Nell Gluckman


The Spirit of Massachusetts, the Harvey Gamage and the Westward are three boats that are owned by the Ocean Classroom Foundation. The organization's financial situation is so dire that it will not be able to operate after August.

Financially strapped Maine-based Ocean Classroom Foundation to close

By Nell Gluckman on July 25, 2014, at 8:54 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Ocean Classroom Foundation, a nonprofit based in Maine that has run educational programs for students aboard schooners for almost 20 years, will stop operating at the end of this summer, according to executive director Greg Belanger. The reason, according to Belanger, is that two of the …

FairPoint customers lose Internet service

By Nell Gluckman on July 23, 2014, at 3:51 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Some FairPoint Communications customers may have lost their Internet service because of a problem that occurred on Sunday afternoon, according to a FairPoint spokesman. The problem affected customers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and some may still be experiencing problems as a result, the spokesman said …
David Flanagan, the retired CEO of Central Maine Power Co. and a former University of Maine System trustee, was named the interim president at the troubled University of Southern Maine in Portland on Wednesday.

Retired CEO of Central Maine Power Co. to head USM

By Nell Gluckman on July 23, 2014, at 10:29 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — David Flanagan, the retired CEO of Central Maine Power Co. and a former University of Maine System trustee, will be the interim president at the University of Southern Maine, system administrators announced Wednesday. The position is vacant after UMS Chancellor James Page announced two weeks ago that …
Michael Stevenson

USM provost to take new post in university system office

By Nell Gluckman on July 22, 2014, at 5:08 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The provost of the University of Southern Maine will leave his position to become the senior fellow for academic affairs for the University of Maine System, a new position in that office. Provost Michael Stevenson sent a letter to the USM faculty and staff on Tuesday announcing …

UMS trustees approve plan to address projected $69 million budget shortfall

By Nell Gluckman on July 21, 2014, at 6:56 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The University of Maine System’s board of trustees will attempt to add focus and accountability to their plan to close a budget gap that campuses have been grappling with for years. “It is very focused,” said Trustee Sam Collins of a strategic plan that the board approved …
Medomak Valley students try to make it across the gym floor during a team building exercise as part of the Bridge Year program Wednesday at the Recreation and Fitness Center at the University of Maine.

Program that teaches college courses during high school to add six schools

By Nell Gluckman on July 18, 2014, at 4:27 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — Bangor High School senior Mariah Smith, 17, is on track to graduate next spring with a year’s worth of college credits under her belt. The Glenburn resident is part of the Bridge Year Program, an initiative that is attempting to increase the number of Maine students who …
Amy Linscott opens Maine Connections Academy's 536-page application last March to become an approved charter school in Maine.

Maine’s first virtual charter school enrolls enough students to open

By Nell Gluckman on July 18, 2014, at 3:44 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Maine Connections Academy, the first virtual charter school approved by the state, has received enough intent-to-enroll letters to open in the fall, according to a member of the school’s board of directors. As of Wednesday, the school had received 247 letters, four more than the minimum required …
Protestors hold up signs during a protest against the recent Supreme Court decision about birth control on Saturday outside the Bangor Hobby Lobby.

Why abortion could become a defining issue in Maine’s 2nd District race

By Nell Gluckman on July 17, 2014, at 5:32 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Social issues, in particular abortion, are poised to become part of the campaign narrative in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, with supporters of Sen. Emily Cain, the Democrat, and Republican Bruce Poliquin making plans to bring them to the fore. Voters in this congressional district, which includes Lewiston, …
Participants of the Technology Camp for Girls at John Bapst High School look at a robot they are going to program during the five-day camp in Bangor. Pictured from left are: Karen Noble, Bethany Waanders, Kenzey Tracy, Juliet Watkins and Meg Lander.

Young Bangor women embark on careers in technology, hope others will follow suit

By Nell Gluckman on July 16, 2014, at 4:08 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — On a rainy Tuesday morning, 11 current and incoming John Bapst Memorial High School students gathered in a classroom in their nearly empty school building to learn how to build robots. They were participating in a week-long summer technology camp meant to get freshmen and sophomore students …

Maine high school students receive National Merit Scholarship awards

By Nell Gluckman on July 14, 2014, at 4:22 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Ten high school students from Maine have been named recipients of the National Merit Scholarship, one of the country’s most prestigious scholarship programs, according to a statement released by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation on Monday. That brings the total number of recipients from Maine to 33. …
Jaiden Veal of Pleasant Point measures the diameter of a spruce tree during the Wabanaki Youth Science Program in Winter Harbor. The week-long program teaches native high school students about the scientific study of natural resources and combines them with traditional Native American culture.

Summer camp aims to create future environmental leaders in Maine’s tribes

By Nell Gluckman on July 13, 2014, at 4:33 p.m.
WINTER HARBOR, Maine — Barry Dana is worried about the next generation of environmental leaders within Maine’s Native American tribes. The former Penobscot Nation chief said Tuesday he and others began to recognize several years ago that the tribal members running some institutions were getting older and there was no …

Dick Collins, major supporter of UMaine, dies

By Nell Gluckman on July 08, 2014, at 6:02 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Richard “Dick” Collins, a major benefactor of the University of Maine, passed away on Monday, Jeff Mills, president of the University of Maine Foundation, confirmed. He was 77 years old. Collins and his wife, Anne Collins, both UMaine graduates, donated $6 million to the university in 2007, …
University of Southern Maine President Theo Kalikow waits in an empty gym on campus in Portland in this March 24, 2014 photo as students and faculty members walked out of classes at midday protesting planned cuts.

USM president will leave post, take job in the system office

By Nell Gluckman on July 08, 2014, at 1 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — University of Southern Maine President Theo Kalikow will leave her post to take a job at the University of Maine System, effective July 18, the system’s chancellor, James Page, announced through a news release Tuesday. Kalikow, whose contract runs through June of 2015, will become acting vice …
Husson University School of Pharmacy graduate Raphael Dikas  works behind the counter of the Bangor Target pharmacy in 2013. Husson's pharmacy school has received full accreditation.

Husson University’s pharmacy school earns full accreditation

By Nell Gluckman on July 07, 2014, at 4:31 p.m.
BANGOR, MAINE – Husson University’s School of Pharmacy received full accreditation status from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, according to a prepared statement sent Monday. “Earning ACPE accreditation represents the culmination of a rigorous peer review process,” said Husson University’s provost, Lynne Coy-Ogan. “In order to earn this mark …
Ashley Hinkley, a graduate of Brewer High School and recipient of the Mitchell Scholarship, sits with her mother, Tina Hinkley.

140 Mitchell Scholars awarded $7,000 each toward their college tuition

By Nell Gluckman on July 06, 2014, at 4:57 p.m.
CLIFTON, Maine — Tina Hinkley has emphasized the importance of getting good grades with her daughter Ashley Hinkley, 18, since she was in kindergarten. “I’m big on grades,” Tina Hinkley said, seated on the couch at their home Saturday. “I figure she’s not going to go anywhere if she doesn’t …

Motorcycle driver injured in Lewiston crash

By Nell Gluckman on July 06, 2014, at 12:48 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — A motorcycle and another vehicle were involved in a crash at about noon Sunday on Lisbon Road, near Foss Road, according to Lt. Mark Cornelio of the Lewiston Police Department. The driver of the motorcycle was taken to an area hospital with leg injuries, Cornelio said. Watch …

Anson woman awoken by cat while her house burns

By Nell Gluckman on July 06, 2014, at 10:09 a.m.
ANSON, Maine — A woman was awoken by her cat when her house was on fire at about 8:30 Sunday morning, according to Anson Fire Chief Jeremy Manzer. The woman, who Manzer believed to be in her 70s, was able to get out of the house safely, with the help …
Bangor's fireworks display went on as scheduled, despite torrential rain from Hurricane Arthur.

Bangor fireworks display went on, despite rain from Hurricane Arthur

By Nell Gluckman on July 05, 2014, at 12:43 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Towns and cities across the state of Maine canceled or postponed their fireworks displays and other Independence Day events because of Hurricane Arthur, but there was one that did not: Bangor. “I’m having fireworks. You can come if you want to,” Tony Bernatche, president of the Greater …
Hurricane Arthur caused significant damage to the Balsam Valley Amphitheatre, but volunteers worked Saturday to try to get the theatre ready for a concert on Sunday.

Amphitheater nearly destroyed, but country music benefit concert will go on

By Nell Gluckman on July 05, 2014, at 12:11 p.m.
COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine — The Balsam Valley Amphitheater, which is set to host a performance by country music singer John Michael Montgomery on Sunday, was nearly destroyed by high winds caused by Hurricane Arthur, according to a prepared statement released Saturday. “The winds destroyed tents, equipment and even closed the …
Bangor School Department Superintendent Betsy Webb

Education program for students with special needs to open in Bangor

By Nell Gluckman on July 05, 2014, at 11:07 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — An education program for students with severe emotional and behavioral difficulties is on schedule to open in Bangor for the fall semester, according to Bangor School Department Superintendent Betsy Webb. A renovation of the city-owned building at 208 Maine Ave. that once housed the Bangor Region Chamber …
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