Articles by Dale McGarrigle

April Braley shows off a few varieties of her Cupcakes Too! desserts.

Woman moves tasty treats to Bangor

By Dale McGarrigle, Of The Weekly Staff on July 13, 2012, at 8:49 a.m.
GLENBURN — What a sweet place April Braley’s kitchen must be. That’s where Braley creates the colorful treats for her two businesses, Fruit Bouquets and Cupcakes Too!, when she’s not working at her other family business, Roger’s Market in Hudson. Braley’s culinary journey began four years ago, when she wanted …
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Medical conditions can affect seniors’ ability to withstand heat

By Carol Higgins-Taylor on July 05, 2012, at 9:10 a.m.
We’ve had some staggering temps already this year and undoubtedly more will be on the way. It’s time to be proactive about the heat. Seems every heat wave has people scrambling for fans and air conditioners. If you don’t have a cooling mechanism, think about getting one as soon as …
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Brewer Boy Scout Mason Duplissie makes final adjustments to the picnic table and shelter recently built for the Brewer Public Library. Duplissie conceived and organized the project as part of the requirements for him to become an Eagle Scout.
fastens a commemorative plate to a picnic table shelter that he constructed for the Brewer Public Library. Duplissie built the shelter for his Eagle Scout project.

Scout’s project benefits Brewer Public Library

By Dale McGarrigle, Of the Weekly Staff on July 05, 2012, at 8:57 a.m.
BREWER — When Mason Duplissie puts his mind to something, he gets it done. The 15-year-old incoming sophomore at Brewer High School plays 11 instruments, sings in the chorus, and competes in mock trial, all while remaining an honor student. A Boy Scout Troop 1 in Brewer, Duplissie is also …
"Zebra." — Jebediah Stanchfield, 5, Bangor

“What is your favorite animal?”

By Dale McGarrigle on June 27, 2012, at 2:02 p.m.
"Ice-cold lemonade." — Anne Woodcock, Bangor

“What’s your favorite way to cool off on a hot summer day?”

By Dale McGarrigle on June 27, 2012, at 1:41 p.m.
Newburgh Christian musician Dale Overlock is now touring behind his debut album.

Newburgh musician Overlock spreads the Word through song

By Dale McGarrigle, Of The Weekly Staff on June 27, 2012, at 11:06 a.m.
Music has always been a big part of Dale Overlock’s life. For the past decade, it’s been a conduit for his ministry. Now music is taking the 31-year-old Newburgh resident on the road. Overlock and his acoustic guitar are traveling as far afield as North Carolina and Florida — and …

EAAA offers many services to help seniors in four counties

By Carol Higgins Taylor, Senior Beat on June 27, 2012, at 10:08 a.m.
Sometimes in my travels, I hear, “Oh, I’ve heard of your agency. Just what do you do exactly?” Well, we do a lot. And good thing, since 660 people turn 65 every month in Maine. Eastern Area Agency on Aging covers Penobscot, Piscataquis, Hancock and Washington counties. Here’s the short …

Caretakers need to take time for themselves

By Carol Higgins Taylor, Senior Beat on June 21, 2012, at 8:42 a.m.
Sometimes it seems to happen overnight. You catch sight of your mother out of the corner of your eye and she suddenly seems frail. Or you wonder to yourself, “how long dad has walked with that stoop?” Maybe your once quick-witted, never-forget-a-thing spouse has trouble remembering simple tasks. No one …

Watch out for warning signs of elder abuse

By Carol Higgins Taylor, Senior Beat on June 13, 2012, at 9:55 a.m.
As with child abuse and domestic violence many years ago, elder abuse is a problem that has been in the shadows for too long. There are roughly 14,000 cases in Maine annually, 80 percent of which go unreported. June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. But each day that …

‘Tis the season for riding lawn mowers

By Dale McGarrigle, Of The Weekly Staff on June 06, 2012, at 12:49 p.m.
Spring has sprung recently, with nature awakening enthusiastically from its long winter’s nap. So this is the time of year when people flock to lawn-and-garden equipment dealers such as Freedom Power Equipment in Hermon. Just ask Jerry Fratini. The owner of the company since March, Fratini has been hard pressed …

Momentum North team busy preparing for Special Olympics

By Dale McGarrigle, Of The Weekly Staff on June 06, 2012, at 11:28 a.m.
BANGOR — In late July and early August, the world’s eyes will turn to London, where the 2012 Summer Olympic Games will be held. But closer to home, there’s a group of special athletes that would welcome your help. The Momentum North Special Olympics team is busy training for its …
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Hampden students (from back to front) Emily Gonthier, Alexandra Buzzini, Madison Elkins, Grace Plaisted, and Jack Burridge check out their seedlings.

Students learn useful skills by tending orchards, gardens

By Dale McGarrigle, Of the Weekly Staff on May 31, 2012, at 11:14 a.m.
In Maine School Administrative District 22, they’re not just growing fruits and vegetables. They’re growing gardeners. That’s thanks to the fledgling MSAD 22 Apple Orchard and School Garden Project, which is now responsible for apple orchards on Hampden and Winterport school grounds and a gothic-style cold-frame greenhouse behind Reeds Brook …
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Chief technologist Jane Peasley and Dr. James Sears, director of the Sleep Disorders Center of Neurology Associates of Eastern Maine, watch the monitors in the center's observation room.

Sleep disorders can affect lifestyle

By Dale McGarrigle, Of the Weekly Staff on May 31, 2012, at 10:47 a.m.
It should be the most regenerative of times. No, not the weekend, but the six or more hours a day that we sleep. But for 40 million adults, it’s not that simple. At least that many people suffer from lack of adequate quality sleep, resulting in impaired cognitive abilities, reflexes, …

Asking questions can protect seniors from financial scams

By Carol Higgins-Taylor on May 31, 2012, at 10:37 a.m.
There is no shortage of scams circulating right now designed to separate you from your money. At a Penobscot County Triad meeting recently, I heard of an elderly gentleman who was scammed out of $4,000, money he could ill afford to lose. Another woman hit the brakes just in time …
"That would be my uncle, Raymond Brown. He was in the Navy on the USS Luce." — Will Brown, Newburgh

“Who is the veteran whom you honor on Memorial Day?”

By Dale McGarrigle on May 25, 2012, at 2:51 p.m.

The Maine Jump takes trial run in Presque Isle

By Dale McGarrigle, Of The Weekly Staff on May 25, 2012, at 1:37 p.m.
Ryan Hatch recently took his act on the road. Since last September, Hatch has been the president and co-owner of The Maine Jump, an inflatable children’s playground located on Hogan Road in Bangor, in the former Pier 1 Imports building. The attraction has been growing in popularity, so Hatch decided …

Getting in shape can help seniors with many medical conditions

By Carol Higgins Taylor, Senior Beat on May 25, 2012, at 1:32 p.m.
If you are looking for a reason to spring into shape this season, I have some sobering statistics for you. “Heart, disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the No. 1 cause of death in American women, claiming almost 420,000 lives each year, or nearly one death each minute. …
A Maine Department of Transportation crew is installing a concrete wearing surface and replacing expansion joints on the Bullseye Bridge in Bangor. The project should wrap up in late June.

Rehab project targets Bullseye Bridge in Bangor

By Dale McGarrigle, Of The Weekly Staff on May 18, 2012, at 11:07 a.m.
BANGOR — Motorists traveling from Ohio Street to Broadway will have to allow a little extra time en route through late June. That’s because the Maine Department of Transportation is doing some work on the Bullseye Bridge, which straddles the Kenduskeag Stream between Ohio Street and Kenduskeag Avenue. The $225,000 …

Old Town class records single to benefit Make-A-Wish

By Dale McGarrigle, Of The Weekly Staff on May 18, 2012, at 10:25 a.m.
OLD TOWN — A class at Leonard Middle School has been doing quite a bit of star gazing this year. The 22 students in a seventh grade music-appreciation class have been pondering the many meanings of stars. The ultimate result of this is the song “Stars That Shine,” the single …

Swedish massage an effective way to handle everyday aches

By Carol Higgins Taylor, Senior Beat on May 18, 2012, at 8:46 a.m.
Gardening is hard work, no doubt about it. While the end result is beautiful, you might end up with more than pretty flowers or fresh vegetables to show for your trouble. You might find yourself with kinks in all the wrong places. Now think about fragrant essential oils, soft music …