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Destiny Sargent

Donations sought online for funeral expenses in Garland slayings

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 24, 2014, at 4:08 p.m.
BANGOR | An online site seeking donations for funeral expenses for the victims of a domestic violence slaying over the weekend in Garland had raised more than $4,000 by Wednesday afternoon. “Christina Ann Sargent, Duwayne Coke, and Destiny Sargent were all murdered on December 20, 2014,” said a posting …

Soaking rain expected to start as freezing rain in northern, western Maine

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 23, 2014, at 8:32 a.m.
CARIBOU | A soaking rain that is forecast to make for a wet Christmas, not a white one, is expected to start as freezing rain in northern and western counties, according to the National Weather Service. With freezing rain expected to fall late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, …
Marc Alberi, 46, of Newport.

Newport man who photographed boy in Wal-Mart bathroom gets 3-year sentence

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 22, 2014, at 7:16 p.m.
BANGOR | A convicted sex offender who was arrested in September after he used his cellphone to photograph a boy using a urinal in a Wal-Mart bathroom was sentenced Monday to three years in prison. Marc Alberi, 46, of Newport pleaded guilty to possession of sexually explicit material depicting …
Members of Lincoln’s Town Council are working with Howland leaders on joint purchasing and cost-sharing agreements.

‘Communities can’t stand alone anymore’: Towns explore bulk buying, cost sharing

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 22, 2014, at 4:25 p.m.
LINCOLN | Nine northern Penobscot County communities are exploring the sharing of services and bulk purchasing to help keep taxes low or at least livable, officials said Monday. Leaders from the towns of Burlington, East Millinocket, Enfield, Lee, Medway and Passadumkeag and Lee Academy and RSU 67 have met …
Jason Aldean performs at the Darlings Concert Pavillion on the waterfront in Bangor on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. The Bangor City Council may hire New York-based FTL Design Engineering Studio to revamp and improve the waterfront concert venue.

Bangor hires NY firm to design Waterfront Concerts venue, surrounding area

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 22, 2014, at 3:25 p.m.
City officials will hire a national design and engineering firm to help craft a plan for the future of Bangor’s waterfront concert venue — guiding changes to everything from flow of foot traffic to aesthetics and sound mitigation. During a meeting Monday night, the Bangor City Council …
Destiny Sargent, grade three

Ridge View Community School staff mourns slain students from Garland

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 22, 2014, at 11:41 a.m.
DEXTER | Even though school is closed for the holidays, some staff arrived at Ridge View Community School on Monday to mourn the loss of two students who were killed along with their mother late Saturday at their home in nearby Garland. Keith Coleman, 27, the mother’s boyfriend, was …
A Maine State police officer moves the yellow tape to allow funeral worker to collect the bodies of a woman and her two children at the scene of suspicious deaths on Paul Road in Garland Sunday.

Police charge man in murders of Garland woman, 2 children

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 21, 2014, at 8:20 a.m.
BANGOR | Maine State Police detectives Sunday night charged a man taken into custody about 3 p.m. in Bucksport in the deaths of a Garland woman and her two children, according to a news release from Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. Keith Coleman, 27, has been …
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Freshly laser cut pieces of a cribbage board that Travis Higgins, 29, made are seen at the UMaine IMRC Center at UMaine Tuesday. Higgins, a college student at UMaine, started making cribbage boards after making one for his mother for Mother's Day. His work sells in stores like Rock and Art Shop in Bangor and features Maine details like lobsters and sea scenes.

UMaine student turns woodworking passion into unique, handcrafted cribbage boards

By Natalie Feulner on Dec. 21, 2014, at 7:04 a.m.
A self-described tinkerer, inventor and artist, Bangor resident Travis Higgins has quickly made a name for himself among local store owners and cribbage enthusiasts selling his custom-built, Maine-themed cribbage boards. Cribbage is a game of strategy, using the cards you have to make the best of the situation, giving each …

University of Maine student makes custom cribbage boards

By Ashley Conti on Dec. 21, 2014, at 6:45 a.m.
Travis Higgins, a UMaine student, started making cribbage boards after making one for his mother for Mother’s Day. His work sells in stores like Rock and Art Shop in Bangor and features Maine images like lobsters and sea scenes.
From the community
The attached picture is for the money collected that day and the Dining for Dollars Event at Long Horn, which was mentioned in the press release as well. The individuals in the picture are, left to right: FF Andy Willigar, FF Jeff Sennett and Lisa Nouchanthavong(Fundraising Coordinator for the MDA).

Bangor Firefighters raise $9,084 for MDA in Black Friday Fill the Boot

on Dec. 19, 2014, at 5:15 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine – More than nine members of the Bangor Fire Department Local 772 raised $9,084 during the annual Fill the Boot drive on Black Friday to benefit children and adults affected by muscle disease throughout the Bangor area. To date the Bangor Fire Department has raised  $29,322 for the MDA of …
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A rain cloud drifts closer to the North Peak of Doubletop Mountain in Baxter State Park in this August 2014 file photo.

Baxter State Park officials seek $10,000 from hiker to pay for search

By John Holyoke on Dec. 19, 2014, at 2:50 p.m.
MILLINOCKET | In a rare move, the Baxter State Park will request that a hiker pay the $10,000 it cost to search for him earlier this month. Two men from Ontario, Canada, spent several days camping in Baxter State Park in early December but did not register, as is …
A series of changes are slated for Central Street in downtown Bangor to make way for a Bagel Central expansion in 2015. The Briar Patch and Top Shelf Comics are both relocating in January so Bagel Central can expand into the storefront currently occupied by Briar Patch.

Downtown roundup: Bagel Central to expand, a soul moving, and two new stores

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 19, 2014, at 5:31 a.m.
BANGOR | Downtown Bangor is seeing one of its most active periods in recent memory. Three major apartment and retail projects are in the works, one at the former Freese’s Department Store building on Main Street and two on Broad Street. (Not to mention the Bangor Daily News, which …
Veazie resident Suzanne Malis-Anderson talks at a community conversation about her concerns with trihalomethanes, a water disinfection byproduct that is a suspected carcinogen, found in her drinking water in this 2014 file photo.

Orono-Veazie Water District considers buying water from Old Town

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 18, 2014, at 8:02 p.m.
In an effort to reduce the level of disinfection byproducts in the public water, which has concerned a vocal group of residents, the Orono-Veazie Water District is talking with the Old Town Water District about purchasing water, Joan Perkins, a water district board member representing Veazie, said …

Downtown Bangor businesses expanding, relocating, opening in 2015

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 18, 2014, at 6:04 p.m.
There’s a shakeup among businesses on Central Street. Bagel Central is expanding, meaning both The Briar Patch and Top Shelf Comics are relocating. These changes are just a few of the many downtown Bangor can expect to see in the early weeks of 2015.
Mike Booth, of Sevee & Maher Engineering of Cumberland Center, talks about the design for a multi-layer landfill liner as part of the Juniper Ridge Landfill expansion application that is expected to be submitted in July 2015, as Old Town resident Ed Spencer (right) and Laurna Sanborn, a Juniper Ridge Landfill Advisory Committee member, look on.

Casella finalizing plan to double capacity of Old Town landfill

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 18, 2014, at 4:08 p.m.
Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town is expected to fill in less than seven years at the current rate of disposal, which is prompting Casella Waste Systems — the company hired to operate it — to prepare an expansion plan. “Literally since 2005, we’ve been at …
The former Great Northern Paper Co. paper mill in East Millinocket as it appeared on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

Judge OKs deal giving E. Millinocket 6 more months of water treatment

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 18, 2014, at 1:06 p.m.
BANGOR | East Millinocket will receive six months of wastewater treatment from a bankrupt paper mill, after a federal judge on Thursday allowed the mill’s estate to loan as much as $250,000 to the town to cover treatment plant operations. U.S. District Court Judge Louis Kornreich granted trustee’s attorney …
From the community

Vigil to commemorate Bangor’s annual Homeless Memorial Day

on Dec. 18, 2014, at 12:35 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — PCHC’s Hope House Homeless Shelter in collaboration with the Hammond Street Congregational Church and the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter will sponsor the Homeless Vigil at Hammond Street Congregational Church, 28 High Street, Bangor on Sunday, December 21st, Bangor’s Annual Homeless Memorial Day. Please join us in remembering those who passed away …
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St. John’s Episcopal Christmas Basket Project benefits 25 families

on Dec. 18, 2014, at 12:03 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Saint John’s Episcopal has been operating their Christmas Basket Project for more than 20 years. As part of our mission to serve the needs of the community we give a Christmas dinner and toys to 25 families in the Bangor area.  We partner with Hannaford Supermarkets and Penquis …

Winter storm expected to wind down throughout Thursday

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 18, 2014, at 8:41 a.m.
CARIBOU | Much of Maine woke up Thursday morning to fresh snow on the ground, including more than a foot in some locations. Timothy Duda, a forecaster at the National Weather Service’s Caribou office, said the Houlton area already has about 13 inches of snow, with a total of …

Milford teen struck by vehicle after reportedly wandering in and out of traffic

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 17, 2014, at 8:32 p.m.
A 17-year-old Milford girl was taken to the hospital early Wednesday after she was struck by a vehicle while walking along Route 2. The accident happened about 6 a.m. near Weymouth’s Garage shortly after emergency dispatchers began fielding calls from motorists reporting that someone was wandering in …
 
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