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The mid-January dawn frames Tim Hortons and the McDonalds sign on Main Street about 6:25 a.m. on a cool, calm January weekday morning.

Main Street dawn

on Jan. 22, 2013, at 4:04 p.m.
In that quiet time between the fleeing night and the approaching day, Main Street in Bangor comes to life as the early birds head to work. The light and scenes change quickly as dawn illuminates the Dedham Hills to the southeast. Weekly Editor Brian Swartz recently chased the dawn along …
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Todd Eastman, a faculty member at the New England School of Communications in Bangor, films footage with a Steadicam last August during a Civil War re-enactment held at the Good Will-Hinckley School in Fairfield. He shot the footage for a Maine Public Broadcasting Network documentary titled “Sixteenth Maine at Gettysburg.”

Steadicam technology taught at Bangor college

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on Jan. 22, 2013, at 3:55 p.m.
From biker scouts chasing Luke and Leia to exciting NFL end-zone action to reality TV, Steadicam technology improves the video footage that people watch. Since the advent of silent films, producers have struggled to film scenes that require a cameraman to move simultaneously with the action. Hand-held cameras allowed such …
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Owner Anthony Nguyen uses his 12-plus years of experience to enhance the sassiness of a client’s nails at his salon, Sassy Nails Spa. The nail spa opened recently and offers a full array of nail services including polish, manicures, pedicures, gel nails, shellac, and jelly nails.

Sassy Nails Spa opens a Bangor location

By Debra Bell, Of the Weekly Staff on Jan. 22, 2013, at 3:52 p.m.
Anthony Nguyen decided to expand his 12-year-old Sassy Nails franchise from Ellsworth to Bangor because he had clients who were traveling that distance. “We talked a lot with the customers and found out many were coming from Bangor,” Nguyen said. “The customer always comes first.” That’s why he opened up …
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As the Bangor Auditorium stands atop its hill, a fountain sprays merrily in Bass Park in May 1995.

History of the Bangor Auditorium, Part III: Citizens divided

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of the Weekly Staff on Jan. 22, 2013, at 3:49 p.m.
Click here to read all four parts of this series. Editor’s Note: In 2013, the Cross Insurance Center will become the third structure to serve as the community auditorium since 1897. This is the third in a four-part series to tell the historic tale of those three structures, and their …

Bangor Court Cases Dec. 24-28, 2012

on Jan. 22, 2013, at 3:40 p.m.
Joshua Britten, Yarmouth, possessing marijuana, $350. Ryan L. Doody, Caribou, violating condition of release, jail 72 hours; operating vehicle while license suspended or revoked, $500, jail 72 hours. Donald Galleck, Bangor, trafficking dangerous knives, jail 48 hours. Jeremy J. Hammond, Bangor, operating vehicle without license, $150. Jeffrey J. Harvey, Bangor, …
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Donna Demmons (left) and Dee Anne McDonald, owners of All About Travel, specialize in smiles. The smiles that come from their services are due to helping travellers go to the destination of their dreams.

Knowing all about travel

By Debra Bell, Of the Weekly Staff on Jan. 22, 2013, at 3:38 p.m.
If there’s one thing Dee-Anne McDonald loves to do, it’s to send vacationers to Mexico. That’s because it’s not only the travel agent’s favorite destination, but Mexico offers tremendous bang for the buck. McDonald owns All About Travel, located at the Centre Mall since the business opened in 1996. The …
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The staff members at Diversified Ink in Bangor include (from left) Abby Lusk, Jeremy King, B’Downs, Jason Drake, and owner Ed Schaffer.

Diversified Ink: tattoos and fine art

By Greg Westrich on Jan. 22, 2013, at 3:28 p.m.
Ed Schaffer, owner of Diversified Ink, is still getting used to the idea of being an employer. His tattoo studio employs four tattoo artists, two piercers, and two part-time employees to manage the books and web site. Business has never been better. Wearing a worn Carhartt jacket and jeans while …
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Seniors must be alert to over-the-phone Jamaican lottery scam

By Carol Higgins-Taylor on Jan. 16, 2013, at 1:52 p.m.
Remember when answering the phone meant pleasant conversation or at the very least, important information? It was just family and friends communicating in a simple, convenient way. The ring had an air of mystery as you never knew who was on the other end of the line. As the world …
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The steel frame of the Bangor Auditorium is up in this 1954 photo.

History of the Bangor Auditorium, Part II: Bangor’s economic engine

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of the Weekly Staff on Jan. 16, 2013, at 9:47 a.m.
Click here to read all four parts of this series. Editor’s Note: In 2013, the Cross Insurance Center will become the third structure to serve as the community auditorium since 1897. This is the second in a four-part series to tell the historic tale of those three structures, and their …
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Four of the Sluggers team pose in their under-construction facility on the Acme Road in Brewer. From left is Travis Thome, director of baseball; Darrell Pluard, general manager; Karl Ward, owner; and Terren Hall, director of softball. The group has an impressive array of over two dozen coaches ready to train kids in baseball and softball, starting Feb. 2 when Sluggers opens.

Indoor youth baseball and softball facility to open in Brewer

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of the Weekly Staff on Jan. 16, 2013, at 9:39 a.m.
A new facility geared towards baseball and softball, on the brink of its February grand opening, promises to be unlike anything the region has seen. Sluggers, which touts itself as “the finest and most modern indoor youth baseball/softball training facility in Maine,” will be a 9,000-square-foot facility including two video-simulated …
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Hermon resident Virginia Butler Gray, who teaches second grade at the Etna-Dixmont School, has recently published “My Magic Glasses.” The book blends rhymes and problem-solving skills to teach children how they can take control of their emotions and reactions in different situations.

Hermon teacher writes “My Magic Glasses” to help children

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on Jan. 16, 2013, at 9:28 a.m.
DIXMONT — When the second graders taught by Virginia Butler Gray don “My Magic Glasses,” they think — not about lunch, recess, or what’s on TV, but about how they can respond positively to a particular emotion or situation. During the 23 years that she has taught at the Etna-Dixmont …
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First cousins Robert Modery (left) and John A. Modery stand in the living room of Robert's Orono home. Displayed behind them are portraits of their Civil War-era great-grandparents, Pvt. John H. Modery and his wife, Anna. On the wall above the portraits hang a Union kepi and a sword that Private Modery had when he served in Co. H, 1st Maine Heavy Artillery.

Treasures in an attic recalled a Civil War veteran

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on Jan. 16, 2013, at 9:26 a.m.
ORONO — Robert Modery and his first cousin, John A. Modery, cannot be sure, but their great-grandfather might have defended the Union with a German accent. Robert, known as “Bob,” lives in the Orono house occupied by the Modery clan for generations. John A. Modery — the middle initial is …
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Patrons pony up to the 35-seat bar in the Seasons on Main grille on a Friday afternoon. The grille is one of three dining experiences diners have available to them when they visit Seasons. The grille also contains a full sound booth which is home to the “Downtown with Rich Kimball” radio show, contains a lounge area with soft chairs, 22 televisions, and traditional pub seating. For a more traditional dining experience, Seasons also offers a dining room. This spring, Seasons will open the Sage Cafe which will serve breakfast and lunch.

Eatery honors all Seasons

By Debra Bell, Of the Weekly Staff on Jan. 16, 2013, at 9:21 a.m.
If you ask Jim Churchill why he decided to open his new restaurant on Main Street in Bangor, he’ll tell you it’s because big things are happening. And the iconic Miller’s Restaurant location just made sense for his restaurant, sports grille, and cafe. Seasons on Main, known simply as Seasons, …
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James Gallagher, the owner and chef of La Cena Italian Bistro & Pizzeria in Bangor, prepares a chef's salad in the restaurant's kitchen in mid-January. La Cena is located at 621 Hammond St., Bangor.

La Cena serves homemade pastas and pizzas

By Dale McGarrigle, Of the Weekly Staff on Jan. 16, 2013, at 9:18 a.m.
BANGOR — Out back in the kitchen at La Cena Italian Bistro & Pizzeria is one very busy young man. James Gallagher, 24, is the owner and main chef of the restaurant at 621 Hammond St., which opened in May. It’s the most recent of seven ventures for the Bangor …
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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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Seniors should take New Year’s lifestyle changes slow and easy

By Carol Higgins-Taylor on Dec. 26, 2012, at 10:16 a.m.
The New Year is days away. Traditionally it’s a time when we make great big plans to get in shape mentally and physically and stop bad habits while trying to adopt good ones. Well, with years of broken resolutions behind me, I’m finally over the grandiose schemes. So, this year …
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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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