Articles by Jamison Cocklin

Ruthena Brasslett

Glenburn to honor retiring town clerk

By Jamison Cocklin on March 25, 2011, at 10:08 p.m.
The town of Glenburn will hold a public reception to honor Town Clerk Ruthena Brasslett, who is retiring on March 31 after 36 years of service. The event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at the Glenburn Municipal Building, 144 Lakeview Road.
The Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building in Bangor as seen in September 2010.

Michaud touts renovations to federal building

By Jamison Cocklin on March 25, 2011, at 7:37 p.m.
BANGOR | U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud praised the renovations under way at the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building during a tour of the facility Friday, saying they will benefit both taxpayers and the environment. The federal building on Harlow Street, once home to the U.S. Postal Service, has been …

Hampden fire appears to be accidental

By Jamison Cocklin on March 25, 2011, at 6:33 p.m.
The owner of a two-story wood frame camp on Hermon Pond was startled to find the structure on fire after returning from a visit at his neighbor’s home Thursday night, according to Lt. Frank Coombs of the Hampden Fire Department, who said the blaze appeared to be …
Ruthena Brasslett, Glenburn's town clerk is retiring after 36 years of service.

Glenburn town clerk prepares to retire after 36 years

By Jamison Cocklin on March 23, 2011, at 9:27 p.m.
The town will say goodbye to its town clerk, registrar of voters and deputy town treasurer at the end of the month. They are three very different roles, but for 36 years they have been held by the same person. Ruthena Brasslett, who since the fall of …

Activists urge end to wars in Iraq, Afghanistan

By Jamison Cocklin on March 18, 2011, at 5:31 p.m.
BANGOR | As the national anti-war movement prepares to ratchet up its efforts Saturday  to coincide with the eighth anniversary of the Iraq war, the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine endorsed several rallies taking place across the country this weekend at a press conference Friday. Before a …

Stories of Bangor’s ‘Devil’s Half-Acre’ a treat on St. Patrick’s eve

By Jamison Cocklin on March 16, 2011, at 9:41 p.m.
Residents were treated to the city’s storied past on Wednesday night as Dana Lippitt, curator of the Bangor Museum and History Center, spoke about the downtown area known as the “Devil’s Half-Acre.” The area earned its name during the 19th century when, by all accounts, parts of …

800 students compete in SkillsUSA

By Jamison Cocklin on March 16, 2011, at 9:03 p.m.
An estimated 800 high school and college students from 24 vocational schools across Maine competed in the annual SkillsUSA competition held in Bangor on Friday, March 11. The following is a list of winners. Those who won gold in select areas will go on to compete in the national competition …

UM scientist to give lecture on role of humans in climate change

By Jamison Cocklin on March 16, 2011, at 5:35 p.m.
ORONO | The University of Maine will hold its latest installment in a public lecture series on climate change at the end of the month. Paul Mayewski, director of the Climate Change Institute at UMaine and a world renowned authority on climate change, will give a lecture titled “Climate …

Busload of Mainers to attend NYC anti-war rally

By Jamison Cocklin on March 14, 2011, at 9:11 p.m.
A group of Mainers will travel to New York City in April for a demonstration against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the hope of breathing new life into an anti-war movement. The rally, which is expected to draw hundreds, if not thousands of protesters, is being sponsored by …

Orrington woman pleads guilty to health care fraud

By Jamison Cocklin on March 14, 2011, at 6:11 p.m.
BANGOR | An Orrington woman arrested last October on a charge of health care fraud waived indictment and pleaded guilty to the crime in U.S. District Court on Monday. Dawn Grover, 37, also known as Dawn Zehrung, faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of …
Johnathon Smith, a student at Eastern Maine Community College, competes in the construction competition during the SkillsUSA Maine Championships at United Technologies Center in Bangor on Friday, March 11, 2011. The annual event is a state-level competition for high school and college students enrolled in trade, technical, and skilled service instructional programs.

Students from across Maine showcase talents at SkillsUSA

By Jamison Cocklin on March 11, 2011, at 10:15 p.m.
BANGOR | At first glance Friday morning, it appeared as though firefighters were aggressively maneuvering to deal with a problem on the roof of the United Technology Center on Hogan Road. In actuality, the firefighters were students taking part in just one trial of the annual SkillsUSA competition, a …
C. Stewart Doty

C. Stewart Doty, retired UMaine professor and respected activist, dies at 82

By Jamison Cocklin on March 11, 2011, at 9:49 p.m.
C. Stewart Doty, a University of Maine professor for 31 years and a union activist who played an instrumental role in leading a group responsible for earning collective bargaining rights for UM faculty members through the Maine Teachers Association, died on March 4 at his home. He was 82. Doty …
Crossing a footbridge over the Kenduskeag Stream with friend Kerry Pratt (right) of Orono, George Zapadick of Bangor surveys the massive ice sheets in the stream just after Bangor's predicted high tide at 2:46 p.m. Friday. The city blocked parking areas and posted signs near the Kenduskeag Stream Friday as a flood watch was in effect in the afternoon and early evening.

High tide passes without incident, though flood watch still in effect in Bangor

By Jamison Cocklin on March 11, 2011, at 7:56 p.m.
Public safety officials were keeping a close eye on the Kenduskeag Stream as high tide approached on Friday. The Bangor area was expected to receive around 1.2 inches of total rainfall over a 36-hour period, from midnight Thursday to early Saturday morning, according to the National Weather …

Bangor man accused of assaulting girlfriend

By Jamison Cocklin on March 09, 2011, at 7:11 p.m.
Bangor police were called to an apartment on Moosehead Boulevard in Capehart after an argument at a residence there boiled over and led to three separate charges against a Bangor man on Tuesday. After arriving at the scene around 5 p.m., Officer Christopher Blanchard learned that an argument between a …
The suspect is described as a male, approximately 35-50 years old. He is also described as having several missing teeth and a few of those appeared to be rotting.

Police seek public’s help in finding shoplifter at Target

By Jamison Cocklin on March 09, 2011, at 4:53 p.m.
BANGOR | The Bangor Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who shoved a security officer and then quickly fled the Target store on Longview Drive after he was videotaped stealing several DVDs from the store. Sgt. Paul Edwards said the man is about …

Glenburn officials searching for ways to improve  town’s recycling rate

By Jamison Cocklin on March 08, 2011, at 9:24 p.m.
The town’s five-member recycling committee is undertaking an effort to find out how its residents can be more efficient when it comes to disposing of their garbage. For years, Glenburn has offered curbside pickup of recyclables and has managed to consistently recycle 12 percent of the solid …

Hermon High seniors’ video tries to cajole Ellen DeGeneres into speaking at graduation

By Jamison Cocklin on March 07, 2011, at 8:35 p.m.
Seniors at Hermon High School are going to great lengths these days  in an effort to make their graduation the talk of the town. They were halfway there on Sunday, after posting a quirky video online in which they make a creative plea to Ellen DeGeneres, a …
April Perkins is pictured with a camel in Ghadames during a recent cultural exhibition.  Perkins, a Bangor native and U Maine alumna, was evacuated with other Americans from Libya on Monday due to the political unrest there.

Bangor native forced to flee Libya

By Jamison Cocklin on March 04, 2011, at 6:28 p.m.
After five months working in Tripoli, Libya, as an English professor, a Bangor native had her time there abruptly cut short when she joined scores of other Americans who were forced to evacuate the strife-torn Arab country on a chartered ferry. April Perkins, 29, who grew up …

UM student government decries bill to require photo ID for voting

By Jamison Cocklin on March 04, 2011, at 5:32 p.m.
ORONO | The University of Maine’s General Student Senate has joined the fray to oppose a bill circulating in the Maine Legislature that would require voters to present photo identification at the polling place. UMaine’s 35-member student government passed a resolution early last week censuring a bill that it …

Brewer man accused of taking out anger on couple’s truck with tire iron

By Jamison Cocklin on March 03, 2011, at 10:33 p.m.
A Brewer man was arrested and charged with domestic assault on Thursday after reportedly fighting with his wife over the couple’s marital status, according to Brewer police Sgt. David Lord. But his aggression was not directed at his wife. Lord said that when Officers Peter Rancourt and Amy Nickerson arrived …