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Another high-ranking DHHS official resigns

AUGUSTA | Another high-ranking member of Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services has resigned. Catherine Cobb, director of the DHHS Division of Licensing and Regulation, submitted her resignation letter on Nov. 18. “After 31 years of service to state government during which she held various positions of responsibility, …
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Maine’s director of family independence says she was pushed out by DHHS head

AUGUSTA | Maine’s de facto director of welfare programs was ousted from her job this week by Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew. Barbara Van Burgel, who led the state’s Office of Family Independence for several years, said she was given no notice or explanation for …
Kelly Gay, a kindergarten teacher at Ridge View Community School in Dexter, discusses the death of fellow teacher Amy Lake and Lake's two children, Monica and Coty, on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, a day after the murders. On Monday, Lake and her two children were killed by her estranged husband and father of the children, Steven Lake, who then turned the gun on himself. Gay stated that Lake tried to maintain a sense of normalcy for her children, despite the family turnmoil. "Amy was worried about everyone else," Gay said of her friend.

Dexter officer, teachers react to ‘devastating’ deaths

DEXTER, Maine — It was a very concerned Amy Lake who walked into the Dexter police station on March 19 and told officers she was worried about what her estranged husband, Steven Lake, might do to her, their children and her friends. She had filed for a protection from abuse order …

2011 Legislative session: Texting ban, health insurance overhaul and the offical state dessert

AUGUSTA | Maine’s first Republican-led Legislature in decades did as it promised as it rolled back business regulations, and after years of trying made major changes in health insurance laws during the six-month 2011 session. Lawmakers also are leaving their imprint on Mainers’ lives in other ways. Motorists will …

Register now for camps for children of military families

BRYANT POND | Military Adventure Camps are now open for registration. Programs are being offered to children of military families through a special grant program to provide outdoor experiences for teens of service members in the active, reserve and guard components. Camps are led by staff of Maine 4-H …

Man accused of sexually abusing girl, 12, says overeager police mistreated him

BELFAST | A former Searsport Elementary School music teacher said he was sick, overmedicated on prescription cough syrup and deeply distressed when he wrongly confessed to a police detective two years ago that he had sexually abused a 12-year-old girl. He also said the girl who accused him controlled …
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Young woman testifies of abuse as a 12-year-old by Searsport music teacher

BELFAST | Over the course of a long day at Waldo County Superior Court Monday, jurors for William A. Wiley’s child sex abuse trial first heard a young woman give detailed, often graphic testimony about what she says she endured seven years ago at the hands of the former …

Meeting the special health care needs of foster children

Foster children often come from an environment in which their health care needs are neglected. It has only been in the last quarter-century that the unique health care needs of foster children have started to receive the attention they deserve.   In 1983, the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on …

Session to offer legal information for kinship families

BANGOR | 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 …

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

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

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 | 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.
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An up-to-date list of Bangor-area support groups and meetings

BANGOR AREA — Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, for those who have a desire to stop drinking, AA hot line, 800-737-6237, or www.aamaine.org.BANGOR-BREWER — Al-Anon, for family and friends of problem drinkers; beginners encouraged. Al-Anon, 6 p.m. Tuesdays, First United Methodist Church, 40 Main St., Brewer; 8 p.m. Thursdays, Hammond Street Congregational …

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 …