Marc Berlin, who owns BookMarc's, can be seen at his bookstore in downtown Bangor in this February 2014 file photo.

Longtime downtown Bangor bookstore BookMarc’s to close

By Emily Burnham on Jan. 05, 2017, at 4:23 p.m.
“I’m ready to retire,” said Marc Berlin, 65, who opened his bookstore 28 years ago.

5 Things To Do This Weekend, Jan. 6-8: Easing in to 2017

on Jan. 05, 2017, at 1:27 p.m.
Giacomo's in downtown Bangor closed just before Christmas.

Giacomo’s owner pledges to honor gift cards

By Danielle McLean on Jan. 05, 2017, at 1:11 p.m.
“I will make the gift cards good,” Brett Settle said. “Nobody’s going to get stuck.”
Jeffrey Barnard

Ellsworth man shot in face by police during 2014 standoff sentenced for gun possession

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 05, 2017, at 12:04 p.m.
“During the stand-off, Barnard fired the weapon [a 22-caliber rifle] and proclaimed that ‘this is war.’”

Thompson’s Point in Portland announces British electronic band The xx for first 2017 show

on Jan. 05, 2017, at 10:23 a.m.
Maryanne Mattson (center) plays a drum during a peaceful protest on Bangor Mall Boulevard in November. In light of the recent violence against the peaceful water protectors at Standing Rock, Maine tribes and their allies held a flash mob round dance. For a few minutes a group of over 100 people blocked traffic at the intersection near Toys R Us to pray, sing and dance.

For activists and others, nonviolent strategies against harassment and assault

By Meg Haskell on Jan. 05, 2017, at 7:34 a.m.
Bangor-area organizations will offer trainings this weekend in “bystander intervention” to teach people of all ages who witness such incidents to intervene safely and effectively.
Daylight hits the Aroostook River in Oxbow Plantation, on Election Day, Nov. 8.

The Maine towns with the greatest percentage of empty homes

By Adanya Lustig on Jan. 05, 2017, at 6:25 a.m.
Maine lost population unevenly over the last 15 years. Some counties hollowed out, while others grew in population.
The Macy's store at the Bangor Mall is seen Wednesday in Bangor.

Macy’s in Bangor to close

By Christopher Burns and Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 04, 2017, at 4:47 p.m.
The Macy’s at the Bangor Mall will be among 63 locations nationwide that will close early this spring.
A plow works to remove snow from a bridge in Bangor in this December 2016 file photo.

Ice storm in Maine cancels school for many, delays for others

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 04, 2017, at 2:23 p.m.
“Bangor reported 0.15 inches of ice. That glaze of ice can make traveling dangerous.”

Bangor Celtic Crossroads Festival proposed for 2018; Celtic music series to launch in Bangor this month

on Jan. 04, 2017, at 1:25 p.m.
Writing over the door in a hallway of Piscataquis Community Secondary School, which serves the seventh through 12th-grade students of School Administrative District 4. The district's 2016-17 budget was narrowly approved by voters during the Nov. 8 election.

The poorest Maine school districts that pay the most

By Adanya Lustig on Jan. 04, 2017, at 7:16 a.m.
The cost that each local community pays each year varies in Maine from $2,000 per student to $25,000 per student.
Sandra Robbins of Bangor says she pulled a 6-year-old girl from the water at the Fairfield Inn pool on New Year's Eve. The girl was at first unresponsive, but after CPR was administered she eventually started breathing on her own.

Quick action saves Brewer girl, 6, from drowning in hotel pool

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 03, 2017, at 5:56 p.m.
“I turned my head and said, ‘Oh my God, it’s a little girl,’” Sandra Robbins recalled Tuesday.

Girl saved from swimming pool in Bangor

By Gabor Degre on Jan. 03, 2017, at 5:56 p.m.

New music including Nine Inch Nails, The xx and Justice on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on Jan. 03, 2017, at 1:03 p.m.
I kicked off the new year with songs by a number of artists expected to release new music in 2017, including Arcade Fire, Spoon, Lana Del Rey and LCD Soundsystem, while the retro alternative set paid tribute to the late George Michael.
Charlotte Oh and Darren Callahan are the parents of the first baby born in Maine in 2017. Zander Reuben Callahan weighed in at 7 pounds, 3 ounce and measured 16 inches, according to his mother. He was born at 12:03 a.m. at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston on New Year's Day.

Maine’s first baby of 2017 arrives in Lewiston at 3 minutes after midnight

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 01, 2017, at 6:21 p.m.
Bangor's New Year's Eve beach ball plummets towards an awaiting, screaming crowd of hundreds in West Market Square on Sunday morning to bring in the new year.

Bangor rings in 2017 at snowy 13th annual ball drop

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 01, 2017, at 7:40 a.m.
Hundreds gathered in West Market Square Saturday night to say farewell to 2016 and ring in the new year during the annual ball drop that capped off Downtown Countdown.
Marina Moscone (right) and her daughter Sasha, 4, take a walk through Chapin Park in Bangor on Friday.

Maine power companies still grappling with effects of season’s first nor’easter

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 31, 2016, at 12:14 p.m.
As of noon on Saturday, more than 16,000 CMP customers were without electricity. Meanwhile, nearly 700 Emera Maine accounts were waiting for service to be restored.
Air-supported indoor practice facility Mahaney Dome, which collapsed under the pressure of heavy snow that fell Thursday night into Friday, can be seen on Friday at the University of Maine in Orono.

Nor’easter blankets Maine, collapses UMaine’s Mahaney Dome

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 30, 2016, at 6:34 p.m.
The snow knocked out power to more than 100,000 residents, brought down utility lines and even caused the University of Maine’s Mahaney Dome to collapse.
Shoppers head for stores at the Bangor Mall as soon as their bus arrives from St. John, New Brunswick, in this December 2010 photo. Bangor City Council Chairman Joe Baldacci wants to revive the St. John-Bangor connection to encourage increased tourism.

Reconnecting the sisters: Bangor leaders explore reviving visitor exchanges with Canadian city

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 30, 2016, at 5:22 p.m.
“We need to really put up the welcome sign and make sure that people know that they are welcome here.”
The crowd waits for the countdown to the ball drop in West Market Square in Bangor, Dec 31, 2010.

‘Alberta clipper’ to dump New Year’s Eve snow in Bangor

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 30, 2016, at 12:03 p.m.
Thanks to a fast-moving storm system, New Year’s Eve revelers in Bangor can expect to see snow when the beach ball is thrown off the top of Paddy Murphy’s at midnight to welcome in the new year.