Articles by Brian Swartz

 
Using a circular needle, knitter Phyllis Michaud of Orrington works on the collar of a child’s sweater, a special order that she is knitting for one of her customers.

Knitting and felting help keep Orrington women in stitches

By Ardeana Hamlin, Special to The Weekly on March 11, 2014, at 9:56 a.m.
Maine at War
Hailing from Bangor, Col. Daniel Chaplin commanded the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery Regiment during its disastrous June 18, 1864 charge at Petersburg, Va.

Orono soldier followed his colonel to the gates of hell

By Brian Swartz, Special to the BDN on March 10, 2014, at 9:04 a.m.
Funeral & Estate Planning

Estate planning necessitates certain legal documents

By AARP.org on March 05, 2014, at 10:02 a.m.
Funeral & Estate Planning
Stephen Burrill has been the superintendent at Mount Hope Cemetery in Bangor since 1992. He is the third generation of his family to serve in this position; his father, Harold S. Burrill Jr., was the superintendent from 1969-1992, and his grandfather, Harold S. Burrill Sr., was superintendent at Mount Hope Cemetery from circa 1930 to 1946.

A place called Mount Hope

By Brian Swartz, BDN Maine Special Sections on March 05, 2014, at 10:01 a.m.
Funeral & Estate Planning
Tracy J. Roberts is an attorney with Rudman Winchell.

Buyer beware of national online legal document services

By Tracy J. Roberts on March 05, 2014, at 9:56 a.m.
Funeral & Estate Planning
For many Mainers, a beloved pet becomes an important part of the family; for people living alone, a cat or dog represents interaction with another living creature and helps fill the avoid when no one else is around.

Loss of a pet can profoundly affect its owners

By Debra Bell, Special to BDN Maine on March 05, 2014, at 9:53 a.m.
Funeral & Estate Planning

Consider the various investment alternatives

By Brandpoint on March 05, 2014, at 9:50 a.m.
Funeral & Estate Planning
Nathaniel S. Putnam, Esq. is an attorney with Eaton Peabody.

Estate Planning 101 for the family camp

By Nathaniel S. Putnam, Esq. on March 05, 2014, at 9:44 a.m.
Funeral & Estate Planning
This example of laser etching on black granite portrays a classic image of Portland Head Lighthouse. For full customization of a memorial, words, illustrations, and photos can be into the stone.

Personalized memorials recall those who have passed

By David M. Fitzpatrick, BDN Maine Special Sections on March 05, 2014, at 9:41 a.m.
Funeral & Estate Planning
This particular keepsake melds a lasting memory of a loved one — a thumbprint — and a heart-shaped pendant. Known as a Thumbie, this keepsake has been laser etched with a decedent’s thumbprint.

Remembering loved ones through personalized services

By David M. Fitzpatrick, BDN Maine Special Sections on March 05, 2014, at 9:37 a.m.
Maine at War
Daniel Chaplin of Bangor experienced combat with the 2nd Maine Infantry Regiment. Named a colonel in August 1862, he led the 18th Maine Infantry Regiment to Washington, D.C., where his men garrisoned perimeter forts guarding the nation's capital. After the regiment transformed into the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery Regiment, Chaplin led his men into combat in Virginia during spring and summer 1864.

Combat veterans mocked Maine’s ‘Band Box Soldiers’

By Brian Swartz, Special to the BDN on March 04, 2014, at 8:52 a.m.
“Parabellum,” by Maine-based artist Kenny Cole, is on display at the University of Maine Museum of Art through March 22.

Art museum plans to enhance strong community ties

By Ardeana Hamlin, Special to The Weekly on March 04, 2014, at 8:46 a.m.
The No. 6 Old Town Coyotes and No. 3 MDI Trojans played the first official tournament game at the Cross Insurance Center on Friday, Feb. 14. During the game, which Old Town won 57-44, Coyotes’ junior guard Eric Hoogterp (22) passes the ball to 6-3 center Zack Bartlett.

Old Town wins first Eastern Maine crown in 23 years

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on March 04, 2014, at 8:39 a.m.
The Orono Junior Chamber of Commerce staged a banquet on Feb. 29, 1956, in honor of National Jaycee President Hugh McKenna of Nebraska. Among the participants were (seated, from left) Maine Jaycee Vice President Frederick M. Woodman; professor Gerald Grady, University of Maine, one of the Jaycees’ three Outstanding Young Men of Maine for 1955; Maine Jaycee President Thomas C. Rice, Hampden; McKenna; University of Maine President Arthur A. Hauck; (standing) Maine Secretary Raymond Fournier, Bangor; National Jaycee Director for Maine C. Ivan Tozier, Skowhegan; National Director Linwood Pelletier, Presque Isle; Maine Vice President Richard Small, Orono; Orono Jaycee President Stephen MacPherson; and National Jaycee Teen-Age Rodeo Chairman William Leger, Portland and University of Maine.

Weekly Yesterday for March 6-12, 2014

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on March 03, 2014, at 2:33 p.m.

Elders help fight Medicare fraud, abuse

By Carol Higgins-Taylor on March 03, 2014, at 2:30 p.m.
Professional photographer Bob Hirshberg sits at a computer workstation inside his business, Scruffyy Productions, which is based in Glenburn. Among the photo-oriented products that he produces and sells are (from left) a steamship “Katahdin” image printed on a silk pillow, a 2014 Bangor calendar, and a matted and framed color photo of an Aeronca Champ seaplane on a ramp at the Lucky Landing Seaplane Base on Pushaw Lake in Glenburn.

His passion led ‘Aircraft Photographer’ to develop a new business in Glenburn

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on March 03, 2014, at 2:28 p.m.
Board member Roberta Fowler (left) holds Tori, and Board President Lori Smart holds Ricki at The Animal Orphanage in Old Town recently.

The Animal Orphanage seeks community support

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of the Weekly Staff on March 03, 2014, at 2:25 p.m.
Lincoln artist David Whalen teaches a Penobscot Valley Senior College class in watercolor painting at Eastport Hall on the University of Maine at Augusta-Bangor campus in March 2013. Whalen will offer his “Learn to Paint with Watercolors” during the PVSC’s spring 2014 program; his class will be taught at Hobby Lobby on Stillwater Avenue in Bangor.

Penobscot Valley Senior College starts March 11

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on March 03, 2014, at 2:18 p.m.
Erv Morrison cuts a customer’s hair at his barber shop on Hammond Street in Bangor. Morrison opened the shop a year ago; he had cut hair in Orono for 50 years before moving to Bangor. He sweeps the floor after each hair cut; cleanliness is an important business practice for the 77-year-old barber.

Barber has cut hair for a half century

By Danielle Walczak, Special to The Weekly on March 03, 2014, at 2:13 p.m.
Maine at War
Artist Winslow Homer drew a highly detailed illustration of infantrymen charging opposing infantry on a Civil War battlefield. At the northeastern tip of Matagorda Island on the Texas Gulf Coast, Maine soldiers attacked a similar Confederate position in late November 1863 — only to find that the fort’s defenders had abandoned their posts.

Escaping a Texas winter was a good reason to re-enlist in ’64

By Brian Swartz, Special to the BDN on Feb. 26, 2014, at 8:52 a.m.