Milford teen struck by vehicle after reportedly wandering in and out of traffic

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 17, 2014, at 8:32 p.m.
A 17-year-old Milford girl was taken to the hospital early Wednesday after she was struck by a vehicle while walking along Route 2. The accident happened about 6 a.m. near Weymouth’s Garage shortly after emergency dispatchers began fielding calls from motorists reporting that someone was wandering in …
This intersection of West Broadway in Lincoln, as seen on Wednesday, will be widened as part of a $1.8 million plan town and state officials are developing.

Lincoln starts prep work on $1.8M widening of West Broadway

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 17, 2014, at 6:09 p.m.
Town and state officials said Wednesday that they hope to begin a $1.8 million widening of West Broadway by fall 2015. They said it will effectively free nearly 254 acres for business development along that road. Town leaders and town traffic consultant David Cole met with Maine …
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Fourteenth annual Lights of Hope slated at EMMC Cancer Care

Bangor Daily News on Dec. 17, 2014, at 3:14 p.m.
BREWER, Maine — Hope will shine brightly for local cancer patients when the Lights of Hope tree is lit Dec. 18, at Eastern Maine Medical Center Cancer Care. Lights may be purchased to honor or remember a loved one. The names of the honorees will be displayed at the tree lighting ceremony. …
The former Great Northern Paper Co. paper mill in East Millinocket as it appeared on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

Bankruptcy judge to consider deal giving East Millinocket 6 more months of wastewater treatment from former GNP plant

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 17, 2014, at 3:14 p.m.
The court-appointed trustee of bankrupt Great Northern Paper Co. will ask a bankruptcy judge Thursday to approve a deal that will continue operation of a wastewater treatment plant formerly run by the company that serves the town, officials said Wednesday. Attorneys for the two GNP bankruptcy …
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Fifth annual Santa Ride to distribute goodies in Charleston

Bangor Daily News on Dec. 17, 2014, at 11:36 a.m.
CHARLESTON, Maine — The Charleston Fire Department will offer its fifth annual Santa Ride, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20. Members of the Fire Department will escort Santa on 32 miles of town roads while he hands out goodie bags to all of the children of Charleston. Santa plans …
Tom Davis, chairman of Penobscot County Commissioners

Penobscot County’s $16 million budget passes resulting in small tax hike

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 16, 2014, at 3:02 p.m.
BANGOR | The Penobscot County Commissioners on Tuesday morning passed a $16.23 million budget for 2015, with a significantly smaller tax hike than communities have seen in recent years. “We have a reputation for being frugal, but we’ve earned it,” Commissioner Tom Davis said of the budget process. The …
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Daniel Bunker

Daniel Bunker of Bucksport earns rank of Eagle Scout

on Dec. 16, 2014, at 12:16 p.m.
BUCKSPORT, Maine — Daniel Bunker of Boy Scout Troop 102 in Orland was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout by Scoutmaster David Burgess on Dec. 7. The Eagle rank is the highest level of achievement in the Boy Scouts of America. Danny is the youngest son of Tim and Elizabeth Bunker of …

Trash disposal group, town officials unveil plan for solid waste processing plant in Hampden

By Dawn Gagnon and Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 15, 2014, at 7:17 p.m.
A town with a long history of dealing with solid waste from around the state may become the home of a new processing facility that will turn trash into biofuel. The Municipal Review Committee, a group representing the trash disposal interests of 187 Maine communities, announced at …
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Legions, Wilderness Walk for Warriors to distribute food baskets

Bangor Daily News on Dec. 15, 2014, at 4:19 p.m.
MILO, Maine — The American Legion Post in Milo will be host to Wilderness Walk for Warriors group on Saturday, Dec. 20, for that group to distribute approximately 75 food baskets featuring turkey or ham to be given to families in need in the area. American Legion representatives from posts in Greenville, …
Hampden fire officials responded to a propane leak at the Dead River facility on Western Avenue on Monday morning.

150 gallons propane spilled after tank tipped over at Dead River facility

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 15, 2014, at 3:22 p.m.
HAMPDEN | A propane tank at the Dead River facility on Western Avenue tipped over late Monday morning, causing a leak, officials said. Hampden Fire Lt. Jason Lundstrom said the 1,000-gallon propane tank was on a dolley and the dolley tipped over. “When the dolley tipped over it broke …
A marijuana plant grows in a Maine home in this May 2010 file photo.

Hermon considers new rules for medical marijuana growers after resident complaints

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 12, 2014, at 2:43 p.m.
Residents who complained they could smell and see marijuana grown by neighboring medical pot caregivers have led town officials to consider imposing stricter regulations on growing the plants. The issue primarily involves medical marijuana caregivers who grow plants in their backyards, Town Manager Roger Raymond said in …
Defense attorney Hunter Tzovarras of Bangor, left, asks questions of Zachary Carr, 23, who is serving a 35-year sentence for  murder in the shooting death of John “Bobby” Surles, 19, of Bangor during a street brawl on Jan. 27, 2010. Carr is asking for a post-conviction review saying he did not fully understand the ramifications of turning down a plea agreement offered by the state that asked him to enter a guilty plea for manslaughter in exchange for a penalty of up to seven years in prison.

Bangor man convicted of murder in 2010 street brawl seeks 2nd chance at plea deal

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 11, 2014, at 7:54 p.m.
A local man who was sentenced to 35 years in prison for the shooting death of another young man during a street fight nearly five years ago was in court Thursday seeking to reinstate a plea deal he was offered and rejected in 2010. Zachary Carr, now …
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Public fellowship breakfast at Dixmont church

Bangor Daily News on Dec. 11, 2014, at 10:52 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Location: Dixmont Gold Crest Riders Snowmobile Clubhouse, Cates Road, Dixmont, Maine DIXMONT, Maine – The Dixmont United Methodist Church will hold its monthly public fellowship breakfast 7-9 a.m.  Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Dixmont Gold Crest Riders Snowmobile Clubhouse, located on the Cates Road. The menu …
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Community Holiday Party at Eddington

Bangor Daily News on Dec. 10, 2014, at 4:07 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Location: Eddington Fire Department, 900 Main Road, Eddington, Maine EDDINGTON, Maine — Eddington Fire Department will hold its seventh annual Community Holiday Party 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 20, at Eddington Fire Department. Rain or shine. Meet with Santa. Participate in face painting …
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EMDC honors champions for 2014

on Dec. 10, 2014, at 3:27 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine – Eastern Maine Development Corporation honored five organizations and one individual on Tuesday with the 2014 EMDC Champion award. The following were recognized in a ceremony during EMDC’s annual meeting held at Eastern Maine Community College’s Rangeley Hall: Cianbro – Cianbro has been a partner and supporter of EMDC’s programs and mission in …
Judge Joseph M. Jabar

Maine court considers whether assault at fraternity house in Orono could have been foreseen

By Seth Koenig on Dec. 10, 2014, at 3:05 p.m.
PORTLAND | In a case that could create a nationwide legal ripple effect, justices with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday grappled with questions about who could — or should — have foreseen an assault that took place inside the Delta Tau Delta fraternity house in Orono. The …
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Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jerry Michaud

Old Town man stationed on cutter Hamilton

on Dec. 10, 2014, at 1:57 p.m.
OLD TOWN, Maine — Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jerry P Michaud, son of Claudette and Jerry Michaud of Old Town, is stationed on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton, stationed in Charleston, South Carolina. The Hamilton is the fourth Cutter in the Legend class and is the only one stationed …
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Pulse Marketing Agency to Sponsor Christmas Dinner for Bangor Shelter and Manna Ministries Residents

By Cintia Miranda on Dec. 10, 2014, at 8:17 a.m.
Pulse Marketing Agency announced that it will be following its tradition of giving back to the community this holiday season, by sponsoring Christmas dinners for the residents at Manna Ministries and the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter again this year. Of the agency’s commitment to giving back to the Bangor area …

New Canada man accused of stealing 3 cars in 2 counties

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 10, 2014, at 6:01 a.m.
A New Canada man was arrested and charged after turning himself over to police Tuesday afternoon in connection with the thefts of three vehicles all reported stolen that same day, according to Sgt. Chad Fuller of the Maine State Police. Patrick Daigle, 26, was charged with …
A May 2013 file photo of Stearns High School.

Millinocket superintendent will travel to China to promote international school program

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 09, 2014, at 4:37 p.m.
The local school system’s international program has four students enrolled this year, and Superintendent Frank Boynton wants to attract more, he said Tuesday. That’s why he is traveling to China over the Christmas break — to help recruit more students and visit the two Chinese high schools …
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