Stan Moody, founder of Maine Prison Chaplaincy Corps, is a former state representative and most recently served as a chaplain at Maine State Prison in Warren.

Forum set to help Columbia Street Project define its ‘hand up’ vision

By Judy Harrison on June 02, 2015, at 8:10 a.m.
BANGOR | The Columbia Street Project, located next door to the Columbia Street Baptist Church, will hold a forum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday to discuss how the nonprofit can help meet the needs of people who have been affected by the criminal justice system, poverty, substance …

Hampden councilors set public hearing on Saturday bus runs

By Dawn Gagnon on June 02, 2015, at 5:33 a.m.
After several weeks of discussion and debate, Hampden town councilors voted Monday night to hold a public hearing on their proposal to eliminate Community Connector Saturday bus runs in their town. The public hearing, which will take place at the council’s June 15 meeting, is one of …

Bangor to consider vaping ordinance

By Evan Belanger on June 01, 2015, at 10:27 p.m.
The City Council will consider an ordinance to prohibit “vaping” via electronic cigarettes and other devices in all public places where state law currently prohibits smoking. The proposed ordinance would additionally provide a 20-foot buffer around all playground and picnic areas in city parks where both smoking …
Resident Ed Spencer stands behind the lectern at Monday's Old Town Council meeting to announce that Casella officials will give a presentation at 6 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers about their expansion plans to double capacity at Juniper Ridge Landfill. Siting in the front row is town attorney Jim Katsiaficas.

Old Town council to apply for $50,000 intervenor status grant for Juniper Ridge Landfill expansion

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 01, 2015, at 10:17 p.m.
City leaders voted Monday to prepare for the planned expansion to double capacity at Juniper Ridge Landfill by asking for intervenor status now, which comes with a grant to pay for experts, and to change who reviews the expansion plans locally. “If there is a benefit …
A note to the man that was killed on Hammond Street Saturday evening lays on the bench in front of the area where he was struck by a vehicle and died on Monday in Bangor.

Makeshift memorial set up for homeless man killed in downtown Bangor

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 01, 2015, at 6:13 p.m.
A handwritten note, a yellow flower and a brown cigarillo were placed neatly on a downtown bench where a man who was struck and killed by a car while crossing the street Saturday night was known to sit. Rain on Monday soaked the makeshift memorial. The letter …
Colleen Grover (right), Husson University's director of international initiatives, leads a group of college advisers from around the globe on a tour of the campus on Monday.

Global college admissions advisers get glimpse of higher education in Maine

By Nick McCrea on June 01, 2015, at 4:26 p.m.
BANGOR | A group of college advisers from around the world is visiting four college campuses in Maine this week. They plan on bringing their experiences back to prospective students in their countries. The advisers work for the EducationUSA network, a group under the State Department that helps students …

Central Street in Bangor to close for paving work

By Ryan McLaughlin on June 01, 2015, at 3:39 p.m.
Central Street will be closed to traffic Monday night and into Tuesday morning due to paving work. The street will be shut down to traffic from 7 p.m. Monday through 7 a.m. Tuesday. Bangor police are advising residents not to park on Central Street, as any vehicle …
Jerolyn Ireland

Houlton woman’s life forever changed by infection after surgery

By Jen Lynds and Jackie Farwell on June 01, 2015, at 3:22 p.m.
When Jerolyn Ireland suffered a seizure one evening in 2012 and was rushed to the hospital only to find out she had a brain tumor, she thought it was the worst experience she’d ever go through. She was wrong. The 73-year-old Houlton woman learned that the tumor …
Husson University students who played a key role in creating Ann's House, Manna Ministry's emergency shelter for women and families which opened in 2103 and closed a year and half later, were (from top to bottom) Sherry Molcan, Christin Grant and Nicole Benner. Manna is formulating plans to reopen Ann’s House later this year.

Manna seeks to reopen facility for women with children

on June 01, 2015, at 3:12 p.m.
by Ardeana Hamlin of The Weekly Staff   When Manna Ministries closed the doors of Ann’s House in September 2013 after a year and half of operation, beds, other furnishings, toys and dishes were left in place. The beds are still empty and the laundry room is silent. No mothers …

Bangor Historical Society announces summer schedule

Bangor Daily News on June 01, 2015, at 3:09 p.m.
BANGOR — The Bangor Historical Society’s Thomas A. Hill House Museum opened for the season on June 2. Opening day activities included tours of the museum and the season’s first Brown Bag Lunch session. “It’s going to be an exciting, fun-filled season,” said Melissa Gerety, BHS executive director. “We’re increasing …
The Eastern Maine Area Council of Beta Sigma Phi of Bangor celebrated its 70th anniversary at its Founder’s Day banquet on April 29 with special guest Alice Goodspeed, who was a member of the Charter Chapter of Mu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi and present when Beta Sigma Phi International visited to establish the sorority in the Bangor area.

Community news

on June 01, 2015, at 3:08 p.m.
Heritage Brass BANGOR — The U.S. Air Force Heritage Brass, an 11-member group of brass and percussion players from the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, based at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia, will give a concert at 7 p.m. Monday, June 8, at Bangor High School. Admission …

Annual Relay for Life raises $125,000

on June 01, 2015, at 3:05 p.m.
BANGOR — The second annual Relay For Life of Penobscot took place May 15-16 at Morse Field on the University of Maine campus. Eighty-five registered cancer survivors and 53 teams participated in the event. Thanks to donations from area sponsors, businesses and individuals, Relay For Life of Penobscot raised more …

Gulf of Maine Research Institute honors teacher for STEM excellence

on June 01, 2015, at 3:04 p.m.
DEDHAM — The Gulf of Maine Research Institute honored recently Dedham School teacher Rhonda Tate with the second annual McCarthy Education Innovation Award. Institute education staff presented the award during a ceremony at the school. The Institute presents the award to the Maine instructor who best embodies its education principles. …
Bucksport has planned several festivals that will take place along the Bucksport Waterfront Walkway this summer.

Bucksport plans summer art, cultural events

on June 01, 2015, at 3:03 p.m.
BUCKSPORT —  Meeting change head on after the loss of the Verso Paper Mill, Bucksport announced that it has positioned itself as a venue for art, music, dance, theater and more through the creation of several new summer activities. In addition to named sponsors of events, people and businesses from …

Arts news

on June 01, 2015, at 3:01 p.m.
Bangor Ballet AREA — Bangor Ballet will perform two 19th century classical ballets, “Les Sylphides” and “Coppelia” (Variations from Act III), at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University in Bangor, and at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 14, at the Bucksport Performing Arts Center. Both …

Knitting book features versatility of garter stitch

on June 01, 2015, at 2:59 p.m.
by Ardeana Hamlin of The Weekly Staff   Remember when you learned to knit? One of the first things you were taught was that if you knit every row, that’s garter stitch. Then you learned to purl and the world of stockinette stitch opened up to you. That led to …

Summer program offers free meals to children in Bangor, Brewer

on June 01, 2015, at 2:55 p.m.
BANGOR — Good Shepherd Food Bank will sponsor five Summer Lunch sites where Bangor and Brewer children can receive free nutritious meals this summer, when the school lunches they depend on through the school year are unavailable. Through partnerships with the Bangor School Department, Bangor Housing Authority, Bangor Public Library …
Taking part in a ceremony to announce a grant from the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation to help find new markets for locally grown food are Melissa Houston of Good Shepherd Food Bank; Stacey Haskell, Bangor Savings Bank representative; John Porter, president and CEO of Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce; Ron Harriman of Old Town Economic Development Corp.; Geoff Gordon of Orono Economic Development Corp.; and Evan Richert, Orono town planner.

Bank grant will fund study to find new markets for locally grown food

on June 01, 2015, at 2:54 p.m.
BANGOR — Bangor Savings Bank Foundation announced an award of a $10,000 grant aimed at helping to find new markets for locally grown food in the Bangor region. The money will be used by a consortium of municipalities and nonprofits to research whether the region can support a “food hub” …
Volunteers Mary Rustin (left) and Debbie Leavitt (right) are congratulated by volunteer manager Wayne Melanson upon receiving Hospice of Eastern Maine’s highest awards for volunteer service. Rustin was honored with the Patricia Jameson Award of Excellence for exemplary patient care and Leavitt was presented the Lillian Rivers Award for outstanding non-patient care service.

Hospice presents annual Volunteer Awards for Distinguished Service

on June 01, 2015, at 2:48 p.m.
BANGOR — Hospice of Eastern Maine honored two volunteers for their distinguished service at its recent annual appreciation dinner and recognition evening.  Deborah “Debbie” Leavitt received the Lillian Rivers Award, HOEM’s greatest tribute for nonpatient care service, and Mary Rustin received the Patricia Jameson Award, HOEM’s highest accolade for patient …

Senior Beat: Take steps to stay cool and avoid heat-related illness

on June 01, 2015, at 2:46 p.m.
Senior Beat by Carol Higgins Taylor Special to The Weekly It’s just after Memorial Day and the temperature reading on my garage is 89. I’m trying to contain my enthusiasm for the warmth and to keep a level head. This is a taste of things to come and while we …
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