Rockland is considering whether to borrow money to repair a stretch of Old County Road.

Vote on repair of Old County Road to be held in November

By Stephen Betts on April 23, 2014, at 9:20 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — The City Council gave final approval Wednesday night to a November referendum asking voters whether they want to borrow up to $1.6 million to repair deteriorating, heavily traveled Old County Road. But the city’s wastewater treatment plant director warned that the project needs to be scrutinized to …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage vetoes bill to give lawmakers final say on $67 million tax increase for FairPoint

By Mario Moretto on April 23, 2014, at 8:47 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill framed by supporters as an effort to protect cable, cellphone and land-line ratepayers from a proposed $67 million fee hike was vetoed Wednesday by Gov. Paul LePage, who said the bill does nothing to address the underlying problem. FairPoint Communications has a pending case before …

Bangor woman arrested after allegedly hitting boyfriend with car

By Dawn Gagnon on April 23, 2014, at 8:27 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor woman who allegedly hit her boyfriend with her car Tuesday evening remained behind bars Wednesday night, unable to post bail set at $10,000, a Penobscot County Jail official confirmed. Teneika Belote, 21, was arrested by Bangor police about 6 p.m. Tuesday after she reportedly ran …

Hampden councilor takes donated map back because town hasn’t displayed it

By Dawn Gagnon on April 23, 2014, at 8:19 p.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — After some debate Tuesday night, town councilors opted not to spend the roughly $1,000 to $1,500 it would cost to preserve and display an antique map donated by one of their members. Councilor William Shakespeare donated an 1859 map of Penobscot County to the town two years …

Rockland manager unveils city budget with staff cuts

By Stephen Betts on April 23, 2014, at 7:57 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — The city will not fill vacant positions including fire chief, a reference librarian and a half-time assistant to the city manager under a proposed 2014-2015 budget unveiled Wednesday night by the interim city manager. The $10.7 million budget for 2014-2015 is down $135,000 from this year’s budget. …

Report calls for midcoast public transit route to run from Pen Bay Medical Center to Walmart

By Stephen Betts on April 23, 2014, at 7:32 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A public transit system that would run hourly on weekdays from Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport to Walmart in Thomaston is the best option to start, according to a national consultant. Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates Inc., a firm based in San Francisco with an office in Boston, …
Kirk and Amy Ward of Houlton, sit with their children, Felicity, left, and Blake, on April 18, 2014, in front of the 70 Kenna Cares bags that were packed by students at Houlton Elementary School in memory of their 6-year-old daughter and sibling, Makenna Ward. Makenna died on Dec. 29, 2013, after a five-year battle with neuroblastoma.

‘I told them they were helping Makenna and helping change the world’: Houlton school creates care packages to honor 6-year-old cancer victim

By Jen Lynds on April 23, 2014, at 7:04 p.m.
HOULTON, Maine — When Leanne Faulkingham welcomes her kindergarten students to her Houlton Elementary School classroom each year, she knows that she will spend the year teaching them reading and writing skills as well as how to share, get along with their peers and function in the classroom. When Makenna …
A pile of lobsters is weighed for pricing.

Drop in number of baby lobsters in Gulf of Maine puzzles scientists

By Reuters on April 23, 2014, at 6:40 p.m.
BOWDOINHAM — The number of baby lobsters in the Gulf of Maine has dropped by half since 2007, a phenomenon that has puzzled scientists as the population of adult lobsters remains near a record high, contributing to robust catches. Scientists note that baby lobsters take eight years to reach harvestable …
A car drives past where a Jeep crashed early Wednesday morning into a utility pole in Trenton as three workers with Emera Maine work to reconnect power lines to a new pole.

Bangor man arrested in connection with crash that cut power to 1,200 in Hancock County

By Bill Trotter on April 23, 2014, at 6:32 p.m.
TRENTON, Maine — A Bangor man is facing criminal charges after a Jeep he was driving crashed into a utility pole on Route 3 early Wednesday morning, resulting in power being disconnected to nearly 1,200 Emera Maine customers, according to officials. The accident occurred around 3:15 a.m. directly in front …
Fred Moore III

Tribal official facing charges in NY vows to take elver debate beyond Maine

By Bill Trotter on April 23, 2014, at 6:12 p.m.
For the past several years, there has been a simmering dispute — sometimes boiling — between Maine state officials and the Passamaquoddy Tribe over the elver fishery. The state, citing concerns about the number of American eels, has sought to limit the tribe’s ability to issue licenses to its members …
Blaze in West Market Square is one of the businesses that will be affected by the upcoming construction project in downtown Bangor.

City working to help downtown businesses worried about taking a hit from construction

By Nick McCrea on April 23, 2014, at 5:47 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Construction crews are setting up shop downtown for the summer, causing business owners in the area to worry their customers will head elsewhere for the season. City officials hope to alleviate some of that concern by promoting and marketing businesses near the heart of downtown that will …

West Market Square construction

By Gabor Degre on April 23, 2014, at 5:41 p.m.
West Market Square construction set to begin in Bangor.
State GOP Chairman Rick Bennett rallies the troops last yearat the Buker Community Center in Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage announced his re-election campaign.

After tea party uprisings in 2010 and 2012, Maine Republicans expect unity at Bangor convention

By Mario Moretto on April 23, 2014, at 5:38 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Top party officials are promising unity at the Maine Republican State Convention this Friday and Saturday in Bangor. If the predictions are right, the event will be a much smoother gathering than the two prior conventions, which saw factionalism split the party along ideological lines. The push …
Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC Pres. and CEO Keith Van Scotter

$7.8 million energy-efficiency plan will mean more layoffs at Lincoln paper mill

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 23, 2014, at 5:04 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine — Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC’s plan to improve its energy efficiency by spending $7.8 million to retrofit its tissue production line will also result in some layoffs, a company official said Wednesday. Coming in response to an explosion last November that destroyed the mill’s ability to manufacture …

Tribute set for Washington County musician memorialized by foundation

By Tim Cox on April 23, 2014, at 5:01 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — A foundation that benefits Maine musicians will participate in a tribute to the young Washington County man who is memorialized by the organization. The tribute to Ian Parker, sponsored by the Ian Parker Foundation and Skywalker’s Bar and Grille, will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. …
Paul LePage

Activists decry LePage veto of bill that would have stripped ‘trade secrets’ protection from industrial waste control plans

By Scott Thistle on April 23, 2014, at 4:55 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill that would have opened records on industrial hazardous waste and mercury emission control plans was vetoed by Republican Gov. Paul LePage on Earth Day. Under current law the plans are protected as “trade secrets.” The bill, LD 1821, also would have upheld the current requirement …
From the community

Hugh French of Tides Institute to speak about Eastport

Bangor Daily News on April 23, 2014, at 4:26 p.m.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Calais City Hall, 11 Church St., Calais, Maine For more information: 207-454-1110 CALAIS, Maine — Hugh French, director of the Tides Institute & Museum of Art will speak about the revitalization and economic development of Eastport at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, …

Oldest former Major League Baseball player Conrado Marrero dies in Cuba at 102

By Daniel Trotta, Reuters on April 23, 2014, at 4:12 p.m.
HAVANA — Conrado Marrero, at 102 the oldest former Major League Baseball player and a patriarch of Cuban baseball known for his quick wit and goofy pitching delivery, died Wednesday at his home in Havana, his grandson said. Marrero, who played for the Washington Senators, was two days short of …

Connecticut police charge man in Yale gunman hoax

By Reuters on April 23, 2014, at 3:53 p.m.
NEW YORK — A Connecticut man was charged Wednesday with threatening and reckless endangerment in connection with a hoax telephone call to Yale University last year claiming a gunman was going to shoot people at the Ivy League school, police said. The threat prompted a six-hour lockdown of the campus …
U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty II (right) gave awards of recognition to (from left) Marjorie Withers, director of Community Caring Collaborative; Skip Gates; Sally Tardiff, executive director of the Shaw House; and former Bangor Police Chief Don Winslow. The ceremony was held at the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building in Bangor to commemorate Crime Victims Rights Week and Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Maine’s U.S. attorney honors 5 citizens for their work helping victims, children

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 23, 2014, at 3:53 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The five people honored Wednesday by Maine U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II have changed lives by their actions to better the world around them, he said. Former Bangor Police Chief Don Winslow and Sue Bradford of Spruce Run were recognized for their work on behalf of …
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