Nok-Noi Ricker


A truck northbound on Interstate 95 passes beneath the Union Street overpass in November 2013. Construction on the Union Street overpass will last about two years. Police are cracking down on construction zone speeders after a car nearly hit a construction worker recently.

Near miss in Bangor construction zone leads police to issue 25 tickets, $10,000 in fines in two hours

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 29, 2014, at 7:15 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — After a construction worker moving a barrel last Wednesday in a construction zone on Interstate 95 had to jump behind a concrete barrier to avoid being hit by a speeding driver, Trooper Trevor Snow of the Maine State Police decided to set up a speed trap. The …
The Big Apple store on South Main Street in Brewer, which is owned by C.N. Brown, sold a $3.1 million “Megabucks” lottery ticket drawn on July 19. Pictured are store manager Veronica Potvin (left) and store clerk Karen Patchell, who sold the winning ticket.

Trio of employees at Brewer ice products company share Megabucks jackpot

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 29, 2014, at 10:47 a.m.
BREWER, Maine — Three employees of a local company purchased a winning ticket together and won the $3.1 million “Megabucks” jackpot drawn on July 19, and the store clerk who sold the ticket was the one who informed them of their good fortune. Karen Patchell, who has worked at the …
Chief Warrant Officer Abel Gleason, a Blackhawk Helicopter pilot for the 126th Aviation Medevac unit in Bangor, took time during his 2012 deployment to Kuwait to strike a pose his late grandfather Staff Sgt. Gordon P. Gleason of Canaan made during World War II, while serving as a radioman on a B-17 Stratofortress.

‘Serving together makes us just that much stronger’: Two Maine families share a long military tradition

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 27, 2014, at 6:52 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — For the Arnolds and the Gleasons, military service is a family affair. The two Bangor-area families have members from multiple generations with decades of service within the Maine Air National Guard’s 101st Air Refueling Wing — known as the MAINEiacs — and members who joined the Army, …
Rep. Kenneth Fredette, R-Newport, left, speaks about reducing new odor limits set by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Upset residents Linda Seavey and Paula LeBlanc, who runs PJ's Childcare, sit beside him.

Plymouth residents want tougher odor limits placed on sludge processing plant

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 25, 2014, at 6:11 p.m.
NEWPORT, Maine — People who live near Soil Preparation Inc., a controversial sludge processing plant in Plymouth, are upset with new draft odor limits set by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection that are six times higher than initially proposed. “Originally, it was 25 parts per million, but the limits …

Plymouth residents voice concerns about DEP odor limits

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 25, 2014, at 6:09 p.m.
Rep. Kenneth Fredette, R-Newport, met with six Plymouth residents on Friday to discuss odor complaints for Plymouth-based Soil Preparation Inc. and new draft DEP rules for detecting odors from septage and wastewater treatment sludge processors.
Craig Stuart-Paul, chief executive of Maryland-based Fiberight, speaks at the Municipal Review Committee board meeting at the Orono town office Wednesday.

Trashanol: Vendor pitches garbage-to-energy technology to board representing 187 Maine towns

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 23, 2014, at 7:56 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — While the Department of Environmental Protection considers an application from the Municipal Review Committee to open an integrated solid waste and recycling facility with a landfill in Penobscot County, the MRC board heard a presentation Wednesday from technology vendor Fiberight. Craig Stuart-Paul, chief executive of Maryland-based Fiberight, …
Charles Knowlen, left, chairman of the Maine Troop Greeters, receives a ceremonial check from Bob Montgomery-Rice, the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Bangor Savings Bank. The group received a donation of $15,000 from Bangor Savings Bank.

‘We’ll be here until they all come home’: Maine Troop Greeters get $15,000 donation for museum

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 23, 2014, at 1:06 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The Maine Troop Greeters met their 7,196th military flight at Bangor International Airport just before noon Wednesday, an hour after they accepted a $15,000 check from Bangor Savings Bank to help preserve the history they have made and recorded over the last 11 years. For more than …
The Penobscot River House in Old Town.

Old Town’s Penobscot River House now under Volunteers of America management

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 22, 2014, at 3:06 p.m.
OLD TOWN, Maine — The Penobscot River House — the old riverside woolen mill that was changed 30 years ago into affordable housing for the elderly and people with disabilities — is now being managed by Volunteers of America, company Vice President Melissa Morrill said Tuesday. The 80-unit brick apartment …
The Maine State Lottery announced that the winning ticket had been sold at the Big Apple convenience store on South Main Street in Brewer.

Trio of co-workers claim $3.1 million ‘Megabucks’ jackpot after winning ticket sold at Brewer store

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 21, 2014, at 12:55 p.m.
BREWER, Maine — Three men came forward to claim the $3.1 million “Megabucks” jackpot after they purchased the winning ticket at a local convenience store on Saturday, according to a Maine State Lottery official. “It was three gentlemen who worked together,” the lottery official said Monday. The men’s names were …
Members of the Bangor police department pay their final respects to former Bangor police chief Don Winslow.

Final salute: Hundreds attend funeral of former Bangor police chief Don Winslow

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 17, 2014, at 7:21 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Thirty city police officers wearing dress blue uniforms and white gloves stood silently at the entrance of St. John’s Catholic Church on Thursday as several hundred people filed past them to attend the funeral Mass of former Bangor police chief Don Winslow. Winslow, the 27th chief of …
Former Bangor police Chief Don Winslow

Bangor traffic to be affected by funeral procession for former police chief

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 17, 2014, at 12:11 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Fellow law enforcement personnel from the region will give a final salute to former Bangor police chief Don Winslow on Thursday afternoon when they direct traffic for his funeral procession, which will drive through an area of downtown. Winslow died July 10 of lung cancer at the …
Brig. Gen. James D. Campbell, adjutant general of the Maine National Guard, spoke at the July Bangor Foreign Policy Forum, held Wednesday at the Bangor Public Library.

Maine National Guard team focuses on protecting cyber networks

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 16, 2014, at 5:10 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — As the Maine National Guard confronts a future likely to include significant budget cuts, it is taking on a new role protecting the state’s cyber network from attacks, according to the Guard’s top officer. “We have right now in the [Maine] National Guard an eight-person cyber network …

National Guard chief talks about the future in the wake of budget cuts

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 16, 2014, at 5:05 p.m.
Brig. Gen. James D. Campbell, adjutant general of the Maine National Guard, spoke at the Bangor Foreign Policy Forum gathering on Wednesday at the Bangor Public Library.
Archery is one of the many activities military youth get to experience at the Maine National Guard youth camp, held every summer at Bog Brook training facility in Gilead, Maine.

Maine National Guard summer camp shows kids of military parents ‘they are not alone’

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 15, 2014, at 5:45 p.m.
GILEAD, Maine — When a mom or a dad in the Maine National Guard deploys, their children are often left to wonder what will happen without having a support group of peers going through the same experience. “The kids feel like they’re all alone,” Master Sgt. Barbara Claudel, organizer of …
Austin White, 17, or Smyrna was driving west on County Road in New Limerick when he lost control of  his car on a turn and crashed into a tree on Sunday. White was injured, and his car was totaled.

Smyrna teen walks away from crash that totals car

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 13, 2014, at 9:20 p.m.
NEW LIMERICK, Maine — A teenager from Smyrna lost control of his car Sunday afternoon while taking a corner and totaled it when he crashed, but was able to walk away with only minor injuries, according to Sgt. Brian L. Harris of the Maine State Police. Austin White, 17, was …
Mary Phillips (left) and Michael Howard (center) select flowers to be dropped into the Kenduskeag Stream after a church service on Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Society in Bangor to remember the 30th anniversary of the death of Charlie Howard.

Charlie Howard memorial walk stirs memories of fear, courage in the wake of his death

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 13, 2014, at 3:34 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Bangor was a scary place for gays three decades ago. But the death of Charlie Howard, a gay man killed by three local boys, opened people’s eyes to the abuse that was happening, and things started to change, the Rev. Bill Walsh said Sunday. “I remember walking …
Brewmaster Asa Marsh-Sachs, who works at Central Street Farmhouse, is leaving to brew beer full-time for Orono Brewing Co., a new brewery established by Woodman's owners Mark Horton, Heather Furth, and Abe Furth.

Woodman’s owners opening Orono brewery at former Dr. Records location

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 12, 2014, at 6:25 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — When Dr. Records moved in February from its basement home underneath Verve in Orono, at the request of building owners Abe and Heather Furth, the couple had secret plans to open Orono Brewing Co. at the locale to serve at Woodman’s and to locals. “It was like …
Around 50 people came out to show their support for women's rights during a protest against the recent Supreme Court decision about birth control and Hobby Lobby on Saturday outside the Bangor Hobby Lobby.

Mabel Wadsworth Center holds Saturday protest outside Bangor Hobby Lobby

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 12, 2014, at 2:20 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Women and men stood on the sidewalk in front of Hobby Lobby Saturday morning holding signs that read: “My body is not your hobby,” “Control the boardroom, not the bedroom” and “Life, liberty and reproductive freedom,” amongst others. The group of about 50, organized by the Mabel …
Some of the 13 cats found abandoned Friday night by Bangor Police Department.

Bangor police rescue 13 abandoned cats

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 12, 2014, at 9:54 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Bangor police officers were notified Friday night about a group of abandoned cats and went to their rescue, Sgt. Tim Cotton said in a Facebook post. “Someone left 13 cats and kittens alone and without food, water or litter boxes,” the sergeant said in the Saturday morning …

OUI checkpoint in downtown Bangor nets 2 arrests

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 12, 2014, at 9:42 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Bangor police patrol officers were busy Friday night when they decided to stop everyone driving through downtown to see if they were driving drunk, Sgt. Paul Kenison said Saturday morning. The roadblock was set up at 6 State St. They made two arrests and “detained a few …
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