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One of many MotoTRBO portable devices, Motorola's XPR 7000 Series delivers voice and data communication with integrated Bluetooth audio and data, GPS, and text messaging.

Changing with technology

By David M. Fitzpatrick, BDN Maine Special Sections on March 13, 2014, at 1:17 p.m.
Whitten’s 2-Way Service began in Randy Whitten’s garage in 1957. Whitten, a ham radio operator, had had lessons from his uncle and through a correspondence course. Later, Motorola sent him to Chicago for formal training and awarded him its service contract for the area. After 30 years of growth, Whitten …
In a still from the 2013 MPBN documentary “A Matter of Duty,” Sheriff Randy Liberty is in his office at the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department. Liberty opened up about his traumatic wartime experiences in Fallujah and the aftermath upon his return to Maine. After seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, Liberty worked to establish programs to help veterans incarcerated in his jail get the help they need.

Documentary brings the reality of veterans’ post-traumatic stress disorder to viewers

By David Fitzpatrick on Nov. 05, 2013, at 11:37 a.m.
A new documentary airing on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network this month is one that’s sure to open the eyes — and the minds — of many. “A Matter of Duty: The Continuing War Against PTSD” focuses on Randy Liberty, a retired sergeant major and current sheriff of Kennebec County, …

Energy Wise 2013

on Sept. 13, 2013, at 8:19 a.m.

History of the Bangor Auditorium

By David Fitzpatrick on Feb. 12, 2013, at 9:15 a.m.
In January 2013, The Weekly ran a four-part series on the history of the Bangor Auditorium, starting with its first incarnation in 1897. Here are links to those four parts. Part I: The First Arena In 1897, Bangor needed a venue large enough to bring a music festival to the …
Maine's Progressive Business 2013

Maine’s Progressive Business 2013

By David Fitzpatrick on Jan. 07, 2013, at 3:21 p.m.
Each year, the Maine’s Progressive Business supplement celebrates businesses that have been in existence fro at least 50 years through detailed historical retrospectives. This year’s Maine’s Progressive Business features four businesses: Brookings-Smith Funeral Home: 139 years It started with a Camden businessman named Abel Hunt who, after business ventures with …
Tim and Kathy McLeod in the lobby of Modern Screenprint, with samples of their work.

72 Years: Modern Screenprint – From photo engraving to screenprinting, this business has changed with the times

By David Fitzpatrick on Jan. 07, 2013, at 2:20 p.m.
This story is part of the Maine’s Progressive Business 2013 series. To read more historical retrospectives, click here. ~~~ It was around 1926 when Jeremiah M. McLeod came to Bangor from New Brunswick, first working as an operator for the Western Union Telegraph Co. on Hammond Street. By 1935, he …
Today, three members of the Saliba’s family run the business. Steve Saliba (left), Sam’s son, has been involved with the business since he was a kid. His ex-wife Marla (right), who built a commercial-carpet business in Georgia with Steve, continues to partner in the business. Their son David (center) works with them, and will take over the business some day.

63 Years: Saliba’s Rug Sales & Service – From humble beginnings grew the iconic Bangor company with its ‘flying carpet’ logo

By David Fitzpatrick on Jan. 04, 2013, at 4:35 p.m.
This story is part of the Maine’s Progressive Business 2013 series. To read more historical retrospectives, click here. ~~~ Saliba’s stands today as a symbol of a business that has endured thanks to the values of its three-generation family ownership. What started as a rug-cleaning company in 1950 has become …
Gary Smith (from left), his daughter Holly Smith Fernald, and her husband Jim Fernald

139 Years: Brookings-Smith Funeral Home – After a Camden entrepreneur relocated to Bangor, a community cornerstone was born

By David Fitzpatrick on Jan. 04, 2013, at 4:09 p.m.
This story is part of the Maine’s Progressive Business 2013 series. To read more historical retrospectives, click here. ~~~ The Beginning: Abel Hunt “Death is something which, in the natural course of events, must come to all sooner or later,” says a write-up in “The Leading Business Men of Bangor” …
The current owners, Karl’s children, are (from left) Stephen Brooks, Julie Brooks Russo, and Mark Brooks.

67 Years: Brooks Trap Mill – What began as a sawmill is now a major trap producer for New England and Canada

By David Fitzpatrick on Jan. 04, 2013, at 3:54 p.m.
This story is part of the Maine’s Progressive Business 2013 series. To read more historical retrospectives, click here. ~~~ Michael Ojala, a Finnish immigrant, settled in the Thomaston area before World War II with an eye on becoming a lawyer. Back then, no schooling was required; you only needed to …
A view of the Hampden Academy auditorium from the stage. The floor has 500 seats; the balcony has 400. A curtain can cordon off the balcony for smaller events. The sound system here is reportedly the best in the state for a public-school theater.

Acoustics reign at Hampden Academy’s new Performing Arts Center

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Weekly Staff Writer on Oct. 31, 2012, at 10:48 a.m.
Recently, legendary R&B band Tower of Power belted out astonishing tunes in the new Hampden Academy Performing Arts Center. But that was after Barbra Streisand shook the place with her trademark soaring voice. Well, they weren’t really there — at least, not yet. But the sound quality was good enough …
Members of the Close Up group at Brewer High School pose before a board highlighting various quotes from President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. While learning about the American political process, the students have worked since last May to raise money to fund a weeklong trip to Washington, D.C. during election week. Group members are (from left) Megan Nickerson, Linsay Brochu, Alexa Grindle, Jacob Caron, Jacob Spaulding, Jarrod Joy, Lindsay Houp, Lauren Gray, and advisor Michele Richens.

Brewer High School students headed to D.C. for elections

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Weekly Staff Writer on Oct. 31, 2012, at 9:51 a.m.
During election week this year, eight students from Brewer High School will be in Washington, D.C., getting some serious first-hand experience in the American political process. The Close Up Group follows the curriculum of the Close Up Foundation, which “informs, inspires, and empowers young people to exercise the rights and …
Chuck Lawrence cuts the ribbon to dedicate the Clifton, Holden, and Eddington Food Support as his wife, Belinda, and Principal Richard Modery assist. The Lawrences made a big financial contribution to build the facility, and volunteers in the community have come together to make it a reality.

CHEFS pantry provides food for community

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of The Weekly Staff on Oct. 18, 2012, at 10:39 a.m.
Fewer people in Clifton, Holden, and Eddington will go hungry now, thanks to a unified community effort to establish a food pantry. On Oct. 11, the group of dedicated volunteers and donors who helped establish the Clifton, Holden, and Eddington Food Support pantry at the Holbrook School gathered for a …
The Eddington Veterans Memorial under construction on Aug. 14. In the foreground, the concrete star has been poured; in the background, workers tend to the flowers in the Freedom Garden, a star made of interlocking stones. The completed stone and wood bench is to the right. A lot has happened since then; the Freedom Garden is complete, and a full concrete pad surrounds the star. Three flagpoles stand behind it. The concrete star awaits the placement of a granite monument. This Saturday, Sept. 29, at 1 p.m., U.S., Maine, and POW/MIA flags will be raised and the monument will be unveiled at a dedication ceremony.

Eagle Scout’s grand Eddington memorial to be dedicated Saturday

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of The Weekly Staff on Sept. 26, 2012, at 10:51 a.m.
On Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m., a very special event will happen at the Eddington Town Office: The Eddington Veterans Memorial, the culmination of eight months of hard work by an Eagle Scout candidate and incredible community support, will be dedicated. Joshua Baillargeon, 15, who has been in Scouting …
Thomas Watson Sr. poses with his equipment for a BDN story in 1991 in observance of his 50 years in business.

Modern-day printing company thrives using 19th-century press

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of The Weekly Staff on Sept. 19, 2012, at 11:05 a.m.
A printer pulls out metal block letters, spacers, and dies. He arranges the type on a chase, locks it in place, and turns on the motor. The letterpress hums to life. The letterpress opens up like the maw of a beast. The printer pulls out the completed business card and, …
Ann Marie and Todd Sheerman visit with an excited Esmerelda, who recently produced a litter of piglets and will have another around Thanksgiving. The Sheermans’ farm is very diversified, but has a strong focus on pigs. The Sheermans sell their meat at local farmers markets and plan to offer wintertime delivery to customers.

Diversity is the key on small family farm

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of The Weekly Staff on Sept. 19, 2012, at 10:32 a.m.
When Todd Sheerman was passed up for another promotion at his job in Connecticut in 2003, he and his wife, Ann Marie, saw it as a turning point in their lives. Within two months, they had sold their house and moved to Maine. First they settled in Bradford, with two …
Students in one of Eddington’s free first aid and CPR class practice on infant manikins. The infant manikins here, as well as the adult manikins (in blue) are what the EFD is working to raise money to purchase. The Eddington Fire Department offers free CPR and first-air courses twice yearly, but is limited to 25 students and uses borrowed equipment. The department plans to purchase 25 adult CPR manikins, 25 infant CPR manikins, an AED trainer, and related supplies, and be able to offer more classes.

Eddington FD raising $4,000 for CPR/first aid equipment

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of The Weekly Staff on Sept. 19, 2012, at 10:12 a.m.
Cutline: Eddington FD – class.tif Photo courtesy of Eddington Fire Department Students in one of Eddington’s free first aid and CPR class practice on infant manikins. The infant manikins here, as well as the adult manikins (in blue) are what the EFD is working to raise money to purchase. The …
Nationally renowned Main band Rustic Overtones performs at last year’s AS4MS benefit concert. What started as a team-building exercise nine years ago in advance of the WHSN charity walk for multiple sclerosis has grown into a major event. This year, organizer Mark Nason hopes to fill all of the Gracie Theatre’s 500 seats.

Ninth annual benefit concert for multiple sclerosis set for Sept. 21

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of The Weekly Staff on Sept. 14, 2012, at 8:17 a.m.
When Jill was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis three years ago, it was out of the blue. She knew that she had to educate herself, and started with the Multiple Sclerosis Society. “My neurologist suggested that that’s a good place to start… to sort of figure out how to manage and …
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The new bronze sculpture of a galloping bronco is near the entrance to the new Hampden Academy. Sculptor Forest Hart involved SAD 22 students in the sculpting process and paid for the endeavor with the sale of desktop replicas, making this bronco a true community project. The bronco echoes the original sculpture of a rearing bronco that has sat in front of the old Hampden Academy since 1992.

School officials honored at Hampden Academy dedication

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of the Weekly Staff on Sept. 07, 2012, at 9:25 a.m.
Cutlines: HA dedication 01 – bronco.tif Weekly photo by David M. Fitzpatrick The new bronze sculpture of a galloping bronco. Sculptor Forest Hart involved SAD 22 students in the sculpting process and paid for the endeavor with the sale of desktop replicas, making this bronco a true community project. This …
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Concept drawing of the proposed remodeling of Brewer High School

Brewer voters to decide on $5.4 million of interest-free federal bond

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of the Weekly Staff on Sept. 07, 2012, at 9:16 a.m.
Brewer High School is a 54-year-old stick-built structure badly in need of many things. Since a new school is unlikely to be funded by the state in the foreseeable future, it’s imperative that the existing building undergo renovations. Thanks to zero-percent federal funding in the amount of $5.4 million, major …
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Members of the Dixmont Conservation Commission walk the proposed route of the town’s first public walking trail, which they recently yellow-flagged. From left: Beth Swartz, DCC chair; Anne Warner; Judy Dann, Dixmont’s first selectperson; Dick Andren; and Judy Cook. The trail will include the stretch of Old Route 9 behind the town office between the Dixmont Corner Cemetery and the Town House and will loop through the woods. The project is launching thanks to a $1,000 grant from the Healthy Sebasticook Valley Coalition and will be the result of collaboration between many groups and people in Dixmont.

Community walking trail in the works in Dixmont

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of the Weekly Staff on Aug. 29, 2012, at 2:45 p.m.
Community spirit is alive and well in Dixmont. Thanks to a growing collaboration between many groups and individuals, Dixmont residents will soon enjoy their first public walking trail. Judy Dann, Dixmont’s first selectperson, said the town’s long-term plan is to have one public trail in each of Dixmont’s five villages. …
 
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