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Maine at War
Union soldiers wounded during the Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia rest outside a field hospital near Fredericksburg on Saturday, May 2, 1863. The bearded soldier sitting at left has lost his right arm below the elbow; a surgeon amputated the right foot of the young soldier lying on the stretcher.

A medical student just would not do for the 5th Maine Infantry

By Brian Swartz, Special to the BDN on April 10, 2013, at 9:39 a.m.
When the 5th Maine Infantry Regiment sought a doctor in the house in 1863, officers discovered that a medical student just would not do. The 1,000-odd men and boys who had marched to war with the 5th Maine two years earlier had encountered germs, diseases, Confederate bullets and viruses galore. …

BDN Maine Garden Show and Spring Fling

on April 04, 2013, at 12 p.m.
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Maine at War
For raising Co. D of the 8th Maine Infantry Regiment in 1861, Henry Boyntonwas named its captain. An ambitious officer, he often criticized his superiors in the letters he wrote pushing his own promotion. Disliked by many comrades, Boynton was a colonel and the 8th Maine's commanding officer when he posed for this photograph.

Maine snow bird took a March cruise down Jacksonville way

By Brian Swartz, Special to the BDN on March 26, 2013, at 2:45 p.m.
Restless natives extended a particularly warm “welcome” to the Maine snow bird who cruised to Jacksonville in Florida in late March 1863. Seventeen months earlier, Capt. Henry Boynton had sailed to war with the 8th Maine Infantry Regiment, an outfit cursed with too many arrogant and madcap company officers who …

Funeral and Estate Planning 2013

on March 14, 2013, at 12 p.m.
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Maine at War
Shoshone Indians stand amidst the skin teepees (or "lodges") they have erected at a camp somewhere in the Rockie Mountains circa 1860-1870. William Farnham of Bangor marched with California infantrymen in late January 1863 to attack a similar Shoshone camp along the Bear River in Washington Territory. In a letter to his parents, Farnham compared the battle to fighting Confederate troops back east.

Soldier from Bangor battled Shoshones instead of Confederates

By Brian Swartz, Special Sections Editor on March 12, 2013, at 2:17 p.m.
His teeth chattering, his fingers and toes numb in the deep cold, William Farnham of Bangor struggled through knee-deep snow as he approached the Bear River in Washington Territory about 4 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 1863. Around him other men clad in Union blue cursed the snow, their colonel and …
Community
The First, a bank headquartered in Damariscotta, opened its new branch at 145 Exchange St., Bangor, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Monday, Feb. 25.

The First opens new branch in downtown Bangor

on March 04, 2013, at 9:54 a.m.
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Maine at War
Black soldiers assigned to Co. E, 4th United States Colored Troops, proudly form outside a barracks. As the Army created new black regiments, many Maine officers and non-commissioned officers sought promotion to the available officers' slots. Federal law stipulated that only white officers could command black soldiers.

Reinforcements marched to assist war-weary Union veterans

By Brian Swartz, Special to the BDN on Feb. 26, 2013, at 3:01 p.m.
To paraphrase the patriotic song “We Are Coming, Father Abraham,” by February 1863, the war-weary Maine veterans who manned the nation’s ramparts from Virginia to Louisiana could “look across the hilltops that meet the southern sky,” where “long moving lines of rising dust your vision may descry.” In this dark …

Maine Engineers Week 2013

on Feb. 24, 2013, at 12 p.m.
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NIE Week 2013

on Feb. 20, 2013, at 12 p.m.
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Escaping slave saw Maine soldiers standing by ‘the gates of Heaven’

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on Feb. 12, 2013, at 2:46 p.m.
Editor’s note: This article is the second of a two-part installment about Samuel Guess, an escaped slave who moved to Bangor sometime near or after the end of the Civil War. Born into slavery, Sam Guess escaped the lash and found safety with two Maine soldiers startled to see him …
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Maine Aero Services General Manager Ray Lane (left) and President Gene Richardson stand near a Cessna 172 Skyhawk (right) and a twin-engine Beechcraft Baron undergoing maintenance in the MAs hangar at Bangor International Airport. Maine Aero Services and the United Technologies Center are developing an FAA-certified aviation maintenance technician school that will be the only one of its kind in Maine.

Aviation maintenance school to open in Bangor

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on Feb. 12, 2013, at 2:38 p.m.
BANGOR — A new aviation maintenance technician school does not yet exist at United Technologies Center on the Hogan Road, but students are already asking Director Fred Woodman when they can start taking classes. And when the program begins, he foresees no difficulty in filling the classroom. Maine Aero Services …
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Abial Hall Edwards of Casco was 20 years old and already a combat veteran when he posed for Portland photographer A.C. Lewis, likely in late 1863. Now a corporal in the 29th Maine Infantry Regiment, Edwards had developed a wartime romance-by-mail with Anna Lucinda Conant; she worked in a Lewiston textile mill.

Persistent Abial Edwards courted Anna Conant by wartime mail

By Brian Swartz, Special to the BDN on Feb. 12, 2013, at 2:23 p.m.
Neither burning barracks nor smallpox nor “the enemy’s bullets flying in all directions” could stay Abial Hall Edwards from the not-so-swift completion of his appointed rounds: courting Anna Lucinda Conant by wartime mail. Edwards and Conant met on the job at a Lewiston textile mill. He hailed from Casco, she …
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Rick Charette

Grab the kids! Rick Charette’s in town at Brewer PAC on Feb. 9

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of the Weekly Staff on Feb. 05, 2013, at 3:25 p.m.
When I told my wife I was interviewing Rick Charette, she immediately leaped off the couch and began singing “Alligator in the Elevator” and dancing, making chomping jaws with her arms, grabbing her face in mock fright, and cupping her hands to make eyes at me. At 30, she’s 13 …
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The Back Alley Pub has opened up the ownership of Tina Saccuto (left) and Dwayne Mcleod in the Family Fun Bowling Center, owned by Andy Meucci (center). Lori Levasseur (second from right) and John Johnson (right) are employees of the Back Alley Pub.

Back Alley Pub opens at Family Fun Bowling Center

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on Feb. 05, 2013, at 3:21 p.m.
BANGOR — Hungry bowlers are packing the booths and tables at the Back Alley Pub. And other diners seeking delicious fare are joining them at the new restaurant, which opened earlier this year at the Family Fun Bowling Center, 15 Hildreth St., Bangor. Tina Saccuto and Dwayne MacLeod own the …
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David Lunn skis in the Bangor City Forest on a recent Thursday.

Cross-country skiers enjoy the local trails

By Greg Westrich on Feb. 05, 2013, at 3:15 p.m.
There are many great cross-country skiing opportunities in the lower Penobscot Valley. Many golf courses in our area allow skiing on the fairways. A few courses actually groom trails and offer some services; for example, the Barnes Brook X-C Ski Center in West Enfield (732-3006) is on a golf course …
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Chocolate Fest, auction to highlight 20th anniversary of Next Step Domestic Violence Project

By Ardeana Hamlin, Of the Weekly Staff on Feb. 05, 2013, at 3:12 p.m.
DEDHAM — The Next Step Domestic Violence Project will celebrate its 20th anniversary with its annual Chocolate Fest and Silent Auction 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Lucerne Inn in Dedham. The event will benefit Next Step, a nonprofit organization that serves those affected by domestic violence in Hancock and …
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After buying a house at 192 Fourteenth St. in Bangor, Renee Perron discovered that a previous owner had written the name “Warner” on a second-floor fireplace mantel. While investigating the mystery, Perron learned that her house had been built for Annie Warner, a black Bangor resident whose father, Samuel Guess, had served with the United States Army during the Civil War. He had escaped slavery in Louisiana before encountering soldiers from a Maine regiment.

Fireplace mantel revealed Bangor connection to a former slave

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on Feb. 05, 2013, at 2:55 p.m.
Editor’s note: This article is the first of a two-part installment about Samuel Guess, an escaped slave who moved to Bangor sometime near the end of the Civil War. While solving a mystery about a surname scrawled on a fireplace mantel, Renee Perron met some Bangor residents who lent diversity …
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Todd and Jennifer Bridges opened Westside Auto Sales on Verona Island in May 2012 and moved its showroom to 161 US Route 1 in early December 2012.

Westside Auto Sales moves to new location on Verona Island

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on Jan. 29, 2013, at 3:44 p.m.
VERONA ISLAND — Todd and Jennifer Bridges believed that when they relocated their Westside Auto Sales to 161 U.S. Route 1 in this town, business would increase. They were right. The Bridges opened Westside Auto Sales “down the road 1½ miles at our home” elsewhere on Verona Island last May, …
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At 6:55 a.m. on a bitterly cold Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, the rising sun has not quite touched the main building and new vehicles at Downeast Toyota on Wilson Street in Brewer. The thermometer hovered at -4 degrees; the wind blew a steady 10-15 miles per hour.

Wilson Street dawn

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on Jan. 29, 2013, at 3:34 p.m.
No matter the air temperature last week, the sun still rose each morning over Wilson Street in Brewer. This time of year, the sun pops above the Dedham Hills in almost perfect alignment with the busy highway. The natural light changes by the minute, as Weekly Editor Brian Swartz discovered …
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Paul Zebiak, the owner of Maritime International in downtown Bangor, displays the "Grand Army Glutton" medal won by Frederick Stackpole of Kenduskeag on Jan. 23, 1879. The steel-alloy medal is 6 inches in diameter and weighs 95.04 ounces.

Six-pound medal adorned neck of champion bean-eater

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on Jan. 29, 2013, at 3:23 p.m.
Absolutely nobody wanted to stand down wind of Kenduskeag’s Frederick A.H. Stackpole on Friday, Jan. 24, 1879 — or on Saturday, Sunday, and probably Monday, too. After the Civil War ended in 1865, Union veterans formed the Grand Army of the Republic, the equivalent of today’s Veterans of Foreign Wars. …