Julie Murchison Harris

Community News Editor


Girl Scouts honor Bangor Savings executive for community service

By Julie Harris on Sept. 17, 2015, at 12:32 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Carol Colson of Veazie, senior vice president and director of marketing and community relations for Bangor Savings Bank, was named Girl Scouts of Maine’s 2015 Juliette Award honoree during the annual Pearls of Wisdom breakfast held Thursday at the Hilton Garden Inn. The Juliette Award is named …
Rodney Eason

Rodney Eason named CEO of Mt. Desert Land and Garden Preserve

By Julie Harris on Aug. 27, 2015, at 12:50 p.m.
SEAL HARBOR, Maine – The Mt. Desert Land & Garden Preserve announced today that Rodney Eason has been named Chief Executive Officer. Stephen Milliken and Kate Baxter, Co-Chairs of the Search Committee, said he will begin his duties on October 19, 2015. Eason will succeed Carole Plenty who is retiring after …

Kioti tractor dealer in Bangor receives national recognition

By Julie Harris on July 10, 2015, at 12:46 p.m.
WENDELL, North Carolina —  KIOTI Tractor is excited to announce that Bangor Tractor & Equipment in Bangor, Maine, has received 5-Paw certification, one of 61 dealerships in North America to receive this honor in 2014. The certification is part of the unique KIOTI 5-Paw Dealer Excellence Program, which was created to …
Judy Commeau donned a chicken suit to draw people in to the Hammond Street Senior Center's big breakfast Friday, June 12.

Hammond Street Senior Center breakfast

By Julie Harris on June 12, 2015, at 9:39 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Hammond Street Senior Center held its big breakfast Friday, June 12. A steady stream of customers came through the doors, partly due to the efforts of Judy Commeau, who donned a chicken suit and waved her fry pan to get people’s attention in downtown.   This post …
Clara Swan shares a laugh with Gov. Paul LePage during an early celebration of Swan's 103rd birthday at Husson University on Tuesday.  LePage, who graduated in 1971, studied at Husson when Swan was a staff member.

LePage, other Husson alumni honor Clara Swan for her 103rd birthday

By Julie Harris on April 21, 2015, at 8:21 p.m.
BANGOR | Whatever else Clara Lincoln Swan means to the people who attended a reception Tuesday at Husson University in honor of her upcoming 103rd birthday, she is, to any person, inspiring. Dozens of Husson alumni, including Gov. Paul LePage, family, friends and current university administrators gathered at Beardsley …
At top, from left, Christine O’Connell (Phoebe), Belamy Brophy-Baermann (Silvius), Ben Church (Orlando), and Philip Ryng (Jaques). Bottom row, from left, Devin Vietri (Celia), director Alan Hawkridge, and Alexandra Walsh (Rosalind).

Catherine Poirier of Winterport in URI Theatre’s ‘As You Like It’

By Julie Harris on April 20, 2015, at 2:40 p.m.
KINGSTON, R.I. — The University of Rhode Island Theatre Department is proud to present “As You Like It,” by William Shakespeare. Catherine Poirier of Winterport, Maine, will play LeBeau. Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy was first published in 1623 and remains a favorite among modern audiences, having been adapted for radio, film and …

The Maine Volunteer Roll of Honor

By Julie Harris on April 13, 2015, at 4:46 p.m.
For 29 years, volunteer program leaders in Maine have recognized their highly dedicated volunteers by having their names added to the Governor’s Awards for Service and Volunteerism’s annual Volunteer Roll of Honor. The individuals listed below devoted between 500 and 2,500 documented hours to service last year. To put this …

Ellsworth High School second quarter honor roll

By Julie Harris on March 17, 2015, at 12:49 p.m.
Ellsworth High School Second quarter honor roll Grade 12, highest honors: Christina Allen, Carli Carter, Anna Kreitzer, Kyle Lima, Dylan Paul, Haley Sattler, and Alec Toothaker; high honors: Morgan Barkhouse, Mariah Brown, Juliana Burch, Milton Carter, Julie Clements, Paxton Colley, Hannah Craig, Mitchell Domagala, Madeline Hart, Emma Kell, Kalie Kimball Hailee Langley, Valter …

New Balance pledges $2.55 million to help fight childhood obesity

By Julie Harris on March 10, 2015, at 11:35 a.m.
Boston, MA (March 3, 2015) – ChildObesity180 at Tufts University, The New BalanceFoundation, and the 100 Mile Club have announced a new collaboration focused on increasing quality physical activity for children. The New Balance Foundation has pledged $2.55 million in support of this important work.   At the core of …

33rd annual Unity College Spring 5K Road Race

By Julie Harris on March 04, 2015, at 4:28 p.m.
UNITY, Maine — The 33rd annual Unity College Spring 5K Road Race will be held Saturday, April 18, on Unity College campus. The course, which starts from the Unity College gymnasium, winds its way through the village of Unity. Typically 75-80 runners and walkers participate in the event ,which is co-sponsored …

Free film screening at Franco American Centre at UM

By Julie Harris on Feb. 27, 2015, at 3:33 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — A free screening and discussion of the film “An American Dream” will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, at the Franco American Centre in Crossland Hall, University of Maine. The film is about people of French Canadian heritage in the United States. Filmwriter and star of the film Damien …

Pine Cone Basketball Tournament time changes for Feb. 7

By Julie Harris on Feb. 06, 2015, at 8:26 a.m.
Pine Cone MS Basketball Tournament Time Changes for Saturday 2/7/15:     Game Schedule will be as follows:Story continues below advertisement.   Saturday, February 7 8:30 G Madison vs Carrabec/Harmony winner 9:45 G Valley vs Forest Hills/ Athens winner 11:00 B Valley vs Madison/Athens winner 12:15 B Forest Hills vs …

Contradance on Jan. 31 in Blue Hill

By Julie Harris on Jan. 19, 2015, at 1:57 p.m.
BLUE HILL, Maine — A contradance will be held with live music by All Comers Band at 7 p.m., then Jam Boise at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31, at Emlen Hall, Bay School, in Blue Hill. All dances taught. This post was contributed by a community member. Submit your news …
One of the regular spots for the Salvation Army kettle drive is in the front of Macy's Department Store in Bangor.

Bangor Salvation Army to take part in Kettle Blitz on Thursday

By Julie Harris on Dec. 08, 2014, at 2:38 p.m.
The Salvation Army in Bangor will participate in the northern New England-wide Kettle Blitz competition among the regional units to be held Thursday, Dec. 11. Kettles designated for the competition will be at the three doors of Bangor Walmart, Capt. Tim Clark said Monday. Volunteer bell-ringers from …
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Seth Webber at BerryDunn earns CFA designation

By Julie Harris on Dec. 03, 2014, at 12:26 p.m.
BerryDunn is pleased to announce that Seth Webber, principal and head of the firm’s Valuation Group, has earned the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) designation.Recipients of the CFA charter have successfully completed the CFA Program, which includes a graduate-level curriculum and three intensive examinations. The three exams typically require a …
Banana Coconut Cream Pie

Banana coconut cream pie on Thanksgiving Day

By Julie Harris on Nov. 24, 2014, at 8:10 a.m.
Although Thanksgiving meals in my house are very traditional with root crops, turkey, stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce, creamed onions and a salad, I have one signature dish that guests often remark on and remember — my banana coconut cream pie. Every aspect of it is homemade with fresh ingredients: from …
Chris Henderson of Hampden took this photo at his home Oct. 14, 2014. He says his kids love the dummy set up on the porch each year.

BDN seeks readers’ Halloween photos for slideshow

By Julie Harris on Oct. 15, 2014, at 2:20 p.m.
The season of costumes and candy is here: Halloween! Who are you going to be this year? Are you choosing frightening or furry, scary or sweet? Let’s see your costume! Perhaps your house glows eerily in the night, or your yard sends chills across the spines of those who pass …
Nathaniel Cusack, 12, shows off his infamous pumpkin mask that he says he's used to scare many people. Amy Violette and her two children are really into Halloween.

BDN seeks readers’ Halloween photos for slideshow

By Julie Harris on Oct. 15, 2014, at 9:17 a.m.
The season of costumes and candy is here: Halloween! Who are you going to be this year? Are you choosing frightening or furry, scary or sweet? Let’s see your costume! Perhaps your house glows eerily in the night, or your yard sends chills across the spines of those who pass …
A 975-pound moose shot by Bill Carlin of Lebanon, Maine, lies on a trailer in the Gateway Variety parking lot in Ashland, Maine, during the first day of the 2014 moose hunt.

Readers, please share photos from your hunting experience

By Julie Harris on Oct. 13, 2014, at 10:12 a.m.
Hunting has long been a tradition in Maine. With its vast woodlands and its pioneering history, Maine has attracted sports from near and far to harvest its bounty in the fall. Deer, moose, duck, geese, pheasant, woodcock, grouse and bear are some of the animals that lure hunters into the …

Central Maine Cold Storage to open in Bucksport, give local fishermen place to process lobster

By Julie Harris on Oct. 08, 2014, at 6:14 p.m.
Central Maine Cold Storage, a new custom food freezing, storage and shipping business, is opening its $2 million facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house Thursday, Oct. 9. The business initially will employ approximately 15 full-time-equivalent workers, with plans to increase that number with the expected …