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Newport-area school budget rejected again

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 27, 2016, at 9:36 p.m.
Voters in RSU 19’s eight member towns again defeated a proposed budget for the current school year during a districtwide referendum on Tuesday.
Daren the lion asks for a high-five at a D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony.

The research isn’t with D.A.R.E — but police love it, and Maine schools still use it

on Sept. 27, 2016, at 6:12 a.m.
Around 60 schools in Maine still use D.A.R.E., more than any other packaged program.
"I was there," U.S. Army veteran Rob Jones, 23, of Brewer said when Iraq was mentioned in the presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.

Scrooge McDuck versus mac and cheese? Mainers react to presidential debate.

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 26, 2016, at 11:08 p.m.
Mainers’ reactions to Monday’s showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump drew reactions ranging from the serious to the surreal to the incredulous.
High school students and school staff interact during the event One Life Project - Youth Voice at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Sept. 20.

Maine teens shared these raw, powerful ideas to prevent addiction

on Sept. 26, 2016, at 6:42 a.m.
“Our generation is dealing with these issues firsthand, so we should have a say in the decisions that will be made.”

Barn fire in Winn destroys dog grooming business

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 25, 2016, at 3:02 p.m.
A two-story barn that housed a local pet washing and grooming business, as well as horse and pig stalls, was destroyed Friday by a fire.

Before addiction there’s a child

on Sept. 23, 2016, at 12:31 p.m.
A look at preventing one of the largest public health problems of this time.
The last time Jake had a full year of school was three years ago, in sixth grade.

The solitary journey of a Maine boy expelled from school

on Sept. 23, 2016, at 11:44 a.m.
It’s clear why many schools opt to kick out kids like Jake. But in the long run, doing so may cost more and make communities less safe.
Case manager Heather MacKenzie listens to a defendant's story during the first opening session of the Penobscot County Adult Drug Treatment Court Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.

Drug court in Bangor reconvenes after 5-year absence

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 21, 2016, at 7:39 p.m.
“This is a positive development,” Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said Wednesday. “The most important thing is that this gives judges here another sentencing option.”

Nutrition Essentials course at Old Town-Orono YMCA

By lswackhamer on Sept. 21, 2016, at 1:55 p.m.
OLD TOWN, MAINE — Nutrition Essentials at the Old Town-Orono YMCA is an interactive program that will utilize the organization’s newly-renovated kitchen and will consist of six sessions during the Fall 2 Session, which begins Nov. 2. Participants will join the nutrition educator in the kitchen from 6-7 p.m. to …

Community CPR/First Aid Course in Eddington

By lswackhamer on Sept. 21, 2016, at 1:37 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Eddington Fire Dept., 906 Main Rd., Eddington, Maine For more information: 207-843-5251 EDDINGTON, MAINE — A community CPR/First Aid Course will be offered, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, October 1st at Eddington Fire Department, 906 Main Rd. This is not a …
Christina Marts, a National Park Service community planner, briefs the crowd during a park service listening session on Tuesday at Medway Middle School.

North Woods monument ‘an educational opportunity’ for children, residents say

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 21, 2016, at 1 a.m.
“I think we can develop some businesses around it in Medway, East Millinocket and Millinocket, and I think we can do it together.”
Wind farm developer Paul Fuller shows a site map of the Pisgah Mountain wind project during a tour of the site in Clifton in this March 2016 file photo.

Traffic delays expected as wind turbine parts make way to Clifton

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 20, 2016, at 7:50 p.m.
Beginning Thursday, “there will be three pieces a day travelling through Brewer for about three and a half weeks,” he said.
Two ATVs disappear down Half Township Road in Lincoln. Millinocket volunteers hope to forge the first connection between the networked ATV trails of southern and northern Maine.

Volunteers eyeing 3,000-acre site for state’s first ATV-snowmobile park

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 20, 2016, at 1:23 p.m.
One problem — it’s a dump.
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The Maine Department of Health and Human Services used federal funds in 2015 to pay for services for seniors and residents with disabilities even though federal law restricted the use of those funds to services for children and their families.

After denying it misused millions in welfare funds, Maine changed its spending to follow the law

By Matthew Stone on Sept. 19, 2016, at 6:13 a.m.
“The BDN has their facts wrong,” DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew said in June. Then, her department retroactively changed its spending to line up with the law.
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Traveling westbound on the Down East Sunrise Trail between Mile Markers 15 and 16, three ATVs and their riders cross the Schoodic Bog in Sullivan, Sept. 8, 2013.

ATVs temporarily banned from new national monument land

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 16, 2016, at 12:26 p.m.
“We feel that ATV access is a traditional use of that land, and we need to find a way to [re-establish] that access,” Patten Town Manager Raymond Foss said.

Stillwater church to hold baked bean supper

on Sept. 16, 2016, at 12:20 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Stillwater Federated Church, 80 Bennoch Road, Old Town, Maine OLD TOWN, Maine — A baked bean supper will be held 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Stillwater Federated Church, 80 Bennoch Road. The church pickles will be on sale during …

Park service hears from stakeholders about North Woods monument

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 16, 2016, at 8:29 a.m.
The National Park Service started the conversation its officials want to have with stakeholders on Thursday as they embark on a three-year journey toward a management plan for the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.
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Mount Chase Lodge owner Rick Hill [far right] and others point out locations on a map held by Scarlet McAvoy of Benedicta during during a National Park Service meeting in Stacyville on Thursday.

Park service hears from stakeholders about North Woods monument

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 15, 2016, at 9:20 p.m.
Some want assurances that no forest product industry jobs will be lost. Others hope it will draw people to the Katahdin region. Still more worry about forest fires.
Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC., as seen on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015.

Lincoln Paper executives took millions instead of restarting mill, creditors claim

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 15, 2016, at 12:31 p.m.
The lawsuit alleges that company officials fraudulently pocketed millions of dollars rather than repair a damaged boiler that was key to the mill’s profitability.
Baxter State Park Director Jensen Bissell, seen here talking with hikers in 2009, has concerns that his new neighbor, the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, will cause problems for his park.

Baxter Park director frets about new monument next door

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 13, 2016, at 3:32 p.m.
Baxter strives to limit access to about 75,000 visitors a year. The National Park Service’s goals include “continuing expanded use.”