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Church turkey dinner free to the community

Bangor Daily News on Jan. 06, 2015, at 9:20 a.m.
Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: North Sedgwick Baptist Church, Sedgwick Ridge Road-Route 172, Sedgwick, Maine For more information: 207-359-4401 SEDGWICK, Maine — North Sedgwick Baptist Church will host a free turkey dinner with all the fixings at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, in the church vestry. Everyone in …
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Brewer Public Works employee D.J. Hart sprays water on the field by the Brewer Auditorium to make ice for the public skating rink Tuesday. "This has been the first stretch of cold, steady cold weather this season to make ice, but this is great weather for it," Hart said. The rink should be ready for use by Tuesday evening.

Frigid temperatures continue into Tuesday

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 06, 2015, at 9:11 a.m.
CARIBOU | While no communities set any new records for low temperatures Monday night, much of the state woke up to subzero temperatures Tuesday. According to the National Weather Service’s Caribou forecast center, the St. John Valley saw the lowest of the wind chill readings, with Frenchville hitting 39 …
The sun rises above a field in Winterport on Monday morning.

Arctic air mass from Canada ushers in wind chill warnings in Maine

By Julia Bayly on Jan. 05, 2015, at 3:26 p.m.
FORT KENT | It’s time to pull out those holiday gift sweaters, scarves and hats, as much of northern and central Maine are under wind chill warnings as a frigid air mass and high winds move through the area today, pushing temperatures down to double digits below zero in …
Route 9 in Hancock County will be closed for much of the day Monday after three tractor-trailers left the road due to slick conditions, state police said.

Tractor-trailer slide-offs force shutdown of Route 9 in Hancock County

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 05, 2015, at 9:26 a.m.
TOWNSHIP 28 | Route 9 in Hancock County will be closed for much of the day Monday after three tractor-trailers left the road due to slick conditions, state police said. The first of the three accidents was reported at 4:30 a.m., Sgt. Jeff Ingemi of the state police said. …
As freezing rain tapered off on Sunday in South Freeport, a man shovels a barge tied up at Strouts Point Wharf Co. in the Harraseeket River.

Overnight snow in Maine a prelude to decrease in temperatures later this week

By Beth Brogan and Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 04, 2015, at 11:18 a.m.
FREEPORT | Mainers in much of the state saw nearly half a foot of snow overnight Saturday, with freezing rain creeping north in the early hours Sunday. But forecasters say snow is the least of our worries this week, as January settles in and temperatures in some areas of …
Arthur House speaks about his idea to build a multi-million dollar wood chip operation in Prospect Tuesday night to about 50 curious residents of the small Waldo County town.

Proposed wood chip project in Prospect aims to employ former Verso Paper workers

By Abigail Curtis on Jan. 03, 2015, at 5:45 a.m.
Usually, plans for multimillion-dollar investments in small Maine towns are unveiled with fanfare. This one was posted on a bulletin board at a corner store. The letter, posted around Dec. 11 at Maddie’s Place, a pizza and convenience store in Prospect, said both wood and workers were …
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LePage taps longtime ally Richard Rosen to be Maine’s top finance official

By Christopher Cousins on Jan. 02, 2015, at 1:33 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Former lawmaker Richard Rosen of Bucksport has been nominated by Gov. Paul LePage to become commissioner of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services. Rosen has been acting commissioner of the department since the retirement of LePage’s former finance chief, H. Sawin Millett, in May. Rosen was …
A storm brought several inches of snow to Bangor on Thanksgiving Day in this November 2014 file photo. More snow is expected this weekend in Maine.

Winter storm warning issued; ice and up to 8 inches of snow predicted

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 02, 2015, at 8:53 a.m.
GRAY | A winter storm warning has been issued for most of southern and western Maine for tonight through Sunday afternoon. The rest of the state is under a less severe winter weather advisory, but in both cases residents should be prepared for snow, sleet, freezing rain and scattered …
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Attorneys for Ellsworth man accused of killing wife say prior head injury was a factor in her death

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 01, 2015, at 5:14 p.m.
A head injury that Hilary Saenz suffered in a 2003 automobile accident is expected to be scrutinized in the trial of her husband, who is accused of beating her to death on Christmas Day 2013. Ongoing issues from the injury may have been a factor in why …

New Hancock County administrator position created

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 01, 2015, at 2:14 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | Hancock County officials have decided it is time to hire a full-time administrator who can function as a supervisor to most of the county’s employees. What’s more, they have created and funded such a position in the county’s 2015 annual budget, which went into effect on Jan. …
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A new Tradewinds convenience store expected to open this spring on Route 1A in Ellsworth also will house the first Tim Hortons in Hancock County and the first Fuddruckers hamburger restaurant in northern New England.

Ellsworth project to include Tim Hortons, Fuddruckers franchises

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 01, 2015, at 12:59 p.m.
With 31 states and seven international locations already on its list, a Texas-based hamburger restaurant is expected to open its first franchise in northern New England when a local construction project is completed this spring. Fuddruckers, which lays claim to having the “world’s greatest hamburgers,” will be …
The Verso Paper mill is seen in Bucksport on Dec. 9.

Verso reaches settlement to buy NewPage in $1.4 billion deal

By Darren Fishell on Dec. 31, 2014, at 11:51 a.m.
PORTLAND | Verso Paper Corp. reached a settlement with federal antitrust regulators to buy its larger competitor NewPage for about $1.4 billion, putting a long-sought deal to restructure both coated paper companies near completion. Verso announced the breakthrough for the deal Wednesday morning, stating that the two paper makers …
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Elver fisherman starts serving 90-day jail term for evading $60,000 tax bill

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 31, 2014, at 10:37 a.m.
ELLSWORTH | Nine months after pleading no contest to tax evasion for underreporting his income from elver and lobster fishing, a local man has begun serving his 90-day jail sentence for the crime. Danny Deraps, 43, who caught more than $700,000 worth of elvers in 2012, was found guilty …

Scientists identify dead humpback whale found on Little Cranberry Island; cause of death remains unknown

By Beth Brogan on Dec. 31, 2014, at 10:16 a.m.
ISLESFORD | Scientists from the College of the Atlantic have identified the carcass of a 36-foot humpback whale that washed ashore on Little Cranberry Island on Christmas Day as Triomphe, a nearly 7-year-old male. “The pigmentation on the flukes was sufficient to identify the individual,” said Rosemary Seton, research …

Sedgwick man pleads guilty to possession of child pornography

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 29, 2014, at 7:55 p.m.
BANGOR | A Sedgwick man pleaded guilty Monday to possession of child pornography during a hearing in U.S. District Court, U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced in a news release. John Tapley, 58, brought his laptop computer to a computer repair shop for service in January 2013, court …
Verso Paper mill workers leave the mill one last time Dec. 17 in Bucksport. Bucksport officials and residents organized a rally for workers of the Verso mill.

Steelworkers’ union at odds with machinists over Verso severance pay

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 29, 2014, at 2:03 p.m.
BANGOR | A dispute has broken out between two unions representing employees at the Verso Paper mill in Bucksport over whether the company should be forced to pay full severance to the displaced workers by Jan. 8, 2015. On Monday, the United Steelworkers union filed paperwork in U.S. District …

Humpback whale washes up on Little Cranberry Island on Christmas Day

By Beth Brogan on Dec. 28, 2014, at 5:27 p.m.
ISLESFORD | The carcass of a 36-foot humpback whale that washed ashore on Little Cranberry Island Christmas Day showed some signs it had been entangled in fishing gear, but officials from the College of the Atlantic have yet to determine the exact cause of death. Harbormaster Bruce Fernald’s family …
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Funeral services set in Ellsworth for mother and two children slain in Garland

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 26, 2014, at 4:03 p.m.
Combined services for the Garland mother and her two children killed last week in what police are calling domestic violence homicides will be held Sunday and Monday at a local funeral home. A visitation is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday and a memorial service starts …
Verso Paper mill workers leave the mill one last time Dec. 17 in Bucksport. Bucksport officials and residents organized a rally for workers of the Verso mill.

Paper mill closures, energy unease slowed Maine’s economic recovery in 2014

By Darren Fishell on Dec. 26, 2014, at 12:26 p.m.
Parts of Maine’s proud paper industry stumbled this year, hammering home the challenges of competition from abroad and the difficulty of unlocking new markets for papermaking byproducts. Verso intends to sell its Bucksport mill for scrap, and Great Northern Paper’s East Millinocket mill is also headed for the hands of …
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The Life and Death of a Small Theatre Owner

on Dec. 26, 2014, at 7 a.m.
Dave Parsons, owner and operator of The Milbridge Theatre since 1978, died Dec. 11 at the age of 65. I never met him. I have driven through the quiet coastal village and past the theatre plenty of times, and have wondered what it must be like to run a movie theatre in such …
 
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