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Shoshone Indians stand amidst the skin teepees (or "lodges") they have erected at a camp somewhere in the Rockie Mountains circa 1860-1870. William Farnham of Bangor marched with California infantrymen in late January 1863 to attack a similar Shoshone camp along the Bear River in Washington Territory. In a letter to his parents, Farnham compared the battle to fighting Confederate troops back east.

Soldier from Bangor battled Shoshones instead of Confederates

By Brian Swartz, Special Sections Editor on March 12, 2013, at 2:17 p.m.
His teeth chattering, his fingers and toes numb in the deep cold, William Farnham of Bangor struggled through knee-deep snow as he approached the Bear River in Washington Territory about 4 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 1863. Around him other men clad in Union blue cursed the snow, their colonel and …

Husson College announces its dean’s list for fall 2012 semester

on Feb. 12, 2013, at 2:50 p.m.
BANGOR — These students were named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Husson University: Alton: Crystal Ellis. Bangor:  Charmy Anonuevo,  Annie Ashton, Albert Baker, Alexandra Barner, Jamie Barnett, Ruth Bayless,  Kiana Benner, Rebecca Bogan, Melinda Bonney, Mary Boyce, Erin Boulier, Brett Bradford, Kathryn Brochu, Mitchel Caluri, Cuong …
Custom Publication of the Bangor Daily News
Paul Zebiak, the owner of Maritime International in downtown Bangor, displays the "Grand Army Glutton" medal won by Frederick Stackpole of Kenduskeag on Jan. 23, 1879. The steel-alloy medal is 6 inches in diameter and weighs 95.04 ounces.

Six-pound medal adorned neck of champion bean-eater

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on Jan. 29, 2013, at 3:23 p.m.
Absolutely nobody wanted to stand down wind of Kenduskeag’s Frederick A.H. Stackpole on Friday, Jan. 24, 1879 — or on Saturday, Sunday, and probably Monday, too. After the Civil War ended in 1865, Union veterans formed the Grand Army of the Republic, the equivalent of today’s Veterans of Foreign Wars. …
Custom Publication of the Bangor Daily News
Lincoln Paper & Tissue manufactures pulp, paper, and tissue at a large complex on Mattanawcook Stream in Lincoln. Investors purchased and restarted the mill after its 2004 closure; today the company employs almost 400 people.

Lincoln company makes paper and tissue products

By Brian Swartz, Special Sections Editor on Oct. 25, 2012, at 11:43 a.m.
LINCOLN — What a difference 8½ years make in this Penobscot Valley town, where the local economy took a devastating hit after bankruptcy led the Eastern Pulp & Paper Corp. to close its Brewer and Lincoln mills in January 2004. Fast forward to September 2012: The local economy is humming, …
Custom Publication of the Bangor Daily News
Duane Jordan stands beside a loaded log truck parked in the yard of his Waltham-based company, Elliott Jordan & Son. The company was started by Jordan's grandfather and then owned by his father, Marshal, before he took the reins in the 1980s.

Contractor has logging in his veins

By Brian Swartz, Special Sections Editor on Oct. 25, 2012, at 8:36 a.m.
EASTBROOK — On a quiet weekday morning, Waltham logging contractor Duane Jordan sits by a window and eats his breakfast as traffic whizzes past the Eastbrook Store on Route 200. The store’s a popular local gathering place most mornings; today, long after his work day began, Jordan chats with acquaintances …

Is your business Internet savvy?

By Tom Hutchison on Oct. 21, 2011, at 2:35 p.m.
We have all witnessed the impact of the Internet on commerce: Blockbuster yields to NetFlix, Amazon pushes out Barnes & Noble and Borders and iTunes surpasses Walmart to become the top music retailer. The Pew Center for Research reports that 79 percent of U.S. adults use the Internet, two-thirds of …

Self-employment can provide a path from welfare to self-support

By Wendy Rose on Sept. 29, 2011, at 5:52 p.m.
People who need public assistance to get through rough financial times are desperately searching for ways to support their families and move out of poverty. Often their circumstances are very challenging: Their partner has left (along with that income); they have run out of unemployment benefits; they have health problems …

Looking for growth in Maine’s agricultural economy

By Stephanie Welcomer on Sept. 23, 2011, at 5:45 p.m.
Maine’s agricultural sector has played a prominent role in the state’s economy, culture and environment for more than a century. Of Maine’s approximately 20 million acres, about 1.35 million are devoted to some aspect of farming. Figures from the 2007 United States Department of Agriculture Census indicate Maine’s 8,100 farms …

Cooperation brings Maine manufacturing success

By Michael W. Aube on Sept. 22, 2011, at 4:23 p.m.
This week hundreds of former millworkers in northern Penobscot County learned they will have jobs this October. Resurrecting the mill had, many times, seemed like an impossible task. But through the collaborative effort of government, organized labor and business, an operation that will have a significant positive impact on Penobscot …
Nancy Forster-Holt, Ph. D., C.M.A., Assistant Professor and Executive Director, Entrepreneurship and Executive Education, Husson University.

The entrepreneur in all of us

By Nancy Forster-Holt on Sept. 16, 2011, at 1:37 p.m.
Most U.S. companies are small. Ninety percent employ fewer than 20 employees, and 99 percent employ 500 or fewer. I tell my entrepreneurship students that, odds are, many of them will not work for a large employer. In fact, the chances are very good that they will work for a …
Jenn Dobransky

Take this job and love it — The island business

By Jenn Dobransky on Sept. 15, 2011, at 5:41 p.m.
Every time I sit with my grandmother in her island home in midcoast Maine, she tells me stories: stories of dramatic weather, and of fishing and of her father, my great-grandfather, an island fisherman. Her memories are steeped in island traditions and history where the land, water and weather all …
University of Maine at Orono

Cut out-of-state tuition to spur economic growth

By Joseph McDonnell on Sept. 09, 2011, at 9:14 p.m.
North Dakota recognized that half-empty classrooms were like vacancies in hotel rooms.

Play the cards you’re dealt or up the ante, with higher ed

By John F. Mahon on Sept. 02, 2011, at 9:17 p.m.
September is a time of hope and promise. The arrival of late summer and fall usually sees thousands of students at all levels returning to school. In the primary education area (elementary through high school) the focus is on preparing students, essentially, with skills needed for life no matter what …

Breaking new ground: Women in construction

By Eloise Vitelli on Sept. 01, 2011, at 5:31 p.m.
Looking for an unusual business opportunity? A recent report suggests more women are turning to the construction industry for their livelihood. Between 1997 and 2011, the number of women-owned construction companies increased faster than all but two other industries, according to the American Express OPEN State of Women-Owned Businesses Report …

If a crisis comes, is your business ready?

By Ronald A. Nykiel on Aug. 26, 2011, at 5:21 p.m.
Are you prepared for a crisis? Every individual, business, and yes, even the state of Maine, should and can be prepared. Crisis management should be high on the list of management and leadership responsibilities. A crisis can cause any organization to suffer revenue declines, loss of consumer and investment community …

Plan for the unexpected with the right legal documents

By Brent R. Slater on Aug. 22, 2011, at 5:30 p.m.
Most of us are aware that we are mortal. Most of us know that we could someday become unable to attend to our affairs for any number of reasons. We think and talk freely about buying a home, taking an expensive vacation or about when and where to retire, but …

Is Maine developing a work force for its future?

By Joseph McDonnell on Aug. 12, 2011, at 1:33 p.m.
Last week, Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce released “The College Payoff,” a report that answers the question “what is a college degree worth?” Of course, a college degree cannot be measured solely by its earning power because developing the mind is its own reward. But looked at …

Tourism: The motor of diversity and prosperity

By Ronald A. Nykiel on July 22, 2011, at 5:38 p.m.
On Father’s Day my wife treated me to lunch in Bar Harbor. I had been coming to Maine for more than 30 years as a tourist and then just could not stand it any longer and permanently moved to the beautiful Pine Tree State. As we were enjoying lunch while …

Where ‘running government like a business’ works — and doesn’t

By James Shaffer on July 15, 2011, at 6:07 p.m.
In my last column on June 11, I wrote about the three main socioeconomic sectors in our economy: private, public and non-profit. Each serves a different role. Each has its strengths and weaknesses. And each contributes in different ways to our quality of life. I posed the question: What happens …

Passing on your assets can be matter of trust

By Brent R. Slater on July 11, 2011, at 8:29 p.m.
When thoughts turn to determining who gets what after one dies, most people tend to think of a will. But there are also advantages to establishing a “living trust” — though there has been plenty of false information put out about their supposed benefits. When assets are transferred to a …