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Maurice Bartlett, a legendary wood scaler employed by Quebec lumber baron Edouard LaCroix in the 1920s, was the inspiration for the main character in Leonard Hutchins' book, "Bon Homme."

The making of a good man

“It’s a very ancient saying, But a true and honest thought, That if you become a teacher, By your pupils you’ll be taught.” Lyricist Oscar Hammerstein wrote the words. Storyteller and retired teacher Leonard Hutchins demonstrates their veracity. I just finished reading a book by Hutchins titled “Bon Homme” and …

Friday, Dec. 19, 2014: Economic development, seniors and bears

Managing bears In a Dec. 15 letter titled “Bears for killing” the author stated: “Animals were not put here on this planet for our benefit. It’s time we stopped treating them as if they were.” That statement would infer that she believes that animals were created by a creator (“put …

Venison burgers stuffed with cheddar and wild-harvested mushrooms

Cooking Wild Game Venison is versatile. Anything you can do with beef can be done with venison. I craved a burger last week and didn’t want just a cheese burger, it had to be something really good. It took a few hours to think of something different while the burger …

Local sports results for December 18, 2014

Results HIGH SCHOOL Thursday’s Results BOYS BASKETBALL Bonny Eagle 71, Noble 43 Brunswick 53, Oxford Hills 52 Calais 70, Woodland 32 Cony 63, Brewer 59 Dirigo 79, Monmouth 53 Edward Little 64, Messalonskee 57 Falmouth 54, Lake Region 46 Gray-New Gloucester 52, Wells 28 Hampden 55, Lawrence 45 Madison 79, …
OTTO Pizza owners left to right, Mike Keon and Anthony Allen outside their flagship shop on Congress Street in Portland, Maine.

South Portland adds another Otto Pizza, SoPo Bar and Grill

The city has two more locally owned restaurants to tout. A fourth location for Otto Pizza in southern Maine — the second in South Portland — officially opened last week at 125 John Roberts Road, near the Maine Mall. SoPo Bar and Grill opened this week …
The Rev. Robert Tobin and Maurine Tobin of Deer Isle visited Gaza in early December 2014 to observe the impact of the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict.

Maine eyewitnesses to Gaza: No way to prepare for an overwhelming reality

Having viewed countless reports, photos and videos, we felt prepared for what we would see on our visit to Gaza in early December. But the reality was overwhelming. No video can capture the scope of the destruction, block upon block of Israeli-demolished apartment buildings, bullet-sprayed shops and homes, children playing …

On Deck, a sports calendar for Dec. 18, 2014

BASEBALL ORONO — The University of Maine’s Senior and Junior Winter Baseball Clinics will be held Saturdays through Feb 8. The Saturday of Christmas will be off. Please visit for more information or contact Nick Derba at 581-1097 or GORHAM — The University of Southern Maine baseball team …

Sports briefs for Dec. 18, 2014

Husson soccer players receive academic honors Husson University women’s soccer student-athletes Michaela Bicknell and Katie Cyr and men’s soccer student-athletes Stephen Berenyi and Kyle Hargreaves have received National Soccer Coaches Association of America College Division Scholar All-East Region Honorable Mention accolades. Bicknell, a senior fullback, boasts a 3.65 grade point …

Bangor store stands firm after getting complaints for Jesus-themed windows

This story passed through my social media feed the other day and I couldn’t resist giving it a virtual ‘shout out’. Discount Mattress and Furniture in the Airport Mall in Bangor currently has their windows decorated with a nativity, and the words ‘Jesus is the Reason for the Season.’ Nothing wrong with that, right? Jesus is the reason for this season after all.
Goat cheese, onions and fresh basil take pizza from the ordinary to the realm of the special.

Perk up pizza with goat cheese and onion

by Lois Baxter Special to The Weekly   Welcome to the Farmers Market Corner. Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday. I hope you all enjoy time with family and friends. This has been a great year for enjoying fresh, local produce, baked goods, dairy, meat and more at …
Cronut, Cromnibus. Potato, potahto.

At least there’s no shutdown: The Cromnibus and Congress’ sorry state of budgeting

At least the federal government won’t entirely shut down over the next nine months. That, essentially, is the most promising outcome from the U.S. House and Senate’s passage over the past week of the $1.1 trillion Cromnibus budget bill that funds the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal …
American aid worker Alan Gross (3rd R) disembarks with his wife Judy (4th L) from a U.S. government plane as he arrives at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland outside Washington December 17, 2014 in this photo tweeted by U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ). U.S. President Barack Obama was set to announce a shift in policy toward Cuba on Wednesday and the Associated Press reported the changes would include the opening of an embassy in Cuba and the start of talks to normalize relations.

US, Cuba to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years as American prisoner returns home

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced the United States would restore diplomatic relations it severed with Cuba more than 50 years ago, drawing resistance from lawmakers opposed to reconciling with the communist-run island. After 18 months of secret talks facilitated by the Vatican and Canada, Obama and Cuban President Raul …
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Artist imagines Bangor in the future — both optimistic and post-apocalyptic

Artist Jadrien Cousens likes to take a real place — be it a mountainous landscape out west, a serene neighborhood park, or the streets of downtown Bangor — and transform it into something completely different. Cousens, a 2009 Hampden Academy graduate and 2013 studio art graduate of the University of …
Cars drive past a banner featuring five Cuban prisoners held in U.S. custody, two of whom were previously released, in Havana Dec. 17, 2014. President Barack Obama was set to announce a shift in policy toward Cuba on Wednesday and the Associated Press reported the changes would include the opening of an embassy in Cuba and the start of talks to normalize relations.

Obama to announce major Cuba policy overhaul; prisoners swapped

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama was set to announce a major shift in policy toward Cuba on Wednesday, which would include the opening of an embassy in Havana and the start of talks to normalize relations, officials and media said. The shift in policy, set to be one of the …

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014: Minimum wage, Bangor teacher, torture and the Army-Navy football game

McHenry case mishandled As I read the Dec. 11 BDN article reporting on the Bangor School Committee meeting at which the committee fired James McHenry, I was struck by the civics lessons that were ignored. First, the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights affords every person the presumption of …
From the community

Soul Movement dance and stretch at Bangor

BANGOR, Maine — Start your year off with some Soul Movement, by dancing, stretching and moving to Rhythm & Blues, Soul Music and World Rhythms, 6-7:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month, Jan. 1-May 7, at Maine Holistic Center, 81 Main St. $10 donation to the MHC. E-mail or call Suzanne Kelly …
Lee Witting

Spiritual people and an aversion to church: When religion doesn’t get it

Stop by any mainline church this Sunday, and you’ll most likely observe the gray hairs outnumbering the young ones. As a hospital chaplain, I can’t help but notice that more and more patients these days describe themselves as “no religious preference” folks, though they’re often glad to see a chaplain …

Husson University and Cianbro Sign Agreement to Provide College Credit for Workplace Training

BANGOR, MAINE – December 12, 2014 – Husson University and Cianbro announced today that they have entered into an agreement that creates a smooth process for the transfer of credits from Cianbro corporate training programs toward degrees in Husson University’s College of Business. A signing ceremony, representing the culmination of …
Mohammed Anas, 14, who survived an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, talks to his visitors as he lies on a hospital bed on Wednesday in Peshawar.

Anger and grief as Pakistan buries students massacred at school

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Pakistan on Wednesday began burying 132 students killed in a grisly attack on their school by Taliban militants that has heaped pressure on the government to do more to tackle an increasingly aggressive Taliban insurgency. The authorities, long accused of not being tough enough on extremists, quickly …

Hottelet, CBS newsman and one of the last of the “Murrow Boys,” dies at 97

Richard C. Hottelet, the longtime U.N. correspondent for CBS News who provided memorable eyewitness accounts of the Normandy invasion and the Battle of the Bulge during World War II and was among the last surviving reporters mentored by the celebrated newsman Edward R. Murrow, died Dec. 17 at his home …