J. Voisine fired seven innings of four-hit, one-run ball Sunday afternoon to help the University of Maine complete a sweep of its four-game series with a 9-1 victory over Norfolk State. Voisine (2-0) earned the win, striking out one and walking two, while freshman Luke Morrill of …
Elana Allen, 5, of Appleton sat on her dad, David's shoulders, and held a plastic twirlygig at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new wind turbine at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport. She likely will graduate with the class of 2025.

New wind turbine at Rockport high school now producing energy

By Heather Steeves on March 31, 2012, at 4:50 p.m.
When Eliot Grigo, a junior, walks down the halls of Camden Hills Regional High School, his classmates always ask him, “That wind turbine thing, is that happening?” “Now we have an answer,” Grigo said as he stood under the spinning blades of a 155-foot-tall wind turbine next …
Nick Saunders (left) of Bucksport hooks a collar on a puppy that is being adopted by his brother Jordon Cunningham (right) at the Bangor Humane Society in Bangor on Friday, March 30, 2012.

Humane society runs out of adoptable animals, closes early Saturday

By Judy Harrison on March 31, 2012, at 3:59 p.m.
BANGOR | The Bangor Humane Society shut down early Saturday after it ran out of adoptable animals for the first time in its 164-year history. The Mount Hope Avenue animal shelter had planned to stay open until 8 p.m. Saturday and be open for six hours Sunday as part …
Colin Koehler of Bangor sits in the court room during his sentencing at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor in June 2011. Justice William Anderson imposed a life sentence on Koheler for the 2009 murder of Holly Boutilier.

High court to hear appeal in Bangor stabbing death, stream arguments online

By Judy Harrison on March 31, 2012, at 3:38 p.m.
PORTLAND | The appeal of a man serving a life sentence for a “thrill killing” on the Bangor waterfront will be heard by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court later this month. Colin Koehler, 37, of Bangor was sentenced in June to life in prison in the stabbing death of …
Josue Limprevil mans the newly installed Bison deep-well pump at the Justinian Hospital in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. The Bison pump was selected, purchased and installed by Konbit Sante, a public health based partnership based in Portland. Konbit Sante’s volunteer engineers selected the Bison pump, which is manufactured in Houlton, because of its high quality design and ease of installation.

Houlton manufacturer working to help bring water to Haitian communities

By Julia Bayly on March 31, 2012, at 2:42 p.m.
Take a little northern Maine ingenuity, combine it with some genuine caring and compassion and the resulting collaboration is making a real difference for people 1,800 miles away. Bison Pumps, based in Houlton, has teamed up with Portland-based humanitarian group Konbit Sante to create and provide water …

More on Canco Woods: Could the neighbors buy the woods?

on March 31, 2012, at 2:16 p.m.
Here’s a little follow-up to the story I wrote this past week on Canco Woods, a nearly 13-acre wooded lot the neighbors worry will soon be developed according to its light industrial zoning. The property, which area residents have used for outdoor recreation for decades, is now up for sale, …

New record — most miles in a month

on March 31, 2012, at 2:14 p.m.
One hundred and forty three miles. It’s my new record for most miles ran in a month. That’s more than four and a half miles a day. I ran 18 miles today. 9 miles with friends, 9 miles alone. Doing the second half alone was tough, but I’m a tough …
States' attorney generals walk down the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Thursday at the end of arguments on the constitutionality of the health care law signed by President Barack Obama.

Maine’s example is worst case for health-care decision, insurers say

By Alex Wayne and Alex Nussbaum, Bloomberg News on March 31, 2012, at 1:45 p.m.
By last year, six of the nine states had repealed guaranteed-issue laws.

Genzyme drug a miracle for 46 from New Hampshire

By Marie Szaniszlo, Boston Herald on March 31, 2012, at 1:29 p.m.
It was a bittersweet moment when surviving members of the family met with employees at the plant that manufactures the drug.
Gov. Paul LePage in Rockland in March 2012.

Gardiner man charged for threatening to shoot LePage, police say

The Associated Press on March 31, 2012, at 1:28 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A 40-year-old Gardiner man is facing a terrorizing charge for allegedly threatening to get a gun and shoot Gov. Paul LePage. A Maine State Police affidavit says Richard Lee Andrews told staff at Kennebec Behavioral Health that he knew the governor’s routine and how his bodyguards worked …
Sarah Smiley

Graduation gives sense of closure

By Sarah Smiley on March 31, 2012, at 1:07 p.m.
I started graduate school at the University of Maine two-and-a-half years ago, after Dustin came home and told me about a new program through Military OneSource that offered tuition assistance for military spouses continuing their education. “You might as well try it,” Dustin said. “Since we’ll have help with tuition.” …