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2008-08-21 15:01:00

By BILL TROTTER; OF THE NEWS STAFF Editor's Note: This is the third and final story in the Bangor Daily News' look at energy issues and initiatives on Maine's offshore islands. Rising energy prices have become a concern for all Maine residents, but for many offshore island communities, they are an even greater concern. Residents of offshore islands with their own electric cooperatives pay higher rates for electricity because, unlike customers of large retail electricity companies, they...

2008-08-19 15:01:11

By BILL TROTTER; OF THE NEWS STAFF Editor's Note: This is the first in a three-part Bangor Daily News series covering plans for alternative energy projects on Maine's offshore islands. Since their earliest days, residents of Maine's offshore islands have been known for being self-reliant, using what is immediately available to them in order to help sustain themselves. The natural resources of these islands made them attractive to early colonists from Europe who were looking to establish...

2008-08-06 09:01:04

By Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, Maine Aug. 6--The Maine Junior Engineering Technical Society and the Maine Mathematics Science and Engineering Talent Search is offering a Summer and Fall Recreational Educational Experience for grades three-nine with high-functioning autism and Asperger syndrome. The programs are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. the weeks of Aug. 10, Aug. 17 and Oct. 13, at Camp CaPella in Dedham. Tuition is $290 a week. Some scholarships are available for qualifying students....

2008-08-06 09:00:55

By Judy Harrison, Bangor Daily News, Maine Aug. 6--BANGOR, Maine -- Penobscot County commissioners on Tuesday signed a three-year contract with Bangor Gas Co. to supply natural gas to the courthouse, jail and the 3rd District Court building. The conversion from heating oil to natural gas is expected to save county taxpayers between $100,000 and $160,000 a year depending on the price of oil and natural gas, according to County Treasurer Dan Tremble. The conversion at the District Court...

2008-08-06 09:00:37

By Judy Harrison, Bangor Daily News, Maine Aug. 6--Lovers of musical theater should hurry down to Northport Music Theater and soak up "Closer Than Ever," a musical revue about life and love and aging. Not only is the show, directed by Scott R.C. Levy, the producing artistic director of the Penobscot Theatre Company, a joy and a blast of hopeful sunshine in what's turning out to be a soggy summer, the company needs and deserves the support of the state's theatergoing community. In the...

2008-08-06 09:00:30

By Jen Lynds, Bangor Daily News, Maine Aug. 6--FRENCHVILLE, Maine -- A $1 million environmental bond referendum that was approved in June has opened the door for two St. John Valley towns to receive an extra $50,000 in grant money. The money from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection's Small Community Grant Program will go to Frenchville and St. Agatha to address malfunctioning septic systems in their communities. During elections in June, Maine voters approved a...

2008-08-06 09:00:30

By Dawn Gagnon, Bangor Daily News, Maine Aug. 6--BANGOR, Maine -- Bangor has made it to the final round of judging for a 2008 Award for Municipal Excellence from the National League of Cities in partnership with CH2M HILL, an international engineering and construction firm. The awards, granted annually, recognize cities and towns for outstanding programs that have improved the quality of life in their communities. In Bangor's case, the initiative that caught the judge's attention was...

2008-08-01 15:00:28

I have read numerous articles in the BDN about the 220-acre area of old timber near Big Wilson Stream in Elliotsville Township that is owned by Plum Creek Timber Co. In the July 25 BDN, Kevin Miller writes about the issue of protecting versus harvesting this area and notes that the Appalachian Mountain Club and Roxanne Quimby own large tracts of land in the vicinity. What I have found very curious in these accounts is not even the slightest mention of the fact that, next to the Plum Creek...

2008-08-01 09:00:49

By Judy Harrison, Bangor Daily News, Maine Aug. 1--BANGOR, Maine -- Three area men were arrested Wednesday afternoon in connection with the theft of $6,000 worth of electrical wiring from a Bradley contractor earlier in the day or late Tuesday night. Chauncey Russell Hulbert, 24, of Old Town and Eric Roy, 19, of Bangor were arrested when they tried to sell some of the wiring at Smorgon Steel Recycling on Broadway in Bangor. Thefts of metal have increased over the past couple of years...

2008-08-01 09:00:41

By Judy Harrison, Bangor Daily News, Maine Aug. 1--Given the similarities between Maine and Minnesota, it's a wonder Kevin Kling's "The Ice Fishing Play" hasn't become a staple of theater companies in the Pine Tree State. After all, many a Mainer has retreated in the dead of winter to a customized shack on one of the state's frozen lakes only to emerge a few days later with few fish, but, like Kling's characters, with a deeper understanding of himself and the world. Somesville-based...


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