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2008-08-05 15:00:25

By JOHN HOLYOKE Atlantic salmon have earned lead billing on the Penobscot River, and striped bass have become a highly sought fish over the past several years. Old-timers can tell you about the productive smelting expeditions they took as kids ... and that some still enjoy. But lurking at the bottom of the Penobscot for untold years has been another fish, one that is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is the sturgeon. As we reported on Saturday, the folks up at the University of...

2008-08-04 15:00:29

By JOHN HOLYOKE Back in 2005, local angler Keith Bates gained a bit of local notice when he inadvertently hooked, landed and released a shortnose sturgeon while fishing for striped bass in the Penobscot River. The fish, which nobody really knew even existed in the Penobscot, was estimated at 5 to 51/2feet long, and As it turned out, it didn't take long before folks from Orono to Washington, D.C., started paying attention as well. "That kind of prompted us to say, 'Well, gee, we need to...

2008-07-29 15:00:42

By JOHN HOLYOKE Dave Huntress stood on the Bangor waterfront Saturday, smiling broadly on a warm July Maine morning. Theoretically, Huntress was in town to help hand out prizes for the Coastal Conservation Association's first Penobscot River Striped Bass Tournament. In actuality, Huntress didn't need to fulfill those duties ... nor did anybody else. "So far, I don't think we've seen any fish come in, any pictures of any fish, but it's a learning year," Huntress said. "We just happened...

2008-07-28 15:00:35

By DAWN GAGNON; OF THE NEWS STAFF BANGOR - In the not so distant past, the Penobscot River was so polluted that few dared to fish or swim in it. Few of the communities that flank it valued the river, as evidenced by the once derelict waterfront districts. Effluent from mills and factories and sewage systems was discharged into the river, often with little or no treatment. The river looked bad - and smelled worse. Though there's still some room for improvement, the Penobscot has come a...

2008-07-28 12:00:42

By Dawn Gagnon, Bangor Daily News, Maine Jul. 28--BANGOR, Maine -- In the not so distant past, the Penobscot River was so polluted that few dared to fish or swim in it. Few of the communities that flank it valued the river, as evidenced by the once derelict waterfront districts. Effluent from mills and factories and sewage systems was discharged into the river, often with little or no treatment. The river looked bad -- and smelled worse. Though there's still some room for...

2008-07-26 15:00:27

By JOHN HOLYOKE When the organizing committee was beginning to formulate a plan for what would become the Penobscot River Revival, they really had no idea what to expect. So they began by making modest plans. It didn't take long to figure out their blueprint for a celebration of the river needed some tweaking. "The idea was to have a few tables about other work that's happening [along the river], said Gayle Zydlewski, the chairwoman of the Lower Penobscot Watershed Coalition. "We...

2008-07-21 15:00:35

By KEVIN MILLER; OF THE NEWS STAFF BANGOR - A coalition of organizations and businesses will hold a festival on the Penobscot River this weekend to celebrate sea-run fish and raise awareness about efforts to improve the health of the river. The Penobscot River Revival, which will be held on the downtown waterfront, is the culminating event of the first striped bass fishing tournament on the Penobscot. The fishing tournament has been running since June 21 and wraps up on July 26. The...

2008-07-21 15:00:35

By WALTER GRIFFIN; OF THE NEWS STAFF WINTERPORT - The company that owns the former Holtrachem plant in Orrington has threatened to sue Winterport and other communities and businesses along the Penobscot River unless they sign off on all future claims against the firm. The Chicago-based law firm Sidley Austin LLP, with offices across the globe, notified the communities by letter last week that unless they signed a "Tolling and Standstill Agreement" by Wednesday they would be slapped with a...

2008-07-20 00:00:19

By Walter Griffin, Bangor Daily News, Maine Jul. 19--WINTERPORT, Maine -- The company that owned the former Holtrachem plant in Orrington has threatened to sue communities along the Penobscot River unless they sign off on all future claims against the mercury-contaminating firm. The Chicago-based law firm Sidley Austin LLP, with offices across the globe, notified the communities by letter last week that unless they signed a "Tolling and Standstill Agreement," by Wednesday they would be...

2008-07-11 09:00:31

By Judy Harrison, Bangor Daily News, Maine Jul. 11--BANGOR, Maine -- The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the consent decree that will allow the cleanup of coal tar in the Penobscot River to go forward. A three-judge panel in Boston unanimously rejected a challenge by third -- and fourth-party defendants in a 62-page decision Wednesday. Citizens Communications Co. now can pursue claims against Barrett Paving Materials Inc., Dead River Co., Honeywell International Inc. and...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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