SALT LAKE CITY
Thomas S. Monson, the 16th president of the Mormon church, has died after overseeing the religion for nine years. He was 90.
Monson died Tuesday night at his home in Salt Lake City, according to church spokesman Eric Hawkins.
BAILEY ISLAND — Brian T. Sullivan, 73, of Bailey Island, Maine, formerly of Waterford, Connecticut passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on December 27, 2017.
BOWDOINHAM — Steven A. Davis passed away unexpectedly on December 16, 2017, at his home in Bowdoinham. Steve was born on April 9, 1956, a son of Linwood and Jean (Wilson) Davis.
Steve worked for many years as a crane operator helping build some of the largest and most recognizable buildings in Maine.
Jon passed away on Dec. 21, 2017, at the Maine Medical Center in Portland. He was born on Jan. 22, 1967, at the Regional Hospital in Brunswick, the son of Yvonne and Keith Ruona.
Jon attended Brunswick schools as well as the Canal Zone schools in Balboa, the Canal Zone in Panama.
ARROWSIC — Franklin ”Old Grump” McDonald, Sr., 94, of Arrowsic Road died, Friday, December 22, 2017 at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick.
He was born in Bath on June 28, 1923, a son of Joseph L. and Alice Mae (Harrison) McDonald.
BATH — Surrounded by close family, Geraldine (Gerry) Nickerson Coombs of Bath peacefully passed on to another world on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Hill House. She was born in Bath on April 11, 1924, the daughter of Sanford Blackett Nickerson and Fannie (Oliver) Nickerson.
BATH — Evelyn Mary (White) Desmond passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, December 31, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.
DEAR ABBY: My son and his wife have been together 10 years. They met and fell in love young. They are only 25 and have two beautiful children.
We are fortunate that the economies statewide and nationally are growing at a very strong rate. However, both the state of Maine and the federal government are faced with the same problem as we begin the New Year, and that is how we control spending.
I might be alone with this idea, but I have always considered our educational system to be one big job training program. Where better to instill in our future workforce the skills and necessities that will earn then a decent pay day later in life.
On Jan. 3, 1868, Japan’s Meiji Restoration re-established the authority of the emperor and heralded the fall of the military rulers known as shoguns; the upheaval paved the way for Japan’s drive toward becoming a modern power.
AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine is auctioning off 10 of its coveted moose permits for next fall’s hunting season.
PORTLAND (AP) — While data show lower seasonal flu cases in Maine compared to other states, the strain that is circulating is more severe and leading to more hospitalizations.
The state Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 373 flu cases through Dec. 23, with 99 requiring hospitalization.
AMITY (AP) — A Canadian company has purchased 120 acres in Maine and plans to lease an additional 1,000 acres as part of an industrial hemp operation.
The Portland Press Herald reports Future Farm Technologies’ operation in Amity will overshadow all of the state’s current licensed hemp farms.
Maine lawmakers facing big budget items this year like voter-approved Medicaid expansion must also figure out the future of funding for a minimum security prison and care for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Discrimination and Homosexuality
Lately, I have seen some comments about the legal decision against the baker who refused to bake a cake for the gay couple. Here is my comment.