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Use the proper techniques while shoveling snow this winter to avoid a back injury.

Proper back care is important

By Carol Lane, PT on Jan. 16, 2013, at 9:15 a.m.
Back pain is the most common medical problem in the United States. In 2003, Research America released the results of a survey of 1,000 people in the country showing that: • 57 percent of all adults had chronic or recurrent back pain in the last year; • 75 percent of …
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Bangor Courts cases Dec. 17, 2012 – Dec. 21, 2012

on Jan. 16, 2013, at 9:02 a.m.
Sean Na Allen, Brooklin, operating vehicle without license, $150. Terry G. Anderson, Millinocket, operating vehicle after habitual offender revocation, jail 60 days, $500. William G. Antworth, Hermon, operating vehicle while under influence of intoxicants, $500. Michael L. Beene, Royse City, Texas, record of duty status, form violation, $100. Kerry P. …
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During a recent "Touch-A-Truck" event held at the Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor, visitors examine the Tucker Groomer belonging to the Penobscot Snowmobile Club in Hermon.

Maintenace crews hit the trails before the snowsledders do

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on Dec. 26, 2012, at 10:14 a.m.
Across Maine, snowmobile trails received much-needed maintenance this past fall. The sledding season will start soon (hopefully), and snowmobile clubs got their trails into shape before the snow started falling. And club officials remember the related adventures of 2012 and years past. The Penobscot Snowmobile Club at 795 Bog Road …
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Dr. Phillip Goldthwait will soon open the Mainely Eyes optical center in the former Pearle Vision space at the Bangor Mall.

Bangor optometrist plans new vision center

By Dale McGarrigle, Of the Weekly Staff on Dec. 26, 2012, at 10:05 a.m.
Dr. Philip Goldthwait found himself somewhat adrift last July when Pearle Vision next to his offce closed after a quarter-century at the Bangor Mall. The optometrist, whose practice had been housed right next door to Pearle since 1997, suddenly found himself without nearby optical services. “We had a symbiotic relationship,” …
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In March 2013, 11 University of Maine nursing students will put their nursing skills to practice when they travel to Belize.
Back row (from left): Ciara Gordon-Magro, Nilda Cravens, Joshua Hughes, Aaron Cyr, Alexandra Libby, Allie Collias, Shannon Gusmini, and Melissa McGary; Middle row (from left): Casey Shalkowski, and Sarah Pressley; Front row (from left): Pam Shimmel, Paige Pendarvis, Jennifer Pittis, and Rebecca Stanton.

UMaine nursing students set eyes on Belize

By Debra Bell, Of the Weekly Staff on Dec. 26, 2012, at 9:41 a.m.
When it comes to hands-on learning, 11 University of Maine Nursing International students and their advisor will have the ultimate experience in March. Working in a real world setting in the country of Belize. That means that while many UMaine students will be soaking up the sun during the March …
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Jane Thibodeau, owner of Jane’s Catering in Old Town, has been in business for over 17 years. Thibodeau specializes in weddings and special events. The butter cookies with almond that she is pictured with are decorated with white chocolate and a glaze.

Food is love for this Old Town caterer

By Debra Bell, Of the Weekly Staff on Dec. 26, 2012, at 9:34 a.m.
Jane Thibodeau’s talent lies in cooking. Professionally the Old Town woman has shared her love of cooking with clients since 1995 through her business, Jane’s Catering. “I love to feed people,” she said. “Food is love.” Thibodeau knows what it takes to feed large groups. Her own household started with …
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Famous for the sculptures that he later commissioned, Luther Peirce of Bangor served in a Maine infantry regiment during the Civil War. His sword and other local war-related memorabilia will be displayed at the Bangor Public Library upon the opening of the Civil War 150 traveling exhibition in summer 2014. The library was recently awarded a $1,000 grant to help bring the national exhibition to Bangor.

Bangor library receives grant for national exhibit

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on Dec. 26, 2012, at 9:23 a.m.
The Bangor Public Library will receive a $1,000 grant to bring the Civil War 150 traveling exhibition to Bangor in summer 2014. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the exhibition incorporates traveling panels featuring art, photographs, and texts from 1861-1865. The exhibition encompasses many aspects of the Civil …
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The wool-like waxy filaments lining the underside of this hemlock branch contain maturing hemlock woolly adelgids, an inspect pest gradually extending its range along the Maine coast.

Predatory insect threatens hemlock trees in Maine

By Dale McGarrigle, Special Sections Writer on Oct. 25, 2012, at 2:29 p.m.
A tiny insect is working its way up the Maine coast and is threatening hemlock trees along the way. Since 1999 in this state, the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid has set up its home on the new growth of hemlock, feeding off such trees and harming their vitality in the process. …
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Mike Brasslett is the owner of Quality Saw and Supply, located in West Enfield. The company sells and services saw blades, large diameter knives, grounding knives, and other items used in the forest-products industry.

Quality Saw: A sharp focus on wood

By Debra Bell, Special Sections Writer on Oct. 25, 2012, at 2:16 p.m.
Trees may be the heart of the forest products industry, but it’s the saw blades and chipper knives used in harvesting and preparing the wood for sale that brings the forest to the consumer. That’s where Quality Saw and Supply comes into play. Quality Saw and Supply is a retail …
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Stanley McDevitt (left) is the chief mechanic for Eliott Jordan & Son of Waltham. His son, Justin McDevitt (right), also works in the shop as a mechanic.

Keep the equipment running

By Brian Swartz, Special Sections Editor on Oct. 25, 2012, at 11:59 a.m.
There probably isn’t anything that Stanley McDevitt can’t fix relating to logging — and probably almost everything else mechanical, too. When his employer, Waltham-based Elliott Jordan & Son Inc., needed its bridge over the Bog River in Eastbrook redecked, McDevitt set up near the bridge a portable sawmill that he …
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Adam Peters of Lee has worked 12 years for Chester-based Treeline Inc. At a harvest site in Orneville, he used a 2003 Serco 270 log loader to load tree-length logs onto truck trailers.

The woods are where he wants to be

By Brian Swartz, Special Sections Editor on Oct. 25, 2012, at 11:51 a.m.
Twelve years after joining Treeline Inc. as an equipment operator, Adam Peters of Lee looks forward to working in the woods every day. “My alarm is set for 2:40 a.m.,” he says during a break from operating a 2003 Serco 270 load loader mounted on a Ford L8000 truck. The …
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Arthur LaPlante of Howland has worked 18 years for Chester-based Treeline Inc. On this particular day, he waits as crane operator Adam Peters loads LaPlante's 1999 Freightliner with high-grade logs being sent to Chester

Log truck often faces a long haul

By Brian Swartz, Special Sections Editor on Oct. 25, 2012, at 11:48 a.m.
For truck driver Arthur LaPlante of Howland, the longest haul of the day could be the first haul of the day. Employed by Chester-based Treeline Inc., LaPlante drives a 1999 Freightliner as he hauls logs and pulpwood to various destinations. On a brilliant late September morning, he chats about his …
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Dallas Tonsager, Under Secretary for Rural Development (right), talks to George Soffron the president and CEO of Corith Wood Pellets company in February 2012.  Under Secretary Tonsager was visiting Maine to meet with pellet maufacturers in the state and to discuss issues that concern the industry and about the energy future of Maine.

Demand for home-grown fuel spurs industry

By Sheila Grant on Oct. 25, 2012, at 8:29 a.m.
A home-grown fuel is helping reduce Maine heating costs. According to the Maine Pellet Fuels Association, purchasing Maine-made wood pellets is less expensive than buying heating oil and keeps more dollars working in the local economy. “Pellets are nearing the tipping point in terms of consumer recognition and rate of …
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Bob Bethune of Howland steers a 2006 Western Star towing a Stairs Log Trailer as he approaches a Treeline Inc. harvesting operation in Orneville. Bethune is the operations manager for Treeline.

Mechanical problems are all in a day’s work in the Maine woods

By Brian Swartz, Special Sections Editor on Oct. 25, 2012, at 8:25 a.m.
The day’s not going entirely well for Bob Bethune, operations manager for Treeline Inc. At a 100-acre harvest site near Boyd Lake in Orneville, the boom busted on a John Deere 2054 delimber; replacing the boom will take time and will cost lost production. But it’s all in a day’s …
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Brian Mack of Howland sits at the controls of a John Deere 753 feller-buncher equipped with a 22-inch Gilbert cutting head. He is cutting trees for Treeline Inc. at an Orville harvest site.

On the job by 4 a.m.

By Brian Swartz, Special Sections Editor on Oct. 25, 2012, at 8:23 a.m.
The racket rising somewhere beyond the trees reveals where Brian Mack works on this glorious September morning. Seated in the cab of a John Deere 753 feller-buncher equipped with a 22-inch Gilbert cutting head, Mack is harvesting and stacking trees on a 100-acre Treeline Inc. harvest site about a mile …
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An old barn has stood on a hill alongside Route 1A in Winterport for some 150 years. This classic view of the barn does not reveal its significant structural deterioration; however, a Texas couple has purchased the farm and has started restoring the barn.

Texas businessman gives new life to old Winterport barn

By Dale McGarrigle, Of the Weekly Staff on Sept. 07, 2012, at 9:48 a.m.
The landmark has loomed over the outskirts of Winterport for more years than most people can remember. South of town on Route 1A, the old barn up on the hill, across from the apple orchard, has been deteriorating for years — until a Texas man decided to restore it to …
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Kyle McKim of Trenton was born with a genetic disorder that left him without a tibia in his left leg. His parents, Tony (left) and Wendy McKim, took Kyle to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, Mass., where doctors amputated his left leg when he was 1 year old. As Kyle grew, Shrine hospital specialists fitted him for prosthetic legs, and he started playing basketball when in the third grade. Kyle also played varsity sports at Mount Desert Island High School in Bar Harbor.

Shrine medical care helped Kyle McKim overcome disability

By Brian Swartz, Custom Publications Editor on Sept. 07, 2012, at 9:44 a.m.
When Kyle McKim of Trenton was born in Ellsworth in 1993, a future in athletics seemed inconceivable — but with the excellent medical care he received at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, Mass., he played three varsity sports in high school. Kyle was born in 1993 with an …
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The new bronze sculpture of a galloping bronco is near the entrance to the new Hampden Academy. Sculptor Forest Hart involved SAD 22 students in the sculpting process and paid for the endeavor with the sale of desktop replicas, making this bronco a true community project. The bronco echoes the original sculpture of a rearing bronco that has sat in front of the old Hampden Academy since 1992.

School officials honored at Hampden Academy dedication

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of the Weekly Staff on Sept. 07, 2012, at 9:25 a.m.
Cutlines: HA dedication 01 – bronco.tif Weekly photo by David M. Fitzpatrick The new bronze sculpture of a galloping bronco. Sculptor Forest Hart involved SAD 22 students in the sculpting process and paid for the endeavor with the sale of desktop replicas, making this bronco a true community project. This …
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Concept drawing of the proposed remodeling of Brewer High School

Brewer voters to decide on $5.4 million of interest-free federal bond

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of the Weekly Staff on Sept. 07, 2012, at 9:16 a.m.
Brewer High School is a 54-year-old stick-built structure badly in need of many things. Since a new school is unlikely to be funded by the state in the foreseeable future, it’s imperative that the existing building undergo renovations. Thanks to zero-percent federal funding in the amount of $5.4 million, major …
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The Fairfield-based Sheridan Corp. has finished building a new $18 million hangar at the Bangor Air National Guard Base. Named Building 499, this hangar will replace the base’s existing hangar.

New hangar replaces Building 496 at Bangor Air Guard Base

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on Aug. 08, 2012, at 3:40 p.m.
Six decades will pass quietly into history next week as the old gives way to the new at the Bangor Air National Guard Base. After establishing the Air Force and Air National Guard in 1947, the Defense Department assigned the 101st Fighter Wing to the Maine Air National Guard. Stationed …
 
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