Aimee Thibodeau

Managing Editor: Special Sections, Bangor Metro & The Weekly

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BDN columnist featured on CNN website

By Aimee Thibodeau on May 17, 2012, at 1:41 p.m.
Maine author and columnist Sarah Smiley, who writes a syndicated weekly for the Bangor Daily News and other publications across the country, was featured Thursday on CNN’s website. Smiley and her husband, Dustin, live with their three sons in Bangor. Dustin currently is deployed for 13 months in the Navy. …
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Donna Summer, Queen of Disco, dies at 63

By Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press on May 17, 2012, at 1:07 p.m.
NEW YORK — Disco queen Donna Summer, whose pulsing anthems such as “Last Dance,” ”Love to Love You Baby” and “Bad Girls” became the soundtrack for a glittery age of sex, drugs, dance and flashy clothes, has died. She was 63. Her family released a statement, saying Summer died Thursday …

Things to remember for tonight’s waterfront concert

on May 09, 2012, at 11:06 a.m.
Wednesday night (tonight) is the first concert of the season for the Bangor Waterfront Concert series. The weather forecast calls for things to be a little soggy, and traffic could be tricky, so here are some things to remember if you’re attending the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s first-ever outdoor concert: Gates open …

Couple on a 12,000-mile kayak expedition, connecting with students as they go

By Sam Cook, Duluth News Tribune, Minn. on May 07, 2012, at 11:15 a.m.
The West Coast and the Canadian wilderness are behind them. The next leg of Dave and Amy Freeman’s North American Odyssey will be more civilized. The Grand Marais couple leaves Wednesday from Grand Portage on a 4,900-mile sea-kayak trip to the East Coast and down to Key West, Fla. “We’ll …
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Girl with deformed face learns to navigate world

By Martha Irvine, The Associated Press on May 03, 2012, at 11:17 a.m.
WINNETKA, Ill. — What if you knew, even before your child was born, that she wouldn’t look like everyone else? Clara Beatty’s parents knew. They were living in Belgium at the time, a decade ago. Prenatal screening was extensive, probably more than would have been done in the United States. …

New Maine After Hours feature will showcase your events, photos

By Aimee Thibodeau on April 11, 2012, at 9:52 a.m.

19th annual Chefs’ Gala in Ellsworth

By Aimee Thibodeau on April 10, 2012, at 3:08 p.m.
The 19th annual Chefs’ Gala was held Saturday, April 7, at the Ellsworth Ramada. The event benefited Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. Chris Facchini and Audry Amann of WLBZ2 served as hosts, and The Tony Boffa Band provided music for dancing. Chefs from the Crocker House Raw Bar, Nostrano, Chow Maine, …

Cute critters from an Acadia hike

By Aimee Thibodeau on March 20, 2012, at 12:22 p.m.
The woods and trails are drying up nicely, and Dave and Deb Small took advantage with a hike Sunday, March 18, at Gorham Mountain in Acadia National Park, capturing some great nature shots along the way.
John Mayer poses with his two awards at the 47th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

John Mayer cancels tour, Orono concert

By Aimee Thibodeau on March 09, 2012, at 1:16 p.m.
John Mayer, who was scheduled to play at the University of Maine in Orono on April 17, has canceled his tour, according to several online media outlets. “John Mayer has been forced to take an indefinite break from live performance after learning that a granuloma on his vocal cords has …

Big Time Rush to visit Bangor Waterfront for August show

on Feb. 27, 2012, at 10:32 a.m.
The rush is on! Waterfront Concerts announced Monday morning that boy band Big Time Rush will headline a show Friday, Aug. 31, as part of their summer tour. Other performers will include Cody Simpson and Rachael Crow. Big Time Rush stars Kendall, James, Carlos and Logan, are …

Improved SAM News

By Aimee Thibodeau on Feb. 22, 2012, at 3:50 p.m.
By now you have figured out that the SAM News has changed, we hope you will agree for the better. The SAM News is the most important vehicle we use to communicate with our members on legislative and out-door issues effecting sportsmen. That will not change: Members will still be …
Keith Urban

Waterfront Concerts announces three big-name headliners for 2012 series

By Aimee Thibodeau on Jan. 19, 2012, at 7:18 p.m.
BANGOR | Country music fans have a lot to smile about with the announcement of three big-name acts set to headline the 2012 Waterfront Concert Series. Friday, July 6, will bring Rascal Flatts, along with Little Big Town, Eli Young Band and Edens Edge. Grammy Award-winner Keith Urban is …

BDN Living editor gets skunked, as does newsroom by proxy

By Aimee Thibodeau on Jan. 11, 2012, at 12:56 p.m.
It’s a fact of life that some things just don’t smell very nice — rotting garbage, hockey bags, wet dogs — and yes, skunks. They’re a part of living in Maine, those pesky critters with a stripe down their back that can peel paint when they spray. In fact, I’ve …

Arts and Outdoors 11 in 2011 — Where are they now?

By Aimee Thibodeau on Dec. 29, 2011, at 6:19 p.m.
At the start of 2011, the BDN staff selected 11 people to watch in various categories of our coverage areas. It wasn’t an easy task, and while we hit some right on the nose, a few of our selections didn’t pull through the way we thought they would. The following …
A loon that was aggressively hunting crabs on the Kennebec River.

Kennebec River excursion leads to loon-y photos

By Aimee Thibodeau on Dec. 28, 2011, at 1:29 p.m.
Dave and Deb Small made their annual excursion to Bath and Kennebunkport last week with Deb’s sister and brother-in-law. Once again, the Kennebec River in Bath gave up a nice opportunity. As they approached the river, they noticed two seals making their way up river from under the bridge, most …

Local designer enters contest to design Red Carpet dress — help him win

on Nov. 18, 2011, at 1:58 p.m.

Ready, set, shop! Some tips to make your Black Friday less bleak

By Aimee Thibodeau on Nov. 16, 2011, at 3:47 p.m.
Holiday shopping season is upon us and for those who brave the crowds in an effort to get the best deals on Black Friday, here are a few tips to keep you shopping ‘til you drop. Plan ahead Not only is it important to have your shopping list, it’s also …

Judge blocks graphic images on cigarette packages

By Nedra Pickler, Associated Press on Nov. 07, 2011, at 12:42 p.m.
WASHINGTON — A judge on Monday blocked a federal requirement that would have begun forcing tobacco companies next year to put graphic images on their cigarette packages to show the dangers of smoking.   U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ruled that it’s likely the cigarette makers will succeed in a …

How to avoid on-the-job depression

By Alison Johnson, Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) on Oct. 21, 2011, at 2:10 p.m.
Especially in a tough economy, “it’s unbelievable how many people struggle with trying to feel happy at work,” says Ellen Golding, a psychologist based in Los Angeles. Her tips: Don’t isolate. Walk around and greet co-workers and attend staff lunches and office parties, even if you have to force yourself. …

Kick the habit: If caffeine owns you, it might be time to reassert yourself

By Julie Deardorff, Chicago Tribune on Oct. 21, 2011, at 2:01 p.m.
For most people, a morning cup of java isn’t harmful. But if you rely on coffee to get you out of bed, to stave off mid-morning headaches and to avoid the 3 p.m. crash, you may be hooked on one of the most popular drugs in the world. Nearly 90 …
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