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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.
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.

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.
Maine's Progressive Business 2013

Maine’s Progressive Business 2013

By David Fitzpatrick on Jan. 07, 2013, at 3:21 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.