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Susan Dench

Democrats reject LePage’s nomination of Susan Dench for UMaine board of trustees

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 26, 2014, at 1:36 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Democrats on the Legislature’s Education Committee voted unanimously to reject Gov. Paul LePage’s nomination of Susan Dench to the University of Maine System board of trustees after a contentious hearing on Friday. The 8-5 party-line vote goes to the full Senate on Tuesday. Dench, of Falmouth, is …
University of Maine students march from the Memorial Gym Field House to Alfond Arena, site of their commencement, at the University of Maine in Orono.

Four Maine colleges make Washington Monthly’s ‘Best Bang for the Buck’ list

By Nell Gluckman on Aug. 25, 2014, at 3:42 p.m.
BANGOR | Despite college tuition rates that put Mainers in debt at high rates compared with the rest of the country, four Maine colleges made Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang for the Buck” list. The list recognizes institutions “in America that do the best job of helping non-wealthy students attain …
Former player and coach at the University of Maine Cindy Blodgett is joining Boston University women's basketball coaching staff.

Blodgett joins Boston University women’s basketball staff

By Ryan McLaughlin on June 25, 2014, at 2:55 p.m.
BOSTON — Cindy Blodgett is returning to the school where her coaching career started. The former All-America guard at the University of Maine has joined first-year head coach Kady Steding’s staff at Boston University, Steding announced Wednesday. Steding and Blodgett are former teammates, having spent the 2000 season together with …
Geaghan's Restaurant & Pub owner Peter Geaghan said he has noticed an increase in the number of patrons from out of state since the Waterfront Concerts started.

Study: Waterfront Concerts drew $17.5M to Bangor area last year

By Nick McCrea on June 24, 2014, at 7:47 p.m.
Seasons Grille & Sports Lounge had its first full summer of operation in 2013, and the restaurant saw “minor to moderate” foot traffic from Waterfront Concerts, which is surprising, considering the venue is located just across the street, manager Tom Workman said. Seasons decided to beef up …

Former U.S. Merchant Marine Academy coach takes Maine Maritime men’s basketball post

on June 18, 2014, at 4:17 p.m.
CASTINE | David Muchnick has been named head coach for Maine Maritime Academy’s men’s basketball, MMA Director of Athletics Steve Peed announced in a news release Wednesday. “Being a head college basketball coach has been a lifelong dream of mine, and to be able to do it at such …

Network commissions economic study of conservation Down East

By Tim Cox on June 18, 2014, at 3:33 p.m.
STEUBEN | The Down East Research and Education Network has commissioned a study to determine the economic impact of conservation efforts in Washington and Hancock counties. The study will analyze the economic value of conservation, research and education, of the regional land trust and conservation organizations as employers, and …
University of Maine pitcher Tommy Lawrence

Pitcher Lawrence among 2014 UMaine baseball players hoping for ‘the call’

By Pete Warner on June 06, 2014, at 12:46 p.m.
There hasn’t been a tremendous amount of buzz surrounding the members of this year’s University of Maine baseball team, but a few players could wind up having an opportunity to play professionally. Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft moved into its second day Friday with right-handed pitcher Tommy Lawrence still …
Dan Demeritt

University system waived search process to hire former LePage spokesman for public affairs position

By Nell Gluckman on June 06, 2014, at 10:53 a.m.
BANGOR | University of Maine faculty and alumni expressed concern over the process for hiring an executive director of public affairs for the University of Maine System, which was announced Wednesday. Dan Demeritt, a former director of communications for Gov. Paul LePage, was hired to fill the newly created …
The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority has received federal funds to redevelop this building, a former maintenance facility on what was the Brunswick Naval Air Station in Brunswick, into a small-business incubator and technology accelerator for advanced manufacturing companies.

Feds award $2 million to create high-tech manufacturing hub in Brunswick

By Whit Richardson on Oct. 22, 2013, at 2 p.m.
A building at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station will become a business incubator and technology accelerator for advanced manufacturing companies, thanks to a $2 million grant from the federal government announced Tuesday. The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, along with Coastal Counties Workforce Inc., will receive a …
Rep. Kenneth Fredette, R-Newport

Legislature passes energy measure, bill to allow UMaine to compete for wind power project

By Scott Thistle on June 27, 2013, at 12:20 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine -– A bill that aims to help Maine end its heavy dependence on heating oil was passed into law late Wednesday after the state Senate unanimously rejected Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of the measure. The measure is aimed at expanding New England’s natural gas infrastructure, boosting funding for …
University of Maine freshmen Shelby Rider (left) and Justin Kemp (right) watch therapy dog Atticus show off his one-and-only trick, the handshake, in Fogler Library on UMaine's campus on Wednesday. Therapy dogs were available to students who needed a stress relief from final exams. "During finals time we're all stressed — and having pets around, they just make everything happy," said Rider. "They should do it during every finals week."

Volunteer dogs help UMaine students relax, relieve stress of final exams

By Nick McCrea on May 01, 2013, at 8:50 p.m.
ORONO | On a day that traditionally serves as the last chance for University of Maine students to blow off steam before a tough week of finals, canine volunteers helped students relax and smile inside Fogler Library on Wednesday. May 1 was Maine Day at UMaine — a day …

University of Maine System ‘rainy day’ money well short of $177 million, most already assigned to campus projects, officials say

By Nick McCrea on April 27, 2013, at 6:41 p.m.
BANGOR | University of Maine System campuses have plans for their shares of the system’s $177 million in reserves that include upgrading aging infrastructure to lay the groundwork for the future of higher education, according to system officials. Pulling money away from those projects to close current budget shortfalls …
Graffiti can be seen Sunday on the walls of the McNeilly Lobby in the Class of 1944 Hall at the University of Maine campus in Orono.

Graffiti vandals strike four buildings on University of Maine campus

By Nick McCrea on April 21, 2013, at 6:35 p.m.
ORONO | Vandals tagged several buildings at the heart of the University of Maine campus sometime Saturday afternoon, causing $500 to $1,000 in damage, according to university spokeswoman. Someone or some group used a blue permanent marker to leave 14 graffiti tags on the walls inside the Class of …

Fire crews respond to roof fire at UMaine’s Hilltop Commons

By Dawn Gagnon on April 19, 2013, at 8:49 p.m.
ORONO | Firefighters from Orono, Old Town and Veazie have been sent to the University of Maine campus for a report of a roof fire, a dispatcher from the Penobscot Regional Communications Center has confirmed. Watch for updates.
The University of Maine baseball team took advantage of warm weather and practiced outside on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013.

First-place UMaine baseball team seeks consistency early in America East season

By Pete Warner on April 02, 2013, at 1:16 p.m.
ORONO | Three weeks into the America East schedule, the University of Maine baseball team finds itself atop the conference standings. Coach Steve Trimper’s Black Bears (15-14, 6-3 AE) have won two of three games in each of their first three league series, which gives them a one-game lead …

University of Maine’s Memorial Union evacuated briefly after kitchen fire

By Nick McCrea on March 19, 2013, at 11:11 a.m.
ORONO | Memorial Union at the University of Maine was evacuated for a short time Tuesday morning after a small fire broke out in the kitchen, according to a university spokeswoman. The fire flared up in the union’s marketplace around 10:30 a.m., prompting a response by Orono Fire Department …

Driver of bus carrying UMaine women’s basketball team listed in good condition

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 28, 2013, at 12:44 p.m.
BANGOR | The driver of the Cyr Bus Lines motor coach that crashe d Tuesday night while taking members of the University of Maine women’s basketball team to a game in Massachusetts remained hospitalized in Boston on Thursday. Jeff Hamlin, 55, of Charleston was listed in good condition Thursday …

Project linking UMaine students with IT employers launches first events

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 25, 2013, at 12:19 p.m.
ORONO | University of Maine computer science students rubbed elbows with potential employers Monday evening during the first in a series of statewide events geared toward doubling the number of Maine information technology graduates in four years. Leaders of the initiative, called Project>Login, say that the shortage of trained …

Firefighters extinguish papers left on wood drying oven at UMaine

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Feb. 20, 2013, at 11:08 a.m.
ORONO | Someone at Nutting Hall left a bunch of papers on top of a wood dryer and it caught fire early Wednesday, but luckily two University of Maine students noticed the flames and called for help, said UMaine spokeswoman Margaret Nagel. “We had a catalog or binder left …

Despite ‘low probability’ of success, offshore wind project could be Maine’s ‘bonanza,’ PUC chairman says

By Matthew Stone on Feb. 12, 2013, at 5:47 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The chairman of the Maine Public Utilities Commission defended his decision Tuesday to support a pilot wind energy project in the Gulf of Maine despite what he called a low probability of success. Thomas Welch said he changed his position to support Statoil North America’s offshore wind …