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Pack 139 Scouts recognized for appreciating our Service Men and Women

By Sara Ippolito on Sept. 27, 2016, at 4:06 p.m.
Earlier this year the Cub and Boy Scouts of Pack 139 diligently worked to fold 300 flags placing them along with a thank you card into 3×3 plastic bags. With money collected during various fund raisers the flags were purchased and the journey began. Along with learning how to properly …
"Chicken House Christmas" by Niki Galante

Preparations for the 5th Annual Christmas Exhibit in Cherryfield

By Cheryl Brown on Sept. 27, 2016, at 2:31 p.m.
Preparations are underway for the 5th Annual Christmas Exhibit in Cherryfield. We have enjoyed displays of the past four years and look forward to new creations and much more this year! Post 8 of the American Legion will be the hosts of the Exhibit and the exhibit will be held …

Day of Jazz to Rev Up Eastport Music Students’ Semester

By Lauren Koss on Sept. 27, 2016, at 1:29 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Eastport Arts Center, 36 Washington Street, Eastport, Maine For more information: 207-853-4650; eastportartscenter.org Eastport students will spend a day of learning all about the culture of jazz on Friday, October 7 through Eastport Arts Center, which has received a $1,000 …
"I was there," U.S. Army veteran Rob Jones, 23, of Brewer said when Iraq was mentioned in the presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.

Scrooge McDuck versus mac and cheese? Mainers react to presidential debate.

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 26, 2016, at 11:08 p.m.
Mainers’ reactions to Monday’s showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump drew reactions ranging from the serious to the surreal to the incredulous.

Presentation: Making it Count – How citizen science can catalyze civic engagement , October 4, 7- 8pm

By pmsercinst on Sept. 26, 2016, at 3:02 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, 9 Atterbury Circle, Winter Harbor, Me For more information: 2072881310; schoodicinstitute.org Rick Bonney, Director of Program Development and Evaluation, Cornell Lab of Ornithology presents a lecture entitled “Making it Count: How Citizen Science Can …

Presentation: Making it Count – How citizen science can catalyze civic engagement , October 4, 7- 8pm

By pmsercinst on Sept. 26, 2016, at 2:46 p.m.
Presentation by Rick Bonney, Director of Program Development and Evaluation, Cornell Lab of Ornithology presents a lecture entitled “Making it Count: How Citizen Science Can Catalyze Civic Engagement”, on October 4. Many big questions in ecology and public policy require datasets at scales that exceed the capacity of the scientific …

Eek of Ecology – Science Fun for Kids! At Schoodic Institute in Winter Harbor, October 29, 1 – 4:30pm

By pmsercinst on Sept. 26, 2016, at 2:20 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Location: Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, 9 Atterbury Circle, PO Box 277, Winter Harbor, Me For more information: 2072881310; schoodicinstitute.org It’s time once again for fall science fun with Eek of Ecology! Meet the Eeek!-y creatures and ghouls of National …

Making Strides hosts 9th Annual 5k for Autism Awareness and Advocacy

By Chrissy Allen on Sept. 25, 2016, at 9:44 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Location: Blue Hill Consolidated School, 60 High St, Blue Hill, Maine For more information: makingstrides.me/ For Immediate Release: Story continues below advertisement. Making Strides 9th Annual Autism Fundraiser Race in Honor of Travis Astbury Contact: Katye Lacasse- President, Board of Directors …

Food – Beer – Music – Scarecrows… The Blue Hill Peninsula Harvest Festival on October 15th!

By Blue Hill Heritage Trust on Sept. 25, 2016, at 9:01 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Mainescape Garden Shop, South Street, Blue Hill, Maine For more information: 207-374-2833; bluehillheritagetrust.org/2016/peninsula-harvest-festival-october-15th/ For Immediate Release: September 25, 2015 Story continues below advertisement. Media Contact: Chrissy Allen (207)374-5118 chrissy@bluehillheritagetrust.org Food – Beer – Music – Scarecrows… The Blue Hill Peninsula …

Jonesboro Church Harvest Fair set for Nov. 12

By Suzanne Plaisted on Sept. 24, 2016, at 3:31 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Jonesboro Elementary School gym, 57 School Street, Jonesboro, ME For more information: 2074347441 JONESBORO — The ladies of the Jonesboro Union Church Auxiliary will host its annual Harvest Craft Fair 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. in the Jonesboro School …

The First Bancorp Keeps Quarterly Dividend at 23 Cents per Share

By Carrie Warren on Sept. 22, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.
DAMARISCOTTA, Maine – (BUSINESS WIRE) – September 22, 2016 – The Board of Directors of The First Bancorp (NASDAQ: FNLC) today declared a quarterly dividend of 23 cents per share. This third-quarter dividend is payable October 28, 2016, to shareholders of record as of October 5, 2016, and is equal …
Marjorie Withers

IRW brings three new directors onboard

By Jenna Beaulieu on Sept. 22, 2016, at 3:37 p.m.
MOUNT DESERT — Island Readers and Writers elected recently new members to its board of directors. The are Michelle Finn of Cherryfield, Dr. Debra Lay of Jonesport and Marjorie Withers of Cooper. The organization’s mission is to inspire a passion for reading and learning among children living on Maine’s coastal …
Forrest Sapiel

Man convicted of possessing child porn charged with assaulting girl

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 22, 2016, at 1:53 p.m.
A local man convicted three years ago of possession of child pornography is facing charges that he sexually molested and assaulted a girl for years, starting when she was 8 years old.

Seaman’s church plans ceremony to remember El Faro mariners lost at sea

on Sept. 22, 2016, at 1:45 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Location: Seaman’s Central Congregational Church, Middle Street, Eastport, Maine For more information: 853-9578 EASTPORT — A Mariner’s Memorial public observance will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Seaman’s Central Congregational Church on Middle Street. To mark the …

Maine urchin divers move to swipe card system

By Troy R. Bennett on Sept. 22, 2016, at 12 p.m.
Phippsburg urchin diver Clint Richardson, 61, gathers the spiny creatures off St. George, then sells them, using the new swipe card system, in Portland.
Linwood Doughty

Grand jury indicts man accused in Milbridge hatchet attack

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 22, 2016, at 9:51 a.m.
A man with a significant domestic violence history has been indicted in Washington County on multiple charges, including aggravated attempted murder, in connection with an alleged hatchet attack on a woman in Milbridge this past June.
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We found a surprise when we looked deeper into our survey of Maine principals

By Jake Emerson on Sept. 22, 2016, at 6:20 a.m.
We learned that schools with fewer students per teacher tend to have fewer students getting caught with drugs or alcohol.
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The BDN conducted the survey after learning no one in Maine had a comprehensive understanding of what schools are doing to prevent substance use.

Why the BDN decided to survey all Maine schools

By Rosie Hughes on Sept. 22, 2016, at 6:20 a.m.
We did the survey after learning no one in Maine had a comprehensive understanding of what schools are doing to prevent substance use.
Lockers are pictured at a school in midcoast Maine. Schools want to curb addiction but struggle with how to reach young people.

‘Equivalent to doing zero’: Maine schools struggle to prevent youth drug addiction

on Sept. 22, 2016, at 6:19 a.m.
In a statewide survey by the BDN, Maine principals said they want to help students avoid drugs, but many admit to failure.

Perry Harvest Festival 2016

By Ellen Brown on Sept. 21, 2016, at 2:58 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Perry Harvest Festival, 1188 U S Route 1, Perry, Maine For more information: 207-853-4877 The 38th Annual Perry Harvest Festival will be held Sat., Oct 1st at the Perry Municipal Building on Route 1 in Perry from 9 a.m. to …