Articles by Jessica Bloch


Audio documentary delivers history of one of Maine’s most beloved areas

By Jessica Bloch on July 25, 2010, at 10:25 p.m.
During a recent car ride along Route 1 south from the Allagash area, the close curtains of trees eventually gave way to small towns such as St. Francis and St. John.
Dahlov Ipcar
"Jaguar and Toucans"
Oil on Linen     24" X 40"

Dahlov Ipcar’s artwork featured in new book

By Jessica Bloch on July 19, 2010, at 6:03 p.m.

BIA documentary up for Emmy Award

By Jessica Bloch on July 16, 2010, at 1:54 a.m.
A documentary about three troop greeters at Bangor International Airport has been included in a nomination for a national News and Documentary Emmy Award.
Gibson Girl by Charles Dana Gibson

Meet Gibson’s Girls

By Jessica Bloch on July 14, 2010, at 8:54 p.m.
It was a sunny, breezy day, the kind of weather that makes it clear why the wealthy, powerful and elite such as legendary American illustrator Charles Dana Gibson chose to escape …


Samantha Jones, left, and Susan Smith at their show opening in the Lord Hall gallery of the UNiversity of Maine, Orono, Friday, June 25, 2010. (Bangor Daily NEws/Michael C. York)

A visual conversation

By Jessica Bloch on July 09, 2010, at 11:42 p.m.
Lord Hall in Orono was always in the back of their minds as Susan Smith and Samantha Jones began about six months ago planning and working together on an art installation that would include elements …

French artist highlights maritime stories in shadowboxes

By Jessica Bloch on July 05, 2010, at 8:54 p.m.
It was, apparently, a momentous occasion the day in 1907 when the schoolhouse on Greens Island was removed.


Hugh Aaron, 85, of Cushing talks Thursday, May 13, 2010 about ZOOFKY, a social satire comic strip he conceived with his high school friend Len Gallant in 1959. The two restarted their comic strip collaboration fifty years later with Aaron contributing the written portion and Gallant creating the visuals. (Bangor Daily News/Bridget Brown)

Back to the drawing board

By Jessica Bloch on July 04, 2010, at 7:06 p.m.
Meet Dan Namsky, a comic strip character created more than 50 years ago by longtime friends Hugh Aaron and Len Gallant.
Paul Caponigro (United States, born 1932)
?Untitled,? 1967-72, from ?Stonehenge Portfolio,? 1978
Gelatin silver print, 9 1 / 2 x 11 1 / 2 inches

Both sides of the camera

By Jessica Bloch on June 30, 2010, at 5:46 p.m.
As a fine-art photographer, Judith Ellis Glickman is comfortable behind the camera. She has plenty of experience in front of it, too, when she served as a subject of her father’s …

Bush’s daughter to appear in Acadia National Park

By Jessica Bloch on June 29, 2010, at 12:29 p.m.
The daughter of President George W. Bush will be in Acadia National Park Wednesday to appear live on the “Today” as part of the NBC morning staple’s series on national parks.
Art lovers flock to 15 State Street in Bangor to view the work from students at the University of Maine's Intermedia Master of Fine Arts program during Downtown Bangor Arts Walk on Friday, November 20, 2009.  BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY KEVIN BENNETT

Art-walk organizer gains nonprofit status

By Jessica Bloch on June 23, 2010, at 11:35 a.m.
The downtown artists, museum curators, gallery owners, shopkeepers and others who have put together recent art walks have taken a step toward broadening their reach …

Daughters of children’s author share his ‘unknown’ work

By Jessica Bloch on June 06, 2010, at 4:58 p.m.
BLUE HILL | Their father is among the most beloved children’s authors of all time, the artist behind such classics as “Make Way for Ducklings,” “Blueberries for Sal,” and “One …
Local historian Dick Shaw, left, shows an image of gangster Al Brady, dead on Central Street in 1937, to Ron Biliancia's 7th grade social studies class at the William Cohen school on Thursday, May 27, 2010. Shaw along with Dan West, car buff, were on hand to help students determine how to sort out the historical clues from photographs . The class was shown two different images of a car similar to Brady's stolen ride and were asked to take visual clues from them to determine if either of the images was of the infamous gang's car.  BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY KEVIN BENNETT

Students eager to share local history

By Jessica Bloch on May 31, 2010, at 7:55 p.m.
BANGOR | The three seventh-grade students had no idea who Al Brady was. They had never heard of his gang. And they certainly knew nothing of his death in downtown Bangor in October …


Bruce Brown folds up a tarp Monday, May 24, 2010 while helping others ready  the Center for Maine Contemporary Art for its upcoming biennial exhibit. Brown, who now lives in Portland, has returned to Rockport this spring and summer as a curatorial consultant at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. Brown is among the people who started the center two decades ago and he has returned to help it get back to full speed after its temporary closing this past winter. (Bangor Daily News/John Clarke Russ)

CMCA ushers in a new beginning

By Jessica Bloch on May 28, 2010, at 5:45 p.m.
Bruce Brown knows well the corners and lines and probably what’s inside the drawers of the desk behind which he sits at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art.

Orono eyes pot dispensary moratorium

By Jessica Bloch on May 24, 2010, at 8:28 p.m.
Town councilors began preliminary discussions Monday afternoon about enacting a possible moratorium on marijuana dispensaries, a move that several other communities around the state …
Law enforcement officials leave the residence of 327 Main Road in Passadumkeag on Sunday, May 23, 2010 where they responded to reports of a rifle being wielded against an Old Town mechanic who refused to leave the property. No one was charged in the incident and authorities determined that the firearm was not fired. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY BRIDGET BROWN

Two may face charges in firearm incident

By Jessica Bloch on May 23, 2010, at 9:06 p.m.
PASSADUMKEAG | Two people could face charges after an incident Sunday morning in which a man told police he had been shot at while trying to collect on a debt he claimed he was …

Bradley events hail milestones in local ecology

By Jessica Bloch on May 22, 2010, at 4:36 p.m.
The Maine Forest and Logging Museum at Leonard’s Mills might seem an unusual place to mark two important moments for Maine’s ecology.
Jason Smith, 16, of Lincoln amuses himself with friends from Mattanawcook Academy who were participating in the Relay for Life at the Old Town High School track Friday, May 21, 2010. Smith and fellow high school students were participating in the 17th annual event in honor of calculus teacher Christina Doore.  BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY BRIDGET BROWN

Relay for Life surpasses fundraising goals

By Jessica Bloch on May 22, 2010, at 2:44 p.m.
OLD TOWN | One of the area’s longest-running cancer fundraising events easily surpassed its goals, organizers announced Saturday afternoon.

UMaine addresses environmental communication

By Jessica Bloch on May 21, 2010, at 10:26 p.m.
The emerging field of environmental communication is, in a way, similar to a traffic rotary. At least that’s how University of Cincinnati faculty member Stephen Depoe looks at it.
Blind hiker Bill Irwin of N. Carolina is hugged by a family member Nov. 21, 1990 at the end of his 2,000 mile hike of the Appalachian Trail in Baxter State Park. The blind hiker and his god Orient left Georgia in March and completed the trip at Mt. Katahdin 257 days later. (Bangor Daily News File Photo)

Sebec man recounts Appalachian journey

By Jessica Bloch on May 20, 2010, at 11:37 p.m.

Author documents pair’s solitary life on Placentia Island

By Jessica Bloch on May 16, 2010, at 6:32 p.m.
Author Peter P. Blanchard III fell in love with Maine over the years, starting in 1972 when he did an Outward Bound course that took him to different islands every night. “It was a little bit …