Julie Murchison Harris

Community News Editor


Catholic schools around the state plan service projects

By Julie Harris on Jan. 17, 2014, at 12:59 p.m.
PORTLAND | Catholic schools around the state will do service projects as part of their weeklong Maine Catholic Schools Week Jan. 26-Feb.1. The weeklong activities unique to each school are meant to celebrate the mission of Catholic schools. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland describes its service project mission …

East Orrington church benefit supper and auction

By Julie Harris on Jan. 16, 2014, at 9:04 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: East Orrington Congregational Church, 38 Johnson Mill Road, Orrington, Maine ORRINGTON, Maine — A supper and auction to benefit Mike and Tracy Yates as Mike continues treatments for his illness will be held 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at East …
Roger Smith Jr. speaks about his family coping with losing their home to a fire on January 2, 2014. "We'll be okay," said Smith. "Gotta keep a positive attitude - it's what keeps us going from day to day."

Community rallies around Bangor family that lost everything in a fire

By Julie Harris on Jan. 12, 2014, at 5:35 a.m.
Preston Smith’s first birthday didn’t go as planned. The child turned 1 on Dec. 28 and was supposed to celebrate his milestone birthday a week later at a party planned by his parents. Instead, he and his family found themselves with no home and no belongings. A …

United Methodist Economic Ministry board hires the Rev. Michele St. Cyr as executive director

By Julie Harris on Jan. 03, 2014, at 1:15 p.m.
WINTHROP | Vivian Hodgkins, president of the UMEM Board of Directors announced Thursday that the Rev. Michele St. Cyr is the new half-time executive director of the United Methodist Economic Ministry located in the northern reaches of the Appalachian Mountain region centered in Salem, Maine, effective Jan. 1. St. …
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Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) president and CEO Ed McGeachey and Ruth Fernandez unveil the plaque with Dr. Robert Fernandez’s photo and dedication which will soon be placed in the lobby of the Robert V. Fernandez, M.D. Medical Office Building at 9 Healthcare Drive in Biddeford. In addition, his name has been placed on the outside of the building.

SMMC PrimeCare physicians office building named in honor of Robert V. Fernandez, M.D.

By Julie Harris on Dec. 23, 2013, at 4:53 p.m.
 BIDDEFORD, Maine — Southern Maine Medical Center staff and SMMC PrimeCare physicians joined the Fernandez family on Dec. 23 to dedicate SMMC’s 9 Healthcare Drive medical office building in honor of SMMC’s former Chief Medical Director Robert V. Fernandez, M.D. Dr. Fernandez was a beloved, respected, long-time physician leader in the …
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Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership elects board members

By Julie Harris on Dec. 04, 2013, at 11:38 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine – The Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Maine MEP) announced that Carl Spang and James Donnelly have been elected to its board of directors. Spang brings more than 20 years of manufacturing experience to the board, while Donnelly possesses more than 20 years of banking and commercial finance expertise. “Maine …

Central Penobscot Region Management Plan public meeting

By Julie Harris on Nov. 25, 2013, at 11:18 a.m.
MILO, Maine — The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s, Bureau of Parks and Lands is holding a Public Meeting for the Central Penobscot Region Management Plan. This plan will guide the Bureau’s management of 79,000 acres of public lands in a region extending from Bradford to Baxter Park—which …

First quarter honor roll at Carrabec High School

By Julie Harris on Nov. 20, 2013, at 2:53 p.m.
Carrabec High School, North Anson First quarter honor roll Grade 12, high honors: Troy Dunphy, Elliot Gorr; honors: Chantal Diamond, Kaitlyn LaCroix, Courtney Lancaster, John Layman, MaKayla Leeman, Levi Murray, Skyla Murray, Wyatt Nelson, Danika Riggs, Taylor Shaw, Kathleen Swihart, Riley Tennent, Brendon Tolman, Anthony Toneatti, Jordan Tranten, Jessica Vaillancourt. …

UMaine, UNH students to perform one play simultaneously on two stages

By Julie Harris on Nov. 20, 2013, at 7:28 a.m.
ORONO | Students in the University of Maine Intermedia Master of Fine Arts Program and the University of New Hampshire Department of Theatre and Dance will perform one play simultaneously at both universities by streaming audio and video, and using other technology, including social media. The universities will premiere …

Authors to sign WWII memoir

By Julie Harris on Nov. 20, 2013, at 7:12 a.m.
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: BANGOR, Maine — Philomena Baker and Kathryn Olmstead will sign copies of their book “Flight to Freedom: World War II through the eyes of a child” in the Bangor area. Signings will be held at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 20, at Orono …
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 Jaime Parker of Portland Trails works with fourth graders to dig the garden.

Ocean Avenue Elementary School receives garden grant

By Julie Harris on Nov. 06, 2013, at 12:39 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Ocean Avenue Elementary School  in Portland has received a $5,000 grant from Lowe’s to build a garden in the school’s courtyard.  The school is partnering with Portland Trails on creating the vegetable and flower garden to include an arbor, walking path and seating areas. OAES staff, students, …
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J Street Co-Chairmen are Todd Miller (third from left) and Barbara Kates (second from right).

Maine group participates in fourth annual J Street Conference in D.C.

By Julie Harris on Oct. 18, 2013, at 4:07 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Maine contingent traveled to Washington, D.C., for the fourth annual J Street Conference held Sept. 28-Oct. 1. J Street is a national organization of primarily Jewish Americans, which advocates a two-state solution of Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security. The Maine …

Nonprofits, concerned citizens gather for Maine Highlands Poverty Workshop

By Julie Harris on Oct. 17, 2013, at 7:41 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | Poverty is a human issue with its own language. It teaches those in it they are stupid. It isolates people from success. It dehumanizes. Poverty happens to people. It is a war zone. That was part of the message delivered by keynote speaker Donna M. Beegle, Ed.D., …
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Presque Isle native wins Miss Maine U.S. International 2014

By Rene Bionat on Sept. 23, 2013, at 10:39 p.m.
Delirium Pageantry crowned it’s first state titleholder of the 2014 pageant season. Brittany Jacquelin Bearden,22, of Presque Isle, Maine, was crowned Miss Maine U.S. International 2014 at the end of the pageant held at Bright Star World Dance in Portland on Sunday, September 22, 2013. Bearden is also a former …
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iCook Recruiting Participants

By Douglas Mathews on Sept. 15, 2013, at 2:26 p.m.
Children, 9-10 years old, are enrolling now for the iCook Project about cooking and physical activity. The adult who prepares food in the home is also included in the project which is about healthy habits for healthy lives. Participants will receive $80 for completing the University of Maine study. Children …
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Glengarry Glen Ross Opens Tonight

By jason bannister on Sept. 13, 2013, at 10:14 a.m.
Midcoast Actors’ Studio presents David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross­­, a pulling no punches portrayal of dog­-eat-­dog office politics ­­through fierce dialogue and strong social commentary. Winner of the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and 2005 Tony Award for best play revival, Glengarry Glen Ross will be performed 4 nights only …
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BDN seeking readers’ storm photos

By Julie Harris on Sept. 12, 2013, at 12:16 p.m.
Maine has experienced a stormy pattern for a couple of days, and the severe storms with frequent lightning, damaging winds and flash floods are expected to continue into tonight. Bangor Daily News is inviting readers to upload their storm photos using the News and Photos form under Post News found …
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Hampden resident receive RSU 19 teacher award

By BRENDA KINGSBURY on Sept. 06, 2013, at 2:47 p.m.
Sara Kingsbury of Hampden was the recipient of the RSU 19 Most Outstanding Teacher Award on Aug. 26, at Nokomis High School in Newport. RSU 19 Principal Richard Fernald nominated her for the award. RSU 19 is composed of the towns of Corinna, Dixmont, Etna, Hartland, Newport, …
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Peter Anania joins Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s efforts to find cure

By Karla Wheaton on Aug. 26, 2013, at 4:25 p.m.
PORTLAND | The Northern New England Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has announced the involvement of Peter Anania in its upcoming Portland Wine Opener. Sponsors, volunteers and Foundation staff are all excited to be able to celebrate and honor Peter with the Hope Award at the event on …

Bangor Community Theatre, Ronald McDonald House to present ‘White Christmas’

By Julie Harris on Aug. 26, 2013, at 1:21 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Bangor Community Theatre, one of the area’s oldest community theater organizations, is proud to announce will partner with Ronald McDonald House of Bangor to stage the holiday-themed musical, Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” The fundraiser will commemorate Ronald McDonald House’s 30th anniversary. “White Christmas” will be presented on …
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