Articles by Dale McGarrigle

Jen and Stu Hatch show off one of their Mainely Cookouts cookers and their mobile kitchen at their Newburgh home.

Newburgh couple takes the art of the cookout on the road

By Dale McGarrigle, Of The Weekly Staff on Sept. 26, 2012, at 10:24 a.m.
NEWBURGH — It’s a debate as old as man. How do you cook something to get the best flavor from it? It was that question that led Stu Hatch into what would become his business, Mainely Cookouts, located at 2443 Carmel Road North in Newburgh. One day Hatch and a …

Red Cross seeks heroes to honor at annual breakfast

By Dale McGarrigle, Of The Weekly Staff on Sept. 19, 2012, at 10:43 a.m.
The Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross is looking for some heroes. The Red Cross needs the public’s help in finding several people to honor at its 16th Annual Real Heroes Award Breakfast to be held at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, at Jeff’s Catering & Event Center …

Alzheimer’s walk raises awareness, money

By Carol Higgins Taylor, Senior Beat on Sept. 19, 2012, at 10:03 a.m.
Given all the “back to school” flyers, it seems like now is the best time to take advantage of sales and buy yourself some new sneakers because you’ll want to put your best foot forward for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Oct. 6. But more than the …
As Kenny Kelley of Glenburn awaits an infusion of adult stem cells at a Panamanian city in November 2011, a Panamanian physician holds two syringes containing the cells. Autistic since birth, Kenny has undergone several such infusions since 2009.

Stem cell treatment benefits autistic Glenburn youth

By Dale McGarrigle, Of The Weekly Staff on Sept. 14, 2012, at 12:17 p.m.
GLENBURN — Now Kenny can read. Kenny Kelley can now also do many things that other 11-year-olds take for granted. According to his mother, Marty Kelley, that’s because injections of adult stem cells, taken from umbilical cord blood, have helped Kenny to shake off the shackles of autism, with which …
Jim Collins starts one of the many mixes offered by New England Cupboard in Hermon.

Food manufacturer New England Cupboard moves to new Hermon home

By Dale McGarrigle, Of The Weekly Staff on Sept. 14, 2012, at 8:37 a.m.
HERMON — For decades, Bakewell Cream has been a staple in kitchens throughout America. Now the gluten-free leavening agent now has a new home at 30 Liberty Drive — and a grand-opening will be held Friday, Sept. 14. Jim Collins of Hampden moved his specialty food-mix manufacturing and distributing company …
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An old barn has stood on a hill alongside Route 1A in Winterport for some 150 years. This classic view of the barn does not reveal its significant structural deterioration; however, a Texas couple has purchased the farm and has started restoring the barn.

Texas businessman gives new life to old Winterport barn

By Dale McGarrigle, Of the Weekly Staff on Sept. 07, 2012, at 9:48 a.m.
The landmark has loomed over the outskirts of Winterport for more years than most people can remember. South of town on Route 1A, the old barn up on the hill, across from the apple orchard, has been deteriorating for years — until a Texas man decided to restore it to …
" 'The Hunger Games," by Suzanne Collins." — Adrian Coleman, Bangor

“What’s the best book you’ve read this summer?”

By Dale McGarrigle on Aug. 22, 2012, at 11:17 a.m.
Donna Treadwell (left) and Colleen Blanchette have been "upcycling" furniture pieces for the past two years at their Serendipitous II store in Bangor.

Bangor women make old pieces shine again

By Dale McGarrigle, Of The Weekly Staff on Aug. 22, 2012, at 10:30 a.m.
BANGOR — It’s a green world, with more and more people striving to reduce their impact on the planet. But for Donna Treadwell and Colleen Blanchette, it’s not enough to recycle: They believe instead in “upcycling.” What is “upcycling”? It’s taking other people’s old and unwanted items and giving them …

Senior College offers variety of courses

By Carol Higgins Taylor, Senior Beat on Aug. 22, 2012, at 9:53 a.m.
Sharpen your pencils and put on your thinking caps; it’s time for the fall semester of Penobscot Valley Senior College. Classes start Sept. 27 and run for six Fridays, ending Nov. 2. Art classes are available on Thursdays beginning Sept 28. Morning and afternoon sessions are offered and the variety …
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Dallas Chief Eagle: Lakota hoop dancer

By Dale McGarrigle, Custom Publications Writer on Aug. 20, 2012, at 2:42 p.m.
It starts with a simple circle, made of wood or plastic piping. It’s what Dallas Chief Eagle does with these small hoops that makes them magical. Hoop dance is a form of storytelling dance incorporating anywhere from one to 30 hoops as props, which are used to create both static …
Nancy Roe fends off one of the educational toys at her new toystore, Douglas O. Cupcake Toys in Bangor.

Cupcake Toys store opens at In-Town Plaza

By Dale McGarrigle, Of The Weekly Staff on Aug. 15, 2012, at 8:50 p.m.
BANGOR — A new store that recently opened in the In-Town Plaza on Harlow Street is a time machine that takes children back to a simpler era. Owner Nancy Roe was very clear about what kind of items she stocks in her Robert O. Cupcake Toys store, which opened in …
"Mexican." — Brian Roffey, Dixmont

“What is your favorite kind of fast food?”

By Dale McGarrigle on Aug. 15, 2012, at 1:34 p.m.

Hampden’s Children’s Day an end-of-summer fixture

By Dale McGarrigle, Of The Weekly Staff on Aug. 15, 2012, at 10:36 a.m.
HAMPDEN — It’s become a rite of late summer. The 33rd Annual Hampden Children’s Day will take place on Saturday, Aug. 18, at McGraw School, 20 Main Road North. The rain date is Sunday, Aug. 19. The concept for the event, now under the auspices of the Hampden Recreation Department, …
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The Fairfield-based Sheridan Corp. has finished building a new $18 million hangar at the Bangor Air National Guard Base. Named Building 499, this hangar will replace the base’s existing hangar.

New hangar replaces Building 496 at Bangor Air Guard Base

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on Aug. 08, 2012, at 3:40 p.m.
Six decades will pass quietly into history next week as the old gives way to the new at the Bangor Air National Guard Base. After establishing the Air Force and Air National Guard in 1947, the Defense Department assigned the 101st Fighter Wing to the Maine Air National Guard. Stationed …
Construction started in June on a roundabout at the intersection of Godfrey Boulevard and Maine Avenue at Bangor International Airport. Hampden-based Hughes Bros. has the contract for the project, which costs just under $1 million.

Construction projects benefit BIA roads and ramps

By Dale McGarrigle, Of The Weekly Staff on Aug. 01, 2012, at 10:32 a.m.
BANGOR — It’s normal to see all manner of aircraft around Bangor International Airport. This summer, there’s been a different kind of vehicle multiplying in that area: construction equipment. Several projects are underway along Maine Avenue and Godfrey Boulevard and at the airport itself. The project most obvious to drivers …

Even outpatient surgery requires preparation

By Carol Higgins Taylor, Senior Beat on Aug. 01, 2012, at 10:23 a.m.
Outpatient surgery is about as commonplace as a doctor’s appointment these days. I have actually heard people say, “Oh, my surgery is no big deal, it’s just outpatient.” Think again. Outpatient though it may be, there are still things you should keep in mind. It is important to learn as …
Counselor Eileen Ward has been a fixture at St. Andre Home in Bangor for nearly 40 years.

Counselor retiring after 40 years of helping single mothers

By Dale McGarrigle, Of The Weekly Staff on July 26, 2012, at 4:08 p.m.
Seeking a new direction in her life, Eileen Ward of Glenburn came to the St. Andre Home of Bangor nearly 40 years ago. In the decades since, she has helped hundreds of single mothers and their children to find different paths as well. The St. Andre Home in Bangor houses …

Some tips for trimming rising grocery bills

By Carol Higgins Taylor, Senior Beat on July 26, 2012, at 3:28 p.m.
Remember the old phrase of getting “sticker shock” when shopping for a new car? Well, now the same phenomenon is happening at the grocery store. Food prices are at an all-time high, with healthful choices leading the pack. It’s no wonder someone with a limited income may choose a box …

Simple steps can help senior citizens to be more secure

By Carol Higgins Taylor, Senior Beat on July 20, 2012, at 10:21 a.m.
Purses can be a challenge. I went shopping not long ago for the perfect bag. I realize that men don’t understand how completely impossible this task can be. The purse has to be fashionable, functional and snatch-resistant. Zippers are great because if kept closed it’s harder for a thief to …
"Having a barbecue." — Vic Fournier, Bangor

“What’s an ideal summer day?”

By Dale McGarrigle on July 13, 2012, at 9:24 a.m.