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Session to offer legal information for kinship families

BANGOR, Maine — Families and Children Together, 304 Hancock St., will present a legal informational session for kinship families at 9 a.m. Saturday at its office. Bangor lawyers Amy Faircloth and Angela Farrell will explain guardianship, adoption and child protective procedures in the state’s probate and District courts. The organization …
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Maine pilot’s death illuminates harsh reality of warden work

When Daryl Gordon didn’t return to his Aroostook County home on Thursday night, his wife called to report the Maine Warden Service pilot missing. Shortly before 9 a.m. on Friday, Rita Gordon’s worst fears were realized: Her husband’s plane was found on Clear Lake, where it had crashed. Daryl Gordon …

Dedicated professionals volunteer to assist families through difficulties of divorce

Every once in a while, information about a fundraiser comes across my desk that makes me want to learn more about the organization that is to benefit from it. Such was the case with the recent For Kid’s Sake Fundraiser hosted by Bangor Breakfast Kiwanis, the Hermon Key Club and …
"I love this little girl so much," Kim Sargent says of her youngest daughter as they play in the toy-filled playroom of their Bangor apartment on Saturday. Sargent, a mother of three and a recovering alcoholic, lost custody of her children because of her drinking, but was reunited with the youngest after graduating from Family Drug Court last week.

Local mom first graduate of Family Treatment Drug Court in Bangor

BANGOR, Maine — Those who know Kim Sargent know she loved to drink alcohol and drink heavily. Drinking consumed her life for many years, and she said on Saturday that she hurt a lot of people who cared for her because she was drunk all the time, including her children …
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Clinic to offer free dental care for children in low-income families

It’s enough to make anyone smile: free dental care for children from low-income families. The first weekend in February, Bangor-area dentists and students from the dental health programs at University College of Bangor will team up to offer free oral health screenings and dental care to children ages 5 to …

Longtime teacher, volunteer Fort Kent’s 2011 Citizen of the Year

Four decades ago, Fort Kent’s newest Citizen of the Year came very close to making a decision that would have taken her away from the area and all she has done since then.
Two students at the New York University College of Dentistry work on Keaghan Castleberry, 7, of Cherryfield, at the week-long dental outreach program being held this week at Machias. The four-year program is bringing all forms of dental care and maintenance to Washington County residents that do not have a local dentist. People were lined up outside the door on Monday, the first day of the clinic, and 83 children and 40 adults received treatment. "Some people drove three to four hours to receive treatment," Dr. Amr Mouris, the head of NYU's Department of Pediatric Dentistry said. "These parents are really eager to learn what to do to maintain good oral health." As for Castleberry, after his treatment he said simply "They were really nice." (Bangor Daily News/Sharon Kiley Mack)

Free dental clinic offered in Machias

MACHIAS, Maine — His glasses still a bit askew on his small face, 7-year-old Keaghan Castleberry admitted Tuesday that he was a bit nervous coming in for his dental appointment. But after he had a cavity filled and a cleaning, he flashed a bright smile and said, “They were really …

Most state offices closed Friday

AUGUSTA, Maine — State and federal offices will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day. Most state offices also will be closed Friday for a scheduled shutdown day, Gov. John Baldacci said in a press release issued Wednesday. State courts and parks, however, will be operating Friday. Public safety …
At the conclusion of an Angel Flight , pilot Dan Herrick taxis his single-engine plane into a spot on the General Aviation ramp at Bangor International Airport with Camara Johnson, 11, of  Woodland, and her mother, Cherie Nichols, who were brought to Bangor for a medical appointment for the girl.(Bangor Daily News/Scott Haskell)

Bangor police officer an Angel Flight pilot

Pilot Dan Herrick touched down at the General Aviation building near Bangor International Airport just before noon last Wednesday with a special delivery: 11-year-old Camara Johnson and her mom, Cherie Nichols.

Group, museum to offer family art programs

Community Health and Counseling Services and Maine Discovery Museum again will hold art programs for children and families, reports Karen Hartnagle of CHCS.

Maine Kids-Kin 1 of 14 national grant winners

Maine Kids-Kin is a program of Families and Children Together based in Bangor that assists family members raising a relative’s child, often referred to as “grandfamilies.” Volunteer Joyce …

Two couples say they’re protective of the current concept of marriage

BREWER, Maine — Kirk and Veronica Storman have four daughters under age 10 and a fifth child due in November.

Breakfast to kick off Bowl for Kids Sake event

Program director Bill Browning of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Maine invites “people who support mentoring” to a buffet breakfast and team gathering for its Bowl for Kids Sake fundraiser, scheduled for March 28-29 at Family Fun Lanes in Bangor. The Bowl for Kids Sake Kickoff Breakfast is 7:30 …

Statewide forums tackle topic of domestic violence

SKOWHEGAN – Prompted by the high rate of domestic homicides, the Legislature has launched a series of statewide forums on domestic violence, hosted by the Maine Department of Public Safety Anne Jordan, Maine commissioner of Public Safety, said the forums were the direct result of the murder of a Wells …

From ‘holy garage’ to church St. Dunstan’s of Ellsworth to mark 50-year anniversary of move

ELLSWORTH – A high school classmate of the Rev. Barbara Clarke once asked her whether she belonged to “that holy rollers church that meets in the garage.” Taken aback, the teenage Clarke replied, “We’re not holy rollers, we’re Episcopalians.” Members of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Ellsworth this weekend will …

A crisis in caring Dearth of services for adult with disabilities puts Dover-Foxcroft family in bind

At 1 o’clock on a recent sunny afternoon, Jennie Segerson was all prettied up and waiting impatiently to go out. She was dressed in her favorite pink sweat suit and a gray T-shirt spangled with stars, her shiny brown hair pulled back from her face with butterfly barrettes. Her older …

Who will think of the kids? Proposed budget cuts threaten state’s pool of foster, adoptive parents

ORONO – Some longtime foster parents are threatening to stop taking displaced children into their homes if Maine lawmakers adopt proposed cuts in the stipends they receive. Upset foster and adoptive parents from seven counties met with state officials in Orono on Thursday to learn more about the threatened cuts …

‘To the ends of the Earth’ Parents of autistic child take battle with Madawaska school to the courts

MADAWASKA – Tish Henry says she has walked a tightrope the last two years trying to get a better educational experience for her now 11-year-old autistic son. She tried working through local officials, went to federal authorities seeking redress under civil rights statutes, and plans next to turn to the …

Pine Tree Legal marks 40 years of aid

BANGOR – Forty years after it was founded, the core mission of Pine Tree Legal Assistance remains the same: to provide free civil law services to Maine’s low-income residents. “Our core mission is as important today as it was in 1967,” Nan Heald, executive director, said Thursday. “It’s just that …

80 percent of elder abuse cases go unreported

“As with child abuse and domestic violence many years ago, elder abuse is a problem that has been in the shadows for too long,” said Rick Mooers, Adult Protective Program administrator for the Office of Elder Services and member of the Greater Bangor Coalition to End Elder Abuse. “Less than …