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With the busy agricultural fair season approaching, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the state’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry are warning the public to use good hygiene and judgment when attending fairs.

Maine officials ask public to practice good hygiene at agricultural fairs

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 21, 2016, at 11:36 a.m.
With the busy agricultural fair season approaching, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the state’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry are warning the public to use good hygiene and judgment when attending fairs.
At least 150 people packed into the Eddington Elementary School gym Wednesday night to hear the latest on the Maine Department of Transportation's plans to build the Interstate 395-Route 9 connector, a project aimed at improving safety and easing truck congestion in Brewer, Eddington and Holden.

Opponents crowd I-395-Route 9 connector meeting

By Dawn Gagnon on July 20, 2016, at 9:48 p.m.
An informational meeting on the proposed Interstate 395-Route 9 connector road drew at least 150 area residents, a large majority of them opposed to the route, the project itself or both.
Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell speaks during a ceremony where his portrait was unveiled on Wednesday at the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building in Bangor. The portrait will be displayed in one of the courtrooms in the building.

George Mitchell optimistic about nation’s future despite mood of electorate

By Judy Harrison on July 20, 2016, at 8:12 p.m.
“We need a unity of purpose, and we need a national commitment to make good health, good education and good jobs available to all Americans.”
Howard Kroll

Hermon hires Auburn official as new town manager

By Dawn Gagnon on July 20, 2016, at 5:51 p.m.
Hermon town councilors have hired Auburn City Manager Howard Kroll, a former Brewer city clerk and assistant city manager, as the successor to Town Manager Roger Raymond, who is retiring later this summer.

Cross Insurance buys Bangor competitor Sargent, Tyler & West

By Darren Fishell on July 20, 2016, at 4:25 p.m.
Cross Insurance has purchased competing Bangor-based insurer Sargent, Tyler and West for an undisclosed price.

Holden church school to put on public supper

on July 20, 2016, at 3:42 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Holden Congregational Church, 9 Rider Bluff Road, Holden, Maine HOLDEN, Maine — Public supper by church school, 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Holden Congregational Church, 9 Rider Bluff Road. Menu will include homebaked beans, hot dogs, casseroles, coleslaw, salads, rolls, pies and beverages. Prices …
Col. Frank Roy (left) and Brig. Gen. Gerard Bolduc, assistant adjutant general for the Maine Air Guard, address the 101st Air Refueling Wing during ceremony swearing in Roy as new commander on July 10 at the Bangor air base.

Maine Guard announces new commander of 101st Air Refueling Wing

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 20, 2016, at 3:19 p.m.
Col. Frank Roy, who assumed his new duties on June 5, was welcomed in a ceremony at the base on July 10.

Brewer police: Man who wandered away from assisted living facility found alive in Midwest

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 20, 2016, at 3:14 p.m.
A man who wandered away from an assisted living facility last month has been found in the Midwest, Brewer police said Wednesday.

More plead guilty to charges stemming from Dexter drug ring

By Judy Harrison on July 20, 2016, at 2:57 p.m.
Four more people charged in connection with a drug distribution ring that allegedly operated in the Dexter area for a dozen years pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to drug conspiracy charges.
People gather for an event organized by Marion Syversen at the Bangor Police Department on Wednesday. Syversen reached out to people via social media to express their support for all law enforcement and first responders in the region. More than 100 people gathered for the event she called Lift Up the Blue.

Citizens gather at Bangor police station in support of officers, first responders

Bangor Daily News on July 20, 2016, at 12:26 p.m.
More than 100 people gathered outside the Bangor police station Wednesday morning to show support for area law enforcement and emergency response personnel.
Craig Stuart-Paul, chief executive of Maryland-based Fiberight, speaks at a Municipal Review Committee board meeting at the Orono town office in this July 2014 file photo.

Hampden board approves Fiberight waste-to-energy plant

By Dawn Gagnon on July 19, 2016, at 9:29 p.m.
Members of Hampden’s Planning Board granted the Municipal Review Committee and its partner Fiberight LLC permission to construct a $69 million state-of-the-art waste-to-energy plant.
Nelson Keyser

Bangor man gets 5 years for burglaries victims say robbed them of security

By Judy Harrison on July 19, 2016, at 5:23 p.m.
A local man was sentenced Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to nine years in prison with all but five years suspended for a series of residential burglaries last summer that victims said robbed them of their sense of security and left them feeling violated.
Shawn Abbott, 44, of Brewer has died because of his injuries from a crash Friday, when a driver exiting the Upper Dedham Road collided with his motorcycle while he was traveling toward Ellsworth on Route 1A.

Motorcyclist involved in Holden crash last week dies

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 19, 2016, at 5 p.m.
A motorcyclist involved in a Friday afternoon crash on Route 1A has died.
The Old Town pulp mill can be seen on Nov. 10, 2015.

Old Town leaders consider $3M bond to buy defunct mill land, warehouses

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 19, 2016, at 3:48 p.m.
City leaders don’t want to wait and see what happens to the 40-acre defunct mill site along the Penobscot River.
Interstate 395/Route 9 options for traffic.

I-395 connector informational meeting to take place in Eddington

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 19, 2016, at 2:31 p.m.
The Maine DOT will provide updated information on the permitted Interstate 395/Route 9 connector.
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Five-year-old Bentley Surette (right) blows bubbles while counselor Clara Jeffrey looks on during a Bangor Parks and Recreation summer program on July 11 at the 14th Street School in Bangor.

Bangor Parks and Rec sees growth in programs, deals with limited space

By Shelby Hartin on July 19, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Bangor Parks and Rec has seen a significant uptick in recent years in the number of children participating in their programs.
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Hayden Taylor enjoys a cigarette during a smoke break in Bangor last year.

Bangor councilors delay action on park smoking ban, shopping carts

By Dawn Gagnon on July 18, 2016, at 10:26 p.m.
Councilors directed staff to come up with a new draft that would limit the park smoking ban to places frequented by children.
The historic downtown building at 73 Central St. can be seen in Bangor in this June 2016 file photo.

Bangor panel backs deal with former owner of historic downtown building

By Dawn Gagnon on July 18, 2016, at 9:35 p.m.
Work to redevelop a historic downtown building could start soon if city councilors approve an arrangement with the former owner during their next regular meeting.
Philip Scott Fournier, 55, of East Millinocket is escorted into the courtroom for his bail hearing at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor on Monday.

Judge says evidence against Joyce McLain murder suspect ‘not overwhelming’

By Judy Harrison on July 18, 2016, at 6:35 p.m.
Justice Ann Murray found there was probable cause for the murder charge and set bail at $300,000 for Philip Scott Fournier of East Millinocket.
American Airlines ticket agents assist customers at Bangor International Airport in this January 2016 file photo.

Bangor airport gets license to refuel foreign flights serving Cuba

on July 18, 2016, at 5:53 p.m.
Bangor International Airport has been issued a license allowing it to provide refueling and other services to foreign flights to and from Cuba, according to an announcement by Sen. Susan Collins on Monday. Collins, chairman of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that the U.S. Treasury Department’s …
 

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