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2011-05-30 06:00:00

Sharing about 95 percent of their genes with humans, mice are recognized around the world as the leading experimental model for studying human biology and disease. But, says Jackson Laboratory Professor Gary Churchill, Ph.D., researchers can learn even more "now that we really know what a laboratory mouse is, genetically speaking." Thanks to an in-depth analysis by a team led by Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena, PhD, in the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Department of Genetics and...

2010-11-10 12:59:00

At Risk: 2 Million Annual Park Visitors Spending $160 Million and Supporting 3,000 Maine Jobs; A Glimpse of a Future With 'No Thunder' from Thunder Hole and Atlantic City Temperatures AUGUSTA, Maine, Nov. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Life in Acadia National Park and the Maine communities that depend on it for economic activity are in for some major and unpleasant changes if steps are not taken to rein in climate change, according to a detailed new report issued today by the Rocky...

2009-03-13 07:05:00

BAR HARBOR, Maine, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Maine Coast Bicycle Tours, offering what the company calls an ideal mix of luxury and activity, is offering a "Stomp the Recession" discount of $200 per person off its popular "All Acadia" tour. The six-day tour features a variety of bicycling routes in Acadia National Park, located near Bar Harbor, ME, along with deluxe inns and gourmet restaurants. "This tour is for those who enjoy being active but also like to be pampered with the finest food,...

2008-10-02 15:00:52

By BILL TROTTER; OF THE NEWS STAFF GOULDSBORO - A new school is taking shape in the local village of Prospect Harbor and should serve the community's needs for decades to come, according to a local school official. A new kindergarten-through-eighth-grade-school is under construction off Route 186 behind the Prospect Harbor Women's Club and is on schedule to be completed by August 2009, Union 96 Superintendent Bill Webster said Wednesday. The school will house students from Gouldsboro and...

2008-09-15 15:00:17

By ERIC RUSSELL; OF THE NEWS STAFF WINTER HARBOR - It has been three months since representatives of a large-scale development project on more than 3,000 acres of the Schoodic Peninsula brought their ideas to the public. Yet while the plans seem to be in limbo, the landowners appear to have every intention of moving forward, although they admitted that elements of those plans could be slightly different from the initial proposal. Cecelia Ward, a spokesperson for a group of landowners...

2008-09-04 15:00:17

By BILL TROTTER; OF THE NEWS STAFF BAR HARBOR - College of the Atlantic has opened up a new student residence village that was designed to help the college reduce its energy costs. The new Davis Residence Village consists of three new duplex- type buildings built in close proximity to the college's Sea Fox student house. Each new building has insulated walls about 1 foot thick, composting toilets, and "gray" water systems to minimize septic waste. The three buildings will house a total of...

2008-08-25 15:00:36

By FROM STAFF REPORTS Paul Santavy has been appointed the manager for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Maine Fisheries Program Complex in East Orland, which oversees the Craig Brook and Green Lake National Fish Hatcheries and the Maine Fishery Resources Office. In his three years with the USFWS, Santavy has served as a project leader at the Green Lake National Fish Hatchery in Ellsworth and as acting project leader at the Maine Fishery Resource Office in East Orland. Santavy's new...

2008-08-04 15:00:05

By BILL TROTTER; OF THE NEWS STAFF SUTTON ISLAND - This offshore island, one of five islands that make up the town of Cranberry Isles, has no year-round residents. It doesn't even have any roads to speak of, which is one reason it has had a peculiar seasonal mail delivery system to serve the occupants of 25 or so seasonal homes. Residents say that since at least the 1950s, and perhaps longer, mail has been delivered to the island by a private passenger ferry service, leaving packages,...

2008-08-03 15:00:12

Historically, Branch Lake in Ellsworth was, for years, a fine sport fishery. With annual fish stockings and sensible fisheries management, lake trout, salmon and brown trout fared well in the lake's cold, deep waters. Then a few years ago, Ellsworth's overzealous municipal leaders gummed up the works. Concerned, purportedly about the quality of its town water supply (Branch Lake), Ellsworth refused to allow the state Department of Conservation to build a public boat ramp on the lake after...

2008-08-03 12:00:04

SUTTON ISLAND, Maine (AP) -- The Postal Service has ended a long tradition in which mail delivered to Maine's small offshore Sutton Island by a private ferry service was left in a specially marked trash can on the island's dock. Postal Service higher-ups got wind of the practice that served residents of about 25 seasonal homes on Sutton Island. They decided it had to be halted because it provides no security for the mail. Summer resident Shea Howell says residents will now have to make a...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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