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Nokomis outlasts Bangor in wild finish

NEWPORT – As the heavy snowfall swirled all around outside Nokomis High School’s gym, so too did momentum, emotion and even tempers inside Saturday night. And after a mentally exhausting game featuring five lead changes (three in the last two minutes), eight ties, and a wild ending no script writer …

Snowstorm ushers out old year Winter Harbor teen hurt in Gouldsboro crash

A year-end storm blanketed parts of Maine with as much as 10 inches of snow Saturday night and Sunday, making travel hazardous and canceling some New Year’s celebrations. The storm, a nor’easter which formed over the Middle Atlantic States earlier this week, traveled farther into eastern and central Maine than …

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The milky way Jean Fisher, a reader from Milo, writes, “With a lot of recipes calling for sweetened condensed milk at this time of year, I thought I’d better tell you how people can make their own very easily [for] 1/4 of the price of a 14-ounce can of sweetened …

Cavalieri’s leg injury should only require a few days to heal

ORONO – Less than 24 hours after his freshman point guard was carried from the Alfond Arena hardwood, University of Maine coach John Giannini was breathing a sigh of relief Wednesday afternoon. Tory Cavalieri’s leg injury has been diagnosed and the 5-foot-11 speedster will likely make a full – and …

Bapst battles past Hampden Payne helps undefeated Crusaders prevail in defensive struggle

HAMPDEN – At one point, fans were joking that Thursday night’s game between John Bapst and Hampden Academy looked like a Bob Cimbollek tribute. No, the longtime former Bapst coach famous for his deliberate, low-scoring shuffle offense wasn’t on hand at Hampden Academy’s gym, but his spirit seemed to be. …

And another thing

Traffic on I-95 has gone up by 20 to 30 percent on much of the route since 1990, according to a recent story in The New York Times, and it jumped from 139,00 vehicles per day to 292,000 just south of Washington, D.C. But at Medway, it rose only from …

Legislature faces tough budgeting task $200 million shortfall will limit spending for education, health care and drugs

AUGUSTA – The affect of an estimated $200 million budget shortfall on ambitious plans to expand funding for education, health care and prescription drugs will dominate the 120th legislative session, members of the House and Senate said Thursday, the first working day of the new session. House Speaker Michael Saxl …

Agony and frustration

The opposition to the Treaty on War Crimes Court that Sen. Jesse Helms is leading is a defense mounted in agony and frustration by individuals who do not want to be held accountable for their actions and wish to maintain their so-called superiority regardless of the price or ethics involved. …

Brown beats up Black Bears Poor start plagues UMaine

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Earl Hunt scored 28 points and pulled down 14 rebounds Saturday as Brown defeated Maine 81-63. Alai Nuualiitia added 20 points and 10 rebounds for Brown (5-6), which broke open a close game with a 13-4 run midway through the second half. The two players accounted for …

Teams prep for future at meet Promising wrestlers battle for pride

ELLSWORTH – No regional or state titles were on the line, but pride and future success were as six teams met in a wrestling meet at the Ellsworth High School gym on a snowy Saturday. Six teams – Caribou, Ellsworth, Hermon, Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln, Mount Desert Island and Penobscot …

Death and taxes

Gov. Angus King talks out of both sides of his mouth. Out of one side he wants to raise cigarette taxes to offset his budget. Out of the other, he says that higher taxes will make people quit. If everyone is taxed to death on cigarettes and stops smoking, where …

Down East drug clinic proposed Methadone site would add to effort planned in Bangor

BANGOR – State substance abuse officials announced Monday that – in addition to plans to open a methadone clinic here – they also will look to offer the treatment in Washington County. On the heels of Monday’s news, the Bangor City Council accepted without objection a plan that would allow …

Vanidestine sparks Bangor win 3-point shots sink Crusaders

BANGOR – All season long, Bangor coach Roger Reed has been after starting guard Joe Vanidestine to shoot more. Since the unassuming senior has felt uncomfortable taking a lot of shots for fear of being a “ball hog,” Reed has literally been yelling at Vanidestine to shoot whenever he’s open. …

Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance offers new workshops

BRUNSWICK – Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance will expand its course offerings to include business and technical writing. Three coming workshops are: “Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses,” “A PC is Not Paper: Writing for the Web” and “Basic Business Communication in Today’s World.” All three workshops will be held in …

CMP and Maine

A little over a year ago, the Maine Public Utilities Commission wanted to make sure that the merger between CMP and Energy East didn’t result in a loss of service to CMP customers. The commissioners “don’t want them to become more efficient by laying off all their linemen,” PUC senior …

Hockey East signs FSNNE extension

Hockey East and Fox Sports Net New England have renewed an exclusive, multiyear deal that will ensure Hockey East games will be seen on FSNNE for a fourth straight season. The deal, which extends the contract through the 2001-2002 season, includes nine regular season games, two or three HE tournament …

Janicki files suit vs. Bapst Soccer coach fired for explicit language

Louis Janicki of Hampden, who was fired from his position as boys varsity soccer coach at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor last August, has filed a lawsuit against the school, several school officials, and the parents of a student at the school. The 49-year-old Janicki, who has been …

the art of Snow Snowmen taken beyond corncob pipes and button noses in craft collaboration

Between the glossy (read waterproof) covers of “Snowmen: Snow Creatures, Crafts, and Other Winter Projects,” inspiration jumps off the pages. Well, actually, if you lived in Florida, you probably wouldn’t find much of value in there, but since we’re here, in the tundra, well into our first foot of snow …

Man found in teen’s closet possibly had relationship with Maine girl

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – A man who authorities say lived in a 15-year-old girl’s bedroom closet before her mother found out and had him arrested may have had a similar relationship with a teen-age girl in Maine. Knox County prosecutor John Baker said Tuesday that Jeffrey Scott Martin, 26, may …

Acting Sleazy Local Actor Jason Hodgdon Delivers On A Slimy Character

All the leaves are brown (under a white coat of flurries) and the sky is gray – just the type of winter’s day to inspire a bit of California dreaming. But on this snow-blown, frigid afternoon, actor Jason “Jake” Hodgdon is glad to be home from Los Angeles – for …