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WAYNE E. REILLY

Bangor residents battled white plague a century ago

When the Anti-Tuberculosis Society of Bangor met a century ago this summer, there was good news and bad news in the battle to end the Great White Plague. First, the good news: Public drinking cups had been banned, noted Miss Madeline C. Mosher, the city’s tuberculosis nurse. “It was a …

Local sports results for Aug. 16-17, 2014

Senior League World Series At Mansfield Stadium, Bangor Friday, Aug. 15 Semifinals G21: U.S. Southwest 7, Maine District 3 0 G22: Latin America 3, U.S. Southeast 2 Saturday, Aug. 16 Championship G2: U.S. Southwest 7, Latin America 4 Results HIGH SCHOOL FRIDAY’S RESULTS BOYS SOCCER Cent. Aroostook 2, Washburn 1 …
ERIN DONOVAN
Erin Donovan

Jack of all trades, master of none

On occasion, I am asked to host events. Sometimes I commit and sometimes I don’t, depending on my schedule and whether my children are vomiting much. Mostly it depends on whether the event folks describe the event as “hosting” or “emceeing.” If they bill it as emceeing, I am bound …

Auto racing roundup: Steuben driver take late lead, captures Speedway 95 feature and series

HERMON, Maine — Brenton Parritt of Steuben took the lead from Hermon’s John Curtis Jr. on lap 38 of the 50-lap Hopkins Landscaping and Paving series race Saturday night at Speedway 95 and won that night’s feature event as well as the overall title for the three-race series. John Kalel …
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Fabricator Doug Knowlton of Millinocket planes the inside of a metal brace at Millinocket Fabrication and Machine Inc. on Thursday in Millinocket.

Millinocket Fabrication and Machine owners say foundry growing, looking to expand

MILLINOCKET, Maine — The local economy might be in decline with the loss of its two paper mills, but Millinocket Fabrication and Machine Inc. has increased its workforce from 22 to 28 workers over the last few months and is looking to hire three more machinists — if its owners …

Sports briefs for Aug. 17, 2014

Boston’s 2013 World Series trophy in Portland Aug. 25 PORTLAND, Maine — The Boston Red Sox will be bringing their 2013 World Championship trophy to Hadlock Field on Monday, Aug. 25 when the Sea Dogs host the Reading Fightin Phils at 7 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to get …
New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) heads off the field with wide receiver Brandon LaFell (19) after their preseason game Friday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 42-35.

Patriots’ Revis ready, willing and avoided

Former All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis made his preseason debut for New England in the victory over the Eagles Friday night. He saw a couple series of action, but there was limited play on his left side of the field. But Revis says he feels great and was ready for whatever …

Apple begins storing users’ personal data on servers in China

BEIJING — Apple Inc. has begun keeping the personal data of some Chinese users on servers in mainland China, marking the first time the tech giant is storing user data on Chinese soil. The storage of user data in China represents a departure from the policies of some technology companies, …
VITAL SIGNS (blog)

What do you really know about ALS, the #IceBucketChallenge?

This guest post was contributed by BDN Portland Bureau Chief Seth Koenig. The ice bucket challenge has been impossible to miss if you’ve spent any time on the Internet over the past week or two. Famous actors, businessmen, politicians and athletes – as well as just about everyone else – …
VIDEO AND POLL QUESTION
East Coast Ghost Trackers of Brewer founder Ken Ort (left) of Glenburn and fellow trackers Peter Farrar of Milo, Amanda McDonald of Bangor and Jamie Dube of Brewer unpack gear at the beginning of their presentation at Saturday's Psychic and Paranormal Faire at Fort Knox. The two-day fair ends Sunday.

‘She’s around’: Believers found at Fort Knox Psychic and Paranormal Faire

PROSPECT, Maine — When Canaan resident Kate Schuyler lost her grandmother recently at the age of 95, she discussed contacting a psychic with her mom because they both still felt their loved one’s presence. “We want to know if she’s around,” she said Saturday while waiting outside the Fort Knox …

Fort Knox Psychic and Paranormal Faire

Believers gathered in Fort Knox for the annual Psychic and Pararnomal Faire on Saturday. The fair continues Monday.
From left: Sara Williams, Meg Scott, Zach Waite, and Tammie Mulvey take time out at The County Co-op and Farm Store Cafe on Friday in Houlton. The three ladies are producers for the co-op, and Waite works part time at the cafe.

All local, all the time: County Co-Op and Farm Store opens in Houlton’s Market Square

HOULTON, Maine — As co-owner of an organic vegetable farm, Meg Scott knows how to incorporate brilliant USDA certified organic grain, carrots, potatoes, squash, beets and more into her recipes on a daily basis. She also understands that besides farmers markets and roadside stands, there aren’t always venues for local …
From the community

Vocalist and dulcimer maker/player at Bradley

  BRADLEY, Maine – The Four Seasons Seniors of Bradley invite the public to enjoy local vocalist     and dulcimer maker and player, Gifford Stevens, at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Bradley     Municipal Building.  Joining Stevens are special guest players Dwight Frasier and Bob Herzog.     Stevens has long been …
From the community

Baked bean and casserole supper in Sedgwick

Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: North Sedgwick Baptist Church, Route 172 and Sedgwick Ridge Road, Sedgwick For more information: 207-359-4401 SEDGWICK, Maine — North Sedgwick Baptist Church will hold a baked bean and casserole supper 5-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the church, Route 172 at …

Arizona math teacher arrives drunk to class and keeps drinking -police

PHOENIX — A drunk Arizona math teacher arrived at her high school by taxi and hit the bottle again once she was in the classroom, where she yelled at her students before one of the pupils alerted administrators, authorities said on Thursday. Kathleen Jardine, 57, a teacher at Poston Butte …
From the community

MTUG “Peers and Beers” IT Professional After Hours, co-hosted by GWI

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: Rivalries, 10 Cotton Street, Portland, Maine For more information: 207-370-5327; mtug.org/event-detail/23/47-MTUG-Portland-Peers-and-Beers-featuring-the-VGo-robot-Co-sponsored-by-GWI MTUG GOES AFTER HOURS! Come join us for the Maine Technology Users Group’s very first “Peers and Beers” IT Professional After Hours event — featuring the VGo robot and …

Sports briefs for Aug. 15, 2014

Winkin service available via webcast WATERVILLE, Maine — There will be a memorial service for legendary Maine college baseball coach John Winkin on Sunday at noon at Colby’s Lorimer Chapel and a reception to follow at Page Commons. For those unable to attend, Rob Munzing of Munzing Media will have …
GOOD BIRDING

Everything is a semipalmated sandpiper, unless it isn’t

Sandpipers. Ugh. Some birders go to great lengths to avoid them. Folks brave bugs and brambles to glimpse a warbler. But sandpipers? Forget it. Not worth the effort. They all look alike. Naturally, that’s the thing I like most about them. If it were easy, anybody could do it. I …

Maternal singing calms preemies and their mothers: study

NEW YORK — For preemies, the combination of hearing mother’s voice softly singing while being held against her skin can have a number of health benefits — and it helps moms, too, a new study suggests. When mothers in a neonatal intensive care unit sang while holding their preterm infants …

UFC’s Ovince Saint Preux and Shawn Jordan give words of advice to UMaine football players

UFC fighters and former University of Tennessee football standouts, Ovince Saint Preux and Shawn Jordan give a few words of advice to the University of Maine football players.