Articles by Jessica Bloch

Advanced Engineered Wood Composites center director Habib Dagher speaks during a presentation announcing the commercialization of composite bridge technologies in Maine at the University of Maine's AEWC Advanced Structures and Composites Center in Orono on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009.   BANGOR DAILY NEWS BY BRIDGET BROWN

UM troop protection system patented

By Jessica Bloch on April 19, 2010, at 11:12 p.m.
ORONO | University of Maine engineers and developers learned last week they have received a patent for the Modular Ballistic Protection System, in which 4-by-8-foot panels made from a …

MSSM students learn about wind energy

By Jessica Bloch on April 16, 2010, at 9:10 p.m.
ORONO | Friday was a regular school day for students from the Maine School of Science and Mathematics, but the location and lessons were altogether different.
Luke LaBree (right), creative director of Sutherland Weston Marketing Communications, and Lawrence Whittemore, a multimedia producer with the agency,  work on ad and website mock-ups on two of their agency's newly acquired Apple iPads. The agency recently acquired nine of the computer tablets to help with their workflow. Photographed at Sutherland Weston Marketing Communications' offices in downtown Bangor Wednesday, April 14, 2010.  BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN CLARKE RUSS

Mainers begin integrating Apple’s iPad into daily routine

By Jessica Bloch on April 15, 2010, at 6:14 p.m.
BANGOR | A few fingerprints were visible on the glassy surface of the dark screen until Luke LaBree hit the “on” button of his new iPad and the screen came to life.

UMaine may keep language programs

By Jessica Bloch on April 14, 2010, at 9:59 p.m.
ORONO | University of Maine bachelor’s degree programs in French, Spanish and music may not be eliminated after all, according to the final report of a working group which tried to trim …
Penquis Division Manager Mary Lynn Hersey (left) helps Tegan Townsend, 5, of Bangor make handprints at the Children's Fair at the Airport Mall in Bangor on Sunday afternoon, April 11, 2010. The fair was one in a series of weeklong events that are part of Week of the Young Child, which is designed to recognize the needs of young children and inform the community of various programs and services available for them and their families.  BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY BRIDGET BROWN

Events aim to encourage child development

By Jessica Bloch on April 11, 2010, at 9:51 p.m.
Ed "Wiz" Dumont of Wiz Tattoos in Brewer works on Angella Moser of Jonesboro at the Down East Tattoo Show in Hermon on Saturday, April 10, 2010. "He's been tattooing me for the last 20 years," said Moser of Dumont. The theme of this year's show was "Invasion of Pirates". BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY BRIDGET BROWN

Art scholars judge work at Down East Tattoo Show

By Jessica Bloch on April 11, 2010, at 7:32 p.m.
HERMON | The woman walked into a room Sunday at the Morgan Hill Event Center and rolled up the sleeve on her right arm to display a tattoo with an image of a man. Behind the woman, a group …
Community members cross the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge from Brewer into Bangor on Saturday morning, April 10, 2010 as part of the 15th annual Hike for the Homeless. This year's goal was to raise $50,000 according to the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter director Dennis Marble. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY BRIDGET BROWN

1,000 hikers raise funds for homeless

By Jessica Bloch on April 10, 2010, at 4:24 p.m.
BANGOR | The power of social networking and the Internet has reached the Hike for the Homeless — and for the better, several organizers of the 15th annual event said Saturday morning.

Newburgh selectman reveals alleged theft

By Jessica Bloch on April 10, 2010, at 1:50 p.m.
The first selectman broke the news to stunned residents Saturday morning during the annual town meeting that apparently the former deputy town treasurer has said that she took $147,000 in funds from 2007 to 2009.

UMaine faculty helps recruit students

By Jessica Bloch on April 09, 2010, at 7:18 p.m.
ORONO | The University of Maine this spring has stepped up its use of faculty members to attract more students to the state’s flagship public university. UM Provost Susan E. Hunter said …

UMaine academic report delayed

By Jessica Bloch on April 08, 2010, at 7:55 p.m.
ORONO | A group attempting to prioritize the University of Maine’s academic programs and budget is putting off making its final recommendations until next week.
Sarah Hardy (cq) (seated), Associate Professor of Mathamatics at the University of Maine-Farmington and Sheena Bunnell (standing) , Professor of Business/ Economics at UM-F and the Director of the Maine Health Research Institute  joined colleagues in a roundtable discussion--part of Tuesday's academic summit at Wells Conference Center at the University of Maine in Orono. The summit drew campus community from the University of Maine System to assess Maine's future workforce needs and academic program development. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN CLARKE RUSS

UM system weighs future of work force demands

By Jessica Bloch on April 06, 2010, at 8:20 p.m.
ORONO | The University of Maine System should look into developing interdisciplinary majors, encouraging international cross-cultural studies and finding new ways to teach nursing in order …

UMaine’s Hudson Museum is (Peru)sing history

By Jessica Bloch on April 05, 2010, at 5:34 p.m.
ORONO | The University of Maine campus on a recent March morning was foggy and damp. There were puddles in the parking lots. The ground was still soft from the rains of last month. It’s …

Bangor couple buys former Orono church

By Jessica Bloch on April 04, 2010, at 8:38 p.m.
Fariba Dayhim still hasn’t settled on what she plans to do with the former St. Mary Catholic Church.

Maine’s changing worker needs to be focus of UMS summit

By Jessica Bloch on March 31, 2010, at 10:39 p.m.
BANGOR | It wasn’t so long ago that high school graduates in some towns could be assured of a job at the local mill or factory.
Lin White, owner of Park's Hardware in Orono, holds up a walrus tusk fragment he found in 2008 while working near the Stillwater River with the Orono Land Trust.  White recently enlisted the help of U Maine Professor Emeritus Professor George Jacobson (right) and some of his academic colleagues in the field to determine the that this tooth fragment belonged to a walrus that probably lived about 13,000 years ago. Photographed February 24, 2010 at Park's Hardware. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN CLARKE RUSS

Ancient walrus tusk set for public debut

By Jessica Bloch on March 31, 2010, at 8:01 p.m.
ORONO | A walrus tusk with possibly ancient origins found in 2008 near the Stillwater River will be on display Friday to the public for the first time.

UMaine artists hold auction for Haiti

By Jessica Bloch on March 31, 2010, at 6:15 p.m.
ORONO | A group of University of Maine art education students were looking earlier this semester for a cause around which they could base a class project.

University plans layoffs to cover $5.9M gap

By Jessica Bloch on March 30, 2010, at 9:37 p.m.
ORONO | The University of Maine is facing a projected $5.9 million shortfall in the budget for the next school year, part of which will be addressed through staff reductions including eight …
Julia Hathaway of Veazie joined students at Wells Commons in protesting the Academic Program Prioritization Working Group's recommendations during Monday's information forum there on U Maine's Orono campus. Hathaway's daughter, Amber Hathaway, a sophomore Women's Studies majo, might have her major cut in accord with working group's recommendations. "Without women's studies, we won't be able to take the steps necessary to achieve true gender equity, " said Julia Hathaway. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN CLARKE RUSS

UM students, faculty voice concerns about likely cuts

By Jessica Bloch on March 29, 2010, at 9:14 p.m.
ORONO | More than 200 concerned University of Maine students and faculty members questioned the school’s academic administrators during a public forum Monday about an academic …

Coastal history in living color

By Jessica Bloch on March 27, 2010, at 3:26 p.m.
There can’t be many people who grew up or live in midcoast Maine who haven’t a clue that the fishing and maritime industries built up and then changed their towns and cities.
An earring made of dichroic glass and sterling silver made by Anne Reigstad of Ymir Glass Design is seen on display at Jewelry Artisans of Maine, a new Hampden store of the same name Wednesday, March 17, 2010. Dichroic glass, according to Reigstad's website, is a glass that transmits one color and reflects another color which was developed by NASA for use in satellite mirrors.  BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY BRIDGET BROWN

Jewelry artists establish co-op in Hampden

By Jessica Bloch on March 26, 2010, at 10:43 p.m.
In a town with beautiful homes and charming neighborhoods, there are certain sections of Main Road North that are quite dull in comparison.