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A group of women dance to music while tailgating before the Jimmy Buffet concert at the Bangor Waterfront Thursday.

Parrotheads invade Bangor ahead of Jimmy Buffett show

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 18, 2016, at 5:11 p.m.
“We tailgate every year. We love the friendship and camaraderie among everyone. You can’t help but love it.”
Leslie Ross stops to laugh while playing a modern bassoon on Aug. 11 in her bassoon fabrication studio at her home near the shore of Northern Bay in Penobscot.

This Maine woman has made nearly 300 bassoons from scratch

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 17, 2016, at 3:40 p.m.
Leslie Ross makes replicas of historical bassoons of older baroque, renaissance and classical design, using maple, boxwood and fruit woods for her instruments.
Sarah Smiley

That time we thought we had lice

By Sarah Smiley on Aug. 16, 2016, at 2:39 p.m.
The next morning, I woke up to a text from someone else who had been with us that fateful day: “I have lice. Starting the treatment now.”

Three Ruby Tuesday restaurants close in Maine

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 15, 2016, at 12:38 p.m.
The Ruby Tuesday restaurant at the Bangor Mall has closed, apparently along with the South Portland and Biddeford locations.
Republican Sen. Roger Katz of Augusta.

Lawmakers consider regulating fantasy sports gambling in Maine

By Mal Leary on Aug. 14, 2016, at 2 a.m.
Maine will join the growing number of states that will consider legislation next year to regulate fantasy sports gambling.

Food scrap recycling isn’t just for southern Maine anymore. Rural Maine takes a bite at the apple.

By Christopher Burns on Aug. 13, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Organics recycling has become a focal point in the debate about the future of waste management in the state.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced that marijuana will remain a Schedule 1 drug.

DEA says marijuana has no medical value, will remain classified as a dangerous drug

By Rob Hotakainen, McClatchy Washington Bureau on Aug. 11, 2016, at 3:55 p.m.
Delivering a big blow to backers of pot legalization, the Obama administration said Thursday that it would keep marijuana classified as one of the nation’s most dangerous drugs, similar to heroin and LSD.
A woman tests the waters at the East End Beach in Portland, May 31, 2016.

Air quality alert issued in advance of incoming heat wave

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 10, 2016, at 3:12 p.m.
Temperatures throughout the state were expected to hover around 90 degrees Thursday.
Among the poutine-of-the-week selections at The Voyageur Lounge in Madawaska is beef stew poutine, a combination of chunks of beef, carrots and peas in gravy over cheese curds and steak fries, seen Feb. 16, 2016.

Cheese, fries, gravy: Poutine Palooza coming to The County

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 09, 2016, at 1:24 p.m.
An homage to all things poutine — the traditional Quebecois delicacy of french-fried potatoes covered in gravy and cheese curds — Poutine Palooza is taking place around Madawaska, with organizers hoping it boosts festival attendance.
Lyme disease is transmitted by blacklegged ticks infected with the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi.

It’s dreadful how little is still known about ticks and Lyme disease

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 08, 2016, at 11:52 a.m.
Editorial: Demand more answers about how to fight this public health hazard.
The Bouchard family prepares the world's largest ploye in Fort Kent during the 2015 Ploye Festival in August.

Big fish and bigger ploye to hit Fort Kent

By Don Eno, St. John Valley Times on Aug. 07, 2016, at 7:26 a.m.
The streets of downtown Fort Kent will once again fill up next weekend with those seeking enormous fish and a gigantic ploye.
A macaw parrot stares clings to the side of an enclosure Tuesday at Siesta Sanctuary, "assisted living for retired parrots," in Harmony. The sanctuary is home to 80 rescued parrots.

80 parrots to welcome guests to Maine sanctuary open house

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 05, 2016, at 1 a.m.
“I feel very fortunate to have a house full of these — I really do,” Margaret Buschmann said. “But most people think I’m insane.”
Suzie Hockmeyer (center) smiles while listening to one of the guides go over the white water rafting trip down the Kennebec River in The Forks on Tuesday. Hockmeyer and her former husband, Wayne Hockmeyer, are widely regarded as the founders of whitewater rafting in Maine. Now in her mid-60s, Suzie is still a registered whitewater guide, taking groups on adventures from Northern Outdoors in The Forks.

First woman licensed as whitewater rafting guide has led groups down Maine’s wildest rivers for 40 years

By Meg Haskell on Aug. 04, 2016, at 12:28 p.m.
Clearly at ease and in her element as the group set out, Suzie Hockmeyer, 65, strapped on her yellow helmet and green life preserver, grasped her plastic paddle and helped hoist the heavy rubber raft down the long stairway to the foot of the Harris Station dam.
A crowd gathers to take pictures of Mysti Lee, 21, of Chicago as she lies nearly naked, painted red and wearing lobster claws, protesting the Maine Lobster Festival for PETA on Wednesday on a cardboard plate on the sidewalk at the corner of Main and Park streets in Rockland.

PETA’s partially clothed protest of lobster festival attracts gawkers

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 03, 2016, at 6:40 p.m.
Although the woman’s efforts drew attention from the crowds of tourists, families, sailors and Marines, she didn’t seem to be deterring anyone from enjoying their lobster.
Seen here speaking about the National Park Service at Yosemite National Park, President Barack Obama is said to be considering creating a North Woods national monument east of Baxter State Park.

What Maine can learn from other states with national monuments

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 02, 2016, at 1:55 p.m.
“Opportunities for public involvement don’t end with the [monument] proclamation. It is more like a beginning point,” University of Montana professor Ted Catton said.
Jim Bahoosh at a house he built in Northport in 2015 and 2016. Bahoosh, of Morrill, designs and builds small houses that usually range between 500 and 900 square feet.

Small — but not tiny — houses right size for many

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 01, 2016, at 6:01 a.m.
Tiny houses may be trendy, but small houses are smart homes that are good solutions for many people.
 Richard Morse, seen in this undated photo, was reported missing to the Bangor Police Department on Dec. 15, 1998.

Family of man reported missing in Bangor 18 years ago still looking for answers

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 30, 2016, at 7:20 a.m.
Nearly two decades later, the mystery of Richard Morse’s disappearance appears no closer to being solved.
Eighteen people from 12 different countries became United States citizens on Friday at the Federal Building in Bangor. Before the start of the ceremony, Chan Nhao, originally from Cambodia, looks at an American flag with her 4-year-old son Ryson Meas.

After ceremony, new citizen says, ‘I want to vote to determine my future’

By Judy Harrison on July 29, 2016, at 5:04 p.m.
The first document Jarvis Lewis signed his name to after taking the oath of citizenship was a voter registration card.
Acrobat Catalina Nock checks her equipment on Thursday while setting up for Friday's opening of the Bangor State Fair.

Bangor State Fair to feature educational alligator show

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 28, 2016, at 3:38 p.m.
For the first time in its history, the fair will feature an alligator show courtesy of Jimmy Riffle of Animal Planet’s “The Gator Boys.”
Gov. Paul LePage

Memo: LePage seeks to reduce state workforce to cut taxes

By Mal Leary on July 27, 2016, at 1 a.m.
A memo that was sent to commissioners earlier this month and obtained by Maine Public Radio reveals that the governor has set three goals for the budget-writing process that is already underway.