Articles by Nick Kaye


RSU #3 Adult Education Is Now Offering The College Pathways Program

By Carolyn Haskell on Aug. 18, 2014, at 3:55 p.m.
If you are an adult learner who lives in the RSU #3 school district, you may be eligible for no cost assistance getting ready for college. Funding for these services has been provided by the Maine College Transitions Program. The College Pathways Program will be offered through RSU #3 Adult …
Vice President of Math Solutions Patricio Dujan, Amy Mickelson, Weatherbee teacher Susan O'Brien, and pro golfer Phil Mickelson pose for a photo at the 2014 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy.

Local teacher brings back lessons from national academy

By Nick Kaye on Aug. 18, 2014, at 2:21 p.m.
By Nick Kaye Special to The Weekly   Susan O’Brien, a fifth grade teacher at Hampden’s George B. Weatherbee School, isn’t a golf fan. She was surprised and honored, however, when she learned that she’d been invited to attend the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, a week-long, all-expenses-paid development program conceived …
Courtesy of Robin Merchant
Artist buddy Robin Merchant poses with Aurelio Martinez, who performed Central American Garifuna music at the 2013 American Folk Festival.

Artist buddies act as local ambassadors

By Nick Kaye on Aug. 18, 2014, at 1:43 p.m.
By Nick Kaye Special to The Weekly   BANGOR — The American Folk Festival attracts thousands of attendees who are interested in learning about cultures from around the globe. What many don’t realize, however, is that the performers who come to the festival also are learning about a culture that …
Randy Cross, a wildlife biologist with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, looks over a black bear's teeth during a study of wild bears near Ashland, Maine.

40-year study of Maine bear population continues

By Nick Kaye on Aug. 13, 2014, at 3:48 p.m.
WASHINGTON COUNTY | In 1975, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife began a 40-year study to examine Maine’s bear population. The information provided by the study is used to adjust bear hunting rules and regulations to ensure the number of bears is kept in balance with available …

Golf outing to benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation

By Nick Kaye on Aug. 11, 2014, at 3:31 p.m.
By Nick Kaye Special to The Weekly   BANGOR —  At the age of 4, Noah of Bowdoin already had received open heart surgery. He lives a challenging life with heart disease, but the Maine chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation helped him achieve one of his dreams. At his request, …
"I really feel at home on the keys," said Shaw House resident Marsades Curit at a Wednesday morning jam session.

Music is ‘medicine for the soul’ at the Shaw House

By Nick Kaye on Aug. 11, 2014, at 2:49 p.m.
By Nick Kaye Special to The Weekly   BANGOR — On the first floor of the Shaw House, there is a closet filled with musical instruments. It began with a banjo, guitar and bass. Now, it’s overflowing with steel drums, a keyboard, amps, a ukulele, shakers, tambourines and more. As …
The Downtown Bangor Partnership has begun to post maps with event and business listings, including this one in front of City Hall on Harlow Street.

Downtown Bangor Partnership posts maps, event and business listings

By Nick Kaye on Aug. 09, 2014, at 1:01 p.m.
Those who have been out and about in downtown Bangor this week may have noticed new splashes of color and information on the gray metal boxes that house access to city utilities. Caitlin Brooke of the Downtown Bangor Partnership and Jason Bird, community and economic development officer …
Mike Preble, instructor for The Maine Game Club, looks on as his students work on a space exploration game for the Maine Discovery Museum.

Students create the next Maine game

By Nick Kaye on Aug. 04, 2014, at 9:01 a.m.
By Nick Kaye Special to The Weekly   BANGOR — In a dimly lit computer lab on the second floor of the United Technologies Center on Hogan Road, six high school juniors and seniors are diligently working on something they are all passionate about: video games. Known collectively as The …
Mike Pullen describes details of the Thomas A. Hill House to participants in the Bangor Historical Society's historic architecture tour.

Man with a mission works to preserve the Queen City

By Nick Kaye on Aug. 04, 2014, at 8:41 a.m.
by Nick Kaye Special to The Weekly BANGOR — Mike Pullen is full of knowledge. As he leads the historic architecture tour for the Bangor Historical Society, he is able point out the finest details of each building he passes — small designs in the moulding, patterns in the placement …
"Sand Beach." Alex Chapman, Hampden

‘What’s your favorite summer swim spot in Maine?’

By Nick Kaye on July 30, 2014, at 4:16 p.m.
The Weekly was at Hayford Park in Bangor.

Downeast Direct Cremation caters to growing trend in Maine

By Nick Kaye on July 21, 2014, at 3:37 p.m.
By Nick Kaye Special to The Weekly   BANGOR — More and more families are choosing cremation over traditional burial services. The Cremation Association of America has projected that 44 percent of deaths in the United States will result in cremation by 2015. That’s an increase from 26 percent in …
Students from Kookmin University in South Korea visit downtown Bangor as a part of Husson University's Summer English Enrichment program.

Husson brings South Korean students to Bangor

By Nick Kaye on July 21, 2014, at 3:03 p.m.
By Nick Kaye Special to The Weekly   BANGOR — In a recent strategic plan, Husson University set its sights on internationalization. Within a two-year period, the school’s international student population grew from 18 to more than 100, and a number of global initiatives were put into motion. One of …

Video game industry puts down roots in Bangor

By Nick Kaye on July 14, 2014, at 2:54 p.m.
By Nick Kaye Special to The Weekly   BANGOR — The video game industry is based primarily in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin and other large cities. It’s made up of sleek offices filled with hundreds, if not thousands, of artists, designers and programmers. Eagre Interactive is a little …

Waldo County hams well-equipped, skilled in emergency communications

By Nick Kaye on July 10, 2014, at 12:54 p.m.
MILBRIDGE, Maine — Should a major disaster strike midcoast or other parts of Maine rendering normal communications inoperable or degraded, there is a cadre of “amateur” radio operators that can respond and fill in the gap until the communications crisis is over. The term “amateur” refers not to a lack …

Ryan’s Ride to honor a fallen Maine Marine

By Nick Kaye on July 10, 2014, at 10:06 a.m.
By Nick Kaye Special to The Weekly   STOCKTON SPRINGS —  A benefit motorcycle ride will be held Saturday, July 19, in honor of Master Sgt. Ryan C. Love of Frankfurt, an active-duty Marine who died in July 2012. Proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the Semper Fi …
The credit-card-sized Raspberry Pi computer is at the center of CUBE.

Bangor startup brings technology to children in the Bahamas

By Nick Kaye on July 10, 2014, at 10:02 a.m.
By Nick Kaye Special to The Weekly   BANGOR — More than 97 percent of American classrooms have access to one or more computers, according to a study by the United States Department of Education. The situation in the Bahamas is comparatively dismal. “I used to live in the Bahamas, …

WeeBeez Market provides community rallying point

By Nick Kaye on July 10, 2014, at 9:51 a.m.
by Nick Kaye Special to The Weekly   BANGOR —  Six months ago, Andy and Susan Stephenson set out to bring neighborhood markets back to Bangor. The couple has since opened three WeeBeez Deli & Market locations throughout the city. The stores, stocked with fresh meals, produce and baked goods, …
Robert Duane and Michael Cota, co-owners of Cota Technologies, LLC, stand in front of the work area at their Mill St. store in Orono,

Cota Technologies focuses on customers, the future

By Nick Kaye on July 10, 2014, at 9:43 a.m.
Nick Kaye Special to The Weekly   ORONO — The stereotypical techie is a bit antisocial — someone who’s more comfortable working on a circuit board than speaking with a human being. Michael Cota and Robert Duane, co-owners of Cota Technologies LLC could not be further from this stereotype. “I …
Brandy Stewart (front) and other volunteers help install the new community garden.

UMaine Community Garden grows sustainability

By Nick Kaye on July 10, 2014, at 9:31 a.m.
By Nick Kaye Special to The Weekly   ORONO — In the 1980s, an engineering professor, a poetry professor, a contractor and several graduate students came together to construct the Terrell House at the University of Maine. Located at 491A College Ave., the house was created as a solar energy …

High Touch Group creates opportunities for young dreamers

By Nick Kaye on July 09, 2014, at 4:17 p.m.
Nick Kaye Special to The Weekly   ORONO — “I founded my first company when I was nine, my second when I was 11, and my third when I was 12 — all with a focus on technology,” said Elizabeth Chabe, CEO and founding partner of High Touch Group. “I …