On August 13, 1934, Joanne Jordan, age 10, was the youngest passenger to fly with Amelia Earhart  when the famed aviatrix visited Godfrey Field in Bangor. Joanne (Jordan) Van Namee went on to become chairman of the board of the Bangor Publishing Company.

Museum display recalls Earhart’s 1934 visit to Bangor

on Aug. 18, 2014, at 2 p.m.
BANGOR — The Maine Air Museum announced that it is commemorating the 80th anniversary of the flying tour of Maine made in August 1934 by famed female aviator and pioneer Amelia Earhart. Her flights were made in a 10-passenger Stinson SM­6000 Trimotor airliner operated by Boston & Maine Airways. As …
Feet belonging to tango dancers Deb Rollins and Daniel Sullivan pause briefly as they practice steps of the dance at Noh Way School in Bangor.

Dancers embrace elegant intricacies of Argentine tango

on Aug. 18, 2014, at 1:56 p.m.
by Ardeana Hamlin of The Weekly Staff   BANGOR — What do Shiwa Noh, a dance teacher; Avi Rude, an international student from India at the University of Maine; Geoffrey Gordon of the Orono Town Council; his wife Suzanne Gordon, director of physical therapy at Husson University; Daniel Sullivan, former …
Heather Littlefield, a student at NEScom in Bangor, will drive a car such as this one in a rally race in Harrisville, New York, Sept. 20-21.

NESCom student to drive in rally race

on Aug. 18, 2014, at 1:51 p.m.
BANGOR — Heather Littlefield,  32, of Bangor is getting ready to compete in a rally race in Harrisville, New York, Sept. 20-21. Littlefield said she has been a rally motorsports enthusiast since 2005 when she discovered the sport on YouTube. After volunteering for seven rally events on the east coast …

The BDN, Folk Fest closer than ever

on Aug. 18, 2014, at 1:45 p.m.
The Bangor Daily News has been a huge supporter of the American Folk Festival, Friday through Saturday, Aug. 22-24, on the Bangor waterfront, since day one here in Bangor. Not just by being a major sponsor but also creating the festival’s  yearly logo, promotional materials and program guide. This year …
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 …
Employees at Old Town Fuel and Fiber learned last week that they would be indefinitely furloughed due to foreign trade and high fuel costs.

Rapid response team heads to Old Town Fuel & Fiber for Tuesday session

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 18, 2014, at 1:06 p.m.
OLD TOWN, Maine — Furloughed Old Town Fuel & Fiber employees can learn about unemployment, continuing health care coverage and job retraining among other topics at meetings scheduled this week by the Maine Department of Labor. About 180 millworkers found out Wednesday the mill was closing. The company, owned by …

Deputies arrest man in Newburgh armed robbery

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 18, 2014, at 11:16 a.m.
NEWBURGH, Maine — A local man has been arrested in connection with an Aug. 8 armed robbery at Dysart’s Travel Stop, sheriff’s deputies said Monday. James Manning, 22, was taken into custody without incident on Friday, Chief Deputy Troy Morton of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office said. Manning was charged …
From the community

Brewer household hazardous waste to be collected Oct. 4

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 18, 2014, at 10:15 a.m.
BREWER, Maine — Brewer residents are invited to dispose of their household hazardous waste and universal waste in a safe and environmentally friendly way at the annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day, which will be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Brewer Public Works Department, 221 Green …
Joshua Cole

Bangor man accused of assaulting, severely injuring pregnant woman

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 18, 2014, at 7:43 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A local man is facing multiple charges after an alleged assault on a pregnant woman early Monday morning, according to police. The sequence of events leading to the arrest of Josh Cole, 34, began at 2:15 a.m. when police were sent to an Essex Street residence to …

Bangor man with history of assaults arrested after allegedly threatening First Street residents with knife

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 17, 2014, at 1:53 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A 31-year-old local man who was arrested in March for an assault at The Tavern on Main Street, was drunk Friday evening when he pulled a knife while arguing with people on First Street, according to police. Matthew Wiley of Bangor had been hanging out on First …

Man arrested after allegedly breaking into Bangor apartment, stealing jewelry

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 17, 2014, at 1:21 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A couple living in an apartment on Main Street in downtown heard a noise early Saturday, and when they went to investigate found a jewel thief in their home, Bangor police Lt. Steve Hunt said Sunday. “[They] wake up and find a male unknown to them in …
Hampden resident Lori Lathrop (left) talks with Community Connector bus driver Tiffany Curtis on Saturday after exiting the bus at Pickering Square in downtown Bangor.

Hampden Town Council to decide on whether to discontinue Saturday bus route

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 17, 2014, at 12:05 p.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — Town leaders want to save $28,000 by cutting the Community Connector’s Saturday bus runs, but residents and others who depend on public transportation say the benefit is worth the expense. The Hampden Town Council is scheduled to decide whether to discontinue the Saturday bus service during its …
Ryan Lomberg

UMaine hockey player appeals to school president to end ‘overly harsh’ 1½-year suspension

By Larry Mahoney on Aug. 15, 2014, at 7:24 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Suspended forward Ryan Lomberg wants to return to the University of Maine to continue his hockey career and earn a degree. Lomberg indicated his desire to return to Orono in a letter sent by his lawyer, Peter J. Cyr, to Megan Sanders, who is President Susan Hunter’s …
Employees at Old Town Fuel and Fiber learned Wednesday night they would be indefinitely furloughed because of foreign trade and high fuel costs.

Gubernatorial candidates react to Old Town mill closure, show split on energy, jobs policies

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 15, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Everyone, from Republican Gov. Paul LePage to the employees of Old Town Fuel & Fiber, expressed shock at Thursday’s announcement that the mill has indefinitely ceased operations. Now, in the midst of a heated campaign year, the focus has shifted to what caused the closure and to …

Jury finds Bangor officers did not use excessive force in 2011 arrest outside bar

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 15, 2014, at 2:44 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A federal jury found Friday that two Bangor police officers did not use excessive force when they arrested an Aroostook County man more than two years ago in the parking lot outside a dance club. The jury of five men and three women deliberated for about an …
Maine native Tim Boetsch laughs during open workouts at Hollywood Casino in Bangor on Thursday in preparation for UFC Fight Night.

Maine fighter Boetsch faces homecoming bout with sense of career urgency in UFC

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 15, 2014, at 2:42 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Tim Boetsch has done some fishing and renewed old acquaintances during his most recent homecoming to Maine, but the trip mostly has been about finding his inner “Barbarian,” the aggression and nastiness that lifted the Lincolnville native toward the top of the Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight division …
From the community
Eric Hunter of the American Folk Festival with Carrie Bishop, assistant branch manager, Camden National Bank in Bangor.

Camden National supports Festival tradition in Bangor

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 15, 2014, at 1:11 p.m.
Camden National Bank is proud to support this year’s American Folk Festival in Bangor. Taking place on the Bangor Waterfront, the weekend long celebration will run Friday, Aug. 22, through Sunday, Aug. 24. Started in 2005, the American Folk Festival was introduced as a continuation of the Festival tradition. The …
Employees at Old Town Fuel and Fiber learned Wednesday night that they would be indefinitely furloughed due to foreign trade and high fuel costs.

Are hopes for a ‘fairy tale’ turnaround lost at Old Town Fuel & Fiber?

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 15, 2014, at 12:33 p.m.
Old Town Fuel & Fiber was in a tough business that, late Wednesday, got beaten to a pulp. The company’s furlough of 180 workers results from an inability to meet challenges faced by a business that has for years tried to broaden its operations beyond an unfavorable position for turning …
From the community

Bangor I-95 Union Street Bridge overnight work schedule

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 15, 2014, at 12:13 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Maine Department of Transportation crews will be working on Interstate 95 during the overnight hours on the Union Street Bridge project in Bangor. This work involves closing one lane of traffic on the interstate to allow for construction to take place safely between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.  The …
From the community
Connie Tuller (left) and Wildlands Steward Brian Keegstra enjoy time in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands in Orland. Tuller received the trust's Volunteer of the Year at the trust's annual meeting on July 13.

Connie Tuller named land trust Volunteer of the Year

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 15, 2014, at 12:09 p.m.
BUCKSPORT, Maine — Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust honored Connie Tuller of Frankfort with its Volunteer of the Year award at the land trust’s annual meeting in July. The trust has benefitted from Tuller’s talents since 2007, when she began tagging along with Hans Krichels and his group of teens …
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