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Weber calls the Spirit series the "best entry-level stationary cart gas grill on the market." This model features stainless-steel cooking grates. Its various parts carry warranties from 2 to 25 years, in contrast to the typical one-year warranty across the board for typical inexpensive big-box grills.

Headline: Grilling season is here at Dunnett’s… and everywhere

When you think “appliances,” you probably don’t think about grills, and you might not think “Dunnett’s.” But the store carries them — and a brand consistently rated by groups such as Consumer Reports as being the best value for the money. Weber grills are certainly an American success story. It …
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By last year, six of the nine states had repealed guaranteed-issue laws.
SARAH SMILEY
Sarah Smiley

Graduation gives sense of closure

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.” …
An aerial photo, taken March 18, 2012, of First Wind's 60 megawatt, 200 wind turbine Rollins Wind project, 8 miles east of Lincoln.

Blowing in the wind: Maine’s energy past and future

The nearly 400-foot-tall turbines atop Mars Hill Mountain had been spinning for several months when, on March 27, 2007, the facility quietly marked a historic moment in Maine’s energy history by selling electricity into the power grid. The Mars Hill project formally opened the door in Maine to a renewable …
WPC PRESENTS (blog)

Rock and Roll (Art) Friday

Tonight’s the night!  Get your pretty faces down to Rock and Art Shop on Central St tonight at 7pm for The Other Bones and Action Camp!  Two incredibly talented electro-pop- dance bands in Bangor for one night and guess what?!?!?!  It’s absolutely FREE!!!!!  Come hang out with WPC and all …

Boston Shopping and Sightseeing trip – Saturday April 14th

STATEWIDE — Plants Unlimited, on route 1 in Rockport is organizing a chartered trip to Boston on Saturday April 14, for shopping or exploring Boston. Buses will pick up at Belfast at 6 a.m., Camden at 6:30 a.m., Rockland at 6:45 a.m., Thomaston at 7 a.m. and Waldoboro at 7:20 …
OFF THE RIM (blog)

What College Team Won Both the NIT and the NCAA D1 Tournament in the Same Season?????

There was a time when teams could play in both the NIT and the NCAA Tournaments. Only one team ever won them both in the same season. Do you know what team that was?
JANINE PINEO

Looking for normal after a wacky ride through March

Dazed and confused. It has been my perpetual state this month. The natural world agrees. The snow crocuses were in bloom on the first day of spring. The buds on the red maples have swollen up like it’s May. Little leaves have emerged on the St. John’s wort. And the …

Couple chose death to end Alzheimer’s ordeal

Three years ago, Adrienne Snelling wrote letters to her children and grandchildren explaining how she and her husband, Charles Snelling, had decided to cope with her Alzheimer’s disease. Adrienne was 79 then and had been battling the illness for about three years. Charles, her husband of nearly 60 years, was …
LET'S COUPON! (blog)

This weekend’s inserts, go out there and buy lots of papers!

BANGOR DAILY NEWS HAS OVER $220 WORTH OF COUPONS (value varies by region) P&G COUPON INSERT PREVIEW: Always $.50/1 Pads, Clean or Feminine Cleansing Cloths ets Always $1/1 Infinity 12ct+ including Radiant Infinity Always $1/1 Pantiliners 30ct+ Bounty $.50/1 Quilted Napkins ets Bounty $1/1 Basic 6-roll+ towels Cascade $.25/1 ets …
The circa-1900 Mills 50-cent Chicago upright slot machine brought $66,000 in a recent sale at Morphy’s Auctions.

The best inlaid game tables are costly works of art

Q: Can you tell us the country of origin of our chess table? The top is a movable slate piece with mother-of-pearl inlay. The base looks like mahogany. A: The pedestal table seen in photos is a gaming table, but more significantly, it is pietra dura, alternately called pietre dure. …
These rhubarb crowns arrived early from the grower and were heeled (temporarily stored) in a garden bed for a week or so while their planting bed is under construction.  After placing them in this shallow trench, buds up, they were covered with soil so that the buds were just below the soil surface.  This technique also works for asparagus crowns and bareroot herbaceous perennials.

An April garden checklist

Framed by uncertainties of weather, here are a few garden tips for April. They were gleaned from my upcoming book, “The New England Gardener’s Year, a Month-by-Month Guide for Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Upstate New York,” to be published later this year by Cadent Publishing. …

State may sell land near Dorothea Dix center for Bangor Hydro substation

BANGOR, Maine — Thanks to an amendment added to a Senate bill approved by committee and presented in a public hearing Friday, two longtime Bangor institutions soon may be able to expand their capabilities. The amendment added by Sen. Nichi Farnham, R-Bangor, to LD 1904 would allow the state to …
Emmet Meara

Staying in ‘The Twilight Zone’ of Florida

“You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead — your next stop, The Twilight Zone.” There is, in fact, a signpost up ahead. It says …

Security breach may have compromised millions of debit and credit cards

Visa and MasterCard on Friday were trying to determine the extent of a possible security breach at a third-party vendor that experts say could compromise the credit-card and debit-card information of millions of Americans. The two companies say they have notified law enforcement officials and alerted banks about the potential …

Much could change with Supreme Court decision on health care law

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s historic health care decision, expected in June, has strong potential to jolt consumers, Congress, this year’s political campaigns and the nation’s health care industry. Depending on the outcome, young adults who recently gained coverage could be dropped from their parents’ plans. The insurance industry might …

For stocks, a stable and impressive climb in 2012

NEW YORK — The bulls weren’t bullish enough. The stock market just had its best first quarter in 14 years. The surge has sent Wall Street analysts, some of whose forecasts seemed too sunny three months ago, scrambling to raise their estimates for the year. “That it’s up isn’t surprising. …

Obama, Romney shift into general-election mode

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — The race for president shifted dramatically Friday into a general election match-up between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney as the candidates delivered dueling, sharp-tongued speeches about the president’s leadership. In Appleton, Wis., Romney assumed the mantle of presumptive nominee, delivering a revamped address attacking …
Track & Field

Conner returns as University of Maine opens outdoor season with home meet

ORONO, Maine — Corey Conner’s last race for the University of Maine came during the NCAA Division I indoor championships in March 2011, when she earned All-America second-team honors. The distance specialist returns to action Saturday when the Black Bears host a meet against the University of New Hampshire and …
Theresa Fairbrother looks up through the ceiling of her bathroom in the first-floor apartment she rents through Bangor Housing Authority in this photo she had taken earlier this week. She is one of several concerned residents of the union street complex upset over recent renovations.

Bangor Housing renovation upsets some tenants

BANGOR, Maine — Theresa Fairbrother likes her apartment’s new kitchen cabinets and bathroom, but she wasn’t too happy with the process Bangor Housing Authority used to install them. “The quality of work is fine. I never had a complaint about them updating the rooms,” said Fairbrother, who lives off Union …