Articles from Bangor Daily News

‘Gem awaiting discovery’: Wheelchair-accessible trail opens in Dresden

A new wheelchair-accessible trail is open on the grounds of the historic Pownalborough Courthouse in Dresden.

Few places in Maine offer wheelchair users and others with physical disabilities a chance to enjoy the outdoors on a hiking trail designed especially for them.

That is exactly what George Keyes, a former docent for Pownalborough Courthouse and trustee of the Lincoln County Historical Association, had in mind for a portion of the 160-acre tract of courthouse land in Dresden.

Victim struck by car at Sanford ball field had confessed to killing girl in 1968 hit-and-run

The man killed Friday evening by a driver who careened onto the field during a baseball game in Sanford had confessed five years ago to perpetrating a hit-and-run himself, which caused the death of a four-year-old girl in upstate New York five decades ago.

It’s easy to fall into prejudicial thinking — until you end up on the receiving end

One of my prime definitions of prejudice is thinking you know everything about someone based on one characteristic. Muslims hate our way of life. Blacks are thugs. People depending on government programs are lazy. It’s easy to fall into this way of thinking because much of society supports it.

Being American born, pale skinned, Protestant, well educated and having hidden disabilities (petit mal epilepsy and blindness in one eye) lulled me into not suspecting I’d be on the wrong side of prejudice. Then I moved to Veazie and became trailer park trash.

New program has teachers making house calls to Maine students suffering from anxiety

More high school students in Maine are graduating today as compared to 5 or 10 years ago, but many are still being left behind — some are teen parents, others have been bullied, have experienced trauma or struggle with anxiety. One central Maine charter school is trying to reach those students by bringing school into their homes.

On an early Tuesday morning, Juliana Rothschild steps out of her car and knocks on the front door of a home in Farmington. Jessica Cousins opens the door. The two sit down at Cousins’ kitchen table and pull out a couple of laptops.

‘Sherlock’ star raced to save a man from attackers, Uber driver says

Consider this: You’re in a group of muggers in London, trying to steal a delivery man’s bike, and Sherlock Holmes comes barreling at you.

What do you do? Ask for an autograph? Run?

Four would-be thieves chose Option 2, fleeing after actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Holmes in the popular BBC series “Sherlock,” jumped out of an Uber and chased them down in an act the driver has said was heroic.

Woman killed in ATV crash in Portland

A Saco woman was killed Saturday night when the ATV she was riding hit a tree near a Portland intersection.

The 26-year-old woman, who was not identified in a Sunday morning press release issued by the Portland Police Department, was near the intersection of Summit Street and Curtis Road at about 10 p.m. when the accident happened. She was taken to Maine Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead by hospital staff.

MDI, York share ‘B’ boys title; Greely retains girls crown

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — The Class B boys outdoor track and field state championship came down to the final event Saturday — and even then nothing was decided.

When Mount Desert Island edged York by 4.09 seconds in the 4 x 400-meter relay race that concluded the title meet at Oakes Field on the campus of Foxcroft Academy, the two schools emerged as co-champions.

Each finished with 86 points as Brewer (66), with Hermon (39), Lincoln Academy of Newcastle (32) and Belfast (28) followed in the 28-school field.