Articles by Brian Swartz

Brian Miser, known as "The Human Arrow," stands next to the crossbow that he built to launch himself at 65 miles per hour during performances of the 51st annual Anah Shrine Circus. Miser will be among the circus acts appearing May 2-4 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

51st Anah Shrine Circus will entertain local fans of all ages

By Brian Swartz, Weekly Staff Editor on April 11, 2014, at 9:19 a.m.
Inadequate ventilation has caused moisture to collect and freeze on the roof sheating accessible for the attic in a Glenburn house. The moisture is evident in the white-colored frost; the darker color on the roof beam is mold that has started to grow in the damp environment.

Look for wintertime damage in the spring

By Brian Swartz, BDN Maine Special Sections on April 11, 2014, at 8:32 a.m.
Snow removed from a metal roof lies piled beside a house in Hampden on New Year's Day 2014. Although pricey, metal roofing offers some advantages to traditional asphalt-shingle roofing; a metal roof tends to shed snow sooner, especially when temperatures warm toward 30 degrees, and last longer than a shingle roof.

The ins and outs of choosing a new roof

By David M. Fitzpatrick, BDN Maine Special Sections on April 11, 2014, at 8:25 a.m.
Frost tinges a young balsam fir growing in Franklin. Balsam fir, like trees native to Maine, are excellent candidates for planting in a yard as part of a natural landscape; already adapted to the state’s frigid winters and tough growing conditions, native trees can thrive where imported species struggle to survive.

Natural landscaping avoids many plant-related issues

By David Ffrench on April 11, 2014, at 8:23 a.m.
Among the initial DIY home-improvement projects that Mainers can undertake in spring is changing a home's decor by painting new color schemes on interior walls.

Undertake DIY home-improvement projects this spring

By Brandpoint on April 11, 2014, at 8:19 a.m.
During the late afternoon drive time on outer Broadway, clerk Alyson Perkins rings up items being purchased at Ingalls’ Six Mile Falls Market in Bangor by Raphe St. John of Glenburn.

Customers flock to Ingalls’ Six Mile Falls Market in Bangor

By Brian Swartz, Weekly Staff Editor on April 08, 2014, at 3:49 p.m.
Kathy Frodahl is the president and CEO of New England Home Health Care.

Certain screenings can protect people against health troubles

By Kathy Frodahl, Special to The Weekly on April 08, 2014, at 3:42 p.m.
Scattered granite blocks mark the abandonment of work at Fort McClary, constructed in the 19th century to protect the Portsmouth Navy Yard and Kittery and Portsmouth, N.H., from enemy warships. Operated today as a state historic site, the fort includes the original hexagonal wooden blockhouse and the ruins of the barracks. Drawn from the Bangor area, Co. A of the Maine Coast Guards garrisoned Fort McClary in midsummer 1864.

Influential Bangor politician joined 1864 summer sojourn

By Brian Swartz, Weekly Staff Editor on April 08, 2014, at 3:39 p.m.

Give your hands the extra pampering they need this spring

By Carol Higgins-Taylor on April 08, 2014, at 3:35 p.m.

Overpass replacement will limit Union Street traffic

By Dale McGarrigle, Special to The Weekly on April 08, 2014, at 3:33 p.m.
Betty McCarty, the owner of the clothing consignment shop Charlotte Lorraine’s, recently moved the business from Suite 2 to Suite 1 at 15 Perkins St. in Bangor. The shop has been in operation for nearly three years.

Bangor consignment shop features brand-name labels

By Ardeana Hamlin, Of the Weekly Staff on April 08, 2014, at 3:31 p.m.
Built in 1879, Comins Hall has witnessed many events, public and private, since then. Preserved and restored by area residents, Comins Hall has been officially designated the Eddington-Clifton Civic Center.

East Eddington Grange celebrates 125th anniversary

By Margaret Dougherty on April 08, 2014, at 3:27 p.m.
Power lawn-care equipment receives a lot of attention from the crowd during the 2013 Bangor Home Show, the last to be held in the Bangor Auditorium. The 44th annual Bangor Home Show will open for a three-day run at the Cross Insurance Center at 1 p.m, Friday, April 11.

44th Bangor Home Show opens Friday at Cross Center

By Brian Swartz, Weekly Staff Editor on April 08, 2014, at 3:21 p.m.

Penquis subsidiary assists regional micro-businesses

By Sheila Grant, Special to The Weekly on April 08, 2014, at 3:13 p.m.
Located at 75 Baker Road in Winterport, Old Iron Cycles services and restores antique and classic Harley-Davidson and Indian motorcycles.

Winterport shop services, restores antique and classic Harleys

By Brian Swartz, Weekly Staff Editor on April 03, 2014, at 8:10 a.m.
Maine at War
Union re-enactors load and fire their rifles at advancing Confederate re-enactors during the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Perryville, Ky. Soldiers from the 11th Maine Infantry Regiment engaged advancing Confederate infantry in similar fashion at Appomattox Court House, Va. on Sunday, April 9, 1865.

Two young Bangor soldiers suffered war’s last indignity

By Brian Swartz, Special to the BDN on April 02, 2014, at 2:34 p.m.
Long after the Civil War ended, survivors of the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery Regiment erected a monument on the Petersburg, Va. battlefield. The monument honors the regiment’s members who fell during a June 18, 1864 charge against the Confederate lines.

Park Service-sponsored program to honor Maine regiment with Bangor ties

By Brian Swartz on April 01, 2014, at 1:02 p.m.
Gazing from its cage at the Bangor Humane Society, an orange kitten awaits the human who will adopt it.

Journalist discusses the definition of ‘no-kill shelter’

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of the Weekly Staff on April 01, 2014, at 9:19 a.m.
Tim Gallon is the owner and brewmaster at Black Bear Brewery, located at 19 Mill St., No. 4A. He opened the brewery in 2006 and moved to his present location in 2008.

Maine beers are popular at Black Bear Brewery taproom

By Brian Swartz, Weekly Staff Editor on April 01, 2014, at 9:10 a.m.

Fifth annual Antique Appraisal Show will benefit LiveSAFE subscribers

By Carol Higgins-Taylor on March 31, 2014, at 4:10 p.m.