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89-year-old troop greeter featured in ‘The Way We Get By’ recovering from surgery

BANGOR | Bill Knight, one of the three Bangor troop greeters featured in the documentary “The Way We Get By”, is recovering at Maine Veterans Home after undergoing a pair of surgeries to fix his broken hip. The 89-year-old World War II Army and Navy veteran broke his hip …
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Troop Greeter Bill Knight’s funeral scheduled for Jan. 12 in Bangor

Troop Greeter Bill Knight’s funeral service, with military honors, will be held Sunday, Jan. 12, according to Brookings-Smith Funeral Home. The service begins at 3 p.m. at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., in Bangor. A reception for friends and relatives will be held at the Brookings-Smith reception center, …
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Former Topsham manager selected for Bar Harbor post

A former town manager of five other Maine towns, who resigned from his last job earlier this year to move to Washington, D.C., has been picked to become Bar Harbor’s top municipal administrator. In a prepared statement released last week, Bar Harbor officials announced they decided …

Fillet method being used for field-dressing deer

DULUTH, Minn. – The idea came to Bill Hesselgrave one day when he was sitting on his deer stand. Hesselgrave, a meat cutter by trade, also processed venison. “We saw a lot of meat go to waste unnecessarily because of the way people field-dressed it,” said Hesselgrave, 59. So, in …

House GOP wins close budget votes $50 billion cut from spending; moderates’ clout increasing

WASHINGTON – Congressional Republicans put some needed points on the board Friday, winning votes on tax and spending reductions that put a positive shine on two weeks of Republican legislative disasters. But their success could be fleeting. The tax and spending cuts are nowhere near ready to go to President …

Parents need to know facts about braces Child’s perfect smile can be very expensive

DETROIT – If your children or grandchildren are about to get braces, cheer up: You could be Kathy Walz. The Scio Township, Mich., social worker had three children within four years of one another, and all three have needed braces. The bill so far: $3,600-$3,800. Each. Walz laughs about it …

Mercury cleanup technology close to getting job done

SPENCER, N.C. – The Bush administration is giving coal-fired power plants up to 20 years to remove 70 percent of the toxic mercury in smokestack emissions, citing as one factor that a key technology remains unproven. But on North Carolina’s Yadkin River – at a type of plant where mercury …

Senate deal averts battle over judges Filibuster survives, reserved for ‘extraordinary’ occasions

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of 14 senators on Monday averted a historic and potentially debilitating Senate showdown over judicial nominations by agreeing to retain Senate rules that give extra power to political minorities. The deal, struck in the offices of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., permits votes on three of …
Maine Troop Greeter Bill Knight smiles as he participates in June 2008 Flag Day ceremonies.

Bill Knight epitomized the Maine Troop Greeter

Remember the Reader’s Digest feature titled “My Most Unforgettable Character,” in which subscribers recalled colorful people who changed their lives? My most unforgettable character was William Franklin Knight, 1922-2013.  Bill died on Christmas Day at age 91, but I can still hear his mischievous chuckle and Maryland drawl. Whenever the …

Bill Knight’s funeral service

Bill Knight’s funeral service at Brookings-Smith funeral home in Bangor Sunday. Knight died in December of 2013 at the age of 91.

Veterans remember Bill Knight on social media

In response to the passing of troop greeter Bill Knight, veterans and their family members have taken to social media to remember the World War II veteran, who estimated in 2011 he’d shaken hands more than a half-million troops leaving for or returning from the war in the Middle East. On …

Troop greeter film to get national showing on Veterans Day

BANGOR | So far, Bill Knight has seen 36 showings of the documentary film “The Way We Get By.”
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World War II veteran Bill Knight and Korean War veteran Harold Hansen participate in a ceremony with 140 veterans, Maine Troop Greeters and community members on Sept. 23, 2005, at the World War II Memorial in Washington.

A tribute to a Knight we’ll all remember

In joining the Maine Troop Greeters night and day to welcome hundreds of thousands of troops stopping at Bangor International Airport as they left for war, or came home again, Bill Knight did a very good thing. In sharing his life as one of three Troop Greeters profiled in the …
Bradford resident and World War II veteran Bill Knight greets U.S. troops back from Iraq at Bangor International Airport in 2004.

Troop greeter Bill Knight dies Christmas Day at the age of 91

BANGOR | Well-known Maine troop greeter Bill Knight died Christmas Day at the Maine Veterans Home at the age of 91. Funeral arrangements are pending. Knight, along with Jerry Mundy and Joan Gaudet, was featured in the documentary “The Way We Get By,” produced by Gita Pullapilly and her …
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Members of the funeral honor guard gets ready for the flag folding ceremony during Bill Knight's funeral service at Brookings-Smith funeral home in Bangor Sunday. Knight died in December of 2013 at the age of 91.

Thank you, hero: ‘The Way We Get By’ troop greeter Bill Knight recalled for humor, patriotism

BANGOR | One of America’s most famous troop greeters was laid to rest Sunday with a funeral that celebrated his irascible humor, deep generosity and patriotism. With Gov. Paul LePage and U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud in attendance, friends recalled William Franklin “Bill” Knight as a veteran dedicated to serving …
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Film producer Gita Pullapilly and Maine Troop Greeter Bill Knight share a moment prior to the debut of "The Way We Get By" on Thursday, April 9, 2009, at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine in Orono.

‘Welcome home, heroes!’ — Friends, veterans reflect on legacy of troop greeter Bill Knight

BANGOR | Bill Knight was at Bangor International Airport at 2 a.m. one day in 2004 when filmmakers Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly first met him. He was standing in the hallway, shaking hands with troops. Just hours earlier, doctors told Knight he had prostate cancer, Gaudet and Pullapilly …

IRMA RUTH KNIGHTS

LINCOLN – Irma Ruth (Kimball) Knights passed away May 19, 2007, surrounded by her family at Penobscot Valley Hospital. Irma was born April 29, 1930, in Millinocket, the daughter of the late Harold and Alice (Powers) Kimball. Irma attended school in Brewer, South Lincoln and Lincoln. Irma was married to …

LEWIS MARSHALL KNIGHTS

LINCOLN – Lewis Marshall Knights, 80, died Jan. 6, 2006, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born Jan. 3, 1926, in Enfield, the son of James and Carrie (Cook) Knights. He was a World War II Navy veteran, serving in the Pacific Theater aboard an LST. He …

‘Black Knight’ shallow, crude, one-joke film

In theaters “Black Knight,” directed by Gil Junger. Written by Darryl Quarrles, Peter Gaulke and Gerry Swallow. 95 minutes. Rated PG-13. Hopping onto the short list of this year’s worst movies – “Freddy Got Fingered,” “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” and “Josie and the Pussycats”- chief among them is …

Bar Harbor picks 2 finalists for manager job

The two finalists for the vacant town manager position are expected to be in Bar Harbor next week to visit with town staff and local residents. Both candidates have town manager experience in Maine and have been identified from a field of more than 50 applicants, …