Articles by Danielle McLean

Bangor Savings Bank Senior Vice President Scott Blake gives project idea advice to Bangor residents Aubrae Ramiak and Jared Hunnefeld of the Innovative Communities competition's Abraham Lincoln School team on June 20 at the Blaze restaurant in Bangor.

Ideas for making Bangor the best small city in U.S.

By Danielle McLean on June 22, 2017, at 12:22 p.m.
The competition pits residents from five neighborhoods against each other to brainstorm ways to make Bangor the best small city in the U.S.
An adoptable puppy waits to go home at the Bangor Humane Society in Bangor Tuesday. All 16 dogs that came up from overcrowded shelters in Mississippi were adopted in an hour and a half.

Take a look at the puppies Bangor saved

By Danielle McLean on June 20, 2017, at 5:46 p.m.
The dogs adopted Tuesday evaded euthanization at an overcrowded shelter in Mississippi and are the first canine beneficiaries of a collaboration between the Bangor Humane Society and the Southern Pines Animal Shelter.
Blues singer Sister Monica Parker plays a gospel set on the Bangor Daily News Railroad Stage during the 2013 American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront.

Despite debts, American Folk Festival signs five-year contract with Bangor

By Danielle McLean on June 15, 2017, at 4:20 p.m.
The American Folk Festival has signed a new contract with Bangor, allowing the annual weekend-long event to keep returning to the waterfront.
Passengers wait at the bus terminal in Pickering Square in downtown Bangor on Monday afternoon. Expanded service could happen in several years thanks to the arrival of new buses. 
Gabor Degre | BDN

Bangor’s new buses could be the first step in offering later routes

By Danielle McLean on June 15, 2017, at 1 a.m.
The city is replacing half of its aging, 22-bus fleet over the next five years, using a mix of federal, state and local funds — and could give the city-operated Community Connector transit service the inventory it needs to one day offer rides after 5:45 p.m.
Fire departments respond to a blaze at the Penobscot Indian Nation finance building on Sarahs Spring Lane that was reported just before 11 a.m. on Wednesday June 14.

At least 7 fire departments battle blaze at Penobscot Indian Nation building

By Danielle McLean and Nok-Noi Ricker on June 14, 2017, at 2:03 p.m.
Old Town, Orono, Milford, Bradley, Holden, Veazie and Bangor firefighters are at the scene of the fire assisting Penobscot Indian Nation crews. The fire was reported just before 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Pastor Terry Dinkins (right) listens during Mansion Church Bible study at the Bangor Public Library on Thursday. The Mansion Church, which primarily serves people who are addicted to drugs, homeless and ex-cons, is looking for a new home. Its proposed site was recently rejected by the city's planning board.

Bangor church that serves people struggling with addiction looking for new home

By Danielle McLean on June 12, 2017, at 6:13 a.m.
Members of the planning board unanimously rejected the rezoning on Tuesday, saying the space lacked enough parking.
A Bangor Department of Public Works crew demolished the water fountain in Pickering Square on Tuesday. Crew member Jeremy Lampher sprays water to keep dust down.

The city is tearing down the Pickering Square fountain

By Danielle McLean on June 06, 2017, at 8:03 p.m.
Crews plan to replace the fountain with an elevated concrete platform with electrical outlets by the end of the week, providing extra space to hold summer concerts, movies and other events.
A retaining wall behind Bangor City Hall. City officials plan to renovate the deteriorating wall over the summer.

Fixing the wall that supports Park Street will cost Bangor $1 million

By Danielle McLean on June 06, 2017, at 3:04 p.m.
Bangor will likely spend $1 million to repair a deteriorating retaining wall behind City Hall that supports a busy city street.
 Lt. Andrew Emery, Bangor Fire Department, looks out from the balcony of an apartment in a multi-facility building on Walter Street in Bangor that had a kitchen fire Thursday morning.

Union fears staff cuts could leave Bangor Fire Department ‘inadequately staffed’

By Danielle McLean on June 05, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Losing those positions would reduce the number of firefighters from 22 to 21, including assistant chiefs, working on each of the department’s four shifts.
Typically the first one out of the gate is the one when we get the most complaints.

The first waterfront concert of the year wasn’t as loud as the city expected

By Danielle McLean on June 01, 2017, at 12:14 p.m.
“Typically the first one out of the gate is the one when we get the most complaints.”
Bangor High School students had an assignment to document the election as it happened, Nov. 8, 2016.

What you need to know about the vote over Bangor’s school budget

By Danielle McLean on May 26, 2017, at 6:21 a.m.
The city council on Monday approved the proposed $45.2 million Bangor Public Schools fiscal year 2018 budget.
Cintia Miranda (right), a Brazilian immigrant living in Bangor, spoke at a Bangor City Council meeting on May 22 with her daughter Isabel Kidwell, 13, in support of the city helping to fund the new Maine Multicultural Center.

Councilors propose Bangor pay $100K to help fund immigrant center

By Danielle McLean on May 24, 2017, at 1 a.m.
A number of immigrants and representatives from several hospitals, universities and businesses said that Bangor needs the multicultural center in order to attract and retain immigrants, so the region’s economy can grow.
Cathy Bradstreet

Brewer High graduate to be reunited with missing class ring after more than three decades

By Danielle McLean on May 23, 2017, at 3:05 p.m.
A 1980 Brewer High School graduate will soon be reunited with her class ring after losing it more than three decades ago.
The exterior of 72 State St. in Bangor

Bangor condemns prominent State Street building

By Danielle McLean on May 23, 2017, at 6:05 a.m.
“I did have a few incidents [with squatters] because it was unoccupied. But that’s common throughout the city.”
A class ring from Brewer High School was found in Glenholme, Nova Scotia.

Did you lose a Brewer High School 1980 class ring? This Nova Scotia man may have it.

By Danielle McLean on May 22, 2017, at 4:58 p.m.
At the urging of his girlfriend, Ward reached out to a Canadian TV station to help solve the mystery.
Crowds of people arrive for the Jason Aldean Concert on Sunday evening at the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor.

Bangor, Waterfront Concerts still haven’t signed a new contract

By Danielle McLean on May 22, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Waterfront Concerts has been without a new contract with Bangor for at least seven months as the two sides negotiate issues around the volume of the music and the length of a new agreement.
The Paul Bunyan statue in front of the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor

Bangor tourism board asks city to double its funding

By Danielle McLean on May 19, 2017, at 6:51 a.m.
“Those people are coming in and spending money at the Cross Insurance Center, at the hotels, at the restaurants, and at the shops.”
A red and white "X" sign on 256 Kenduskeag Avenue in Bangor on May 11. The sign informs emergency responders that the vacant home, which caught fire in 2013, is hazardous to enter.

Here’s why you’ve been seeing ‘X’ marked on some Bangor properties

By Danielle McLean on May 16, 2017, at 5 a.m.
“Abandoned buildings are always a concern. They are vacant for a reason.”
There has been talk about turning the lot behind the shops at the corner of Grandview and Hillside Avenues into affordable housing.

Bangor helps local nonprofit with affordable housing project

By Danielle McLean on May 12, 2017, at 1 a.m.
The Bangor nonprofit is still in the early stages in its efforts to build the 37 unit development, which calls for a mix of one-, two- or three-bedroom apartments that target seniors and low- to moderate-income professionals.
The former Bijou theater on Exchange Street.

With ‘nothing’ left to do, Bangor’s urban renewal group may disband

By Danielle McLean on April 30, 2017, at 7:21 a.m.
The group was formed in 1958 after a citywide vote and fierce debate.