Caribou school district officials await details from state about funding for building project

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 21, 2014, at 7:10 p.m.
CARIBOU, Maine — Officials in the Eastern Aroostook Regional School Unit 39 school district in Caribou are awaiting news about whether the school unit is slated to receive state funds for a building project. Superintendent Susan White said Wednesday the district has no further information on the details of what …

Bangor man charged with photographing sexual abuse of girls, posting images to website

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 21, 2014, at 6:44 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A local man made his first appearance Wednesday before a federal judge on child pornography charges. Timothy S. Klimas, 26, of Bangor admitted to investigators he photographed sexual abuse of three Maine girls — one 6 years old, another 2 years old — and posted the pictures …

Wiscasset selectmen approve naming new, private road ‘Redskin’s Drive’

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 21, 2014, at 6:04 p.m.
WISCASSET, Maine — Three years after the town’s new school district angered many residents by changing the Wiscasset High School mascot from Redskins to Wolverines, the town approved a request for a new, private road to be named “Redskin’s Drive.” The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday voted 3-1, with one …

Two alleged sex abusers indicted by Waldo County grand jury

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 21, 2014, at 5:40 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Two men accused of sexually abusing children were indicted last week by the Waldo County grand jury. Jason Baldwin, 40, of Palermo came to police attention last summer after a teenage girl’s mother complained that he was harassing her daughter. The mother said that Baldwin was “obsessed …

Industry group leads push for Maine’s southern counties to use reformulated gasoline

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 21, 2014, at 5:27 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing for seven southern Maine counties to transition to lower-emitting reformulated gasoline, a proposal supported by the fuel industry-led Maine Energy Marketers Association. The EPA issued the proposed rule earlier this week, which would prohibit the sale of conventional gasoline in …

Lincoln council to address town office location alternatives during Monday meeting

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 21, 2014, at 5:19 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine — Town leaders might decide on Monday to keep the town office in its present Main Street location, move it to a heavily-renovated Ballard Hill Community Center or open a new building a developer has offered to construct on a vacant Fleming Street lot. The special Town Council …

Bangor man arrested after allegedly firing handgun in apartment in front of his caseworker

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 21, 2014, at 5:16 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A 59-year-old man was arrested Thursday afternoon after he fired a bullet into the ceiling of his Bangor apartment in front of his caseworker, according to Bangor police. Officers arrested James Corbett, 59, of 60 Cumberland Street about 3:45 p.m., about three hours after he allegedly raised …
Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler slammed rivals Paul LePage and Mike Michaud for not agreeing to more debates before the fall election.

Cutler ad takes swipe at LePage, Michaud for dodging debates

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 21, 2014, at 4:53 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — In a television advertisement released Thursday, Eliot Cutler, an independent candidate in the Maine governor’s race, again challenges his opponents to a series of public debates. Cutler is facing incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Maine’s 2nd District U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, the Democrat in the race. …
Maine State House

Maine state government ends fiscal year with $49 million surplus

By Mario Moretto on Aug. 21, 2014, at 4:45 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — When the books closed June 30 on the 2014 fiscal year, the state had more than $49 million in surplus. A significant chunk of that extra cash came from individual and corporate income taxes bringing in $38.6 million more than expected in the recently concluded fiscal year. … email customers complain of outage company is still resolving

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 21, 2014, at 4:36 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Many people with email addresses at FairPoint Communications’ domain have not received messages for several days, a problem a company official said is still under investigation. FairPoint spokeswoman Angelynne Amores Beaudry said the company put additional servers online to handle emails for customers at the …
 A stranded hiker in need of medical attention is lifted off Beehive Mountain in Acadia National Park on Wednesday.

Forest service helicopter lifts stranded hiker off Beehive in Acadia

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 21, 2014, at 4:36 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — Using a rope suspended from a helicopter, park rangers and Maine Forest Service rescue workers safely plucked a hiker off Beehive Mountain on Wednesday after she was unable to get down. The 52 year-old Maine resident had made it about one-third of the way up …

Belfast council: Two leaving, two running, but who’s the third?

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 21, 2014, at 4:23 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Belfast is looking for a few good candidates for public office. On Election Day, residents will vote to fill three seats on Belfast City Council. But with only one week before the deadline to return nomination papers, Belfast remains one candidate short. “I hope somebody steps forward,” …
Police are looking for a suspect who robbed the Rite-Aid Pharmacy on Spring Street in Gardiner Thursday morning.

Gardiner police investigating Rite-Aid pharmacy robbery

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 21, 2014, at 4:17 p.m.
GARDINER, Maine — Police are looking for a suspect who robbed the Rite-Aid Pharmacy on Spring Street Thursday morning. The robbery was reported at 10:35 a.m., according to Gardiner Police Chief James Toman. The robber entered the store and proceeded to the pharmacy area and handed a technician a note …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage says state helping GNP find partner, but his patience with nonpayment ‘is running thin’

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 21, 2014, at 4:09 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — The local paper mill won’t restart unless its owner finds a financial partner, and that likely won’t happen until at least the November election, if ever, Gov. Paul LePage told millworkers on Thursday. LePage partly chided and defended mill investor Cate Street Capital and the Great …

Alan Landsburg, Emmy-winning producer and leading horseman, dies at 81

By David Colker, Los Angeles Times on Aug. 21, 2014, at 3:59 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — Emmy-winning producer Alan Landsburg thrived on variety during a five-decade career in Hollywood. Among his hundreds of credits were documentaries, the pioneering naturalist series “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau” and issue-driven TV-movies such as “The Ryan White Story,” “The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal” and “Bill,” which …

Eyewitness account of body going downriver in Westbrook

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 21, 2014, at 3:43 p.m.
Jim Peterson of Portland was having coffee by the Presumpscot River on Thursday morning and saw firefighters miss the body of a man floating downstream by a few feet.
Hannah Semler, gleaning coordinator for Healthy Acadia, picks kale at Pat and Mike's Garden, a small farm in Ellsworth.

Gleaning program puts garden surplus on tables, helps fight food insecurity in Hancock County

By Robert F. Bukaty on Aug. 21, 2014, at 3:40 p.m.
MOUNT DESERT, Maine – The sun sets at the Beech Hill Farm as Hannah Semler carries the last crate of vegetables to her van. The summer squash, cucumbers, parsley and chard she carries may have been destined for the compost. Instead, it will help feed those in need in Hancock …
From the community

Generous donor to match $10K in donations to Jesup Library

By Linda Rooney on Aug. 21, 2014, at 3:36 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.Thursday, Aug. …
Crews have torn down the iconic carport over the entrance to the former Pilots Grill on Hammond Street in Bangor. Some took that as a sign that the building is being demolished, but that's not the case. A dance studio is moving into the building, which has been vacant for nearly two years. Owners say the carport was seriously damaged by ice and snow last winter.

Former Pilots Grill now home to a dance studio, damaged carport demolished

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 21, 2014, at 3:19 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — No, the old Pilots Grill building isn’t being torn down, but it is getting a new lease on life. This week, construction crews tore down the former restaurant’s iconic carport, which sheltered diners getting out of their cars on blustery or rainy days for decades, sparking rumors …
From the community

Public breakfast buffet in Bucksport

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 21, 2014, at 3:17 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Location: Franklin Street United Methodist Church, 71 Franklin St., Bucksport For more information: 207-469-3622 BUCKSPORT, Maine — A public breakfast buffet will be held 6:30-10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Franklin Street United Methodist Church, 71 Franklin St. This all-you-can-eat meal …
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