Nok-Noi Ricker



A cranberry mold to remember

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 22, 2014, at 10:29 a.m.
My grandmother’s kitchen in Winterport was always decorated with copper molds, and each holiday, one of us kids would be allowed to pick out the shape that would be used for Aunt Betty’s cranberry sauce. As I grew older and had children of my own, I found myself starting my …
A closeup of a chickenpox blister.

Maine CDC reports outbreak of chickenpox at school in Penobscot County

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 19, 2014, at 2:01 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Wednesday there is a chickenpox outbreak in one Penobscot County school, according to John Martins, spokesman for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. “There is indeed a chickenpox outbreak in Penobscot County,” Martins said, noting it …
Travis Pryor, project manager for Wright-Pierce, center, talks about a property on Main Street that is tied to the former and now razed Old Town Canoe factory, and provides access to the 6-acre lot. At the table (clockwise from Pryor) are are Old Town Carol Klitch, Council member Carol May, Al Dickey, and Pushaw Lake resident Scott Phillips, who is part of the Penobscot Indian Nation and works at Old Town Canoe and Kayak.

Old Town residents think big when it comes to redesigning city’s downtown area

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 18, 2014, at 5:11 p.m.
A destination business such as specialty grocery store Trader Joe’s or retailer L.L. Bean is something residents think will help change the underutilized downtown into a place people want to visit. Residents offered their input into redesigning the downtown area during a workshop Monday night at …
Jared (from left), Joshua and Donna Madden Roberts pose with a family friend, in 2009 at The Stanley Motel in Colorado, which is where the movie based on Stephen King's "The Shining" was shot. Donna Roberts died in April, and her dying wish was to be buried in Maine.

‘So shines a good deed’: Now living in New York, Missouri brothers plan to carry mom’s ashes to Maine in the spring

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 18, 2014, at 3:16 p.m.
MASSENA, New York — Just before Donna Madden Roberts of Sheldon, Missouri, died at her home in April, she shared a dying wish with her two sons. She wanted to be buried in Maine, a place she fell in love with as a child while staying in the Portland area. …

Orono looking for Orono-Veazie Water District board candidate

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 13, 2014, at 6:23 p.m.
Orono-Veazie Water District Trustee John McCormack’s term will expire at the end of December and those interested in filling the five-year seat are invited to apply, City Clerk Nancy Ward said Thursday. Everything about the seat and the application is available on the city’s website, or can …
The city is gathering public input about what to do with the 6-acre empty lot next to the Old Town Fire Department where the former Old Town Canoe factory once stood.

Old Town asks public to help design new downtown, meeting scheduled Monday

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 13, 2014, at 3:10 p.m.
Residents and business owners will have the opportunity to help redesign the heart of downtown at a public workshop Monday night. “We want the downtown to have curb appeal to retain the businesses we have and attract new businesses,” Ron Harriman, the city’s economic development director, …
Expera Specialty Solutions, - a Wisconsin firm - has entered into an agreement to purchase Old Town Fuel & Fiber mill.

Old Town residents happy about sale of mill, while union official says work still needs to be done

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 12, 2014, at 1:31 p.m.
While local millworkers and business owners said everybody is happy a Wisconsin firm plans to buy and reopen the pulp mill, a union official cautioned that several steps still need to be taken before the deal is finalized. “That is good news, [but] we still have …
People play golf at the Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono.

Orono makes Penobscot Valley Country Club food license contingent on payment of overdue taxes

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 11, 2014, at 9:15 a.m.
Even though the owner of Penobscot Valley Country Club paid a significant portion of its past-due property taxes on Friday, town leaders decided Monday to withhold the club’s victualer’s license until past due personal property taxes and sewer bills are paid. Anyone who wants to serve food …
Darren Michael Seidell, 33, a Bangor transient.

Bail set at $50,000 for man found in Brewer motel with baseball-sized bag of heroin

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 10, 2014, at 5:24 p.m.
BANGOR | A local transient, caught by Brewer police on Friday with a bag of heroin the size of a baseball, had his bail set at $50,000 during his initial court appearance Monday, a Penobscot County Jail official said. Darren Seidell, 33, a Bangor transient, took off running when …
William "Bill" Park and his wife Louise Park look through documents, photographs and letters at their Brewer home recently. They are his military papers, some photographs and the letters Bill wrote home while fighting in the Pacific during WWII.

‘We started to get a lot of mortar fire’: Brewer WWII veteran’s journal stirs memories of battle

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 10, 2014, at 3:08 p.m.
The small, black leather journal is frayed at the edges and the yellowing paper shows its age. As World War II veteran William Park leafed through its pages while seated at a table in his house recently, memories of his days in uniform came flooding back. “I’m …
Ian Lee (left) and Doug Gray lay bricks in front of Paddy Murphy's in West Market Square in downtown Bangor in September.

Businesses happy West Market Square construction almost complete

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 09, 2014, at 8 p.m.
BANGOR | Employees at downtown businesses negatively affected by the renovation of West Market Square are thrilled that the construction work is almost complete. “It has been the biggest nightmare,” Blaze bartender Brittany Cunningham of Bangor said Sunday night. “It’s been a rough couple of months, but once they …

Hunter in Sebec bags rare 8-point doe

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 09, 2014, at 12:48 p.m.
A hunter staying at The Rockin P Sporting Lodge called the lodge Saturday morning to say he had just shot an 8-point buck, but upon closer inspection, the buck turned out to be a rare antlered doe. “I did a little research on the Internet, and it’s …
Army Capt. Justin Fitch, who is fighting terminal colon cancer and advocating for veteran suicide prevention, spurred Cherryfield resident and retired Navy Corpsman Shawn Goodwin to organize the Machias ATV Ride for a Reason, last month. He invited Fitch, a commander at the U.S. Army’s Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in Natick, Massachusetts, to be the keynote speaker.

Government, mental health advocates work to prevent suicide among Maine, US veterans

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 09, 2014, at 11:56 a.m.
Second of two parts. See part one here. Forty-seven Maine veterans killed themselves in 2013. These lost lives are part of a much larger national problem, according to data compiled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which is why federal and state officials and suicide prevention advocates are taking …
Darren Seidell

Two Bangor-area transients arrested after police allegedly find 2.1 ounces of heroin in motel near Brewer schools

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 09, 2014, at 11:05 a.m.
The wanted man police were searching for at a Wilson Street motel on Friday invited them into the room, then took off running with heroin and cash in his pocket, according to Brewer police Cpl. Paul Gauvin. Darren Seidell, 33, a Bangor transient, was quickly caught and …
Gosselin's Bakery owner Yvette Gosselin Stewart fills a box with a dozen doughnuts on Saturday. Gosselin's 2 is scheduled to open on South Main Street in Brewer in the coming weeks.

Gosselin’s 2 to open on South Main Street in Brewer

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 08, 2014, at 2:17 p.m.
BANGOR | The highly sought-after doughnuts made by hand in Gosselin’s Bakery on Harlow Street using “all my grandfather’s recipes” will soon be available in Brewer, owner Yvette Gosselin Stewart said Saturday morning. Gosselin’s 2 is opening next to Cap’s Tavern on South Main Street in Brewer, and will …
Bangor resident Norman Murray, 87, says goodbye to one of three horses that broke free from his barn in September. Bangor police are helping Murray find homes for the horses.

One horse adopted, two others need homes, Bangor police say

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 08, 2014, at 12:36 p.m.
When three horses broke free from their barn early in September, a couple of Bangor police officers arrived to help capture them for the octogenarian owner. Now the police department is helping to find “forever homes” for the standardbreds. “Norman [Murray, the owner,] is a young 87 …
Joshua Bonnett

MDEA arrests two NY men accused of dealing crack cocaine after search at Lewiston motel

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 08, 2014, at 11 a.m.
Two men accused of dealing crack cocaine out of a Super 8 Motel for at least a month are behind bars after a drug bust Friday morning, according to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. Joshua Bonnett, 23, and Marquis Aiken, 22, both from Brooklyn, New York, were …
Staff Sgt. Christopher Stafford, 101st Air National Guardsman, and Jessica Wing's dog Sydney visit the grave of Stafford's longtime girlfriend Wing, who took her own life in 2012. Military suicides exceeded combat deaths in 2012, the year Wing died while serving in Kuwait. The military since has made changes to address the problem.

‘We need to do everything we can’: In culture shift, Maine National Guard opens up about suicide prevention

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 07, 2014, at 2:59 p.m.
First of two parts. Next: Preventing suicide among veterans There are 54 identification tags displayed on the Battlefield Cross Memorial in the Maine State House. Their chains are draped on the pistol grip of a soldier’s rifle, the dog tags themselves dangling just above a pair of combat boots. A …
Republican Troy Morton speaks with supporters on Tuesday night at the Eddington Salmon Club in Bangor.

Penobscot County sheriff’s race winner wants to improve community outreach

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 05, 2014, at 4:50 p.m.
BANGOR | Reaching out to the community to educate people about drugs, alcohol and family violence — major problems that Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office employees deal with regularly — is something Troy Morton, the newly elected sheriff, says he will continue and expand when he starts his job in …
State Sen. Geoff Gratwick debates with Cary Weston for the Bangor senate seat on Oct. 9.

Gratwick wins Bangor-area Senate seat despite Weston taking Hermon

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 05, 2014, at 11:50 a.m.
Even with Hermon voters supporting newcomer Cary Weston, 1,535 to 1,110, Maine Sen. Geoff Gratwick, D-Bangor, still had enough votes to defeat the Republican challenger for state Senate District 9. Bangor voters chose Gratwick, 5,427 votes to 4,354, and the final tally for the two-community district was …
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