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Hancock resident Michelle Racicot is looking for the man who sold her this set of silverware through the Ellsworth area barter, swap and sell Facebook page.

‘It just didn’t feel right’ says woman who bought heirloom silverware, hopes to return set

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 06, 2017, at 2:52 p.m.
“It never felt like it was mine. It’s not mine.”
An adult female deer tick. The National Pest Management Association predicts 2017 will be a bad season for mosquitoes and ticks.

Pest experts predict bad tick, mosquito season for Northeast

By Aislinn Sarnacki on April 06, 2017, at 2:02 p.m.
For the Northeast, the bi-annual Bug Barometer states that “higher tick populations may result from the unseasonably warm winter.
The remains of the former Betty's Hilltop House restaurant on Route 3 site covered in snow Wednesday morning. The vacant building was destroyed in an overnight fire, the cause of which remains under investigation.

Ellsworth restaurant under renovation damaged by overnight fire

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 05, 2017, at 6:54 a.m.
“It was a real valiant effort by the guys to get this out with all the wind, rain, sleet and snow we had to deal with last night.”
POLL QUESTION
A glass of water is seen during the taste testing at the Maine Rural Water Association's 34th Annual Water and Wastewater Technical Conference at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Dec. 11, 2014.

Maine’s wells could be polluted with arsenic, lead

By Abigail Curtis on April 05, 2017, at 6:01 a.m.
“The major problem is that Maine has a high reliance on wells, but very few people test their wells.”
HEATHER DENKMIRE
Heather Denkmire is a writer and artist who lives in Portland with her two young daughters.

Autistic people don’t need a ‘cure’

By Heather Denkmire on April 05, 2017, at 5:55 a.m.
The largest autism organizations treat autism as if it were a disease that needs to be eradicated, rather than a set of developmental conditions.
MAINE FOCUS
The Maine State House is pictured in January 2016.

LePage administration paid $315K for a consultant to rethink child care, then did nothing

By Matthew Stone on April 04, 2017, at 6:26 a.m.
The state told federal regulators it planned to carry out the consultant’s recommendations and re-upped with the consultant after its first proposal. But it appears there are no plans to follow through.
Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, intends to run against Sen. Angus King in the 2018 senate race.

GOP state senator Eric Brakey kicks off underdog 2018 bid to unseat Angus King

By Michael Shepherd on April 03, 2017, at 8 p.m.
Brakey called King a champion of “big government and big corporations” and hit Republicans for challenging him weakly.

Climate change skeptic group’s mailing campaign targets Maine teachers

By Nick McCrea on April 03, 2017, at 5:47 p.m.
A letter from the Heartland Institute said that the “science isn’t settled” and that there was an ongoing, “vibrant debate” among scientists.
A snow pile covers half the kiosk at the trailhead for Big Moose Mountain on Feb. 12, near Greenville.

Another spring storm to dump up to 8 inches of snow

By Nick McCrea on April 03, 2017, at 9:22 a.m.
Western and southern Maine could see between 5 and 8 inches of snow, with possible higher totals in the and around mountains.
Ben Dionne stacks seeds on the shelves at Paris Farmers Union in Lewiston, where he works part-time. He was hired due to the help of vocational rehabilitation.

Workers with disabilities could be the secret to saving Maine’s future

on April 03, 2017, at 6:26 a.m.
When comparing the rates of employment among people with and without disabilities, Maine sees the greatest disparity in employment in the nation.

Man dies in single-vehicle crash in Eastbrook

By Danielle McLean on April 02, 2017, at 10:43 a.m.
A Sullivan man was killed and two others suffered serious injuries following a single-car crash in Eastbrook, which police believed was caused by speeding and alcohol.
GOING COASTAL

CBC profiles Afghan who snuck across border at Houlton to seek asylum in Canada

on April 02, 2017, at 6 a.m.
GOING COASTAL

CBC report: Canada grants refugee status to Muslim man who snuck across border at Houlton

on April 02, 2017, at 6 a.m.

41 years of stars: BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball teams, 1977 to 2017

on April 01, 2017, at 1 a.m.
41 years of stars: BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball teams, 1977 to 2017

BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball Team stats; honorable mention list

on April 01, 2017, at 1 a.m.
BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball Team stats; honorable mention list
Emily Wheaton (right) of Presque Isle, pictured during a game in 2017, is among 15 honorees on the BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball Team.

Esposito, Bouchard headline 41st BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball Team

By Larry Mahoney on April 01, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Emily Esposito has been chosen to the first team of the Bangor Daily News All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball Team for the third consecutive season.
Supplies and parts can be seen recently near the Swan’s Island Electric Cooperative office.

Island residents’ break on power bills gets better in Emera deal

By Darren Fishell on March 31, 2017, at 6:45 p.m.
Island customers will pay a lower monthly surcharge of $15.42, down from an original estimate of $19.30.
Cloe Chunn, a long-time Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition volunteer, talks to 4th and 5th graders at the Kermit S. Nickerson School in Swanville Tuesday.

The free program teaching volunteers how to save Penobscot Bay

By Meg Haskell on March 31, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Penobscot Bay Stewards trains volunteers who understand the bay, its long history and the largely man-made forces that threaten its health.
The Curiosity Mars rover took this 'selfie'on the surface of Mars on May 11, 2016, before it began traversing part of the Red Planet that research scientists have named "Bar Harbor" and which has several features named after places in the Pine Tree State.

Scientists are naming locations on Mars after iconic Maine towns, landmarks

By Alex Acquisto on March 29, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Ogunquit Beach, Cape Elizabeth, Rockport, Isleboro, Isle au Haut and Mt. Katahdin are all locations in Maine — and now on Mars.
A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain will make for a messy morning commute across Maine Monday.

Snow, freezing rain to make for slick commute across Maine

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 27, 2017, at 6:55 a.m.
The wet snow falling Monday morning will be followed by a light coating of sleet or ice, according to the National Weather Service.