Mother and daughter co-owners of Blue Heron, Janet St. John and Heather Bass (right), are closing their State Street store after nearly 5 years because the building has a new owner.

Presque Isle bridal boutique expands to Bangor, displaces Blue Heron

By Evan Belanger on July 07, 2015, at 4:47 p.m.
The owner of a Presque Isle bridal boutique is expanding operations to Bangor and plans to bring to the city at least a dozen new jobs. Courtney Wetzel, owner of Pancsofar’s Bridal Boutique in Presque Isle, confirmed Tuesday she is opening a prom shop and bridal boutique …

Police identify driver whose car struck 2 teens in Bangor

By Judy Harrison on July 07, 2015, at 4:39 p.m.
Bangor police have identified the driver whose car struck two teenagers Monday night on Hudson Road near Broadway. Zachary Kirlin, 23, of Bradford was driving on Hudson Road about 6:30 p.m. when he hit the boys, ages 18 and 16, according to Bangor police Sgt. Tim Cotton. …
Outdoor seating is seen outside the Big Easy in downtown Bangor in this May 6, 2015, file photo.

Bangor regulates outdoor seating as diners go outside

By Natalie Feulner on July 07, 2015, at 2:36 p.m.
Just a little more than six months after Bangor City Council voted to change the process for issuing outdoor seating licenses, downtown Bangor is bustling with alfresco diners. And while city officials say the process has gone smoothly, more changes are expected as they work out kinks and more restaurants …

Woman hospitalized in Orono accident

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 07, 2015, at 2:34 p.m.
One person was hospitalized Sunday in a collision on Bennoch Road in Orono, according to police. Angelina Canburo, 44, of Windsor was heading toward Old Town when she apparently veered into the opposite lane and struck a pickup driven by Gregory Marquis, 57, of Old Town, Orono …

Two teens hospitalized after being struck by vehicle in Bangor

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 07, 2015, at 11:38 a.m.
Two teenagers were taken to a local hospital Monday night after being struck by a vehicle on Broadway, according to police. The crash occurred around 6:30 p.m. near Hudson Road, according to Bangor Police Sgt. Tim Cotton. The ages and names of the victims were not disclosed …
Fire marshal investigators gather information at the home at 292 Wing Road in Hermon Tuesday afternoon. Nine-year-old Wyatt Parker died in the fire. His cousins Ashlyn Parker, 10, and John Parker, 8,  were also in the house at the time of the fire. Ashlyn was transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center and is listed in critical condition.

Boy dies in Hermon mobile home fire

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 07, 2015, at 11:08 a.m.
A 9-year-old boy who died when fire swept through a mobile home on Tuesday morning was remembered as a child who loved his family, who had a fascination with the nature surrounding him and who embraced his Native American heritage. Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland …

Two children taken to hospital after being rescued from Hermon house fire

By Michael J. Dowd on July 07, 2015, at 9:50 a.m.
Hermon emergency crews responded to a fire that damaged a home at 292 Wing Road in Hermon Tuesday morning. Two children were transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment and a dog was resuscitated on scene.

Sports news

on July 07, 2015, at 8:59 a.m.
Tennis Lessons BANGOR — The Bangor Parks and Recreation Department in cooperation with Armstrong Tennis Center is offering two sessions of tennis lessons this summer. Lessons are for children age 5 to 14 and are offered at varied times by age. Session I will take place Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, …
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Katrien Steelandt and Patrick Vanden Berghe of Oostkamp, Belgium, relax at Bangor Public Library on June 23 during their visit to Bangor to research the life of Valentin Henneman, an artist born in their city, who came to America, and settled in Bangor.

Belgian couple visits Bangor to research life of artist

on July 07, 2015, at 8:57 a.m.
by Ardeana Hamlin of The Weekly Staff   The pursuit of information about an artist brought Katrien Steelandt, 39, and Patrick Vanden Berghe, 48, of Oostkamp, Belgium, to Bangor Public Library on June 23. They were in the city to learn more about artist Valentin Henneman, who was born in …

Canoe excursion offers stops along the Penobscot

on July 07, 2015, at 8:52 a.m.
OLD TOWN — Bucky Owen and John Bear Mitchell will lead a canoe excursion Saturday, July 18. Rain date is Sunday, July 19. Participants will form a flotilla of six 28-foot canoes for a 10-mile journey from Hirundo Wildlife Refuge to Indian Island in Old Town. During the four to …

Free day camp set at Cole Museum

on July 07, 2015, at 8:50 a.m.
BANGOR —  Looking for a day camp for the kids that fits a family’s busy summer schedule and tight budget? How about a free camp that children can attend for one day or several days throughout the summer? It’s more than a dream. Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor has …
Emeline Dehn-Reynolds plays one of Edwon Batchelder's violins in front of his grave.

‘Stradivarius of Frankfort’ subject of talk at Waldo Peirce Reading Room

on July 07, 2015, at 8:48 a.m.
by Emily Burnham of The Weekly Staff   Searsport native Emeline Dehn-Reynolds, a lifelong violinist and a music scholar, was playing a traditional tune at a contra dance in her adopted home of New Hampshire, and began to wonder just where that tune came from. “It’s called Batchelder’s Reel, and …

School news

on July 07, 2015, at 8:41 a.m.
Schools Dance school ORRINGTON — Abbigail Blanchard, of Orrington will join the Chautauqua School of Dance this summer. Blanchard, the daughter of Albert and Amy Blanchard, is in the seventh grade at Center Drive School.   Colleges Clarion University BANGOR —  Lindsay Skibba of Bangor graduated recently  from Clarion University …

Jim Pooler (left) and Tom Kelly (right), representing Brewer Kiwanis Club, visited the directors of the House-in-the-Woods Program in Lee to present a donation of $1,000 to Paul House and Bill Emery, directors of the program.

Community news

on July 07, 2015, at 8:40 a.m.
Senior citizens trip AREA — Area senior citizens are invited to go on bus trip to Ellsworth on Saturday, July 25. The bus will pick up passengers at 10:15 a.m. at the Bangor Recreation Department, and at 10:30 a.m. at old Hampden Academy. The cost of the trip is $51 …
Bangor native George Allen is serving as a member of the U.S. Navy's Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11 in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Bangor native is serving with a U.S. Navy construction battalion

on July 07, 2015, at 8:37 a.m.
BANGOR — Seaman George Allen, a Bangor native and 2013 John Baptist Memorial High School graduate, is building bridges and roads around the world as a member of the U.S. Navy’s Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11, based in Gulfport, Mississippi. Allen is an intelligence specialist with NMCB 11, a unit …
Hermon emergency responders work to resuscitate a dog after a fire damaged a home at 292 Wing Road in Hermon on Tuesday morning. Two children were transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment.

Two children rescued as firefighters battle Hermon blaze

Bangor Daily News on July 07, 2015, at 8:36 a.m.
Two children were rescued from a burning Hermon trailer on Tuesday morning, according to officials. The children, whose names and ages were not disclosed, were taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment, according to Hermon Assistant Fire Chief Eric Pelletier. The fire at the Wing Road …

Cecil Charuk-Wilson explains his cocoa poster to the Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor congregation, while other Junior Youth classmates wait to show their posters. They are (from left)
Simone Grosswiler, Franny Charuk-Wilson, Emma Patersen, Eamon Laskey, Cecil Charuk-Wilson, Henry Westrich (mostly obscured), Aiden Childs and Isobel Case.

UUSB Youth Group posters focus on chocolate, child labor relationship

on July 07, 2015, at 8:33 a.m.
BANGOR — Area residents going to their local grocery stores, public libraries and restaurants may notice a series of posters focusing on an unexpected topic — the relationship of international chocolate production and its use of child labor. The posters, created by Junior Youth Group members of the Unitarian Universalist …

The Next Generation Theatre will present “Aristocats” at 6 p.m. Friday, July 10; 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, July 11; and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 5, at the theater, 39 Center St. in Brewer. Rehearsing a scene from the play are (from left) Abigail Phillips, Annabelle Phillips, Kyra Qualey and Lilianne Montgomery-Rice as the Aristocats, and  Alexis Scott as O'Malley and Abby MacDonald as Edgar the Butler. Also performing in the play are (not pictured) Emma Clark, Rowan Jackson Sanborn, Pippa Jackson Sanborn and Allison Paul as the Aristocats, and Mimi Quinn as O'Malley. Tickets are $7, $4 children under 17. For information go to

Weekly Calendar July 8, 2015

on July 07, 2015, at 8:31 a.m.
Calendar runs as space permits. Items with dates take precedence over activities that occur every week. ITEMS FOR CALENDAR ARE DUE 10 DAYS BEFORE THE THURSDAY OF PUBLICATION. Email: Mail: The Weekly Calendar, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402.   Art BANGOR: “Seeing the Body,” original artwork by Olena Babak, …
Trying their luck at the Bangor Salmon Pool on Sunday, July 8, 1956 are fishermen (from left) Arnold Buck of Hampden and Norman Buck and Russell Buck, both from Augusta. The three men were fishing the Penobscot River from the Brewer shore.


on July 07, 2015, at 8:27 a.m.
YESTERDAY … 10 years ago — July 8, 2005 (As reported in the Bangor Daily News) BREWER — Any angler can tell you that there are plenty of big fish (and other critters) in the Penobscot River. Atlantic salmon still return, an occasional seal makes its way up to Bangor …

Support groups listings

on July 07, 2015, at 8:23 a.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 …
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