Articles by Bonnie Washuk

Rick Brand, Chief Operating Officer of Amendment II, shoots a 9 mm pistol into a children's backpack (left) fitted with an anti-ballistic insert, during a demonstration at a gun range on Wednesday in Taylorsville, Utah. Anxious parents reeling in the wake the Connecticut school shooting are fueling sales of armored backpacks for children, as firearms enthusiasts stock up on assault rifles.

Report: Maine shares few mental health records for gun background checks

By Bonnie Washuk on Dec. 20, 2012, at 5:51 a.m.
Marge Chaplin, left, helps out her neighbor, Betty Lugner, who has Parkinson's disease, by writing out Lugner's Christmas cards Monday in Auburn. On Friday, Lugner was the victim of a phone scam saying her grandson would be jailed in Mexico if she didn't send cash.

Auburn grandmother scammed out of $985

By Bonnie Washuk on Dec. 11, 2012, at 6:29 a.m.
Lewiston Middle School aspirations coordinator Billie Jo Brito prepares a button machine for seventh-grader Alec Howes during a recent class at LMS. Howes wants to go to St. Joseph's College and one day become a game warden. He was making two buttons, one with a game warden's badge and the other with the Saint Joseph's College logo.

Lewiston Middle School students look ahead to college, careers

By Bonnie Washuk on Dec. 03, 2012, at 8:59 p.m.

Changes at Longley school mean more space, better security

By Bonnie Washuk on Oct. 29, 2012, at 7:08 p.m.
Lewiston Regional Technical Center student Natalia Atkins takes a break from her law enforcement class at Lewiston High School in October 2012.

More Maine students earning college credit in high school

By Bonnie Washuk on Oct. 29, 2012, at 6:27 a.m.
Autumn Michaud, 6, a first-grader at East Auburn Community School, works on math problems using an iPad tablet computer in teacher June Simard's class Monday. Test scores indicate iPads, plus new teaching that is focused to individual student needs, are improving learning, officials said.

Educators: IPads improving test scores for Auburn kindergarteners

By Bonnie Washuk on Oct. 23, 2012, at 11:08 a.m.

Edward Little senior says new way of learning is better

By Bonnie Washuk on Oct. 18, 2012, at 9:38 p.m.
Some of the friends, family and faculty that were gathered on the Bates College football field Saturday afternoon, Oct. 6, 2012, comfort each other during a moment of silence for Troy Pappas, 18, of Eliot, who died Friday from a stairwell fall six days earlier.

Bates campus somber; respects paid to student who died after fall down stairwell

By Bonnie Washuk and Randy Whitehouse, Sun Journal on Oct. 07, 2012, at 8:54 a.m.
Katherine Freund gives retired priest John Feeney a ride to church at Holy Cross in South Portland recently.

A risk behind the wheel? Lewiston-area seniors differ on additional testing for older drivers

By Bonnie Washuk on Oct. 01, 2012, at 10:39 a.m.
James and Edie Chouinard of Auburn escaped serious injury June 29 when a wrong-way driver on I-95 in Portland was stopped by Maine State Police Trooper Douglas Cropper parking his cruiser across the highway. The elderly driver crashed into the trooper's vehicle instead of crashing head-on into the Chouinards' car.

Maine’s senior drivers worry safety experts

By Bonnie Washuk on Sept. 30, 2012, at 5:32 a.m.
Drivers over 65 experience more crashes per mile driven than any age group except 16-year-olds, Maine Department of Transportation data show .
Poland Whittier Middle School teacher Shannon Shanning was named the 2013 Maine Teacher of the Year Monday morning, Sept. 10, 2012 during a surprise assembly. Shanning, 35, is the first special education teacher to win the prestigious award.

Poland woman named Maine’s Teacher of the Year

By Bonnie Washuk on Sept. 10, 2012, at 11:26 a.m.

Maine’s top veterinarian retires, praises farmers

By Bonnie Washuk on Sept. 03, 2012, at 9:30 p.m.

Oxford Plains driver airlifted to Maine Med with 3rd-degree burns

By Bonnie Washuk on Aug. 19, 2012, at 10:34 a.m.
Going Batty lights up in the evening sky as it does a "balloon glow" Satruday night at the Great Falls Balloon Festival in Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston.

Balloons fill night sky at Lewiston festival

By Bonnie Washuk on Aug. 19, 2012, at 6:10 a.m.
“The winds are mild; the weather conditions are good. The rest of the weekend looks good.”

$10,000 reward offered in search for driver who hit, seriously injured Lisbon cyclist

By Bonnie Washuk on Aug. 15, 2012, at 5:52 a.m.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage

Colleges disagree with LePage that students from Maine are ‘looked down upon’

By bwashuck on Aug. 14, 2012, at 10:42 a.m.
Jana Kenney, who plans to become a doctor to work with the elderly, said spending 10 days as a resident at Russell Park Rehabilitation and Living Center in Lewiston was life changing.

Student lives as elderly stroke victim at nursing home to learn empathy

By Bonnie Washuk on Aug. 06, 2012, at 9:23 a.m.
Lewiston School Superintendent Bill Webster is one of the few superintendents to take a stand against rehiring administrators for the same jobs after the retire.

Lewiston superintendent takes a stand against double-dipping

By Bonnie Washuk on July 29, 2012, at 6:45 a.m.
Chuck Lafean of Auburn speaks to the Auburn School Committee on Wednesday against late arrival for grades 7-12 every Wednesday. Lafean has two sons, a sophomore at Edward Little High School and a 2012 graduate of ELHS.

Parents reject proposal for late school start in Auburn

By Bonnie Washuk on July 19, 2012, at 11:15 a.m.

CMMC tops Consumer Reports ranking of Maine hospital safety

By Bonnie Washuk on July 10, 2012, at 1:52 p.m.