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Erik Steele

Mandatory motorcycle helmets — again

A lobster in a boiling pot has more of a chance than a mandatory helmet proposal in Maine, so I was going to keep my mouth shut in the debate in the Maine Legislature about whether to require motorcyclists here to wear helmets. What’s the point? Then I read some …

Friday, March 1, 2013: National parks, government shutdowns and an east-west highway

Don’t fear the changes My family has visited some wonderful national parks over the years, from Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon. We have hiked, gone horseback riding, river rafting and whale watching. And everywhere we have spent money. By electing to spend our vacation dollars there we have not only …

Sports briefs for Feb. 28, 2013

Hohlt leaving as Bates’ field hockey coach LEWISTON — After 15 years at the helm, head coach Wynn Hohlt announced her intention to leave the Bates College field hockey program, effective at the end of the current academic year, the school announced in a press release Thursday. Hohlt has led …
Alex Gray (from left), Waterfront Concerts promoter; John Osborne, Hollywood Casino general manager; Lee Speronis, Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau chairman; and Mike Dyer, the Bass Park director tapped to manage the Cross Insurance Center, attended an announcement of the winners of the visitors bureau's 2013 Tourism and Hospitality Eagle Awards at Hollywood Casino on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.

Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau announces award winners

BANGOR, Maine — The Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Thursday that Waterfront Concerts, the Bass Park director tapped to manage the Cross Insurance Center, and the Northeastern Loggers Association will receive awards for their efforts to promote Bangor and attract tourists. Alex Gray, Waterfront Concerts promoter, and Bass …
Sen. Susan Collins

Maine Sen. Susan Collins joins last-ditch effort to soften automatic federal cuts

WASHINGTON — A day before sweeping budget cuts begin, the White House and Republicans blamed each other on Thursday for failure to prevent a fiscal crisis which the International Monetary Fund warned could slow the U.S. and world economies. Absent a highly unlikely last-ditch deal, the $85 billion in cuts …
Rock legend Bob Dylan looks on during the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C., last year

Bob Dylan scheduled to appear at Lewiston’s Colisee in April

LEWISTON — Legendary singer/songwriter Bob Dylan is scheduled to appear at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in April, according to a new tour schedule posted on his website. The performance is scheduled for Wednesday, April 10, but no tickets are yet available online. A representative of the Colisee declined to confirm …

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013: Online civility, gun violence and the Bangor Auditorium

How do we fix this? Renee Ordway’s Feb. 22 column about reading online comments illustrated the tragic degeneration of civility that has occurred these two past decades. Ever since politics sank to the shameful low of mean-spirited debate, if you can call it debate, it has accelerated. A government that …
Work in the Bakken Oil Fields of North Dakota has brought an influx of thousands or workers, making North Dakota the fastest growing state in America. Sewer and water lines and streets are in place and awaiting construction of homes in The Ridge at Harvest Hills development in Williston, North Dakota, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013.

Who needs sex ed? North Dakota adds men and jobs, reduces teen pregnancy

LOS ANGELES — A new Guttmacher Institute report has good news on teen pregnancy: As has been the case for the past 20 years, it remains on the decline throughout the United States. But the new numbers (culled from 2008 and 2010 data) also present a puzzle for politicians. Teen …

Maine state trooper’s handgun discharges during staff meeting Wednesday

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine State Police are investigating the accidental firing of a lieutenant’s handgun during a staff meeting Wednesday morning. “Lt. Shaun Currie, who heads up our commercial vehicle enforcement division, was at a computer training class at our former headquarters on Hospital Street in Augusta with two other …
Gov. Paul LePage

Penobscot, Piscataquis and Hancock county leaders to weigh impact of Gov. LePage’s proposed budget at Hampden meeting

BANGOR, Maine — Legislators, community and school leaders from Penobscot, Piscataquis and Hancock counties will come together next week to outline the effects Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed biennial budget would have on their towns, according to municipal officials. The event, dubbed “An Evening for Leadership,” is scheduled 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, …
Ed Lovejoy, a former building inspector, sits in the Bangor Auditorium on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. Lovejoy was the inspecctor for the building when it was being built in 1955. The new Cross Insurance Center is replacing the old Bangor Auditorium this spring.

Man who helped build Bangor Auditorium shares rich history — from location change to female urinals

BANGOR, Maine — You’d think that a man who was one of the primary people involved with the design and construction of the Bangor Auditorium would be wistful and maybe even sad as its 57-year run as eastern Maine’s primary civic entertainment venue winds down. Not Edward Lovejoy, who for …

What do you buy before a a big storm? Bread and milk

DOVER, N.H. — Time to get the bread and milk! Or is it? At the approach of nearly every New England blizzard, nor’easter, snowstorm and sometimes just a simple flurry, there is an inevitable rush at local grocers for the “essentials,” otherwise known as “bread and milk.” Why on earth …

Comet’s appearance highlights March astronomical events

Asteroids and meteorites made the news in February, and now this month’s astronomical headline will feature a comet. Comet PanSTARRS was discovered in 2011 in the far reaches of the solar system and will make its closest approach to Earth on March 5 at 100 million miles. It will be …
A pair of firefighters look for hot spots in the smoking rubble of a house extension on the Middle Road in Woolwich Tuesday night.

In Focus: Hockey, fire and a barge

Erin Donovan

My husband used to use WD-40 as face cream

I was leafing through an US Weekly magazine, in between chapters of “Satanic Verses” and some light Dostoyevsky reading, when I stumbled upon a snippet that gave me pause. Captioned beside a photo of pop singer Fergie and husband Josh Duhamel was the confession that Josh uses her La Mer …

Let’s talk about how Maine can curb gun violence

A Bangor Daily News article on Feb. 12 about the South Portland parents of a shooting victim, who advocated for more effective measures to curb gun violence, quoted Jeff Weinstein, president of the Maine Gun Owners Association, as saying that the association would consider and in some cases support enhanced …
From the community

Cinderella Project seeks donations of new and used dresses

BELFAST, Maine — The Cinderella Project of Maine, entering its eighth year of providing new and gently used prom dresses to Maine girls, is seeking donations. Dresses in any size, along with jewelry and accessories are needed. When girls leave the giveaway with a new dress, shoes, and accessories, they …

Investing in Maine’s future: The case for the competitive skills scholarship program

Thousands of Maine workers have suffered the loss of a job and the frustrations that come with finding the next one. Too often, the skills and experiences workers have accumulated over many years are no longer sought by employers. For some Maine employers, the inability to find workers with the …

Former Portland chef discusses newest venture: rugged, Maine-made kitchen gear, lotions and soaps

Under the company moniker Weft & Warp Seamster, former chef and restaurant owner Erik Desjarlais is making aprons, knife rolls, beard soaps and skin lotion by hand in New Gloucester. The rolls and aprons are beautiful, rugged, and meticulously stitched, and clearly the work of a devoted craftsman. In addition, …
RSU 19 Business Manager Jerry Nault explains the potential mill rate impact of a $2.8 million stabilization loan for the district during a meeting at Nokomis Regional High School in Newport on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. The loan will go before voters on March 8.

In Focus: Snow, fire and schools