Free book group for veterans to be held in Bangor

Bangor Daily News on March 24, 2015, at 10:19 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — “How We Remember: A Free Book Group for Veterans” to be led by service members Jeffrey Sychterz, UMA assistant professor of English and U.S. Navy, and Kirk Grant, U.S. Army, 6-8 p.m. April 8 and 22, May 6 and 20 and June 3, in Bangor. The group will read and discuss …
The U.S. Coast Guard Thunder Bay cuts through the ice on the Penobscot River Tuesday.

Warm weather, rain could produce ice jams

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 24, 2015, at 10:08 a.m.
GRAY | Springlike temperatures and weather are finally predicted to roll into the state later this week. But the combination of warm weather and predicted rain also may produce ice jams, according to the National Weather Service. A warm front is expected to arrive on Wednesday night in Maine, …
Spectators spread along Main Road North in Hampden watch the Hampden Children's Day parade in 2013.

Lack of volunteers puts Hampden Children’s Day in jeopardy

By Dawn Gagnon on March 24, 2015, at 7:05 a.m.
A shortage of volunteers could lead to the cancellation of this year’s edition of Hampden Children’s Day, arguably the community’s largest annual family event. A recent organizational meeting drew only two people, far from the number needed to put on a daylong event that usually features a …
International students from Orono High School ice fish on Friday on Perch Pond in Old Town. Some of the students were from countries such as Venezuela and Vietnam and had never walked on a frozen pond before.

Checking traps and ice hole mishaps: International students try ice fishing in Maine

By John Holyoke on March 24, 2015, at 5:30 a.m.
OLD TOWN | Back home in Caracas, Venezuela, Jessie Ben Alaya didn’t do much ice fishing. Or any, for that matter. “In my country, we don’t have snow at all, except in the mountains, which are really far away from my city,” Ben Alaya said Friday morning as she …
Sean Faircloth

National park concept wins Bangor council endorsement

By Evan Belanger on March 23, 2015, at 11:37 p.m.
After a lengthy discussion and public comment period, the Bangor City Council voted 7-2 Monday to support the concept of a national park and national recreation area in the Katahdin region. The decision comes after Elliotsville Plantation Inc. — a group headed up by Lucas St. Clair, …
Jeremiah Gorman

John Bapst teacher solicited nude photos from student, says affidavit

By Judy Harrison on March 23, 2015, at 7:36 p.m.
BANGOR | A local high school teacher who died of apparent suicide Saturday in the wake of a police investigation solicited nude photographs from one of his female students, according to court documents. Jeremiah Gorman, 35, of Bangor, who taught social science at John Bapst Memorial High School, was …
John Bapst Memorial High School is seen Monday in Bangor.

John Bapst students mourn loss of popular teacher, cope with allegations

By Nick McCrea on March 23, 2015, at 7:29 p.m.
BANGOR | John Bapst Memorial High School students spent Monday coping with intense emotions surrounding a popular teacher’s apparent suicide after a police investigation into allegations he solicited nude photos of a girl at the school. School officials called an assembly first thing Monday morning, two days after social …
The US Coast Guard cutter Tackle breaks ice on the Penobscot River near Hampden in January.

Coast Guard to break up ice on Penobscot River

By Dawn Gagnon on March 23, 2015, at 7:25 p.m.
BANGOR | The U.S. Coast Guard announced Monday that it is sending three ships to break ice in order to mitigate potential ice jam flooding on the Penobscot River near Bangor on Tuesday. Coast Guard Sector Northern New England has been monitoring ice levels on the Penobscot River with …
Aleasha Godin

Hermon mourns victims of fatal snowmobile crash

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 23, 2015, at 3:50 p.m.
Family, friends and teachers on Monday mourned the loss of two local people who died in a weekend snowmobile crash. Jason Teifert, 21, and his passenger, Aleasha Godin, 17, a senior at Hermon High School, decided to go for an early Sunday morning snowmobile ride with friends …

There are still a few hobos, and kill all the lawyers!

on March 23, 2015, at 2:59 p.m.
Mack Rawhide was of a dying breed.  He may in fact be dead now—I do not know.  I do know the following: Mack was about 5’4” He had a speech impediment (but he could communicate real well!) He had a great mustache When he walked, he looked like he’d just …
The Brewer High School Robotics Team last weekend won first place at the Pine Tree Competition of FIRST Robotics, held in Lewiston. The week before, the team was awarded a $1,000 grant by the Maine chapter of the Society of Professional Engineers, to further their work with high school students in learning engineering and computer programming.

Brewer Robotics Team places first in Maine FIRST competition with their robot ‘Clawdia’|

on March 23, 2015, at 2:21 p.m.
by Emily Burnham of The Weekly staff   The Brewer High School students involved in Orange Chaos — the school’s FIRST Robotics Team, an after-school activity that lets students gain extra skills in engineering and computer programming — are extremely proud of their robots. They’ve built six of them so …

Senior Beat: As April 15 nears, scammers may look for seniors to target

on March 23, 2015, at 2:17 p.m.
Senior Beat By Carol Higgins Taylor Special to The Weekly It used to be said there were only two things that one can be sure of in life: death and taxes. In today’s world there is a third: scams. Regardless of the subject matter, there is a scammer ready to …

School news

on March 23, 2015, at 2:16 p.m.
Schools Bangor Christian Schools BANGOR — Catherine Gordon of Plymouth, a senior at Bangor Christian Schools, has been selected to receive the 2015 Principal’s Award, Principal Martha Boone announced on March 10. The award, sponsored by the Maine Principals’ Association, is given in recognition of a high school senior’s academic …

Kindergarten registration dates listed

on March 23, 2015, at 2:13 p.m.
BANGOR —The Bangor School Department prekindergarten and kindergarten registration will be held 5-6 p.m. Monday, April 13 at the Fourteenth Street School, 224 Fourteenth St., 941-6350; Abraham Lincoln School, 45 Forest Ave., 941-6280; and Downeast School, 100 Moosehead Blvd., 941-6240; and on Tuesday, April 14, at the Fruit Street School, …

Camden author pens book about Fort Knox

on March 23, 2015, at 2:12 p.m.
by Ardeana Hamlin of The Weekly staff   PROSPECT — A new book chronicling the history of Fort Knox in Prospect has been published by the Friends of Fort Knox. The book, “The History of America’s First Fort Knox” by Liza Gardner Walsh of Camden, takes a fresh look at …
The Frances Dighton Williams Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution announced the winners of the 2015 American History Contest for elementary school students in the Bangor area. The award is given for the best essay written by a fifth- through eighth-grade student with the theme, "A Child's Journey Through Ellis Island." The winners of the 2105 contest were Chase Hall, grade five, Bangor Christian School (not pictured), and Charlotte Urquhart (pictured), grade six, All Saints Catholic School, Bangor. Each child was presented with a certificate, pin and a monetary award.

Community news

on March 23, 2015, at 2:09 p.m.
Good Friday program BANGOR — Bangor First United Methodist Church, in conjunction with Grace United Methodist Church, will present a program of monologues and hymns at 6 p.m. Good Friday, April 3, at First United Methodist Church, 703 Essex St.   Benefit concert BANGOR — WHSN 89.3 FM will host …

Poet Richard Blanco to kick off Poetry Month at Bangor Public Library

on March 23, 2015, at 2:06 p.m.
BANGOR — April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate, the Bangor Public Library has partnered with Bangor High School to bring poet Richard Blanco to Bangor. Blanco will read from his works at a reception at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 3, at the library. The library will host the …
Nathan Roach and Sabrina Wirey dance to “At Last” in 2013 version of the Rotary Club of Bangor’s Music Off Broadway fundraiser.

Music Off Broadway show will mark 10th year of raising funds for area charities

on March 23, 2015, at 2:04 p.m.
The Rotary Club of Bangor will present its 10th annual Music Off Broadway production at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 2-3, and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at Peakes Auditorium at Bangor High School. The theme of the show is “Blast from the Past: 10 Years of Music Off …

Arts news

on March 23, 2015, at 2:01 p.m.
Arts, Sciences Celebration BANGOR — The Masonic Grand Lodge will host its annual Arts and Sciences Celebration 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Bangor Masonic Center, 294 Union St. Guest speaker at the event will be Dr. Jeffrey Hecker, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, University …

Woman raising her two grandsons grateful to Bangor Y, friends for help

on March 23, 2015, at 2 p.m.
by Ardeana Hamlin of The Weekly Staff   Nancy Morey, 64, of Bangor knows first-hand that the Bangor YMCA is there whenever it’s needed. And these days, she needs it a lot. Morey and her late husband of 42 years raised four children, who are grown and on their own. …
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