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A boat searches the waters of the Stillwater River for a missing man on Tuesday evening near the parking lot of the University of Maine’'s steam plant in Orono.

Searchers look for missing Massachusetts man in Orono river

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 31, 2016, at 9:25 p.m.
A massive search-and-rescue effort took place Tuesday night for a man who fell into the Stillwater River and didn’t resurface, according to Sgt. Alan Gillis of the Maine Warden Service.
Two boats participate in a search for a missing person on Tuesday in Orono.

Searchers look for missing man in Orono river

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 31, 2016, at 8:38 p.m.
A massive search-and-rescue effort was underway Tuesday night for a person who fell into the Stillwater River and didn’t resurface.
Welcome to Housing is looking for a new home after more than four years at its Old Town location that was donated. The group collects household items and gives them to people transitioning from homeless shelters to new residences, or for those in need after a house fire or other emergency.

Old Town group that gives away household items to needy looking for new home

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 31, 2016, at 4:07 p.m.
Welcome to Housing, which collects donated items and gives them away to those in need, is now itself in need, with the space it has occupied for more than four years going away.
Former 172nd Mountain Infantry commander Lt. Col. Darryl Lyon, who held the rank of captain of the Brewer unit in 2006 when deployed to Iraq, holds the dog tags of Staff Sgt. Dale Kelly and Staff Sgt. David Veverka, who were killed in the line of duty over a decade ago under his command.

Memorial Day 2016: These Mainers made the ultimate sacrifice

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 30, 2016, at 6:05 a.m.
Many people look at Memorial Day as time off from work or school marking the unofficial start of summer. Lt. Col. Darryl Lyon, whose Brewer-based Army unit deployed to Iraq in 2006, knows its true meaning.
Galen Cole waits to talk to a group of children during a tour of Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor Tuesday. Cole is a Maine World War II veteran and philanthropist. He manages the Cole Land Transportation Museum, the Walking Sticks for Veterans program and organizes numerous activities and charity drives for veterans and related causes in his native Bangor.

‘We all lived and they all died’: Maine WWII veteran talks about Memorial Day

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 29, 2016, at 7:09 a.m.
Galen L. Cole lost five of his brothers-in-arms and was wounded during an attack on April 2, 1945, but he returned home to become a successful businessman, Bangor City Council chairman and a veterans advocate.
Jeff Spaulding of Orono has organized a Bangor chapter of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing that uses angling to get disabled veterans together for fly fishing activities, education and outings. The group meets at the Bangor VA Clinic 2-4 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month.

Disabled veterans in fly fishing group work to protect Maine waterways

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 28, 2016, at 2:57 p.m.
Disabled veterans in the recently formed Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing group spent time in uniform protecting their country, and last week got together to protect the waterways they fish.
Craig Woodard on Tuesday recounts tending to a motorcyclist after a motorcycle slammed into his vehicle on Sunday in Orrington. Using his belt, Woodard fastened a tourniquet around what was left of the man's leg, helping to slow the bleeding.

Maine man recounts tending to motorcyclist who lost leg in crash

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 24, 2016, at 5:15 p.m.
“I took my belt off, it was actually my original belt issued to me in basic [training for the Army], and after asking if anyone else was trained in how to apply a tourniquet, I tourniqueted him.”
Manna Ministries can be seen recently in Bangor.

Manna to close Bangor-based drug abuse treatment programs

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 23, 2016, at 6:14 p.m.
Bill Rae, Manna’s executive director, described the decision to close the addiction treatment programs as a “heartbreaking” but necessary step in order to continue to feed the community’s needy.

Car driver applied tourniquet to motorcyclist after Orrington crash

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 23, 2016, at 1:34 p.m.
“He said he learned in the Army what to do. He took off his belt and used it as a tourniquet [to stop the bleeding].”
Brewer Fire Department personnel and an ambulance crew responded to the Penobscot River on Friday morning after a man riding his bike over the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge called 911 and reported a suspected oil spill. They found pollen from new trees recently planted along the waterfront.

Pollen in the river reported as suspected oil spill in Brewer

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 20, 2016, at 7:32 p.m.
The 911 caller said he saw what looked like an oil spill in the Penobscot River near the High Tide restaurant and local firefighters and an ambulance crew responded in force to investigate. What they found on Friday was pollen and small plant parts coating the water surface.
Lewiston businessman David Cheng stands in front of 6 Stillwater Ave., the former Ames Department Store, which he is changing into Orono Trampoline Park. The 40,000-square-foot indoor trampoline park and arcade should open in the next couple of months, he said.

Lewiston man plans to open trampoline park in former Orono department store

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 20, 2016, at 3:02 p.m.
The long empty former Ames Department Store will soon be bouncing with activity when an indoor trampoline park opens in the 40,000-square-foot space, said Lewiston businessman and owner David Cheng.
Ross Hicks, harm reduction coordinator for the Down East AIDS Network and Health Equity Alliance in Bangor, is offering free Narcan nasal spray to heroin and opiate users and the people who care about them.

Group aims to save lives by offering free Narcan in Bangor, Ellsworth

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 20, 2016, at 11:56 a.m.
Health experts have learned the best way to help someone in that dire situation is to quickly administer the opioid antidote naloxone, commonly known as Narcan.

Car lands on side in Holden after near collision

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 17, 2016, at 5:24 p.m.
One person was taken to a Bangor hospital after two vehicles nearly collided on Copeland Hill Road and one ended up on its side Tuesday.
A mobile home at Hampden Trailer Park burned to the ground on Monday evening, injuring resident Jean Dill. Her neighbor, Bill Cotter, talks on the phone Tuesday with his insurance company about fixing his burned and melted siding.

‘Flames everywhere’: Neighbors describe Hampden woman’s escape from fire

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 17, 2016, at 4:12 p.m.
“She lost everything,” Nancy McFadden said, sitting in her car parked near Jean Dill’s flattened and charred trailer. “It’s a miracle that she even got out. I’ve never seen anything go up so fast.”
Old Town Finance Director Miles Greenacre (right) talks about the upcoming 2016-17 municipal budget Monday with City Manager Bill Mayo (left) and city council members.

Closure of Old Town mill results in estimated 9 percent property tax increase

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 16, 2016, at 9:41 p.m.
The loss of hundreds of thousands in tax revenues with the exit of the Expera Old Town mill has City Manager Bill Mayo asking the city council what they want to do. City leaders answered Monday by saying they should do whatever it takes to keep the tax increase low.
Brig. Gen. Douglas Farnham holds up a MAINEics sticker from the 101st Air Refueling Wing in Bangor while giving an update about both the Air National Guard and Army National Guard to the Disabled American Veterans of Maine annual convention in Bangor on Friday.

Maine’s 101st Air Refueling Wing facing busiest year ever, says head of Guard

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 16, 2016, at 6:02 p.m.
The Maine Air National Guard’s 101st Air Refueling Wing is in high demand, which is why the unit has more than six dozen personnel currently deployed and has its busiest schedule ever, according to the head of the state’s military forces.

Orono’s draft school budget shows slight increase

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 16, 2016, at 3:35 p.m.
The draft budget for the 2016-2017 school year is $12,815,933, a 4.62 percent increase over the last budget.
Judi and Wayne Richardson announce a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for the early 2010 death of their daughter, Darien, during a news conference at the Portland Police Department on Monday, July 23, 2012.

Campaign to close gun background check loophole launched

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 14, 2016, at 2:10 p.m.
A new coalition of law enforcement officials, gun violence survivors, sportsmen, gun owners and gun violence prevention advocates launched a campaign Saturday in support of a November referendum to require background checks for nearly all firearms sales in Maine.

Body of Rockwood man, 80, recovered from Brassua Lake

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 14, 2016, at 1:10 p.m.
An 80-year-old Rockwood didn’t return from a fishing trip Thursday.
Lincoln native and University of Maine Orono's 2016 salutatorian Connor Smart reacts to a student yelling out "Victorious!" after he is recognized during opening remarks for the school's morning graduation at the Alfond Arena on campus Saturday morning.

UMaine salutatorian, a double business major, to stay in Maine after graduation

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 14, 2016, at 1:07 p.m.
“The people of Maine are resilient and hardworking — and I think that pays off in the end,” said 2016 salutatorian and Lincoln native Connor Smart. “I believe that this state continues to offer many chances for positive improvement and economic expansion.”