Emily Burnham

Features Reporter

Nine-year-old Maurcia Mosley has been playing piano since she was 3 years old.

Gift of music: Bangor girl given piano played by generations of Mainers

By Emily Burnham on Dec. 20, 2014, at 6:06 a.m.
Nine-year-old Maurcia Mosley remembers when she decided she wanted to play piano. She was 4 years old, and she was riding in the car with her dad, Alfonzo. “We were listening to piano music in the car, and my dad turns to me and says ‘Hey, Maurcia, do you like …
Pictured is the exterior of the Whitehall Inn in Camden, which will be completely renovated and reopened as Whitehall in May 2015.

Esteemed chef, new developers to give fresh start to Camden’s Whitehall Inn

By Emily Burnham on Dec. 19, 2014, at 4 p.m.
The historic Whitehall Inn in Camden is being rebirthed this spring, with renovations, new amenities and a fresh restaurant. Built in 1901, the hotel has been purchased by Lark Hotels, which plans to add it to their portfolio of boutique hotels. The revamped property will go by the slightly shortened …

5 Things To Do This Weekend, Dec. 19-21: A holly jolly time for all.

on Dec. 18, 2014, at 12:36 p.m.
1. ‘Twas the weekend before Christmas, and throughout the whole state, people sighed with relief as the hour is late. Less than one week until the big day, and we finally got a little bit of snow, instead of dark, dreary, heavy rain. Starting a little early this weekend, on Thursday …
Seasonal Winter Harbor resident and Schoodic Arts For All supporter Jim Beckwith (left) looks towards the stage at a packed Hammond Hall which hosted the Schoodic Idol competition in Winter Harbor on  July 24, 2010.

Seven Maine artists, Winter Harbor arts organization receive over $100,000 in Maine Arts Commission grants

By Emily Burnham on Dec. 18, 2014, at 11:34 a.m.
The Maine Arts Commission has announced the 2015 recipients of two of its most prestigious grant programs: the Individual Artists Fellowship, and the Creative Communities = Economic Development Grant. The total monetary amount of grants awarded in these categories is $110,000. The recipient of the CCED grant this year is …
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Artist imagines Bangor in the future — both optimistic and post-apocalyptic

on Dec. 17, 2014, at 11:27 a.m.
Artist Jadrien Cousens likes to take a real place — be it a mountainous landscape out west, a serene neighborhood park, or the streets of downtown Bangor — and transform it into something completely different. Cousens, a 2009 Hampden Academy graduate and 2013 studio art graduate of the University of …

I’m sorry: Five Maine albums I missed writing about in 2014

on Dec. 16, 2014, at 10:43 a.m.
One of the only things that could be considered a downside to the explosive growth of Maine’s music scene over the past few years is the fact that it’s a lot harder for people like me to keep up with writing about all of it. I get an awful lot …
Chris Soper's song, titled “Small Town America,” speaks to Soper’s feelings about the way he and his family and friends in the Bucksport area were treated by the company that owns the mill.

Local songwriter pens tribute for displaced Verso Paper millworkers

By Emily Burnham on Dec. 12, 2014, at 4:19 p.m.
When Bucksport resident Chris Soper heard the news in October that the Verso Paper mill in Bucksport would close by the end of the year, he had the same reaction that most people had: shock, anger and sadness. “I was angry, of course,” said Soper, who is a lobster fisherman …
Shannon Bard is the chef and owner of Zapoteca in Portland.

Portland chef wins it all on competitive cooking show ‘Kitchen Inferno’

By Emily Burnham on Dec. 11, 2014, at 2:22 p.m.
Chef Shannon Bard of Portland Mexican restaurant Zapoteca appeared on an episode of Food Network’s newest cooking competition, “Kitchen Inferno,” on Wednesday, and the Maine chef ended up winning all four rounds and collecting $25,000. “It was a pretty amazing experience,” Bard said. “I’m so thrilled.” “Kitchen Inferno,” hosted by …

5 Things To Do This Weekend, Dec. 12-14: Is Rusty still in the Navy?

on Dec. 11, 2014, at 12:37 p.m.
1. The lights are lit. The roads are clear. The trees are up. We are knee deep in holiday fever. Celebrate the season this weekend in Bangor, starting with stuff like the naughty jazz ensemble the Bangtown Swingers at Nocturnem Drafthaus, the dance-able Calypso Soldiers at Paddy’s, a double bill …
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The Bangor Savings Bank Christmas kittens: the greatest holiday commercial ever made

on Dec. 10, 2014, at 2:52 p.m.
There are so many things that signify the holidays in Maine. Tree lighting ceremonies in downtowns. The jingle of Salvation Army bell ringers outside big stores. Santa arriving by truck, or boat, or more specifically by lobster boat. Sometimes even a helicopter. Big runs on ham and turkey and lamb …

Five years in the making, Murcielago’s debut album a thick slab of Maine-made rock

on Dec. 09, 2014, at 12:05 p.m.
To make a record that sounds as full, complete and balls-to-the-wall heavy as Murcielago just did, you apparently have to record it twice. Which is exactly what the Portland rock foursome did. Murcielago — bassist and lead singer Neil Collins, guitarists Ian Ross and Matt Robbins and drummer Brian Chaloux …

Third annual Rise Above Fest set for May 9 on Bangor Waterfront, featuring Godsmack, Slash, Seether

on Dec. 09, 2014, at 9:33 a.m.
The third annual Rise Above Fest — a day long music festival featuring metal and hard rock bands, benefiting suicide prevention organization Suicide Awareness Voices of Education — is set for Saturday, May 9, 2015, at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion. Tickets for the spring concert will go on sale at …
The Bangor Opera House is owned by the Penobscot Theatre Company, which recently agreed to purchase an old fire station from the city of Bangor.

Bangor to sell old fire station to Penobscot Theatre Company

By Emily Burnham on Dec. 09, 2014, at 5:23 a.m.
The City Council approved the sale of the former Fire Station No. 6, located at 4 Griffin Road, to the Penobscot Theatre Company at its meeting on Monday night. The theater group plans to use the space as a workshop to build sets, to store its considerable …
Chef Rich Hanson wheels a roasted pig on a cart past dinners at Cleonice in Ellsworth on Monday, Jan. 29, 2012. Hanson and his wife, Cary, put on a dinner styled after the movie "Big Night" once a year.

Cleonice Bistro, fixture of Ellsworth dining scene for 12 years, to close

By Emily Burnham on Dec. 05, 2014, at 12:40 p.m.
The owners of Cleonice Bistro, a fixture of downtown Ellsworth dining since 2002, announced Thursday afternoon that after 12 years in business they would be closing their doors on Jan. 1, 2015. The Maine Grind, the associated coffee shop on the first floor of the old Masonic Hall on Main …

“Hotel Impossible” episode set at Vacationland Inn in Brewer to air Dec. 9 on Travel Channel

on Dec. 05, 2014, at 11:36 a.m.
The episode of “Hotel Impossible” centered around Brewer’s Vacationland Inn will air at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9 on the Travel Channel. The show, hosted by famed hotelier Anthony Melchiorri (pictured above) and now in its fifth season, takes hotel properties from all over the world and renovates parts of …

5 Things To Do This Weekend, Dec. 5-7: Light up the night

on Dec. 04, 2014, at 2:29 p.m.
1. This year was the first year in a very long time that I broke down and bought myself a super warm, rugged, waterfront, almost-knee-length winter coat. I had to drop some serious cash on it, but man oh man, is it worth it. Prepare yourself for the elements this …
University of Maine professors Stephen Hornsby (left) and Richard Judd recently completed work on the 15-year-in-the-making 'Historical Atlas of Maine.'

From ice age to digital age, ‘Historical Atlas of Maine’ complete after 15 years of work

By Emily Burnham on Dec. 04, 2014, at 1:42 p.m.
After 15 years, the creation of nearly 100 maps, countless hours spent pouring over old documents and lots of careful editing, the “Historical Atlas of Maine,” a colorful, fact-packed tome detailing 15,000 years of Maine history, has finally been published by the University of Maine Press. The atlas provides an …
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Redditor finds lost wedding ring in Ellsworth; Bangor owner found via local radio station

on Dec. 04, 2014, at 10:12 a.m.
For a little while this morning on Reddit a Maine-related post was at the top of the front page, asking for help from the Maine Reddit community in finding the owners of a lost wedding band, found in a parking lot in Ellsworth at some point in the past few …
The exterior of Sea of Cotton in downtown Bar Harbor. Sea of Cotton, a women's clothing store, will move from Bar Harbor to downtown Bangor in Spring 2015.

Women’s clothing store Sea of Cotton to move shop from Bar Harbor to downtown Bangor

By Emily Burnham on Dec. 03, 2014, at 11:58 a.m.
Sea of Cotton, a Bar Harbor women’s clothing store open since 2006, will move operations next year from Cottage Street in Bar Harbor to State Street in Bangor. In the spring of 2015, the shop, owned by Bangor resident Joyce Mallery, will open in the storefront next door to the …
Blues singer Sister Monica parker plays a gospel set on the Bangor Daily News Railroad Stage on Sunday during the American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront.

National Endowment for the Arts awards $190k in grants to 8 Maine arts organizations

By Emily Burnham on Dec. 03, 2014, at 11:47 a.m.
The National Endowment for the Arts and the offices of Senators Angus King and Susan Collins announced Tuesday that the arts organization would award $190,000 in grants to eight Maine arts and cultural organizations. “Maine is fortunate to have many excellent organizations and individuals committed to developing and maintaining the …
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