Lee-Russel Dunn is the baker at Fork & Spoon in Bangor. He makes all of the pastries and breads fresh each morning. Dunn makes loaves of ciabatta bread Friday morning.

With a new owner and menu, Bangor’s Fork & Spoon focuses on ‘quirky and conscious’ food

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 20, 2016, at 6:23 a.m.
“People always told me, ‘You should open a restaurant!’ But it’s so scary to do that. You never know if it’ll actually work,” said Elisabeth Dean. “It’s been a long time coming.”

Pop superstar Kesha set for concert at Colby College in Waterville

on Sept. 19, 2016, at 7:07 p.m.
Pop superstar Kesha will make her second-ever appearance in Maine this October, when she plays a concert at Colby College’s Alfond Athletic Center Field House on its Waterville campus. Tickets for the Oct. 29 concert, priced between $25 and $35, will go on sale in the next week; they are …
Michael Lund, 36, of Machias waits for Superior Court Justice William Anderson to convene a civil trial Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center. Lund alleges he was injured during a blueberry field burn in 2012 because of his employer's negligence.

Judge to decide if blueberry firm negligent in worker’s severe heat stroke

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 19, 2016, at 5:05 p.m.
Michael Lund, 36, sued Milliard A. Whitney & Sons two years ago in Washington County Superior Court.
University of Maine System Chancellor James Page.

UMS rolls out plan for unified budget for 7-campus system

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 19, 2016, at 4:39 p.m.
The University of Maine System Board of Trustees approved Monday a plan that would ultimately give system leadership more oversight and control of spending at its seven campuses.
U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin (center) mails letters in Bangor Monday to more than 200 U.S. House members urging them to join him and other lawmakers in repealing provisions of the Social Security program that negatively affect some public servants, such as the ones participating in a rally in Bangor on Monday.

Poliquin calls for Social Security reform to help public employees

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 19, 2016, at 4:17 p.m.
“This is a problem we desperately need to fix,” said U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin.

Brewer man arrested for allegedly stealing vehicle, robbing store

BDN staff reports on Sept. 19, 2016, at 3:58 p.m.
A Brewer man was arrested Monday after allegedly stealing a vehicle and robbing a convenience store, according to Bangor police.
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The Maine Department of Health and Human Services used federal funds in 2015 to pay for services for seniors and residents with disabilities even though federal law restricted the use of those funds to services for children and their families.

After denying it misused millions in welfare funds, Maine changed its spending to follow the law

By Matthew Stone on Sept. 19, 2016, at 6:13 a.m.
“The BDN has their facts wrong,” DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew said in June. Then, her department retroactively changed its spending to line up with the law.
Linda Bean (left) and her daughter, Melissa Jones, both of Corinth, were among dozens of breast cancer survivors who took part in this year's Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event in Bangor on Sunday.

Pink-clad Komen warriors race, walk toward cure for breast cancer

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 18, 2016, at 5:53 p.m.
“It’s not a death sentence. It used to be a death sentence, but it’s not a death sentence anymore.”

Charges dismissed against Maine man accused of sexual assault

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 16, 2016, at 5:30 p.m.
Lawrence Denning was indicted in March on 11 counts of gross sexual assault, two counts of unlawful sexual contact and two counts of unlawful sexual touching.

Maine woman pleads guilty to stealing $140,000 from eye doctor

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 16, 2016, at 5:17 p.m.
Carolyn J. Saunders, 57, pleaded guilty to one count of theft or embezzlement.

Five family-friendly things to do in the Bangor region that scream ‘fall’

on Sept. 16, 2016, at 3:53 p.m.
Though the calendar says that Sept. 22 is the official start of fall, that chill in the air you felt today says that for all intents and purposes, autumn has arrived. If you’re feeling that pumpkin spice feeling, here’s five fun family-friendly things you can do in the greater Bangor …

Bangor man dies of injuries from Mass. speedboat crash

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 16, 2016, at 11:14 a.m.
Joy was driving one of three speedboats that collided during a race in Taunton, Mass.
Roderick Hotham. 1992

On eve of indictment 24 years ago, this Maine accountant vanished

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 16, 2016, at 6:25 a.m.
Tim Hotham insists that his brother, who would now be 62, is dead and that the Maine State Police searched for his body just west of Dover-Foxcroft in 2005.
Stephen Fitz-Gerald metal sculptor with a parts of a large sculpture the "Flame of Inspiration" made by his father Clark Fitz-Gerald. The sculpture was taken down from the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine in Orono when the building was renovated. Stephen refinished and slightly modified his father's work to fit the new space. It will be reinstalled later this month.

After a son restored his father’s work, ‘The Flames of Inspiration’ will be rekindled

By Meg Haskell on Sept. 16, 2016, at 6:23 a.m.
“He hoped the performances here at the arts center would inspire university students and that like flames the inspiration would spread,” the late artist’s son said.

5 Things To Do This Weekend, Sept. 16-18: Those were the days

on Sept. 15, 2016, at 11:37 a.m.
1. Feel that? The slight chill in the air in the evenings? It’s a little tangy, right? A little spicy? Midday still feels like August, but after 6 p.m.? Oh, it’s fall, baby. In Bangor this weekend there’s lots of fun stuff to do on Friday night, so let’s get …
Bill Braniff a 71-year-old Vietnam War veteran tries fly fishing for the first time on a small pond on the grounds of the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center in Bangor. Project Healing Waters teaches veterans how to fish and takes them on trips to enjoy the outdoors.

Healing Waters: Veterans enjoy fishing outing on reclaimed Bangor pond

By John Holyoke on Sept. 15, 2016, at 8:29 a.m.
The national program’s goal, according to its website, is the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing, activities and outings.
ames Butler (left) grimaces as Marie Arnberg places acupuncture needs in his ear during the Bangor Veterans Acupuncture Clinic at Grace United Methodist Church in Bangor last week.

Acupuncturists help veterans cope with pain, stress

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 15, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Marking four years of service this month, the Bangor clinic is one of four in Maine.
Makenzie Goodspeed (from left), 5, laughs with Jake Goodspeed, 7, while Annabelle Lee, 7, sits in awe of the Stetson firetruck as part of Levant Days-Levant Fire's Touch A Truck event at Suzanne M. Smith Elementary School in Levant on Wednesday.

Levant Fire Department invites kids to Touch A Truck

By Ashley Conti on Sept. 14, 2016, at 7:40 p.m.
The Levant Days-Levant Fire’s Touch A Truck event at Suzanne M. Smith Elementary School on Wednesday allowed community members to come check out local trucks and fire safety apparatus.

Bangor man in critical condition after weekend boat race

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 14, 2016, at 6:47 p.m.
Stephen Joy, 67, was competing in the Bill Giles Memorial Regatta when his speedboat collided with two others.

Volunteer acupuncturists help veterans cope with pain, stress

By Ashley Conti on Sept. 14, 2016, at 6:23 p.m.
A group of five volunteer acupuncturists have been helping veterans cope with pain and stress every Thursday at Grace United Methodist Church. Bangor Veterans’ Acupuncture Clinic has been providing free NADA acupuncture for veterans and their families for the past four years.

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