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Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Frederick “Fritz” Oldenburg has been named the Volunteer of the Year for his work in advocating the concept of angel investing.

Volunteer of the Year: Angel investors ‘ambassador’ earns Chamber volunteerism award

By Ardeana Hamlin on Jan. 24, 2014, at 3:30 p.m.
The Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce will present its Volunteer of the Year Award to Dr. Frederick “Fritz” Oldenburg at its annual awards ceremony. Oldenburg, who retired two years ago after 33 years in doing acute pulmonary medical care in Bangor hospitals, said he was a little embarrassed to be …
Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce
Cerahelix co-founders Karl Bishop (standing, left) and Susan McKay watch as Project Scientist Tyler Kirkmann makes the Cerahelix-patented DNA ceramic coating. Kirkmann is using a temperature- and humidity-controlled environmental chamber.

Bion and Dorain Foster Entrepreneurship AwardOrono firm develops nano-filtration membrane

By Dale McGarrigle on Jan. 24, 2014, at 3:28 p.m.
ORONO – A microscopic product soon could have a major impact on filtration systems. Cerahelix of Orono is home to the helix NFM, short for nano-filtration membrane, which is based on a patented process that uses DNA to make a nano-ceramic coating to provide faster filtration at high purity. “Our …
Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce
Dan Coffey is the president and CEO of Acadia Hospital.

Non-Profit of the Year Award: Acadia Hospital honored for its approach to empowerment

By Debra Bell on Jan. 24, 2014, at 3:24 p.m.
For nearly 22 years, Acadia Hospital has helped people of all ages struggling with a variety of issues. From pain treatment to chemical dependency to mental health issues, Acadia Hospital is a trusted resource for people to receive help. Their work advocating and caring for inpatient and outpatient clients in …
Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce
Hollywood Casino is the recipient of the 2014 Business of the Year Award.

Business of the Year: Hollywood Casino

By David M. Fitzpatrick, BDN Maine Special Sections on Jan. 24, 2014, at 3:20 p.m.
For its tireless contributions to the region — in support of local businesses, in extensive charitable giving, and in financial contributions that have played a major role in Bangor — the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce has named Penn National Gaming’s Hollywood Casino the recipient of its Business of the …
Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce
Miles Theeman, a vice president and chief sales and marketing officer with Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, is an unabashed Bangor booster.

Bangtor booster champions the Queen City at every opportunity

By Brian Swartz, Special Sections Editor on Jan. 24, 2014, at 3:17 p.m.
Passionate about Bangor, Miles Theeman has championed the Queen City at every available opportunity since arriving here from his native Lubec many years ago. And for working ceaselessly to improve Bangor, he will receive from the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce the prestigious 2013 Norbert X. Dowd Award. “Rarely does …
Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce

Building Bridges

By Matthew McLaughlin on Jan. 24, 2014, at 3:09 p.m.
Since the early 2000s, Building Bridges has existed to build lasting relationships between educators and businesses in the Bangor region. Thanks to the program, hundreds of teachers, administrators, career counselors and workforce specialists have gained insight into the business makeup of their local communities. This is accomplished through behind-the-scenes tours …
Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce

2013 Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce Membership

on Jan. 24, 2014, at 3:08 p.m.
304 Stillwater Avenue Furniture • 93.7 The Wave Radio A A Body In Knead • A.A.Randall & Sons • A-1 Safe Storage • AAA Northern New England • AACom • AARP Maine • Acadia Auto Auctions • Acadia Benefits • Acadia Clinical Research • Acadia Hearing Center • Acadia Trust …
Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce

Business Action Committee: Establishing the Bangor Regional Investment Forum

By John Simpson on Jan. 24, 2014, at 3:02 p.m.
It is the mission of the Chamber’s Business Action Committee to “advance the Chamber’s tactical initiatives in promoting growth and development in its service area, including the Chamber’s collaborative efforts with other economic development entities in our region.” For 2013, we stayed focused on a small number of initiatives that …
Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce

Government Affairs Committee: Volunteer leaders tackled diverse issues in 2013

By Dennis Marble on Jan. 24, 2014, at 3 p.m.
A very engaged group of volunteer leaders on the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee tackled a diverse set of issues in 2013. Much of our focus was on Augusta, where a new dynamic took hold. Democrats swept into the majority with the 2012 election after two years where Republicans controlled both …
Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce

Bangor Region Leadership Institute: Training future community leaders in real-word applications

By Ed Troscianiec on Jan. 24, 2014, at 2:48 p.m.
Another year, another great class! BRLI continues to grow in depth and scope each year while working to make the learning experience rich and memorable for everybody. The best and brightest of the Bangor Region compete for inclusion in this program, which keeps the experience tangible and personal. Constant attention …
Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce

Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce’s Issues of Impact 2014

By Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 24, 2014, at 2:42 p.m.
An important part of fulfilling the Chamber’s mission “To promote and advance a vital, healthy business environment” involves advocating for public policy that will help our region prosper and grow. Rather than react to what policy makers propose, the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce seeks to define its agenda and …
Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce
Andy Hamilton is the incoming chair of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Striving together to create a brighter future

By Andy Hamilton on Jan. 24, 2014, at 2:38 p.m.
This is an exciting time for our region, and the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce will strive to create a still brighter future for us all through collaborative efforts with our business and community partners. The Chamber, through its affiliates (like BRLI, Fusion, Building Bridges, the Wellness Council) and its …
Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce
John Porter is the president and CEO of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce.

New location places Chamber offices near downtown Bangor

By John Porter on Jan. 24, 2014, at 2:35 p.m.
More than four years ago the Board of Directors of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce began the process of remaking and revitalizing this organization. It was a process that started with a new strategic plan, and one that included the hard decision to change the professional staff leadership of …
Bangor Outlook
Some 7,000 fans packed the Arena at the Cross Insurance Center to hear country singer Hank Williams Jr. on Oct. 12, 2013.

Cross Insurance Center maintains a busy events’ schedule

By Brian Swartz, BDN Maine Special Sections on Dec. 17, 2013, at 11:14 a.m.
When the Arena’s was not rockin’, the craft and trade shows were overflowin’ as the Cross Insurance Center brought multiple big-name acts, seminars, craft fairs, and other events to Bangor since opening last September. And the pace will not likely slacken into 2014, according to General Manager Mike Dyer of …
Bangor Outlook
Abe and Heather Furth, owners of Verve, stand in the doorway of the burrito restaurant in Orono. They are in the process of opening a new Verve at 89-91 Main St. in Bangor.

Verve restaurant opens in downtown Bangor

By Ardeana Hamlin, BDN Maine Special Sections on Dec. 17, 2013, at 11:10 a.m.
BANGOR — Downtown Bangor expanded its restaurant offerings in October when the West Coast burrito took up residence on Main Street. Heather and Abe Furth, owners of Woodman’s Bar and Grille and Verve in Orono, opened the second Verve at 89-91 Main St. in Bangor. “It was a soft opening,” …
Bangor Outlook
Among the new businesses that have opened along Stillwater Avenue near the Bangor Mall in 2013 are sweetFrog Yogury and Five Guys Burgers.

Stillwater Avenue experienced building ‘boom’ in 2013

By Ardeana Hamlin, BDN Maine Special Sections on Dec. 17, 2013, at 11 a.m.
Stillwater Avenue in the vicinity of the Bangor Mall witnessed something of a “boom” in building during 2013. The addition of retail businesses in the mall area began in March with the opening of Five Guys Burgers, a national franchise that first came to Maine when a store was opened …
Bangor Outlook
Located at the intersection of Main and Dutton streets in Bangor, Hollywood Casino has been a major catalyst in the redevelopment of Lower Main Street.

The many pieces of Bangor’s economic puzzle

By David M. Fitzpatrick, BDN Maine Special Sections on Dec. 17, 2013, at 10:55 a.m.
Bangor’s Main Street was a very different place 20 years ago. Back then, there was a struggling downtown, a decrepit waterfront full of tar residue, dilapidated buildings, and a dirty railroad yard. Lower Main Street was replete with old, shabby buildings. Near the Hampden line were a couple of hotels …
Bangor Outlook
With a $3 million fund-raising effort nearing completion, Bangor Public Library will undergo major renovations starting in late spring 2014. The renovations will include the addition of a two-story glass atrium to the library's newest wing; a "green" roof will top the atrium.

Major renovations await the venerable Bangor Public Library in 2014

By Brian Swartz, BDN Maine Special Sections on Dec. 17, 2013, at 10:27 a.m.
For the past several months things have been “looking up” at the Bangor Public Library as a contractor started replacing the facility’s original copper roof, which was installed more than 100 years. The staging surrounding the venerable library attracted the attention of passersby beginning in June, when workers from Bangor-based …
Bangor Outlook
Taking advantage of Plaid Friday sales at Valentine Footwear on Main Street in Bangor, Morgan Cashwell (center) of Linthicum, Md. checks out a Born Sabrina black comfort pump while talking with store employees Emily Hanna (left) and Meg Gipson in late November.

Bangor’s downtown renaissance

By David M. Fitzpatrick, BDN Maine Special Sections on Dec. 13, 2013, at 1:51 p.m.
When the Bangor Mall opened in 1978, Bangor’s downtown seemed doomed. The next few decades saw a decrease interest in the downtown; businesses came and went, and store fronts remained empty. But a few years ago, the tide seemed to finally turn for good. Now, most store fronts are occupied …
In a still from the 2013 MPBN documentary “A Matter of Duty,” Sheriff Randy Liberty is in his office at the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department. Liberty opened up about his traumatic wartime experiences in Fallujah and the aftermath upon his return to Maine. After seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, Liberty worked to establish programs to help veterans incarcerated in his jail get the help they need.

Documentary brings the reality of veterans’ post-traumatic stress disorder to viewers

By David Fitzpatrick on Nov. 05, 2013, at 11:37 a.m.
A new documentary airing on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network this month is one that’s sure to open the eyes — and the minds — of many. “A Matter of Duty: The Continuing War Against PTSD” focuses on Randy Liberty, a retired sergeant major and current sheriff of Kennebec County, …
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