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Aroma power: Maine business imports essential oils from around the world

Breathe in the fresh scents of lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint. Let the pleasant aroma flow through your nasal passages and fill your lungs. What do you feel? Clarity? Calmness? Nothing at all?

Traditionally used to soothe and clear the respiratory system, these three essential oils make up “The Winter Sniffles,” a diffuser mix created by Sunrose Aromatics in Belmont, Maine.

“We know it works just from the feedback we get from customers,” said Rosanne O’Donnell, who founded the business 20 years ago.

Essential oils are concentrated extracts taken from roots, leaves, seeds and blossoms of plants, and they have been used for thousands …read more

Source: Bangor Daily News

    

Plan for giant Maine salmon farm spurs local concerns about smelly fish guts

BELFAST, Maine — As a Norwegian aquaculture firm tries to find enough groundwater to operate sustainably in Belfast for the next several decades, locals are full of questions about how the farm would affect their city.

Their concerns range from how the company will control water quality to how they’ll keep all those fish guts from stinking up the place.

City officials and Nordic Aquafarms hosted the first public question-and-answer session related to the project Wednesday night, and more than 300 locals crammed into the Hutchinson Center conference room. Dozens of late-comers lined the walls or stood in the back of …read more

Source: Bangor Daily News

    

Top-ranked Woodland boys surge past Schenck to D North final

BANGOR, Maine — Top-ranked Woodland used a run of 14 unanswered points early in the second half to surge past upset-minded Schenck of East Millinocket 63-50 in a Class D North boys basketball semifinal at the Cross Insurance Center on Thursday night.

Woodland (17-3) will face No. 2 Jonesport-Beals (16-3) for the regional championship at 10:45 a.m. Saturday. Those teams split two games during the final week of the regular season.

No. 5 Schenck ends its season at 9-11.

Sophomore guard Chris Plissey scored a game-high 21 points for Woodland while backcourt mate Drew Hayward added 19 points and four assists.

Isaac Adams made …read more

Source: Bangor Daily News

    

‘Glad to have it over’: Maine town reacts to cold-case guilty verdict

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — Word that Philip Scott Fournier was convicted of murdering Joyce McLain on Thursday propelled Brett Doe to think back to that balmy night in August 1980.

Like the 58-year-old Doe, the town was livelier then. A softball tournament was in town, and hundreds of workers were helping to build the paper mill’s new boiler. People were partying everywhere, but especially at the Schenck High School athletic fields, he said.

He and his buddies were driving the same town streets that McLain and Fournier used before their deadly encounter near the fields.

“It was such a long time ago,” Doe …read more

Source: Bangor Daily News

    

Jonesport-Beals boys hold off short-handed Machias in D North semifinal

BANGOR, Maine — Sophomore guard Ryan Alley scored seven of his team-high 11 points in the fourth quarter Thursday night as second-ranked Jonesport-Beals held off stubborn Machias 46-36 in a Class D North boys basketball semifinal at the Cross Insurance Center.

“The first half we didn’t play very good but the second half we came out and picked up defensively and worked really hard to put them away,” said Alley, one of six sophomores on coach Skipper Alley’s roster..

Jonesport-Beals (16-3) will play the winner of Thursday’s late semifinal between No. 1 Woodland and No. 5 Schenck of East Millinocket for the …read more

Source: Bangor Daily News

    

Jonesport-Beals boys hold off short-handed Machias in D North semifinal

BANGOR, Maine — Sophomore guard Ryan Alley scored seven of his team-high 11 points in the fourth quarter Thursday night as second-ranked Jonesport-Beals held off stubborn Machias 46-36 in a Class D North boys basketball semifinal at the Cross Insurance Center.

“The first half we didn’t play very good but the second half we came out and picked up defensively and worked really hard to put them away,” said Alley, one of six sophomores on coach Skipper Alley’s roster..

Jonesport-Beals (16-3) will play the winner of Thursday’s late semifinal between No. 1 Woodland and No. 5 Schenck of East Millinocket for the …read more

Source: Bangor Daily News

    

UMaine women entertaining BU in Hockey East quarterfinal series

The University of Maine’s women’s hockey team has never won a Hockey East playoff game, going 0-11.

The third-seeded Black Bears, 17-12-5 overall and 11-9-4 in Hockey East, will try to finally break through this weekend when they host No. 6 Boston University (13-15-6, 8-11-5) in a best-of-three quarterfinal round series.

The games will be on Friday, Saturday and, if necessary, Sunday at 2 p.m. at Alfond Arena.

UMaine won all three regular season meetings but the Terriers didn’t have Patty Kazmaier Award finalist Victoria Bach (36 goals, 25 assists) and her linemate, Rebecca Leslie (21 & 30) for the last two games.

The …read more

Source: Bangor Daily News

    

Southern Aroostook girls head back to D North final with convincing win over Katahdin

BANGOR, Maine — Two years ago, the Southern Aroostook girls were the youngest team in the state, featuring a mixture of freshmen and eighth-graders.

The Warriors are still relatively young, as the team does not have a senior on its roster, but the maturity level has grown considerably for coach Cliff Urquhart’s squad.

No. 1 Southern Aroostook (18-2 overall) rolled past No. 5 Katahdin 73-41 Thursday afternoon at the Cross Insurance Center to advance to the Class D North basketball championship. The Warriors take on No. 2 Woodland (17-3) 9:05 a.m. Saturday. The two teams did not meet during the regular season.

Both …read more

Source: Bangor Daily News

    

Armed sheriff’s deputy stayed outside Florida school while mass killing took place

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida – The armed school resource officer assigned to protect students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took a defensive position outside the school and did not enter the building while the shooter was killing students and teachers inside with an AR-15 assault-style rifle, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Thursday.

Israel suspended School Resource Deputy Scot Peterson on Thursday after seeing a video from the Parkland, Florida, school that showed Peterson outside the school building where the shooter was inside and attacking.

“What I saw was a deputy arrive at the west side of Building 12, take up a …read more

Source: Bangor Daily News

    

Former Bucksport mill site to become land-based salmon farm

Former Bucksport mill site to become land-based salmon farm

BUCKSPORT – Wonderful economic news for the town of Bucksport Thursday.

A Maine-based company called Whole Oceans has announced plans to build a massive aquaculture operation at the site of the former Verso paper mill.

The company says it has purchased the mill site and says it’s a $250 million investment that will create hundreds of jobs.

According to a release from the company, it will be a state-of-the-art facility that will be used to raise Atlantic salmon.

This is big news for Bucksport, which lost hundreds jobs and lots of revenue when the paper mill closed.

“There’s been a lot of conversations in …read more

Source: FOX 22/ABC 7