Articles by Gabor Degre


SoulShine Soap Co.

By Gabor Degre on Sept. 21, 2016, at 12:04 p.m.
Michelle Byrman is the owner of SoulShine Soap Co. in Winterport. Byrman makes all the soap in her kitchen.
People dance in a circle around the Burnurwurbskek Singers on the summit of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park on Wednesday. Ronnie Bear (center) and four other members of the Penobscot Indian Nation sang traditional Wabanaki songs to bystanders. The Cultural Connections program, organized by Acadia National Park Ranger Marie Yarborough in collaboration with the Abbe Museum, brought 12 different groups into the park this year to inform visitors about the culture of the Wabanaki people.

Tribal singers perform traditional songs on summit of Cadillac

By Gabor Degre on Sept. 15, 2016, at 7:14 a.m.
The group has been participating in the Cultural Connections program at Acadia National Park since it was started six years ago.

Penobscot singers on Cadillac Mountain

By Gabor Degre on Sept. 14, 2016, at 3:58 p.m.
Five members of the Burnurwurbskek Singers from Indian Island performed traditional Wabanaki songs on the summit of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park Wednesday. “It is special to be on this sacred mountain. It is an honor,” said Ronnie Bear, member of the Penobscot Indian Nation.

Revitalized Patten mill gives hope to town

By Gabor Degre on Sept. 12, 2016, at 6:24 a.m.
The brothers Adam and Matthew Fronczak sit astride three industries dear to the town of Patten — forestry, farming and milling — and it can make for some scattershot workdays. The very versatile brothers, who are are actually former lobstermen, are general managers to Haymart, a $5 million farming and milling …

Maine tribes, allies show solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux

By Gabor Degre on Sept. 11, 2016, at 5:13 p.m.
Hundreds of people weathered a thunderstorm on Sunday afternoon at the Bangor Waterfront to show support for the Standing Rock Sioux, the Native American tribe battling construction of a North Dakota oil pipeline near territory it considers sacred.

Bangor-area college students, first time voters talk about 9/11

By Gabor Degre on Sept. 08, 2016, at 1:46 p.m.
Bangor-area students who plan to vote in this upcoming election for the first time in their lives talk about how the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, have affected their lives.

Albion grower’s peach crop in high demand amid New England shortage

By Gabor Degre on Sept. 01, 2016, at 6:44 a.m.
“I’ve been wanting to expand my markets because of the increase in the numbers of trees I have. And this year I wanted to take advantage of the lack of peaches in southern New England,” Gordon Kenyon said.

Whirligigs at the Country Keepsakes store

By Gabor Degre on Aug. 31, 2016, at 12:53 p.m.
Whirligigs, also known as “buzzers,” “gee-haws,” “spinners” and “pinwheels,” are objects of American folk art that began appearing in the United States nearly 200 years ago to spice up people’s lawns and gardens. “I sell thousands of them,” said Pam Patten, who opened Country Keepsakes just over 30 years ago beside …

Maine mother remembers daughter who died of apparent heroin overdose

By Gabor Degre on Aug. 30, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Bonnie Haghkerdar remembers her daughter Ashley Angela Winchell, who died of an apparent drug overdose on Aug. 19.

Norris Island, Maine

By Gabor Degre on Aug. 26, 2016, at 7:23 a.m.
“I don’t have money to leave them. This is the heritage I have to leave my family.”

Fire at the Washington Advent Christian Camp

By Gabor Degre on Aug. 23, 2016, at 3:27 p.m.
A fire destroyed five buildings at a camp retreat in this rural Knox County community.

Pat Kimball reflects on her work to help Mainers struggling with addiction

By Gabor Degre on Aug. 21, 2016, at 7:16 a.m.
Pat Kimball, 65, of Hermon is retiring at the start of September after 15 years as executive director of Wellspring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services. The organization operates residential halfway houses for men and women, as well as outpatient services for people struggling with addiction and mental health problems.

Groundbreaking ceremony takes place for new Jackson Lab facility

By Gabor Degre on Aug. 02, 2016, at 7:58 p.m.
About 200 people gathered early Tuesday afternoon in a vacant home improvement box store to mark the beginning of a $75 million renovation project.

The Maine Garden

By Gabor Degre on July 21, 2016, at 1:51 p.m.
“I want to create something that has not been done before,” self-taught botanist Bill Warman said of his desire to keep hybridizing plants and share them with the world. “A pretty plant to look at — that beats a bottle of beer all to hell every time.”

More children participating in Bangor Parks and Rec summer programs

By Gabor Degre on July 19, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Bangor Parks and Rec has seen a significant uptick in recent years in the number of children participating in their programs. From summer camps, before- and after-school programs and more, their programs are filling up — and they’re filling up fast.
USA Junior Olympics Sailing Festival competitors negotiate the course in their 420 boats near Northeast Harbor Wednesday. About 170 competitors participated in the events held in several racing classes based on the boats and the sailors' experience level.

USA Junior Olympics Sailing Festival draws young sailors to MDI

By Gabor Degre on July 13, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.

USA Junior Olympics Sailing Festival

By Gabor Degre on July 13, 2016, at 7:21 p.m.
USA Junior Olympics Sailing Festival takes place on Wednesday.

Bangor police dash cam video of June 25 vehicle chase

By Gabor Degre on July 07, 2016, at 11:45 a.m.
A 12-year-old Bangor boy was taken into custody June 25 after he allegedly stole a 2011 Kia van. Bangor police Sgt. Jason Stuart stopped the van with his cruiser at Broadway near Center Street after the driver refused to stop.
Mariah Pardos, 10, (center) and Kennedy Stanley, 8, watch the Fourth of July parade on Monday in Brewer.

Bangor area celebrates Fourth of July

By Gabor Degre on July 04, 2016, at 3:15 p.m.
Check out the photos of the Bangor-Brewer parade on the Fourth of July!

Cooking tip: How to measure flour

By Gabor Degre on June 20, 2016, at 3:52 p.m.
David Wilson of The Bacon Tree in Winterport shares a tip on how to measure flour in a way that keeps your biscuits light and fluffy.