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Hugh Kirkpatrick (right), Fred Page III (from left), Russell Plourde, Tim Ouellette and Sue Sands, employees of the Caribou Utilities District, celebrate with Kirsten Hebert (second from right), Maine Rural Water Association director, after winning the association's Best Tasting Water Contest on Thursday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Caribou Utilities District takes top honors in 30th annual tap water taste-off

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 08, 2016, at 7:39 p.m.
This year’s judges were Virginia Manuel, state director of USDA Rural Development, WABI TV weatherman Todd Simcox and retired Bangor police Lt. Paul Edwards.

The Velveteen Rabbit – a fun for all holiday production

on Dec. 08, 2016, at 3:50 p.m.
CULTURE SHOCK

5 Things To Do This Weekend, Dec. 9-11: When’s the big one coming?

on Dec. 08, 2016, at 1:53 p.m.
Justin Lynch

UMaine grad working as journalist deported from South Sudan

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 07, 2016, at 6:58 p.m.
A University of Maine graduate now working as a journalist for the international Associated Press news agency was deported from South Sudan on Tuesday allegedly because his reporting was critical of the government, Reuters reported on Wednesday.
Jeremy Somers

Police: Bangor man arrested after jumping from second-story window to escape

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 07, 2016, at 5 p.m.
Jeremy Somers “barricaded himself inside the apartment” before attempting his failed escape, Detective Lt. David Bushey said.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Amber Hawkins drops a wreath into the icy water of the Kenduskeag Stream in Bangor, during a ceremony remembering the 75th anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor.

‘It’s good we can live in peace’: Bangor honors 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 07, 2016, at 4:29 p.m.
Veterans, active duty military, area residents and politicians from around the region gathered on the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor to remember the fallen, and those who have put on military uniforms to follow in their footsteps.
A man walks out of Lily Bay State Park in Greenville on Nov. 22, 2016. The park closes to cars but is still open to visitors in the off season.

This remote Maine region has a chance to grow

on Dec. 07, 2016, at 6:10 a.m.
“If you don’t change, you die.”

New computer software nearly triples number of foreclosure notices sent in Bangor

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 06, 2016, at 6:23 p.m.
City officials’ announcement that they were mailing about 600 foreclosure notices this week isn’t quite as troubling as it sounds.
Lt. Cmdr. Matt Billings (left) and petty officer Vekisha McCall of the Navy Operational Support Center in Bangor prepare to release two wreaths into the Kenduskeag Stream during the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony on Dec. 7, 2015, in Bangor. The ceremony was held on the Willard Carleton Orr Bridge, a pedestrian bridge named in honor of Orr, a Bangor resident who died at Pearl Harbor.

Bangor parade, wreath-laying planned for 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 06, 2016, at 5:53 p.m.
A parade of veterans and a ceremonial wreath-laying on Wednesday will mark the 75th anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor that thrust the U.S. into World War II.

Eddington boy’s death likely accidental, medical examiner says

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 06, 2016, at 3:33 p.m.
An 8-year-old boy who died the day before Thanksgiving may have been playing around and accidentally hanged himself, the medical examiner has determined.
Bangor officials are starting to repeal the city’s minimum wage hike due to the passage of Question 4, a statewide minimum wage hike, on Nov. 8.

With misgivings, Bangor starts repeal process on its minimum wage hike

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 06, 2016, at 1:21 p.m.
Bangor officials are starting to repeal the city’s minimum wage hike due to the passage of Question 4, a statewide minimum wage hike, on Nov. 8.
WEST OF THE FIELDS

New music including Jain, Billie Eilish, Grandaddy and Blossoms on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on Dec. 06, 2016, at 1:05 p.m.
New songs from Vaults, Justice and Vera Blue debuted on the show this week, while the retro alternative set was inspired by a particularly New Wave-heavy episode of Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 from 1984.
People walk around to check the stationary floats during the Light Up The Night event in Orono on Monday.

Orono kicks off holiday season with ‘stationary parade’

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 05, 2016, at 9:02 p.m.
A section of Mill Street was shut down to accommodate the Float Around Mill Street parade and the more than 100 spectators who turned out.

2 out-of-staters charged with card skimming at Brewer gas station

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 05, 2016, at 5:19 p.m.
A car parked at the gas pumps of a closed convenience store early Sunday morning seemed weird to Brewer police Sgt. Paul Gauvin, who caught 2 out-of-staters attempting to skim credit card numbers.
Paul Francis III

Bangor man missing since leaving work at Geaghan’s Friday

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 05, 2016, at 11:33 a.m.
Paul Francis III, 29, was last seen on Sanford Street between 1-2 a.m. Friday after leaving work

Craft and Vendor Fair in Brewer

By Kenneth Jarvis on Dec. 05, 2016, at 10:15 a.m.
Omar, 4, Anas, 7, and Eyad Raslan, 6, resettled with their parents to Perth-Andover, New Brunswick, this summer. They came through a program of the Canadian government that allows private citizens to sponsor refugees.

Immigrants built rural Maine. Canada shows how they could do so again

on Dec. 05, 2016, at 6:10 a.m.
“It’s a lot harder to hate people once you meet them.”
Storyteller Mark Bender of Providence, Rhode Island, will perform Hanukkah at Chelm and other stories at 4 p.m. Saturday and at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Congregation Beth El, 183 French St. in Bangor.

Storyteller’s appearance in Bangor to feature tale of the lethal latkes

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 04, 2016, at 2:50 p.m.
Storyteller Mark Binder will perform at Congregation Beth El as part of the lead up to Hanukkah.
Santa listens as Iyla Mitchell (right), 6, tells him what she wants for Christmas while Ella Dowing (left), 7, and Amelia Dowing, 2, wait their turn during the Festival of Lights in downtown Bangor Saturday. The theme this year was "Holidays from around the World."

Festival of Lights parade gets Bangor into the holiday spirit

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 04, 2016, at 8:10 a.m.
This year’s celebration drew more than 15,000 people to downtown Bangor.
POLL QUESTION
Rev. David Henry (right), pastor of First Baptist Church, looks on as First Baptist Church head usher Robert Staples (center) and another church member move the communion table after the Imago Dei Anglican Church service Sunday at the First Baptist Church building on Center Street in Bangor. The churches have been sharing space for over a month and intend to continue the arrangement for at least a year.

As its flock shrinks, this Bangor church opened its doors to a new congregation to hang on

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 04, 2016, at 7:25 a.m.
Imago Dei Anglican Church and First Baptist Church are sharing the church at 56 Center St. So far, it has been a win-win for both congregations, even though their worship styles and liturgical practices are very different.