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Federal government building new tower on Bald Mountain

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on May 31, 2012, at 10:42 a.m.
A new communications tower under construction atop Bald Mountain in Dedham will enhance communications capabilities for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. According to Shelbe Benson-Fuller at the CBP’s Office of Public Affairs in Maine, “Customs and Border Protection has three components: the U.S. Border Patrol, the Office of Field Operations, …
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The Waldo-Hancock Bridge, which stands beside the Penobscot Narrows Bridge, is scheduled to be demolished starting in late summer 2012. Most demolition work will take place next fall and winter.

Venerable bridge comes down this fall

By Brian Swartz, Custom Publications Editor on May 16, 2012, at 3:19 p.m.
The venerable Waldo-Hancock Bridge will come down this fall and winter as the Maine Department of Transportation finally demolishes a span that has become an eyesore in the lower Penobscot Valley. The MDOT will request bids within the next several weeks and will budget $7.6 million to remove the rusting …
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Cory Thibodeau is the career services administrator at Northeast Technical Institute, which offers CDL training programs in Bangor and Scarborough.

Drivers wanted: a strong demand exists for commercial trucks

By Brian Swartz, Custom Publications Editor on May 16, 2012, at 2:52 p.m.
Unemployment may remain high in many job sectors, but not in commercial truck driving. In fact, aspiring truckers often receive job offers before completing a comprehensive CDL program at Northeast Technical Institute, according to Career Services Administrator Cory Thibodeau. “Right now there are 400,000-plus openings for CDLs” nationwide, he said, …
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In May 2012, signs warn motorists northbound on southern portions of the Maine Turnpike to use Exit 52 to avoid traffic delays caused by repairs being done to 13 bridges and overpasses on Interstate-295 in South Portland and Portland.

Ambitious project targets 13 bridges, overpasses in Portland area

By Brian Swartz, Custom Publications Editor on May 16, 2012, at 2:41 p.m.
Thirteen bridges and overpasses between Exits 1 and 8 on Interstate 295 are receiving extra special attention from the Maine Department of Transportation this year. Dubbed the I-295 Northbound Project, the $7.9-million endeavor entails a complicated series of lane/ramp closures along the highway’s northbound lanes. Unlike the nearby $63 million …
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An east-bound tractor hauling a chip van stops at the intersection of Routes 9 and 46 in East Eddington.

Insurance agent discusses the coverages needed by truck owners

By Brian Swartz, Custom Publications Editor on May 16, 2012, at 2:35 p.m.
Insurance lets a commercial truck roll. Before a big rig ever leaves a yard, the truck, its contents, and driver should be insured, according to Pat LaVoie, a licensed insurance agent and the chief operating officer at the Varney Agency. The risks associated with not insuring or underinsuring a commercial …
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Maine businesses face a Jan. 1, 2013 narrowbanding deadline

By Custom Publications Staff on May 16, 2012, at 2:17 p.m.
The countdown clock is ticking for two-way-radio users: The Federal Communications Commission has mandated that on Jan. 1, 2013, such radios must operate on narrowband frequencies. Anyone caught using a wideband frequency after that date could face hefty fines. The FCC mandated in December 2004 that two-way-radio frequencies must change …

BDN Perspective 2012: Health

on May 15, 2012, at 9:53 a.m.
Perspective 2012: Health edition focuses on healthcare, health-related topics, and wellness in Maine.

Perspective 2012: Business Edition

on April 26, 2012, at 12:17 p.m.
Part two of the Bangor Daily News annual perspective edition focuses on business, banking, and economic development in Maine. Read about what Maine businesses are doing, what the economic climate is like in Maine, and much more.
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After operating Sunrich Tanning Boutique for the last 29 years, Fran Dearborn will retire and close her business. She has arranged for her clients’ packages to be honored at SunKissed Tanning Salon, which will relocate from Orono to 27 Bangor Mall Boulevard in early May.

Sunrich Tanning owner thanks her clients for their business

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on April 25, 2012, at 11:33 a.m.
After 29 years in business, Fran Dearborn will close Sunrich Tanning Boutique today, April 26 — and she has made sure that her clients are welcome at another tanning salon just a few miles away. Dearborn has owned Sunrich Tanning since 1983; she relocated the salon to 992 Union St., …
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The Moe’s rib platter comes with a drink, cornbread, and two sides.

Orono native brings taste of the South to Bangor

By Dale McGarrigle, Of the Weekly Staff on April 25, 2012, at 11:28 a.m.
Call it a homecoming for Dwight “Dewey” Hasbrouck. The 1986 Orono High School graduate has spent the last 20 years in the Southeast, with the last 10 in Nashville. He’s returned with a taste of the Southeast, in the form of Moe’s Original Bar B Que. Hasbrouck is the owner …
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Chris Downs begins disassembling a damaged iPhone. Downs recently landed an exclusive contract with a company called iCracked, which specializes in repairing broken and water-damaged iPhones, iPods, and iPads at half the cost of going to Apple. Downs fixes the devices the same day.

Brewer computer technician branches out into iProducts

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of the Weekly Staff on April 25, 2012, at 11:21 a.m.
As reliable and expensive as an iPhone is, there’s a one in three chance that, within two years of purchase, you’ll need to repair it. So what do you do when your iPhone smashes on the concrete or splashes into the pool? Until recently, you’d have headed for the Apple …
Later this spring, a contractor will remove the overpass that carries Church Street over Route 1 in Stockton Springs. Priced at $1.22 million, the construction project will involve replacing the 55-year-old, triple-span bridge with an 83-foot single-span bridge. Construction should be completed this fall.

Road, bridge projects will improve Midcoast transportation infrastructure

By Brian Swartz, Custom Publications Editor on April 19, 2012, at 10:45 a.m.
From Stockton Springs to Lower Penobscot Bay, construction projects slated to take place this summer will improve an airport, bridges, and roads. Motorists will soon encounter a major construction project in Stockton Springs, where a contractor will replace the Church Street overpass across Route 1. According to MDOT Project Manager …

Advanced construction solutions impact Bangor landmark revitalization

By Consigli Construction on April 19, 2012, at 10:39 a.m.
Consigli Construction Co., Inc. (Consigli) of Portland, ranked as Maine’s #1 Best Places to Work of 2011, is in the middle of an extensive three-year building renovation and energy-efficiency upgrade of the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building. A City of Bangor landmark since 1967, the three-story, 180,000-square-foot building houses multiple …
Larry L. Barker is the president of Machias Savings Bank. He is excited about the new branch that opened April 4 at 581 Wilson St., Brewer.

Machias Savings Bank opens new branch in Brewer

By Brian Swartz, Custom Publications Editor on April 19, 2012, at 10:26 a.m.
By opening a new 12,000-square-foot branch at 581 Wilson St., Brewer on Monday, April 2, Machias Savings Bank “let the whole world know who we are,” said CEO Edward L. Hennessey Jr. “We’re in the Bangor-Brewer area to stay.” As its name implies, Machias Savings Bank traces its roots to …

Oxford Networks launches commercial data center

By Oxford Networks on April 19, 2012, at 10:19 a.m.
Oxford Networks has created a high-security commercial data services center called the Oxford Networks Data Center, located at the former high-security Brunswick Naval Air Station. As part of the data center launch, Oxford Networks has also acquired IT consulting firm Norton Lamb & Company to provide managed IT services at …

Saint Joseph’s College offers new online graduate program in accountancy

By St. Joseph's College on April 19, 2012, at 10:17 a.m.
As Saint Joseph’s College celebrates its Centennial this year, the first graduates of its online Master of Accountancy program will walk across the graduation stage this May. Online business programs director Nancy Kristiansen says the program, launched in August 2010, was conceived in response to new requirements that have been …
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Be their guest: Eaton Peabody Hospitality Services Group makes service priority one

By Debra Bell, Custom Publications Writer on April 19, 2012, at 10:12 a.m.
Sometimes even those who work in “Vacationland” need a hand. At Eaton Peabody, the firm’s Hospitality Services Group is ready to provide that support for those who serve others. That’s because Hospitality Law doesn’t begin and end with black fly season. And it doesn’t impact strictly seasonal businesses. According to …
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust provides commercial lending services statewide. At the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, hotel owners Danny and Carla Lafayette (center) recently met with Leita Zeugner (left), BHBT vice president of deposit services, and Greg Dalton (right), BHBT executive vice president for business banking. “The people at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust understand doing business in Maine, not just coastal markets, but Augusta, Portland, and beyond. And they share our commitment to community. That’s important to us,” Danny Lafayette said.

Business banking services benefit customers across Maine

By Brian Swartz, Custom Publications Editor on April 19, 2012, at 10:06 a.m.
For many people, “Bar Harbor” means Acadia National Park, a rock-bound coast, and lazy summer days. For many business owners and professionals across Maine, however, “Bar Harbor” means business banking at its best, as in Bar Harbor Bank & Trust (BHBT). “We are doing business banking statewide,” said Adam Robertson, …

Cross Insurance provides solutions for, and answers only to, its clients

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Custom Publications Writer on April 19, 2012, at 10:01 a.m.
Insurance can be daunting. For Jonathan Cross of Cross Insurance, it’s important for him to know that he has the trust and reliance of his clients. “There’s a tremendous amount of pride that goes into that, when somebody comes back and says ‘This is my home, this is my car, …
Greg Dufour is the president and CEO of Camden National Bank.

A conversation with Camden National Bank president & CEO Greg Dufour

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Custom Publications Writer on April 19, 2012, at 9:51 a.m.
The Camden National Bank home office and branch, all brilliant brick and stylish arched windows, stands prominently in downtown Camden, perched where five streets converge. The current building reflects the architecture of the original, established at that very location in 1875. Perhaps being at the same location for 137 years …