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School children’s art to be featured at Machias Bay Chamber gallery

By Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce on April 23, 2014, at 3:30 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — The artists of the month whose work will be featured in May at the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce gallery are students of area schools. Outstanding works were selected by art teachers and staff at Rose M. Gaffney School in Machias, Fort O’Brien School in Machiasport, …
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Rep. Larry Dunphy (R-Embden) in the House Chamber.

Rep. Dunphy’s Bill to Help Anson-Madison Water District to Become Law

By David Sorensen on April 23, 2014, at 3:18 p.m.
New law will allow town councils to fill vacancies on water district board of trustees AUGUSTA – A bill introduced by Rep. Larry Dunphy (R-Embden) to aid the Anson and Madison Water District has been signed by Governor Paul LePage and is expected to become law on July 30, or …
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5 Ways to Survive the Doldrums of Spring Break

on April 23, 2014, at 3:14 p.m.
Once the relief of being on Spring Break has worn off, what does everyone do with 168 hours of free time? Here are five suggestions for fun diversions your teenagers can do in the few hours or a day’s time. I’ve chosen these projects because they recapture the delight in …
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Marine Corals in Maine

By Merryspring on April 23, 2014, at 3:11 p.m.
Marine biologist Rhian Waller will lead a presentation on the cold-water corals of the Gulf of Maine at Merryspring Nature Center on Tuesday, April 29 at 12:00 noon. Though many think of warm, tropical waters when it comes to coral reefs, there are in reality thousands of species that thrive …
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Baked beans supper at Ellsworth Falls

Bangor Daily News on April 23, 2014, at 3:10 p.m.
Saturday, May 3, 2014 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Union Congregational Church, North Road, Ellsworth Falls, Maine For more information: 207-667-7168 ELLSWORTH FALLS, Maine — A baked bean supper will be held 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Union Congregational Church. Price is $7 adults; $4 children. Menu includes …

The flu is back for a second round in New England

By Lena Sun, The Washington Post on April 23, 2014, at 3:09 p.m.
Here’s a tip for those who managed to duck the flu’s first punch: Watch out for the next one. Many communities are experiencing an increase in flu, part of a second wave that is hitting some regions of the country particularly hard, health officials say. Most of the effects are …

Police arrest Hampden man accused of armed confrontation with family

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 23, 2014, at 3:06 p.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — A local man was arrested early Sunday after allegedly threatening his family with a firearm, according to police. Police didn’t know if the shotgun was loaded but said that Perry Antone Jr., 31, carried it outside and walked around his wife’s car, with her and their children …
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Talk on bats at Cobscook Community Learning Center

Bangor Daily News on April 23, 2014, at 3:02 p.m.
Thursday, May 15, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Cobscook Community Learning Center, 10 Dennison Point Road, Trescott, Maine For more information: 207-733-2068 TRESCOTT, Maine — “Bats!” will be the topic at Ray Brown’s Fundy Audubon’s presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at Cobscook Community Learning Center, 10 …
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Butter Is the New Black

on April 23, 2014, at 2:58 p.m.
Today, I read an op-ed in the New York Times espousing the virtues of butter. Now, I am flummoxed. Last summer, as many of you know, my doctor told me to avoid saturated fats and oils or I would die (I’m paraphrasing). Go vegan, he suggested. So I did, mostly. …
Lauren Jacobs, a community development coach in the central Maine area for the Maine Winter Sports Center, picks up cross-country skis at the Bangor Parks and Recreation building earlier this month. Jacobs picked up about 100 sets of skis, poles and boots in the Bangor region. The skis were on long-term lease to families in the area, but the organization provides about 1,000 sets statewide each year through its Healthy Hometowns program.

‘Failure is not an option’ — Maine Winter Sports Center fighting for financial stability

By Julia Bayly on April 23, 2014, at 2:53 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — Eight weeks after learning that its major source of funding had dried up, the Maine Winter Sports Center has raised more than two-thirds of its $1.1 million operating budget for the 2014-2015 season. But beyond this initial fundraising campaign, MWSC administrators and supporters are looking to …
Lauren Jacobs, a community development coach in the central Maine area for the Maine Winter Sports Center, picks up cross-country skis at the Bangor Parks and Recreation building earlier this month.

MWSC Healthy Hometowns program

By Gabor Degre on April 23, 2014, at 2:52 p.m.
Lauren Jacobs, a Community Development Coach for the Maine Winter Sports Center, picks up cross country skis at the Bangor Parks and Recreation building recently. Jacobs picked up about 100 sets of skis, poles and boots in the Bangor region. The skis were on long term lease to families in …
The former Bangor Police Department building on Court Street.

Former Bangor police station could come down in May, pending council OK

By Nick McCrea on April 23, 2014, at 2:47 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Bangor’s old police station could be torn down next month. Tuesday night, the city’s Finance Committee recommended the city award a $1.1 million demolition and sewer separation contract to SE MacMillan Co. of Bangor. The full council will decide whether to approve that contract during its meeting …
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Teachers may register for tours of Maine’s forests, mills

Bangor Daily News on April 23, 2014, at 2:46 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Educators have an opportunity to experience active timber harvests, visit a maple sugaring operation or a lumber museum or wind farm. There are still openings for formal and non-formal educators to attend the July 15-18 Maine TREE Foundation’s Teachers’ Tour at the Birches Resort on Moosehead Lake, …
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Children model the hats they created from recycled materials at the HOPE FestivaL IN 2013.

Children’s Activities Planned for HOPE Festival this weekend

By Ilze Petersons on April 23, 2014, at 2:44 p.m.
HOPE Festival volunteers distributed 8000 HOPE Festival Children’s Program flyers to schools in the Bangor area last week . The flyers invite participation in the free 20th annual HOPE (Help Organize Peace Earthwide) Festival on Saturday, April 26th from 11-4 at the University of Maine’s Student Recreation and Fitness Center. …
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Graduation Policy Task Force invites public comment

Bangor Daily News on April 23, 2014, at 2:38 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Graduation Policy Task Force created by the Portland Board of Public Education is recommending a number of changes in the graduation requirements for Portland Public Schools. The task force began work four months ago. Its proposals (http://www2.portlandschools.org/graduation-policy-task-force) are designed to bring the district’s graduation policy into …
Victor and Cheryl Morin of Abbot.

Abbot woman recovering from ‘the fight of her life’ with respiratory illness

By Mike Lange, Piscataquis Observer on April 23, 2014, at 2:36 p.m.
ABBOT, Maine — An Abbot woman who has spent the last seven years helping families cope with the loss of life is now recovering from a near-fatal illness. For Cheryl Morin, the concept of asking for help instead of giving it is uncomfortable. “At this point in my life, I’m …

Golf season starting

By Gabor Degre on April 23, 2014, at 2:35 p.m.
Golf season starting
A color-coded map of Falmouth shows where Summit Natural Gas plans to install gas distribution lines over the next four years.

Towns just north of Portland prep for $42 million natural gas ‘backbone’ project

By Ben McCanna on April 23, 2014, at 2:33 p.m.
FALMOUTH, Maine — The first phase of a $42 million natural gas distribution project is imminent, but it’s still unknown when residents will be able to begin using the fuel in their homes. That was the takeaway from an informational meeting held Thursday, April 17, at Town Hall by Summit …

Skowhegan woman, 83, found dead near Walmart; death not suspicious, police say

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 23, 2014, at 2:28 p.m.
SKOWHEGAN, Maine — An 83-year-old woman was found dead near Walmart on Monday afternoon, according to police. The body of Shirley Woods was located by game wardens around 3:30 p.m. Monday, Skowhegan police Chief Ted Blais said. Woods, who was known to have dementia, according to Blais, was reported missing …
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EMDC Receives $20,000 Betterment Fund Grant

By Melissa Gerety on April 23, 2014, at 2:27 p.m.
Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC) has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Betterment Fund that will support a project to increase transportation opportunities for people in Eastern Maine. The grant funds the newly formed Eastern Maine Transportation Management Association (EMTMA), which supports and advocates for local and regional transit, …
 
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