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DAVID FARMER

Of hammers, lost keys and economic malaise

My son is six years old. He has proven beyond a reasonable doubt the words of philosopher and educator Abraham Kaplan, who wrote in 1964’s “The Conduct of Inquiry”: “Give a small boy a hammer, and he will find that everything he encounters needs pounding.” Over time, the Law of …
MADELEINE'S MADELEINES (blog)

Sauteed Peas with Mint and Shallot-Thanksgiving Part 3

Today was a pretty average day, I nearly missed the bus, it rained, I found out that Bangor Maine is having the warmest weather in the Nation as of this morning!  I did homework, went to swim practice…the usual.  Now, in a way, I feel like my winters are always …

Dreading holiday weight gain? Get moving and limit alcohol intake

One of the best ways to avoid gaining weight during the holiday eating season is to ramp up your exercise regimen. Yeah, right. Chalene Johnson knows it’s hard to squeeze exercise into your December schedule. But she’s convinced that even the most overwhelmed among us can make it happen. Johnson, …

NATO: Pakistan resumes some cooperation

KABUL, Afghanistan — Pakistan resumed some cooperation with U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan following NATO strikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers by working with the coalition to prevent another cross-border incident from escalating, a spokesman said Wednesday. The weekend airstrikes have severely strained the already troubled relationship between Pakistan and the …

Facebook said to plan record IPO at $100 billion valuation

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is considering raising about $10 billion in an initial public offering that would value the world’s largest social-networking site at more than $100 billion, a person with knowledge of the matter said. The company may file for the IPO before the end of the year, said …
After grooming Ford, graduate student Amy Hofmann walks her out of the stable to train with her at the University of Maine's Witter Farm.

Students and horses learn new steps through University of Maine program

ORONO, Maine — When Amy Bologna left her Windsor, Conn., home to go to college, she wasn’t going to stop riding horses. She has had her feet in stirrups since she was 5 years old. She loves animals — enough to become an animal science major. That’s why she chose …

With Olympics looming, Phelps, coach find balance

NEW YORK — Michael Phelps and coach Bob Bowman were texting back and forth a couple of weeks ago about whether he would swim a timed 5,000, a grueling workout he hadn’t done in a decade. Phelps had a blunt answer: “No.” But then he asked, “Do I need to?” …
Students attend a chemistry class lead by Cary James at Bangor High School. The school is proposing the establishment of a STEM Academy within the school.

Bangor to offer ‘high school on steroids’ with groundbreaking new program

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor High School administrators got enthusiastic and unanimous approval from the Bangor School Committee Wednesday night to establish a science, technology, engineering and mathematics-based program at Bangor High School. “I’m just so excited to think that Bangor High School will be the first STEM school in the …
Frank Slachman on Aconcagua, South America’s highest peak. He plans to soon climb Mount Vinson, an icy 16,061-foot peak in Antarctica — his last of the Seven Summits.

Man spends years away from his family and work in pursuit of Seven Summits

It had been a lovely dinner party. The Slachmans, Frank and Joan, had a few couples over to their Sacramento, Calif., home for good food and good talk, an evening for them to slough off the white coats of responsibility as doctors — he a cardiac surgeon, she a pediatrician …
LETTERS

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011: LURC, wind power and a leader lost

Save LURC for all Maine A special interest group trying to abolish LURC at any cost is now slinging mud at intelligence and wisdom. They are calling Ron Joseph, retired Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist, wrong-headed for the stand he is taking for …

QB Drew Brees and Saints blow out Giants, 49-24

NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees and the surging New Orleans Saints made everything look easy against the slumping Giants. Brees passed for 363 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another score as New Orleans rolled to a 49-24 victory Monday night, extending New York’s losing skid to three games. …
The Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center in Bangor.

Bangor council to form panel to keep Dorothea Dix center open

BANGOR, Maine — While a recent draft report by a statewide work group recommended keeping Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center in Bangor open at least for the time being, the Bangor City Council isn’t taking any chances. Eight councilors met with Bangor Police Chief Ron Gastia, City Manager Cathy Conlow, City …
NOR'EASTER NEWS (blog)

Holiday Madness and How Elmo Can Help

A few weeks ago I was at Wal-Mart on a regular grocery run when I heard something so shocking, so inappropriate and so unbelievable that I came to a dead stop in the middle of the soup aisle in order to hear it better. What was this jarring sound you …
GOT BAD AIR (blog)

Information on moisture and mold control

The following is information on general prevention to keep buildings moisture free and dry. Use an air conditioner / dehumidifiers / air circulators in the spring and summer (rainy season and hot humid months) and a dehumidifier whenever the outside temperature is cooler, such as fall and winter. Both of …
CONTRIBUTORS

A balanced approach to detainees

When the Senate resumes debate on the 2012 defense authorization bill this week, one of the many issues we will turn to is the best way to handle the detention of suspected terrorists. The United States has struggled to craft laws and procedures to prosecute the unprecedented kind of war …
Lynyrd Skynyrd fans Rachel Malcolm (left) of Trenton and Jamie Tate-Copeland whoop it up with thousands of others as Charlie Daniels arrives onstage as the opening act for the Hollywood Slots Waterfront Concert Series in Bangor in August 2010.

Bangor businesses worry about threatened loss of Waterfront Concerts

BANGOR, Maine — The threat that Waterfront Concerts might pull up stakes and move to another Maine community struck a sour note Tuesday with many local businesses. “I would hate to see that happen. It would have a huge impact on us, a negative impact,” said Jeff Brown, assistant general …

Generator fire damages Poland home

POLAND, Maine — The quick arrival of emergency responders saved a local house from destruction after it caught fire early Monday afternoon, Poland fire and rescue Chief Mark Bosse said. A generator that was used for primary electricity for the home at 61 White Oak Hill Road was the source …
VIDEO
A big screen reflection offers a second angle on former U.S. Rep. Tom Allen, who addressed members of the media today assembled during the official unveiling of The Reach Center, a new math and science education organization.

Tom Allen touts new math and science education group at South Portland event

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Former U.S. Rep. Tom Allen said providing Maine students with more engaging math and science programs is a pathway to a stronger economy Tuesday during the official unveiling of The Reach Center, a new organization aiming to do just that. Allen headlined a media event at …
TASTE BUDS

Mincemeat — a vegetarian dish?

It has finally happened. Commercial mincemeat officially has no meat in it. I read very carefully the ingredient list on a prominently displayed jar the other day in the grocery store and saw none. It used to be that there was a mere trace of beef in the stuff, then …
Togus the Cat rode the rails in relative comfort last year, under the watchful eye of Maine Eastern Railroad conductor, Ernie Vannah, during last year's inaugural Coats & Toys for Kids Day campaign special train. Togus will ride again on Dec. 3.

TV’s Togus the Cat to travel by train to promote Coats and Toys for Kids

For the second consecutive year, Maine Eastern Railroad will join with the News Center teams at WCSH-6 and WLBZ-2 for the annual Coats and Toys for Kids Day season kick-off with a special train on Saturday, Dec. 3. As an added treat, News Center’s “Storm Center” celebrity, Togus the Cat, …