Articles by Dale McGarrigle

Gass Horse Supply has been an institution on Route 2 in Orono for nearly a century.

Gass Horse Supply thrives through selection, customer service

By Dale McGarrigle, Weekly Staff Writer on Jan. 09, 2013, at 11:23 a.m.
ORONO — There’s an institution on Route 2 about halfway between Bangor and downtown Orono. For more than a century, Gass Horse Supply has been, as its motto says, “Providing for Horse and Rider.” No company stays in business that long without evolving along the way, as third-generation owner Barry …
A Bangor Public Works Department equipment operator drives a John Deere bulldozer while leveling an open area behind the former Bangor Armory in early December. The project also involved the Bangor Parks and Recreation Department, which is building an outdoor play area behind the armory.

Bangor Parks and Rec building outdoor play area

By Dale McGarrigle, Weekly Staff Writer on Jan. 02, 2013, at 9:58 a.m.
BANGOR — For those wondering about the construction equipment behind the Bangor Parks and Recreation Department building over the past few weeks, there’s a simple explanation: Like most parents, the department staffers just want to get children outside to play. For its Kids Cave before- and after-school program, staffers use …
Officers for the Student Athlete Advisory Council at Brewer High School are (from left) Treasurer Matt Morrow, Secretary Glory Watson, and Chairman Ryan Lolar. Vice chair Meg Nickerson was absent.

Student Athlete Advisory Council to aid school, Brewer community

By Dale McGarrigle, Weekly Staff Writer on Nov. 28, 2012, at 10:45 a.m.
Student athletes often gather after school hours, either for practice or games. Now a select group of student athletes are gathering before school, to discuss ways to help out not just their teams but also the school and the Brewer community at large. The Student Athlete Advisory Council was formed …
This new Venmar air-handling system was installed at the Lura Hoit Pool in Hampden in late August and early September.

Hampden pool gets new air-handling system

By Dale McGarrigle, Weekly Staff Writer on Nov. 28, 2012, at 10:37 a.m.
HAMPDEN — Patrons may have found themselves feeling more comfortable during visits to the Lura Hoit Pool over the past couple of months. That’s thanks to the pool’s new air-handling system, which was installed in late summer at the facility. What does an air-handling system do? In simple terms, it …
The dairy herd at Tide Mill Organic Farm in Edmunds heads out to pasture after milking.

Documentary follows business venture by dairy farmers

By Dale McGarrigle, Weekly Staff Writer on Nov. 28, 2012, at 10:11 a.m.
A group of determined farmers from eastern and northern Maine are following the old dictum of “if life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Cast off by a big corporation, these farmers are creating a new path by collectively producing their own brand of organic milk. Their efforts have been captured …
Newburgh soon will have a new addition to its fire station.

Community, volunteers help to build addition to Newburgh fire station

By Dale McGarrigle, Weekly Staff Writer on Nov. 21, 2012, at 9:07 a.m.
NEWBURGH — It takes a village to raise a fire station. Or at least a fire-station addition. That’s what’s happening at the Newburgh Volunteer Fire Department Station on Route 9 as community members and department staff have joined forces to build a new home for some of the department’s equipment. …
Kathi Howland's business, Girl Friday Errand and Shopping Service, offers busy people a chance to reclaim some time in their day. She specializes in dog walking and pet sitting.

Girl Friday helps to ease chaotic lives

By Debra Bell, Weekly Staff Writer on Nov. 21, 2012, at 8:28 a.m.
BREWER — When busy schedules cause mayhem and stress, Kathi Howland is ready to help. Howland, the owner of Girl Friday Errand and Shopping Service in Brewer, said she was inspired to start the business when her own life turned chaotic. “I have an older dog [named Tillie that has] …
Orono resident Wesley Colbath wrote a chapter included in the new book "Lucky Stripes and a Three Martini Lunch: Thinking About Television's 'Mad Men.' "

Orono writer’s chapter included in ‘Mad Men’ collection

By Dale McGarrigle, Weekly Staff Writer on Nov. 14, 2012, at 9:56 a.m.
Despite what many parents will tell their children, watching television can prove beneficial. Just ask Wesley Colbath. The Orono resident turned his fascination with the critically acclaimed AMC drama “Mad Men” into a chapter in a recently published academic volume about the series. Colbath’s chapter “Sex, Privacy and Relations of …
"The guys I was in Vietnam with." — Henry Deschaine, Glenburn

“Who do you think about on Veterans Day?”

By Dale McGarrigle on Nov. 13, 2012, at 12:06 p.m.
Paula Matlins shows off the Promoting American Sign Language, Deaf Culture and Deaf People Award at the annual Deaf Culture Tea Awards, held Sept. 20 in Augusta.

Amicus official wins award for promotion of signing

By Dale McGarrigle, Weekly Staff Writer on Nov. 13, 2012, at 9:43 a.m.
Paula Matlins remembers what it’s like to be unable to communicate. As a young girl, she had a terrible speech impediment. She was assigned to her neighborhood school, the Mary Snow School, which was also where, at that time, the Bangor school district placed all the deaf children. It was …
"French vanilla cappuccino." — Allison Badger, East Corinth

“What’s your favorite hot beverage?”

By Dale McGarrigle on Oct. 31, 2012, at 11:09 a.m.
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The wool-like waxy filaments lining the underside of this hemlock branch contain maturing hemlock woolly adelgids, an inspect pest gradually extending its range along the Maine coast.

Predatory insect threatens hemlock trees in Maine

By Dale McGarrigle, Special Sections Writer on Oct. 25, 2012, at 2:29 p.m.
A tiny insect is working its way up the Maine coast and is threatening hemlock trees along the way. Since 1999 in this state, the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid has set up its home on the new growth of hemlock, feeding off such trees and harming their vitality in the process. …
Curvin "Chip" Farnham is the new conductor of the Bangor Band.

Veteran music educator Farnham new director of Bangor Band

By Dale McGarrigle, Of The Weekly Staff on Oct. 18, 2012, at 10:09 a.m.
Curvin “Chip” Farnham just isn’t the retiring type. After almost a half-century of teaching and conducting throughout the Greater Bangor area, Farnham is retiring from the University of Maine at Orono, where he’s been since 1986. Well, maybe “retiring” is too strong a term. He’s now the new conductor for …

Shelter, employment agency team up to aid homeless

By Dale McGarrigle, Of The Weekly Staff on Oct. 18, 2012, at 9:56 a.m.
BANGOR — It’s been a natural pairing. Staff members at the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter want their clients to enjoy the benefits of regular work. The Bangor branch of Labor Ready, a national temporary employment agency, has a steady need for employees. So it’s only made sense for the two …
"Cleaning gutters." — David Nichols, Ellsworth

“What’s your least favorite fall task?”

By Dale McGarrigle on Oct. 11, 2012, at 8:26 a.m.
Greg Hawes, co-owner of G & M Family Market in Holden, and Sheila Treadwell, meat department manager, show off some of the selections from the store's extensive meat department.

New family market popular stop in Holden

By Dale McGarrigle, Of The Weekly Staff on Oct. 10, 2012, at 11:05 a.m.
EAST HOLDEN — A number of things go into having a successful business: location, timing, inventory, technology. All of these things have combined to help the father-and-son team of David and Greg Hawes to make the transition from convenience store G & M Variety, which the elder Hawes purchased in …
This sparrow is among the wildlife that can be found along the Orono Bog Boardwalk.

Fundraiser to benefit Orono Bog Boardwalk

By Dale McGarrigle, Of The Weekly Staff on Oct. 10, 2012, at 10:23 a.m.
BANGOR — For the past decade, the Orono Bog Boardwalk has taken visitors to a quieter time and place. Now it’s time for those visitors to step up and help revitalize the 4,200-foot boardwalk. Wood-decaying fungi, carpenter ants and heavy usage have all left their marks on the wooden boardwalk. …

Delicious fungi mushroom in the fall

By Greg Westrich, Special to The Weekly on Oct. 04, 2012, at 8:37 p.m.
Most people I know spend the fall looking at the foliage; the swamp maples in our area are already flame red. What most people miss is another change occurring at our feet: mushrooms. Fall is the best time to see mushrooms in Maine, especially a few days after a good …
Taking part in this weekend’s karate events in Orrington and Orland will be (from left) Steve Apsega, sensei at Maine Traditional Karate in Orrington; visiting instructor Loren Engelby from Minnesota; Hanshi John Shipes from Texas; and Stan Leach, sensei at the Orland Shorin Ryu dojo.

Karate events planned at Orrington, Orland dojos

By Dale McGarrigle, Of The Weekly Staff on Oct. 04, 2012, at 10:31 a.m.
ORRINGTON — October will be a busy month at Sensei Steve Apsega’s Maine Traditional Karate dojo. The dojo, located at 136 River Road 3 miles from the Brewer town line on Route 15, will be co-hosting, with Orland Shorin Ryu dojo, a visit by Hanshi John Shipes of Texas, one …
"Leaf-peeping." — Andrew Reiser, Bangor

“What’s your favorite fall activity?”

By Dale McGarrigle on Sept. 26, 2012, at 1:35 p.m.