Orrington crash remains under investigation; Brewer woman in critical condition

By Ryan McLaughlin on Sept. 16, 2014, at 12:06 p.m.
ORRINGTON, Maine — A two-vehicle accident that sent a Brewer woman to the hospital Saturday remains under investigation, police said on Tuesday. Chief Deputy Troy Morton of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office said Robin Rie, 59, whose vehicle was struck from behind on Route 15, known locally as River Road, …

Emera Maine plans service interruption for downtown Bangor

By Ryan McLaughlin on Sept. 16, 2014, at 10:41 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Maintenance work in the downtown area will result in several local businesses being without electrical service early Saturday morning. According to an Emera Maine statement, the service interruption will start at midnight and last until 6 a.m. The planned outage is necessary to make improvements to the …
John Bapst quarterback Josh Keefe in September 2002.

Former John Bapst quarterback’s football futility a literary breakthrough

By Ernie Clark on Sept. 16, 2014, at 8 a.m.
Josh Keefe won a state championship as a sophomore outfielder on the 2001 John Bapst Memorial High School baseball team. But it’s his self-described futility on the football field that has garnered the Veazie native national attention recently thanks to an article published on the popular Slate online magazine. “I …
From the community

Free community supper in Old Town

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 16, 2014, at 7:36 a.m.
OLD TOWN, Maine — St. James’ Episcopal Church, located at the corner of Main and Center Streets in Old Town, will host a free Community Supper at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the church.  This post was contributed by a community member. Submit your news →
Several law enforcement vehicles were parked at The Grove apartment complex in Orono in 2013.

Orono manager says The Grove management ‘very, very angry’ as town cracks down

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 15, 2014, at 9:43 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — After repeated attempts to work with operators of The Grove to curb the kind of loud, raucous parties for which it has developed a reputation, town officials are cracking down. And the management of Orono’s largest student housing complex is not pleased about it, Town Manager Sophie …
Several homes were evacuated on Fern Street in Bangor because of a gas leak in August.

Bangor-area gas line breaks spark talks about how to ensure safe digging

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 15, 2014, at 8:56 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — On four occasions this year, emergency responders and Bangor Natural Gas personnel rushed to the scenes of natural gas leaks, all of which were preventable. In three of those cases, third-party contractors digging near gas lines punctured a pipe, setting loose a stream of nasty-smelling, mercaptan-scented natural …

Winn man arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting woman

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 15, 2014, at 5:46 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Winn man remained at the Penobscot County Jail on Monday evening unable to post $5,000 cash bail on charges that he assaulted a woman last week in Chester. Michael Burt, 62, is charged with gross sexual assault, a Class A crime, aggravated assault, a Class B …
Pictured is the Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems Cianchette building in Brewer.

EMHS to eliminate more than 40 jobs in IT department

By Jackie Farwell on Sept. 15, 2014, at 5:37 p.m.
BREWER, Maine — Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems plans to eliminate more than 40 positions in its information systems department as part of a long-term effort to overhaul operations and avoid a $100 million shortfall in 2019, according to information obtained by the Bangor Daily News. The Brewer-based health care system, …
Adam Metropoulos

Bangor priest arrested after being accused of possessing child pornography

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 15, 2014, at 5:26 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The priest of St. George Greek Orthodox Church was arrested Monday after being accused of possessing child pornography and photographing a woman without her permission. Adam Metropoulos, 52, of Bangor was charged with one count each of possession of sexually explicit material, a Class C crime, and …

Woman struck by car in Hampden Hannaford parking lot

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 15, 2014, at 5 p.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — A local woman suffered minor injuries Monday afternoon when she was struck by a car in the Hannaford supermarket parking lot on Western Avenue. Melanie McGran, 31, of Hampden was taken to St. Joseph Hospital after she complained of pain at the accident scene, Hampden police Officer …

Brewer takes cue from Bangor, considers ordinance to crack down on disruptive properties

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 15, 2014, at 4:34 p.m.
BREWER, Maine — On the heels of Bangor officials implementing an ordinance to target, noisy, rowdy and troublesome property owners and tenants, Brewer City Councilors will consider Tuesday whether to follow suit. The proposed rules are aimed at protecting “the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the City …
Tyler Williams

Man accused of assaulting girlfriend after she confronted him over text messages

By Ryan McLaughlin on Sept. 15, 2014, at 3:09 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A local man is facing charges after he was arrested Friday for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, according to police. A woman went to the Bangor police station alleging Tyler Williams, 19, assaulted her after she confronted him about text messages on his phone, according to Bangor police …

Arts news

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 2:53 p.m.
Art of Collage workshop BANGOR — UMaine Museum of Art announced that it will conduct The Art of Collage workshop for adults with instructor Eva Wagner 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the museum. The cost is $65 museum members and UMaine students with ID, $75.00 others. This workshop …

It’s fall — time to plan a strategy to foil the flu

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 2:51 p.m.
Senior Beat by Carol Higgins Taylor Special to The Weekly   Well, summer was great and now it’s fall. The leaves just beginning to turn and the apples are delicious, especially when covered in caramel. Autumn does have a downside — not winter lurking right around the corner — but …

Weekly calendar

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 2:40 p.m.
Calendar runs as space permits. Items with dates take precedence over activities that occur every week. ITEMS FOR CALENDAR ARE DUE 10 DAYS BEFORE THE THURSDAY OF PUBLICATION. Email: Mail The Weekly Calendar, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402.   Art BANGOR: • Young Curators exhibit, “Eight Scoops,” an exploration …
Richard Newcomb, 12, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Newcomb of Hampden, shows off one of his father's squashes, weighing between 45 and 50 pounds.


on Sept. 15, 2014, at 2:32 p.m.
YESTERDAY … 10 years ago — Sept. 18, 2004 (As reported in the Bangor Daily News) BANGOR — Michael Downes of Bangor and Brianna Sweeney, a student nurse at the University of Maine, enjoyed a cup of coffee at the new Starbucks at the Bangor Mall. The Bangor Mall Starbucks …

Rolled cuffs allow child to pull on mittens without help

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 2:18 p.m.
by Ardeana Hamlin of The Weekly Staff   January in Maine is a bitterly cold month, clogged with ice and snow, and it will be here all too soon. Arctic air will seep down from the North Pole making warm mittens essential for everyone, especially children. But for one 8-year-old …

Sports news

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 2:15 p.m.
Wrestling BREWER — Independent Wrestling Entertainment will return to City Side Restaurant, 393 North Main St., on Saturday, Oct. 4 for Rage in the Cage, featuring the IWE Heavyweight Championship match, “The White Delight” Scotty Wild grappling with Scotty “Won’t Die” Vegas, and the IWE Twin Cities Championship match, “The …
Dylan Brennan (left) as C.S. Lewis discusses his conversion to belief in the supernatural with Dennis Hamrick as Sigmund Freud, an avowed atheist. The Union Street Brick Church will present "Freud's Last Session," by Mark St. Germain, a play suggested by the "Question of God" Sept. 19-21, at the church. Admission to the play is free.

‘Freud’s Last Session’ opens Sept. 19 at the Brick Church

By Ardeana Hamlin and UnBylined on Sept. 15, 2014, at 2:13 p.m.
BANGOR — A play questioning faith in God in a world of suffering will open Friday at Bangor’s Union St. Brick Church. In the late 1960s, Dr. Armand M. Nicholi Jr., a professor of clinical psychology at Harvard, taught a seminar titled “The Question of God.” The course was not …
The Clifton United Baptist Church is celebrating its 175th anniversary through Sunday, Sept. 21, with church services, a parking lot party and fireworks.

Clifton church celebrates 175th anniversary

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 2:10 p.m.
by Debra Walsh Clifton United Baptist Church   CLIFTON — The only church in Clifton is celebrating its 175th anniversary and the Airline community is invited to join the party. Founded in 1838, the Clifton United Baptist Church, with it’s lighted bell tower, is located on a corner of the …
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