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The Bangor Police Department posted this photo of its stuffed duck -- "the Duck of Justice" -- to its Facebook page July 7, 2014.

The art of the Bangor PD Facebook post

on July 08, 2014, at 1:45 p.m.
A good Facebook post really is an art. For instance: posting a selfie in front of the rising sun, discussing the word “chucking” (to throw with some force), or giving someone a stuffed duck to hold while you snap a picture and then hit “upload.” For the Bangor Police Department, …
Warren Caruso

Public might get say on giving Bangor council line-item authority over school budget

By Nick McCrea on July 07, 2014, at 8:58 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Bangor city councilors will decide next Monday whether to host a public hearing to ask residents whether they believe the council should have line-item authority over the School Department’s budget. On Monday night, Councilor Pauline Civiello brought a charter amendment proposal to the city’s government operations committee. …
Pauline Civiello stands in front of her house in downtown Bangor in 2013.

Bangor councilor wants more control over school budget in wake of tax hike

By Nick McCrea on July 07, 2014, at 2:35 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor city councilor hopes to rekindle talks that could give the Council line-item authority over the Bangor School Department budget. Councilor Pauline Civiello has asked that the Council discuss a potential city charter amendment that would allow the Council to control expenditures in certain portions of …
Jon Edwards of Wellesley, Massachusetts, downs a fresh-harvested oyster aboard the Nonesuch Oysters skiff on a recent tour.

From bed to table: Oyster farm tours highlight Maine’s emerging trend of culinary tourism

By Kathleen Pierce on July 05, 2014, at 5:47 a.m.
SCARBOROUGH, Maine — “What do you guys know about oysters?” Abigail Carroll asked a couple standing on a pier in the Scarborough River on a sunny afternoon. “That they are delicious,” Amy and Jon Edwards said in unison. That was enough motivation for the Massachusetts tourists, who just hiked Acadia …
Katherine Joyce, shareholder, member of Bernstein Shur's energy and environmental practice group

Women serving prominent roles in Maine’s emerging wind energy industry

By Jon Marcus, Mainebiz on July 04, 2014, at 11:01 a.m.
Visitors to the Portland waterfront stop to watch screeching seagulls coast in the gentle wind. To them, the drifting birds are a part of the local atmosphere, but Katherine Joyce sees a multibillion dollar industry in the onshore breeze. Joyce is an attorney at Bernstein Shur in Portland who specializes …

CDC: Maine tops nation in rate of long-term opiate prescriptions

By Jackie Farwell on July 03, 2014, at 9:31 a.m.
Health care providers in Maine wrote prescriptions for a commonly abused type of painkiller at the highest rate in the nation in 2012, according to a new federal report that found wide variations in prescribing patterns across the U.S. State officials noted that since then, the number of Mainers in …
James Cote browses fireworks Tuesday at Phantom Fireworks in Holden. Cote explained that he was just getting "a few things to shoot off for the kids."

Fireworks sales decline in Maine, but stores continue to pop up

By Nell Gluckman on July 02, 2014, at 2:46 p.m.
HOLDEN, Maine — On Tuesday afternoon, just three days before July Fourth, a steady stream of shoppers visited Phantom Fireworks, Maine’s newest branch of the fireworks retail giant that has almost 70 stores across the country. “We’re going to have a celebration,” said Chris Alderson of Searsmont who was perusing …
Concrete is put down near the intersection of Main Street and Lincoln Street on Tuesday in Bangor.

Downtown construction, lane closures are precursors of big changes in Bangor

By Nick McCrea on July 01, 2014, at 6:44 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Construction season has reared its head on Main Street this summer. Crews from S.E. MacMillan have been working to replace about 3,500 feet of aging water lines underneath Main Street. On Tuesday, that work forced them to close down a lane of traffic and several side streets …
A construction crew works to lay concrete Tuesday near the intersection of Main Street and  Lincoln Street in Bangor.

Bangor closes lanes, shuts down portions of streets as crews replace century-plus-old water, sewer lines

By Nick McCrea on July 01, 2014, at 10:53 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Construction season reared its head on the first day of July in downtown Bangor. Last night, crews shut down Main Street through downtown as they worked to replace Civil War-era sewer lines that cut underneath Main Street, according to Public Works Director Dana Wardwell. The same closure …
Greg Lounder (right), executive director of the Municipal Review Committee Inc., announced on Friday, March 28, 2014, that the group is requesting permission from the state to open a landfill and recycling facility in Greenbush or Argyle.

Proposed new landfill to get public hearing as Maine grapples with waste management

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 01, 2014, at 5:38 a.m.
OLD TOWN, Maine — “I don’t think there is anything you can say to us that will convince us this is a good idea,” Maria Girouard said recently of a proposal to put a new landfill in Argyle or Greenbush. At a May meeting hosted by the Municipal Review Committee, …
It was all smiles and wagging tails for Gunner as he embarked on the last few miles of a journey that brought him from Tennessee, where he was rescued from an abusive situation, to northern Maine and a new home with Danielle Cote in St. David.

Dogs seized from animal abuse case in Tenn. safe at Fort Kent rescue organization

By Julia Bayly on June 27, 2014, at 2:04 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — It was a tail-wagging, tongue-lolling, paws-up happy ending for three dogs that arrived in Fort Kent on Thursday afternoon as part of a larger animal abuse rescue operation. It was a long way for Gunner, Marilee and Daisy, whose prospects only weeks ago looked dismal. Earlier …
Planned Parenthood's controversial buffer zone sign in Portland.

Supreme Court decision on abortion clinic buffer zone could be blow for Portland ordinance

By Seth Koenig on June 26, 2014, at 10:55 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Until Thursday, federal case law in the United States had largely reinforced the city of Portland’s argument that it could legally force anti-abortion protesters to stay at least 39 feet away from the city’s Planned Parenthood clinic. But on Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down …

Ex-manager of Bangor Domino’s Pizza sues owner, claims he was fired for being obese

By Judy Harrison on June 25, 2014, at 2:49 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A 43-year-old Bangor man has sued the owner of the Bangor Domino’s Pizza store, claiming he was fired from the business, in part, for being obese. Michael LaMontagne is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 423 pounds, according to the complaint filed Tuesday in U.S. District …
A mother eagle from Bangor that was rescued from a sidewalk last month was released June 6 in Brewer after spending time at Avian Haven in Freedom.

Eagle nest webcam viewers angry that no one will save struggling Maine eaglet

By John Holyoke on June 24, 2014, at 2:47 p.m.
Concerned viewers from across the country have been focusing on a Maine eagle nest featured on a webcam, demanding that wildlife professionals intervene to help an eaglet they say is not being fed properly by its parents. But officials with the Biodiversity Research Institute, which has maintained the camera at …
Like a frozen waterfall, a four-story high wall of ice clings to the rocks near Otter Point in Acadia National Park at dawn.

Drones banned in Acadia, other national parks

By Bill Trotter on June 24, 2014, at 12:01 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — If you’re planning a trip to Maine’s only national park and think you might order drone deliveries of batteries or bug spray during your visit, you’ll have to reconsider. Late last week, the director of the National Park Service sent out a memo instructing all …

Is your well water safe to drink? Check test results in your town

By Jackie Farwell on June 23, 2014, at 1:35 p.m.
When Loree Ross had a new well drilled several years ago at her home in Danforth, she could have saved a few bucks by testing it only for bacteria. But she ordered a full workup. “I remember saying to my husband, ‘Wouldn’t you want to know if your water was …
A female deer tick (left) and a nymph deer tick.

Get ticked off: Demand more answers about Lyme disease, ticks

on June 22, 2014, at 6:28 a.m.
As the summer months warm up, anticipate more ticks appearing on your skin. By now, you might have an anti-tick routine: Wearing long sleeves and tucking your pants into your socks. Applying a repellent. Checking for ticks after being outside. Removing them immediately if you find them. Clearing tall grass …

Do you think there are mountain lions in Maine?

on June 20, 2014, at 3:29 p.m.
David Carlson of Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. shows some of the dried sugar kelp that he added Wednesday to the first batch of seaweed beer that will be called Maine Sea Belt. The brand-new beer will use seaweed grown at Maine Fresh Sea Farms, a six-month-old aquaculture enterprise in the Damariscotta River in South Bristol. "I know this beer is going to be good," he said.

Belfast brewery tapping into seaweed venture to create kelp beer

By Abigail Curtis on June 19, 2014, at 1:52 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — To most people, seaweed and beer are two tastes that don’t immediately belong together. But David Carlson — owner of Three Tides and Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. in Belfast, who already makes beer with such ingredients as coffee, oysters and blue agave nectar — is not most …
Production crews set up the Cirque du Soleil Varekai show Tuesday at the Cross Insurance Center.

Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Varekai’ team talks magic behind the scenes, on stage

By Emily Burnham on June 18, 2014, at 12:35 p.m.
The circus is in town — though it’s a circus unlike Bangor has ever seen, as Cirque du Soleil opens its five-day run of “Varekai” from June 18 to 22 at the Cross Insurance Center. The world-renowned company of acrobats, dancers and musicians will perform seven shows from Wednesday through …
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