Articles by Bonnie Washuk

Irene MacDougall (left) hands a ballot to a voter as Laurie Gifford sits next to her on Thursday at Lewiston City Hall. MacDougall said accusations that the election is rigged are "ridiculous."

Maine ballot keepers: Election not rigged

By Bonnie Washuk on Oct. 21, 2016, at 6:22 a.m.
All ballots will be counted, accurately and properly, election worker Irene MacDougall said.
Beverley Robbins opens the door at Hope Haven Gospel Mission in Lewiston as Patrick Myers, 11, delivers donated socks to the homeless shelter Monday. The fifth-grader organized a sock drive at Park Avenue Elementary School in Auburn to help the homeless.

Auburn fifth-grader organizes sock drive for homeless

By Bonnie Washuk on Nov. 12, 2013, at 5:32 a.m.
Hoshea Muyderman shares a light moment while talking about his past as a homeless youth living at New Beginnings in Lewiston. Muyderman was one of four panelists who talked about homeless youth at Bates College on Thursday.

Greene man, kicked out of home at 12, talks growing up homeless

By Bonnie Washuk on Nov. 08, 2013, at 6:38 a.m.

After 8-year-old abandoned at bus stop, Lewiston schools set policy

By Bonnie Washuk on Oct. 09, 2013, at 5:31 a.m.
Lewiston School Superintendent Bill Webster says he is tackling truancy this year because too many students are missing too much school.

In Lewiston, getting truant students back in classrooms ‘an uphill battle’

By Bonnie Washuk on Sept. 22, 2013, at 6:52 a.m.
Sonia Taylor talks about why she is not running for re-election to represent Ward 5 on the Lewiston School Committee.

Jesus Party co-founder leaving Lewiston School Committee post

By Bonnie Washuk on Sept. 13, 2013, at 1:41 p.m.

Working on your GED? Get it done before Jan. 1

By Bonnie Washuk on Sept. 03, 2013, at 6:27 a.m.
Kristie Clark, a Lewiston school administrator with 20 years of classroom experience, said parents should help prepare their children for the start of school by adjusting bedtimes, helping them organize their supplies and clothes, and attending the school's open house. Clark is the 2010 winner of the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award for excellence in teaching.

Expert: Start kids on back-to-school sleep training now

By Bonnie Washuk on Aug. 22, 2013, at 5:58 a.m.
Tanya Caron of Lewiston walks along one of her five New Auburn newspaper routes during the early morning hours recently. Caron was unemployed and homeless five months ago, spending her nights at Hope Haven Gospel Mission. Today, she has an apartment and works seven mornings a week delivering the Sun Journal.

Homeless to employed: Lewiston woman works her way out of shelter and into job, apartment

By Bonnie Washuk on Aug. 12, 2013, at 1:22 p.m.
Longtime Lewiston High School Principal Gus LeBlanc, sitting behind his desk at LHS Tuesday afternoon, will be leaving LHS to become headmaster at Lee Academy on Sept. 1.

Lewiston High School principal leaving to head Lee Academy

By Bonnie Washuk on Aug. 06, 2013, at 5:19 p.m.
A panhandler on State Street holds a handmade sign in Portland recently.

Portland struggles with ‘explosion’ of panhandlers

By Bonnie Washuk on July 14, 2013, at 7:01 a.m.
Kelly Noble panhandles in the median strip on the corner of St. John Street and Park Avenue in Portland last year.

Lewiston considers ordinance to prevent aggressive panhandling

By Bonnie Washuk on July 14, 2013, at 6:25 a.m.
A five-week-old osprey, which was knocked out of its nest during a severe thunderstorm July 5 at the Wolfe Neck State Park, was rescued and kept in a box before it wasreturned to the tree with its two siblings. By Wednesday the parents were seen feeding the chicks.

Wolfe’s Neck State Park rangers save osprey chicks after storm

By Bonnie Washuk on July 11, 2013, at 6:43 a.m.

Lewiston hospital has performed 1,000 bariatric surgeries

By Bonnie Washuk on July 08, 2013, at 7:10 a.m.

Winslow woman gets ‘years back’ after shedding 100 pounds

By Bonnie Washuk on July 08, 2013, at 6:06 a.m.

How to keep dogs from overheating at home

By Bonnie Washuk on July 07, 2013, at 5:34 a.m.
Photo illustration of a dog left in a hot car.

Keep Fido safe and cool in the dog days of summer

By Bonnie Washuk on July 07, 2013, at 5:33 a.m.

Former Lewiston superintendent Bob Connors dies

By Bonnie Washuk on July 05, 2013, at 5:35 a.m.
Roger LaRoche of Auburn

Heard on the street: The Sun Journal asks, ‘Should LePage seek a second term?’

By Bonnie Washuk on June 30, 2013, at 6:25 p.m.
A pedestrian walks crosses Hammond Street during a downpour on Friday.

June on record as one of the wettest ever in Maine

By Bonnie Washuk on June 30, 2013, at 6:34 a.m.