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A farmer from Pennsylvania picks up a load of Atlantic seed potatoes on April 23 from Hemphill Farms in Presque Isle. Tests of Hemphill's seed potatoes have not found signs of Dickeya, a new bacteria that has caused problems for some seed potato growers and their customers.

Maine seed potatoes growers looking to protect brand against disease

By Anthony Brino on May 02, 2016, at 10 p.m.
The greater American potato industry is closely watching Maine, as seed potato farmers prepare to control a new outbreak of an old disease.
Julia Clukey

Augusta’s Julia Clukey named to USA Luge ‘C’ team

By Ernie Clark on May 02, 2016, at 7:52 p.m.
BANGOR | Julia Clukey was in the Queen City on Monday morning, bringing her “Julia Inspires” speaking tour to more than 400 students at John Bapst Memorial High School. The Augusta resident and member of the 2010 U.S. Olympic luge team not only delivered a motivational message encouraging the …
Carsyn Koch's 800-meter time of 2:03.58 ran at the Mt. SAC Relays April 16 is the third-fastest in NCAA Div. II women's outdoor track and field history.

Maine runner qualifies for Olympic Trials

on May 02, 2016, at 7:38 p.m.
PALO ALTO, California — Carsyn Koch of Washburn hasn’t even completed her sophomore year, but the sophomore at Cedarville University is already making history. Koch ran the fastest 800 meters in NCAA Division II women’s outdoor track and field history, clocking a time of 2 minutes, 2.39 seconds on Sunday …
Bill Rae, executive director of Manna Ministries, Inc., talks about the ministry last week.

Manna Ministries violates law, operates despite loss of charter

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 02, 2016, at 7:33 p.m.
The dissolution of its charter in February was the fifth time Manna had lost its corporate charter since 2011, usually due to its nonpayment of filing fees, according to state records.

Husson, UMF to meet in conference baseball tournament

on May 02, 2016, at 7:14 p.m.
CASTLETON, Vermont — Second-ranked Husson University will battle No. 3 University of Maine-Farmington in a first-round matchup of the North Atlantic Conference baseball tourney at 12:30 p.m. Friday in Castleton, Vermont, in playoff matchups announced by the conference Monday. Tourney host Castleton University claimed the top seed and hosting rights …
John Shoppe of Lamoine calls a 3-point shot good during the Presque Isle versus Winslow Eastern Maine basketball tournament quarterfinal basketball game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor in this February 2015 file photo.

Longtime Maine referee, umpire still going strong despite Lyme disease

By Larry Mahoney on May 02, 2016, at 6:14 p.m.
John Shoppe went to his longtime chiropractor for a thorough checkup, and his doctor eventually diagnosed that Lyme was still in his system.
Sen. Susan Collins

Susan Collins doubts Donald Trump will pick her as running mate

By Mal Leary on May 02, 2016, at 5:25 p.m.
The New York Times and other newspapers have picked up on speculation that U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine might be considered as a running mate for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
FairPoint Communications' Bangor office entrance is seen in this photo taken Monday, Oct. 26, 2009.

Patent defense firm alleges infringement by FairPoint

By Darren Fishell on May 02, 2016, at 5:09 p.m.
PORTLAND | A firm that buys and defends intellectual property rights has sued FairPoint Communications and two other companies, alleging violations of certain network communications technologies developed by the bankrupt multinational telecom firm Nortel. The lawsuit is part of the fallout from a $4.5 billion purchase of Nortel intellectual …
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Inauguration daze

on May 02, 2016, at 4:25 p.m.
On the Republican side-Cruz is hoping for a convention miracle. On the Democratic side-Sanders is hoping to take the oath of office.
Chris Dispenzieri (left) of Bangor and Greg Hudak of Brewer play the slot machines at the Oxford Casino on Thanksgiving Day in 2013.

With new hotel, Oxford Casino heightens competition with Hollywood Casino

By Darren Fishell on May 02, 2016, at 3:50 p.m.
Oxford Casino owner Churchill Downs announced it plans to build a $25 million, 100-room hotel attached to the casino that opened in 2012.
The rest area on the northbound side of Interstate 95 just before the Hampden exit has been named the Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Rest Area in honor of the Brewer native, who became a general in the Union Army during the Civil War.

I-95 rest area in Hampden dedicated to Joshua Chamberlain

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 02, 2016, at 3:48 p.m.
The Interstate-95 northbound rest area was dedicated Monday in honor of Civil War hero and Brewer native Joshua Chamberlain.
TASTE BUDS

Quickles Are Pickles in a Hurry

on May 02, 2016, at 3:10 p.m.
How quickly can you pickle? Usually, we think of pickles as a longer term process involving canners, bushels of cucumbers and green beans and onions, and gallons of vinegar, and lots of jars or crocks. But suppose you just want a little bit of tang on your plate, or to …
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Staff Sgt. Robert Billings (left) of the U.S. Army National Guard shakes hands with World War II veteran Harold Beal (right), Paul Wilbur and Norman Rossignol (background) after a news conference at Husson University's New England School of Communications on Monday. Nine students in a public affairs class divided into teams to research and gather information about World War II and then interview three World War II veterans. Their project was accepted to The Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center, which preserves the stories of American war veterans.

Stories of Maine WWII veterans recorded by Husson students for Library of Congress

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 02, 2016, at 2:20 p.m.
Students in the New England School of Communications journalism program at Husson University learned there is more to history than what is written in books, several said Monday after they interviewed three Maine World War II veterans as part of the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project.
EDITORIALS
A nurse dispenses methadone pills at CAP Quality Care in Westbrook on March 17, 2015.

Treatment without medication won’t help Maine overcome its addiction crisis

By The BDN Editorial Board on May 02, 2016, at 1:50 p.m.
While some might worry about the loss of a faith-based addiction treatment option in the Bangor region, policymakers, medical establishments and the community at large can’t afford to lose focus on the true need.
A flower blooms in one of the five gardens at the Lafayette Family Cancer Center in Bangor.

Psychotherapy video chats may help with ‘chemo brain’

By Kathryn Doyle, Reuters on May 02, 2016, at 1:29 p.m.
Although the program conducted in Bangor and Brewer, Maine, was beneficial, it is unclear whether memory returns to pre-cancer levels.
#MAINE

Hollywood stars descend on southern Maine to film new witch movie

on May 02, 2016, at 1 p.m.
If you recognize somebody from “Criminal Minds” or “The Americans” in your local diner, this is why.
CONTRIBUTORS

Doctors have a role in fighting addiction epidemic. This is what we’re doing.

By Charles Pattavina on May 02, 2016, at 12:44 p.m.
Maine’s opioid abuse epidemic will not abate overnight, and these efforts on part of the state’s medical community will continue.
Maine State Library

Maine Mystery Writers the Focus of State Library Summer Book Group Series

By Adam Fisher on May 02, 2016, at 12:14 p.m.
The Maine State Library has once again partnered with the Maine Humanities Council to host a “Let’s Talk About It” summer reading and discussion series covering books written by Maine mystery writers. The program, Mysteries by Maine Authors, will cover five sessions meeting every other Tuesday beginning May 31 with …
Iwanagra Apple Blossom Golden Beauty offers grace and elegance.

Advice for celebrating World Naked Gardening Day this Saturday

By Kathleen Pierce on May 02, 2016, at 12:08 p.m.
Good news, gardeners: World Naked Gardening Day is happening on Saturday, May 7, this year. That means that all you horticultural exhibitionists have a few days to get in shape for the big day of planting and pruning.
Traffic travels on Route 1A in Dedham near Lily Road on Aug. 6, 2014.

Maine gas prices forecast to rise ahead of summer travel season

By Darren Fishell on May 02, 2016, at 11:55 a.m.
Maine’s average price for a gallon of gasoline, $2.28, is the highest its been so far this year, but it is still 31 cents lower than one year ago.