Mattawamkeag to vote on school’s fate

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 24, 2009, at 11:09 p.m.
Voters will decide what happens to the former Dr. Carl Troutt School and settle on a proposed town budget when they meet Monday for the annual town meeting. Ballot documents show voters will be asked whether to buy the elementary school building from RSU 67 for $1 …

Two Sandy Point residents hurt in car-SUV crash

By Dawn Gagnon on July 24, 2009, at 11:04 p.m.
BANGOR | Two Sandy Point residents were taken to a Bangor hospital Friday after they were injured in a two-vehicle crash on Odlin Road. Injured were John Harriman, 36, and Janet Harriman, …

Shirley to celebrate 175th anniversary with events, postmark

By Diana Bowley on July 24, 2009, at 10:07 p.m.
This small town in the Moosehead Lake region would have been called Somerset during its March 9, 1834, incorporation had it not been for a legislator who preferred the name …

Man gets 2nd trial, identical verdict

By Diana Bowley on July 24, 2009, at 10:05 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | A Parkman man who had convinced a Superior Court judge that his attorney was ineffective during his 2005 trial for marijuana cultivation was found guilty once again during a …

Conviction upheld in Route 7 fatality

By Diana Bowley on July 24, 2009, at 9:48 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has upheld the manslaughter conviction of a Corinna man whose excessive speed in 2005 caused a fatal accident on Route 7. In his appeal, Bradley S. Theriault, 30, claimed the evidence presented during his jury-waived trial in July 2008 in Piscataquis County …

Former Met director talks at Strand

By Jessica Bloch on July 24, 2009, at 9:09 p.m.
ROCKLAND | Philippe de Montebello is considered one of the most powerful men in the world of art. Yet de Montebello, who recently retired after 31 years as the director of the Metropolitan …

Federal bill targets Canada-U.S. crossing boost in Madawaska

By Julia Bayly on July 24, 2009, at 9:02 p.m.
The Financial Services Appropriations bill that includes $50 million for a new Madawaska land port of entry is on the way to the U.S. Senate for approval after passing in the House of Representatives last week. The current structure located at the base of Bridge Street was …

Millinocket could hold H.O.G. rally in 2011

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 24, 2009, at 9 p.m.
Almost a week after it ended, Millinocket’s first try at acting as host to a Maine State H.O.G. Rally still draws rave reviews, and the town has a good chance for the 2011 rally, the event’s coordinator said Friday. Linda Billings, rally coordinator for the Maine State …

Red tide may ruin shellfish season in state

By Sharon Kiley Mack on July 24, 2009, at 8:52 p.m.
MACHIAS | As nearly the entire Maine coast remains closed to shellfish harvesting because of red tide and flooding, a study by a University of Maine at Machias researcher suggests the …

Program to relieve Maine of ‘clunkers’

By Kevin Miller on July 24, 2009, at 8:40 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Like many Americans during these tight economic times, Melinda Diehl had planned to squeeze as much life as possible out of her 12-year-old SUV. She certainly wasn’t in the …

Coast Guard training ship docks in Rockland

By Walter Griffin on July 24, 2009, at 8:38 p.m.
Driving rain and lashing winds failed to scare off the state and local officials, area businessmen and residents who braved the wet and chill to sail aboard the U.S. Coast Guard …

‘Lost Season’

By Sharon Kiley Mack on July 24, 2009, at 8:36 p.m.
CLINTON | Farmers are watching their hay crops being ruined and their feed corn shrivel as rain continues to plague Maine’s farming industry. “Everything is just devastated,” Dr. Rick Kersbergen of the Waldo County Cooperative Extension said Friday.

Students graduate from Chinese camp in Bangor

By Jessica Bloch on July 24, 2009, at 8:33 p.m.
Matthew Pecoraro has studied German and Spanish as a student at Mount Ararat High School in Topsham. But two languages weren’t enough for the 16-year-old. This summer, Pecoraro and around 40 youths in grades four-12 from around Maine and beyond had a chance to learn about the …

NYC musician takes top bill at jazz festival

By Abigail Curtis on July 24, 2009, at 8:28 p.m.
HOPE | “Jazz not war.” That’s the message broadcast by the Hope Jazz Festival’s Jazzmobile, a 1963 Chrysler Imperial parked on Route 1 and customized with a make-believe weapon: a plane’s wing fuel tank perched rocketlike on top. The car is an attention-getter for the third annual festival, which …

MDI businessman buys Ellsworth hotel property

on July 24, 2009, at 8:26 p.m.
A Bar Harbor-based hotelier who has been aggressively expanding his holdings for more than a year is adding another commercial lodging property in Hancock County to his list of …

Fresh look at Maine’s assets focus of initiative

By Dawn Gagnon on July 24, 2009, at 8:24 p.m.
BANGOR | With the national and state economies ailing and many of Maine’s traditional industries — such as shoe manufacturing and papermaking — on the decline, business and community leaders in Maine believe that now is the time to shake things up and take a fresh look at economic …

Lincoln’s shifting landscape: 55-year-old jewelry store one of many recent, pending closures

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 24, 2009, at 8:22 p.m.
For almost 55 years, anyone in the Lincoln Lakes region who wanted to offer a thoughtful thank-you, spur a courtship into romance, declare love unto death — or who had some serious making up to do — could count J.K. Vose Fine Jewelers as an option.

Jumping into hot water again

By Tom Gocze on July 24, 2009, at 8:20 p.m.
I have spent a fair bit of time messing with solar and wood boiler heating systems. We have built hot water storage tanks for years and recently developed a new water storage tank for a wood boiler company. Since I get to mess around with fire and water — a …

Technology can’t solve everything

By Renee Ordway on July 24, 2009, at 8:16 p.m.
There simply must be a better way of doing things.This was the thought I had last weekend as my daughter with the learner’s permit stomped down on the gas pedal instead of the brake, shooting …

Music festival highlight of fair

on July 24, 2009, at 7:48 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | As participation in the Northern Maine Music Festival grows, so does festival co-chairman Kevin McCartney’s desire to make it one of the best in the state. “We are growing a little bit each year,” he said Friday. “Each year we get more artists and bigger crowds.” …