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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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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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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 …
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First Writers’ Knight at South Portland

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Cia Cafe, 72 Ocean St., Portland For more information: 9783601099 WHAT: First Annual Writers’ Knight WHEN: Thursday evening November 6 from 5 – 7 WHERE: The Cia Cafe in the Knightville neighborhood of South Portland Cia Cafe 72 Ocean Street …
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 …
Canada geese on Monday glide over Knight's Pond in Cumberland, where local land trusts hope to conserve a 215 acre parcel. Supporters held a press conference on Monday urging Gov. LePage to release approved bond funds to seal the deal.

LePage doubles down on effort to trade conservation bonds for timber harvesting

CUMBERLAND | Gov. Paul LePage on Monday reiterated that he will not authorize roughly $11.5 million in voter-approved conservation bonds unless the Legislature approves a new plan to cut more timber on public land and use the new revenue to pay for heating assistance programs. Details were limited, but …
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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 …
Terry Hayes discusses a bill with Rep. Gary Knight, R-Livermore Falls in 2013.

New state treasurer wants voters to know where the money goes

AUGUSTA — If you get any kind of check from state government, you are going to see Terry Hayes’ signature on it — at least for the next two years. Hayes, an independent who was recently elected state treasurer, said that’s one of the weirdest things about her new job. …
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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 …
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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 …