Paper or Pixels: Book shopping in 2015

on May 06, 2015, at 9:39 p.m.
I forgot my password. A new one would be emailed, but I wasn’t sure to which account and, truth be told, I probably didn’t know the password for that either. With a sigh I closed the kindle app on my phone. I am always encouraging my kids to read, whether …
People gather for a memorial service for Maine Army National Guard Staff Sgt. David Veverka on Wednesday near Nutting Hall on the University of Maine campus in Orono. Veverka was killed in an attack in Iraq on May 6, 2006. He was a wildlife biology major at the university.

Army Guard, UMaine mark anniversary of student soldier’s death

By Dawn Gagnon on May 06, 2015, at 8:40 p.m.
ORONO | He may have died nine years ago, but his memory lives on in the hearts of his fellow soldiers and college acquaintances. Friends of Maine Army National Guard Staff Sgt. David Veverka gathered Wednesday afternoon outside the University of Maine’s Nutting Hall to mark the ninth anniversary …

Bangor resumes lien program for past-due sewer, stormwater bills

By Evan Belanger on May 06, 2015, at 7:52 p.m.
The city has sent out more than 1,700 demands for payment on past-due sewer and stormwater fees, threatening liens against property owners who don’t pay within 30 days. The notices come after the city discontinued efforts to put liens on properties for unpaid sewer and stormwater bills …

PETA lauds Bangor firefighters for saving fish

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 06, 2015, at 3:59 p.m.
The city’s fire department is receiving a Compassionate Fire Department Award from PETA for their efforts in saving a young boy’s fish in a recent fire. When the boy realized his fish was still inside a burning home at Highland Court last week, firefighters rushed inside to …

Baked bean supper to benefit Welcome to Housing

on May 06, 2015, at 12:24 p.m.
Saturday, May 30, 2015 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: First United Methodist Church, 703 Essex St., Bangor, Maine For more information: 207-945-9567 BANGOR, Maine — A baked bean supper to benefit Welcome to Housing, a volunteer-run Household Goods Bank that helps individuals or families obtain the items they need to …

Fire danger remains high with dry weather

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 06, 2015, at 8:54 a.m.
GRAY | With dry weather once again hovering over the state Wednesday, fire danger remains high, according to the National Weather Service. For the third consecutive day, the weather service has issued a red flag warnings for all of the state, with the exception being far southwestern York County. …

Mount Desert Island Quilt Guild will hold its 22nd annual Quilt Show May 23

By Ardeana Hamlin on May 06, 2015, at 8:20 a.m.
SOMESVILLE | The Mount Desert Island Quilt Guild will hold its 22nd annual Quilt Show 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at the Somesville  Fire House, Route 102. Admission is $3 and  includes a potholder raffles ticket for the pro-bono quilt made designed and pieced by the Island Quilt Guild …
Bangor's parking committee voted down a plan to charge motorists $1 per hour to park on downtown streets.

Bangor committee kills downtown parking meter plan

By Evan Belanger on May 05, 2015, at 9:31 p.m.
A City Council committee on Tuesday put a stop to work on a plan to charge for certain downtown parking spaces, voting 3-2 against advising city staff to continue research for the proposal. The plan, recommended by the Downtown Parking Advisory Committee, called for the installation of …
Dennis Lally

Longtime Bangor police officer Dennis Lally retires

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 05, 2015, at 3:55 p.m.
Dennis Lally, who has served with the Bangor police force for more than two decades, has announced his retirement, Sgt. Tim Cotton said Tuesday. Lally was hired in the summer of 1990 and announced his retirement in April, Cotton said. Lally, a graduate of Bucksport High School …

Firefighters battling brush fire in Holden

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 05, 2015, at 3:41 p.m.
Crews are battling a brush fire on the Levenseller Road in Holden, according to officials. A dispatcher from Penobscot Regional Communications Center said the fire is in the 500 block of Levenseller Road. No other information was immediately available. Watch for updates.
Connor Archer (left) walks the track with Old Town High School teacher Steve Dexter, his mentor, who was his cross country coach in middle school. They were on hand at the Victory Field complex on the Old Town High School campus on May 18, 2014 for a fundraising event Archer organized, Courageous Steps.

Fundraiser to help Old Town teen share story of coping with autism

By Ernie Clark on May 05, 2015, at 12:08 p.m.
Connor Archer prefers the competitive patience of long-distance running as a member of the Old Town High School cross country and track teams. His favorite event: the 1,600-meter run. “It’s just the right amount of distance,” said Archer of the metric mile. “It’s not too fast, …

Red flag warnings remain in effect for entire state

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 05, 2015, at 11:03 a.m.
GRAY | Fire danger remained high throughout the state on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. With gusty winds and dry air in the forecast, the weather service had the entire state under a red flag warning. A red flag warning occurs when critical fire danger is evident, …

Strong Like Bull at the Grange Hall

By swederolf on May 05, 2015, at 10:43 a.m.
Saturday, May 16, 2015 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Bangor Grange Hall, 1192 Ohio St., Bangor, Maine For more information: 207-973-3976; On Saturday, May 16 at 7 PM, The Strong Like Bull band returns to the historic Bangor Grange hall for an evening of musical fun. Preceding the …

‘Major player’ in Bangor bath salts ring sentenced to nearly 6 years

By Nick McCrea on May 04, 2015, at 4:49 p.m.
A “major player” in what a judge called a “catastrophic” Bangor-based drug trafficking and distribution scheme was sentenced Monday to spend the next 70 months in a New Jersey federal prison. Steven Orosco, 25, of Bangor is one of 14 defendants facing charges stemming from a bath …

Surfing Penobscot River waves

By Gabor Degre on May 04, 2015, at 4:06 p.m.
Peter Lataille surfing Penobscot River waves.

Support groups

on May 04, 2015, at 3:55 p.m.
Support group listings run as space permits. Items are due at least seven to 10 days before the Thursday of publication. Email: Mail: The Weekly, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor ME 04402.   BANGOR: Al-Anon meetings for relatives and friends affected by the excessive drinking of someone else, Bangor area …
Central Maine Derby team members run some drills during practice at the Bangor Auditorium Wednesday evening.

What’s in a name?: Roller derby women come from all walks of life

on May 04, 2015, at 3:54 p.m.
By Shelby Hartin Special to The Weekly   Children skitter around the gymnasium, screeching and chucking basketballs at ragged nets hanging from aged orange hoops. The room smells empty, devoid of sweat and filled instead with high-pitched laughter echoing off the walls. At 8 p.m., as if on cue, parents …
Emily Burnham|The Weekly
The interior of Sea of Cotton, a women's clothing store that opened on State Street in downtown Bangor.

New women’s clothing store Sea of Cotton opens in downtown Bangor

on May 04, 2015, at 3:47 p.m.
by Emily Burnham of The Weekly Staff   A new clothing store in downtown Bangor promises a fun, easygoing shopping experience. Sea of Cotton, owned by Bangor resident Joyce Mallery, offers high quality women’s clothing, accessories, bags and body care products. It opened at 15 State St. in early April. …
Carley Cloukey and Heather Saucier, University of Maine Augusta Bangor students, and  Colleen Coffey of the UMA Bangor staff, collaborated recently with Good Shepherd Food Bank, Bangor Savings Bank and other service organizations to launch Rock the Truck, which distributed food to 130 households.

UMA Bangor students distribute 953 pounds of food

on May 04, 2015, at 3:45 p.m.
BANGOR — University of Maine Augusta Bangor students Carley Cloukey and Heather Saucier, and UMA Bangor staff member Colleen Coffey worked with the Good Shepherd Food Bank recently on a community food project called Rock the Truck. The project brought together eight public service organizations and fed 130 households (412 …
Maine Sen. Kim Rosen welcomed Girl Scout Troop 1088 from Bucksport to the State House in Augusta recently. The girls served as honorary pages during the legislative session, helped deliver messages to senators and assisted the chamber staff with their daily duties. Pictured with Rosen (center) are Gwen Berry, Emma Brezovsky, Abbi Coffin, J-lyn Farren, Mya Moran and Hannah Varnum.

Community news

on May 04, 2015, at 3:43 p.m.
Streamside Clean Up AREA — The annual Streamside Clean Up events, hosted by the Bangor Area Storm Water Group, needs volunteers to take part in efforts scheduled for May: City of Brewer. Meet  at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Brewer Auditorium. Free T-shirts and barbecue. Ken Locke, 989-5417. …
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