Articles by Jessica Bloch

 
Old Town Elementary School fifth-grader Tylor Paradis, (COPY DESK: HIS FIRST NAME IS SPELLED "TYLOR" NOT "TYLER") 11, examines a wind blade made by Old Town High School students during the Maine Wind Blade Challenge at the University of Maine on Friday, May 14, 2010 in Orono. More than 40 teams of students from around the state competed for the best wind blade design at the second annual event.  BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY BRIDGET BROWN

Duo from Sumner repeats as wind blade champions

By Jessica Bloch on May 14, 2010, at 9:59 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — Work on their entry for the Maine Wind Blade Challenge didn’t officially start until earlier this year. But as far back as the fall semester, Sumner High School seniors Chris …

Orono approves zoning for chickens

By Jessica Bloch on May 11, 2010, at 10:20 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — It was egg-cellent news for certain residents. The Town Council voted Monday night to amend town ordinances to allow people who live in areas zoned for medium density residential …
Parishioner Sara Lindsay placed her donated baby food items next to the baptismal font  before Sunday's service at St. James' Episcopal Church in Old Town. The Outreach team of the church sponsored a baby item drive and baby shower for the Indian Women's Mission on Mother's Day Sunday.  BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN CLARKE RUSS

Church’s ‘baby shower’ aids Indian Island group

By Jessica Bloch on May 09, 2010, at 10:17 p.m.
OLD TOWN, Maine — Shopping for Sunday morning’s event at St. James’ Episcopal Church turned out to be a lot more fun than Sara Lindsay thought it would be.
Fourth graders at the Eddington School stand with quilts Friday, May 7, 2010 which they designed, made and will donate to Project Linus and Spruce Run this week. Pictured (left to right, front to back) are Jordan Bragg, 9, Nathan Kane, 10, Sharon Ogbonna, 10, Brooke Seymour, 9, Elizabeth Curtis, 9, Caleigh Lebel, 10, and Dylan Monroe, 10.  BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY BRIDGET BROWN

Eddington kids to show off donated quilts

By Jessica Bloch on May 09, 2010, at 10:09 p.m.
EDDINGTON, Maine — Donna Oliver has worked for the past nine years on a service learning project at the Eddington School in which fourth-grade students make quilts for Project Linus, a national effort that distributes blankets to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need.

UMaine grads exhorted to ‘participate in positive change’

By Jessica Bloch on May 08, 2010, at 1:17 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — Lauren Sterling of Waterville graduated Saturday from the University of Maine with nearly 1,700 others who earned degrees this spring.

UMS campuses not coordinating academic cuts

By Jessica Bloch on May 07, 2010, at 9:21 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — Allen Berger said last month he was surprised when he heard the University of Maine was considering some major cuts of its academic programs. It was the proposed language study cuts — French, German, Latin and Spanish majors would be eliminated, with a lower level of instruction …
Susan J. Hunter, Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost at the University of Maine, photographed Tuesday, May 4, 2010 in Orono. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY BRIDGET BROWN

UMaine president approves cuts, revenue plan to close $25 million gap

By Jessica Bloch on May 04, 2010, at 12:09 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — University of Maine President Robert Kennedy affirmed Tuesday morning a recommendation to suspend, eliminate, merge and downsize several academic departments and majors while …

Former Farnsworth curator hired to lead contemporary art center

By Jessica Bloch on May 03, 2010, at 7:28 p.m.
ROCKPORT, Maine — In a move officials said will help the Center for Maine Contemporary Art move forward from financial difficulties last fall, former Farnsworth Art Museum Chief Curator Suzette …

Kennedy to reveal academic cutbacks

By Jessica Bloch on April 29, 2010, at 9:34 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — University of Maine President Robert Kennedy will announce at 10 a.m. Tuesday his decisions pertaining to an academic reorganization plan that has caused discord on campus while …

System prepares to search for UM president

By Jessica Bloch on April 29, 2010, at 9:31 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The University of Maine System is gearing up for the search for a successor to University of Maine President Robert Kennedy.

Bangoreans to honor Kay Lebowitz

By Jessica Bloch on April 28, 2010, at 9:57 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The lights of one of the city’s landmarks will go out briefly Friday night, just as one of the city’s bright lights was extinguished earlier this week. In honor of longtime Bangor resident, volunteer, city councilor and state representative Catharine “Kay” Lebowitz, who died Monday at the …
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University of Maine Mechanical Enginering Technology students ride their low-cost adaptive vehicles that were designed for people in Mozambique who have lost the use of their legs from land mines.  Among the requirements were that the vehicles had to be hand-powered, accessible for wheelchair users, stable on rough terrain and the ability to carry some cargo.  The vehicles were tested and raced against each other by the five design teams at the University of Maine campus in Orono on Wednesday, April 28, 2010. (Bangor Daily News/Gabor Degre)

UM wheelchairs headed to Africa

By Jessica Bloch on April 28, 2010, at 7:34 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — Maine is about as far away as can be from Mozambique, but a group of 27 University of Maine engineering students have learned this year the work on their senior-year projects could …

Service projects, parade to highlight Maine Day

By Jessica Bloch on April 27, 2010, at 11:50 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — University of Maine classes will be suspended today for the annual Maine Day celebration as students, faculty, staff and alumni pitch in to spruce up the campus.
The Public Sector Service Award, presented by the Bangor REgion Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 16 to U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (right), was renamed the Catherine Lebowitz Award for Public Service. The new name honors Kay Lebowitz (left), volunteer and former city councilor and state representative.

Former Bangor councilor, volunteer Lebowitz dies

By Jessica Bloch on April 26, 2010, at 11:43 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Catherine “Kay” Lebowitz, a former Bangor city councilor and state legislator who remained active as a volunteer for dozens of local organizations long after her retirement, …

Tribal panel OKs trip to NY event

By Jessica Bloch on April 26, 2010, at 9:20 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission approved Monday a trip its executive director will make to an event in New York which will include a symposium on the United Nations’ …

Making connections through art

By Jessica Bloch on April 26, 2010, at 7:34 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The superhighway that connects Maine to the rest of the country is called Interstate 95. We see the importance of that connection in the 18-wheel trucks that carry goods to and from …
Maine Warden Service members search for Joshua Gilmore behind the Sigma Chi Heritage House on College Avenue in Orono on Saturday after he was reported missing early that morning.  BANGOR DAILY NEWS FILE PHOTO BY KEVIN BENNETT



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Members of the Maine Game Wardens Service search behind the Sigma Chi Heritage House on College Ave. in Orono on Saturday, April 17, 2010 for Joshua Gilmore, 19, of Levant, a student at the University of Maine in Orono. Gilmore appeared across the steam plant parking lot around 2:30 p.m. he had been missing since 6 a.m. when he was taking part in a fraternity initiation near the banks of the Stillwater River. (Bangor Daily News/Kevin Bennett)

UM: Frat involved in hazing

By Jessica Bloch on April 23, 2010, at 9:02 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — A University of Maine fraternity was found to have hazed a student pledge who got lost last weekend for eight hours during an initiation activity near campus. Sigma Chi has been …

Hampden man new US marshal

By Jessica Bloch on April 22, 2010, at 10:04 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — The U.S. Senate on Thursday afternoon confirmed the University of Maine’s top public safety official as the new U.S. marshal for Maine.

March confirmed as Maine’s U.S. marshal

By Jessica Bloch on April 22, 2010, at 2:37 p.m.
ORONO, Maine – The U.S. Senate confirmed Thursday afternoon the University of Maine’s top public safety official as the new U.S. marshal for Maine. Noel March, who had been UMaine’s chief of police and public safety director for eight years, now will become the state’s highest-ranking federal law enforcement official. …

NPR host to help raise funds for folklife center

By Jessica Bloch on April 20, 2010, at 10:43 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — One of the best memories Nick Spitzer has of the Bangor area came in 2003 during the second summer of the National Folk Festival.
 
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