Articles by Danielle McLean

The former Circuit City on Stillwater Avenue in Bangor, seen here in October 2013, has been largely vacant since the national electronics giant decided to shutter the store in early 2009 after the company filed for bankruptcy.

Long-vacant Circuit City in Bangor may soon be torn down

By Danielle McLean on March 28, 2017, at 5:29 p.m.
The building has been mostly vacant since 2009 when Circuit City moved out following the financial crisis.

Penquis seeks to build 35-unit affordable housing complex in Bangor

By Danielle McLean on March 28, 2017, at 7:01 a.m.
“Affordable housing is necessary and in demand in Bangor.”
Bangor City Hall in August 2013.

Bangor City Council’s ethics watchdog group hasn’t investigated a violation in 20 years

By Danielle McLean on March 27, 2017, at 1:07 p.m.
“The reality of what ethics boards can do once they are set up is very limited. And that’s why you rarely see the ethics board do anything.”

Special ed, employee benefits could drive Bangor school budget up 2.14 percent

By Danielle McLean on March 23, 2017, at 7:02 p.m.
Bangor Public Schools Superintendent Betsy Webb introduced a $45.2 million budget proposal to the school committee Wednesday night.

Bangor needs $63 million to keep wastewater from spilling into Penobscot

By Danielle McLean on March 23, 2017, at 9:05 a.m.
George Rowe, a student at Brunswick High School, practices his lacrosse skills Feb. 27, 2014. Bangor High School is considering adding lacrosse.

Bangor High considers varsity lacrosse for next season

By Danielle McLean on March 23, 2017, at 6:49 a.m.
Bangor High School could be adding a boys and girls varsity lacrosse program next season.
Andy Rudzinski, superintendent of the Bangor Wastewater Treatment Plant, talks about the function of the biofiltration tower at the plant in January 2016.

Bangor needs $63 million to keep raw sewage from spilling into Penobscot

By Danielle McLean on March 23, 2017, at 1 a.m.
The first major project is an estimated $22 million installation of a 3.8 million gallon wastewater storage tank along the waterfront behind Tim Hortons.
The Maine Warden Service seized five small alligators from an Augusta man Tuesday afternoon.

Five small alligators seized in Augusta

By Danielle McLean on March 21, 2017, at 7:08 p.m.
Yifan Sun, 20, was issued a summons by the Maine game wardens for possessing the alligators, a restricted species in Maine, without a permit.
Marijuana grows in a Maine facility.

Pot-related retailers, city officials spar over Bangor marijuana regulations

By Danielle McLean on March 21, 2017, at 6:41 a.m.
Marijuana-related retailers, residents and city officials sparred Monday night over the amount of regulation Bangor should impose on recreational cannabis shops and social clubs.
AJ Shaw, 19, makes his way out of the Garage at Pickering Square on Monday afternoon after work. The parking garage is about see a fare hike for hourly rates.

Hourly parking rates going up at two downtown Bangor lots

By Danielle McLean on March 20, 2017, at 2:18 p.m.
Beginning April 1 the cost of parking five hours or more will increase between 50 cents and $2.

Bangor councilors to talk marijuana regulations, zoning

By Danielle McLean on March 17, 2017, at 6:58 p.m.
Maine voters approved a referendum Nov. 8, legalizing the recreational use and growing of marijuana for adults 21 and over.
Eric Charles Olson

Man wanted for years in Maine arrested on Martha’s Vineyard

By Danielle McLean on March 16, 2017, at 6:03 a.m.
A man from Maine who was wanted after breaking probation stemming from theft charges was arrested Wednesday in Martha’s Vineyard.
A Bangor Public Works plow moves snow in Bangor late Tuesday.

Winter storm dumps nearly 2 feet of snow in parts of Maine

By Danielle McLean on March 15, 2017, at 7:54 p.m.
“Portland set a daily maximum snowfall record with 16.3 inches. The previous record was 10.6 inches set in 1961.”
Darrick Deshane shovels the sidewalk outside Paddy Murphy's on Tuesday morning as part of a group of three men from Hopkins Landscaping, including Nick Watson and Michael Deshane (not shown), who were clearing downtown sidewalks as good samaritans. "We don't want anybody getting hurt because it's nasty out," said Watson.

Bangor hasn’t enforced sidewalk snow clearing ordinance in at least 17 years

By Danielle McLean on March 14, 2017, at 1:17 p.m.
Property owners, businesses or tenants located in the downtown area have six hours to remove snow or ice from their adjacent sidewalk or else face a $100 fine.
Kerry Rear

Body of missing Sanford woman found

By Danielle McLean on March 08, 2017, at 8:49 p.m.
Kerry Malanya Rear, 40, had been missing since Jan. 22. Her body was found a short distance from the convenience store where she was last seen.
The York County Sheriff's Office says State Police have been called in.

Arundel man’s death deemed suspicious, wife missing

By Danielle McLean on March 08, 2017, at 4:20 p.m.
Police are on the scene of a home on Campground Road in Arundel.
Odlin Road Dunkin' Donuts employee Lyndon Lydick pours a cup of coffee into a polystyrene foam cup for a customer on Tuesday.

Your takeout order could be harming the environment. Bangor is considering a way to fix it.

By Danielle McLean on March 08, 2017, at 11:38 a.m.
In an effort to reduce the volume of plastic littering, Bangor city councilors are mulling a proposed law banning local merchants from selling food and drinks in Styrofoam cups or containers.

TV news station employees injured in Caribou crash

By Danielle McLean on March 07, 2017, at 7:51 p.m.
Poland Spring Community Relations Manager Heather Printup talks about the bottled water company's planned expansion efforts during a March 1 presentation at Husson University.

Lincoln area eyed as potential Poland Spring bottling site

By Danielle McLean on March 01, 2017, at 7:49 p.m.
Poland Spring could soon be bottling 175 million gallons of water from aquifers north of Bangor.
A woman walks on a road in Bangor on Wednesday. Many sidewalks were not completely cleared of snow two days after Monday's blizzard.

Bangor not likely to clear snow from some 21 miles of sidewalks this season

By Danielle McLean on Feb. 15, 2017, at 6:28 p.m.
“People don’t realize how difficult it is to keep sidewalks open,” Dana Wardwell said. “It’s a thankless job. Without a doubt, it is the toughest job for public works, keeping the sidewalks open.”