Articles from Bangor Daily News

Local teachers agree to new contract, say ‘it’s the best we could do at this point’

KITTERY, Maine — The School Committee unanimously approved a new three-year contract for teachers Tuesday night, and though the teachers union did agree to its contents, their co-president said the district still has a ways to go in comparison to neighboring towns.

Mercy Hospital seeking to raise $20M to move out of Portland downtown

Mercy Hospital in Portland wants to consolidate its services to one location, and Wednesday it is kicking off its campaign to make it happen.

The hospital held a donor reception dinner at DiMillo’s On the Water restaurant, where it announced a $20 million campaign to move all of its services to the hospital’s Fore River campus.

Natural gas touted as best alternative while Maine looks to renewables

Natural gas, which already generates more than half of New England’s electricity, could become the go-to fuel for both electricity generation and home heating during the next 20 years or more until renewables like solar, wind and potentially hydroelectric gain market traction.

The federal government as well is looking at liquified natural gas, or LNG, as a potentially lucrative export for the country.

Delta drops service between Bangor and New York’s JFK

Delta Air Lines announced Thursday that it would drop service between Bangor and New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, limiting the number of flights between the Queen City and the Big Apple.

Delta’s last flight between Bangor International Airport and JFK, one of New York’s two major flight hubs, will be Nov. 25, the carrier said in a statement. The terminated service is one of nine domestic connections the airline has already or will drop between September 2018 and January 2019.

Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner apologizes after Somali family refused service

The owner of a Dunkin’ Donuts in Portland has apologized to a Somali woman and her family and says he will offer training to his staff after an incident at a drive-thru earlier this week. The woman was refused service and issued a “no trespass notice” for a year. That notice is being dropped.

Hamdia Ahmed says she doesn’t even drink coffee. But her mother and her brother do. And on Monday afternoon when they pulled up to a Dunkin’ drive-thru on St. John Street and waited for someone to take their order, Ahmed says she was surprised by what happened next.

A massive fire destroyed a family-owned mill complex. They’re hoping to rebuild.

A family is picking up the pieces in Mechanic Falls, after the massive mill complex they own burned to the ground.

The Starbird family says they have owned the mill for more than 10 years.

They built it up after years of neglect, but all that’s left are charred remains, and even while the owner says he’s battling Stage 4 cancer, he’s determined build back up to leave a legacy behind.

Chuck Starbird walks his now-destroyed property with a new outlook.

In Mexico Beach after Michael, some coming home find no home

MEXICO BEACH, Florida — With stunned faces and tears, residents of hard-hit Mexico Beach returned home for the first time Wednesday about a week after Hurricane Michael hit to find pieces of their lives scattered across the sand and a community altered.

Nancy Register sobbed uncontrollably after finding no trace of the large camper where she’d lived with her husband. She was particularly distraught over the loss of an old, black-and-white photo of her mother, who died of cancer.