Shawn Laatsch, director of the University of Maine's Emera Astronomy Center, shines a light at the 111-year-old telescope at the Historic Clark Telescope Observatory. The telescope, which was built in the early 1900s, will be moved to a new building and set up for use by next spring.

UMaine to tear down historic observatory, save 111-year-old telescope

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 24, 2016, at 7:34 a.m.
The University of Maine’s historic observatory is slated for destruction, but its 111-year-old telescope will continue to help stargazers explore space.
Husson University student Andrew Farnsworth straightens up his dormitory room on Friday. The sports management major said students will welcome the six two-story apartments that will be built on the Bangor campus over the next year.

Husson to hold groundbreaking for new $5 million student housing project

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 24, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Construction of the three townhouse-style buildings will begin within six weeks.
A 14-foot diameter, 60-ton base of a Vestas V90-1.8 megawatt wind turbine is hauled up the access road to the Pisgah Mountain wind farm site in Clifton Friday morning. This is the first of 45 pieces that will be trucked from the port in Searsport to the site in Clifton over three weeks. Developer Paul Fuller said that the five turbines need to be in place before Oct. 15 to meet a deadline required as part of the Public Utility Commission's 20-year Community-based Renewable Energy contract between Pisgah and Emera Maine. Each turbine has a hub height of 305 feet and each blade is 140 feet long. A 351-foot crane was brought in to install them on the mountain. This $25 million wind farm project was unanimously approved by the Clifton Planning Board back in October 2011.

Massive wind turbine parts arrive at Clifton site

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Sept. 23, 2016, at 4:47 p.m.

Three running for two Brewer City Council seats

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 23, 2016, at 4:34 p.m.
Two incumbents and a newcomer are running for two available seats on the Brewer City Council.

Before addiction there’s a child

on Sept. 23, 2016, at 12:31 p.m.
A look at preventing one of the largest public health problems of this time.
The last time Jake had a full year of school was three years ago, in sixth grade.

The solitary journey of a Maine boy expelled from school

on Sept. 23, 2016, at 11:44 a.m.
It’s clear why many schools opt to kick out kids like Jake. But in the long run, doing so may cost more and make communities less safe.

Man who set lobster boat ablaze gets 7 years for ‘simply crazy conduct’

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 22, 2016, at 6:28 p.m.
“To burn a lobsterman’s boat is to destroy his livelihood,” U.S. District Judge John Woodcock said in imposing the sentence.

5 Things To Do This Weekend, Sept. 23-25: It’s decorative gourd season! Yay!

on Sept. 22, 2016, at 12:20 p.m.
1. In the Bangor area this weekend, Friday night brings a plethora of entertainment options. There are two comedy shows that night, with The Focus Group improv troupe at the Next Generation Theatre in Brewer, and comedian Caroline Rhea at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University; there’s also the annual …
Case manager Heather MacKenzie listens to a defendant's story during the first opening session of the Penobscot County Adult Drug Treatment Court Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.

Drug court in Bangor reconvenes after 5-year absence

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 21, 2016, at 7:39 p.m.
“This is a positive development,” Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said Wednesday. “The most important thing is that this gives judges here another sentencing option.”
Christopher Julian

Old Town police not charging stepfather who took teen out of state

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 21, 2016, at 6:41 p.m.
“Basically, the victims [the teenager and her mother] just decided not to continue with pursuing anything, so we’ve closed out the case.”

Stephen King’s “Wizard and Glass” to be TV series, filling in “Dark Tower” movie backstory

on Sept. 21, 2016, at 12:28 p.m.
Akiva Goldsman, producer of the upcoming first installment of the “Dark Tower” movie series set to hit theaters Feb. 17, announced today that “Wizard and Glass,” the fourth book in the series that details gunslinger Roland Deschain’s backstory, would be developed into a TV series. Goldsman told Entertainment Weekly that …
Wind farm developer Paul Fuller shows a site map of the Pisgah Mountain wind project during a tour of the site in Clifton in this March 2016 file photo.

Traffic delays expected as wind turbine parts make way to Clifton

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 20, 2016, at 7:50 p.m.
Beginning Thursday, “there will be three pieces a day travelling through Brewer for about three and a half weeks,” he said.
Students and faculty members interact during the One Life Project Youth Voice at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor Tuesday. The program brought more than 100 high school students from around the state to Bangor to ask them what adults can do to help them not turn to drugs.

One Life Project asks youth how best to keep teens from using drugs

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 20, 2016, at 6 p.m.
About 160 students from more than 30 schools around the state gathered Tuesday at the Cross Insurance Center to tell adults how best to keep teenagers from using drugs.
Officer David Farrar (left) hands a Bangor Police Department challenge coin to Bernard Skarda, who along with his wife, Lorraine, alerted authorities after discovering a person who apparently overdosed on heroin inside a bathroom at Bangor City Hall on Sept. 13.

Janitors likely saved life of man overdosing on heroin at Bangor City Hall

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 20, 2016, at 4:10 p.m.
“It is not lost on us that the person could have lost their life if it were not for Bernie’s quick action.”
The city of Brewer has foreclosed on the property at 91 Longmeadow Drive after the homeowner failed to pay her 2013 property taxes.

Brewer puts notorious home up for sale, creates moratorium on marijuana clubs, retail

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 20, 2016, at 3:16 p.m.
City leaders authorized the sale of a foreclosed house that was the site of more than 150 police calls.
Warden Jim Fahey with a toddler reported missing in Bradford on Monday. The boy was found sleeping in a tire rut.

Wardens find toddler sleeping in tire rut half a mile from home

By Tony Reaves on Sept. 20, 2016, at 12:59 p.m.
Game wardens found a missing toddler who wandered out of the home while his parents slept Monday.
Penobscot County Metro Treatment Center (right of Quiznos) is located in the Maine Square Mall in Bangor.

Bangor denies rejection of methadone clinic’s expansion was discriminatory

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 20, 2016, at 11:37 a.m.
Attorneys for Bangor deny the city council discriminated against people struggling with addiction.

New music including El Perro Del Mar, Warpaint, Sleigh Bells and Justice on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on Sept. 20, 2016, at 10:37 a.m.
New tracks from Still Corners, Phantogram and Teenage Fanclub debuted on the show this week, while the retro alternative set focused on some modern electronica classics of the 2000s.
Lee-Russel Dunn is the baker at Fork & Spoon in Bangor. He makes all of the pastries and breads fresh each morning. Dunn makes loaves of ciabatta bread Friday morning.

With a new owner and menu, Bangor’s Fork & Spoon focuses on ‘quirky and conscious’ food

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 20, 2016, at 6:23 a.m.
“People always told me, ‘You should open a restaurant!’ But it’s so scary to do that. You never know if it’ll actually work,” said Elisabeth Dean. “It’s been a long time coming.”

Pop superstar Kesha set for concert at Colby College in Waterville

on Sept. 19, 2016, at 7:07 p.m.
Pop superstar Kesha will make her second-ever appearance in Maine this October, when she plays a concert at Colby College’s Alfond Athletic Center Field House on its Waterville campus. Tickets for the Oct. 29 concert, priced between $25 and $35, will go on sale in the next week; they are …

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