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.
BANGOR — The 51st annual Anah Circus will bring exciting bigtop entertainment to the Cross Insurance Center May 2-4 as the popular event shifts from the Bangor Auditorium to the Queen City’s entertainment hub. Ringmaster Charlie Van Buskirk will introduce to fans of all ages such acts as: • Mayya …
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.
ORONO — The unseen damage caused by winter can wreak havoc by spring. “When it finally starts to get warm, take a look at the damage around your property that could happen as a result of winter,” recommends Howard Whelden Sr., who owns One Stop Home Repair at 90 Stillwater …
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.
It’s time to reroof the house. Do you go with asphalt shingles, metal roofing, or something else? Asphalt Shingles For a balance of effectiveness, durability, and aesthetic appeal, asphalt shingles are an excellent choice. Gone are the days when they come only in black or gray; now, you can put …
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.
There seems to be no end in sight for the natural landscaping trend, which has numerous benefits to homeowners, including less time and monetary investments. Natural landscaping is usually synonymous with sustainability because it incorporates the use of native plants that are indigenous to the geographic area being landscaped. Native …
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.
It’s time to start dreaming of a spring home makeover. Sources of design inspiration, like Pinterest, are plentiful and can help make your home decor and renovation projects easy and fun. In fact, now is the season to gather ideas and get started. Warm up to color A fresh coat …
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.
BANGOR — What a difference the last 12 months have made at Six Mile Falls Market in Bangor. On March 29, 2013, Jeff and Melissa Ingalls purchased the convenience store located at 2354 Broadway, next to the intersection of Broadway and North Bangor Road. Jeff had retired from teaching physical …
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.
We hear more talk in our world about living the healthy lifestyle, for the young and old alike. In my last article I mentioned the aging baby boomer population; it is predicted that by 2015, 45 percent of the population will be represented by people 50 years or older. While …
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.
KITTERY — Some Bangor boys once spent a pleasant wartime summer guarding a fort on the Maine coast. Not many Mainers visit Fort McClary, an interesting state historic site located off Route 103 in Kittery Point. Built to protect Kittery and Portsmouth, N.H. against enemy warships, the fort comprised a …

Give your hands the extra pampering they need this spring

By Carol Higgins-Taylor on April 08, 2014, at 3:35 p.m.
Cold, wet weather can raise havoc on your skin causing red, rough hands with fingertips that are prone to painful splitting. For seniors, taking care of the hands is vital as the skin loses some of its integrity and becomes thin. Not to mention, hands are like calendars and can …

Overpass replacement will limit Union Street traffic

By Dale McGarrigle, Special to The Weekly on April 08, 2014, at 3:33 p.m.
BANGOR — To ultimately enjoy less traffic congestion, drivers around Union Street will have to endure two years of more congestion. The Maine Department of Transportation plans to replace the Union Street Bridge overpass, beginning this spring and continuing through November 2016. The project is partly a response to the …
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.
BANGOR — Betty McCarty of Glenburn is living the dream she had when was 18 years old. Three years ago, she opened Charlotte Lorraine, a consignment shop at 15 Perkins St., just off Hammond Street in Bangor. The shop is named after McCarty’s mother, Charlotte Lorraine Curtis. “My mother encouraged …
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.
EAST EDDINGTON – The East Eddington Grange was formed on March 9, 1889, at the East Eddington Public hall. Two organizations, the Farmers Club and Young Ladies Sociable’s, raised funds and began construction of the public hall 10 years before the Eddington Grange was formed. Eddington Grange charter members and …
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.
BANGOR — When the doors open Friday on the 44th annual Bangor Home Show, visitors familiar with the show’s traditional layout will be pleasantly surprised when they enter the Cross Insurance Center. That’s because for the first time in 44 years, the Home Show is not taking place inside the …

Penquis subsidiary assists regional micro-businesses

By Sheila Grant, Special to The Weekly on April 08, 2014, at 3:13 p.m.
While rural Maine offers fewer employment opportunities than it did during the heyday of forestry and manufacturing, people are still attracted to the quality of life. Those factors are contributing to a growing number of micro-businesses statewide as people create jobs for themselves. Savvy entrepreneurs are identifying unmet demand for …
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.
WINTERPORT — Since April 25, 1981, owners of antique and classic Harley and Indian motorcycles have relied on Bill Rutolo to keep their bikes maintained at Old Iron Cycles at 75 Baker Road in this Penobscot River town. “He was a vehicle mechanic, doing motorcycles on the side,” said Jaynie …
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.
His horse responding quickly to tugged reins and applied spurs, a one-armed warrior from Stetson rode among his exhausted Maine men as they stumbled, bumbled, and grumbled across rural Virginia on Saturday, April 8, 1865. Less than a week earlier, Union assaults had broken the Confederate lines at Petersburg. Forced …
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.
BANGOR — During a National Park Service-sponsored event titled “Reverberations — Commemorating the Overland Campaign,” Maine will honor a battle-shattered Civil War regiment as part of 11 observances taking place across the United States on Saturday, May 24. “The purpose of this Civil War 150th event is to help people …
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.
Author’s note: While I working on a recent story about a local no-kill animal shelter, some people told me that they disapproved of any shelter that ever euthanized animals calling itself “no-kill.” This story is to inform about what “no-kill shelter” means and where Maine is at with euthanasia. According …
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.
ORONO — In the five months since Black Bear Brewery introduced its expanded taproom at 19 Mill St., No. 4A, beer lovers have discovered that Voodoo Porter, Gearhead Ale, Tough End IPA, and Tree Hugger are great names for great beers. Owner and brewmaster Tim Gallon is pleased with the …

Fifth annual Antique Appraisal Show will benefit LiveSAFE subscribers

By Carol Higgins-Taylor on March 31, 2014, at 4:10 p.m.
Look around your home. Do you see things that were handed down for generations or that have convincing family stories attached describing the item as “being worth a fortune”? Maybe you’ve got yard-sale bargains that you just have a good feeling about or long-lost items from your attic or basement …