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.
ORRINGTON — A trio of local residents representing three generations of women in one family refer to themselves as “knitting fools,” even though one of them crochets instead of knits. The “knitting fools” are Phyllis Michaud, her daughter, Monica Gaither ,and Monica’s daughter ,Krista Morneault. Together they operate a home-based …
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.
After Union troops bogged down outside Petersburg, senior Union commanders ordered an attack on Saturday, June 18, 1864. Among the regiments sent to charge across open terrain was the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery. “I think it must have been about three o’clock in the afternoon when we came out from …
Funeral & Estate Planning

Estate planning necessitates certain legal documents

By on March 05, 2014, at 10:02 a.m.
People don’t want to think that an accident or illness would prevent them from saying what they want — or don’t want — when it comes to their future medical care. We tell ourselves: I have plenty of time to take care of those things later … if I get …
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.
BANGOR — Tucked into the Queen City’s east corner, Mount Hope Cemetery provides a quiet oasis for the living — and the dead, naturally — about 2 miles from the traffic-humming Bangor Mall. The cemetery has sheltered Bangor’s famous and obscure residents since the 1830s — and visitors mistakenly believe …
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.
As a working mother, I completely understand how busy life can get. You realize that you need an estate plan to manage your affairs if something happens to you, but finding the time to actually think about and develop a plan gets lost in the whirlwind of a day. Of …
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.
The loss of a pet can be traumatic. The Humane Society of the United States reports that pet ownership has tripled from the 1970s and that approximately 62 percent of American households have at least one pet. So it’s natural to think that the loss of a pet can affect …
Funeral & Estate Planning

Consider the various investment alternatives

By Brandpoint on March 05, 2014, at 9:50 a.m.
Many investors are taking more control of their financial future by investing in alternatives to the stock market, including real estate, land, promissory notes, oil and gas. Sue Jensen of New York grew frustrated after watching her life savings take a hit year after year in the stock market. A …
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.
Many families have the good fortune of owning a vacation property or “camp” near one of Maine’s countless lakes, rivers, or other scenic destinations. A camp has often been in the same family for multiple generations and serves as the connection that solidifies relationships between siblings, cousins, and more distant …
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.
When you talk about granite monuments, the word “trendy” isn’t quite right. It isn’t like headstones have yearly models like the latest sports cars or smartphones, after all. But what people are doing to personalize those monuments is what makes them so special. Not too many years ago, choices were …
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.
Of all the trends in the funeral industry, in recent years there has been a major shift in how the services are done. Today, they are becoming more and more personalized, with loved ones taking active roles in making those services celebrations of life. “They are selecting a form of …
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.
There stands at Petersburg National Battlefield a name-laden monument to the battle-shattered 1st Maine Heavy Artillery Regiment. Located slightly off the beaten National Park Service path, the monument honors the “604 brave members who fell charging here” on a late spring afternoon in ’64, according to an inscription. Two bronze …
“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.
BANGOR — It’s not an exaggeration to say that the University of Maine Museum of Art has become the cultural heart of Bangor. “We are the art museum for this region,” said Director and Curator George Kinghorn, who for six years has been at the helm of the museum. “It’s …
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.
Absent from the Eastern Maine High School Basketball Tournament since 2001, the Old Town Coyotes surprised many tourney fans by capturing the 2014 Eastern Maine Class B boys’ crown. The victory was Old Town’s first tournament sweep since 1991, when the school played in Class A. Among the people not …
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.
YESTERDAY … 10 years ago — March 6, 2004 (As reported in the Bangor Daily News) OLD TOWN — After reading this newspaper, you’ll probably toss it into the garbage with your Saturday-morning eggshells and coffee grounds. Perhaps you’re among the small percentage of people who recycle their papers, or …

Elders help fight Medicare fraud, abuse

By Carol Higgins-Taylor on March 03, 2014, at 2:30 p.m.
Medicare fraud costs taxpayers billions of dollars a year. It is estimated that $1 out of every $7 spent by Medicare is on fraud, errors, waste, and abuse. The federal government is cracking down on abusers, but the government can’t do it alone. They need the help of all Medicare …
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.
GLENBURN — There’s a reason why private pilots across North America know Bob Hirshberg as the “Aircraft Photographer.” Whenever he encounters a seaplane, Hirshberg reaches for his camera — and his photos now appear in calendars, on canvases, as framed art, and even on silk pillows. These products and others …
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.
OLD TOWN — For 23 years, The Animal Orphanage in Old Town has served the Old Town/Orono community’s stray dogs and cats, even if that means a tenant has to stick around a while. “It’s not unusual for a cat to live with us for a long time,” said Board …
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.
BANGOR — A love of learning, once acquired, is an attribute that stays with a person forever. Learning can be done on your own, either: • By informally by reading books and other information; • Asking someone to show you the basics of what you want to learn, such as …
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.
BANGOR — Four chairs line the narrow waiting area inside the nondescript yellow house at 584 Hammond St. The chairs are empty; their colorful pleather reflects wall-hung pictures of smiling customers and family members. Newspaper clippings — the oldest headline, from 1952, proclaims that “Orono Wins State Football Championship” — …
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.
Did some 15th Maine Infantry Regiment boys re-enlist just to escape the ennui of Texas garrison life — and perhaps to desert after receiving Army-sanctioned leaves back home to Maine? By capturing New Orleans in April 1862 and blockading other Gulf of Mexico ports (particularly Mobile, Ala.), the Navy sharply …
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