Crews installed scaffolding on the roof of Bangor Public Library on Wednesday, June 19, the day after voters overwhelmingly approved a $3 million loan to replace the century-old copper roof.

Bangor Public Library launches $1.3 million fundraising campaign

By Dawn Gagnon on July 10, 2013, at 10:52 p.m.
With $7.7 million already in the bag, the Bangor Public Library is seeking community support for the remainder needed for a $9 million overhaul. A campaign to raise $1.3 million was launched Wednesday with an afternoon news conference followed by a focus group discussion and a public …
Peter Proeller of West Meadow Road in Rockland was one of many residents who turned out Wednesday night to speak out against a proposed rural residential zoning package.

Rockland zoning rules come under fire

By Stephen Betts on July 10, 2013, at 10:48 p.m.
In a nearly packed City Council chamber Wednesday night, all but two residents stood in opposition to a package of proposed zoning changes for the rural sections of the city. Lawyer Wayne Crandall spoke in opposition to the proposal during a council workshop on the plan developed …
3 Doors Down performs at the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor on Wednesday, July 10, 2013.

Rocking out downtown with 3 Doors Down

By Michael York on July 10, 2013, at 10:30 p.m.
Rock band 3 Doors Down performs at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor on Wednesday night. Daughtry is also a part of the lineup.
RSU 64 Superintendent Daniel Higgins speaks to the board of directors during a meeting at Central High School in Corinth on Wednesday as Rhonda Williams looks on.

Central High principal resigns after alleged hit-and-run, filing false report

By Alex Barber on July 10, 2013, at 8:02 p.m.
CORINTH | The RSU 64 board of directors unanimously accepted the resignation of Central High School Principal Garry Spencer on Wednesday evening. Spencer submitted a letter to Superintendent Daniel Higgins on Tuesday and Higgins read the letter aloud for the board. “His letter of resignation stated personal and medical …

Sales of Ferraiolo properties in Knox County completed

By Stephen Betts on July 10, 2013, at 7:55 p.m.
ROCKLAND | Sales of multiple properties formerly owned by the Ferraiolo Construction Co. throughout Knox County have become final. The properties were auctioned off en masse on June 15 as part of the construction company’s plan to reorganize under the guidance of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Anthony Casella, who …

Caribou hospital, medical technologist lauded for sharps disposal program

By Jen Lynds on July 10, 2013, at 7:42 p.m.
Three years ago, Lisa Prescott, a medical technologist at Cary Medical Center in Caribou, grew concerned about the way that people in the area were disposing of medical sharps — or needles — that they used to treat illnesses such as diabetes. According to state health statistics, …

Shrinking fund leaves Maine vulnerable to an oil spill accident

By Dave Sherwood, Reuters on July 10, 2013, at 7:33 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A steep decline in revenues from pipeline tariffs and a loophole that allowed companies shipping crude by rail to avoid payment have slashed Maine’s oil-spill fund to levels experts say could hurt its ability to respond to an accident. Focus on the safety issue has intensified in …
Town Manager Peggy Daigle

Millinocket keeps going despite cash-flow problems

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 10, 2013, at 7:31 p.m.
Even with a cash-flow crunch that many felt might have forced a town government shutdown by now, Millinocket seems to be surviving, town leaders said Wednesday. Three weeks after saying that town’s reserve account contained only $800,000, enough to operate schools and town government for two or …

Arundel man who carried three weapons into Portland social security office sentenced

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 10, 2013, at 7:19 p.m.
An Arundel man who walked into the Social Security Administration’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in February using a walking cane sword and carrying a throwing star and knife was sentenced in U.S. District Court to time served. Elmer C. Pepin, 43, was stopped Feb.7 at …
Robert O. Peak

Lifetime sex offender from Hermon charged with gross sexual assault of 5-year-old

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 10, 2013, at 7:11 p.m.
BANGOR | A convicted sex offender from Hermon charged with sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl made his initial appearance in court Wednesday where his bail was set at $30,000. Robert O. Peak, 53, who is required to register as a sex offender for life based on a previous conviction, …
Chad Savage

Chester man charged with assaulting pregnant girlfriend

By Nok-Noi Ricker and Nick Sambides Jr. on July 10, 2013, at 6:37 p.m.
BANGOR | A Chester man remained jailed Wednesday after being accused of choking his pregnant girlfriend during an argument that began when he said they should give their baby a name suggested by his ex-girlfriend, officials said. Chad Savage, 24, of Chester turned himself in to Lincoln police on …
Eric Price

‘Rockefeller’ wanted in Maine found hiding at Harvard University

By Stephen Betts on July 10, 2013, at 6:26 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A 35-year-old man who allegedly impersonated a member of the Rockefeller family and has been wanted in Maine for three years on felony charges of theft and receiving stolen property made his first court appearance Friday after being extradited from Massachusetts. Eric J. Price was apprehended last …
Dr. Susan Hunter

UMS names Hunter vice chancellor for academic affairs

By BDN staff report on July 10, 2013, at 6:07 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine – University of Maine System Chancellor James H. Page announced Wednesday that he has named Dr. Susan J. Hunter vice chancellor for academic affairs for all seven universities in the system. Hunter currently serves as the University of Maine’s executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, a …
Melted siding on a house is pictured close to the train wreckage in Lac-Megantic July 9, 2013.

LePage, lawmakers call for review of Maine freight rail safety

By Scott Thistle on July 10, 2013, at 6:01 p.m.
AUGUSTA | State lawmakers are trying to move quickly to review the safety of Maine’s railroads following the recent disaster in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. On Tuesday, the Maine House of Representatives passed a legislative order offered by House Democratic Leader Seth Berry of Bowdoinham that could set the Legislature’s Transportation …
Ed Burkhardt, chairman of Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railways, speaks to the media as he arrives in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Wednesday.

Rail chairman says brakes likely set improperly, called “murderer” in Quebec town

By Julie Gordon and Richard Valdmanis, Reuters on July 10, 2013, at 5:25 p.m.
LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec — The head of the company whose runaway oil-tanker train exploded and devastated a Quebec town faced cries of “murderer” from residents on Wednesday, and he said the train’s hand brakes were likely set improperly, causing the calamity. Police say they expect the death toll to rise to …

Ft. Sumner Park Site of Sumner Concert Series; Begins 7/11

on July 10, 2013, at 5:13 p.m.
By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,464) The historic Ft. Sumner Park on North Street is the site of this year’s Summer Concert Season.  It starts tomorrow Thursday, July 11 at 7 pm and runs until 8:15 pm.  Usuallly, the concerts are held at the Ft. Allen Park on the Eastern Promenade.  However, …
Shane Wood

Vassalboro man facing terrorizing, drug charges

By Dawn Gagnon on July 10, 2013, at 5:06 p.m.
A local man is being held on several domestic violence and drug charges after Maine State Police allegedly found more than $20,000 worth of drugs in his home. Shane Wood, 46, was arrested Monday and charged with domestic violence terrorizing and assault against a woman at his …
Maine State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin

Bruce Poliquin rebuffs efforts to recruit him as Maine Republican Party chairman

By Christopher Cousins on July 10, 2013, at 5:01 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Bruce Poliquin said Wednesday that he is not interested in becoming chairman of the Maine Republican Party despite a statewide effort to recruit him. “I’m just not going to pursue it any further,” Poliquin told the Bangor Daily News on Wednesday afternoon. “I’m flattered with the outpouring …

Gray and Waterboro company settles federal health care excluded provider complaint

By Julie Harris on July 10, 2013, at 4:45 p.m.
PORTLAND | Bridges of Maine LLC, a private nonprofit organization the provides services to children and adults with mental and physical disabilities and autism, has agreed to pay $99,100 to settle claims involving improper billing to MaineCare for services rendered by an excluded provider, according to a press release …

Maine ban on smoking in cars with kids largely unenforced

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 10, 2013, at 4:40 p.m.
BANGOR | On Jan. 8, 2007, Bangor became the first Maine community to prohibit smoking in vehicles containing children. In 2008, this became state law. Since then, however, several police agencies in Maine say they’ve cited or only even warned a handful of smokers for indulging their habit with …