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Volunteers and partnering agencies of the United Way of Eastern Maine gathered in West Market Square in Downtown Bangor Thursday to hand out cookies and hot cocoa while caroling to celebrate the holiday season.

United Way of Eastern Maine holds ‘Day of Thanks’ in Bangor

BDN staff reports on Dec. 17, 2015, at 3:55 p.m.
The United Way of Eastern Maine held a Day of Thanks on Thursday to show gratitude to the organization’s more than 5,000 annual donors and the community-at-large. The event began at 6 a.m. in downtown Bangor with volunteers delivering thank-you notes to local businesses and the shoppers …
Deb Neuman

Media personality Deb Neuman named head of Bangor chamber

BDN staff reports on Dec. 17, 2015, at 2:50 p.m.
“I look forward to working with the board, staff, partners and members to continue to support and grow the region’s businesses and economy,” Deb Neuman said.
Amy McConaughy (left) and Kelly Wood after their rescue by a Maine Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter.

Three stranded hikers airlifted from Appalachian Trail in Maine

BDN staff reports on Oct. 01, 2015, at 12:39 p.m.
Three stranded hikers were airlifted from a flooded portion of the Appalachian Trail on Thursday morning, according to the Maine Warden Service.
Cars sit in high water Wednesday  in the Eastern Maine Medical Center parking lot in Bangor. Sudden rainfall caused many spots in the Bangor area to flood.

Heavy rains cause flooding, travel headaches in much of Maine

BDN staff reports on Sept. 30, 2015, at 5:58 p.m.
The combination of prolonged heavy rain and rising waterways produced flash flooding in Maine’s largest cities and made travel difficult, if not impossible, across much of the state on Wednesday.

Live updates on flooding across Maine

BDN staff reports on Sept. 30, 2015, at 1:08 p.m.
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    Stormwater lifts a manhole cover in Portland's Parkside neighborhood on Wednesday.

    Areas of Portland flooded due to heavy rain

    BDN staff reports on Sept. 30, 2015, at 12:42 p.m.
    The combination of heavy rain and rising tides on Wednesday resulted in the flooding of some streets, low-lying areas and basements in the city. Cars were nearly submerged on Franklin and Somerset streets, according to reports by WGME-TV just after noon. There also was flooding on outer …

    Two more charged in theft of gun from federal worker’s home

    BDN staff reports on Sept. 28, 2015, at 11:54 a.m.
    FORT FAIRFIELD | Two more people were arrested on Friday in connection with the theft of a gun from a federal employee’s home here last week. Bashon Richardson-Pickett, 21, of Caribou and Darcie Dow, 19, of Fort Fairfield were charged Friday with one count each of receiving stolen property, …

    Four startups picked for downtown Bangor accelerator

    BDN staff reports on Sept. 18, 2015, at 2:19 p.m.
    The University of Maine and Maine Technology Institute have picked four companies to take part in a three-month program aimed at boosting the growth of the startups. CourseStorm and Double Blue Analytics, both of Orono; Tip Whip LLC of Old Town; and L&K Manufacturing of Bangor will be eligible for …
    A Dead River Company fuel truck in Brewer.

    Dead River to cut jobs at Bangor administrative office

    BDN staff reports on Sept. 15, 2015, at 12:27 p.m.
    Dead River is reassigning and reducing the number of employees in its office building on Exchange Street as part of restructuring its administrative services, the fuel company announced Tuesday. Robert Moore, the company’s CEO, met with employees to inform them of the upcoming changes, which will consolidate …

    Bangor’s S.W. Cole acquires division of Vermont firm

    By BDN Staff Report on Sept. 09, 2015, at 9:57 a.m.
    Bangor engineering firm S.W. Cole Engineering Inc. announced Tuesday that it has acquired a division of the Williston, Vermont-based EIV Technical Services, for an undisclosed price. S.W. Cole said in a news release it purchased the construction materials testing division of the Burlington company, which the company’s senior vice president, …

    Married couple dies in Lincolnville blaze

    BDN staff reports on Aug. 16, 2015, at 10:36 a.m.
    LINCOLNVILLE, Maine – An elderly married couple died Saturday night after a fire engulfed their Lincolnville home, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Sunday afternoon. The 2 Virginia Drive home, located just off Route 1, was engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived around 10:40 p.m. Saturday, …

    Maine Central Institute graduate wins New England golf championship

    BDN staff reports on June 26, 2015, at 5:22 p.m.
    Recent Maine Central Institute graduate Gavin Dugas of Pittsfield is the new New England interscholastic boys golf champion. Dugas shot a 2-under-par 70 at the Bretwood Golf Course in Keene, New Hampshire, earlier this week to score a one-stroke victory over two other golfers in the 25th annual event. Dugas, …
    Demonstrators met in Pickering Square on Wednesday morning to encourage bus ridership in the city of Bangor.

    Rally encourages public to use Bangor-area bus service

    BDN staff reports on April 22, 2015, at 1:46 p.m.
    Riders and supporters of the city’s bus service gathered at the Pickering Square depot Wednesday to launch a new effort supporting public transportation in the region. Speakers at the 11:30 a.m. rally described the importance of the Community Connector to their lives and the region’s future, and …
    People line up for "The Price is Right Live!" show on Thursday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

    Large crowd turns out for ‘Price is Right Live!’ show in Bangor

    BDN staff reports on April 02, 2015, at 5:10 p.m.
    A large crowd has turned out Thursday to attend a stage version of a popular television game show. “The Price is Right Live!” is at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor for a 7:30 p.m. show. The production then will head south on April 3 to the …

    UMaine holds demonstration to raise awareness of suicide prevention

    BDN staff reports on April 02, 2015, at 3:47 p.m.
    ORONO | More than 1,000 backpacks were left on the floor of the Memorial Union at the University of Maine Thursday in order to get students talking about mental health and suicide prevention. “Send Silence Packing” is a national traveling public education exhibit of 1,100 backpacks that represent the … taken down by ‘external attack,’ says secretary of state

    BDN staff reports on March 23, 2015, at 11:39 a.m.
    AUGUSTA, Bangor — The state of Maine’s official government website,, was briefly knocked offline Monday morning. A hacker group using the Twitter handle Vikingdom2015 claimed responsibility for taking down both and New Hampshire’s Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap confirmed that was taken down by an …
    Maine State Police on Monday investigate a death on Hillview Avenue in Houlton. The Major Crime Unit/Evidence Response Team is currently on the scene.

    State police investigating suspicious death in Houlton

    BDN staff reports on March 02, 2015, at 12:48 p.m.
    State police are investigating a man’s death in Houlton. Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the state police, confirmed Monday afternoon police are investigating the discovery of a man’s body inside a home on Hillview Avenue in Houlton late Sunday night. Police are labeling the death suspicious and are …
    Interstate 95 northbound between Newport and Bangor was shut down Wednesday morning due to a pileup involving more than 40 vehicles.

    More than 70 vehicles involved in I-95 pileup, 17 people taken to Bangor hospitals

    BDN staff reports on Feb. 25, 2015, at 8:43 a.m.
    CARMEL | Interstate 95 was shut down to northbound travel between Newport and Bangor for more than four hours Wednesday after a crash involving more than 70 vehicles occurred on the slippery highway, according to Maine State Police. At least 17 people were taken to Bangor hospitals, according to …
    Adam Earley digs out a sidewalk on Jan. 28 in Portland after a blizzard dumped snow on the city.

    Weekend snowstorm upgraded to possible blizzard

    BDN staff reports on Feb. 12, 2015, at 6:51 p.m.
    CARIBOU | Get the snowblowers and plow trucks ready. Again. The National Weather Service is calling for another major winter storm to dump as much as 16 inches of snow on parts of Maine beginning Saturday and continuing through Sunday. A blizzard watch is in effect for southern and …
    Faith Danglo shovels out her family's car during a winter snowstorm in Cambridge, Massachusetts February 9, 2015. A record-setting run of snowstorms that has pounded the U.S. Northeast over the past two weeks has taken a heavy toll on Massachusetts, taxing supplies of salt to keep roads clear and leaving authorities running out of places to pile the snow.

    Maine Army Guard sending troops, equipment to Massachusetts to help with snow removal

    BDN staff reports on Feb. 12, 2015, at 10:52 a.m.
    AUGUSTA | The Maine Army National Guard is sending nearly 50 soldiers along with heavy equipment to assist Massachusetts in snow removal, the guard announced Thursday. Gov. Paul R. LePage and Brig. Gen. James D. Campbell, the Adjutant General of the Maine National Guard, both approved the request for …