Articles by Dylan Martin


Portland server outage crashes 27 websites

By Dylan Martin on Aug. 14, 2012, at 4:55 p.m.
USA Internet, a Web hosting company with offices in Portland and Bangor, is in the process of restoring a server that crashed late Monday morning, causing 27 of its hosted websites to go offline. “It failed hard and they had to replace it,” Dale Summers, a data …

Brewer group seeks to feed 1,000 families for 10th annual Thanksgiving dinner

By Dylan Martin on Aug. 14, 2012, at 1:53 p.m.
Food AND Medicine, a local nonprofit organization, is seeking to feed 1,000 families of laid-off workers this Thanksgiving for its 10th annual Solidarity Harvest. To help reach its goal, the group will hold its third annual benefit auction at 5 p.m. Friday at the Solidarity Center in …
More than 500 University of Maine Honors College alumni, students and friends will raise their steins at 10 p.m. EDT Thursday across the country — and perhaps the world — to celebrate the life of the college’s dean, Charles Slavin, who enriched the lives of many and died unexpectedly at his home Monday. The history of the stein runs deep at the University of Maine, where the “Stein Song” has been played with pride since 1904.

Hundreds to raise steins for late head of UMaine Honors College

By Dylan Martin on Aug. 01, 2012, at 8:02 p.m.
ORONO | Hundreds of University of Maine Honors College alumni, students and friends will raise their steins at 10 p.m. EDT Thursday across the country — and perhaps the world — to celebrate the life of the college’s dean, Charles Slavin, who enriched the lives of many and died …
In order to educate boat owners about the dangers of using 15 percent ethanol-based fuel approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Marine Manufacturers Association is distributing 100,000 E15 warning labels to its member boat manufacturers to place on their boats.

15 percent ethanol-based fuel could have ‘disastrous’ effects on boats, marina owner says

By Dylan Martin on July 26, 2012, at 7:42 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND | Ten percent ethanol-based fuel has been harsh enough on some boats in Maine, but the 15 percent ethanol-based fuel approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in June could be “disastrous” to boat owners when it enters the market, a local marina owner said Thursday. Other …
David W. Proctor

Drunken Orrington man kicked medical responder and officer in head after arrest, police say

By Dylan Martin on July 18, 2012, at 3:38 p.m.
A local man kicked a medical responder in the face and a police officer in the head in a drunken furor on Saturday following his arrest for trespassing at the Snow’s Corner Mobil convenience store, police said Wednesday. David W. Proctor, 31, was on the property of …
Charlie Campo, former Bangor Daily News chief librarian.

Former BDN chief librarian Charlie Campo wins highest honor from news librarian association

By Dylan Martin on July 17, 2012, at 5:39 p.m.
BANGOR | Charlie Campo, the former chief librarian for the Bangor Daily News, was awarded the highest recognition from the News Division of the Special Libraries Association Monday night during the SLA 2012 Conference in Chicago. “I was humbled and honored because it’s my peers and many of them …

Red Sox donating $2,500 to Bangor homeless shelter at Wednesday’s game

By Dylan Martin on July 17, 2012, at 5:11 p.m.
The Bangor Area Homeless Shelter will receive a $2,500 check from the Boston Red Sox at Wednesday’s game as part of a charity initiative to celebrate Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary. The shelter’s executive director, Dennis Marble, said the news “came out of left field” Monday morning when …
Blandings Turtle

Three species of turtles in Maine petitioned for Endangered Species Act protection

By Dylan Martin on July 11, 2012, at 7:47 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Three species of turtles in Maine are among the 53 species of reptiles and amphibians the Center for Biological Diversity is petitioning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to safeguard under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The nonprofit organization filed the 450-page petition Wednesday — what it’s calling …

Full-time firefighter for Carmel could lower town’s fire insurance

By Dylan Martin on July 11, 2012, at 2:33 p.m.
After dealing with low numbers of available volunteers for years, the Carmel Fire Department might be able to hire its first full-time firefighters thanks to a hiring grant awarded by FEMA on Wednesday. Fire Chief Mike Azevedo said if the $87,325 grant is approved by the Carmel …
A driveway was washed away from under a pickup that was parked over the culvert along Stickney Hill Road in Brownville. The repair work after the recent flooding has created a huge financial burden for the town of Brownville. Town Manager Matthew Pineo is asking Gov. LePage to release funds to help the town in the wake of the severe flooding.

Brownville town manager seeks flood relief from LePage contingency fund

By Dylan Martin on July 10, 2012, at 7:46 p.m.
Seventeen days after severe flooding struck the town, Joe’s Repair Shop in Brownville is up and running. “It feels good to turn wrenches instead of hitting hammers,” said Mike Washburn, an employee, referring to the extensive repair required at Joe’s. The shop received heavy damage to its …
"I hate invasive species" said Ronald Lemin, a vegetation management consultant seen here lopping off the seed head of a giant hogweed plant along a tributary of the Kenduskeag Stream in Bangor on Tuesday.

Giant hogweed infestation in Bangor could spread to Kenduskeag Stream, expert says

By Dylan Martin on July 04, 2012, at 9:31 a.m.
If there was a Hulk version of Queen Anne’s lace, giant hogweed would be it. The invasive plant species can tower up to 14 feet tall with flower heads up to 1 foot wide, but it’s far more malevolent than its kin: The stem’s sap can cause …

Cadets from across U.S. to descend on Bangor for Civil Air Patrol academy

By Dylan Martin on July 03, 2012, at 1:04 p.m.
Eighteen cadets from across the country will partake in Maine’s National Flight Academy this summer when they arrive in Bangor this Thursday. The cadets, who are between 15 and 19 years old, will train to be a part of the Civil Air Patrol, a nonprofit, volunteer-based auxiliary …

American Red Cross urges emergency donations after storm in D.C. area creates shortage

By Dylan Martin on July 02, 2012, at 7:38 p.m.
The American Red Cross is urging eligible blood donors in Maine to give blood after severe thunderstorms in the Washington, D.C., area forced the cancellation of more than 400 donations there this past weekend. The extensive power outages in the D.C. area brought “the whole system down,” said Carol Dembeck, …
Manufacturing workers, representatives of businesses and unions delivered baskets of goods to the Bangor offices of the Maine Congressional Delegation on Monday, July 2, 2012. The baskets were filled with products that are made in the state or made with products that are produced in Maine. They hope to encourage the politicians to support the Bring Jobs Home Act that is set to be voted on after the Fourth of July congressional recess.

Unions urge Snowe, Collins and Michaud to support Bring Jobs Home Act

By Dylan Martin on July 02, 2012, at 5:18 p.m.
BANGOR | Maine union groups on Monday urged members of the state’s congressional delegation to help keep jobs in the United States by supporting a bill that is pending in Congress. During a demonstration outside the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building, the union members stressed the importance of manufactured …

Closing of specialized foster program to displace more than 90 children

By Dylan Martin on June 27, 2012, at 7:41 p.m.
PORTLAND | Sarah Emerson went through eight different foster homes before she turned 10 years old and met the foster parents who eventually would adopt her. And it was Casey Family Services, a specialized foster care program, that helped her reach a sense of permanence and belonging. “Casey just …

One man pleads guilty, eight others charged in southern Maine oxycodone trafficking investigation

By Dylan Martin on June 26, 2012, at 12:25 p.m.
PORTLAND | A Biddeford man pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge and six others from York County were arrested last week in connection with a federal oxycodone trafficking investigation in southern Maine involving fraudulent prescriptions. Two men from New York City also have been indicted in association with …

10 months after crash that killed girl, Dexter trucker loses license suspension appeal

By Dylan Martin on June 26, 2012, at 11:53 a.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles has denied a Dexter truck driver’s appeal of a three-year license suspension that was imposed as a result of a crash that killed a 12-year-old girl last year. Farmington police said Charles Willey, 54, of Dexter was speeding when his tractor-trailer …

Skowhegan man, 45, dies in motorcycle accident on Route 148 in Madison

By Dylan Martin on June 20, 2012, at 1:44 p.m.
A Skowhegan man was was killed Wednesday morning when his motorcycle crashed into an SUV on Route 148 in Madison, police said. Michael Dyer Jr., 45, died at the scene after he was thrown from his motorcycle at approximately 8:41 a.m. Wednesday, Detective Lt. Carl E. Gottardi …
The house at 47 Peruvian Way in Bangor as seen on Tuesday, June 20, 2012, where an airplane piston wrist pin fell through the roof on June 12, 2012.

Airplane part crashes through Bangor man’s roof

By Dylan Martin on June 20, 2012, at 1:31 p.m.
When a Bangor flight instructor took a newly licensed pilot on his checkout flight the night of June 12, something went awry. “We got to around 1,500 feet and we heard a loud bang and the plane started shaking,” said Rick Eason, faculty adviser for the University …
Dr. Stephen Sears, Maine's state epidemiologist

Maine CDC issues heat health advisory for southern counties

By Dylan Martin on June 19, 2012, at 5:45 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Center for Disease Control is advising citizens in York, Oxford and Cumberland counties to protect themselves, their families and neighbors from heat illness Wednesday. The health message was sent out after the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory Tuesday, warning of Wednesday afternoon temperatures …