PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – Although growers have been hampered somewhat by the wet and cool weather conditions, this year’ s potato crop is coming along well, according to Don Flannery, the executive director of the Maine Potato Board.
Picnicking on the wrong side of the St. Croix
We laughed when the Border Patrol told us we were subject to a major fine and arrest if we ate our lunch on the left side of the St. Croix River. We had been landing on “the Canadian side” since we discovered the perfect little river about 15 years ago.
Abbot woman survives to tell her story of domestic abuse
DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine – For several harrowing hours one spring day in 2007, Jennifer Erb, 37, thought she was going to be killed and her body dumped off a secluded logging road, a victim of domestic abuse.
Newport distributor puts area produce in more than 100 stores, markets
If you are a farmer, oh, let’ s say, in Grand Isle in Aroostook County, and you are growing some superb watercress, and you are working from sunup to sundown seven days a week, how in the world do you get that watercress to the consumer who desperately wants it but lives in Belfast?
Solar hot water heating systems can help save on energy
Iroducing hot water for home use is a major solar heating topic. We refer to this as solar domestic hot water or SDHW. It is the biggest use of home energy after space heating. A properly sized solar hot water system can usually save at least 50 percent annually.
Franklin man gets 3 years for sex crime
ELLSWORTH, Maine – A Franklin man was sentenced Friday in Hancock County Superior Court to three years in prison for unlawful sexual contact. Michael D. Manning, 23, was found guilty in March of touching a 5-year-old girl.
Murder suspect’s hearing continued
ROCKLAND, Maine – A bail hearing scheduled for Monday in Knox County Superior Court for Hope resident Steven Pomeroy, charged with murder, has been continued for the second time in two weeks. A Superior Court clerk said Thursday that Pomeroy’ s hearing has been postponed until late September at the defense attorney’ s request.
State fair wristband giveaways boost Red Cross blood donations
BANGOR, Maine – Wristbands good for unlimited rides at the Bangor State Fair proved a major incentive this week for area blood donors, including many who rolled up their sleeves for the first time.
Fort Kent: Harvest break extended for some pupils
FORT KENT, Maine – Back-to-school time, the traditional sign of summer’ s end, is coming a bit earlier for students in SAD 27, thanks to a board-approved revised academic calendar.
Fair circuit off and running at Presque Isle
The harness racing season turns traditional this week and shifts its focus to Presque Isle as the Northern Maine Fair opens the 2008 fair circuit.
Bradbury Street gang sparks fond memories
The Goldsmith house is for sale at the top of the street, the house Dick MacPherson lived in is on the sale list and we have lost another of the Bradbury Street gang.
Bucksport paper mill announces 2-week shutdown in September
BUCKSPORT, Maine – Verso Paper Corp. announced on Friday it will be shutting down its Bucksport mill for two weeks later this summer. The “downtime” will begin on Sept. 8, said mill spokesman Bill Cohen.CREATIVECIRCLESPLITCHARACERCREATIVECIRCLESPLITCHARACER
Renee Ordway: State House press corps eerily quiet
Things are generally pretty quiet in the State House at this time of year, but down in the press corps’ end of the building things are downright morguelike. So quiet, in fact, that I swear there was an echo when A.J. Higgins answered the phone in his office there Friday.
Rockland teen shelter wins board approval
ROCKLAND, Maine – A gracious-looking 100-year-old home will be pressed into service to provide night shelter for homeless teenagers. After a public hearing Tuesday, the planning board unanimously approved a site plan for an eight-bed youth shelter at 58 Brewster St.
Bangor: Bill for stun gun probe – $3,000
BANGOR, Maine – Taxpayers of Knox County will have to pay more than $3,000 for an independent investigation into a stun gun caper allegedly executed by Knox County deputies last fall while they were off duty.
Orrington nears rock ramp fishway dam
ORRINGTON, Maine – Town leaders are replacing the deteriorating Meadow Dam with a new rock ramp fishway dam, and residents will be able to watch the progress. The town received a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit Thursday to replace the old Sedgeunkedunk Stream dike with the fishway dam, which will look like natural rapids created by a pile of brook rocks.CREATIVECIRCLESPLITCHARACERCREATIVECIRCLESPLITCHARACER
AG targeting teen dating violence
AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine Attorney General Steven Rowe and his counterparts across the country are making teen dating violence a priority as statistics indicate the scope of domestic violence among teenagers is significant.
Blair Mahan – Ryan Scripture
HERMON – Blair Mahan and Ryan Scripture, both of Hermon, are pleased to announce their engagemen
Julie Titcomb – Scott Mullins
BANGOR – Julie Titcomb and Scott Mullins were married July 27, 2007, at St. John&apos
Warren surges to GBO lead
BANGOR, Maine – Shawn Warren, a Windham native who now plays out of Tampa, Fla., birdied four of the last five holes Friday to grab the lead after the first round of the Hollywood Slots Greater Bangor Open. Warren’s 5-under-par 64 at Bangor Municipal Golf Course leads Michael Carbone of Brewster, Mass., by two strokes.CREATIVECIRCLESPLITCHARACERCREATIVECIRCLESPLITCHARACER