Julie Murchison Harris

Community News Editor

Sweet Frog and Mrs. Sweet Frog from the Sweet Frog frozen yogurt business in Bangor greeted parade watchers along Route 2.

Fun for all at Hermon Bicentennial Sizzler

By Julie Harris on Aug. 09, 2014, at 12:48 p.m.
HERMON, Maine — The Hermon Bicentennial Sizzler Fun Day Event held Aug. 9 was kicked off with a pancake breakfast by Hermon Masons. The breakfast was followed by the beginning of many activities, including softball, arts and crafts at Ecotat, and Hermon High School 5K. A parade lined up at …

Baker Newman Noyes promotes nine, hires one

By Julie Harris on July 29, 2014, at 12:48 p.m.
BOSTON, Mass., MANCHESTER and PORTSMOUTH, N.H., and PORTLAND, Maine — Baker Newman Noyes, one of the nation’s top 125 accounting and consulting firms, recently shared news of promotions and a new hire across its four offices. New hire: Reid Butler, CPA, MSA, of North Conway, New Hampshire, was hired as a senior …

Aroostook County Births

By Julie Harris on July 25, 2014, at 3:30 p.m.
Houlton Regional Hospital To Stephanie Stamper and Craig Grover, Houlton, a son, Camren Jace Grover, on June 3, 2014. To Tara and Mark Phillips, Houlton, a son, Oliver Grant Phillips, on June 4, 2014. To Travis and Ebony Milton, Hodgdon, a daughter, Aria Harper Milton, on June 7, 2014. To …

National report says economic instability is biggest threat to Maine children’s well-being

By Julie Harris on July 22, 2014, at 11:58 a.m.
BANGOR | The greatest threat to children’s well-being in Maine is economic instability, according to the annual national child wellness report known as Kids Count, which was released Tuesday. Maine’s ranking among the states in children’s economic well-being dropped to 29th in 2014 from 20th last year, which is …

Longtime Newport officer promoted to sergeant

By Julie Harris on July 03, 2014, at 4:20 p.m.
NEWPORT — Police Chief Leonard Macdaid has announced the promotion of longtime Newport  Officer David Wintle to the rank of sergeant. Wintle, 45, of Newburgh, has worked for Newport Police Department for 18 years, and has an exemplary work record, according to the chief. Wintle’s promotion was effective June 23. …
Participants in the Kennebec Savings Day of Caring gathered around the Viles Arboretum Larch Collection interpretive sign for a group shot. Amada Jorgensen (leaning on sign), Talia Jorgensen (green Brut squad sweatshirt), Mindy Jorgensen, Mary Hammond, Judy Johnston, Mark Johnston, Tessa Jorgensen, Todd Jorgensen, Tara Jorgensen, Ethan Hammond.

Kennebec Savings Bank Supports Viles Arboretum with Staff Volunteers “Day of Caring” Initiative

By Julie Harris on July 01, 2014, at 4:32 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A wonderful group of staff members and family from Kennebec savings Bank joined Viles Arboretum staff to assist in the restoration of the White Ash Collection. Under the careful coordination of Mindy Jorgensen, Head of Maintenance at Kennebec savings, we all gathered for coffee and doughnuts bright …
Dr. Donald Krause

Dr. Krause among nominees for Caregiver of the Year

By Julie Harris on June 25, 2014, at 3:21 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine —  Donald Krause MD, Medical Director/Rheumatology and Medical Director for Quality at St. Joseph Hospital, has been nominated for the 2014 Maine Hospital Association Caregiver of the Year Award. Employed as a physician with St. Joseph Healthcare since 1996, Dr. Krause has practiced both internal medicine and rheumatology, and has served …

Piscataquis Community Secondary School third quarter honor roll

By Julie Harris on April 15, 2014, at 4:28 p.m.
Piscataquis Community Secondary School, Guilford Third quarter honor roll Grade 12, high honors: Chelsea Baillargeon, Kyla Desmarais, Jamie Libby, Casey Northup; honors: Katelyn Bates, Elaina Bennett, Courtney Brackett, Jenna Chapman, James Chastenay, Tiia Flick, Danica French, William Gilbert, Spencer Martell, Paul Martin, Kayla Oldham, Miranda Pettit, Zachery Pratt, Courtney Richardson, …
Bangor Attorney Joseph Baldacci (left) tells the Rev. Daniel Baillargeon and Director of Business Administration Cheryl Whalen of St. John's Catholic Church at 207 York St. about the $395,000 bequest left to the church by communicant and Eucharistic Minister Shann Gillespie.

Bangor Humane Society, St. John’s Catholic Church split $790,000 bequest from longtime volunteer

By Julie Harris on March 21, 2014, at 1:32 p.m.
She loved church, animals and people, which she demonstrated in her life with tireless hours of volunteer work on their behalf. Shann M. Gillespie also showed them in death, by sharing her savings with two Bangor institutions where she volunteered. Bangor Humane Society and St. John’s Catholic …

Penobscot Branch of AAUW to meet

By Julie Harris on March 07, 2014, at 12:29 p.m.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 7 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Women’s Resource Center, Fernald Hall, University of Maine, Orono, Maine For more information: 866-4557 ORONO, Maine —  The Penobscot Branch of AAUW will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at  Women’s Resource Center, Fernald Hall, University of Maine, Orono.  …

Second annual Penobscot Ski Bash

By Julie Harris on Feb. 06, 2014, at 5 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Bangor Parks and Recreation will offer its second annual Penobscot Ski Bash 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at Bangor Municipal Golf Course. The equipment rentals for skis and boots are free for this event. Adults are welcomed to join in the fun with their kids and can also …

Valentine’s Day supper to benefit Interfaith Fuel Fund

By Julie Harris on Jan. 28, 2014, at 3:46 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: First Church in Belfast, UCC, Belfast, Maine For more information: 338-2282 BELFAST, Maine — The First Church in Belfast, UCC, is hosting a St. Valentine’s Day benefit supper 5-6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, in the church’s upstairs Fellowship Hall. Menu …
Corenna O'Brien executive director says she is looking for new homes for 85 of these gently used chairs.

Want to help Brewer-area senior citizens? Consider buying a chair

By Julie Harris on Jan. 22, 2014, at 5:29 a.m.
The Ellen M. Leach Memorial Home, an independent living complex for senior citizens, wants you to have a seat. The Leach home recently purchased 96 new dining room chairs and hopes supporters of the complex’s free programs for residents will step up to purchase the 85 chairs …
Darling's presented a check for $10,000 to the Champion The Cure Challenge on Jan. 16.

Bangor auto dealer offers $10,000 support for cancer fundraiser

By Julie Harris on Jan. 17, 2014, at 4:53 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Darling’s Auto Group, a long-time member of the local business community, announced their support Thursday for the 2014 Champion the Cure Challenge. “Champion the Cure Challenge has been a great part of our community for the last four years, and while we’ve had employee teams participate as …

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. …
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 …

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 …
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