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New Hampshire drops drug charges against former Maine nurse

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 24, 2016, at 2:48 p.m.
Kerry Bridges said she is still waiting for a hearing before the New Hampshire Board of Nursing to have her suspension to practice nursing lifted.
The Interstate Route 95 Pascataqua River Bridge is in the foreground, the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge is in the middle and the Memorial Bridge is at the top.

A bridge linking Maine, New Hampshire is permanently closed

By Elizabeth Dinan, Portsmouth Herald on Aug. 24, 2016, at 2:46 p.m.
After 76 years of supporting traffic between Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Kittery, Maine, the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge has been closed forever because of mechanical failure and the high cost to repair it amid construction of a replacement bridge.
Wassataquoik Stream converges with the East Branch of the Penobscot River in Elliotsville Plantation.

Obama signs order creating North Woods national monument

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 24, 2016, at 10:29 a.m.
President Barack Obama signed into law the creation of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument on Wednesday, a day after landowner Roxanne Quimby transferred 87,563 acres of her property in Maine to the federal government.
A tractor-trailer rolled over in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 near the Coldbrook Road exit, causing major traffic delays for motorists on Tuesday night.

Tractor-trailer rollover ties up I-95 traffic near Hampden exit

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 23, 2016, at 8:10 p.m.
Motorists were advised to avoid the area if possible.
Millinocket resident Ann Grunthaler expressed disappointment to the news that Roxanne Quimby transferred 87,563 acres to the federal government on Tuesday in Millinocket. It is a major step toward the creation of a proposed North Woods national monument.

Officials, public react to land transfer for North Woods national monument

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 23, 2016, at 7:49 p.m.
“In a hundred years, we will look back to this week as a watershed moment in the history of northern Maine,” Patten Town Manager Raymond Foss said.
James Cameron

Appeals court upholds sentence of ex-prosecutor on porn charges

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 23, 2016, at 4:07 p.m.
The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston on Monday upheld the nearly 14-year sentence being served by Maine’s former top drug prosecutor on child pornography possession charges.
Roxanne Quimby

A timeline of Roxanne Quimby’s quest for a national park

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 23, 2016, at 3:03 p.m.
For at least 15 years, Burt’s Bee’s entrepreneur Roxanne Quimby has pursued her goal of creating a national park in Maine’s north woods.
Twin Rivers Paper Company

Maine company president wants mutual fund reports to be sent on paper

By Robert Schmidt, Bloomberg on Aug. 23, 2016, at 3:03 p.m.
The proposed SEC rule would simply allow a fund company to change the default delivery option to electronic.

A primer on the national monument debate from RESTORE: the North Woods to today

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 23, 2016, at 12:59 p.m.
A national park is first proposed for Maine — June 8, 1994 A 3.2 million acre national park was proposed by RESTORE: The North Woods. The proposal was met with immediate opposition — and mockery — from the state’s forest products industry and landowners. What kind of North Woods does …

8 times Mainers freaked out over snakes

on Aug. 23, 2016, at 12:29 p.m.
Check out these eight times that snakes made it in the news and freaked out Mainers.
The East Branch of the Penobscot River runs through parts of the area of Elliotsville Plantation Inc.

Roxanne Quimby transfers 87,000 acres planned for national monument to US government

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 23, 2016, at 12:01 p.m.
The company owned by the family of Roxanne Quimby transferred more than 87,000 acres to the federal government on Tuesday, strongly indicating a North Woods national monument will soon be designated by President Barack Obama.

A surprising use for beeswax: Paint.

By Micky Bedell on Aug. 23, 2016, at 9:20 a.m.
Helene Farrar paints and carves beeswax on wood panels with a variety of different inspirations, including more straightforward subjects like owls and fields of poppies as well as more philosophical ideas such as “what we carry,” all from her studio in Manchester. The art style is called encaustic painting.
Qian Xue, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Maine, explains her research into developing a simple blood-testing device for home-bound Mainers at a recent UMaine forum on aging-related research.

UMaine showcases projects under development to help Mainers age in place

By Meg Haskell on Aug. 23, 2016, at 1 a.m.
From a simple well-water purification device to a comfortable, high-tech protector that decreases the likelihood of a hip fracture in a fall, researchers at the University of Maine are all about aging these days.
Arielle Oldmixon (left) plays with Aniyah Harvey, 2, at Mansfield Park in Bangor in March. The Bangor City Council voted Monday night to ban smoking in the city's parks to protect children and families from the effects of secondhand smoke.

Bangor passes ban on smoking in city parks geared toward kids

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 22, 2016, at 11:07 p.m.
The ban includes cigarettes, cigars and pipes, as well as electronic smoking devices.
 Jonathan Symonds (third from right) and Heather Houston (second from right) light candles for the people standing beside them during Bangor Area Recovery Network's Circle of Caring event at Doyle Field in Brewer in June.

Maine suffers record number of fatal drug overdoses in first half of 2016

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 22, 2016, at 7:14 p.m.
In the first six months of 2016, 189 people in Maine died by drug overdose, according to a preliminary analysis.
Maine Veterans Affairs officials hand the remains of Army Pvt. Jewett Williams of Hodgdon, who fought for the Union Army in the famed 20th Maine, back to some Patriot Guard Riders who traveled across the country with him from Oregon over the past few days during a ceremony on Monday outside the Togus VA Medical Center in Augusta.

Civil War veteran’s remains make it home to Maine

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 22, 2016, at 6:58 p.m.
The Civil War soldier from Maine whose remains were stored haphazardly at the Oregon State Hospital for nearly 100 years has finally come home.
Melissa Stevens holds a photograph of her son Nick, whose organs were donated after his death in 1999, on Aug. 19 in Owls Head. The girl who received his heart has become close to the Stevens family.

Woman who received Maine boy’s heart makes surprise visit to donor’s family

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 22, 2016, at 3:41 p.m.
“God and Nick could not have picked a more special person to receive his heart,” said the boy’s mother, Melissa Stevens.
The Memorial and Sarah Mildred Long bridges, two of the three bridges that link Maine to New Hampshire over the Piscataqua River, need renovation or replacement. The Interstate Route 95 Pascataqua River Bridge is in the foreground, the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge is in the middle and the Memorial Bridge is at the top.

Bridge connecting Maine, NH closes indefinitely after bridge lift malfunctions

By Elizabeth Dinan, Portsmouth Herald on Aug. 22, 2016, at 2:33 p.m.
The Sarah Mildred Long Bridge was scheduled to be closed permanently in early November, a factor transportation officials were considering as they weighed the option to repair it.

UMaine at Machias again among most LGBTQ-friendly campuses in nation

By Andrew Theen, The Oregonian on Aug. 22, 2016, at 1:22 p.m.
The University of Maine at Machias was among the top 30 LGBTQ friendly campuses in the U.S., according to the nonprofit Campus Pride. The university received a similar honor last year as well.
This large snake skin was found Saturday near the Presumpscot River near the carry-in boat launch in the area of Riverbank Park. Westbrook police  caution people who recreate along the Presumpscot River to remain alert, maintain a safe distance from any wildlife, and report any sightings of the snake to the Westbrook Police Department.

Maine city transfixed by ‘Wessie,’ a 10-foot python reportedly on the loose

By Ben Guarino, Washington Post on Aug. 22, 2016, at 9:22 a.m.
Like the opening act of a B-movie creature feature, the sightings of the snake now known as “Wessie” have played out in glimpses.