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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. …
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A rendering of the new Cross Insurance Center as it will appear when it’s completed this fall. It looks pretty much this way now; most of the exterior work is done, and crews are working hard on the interior.

History of the Bangor Auditorium, Part IV: The Next Generation

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of the Weekly Staff on Jan. 29, 2013, at 3:20 p.m.
Click here to read all four parts of this series. Editor’s Note: In 2013, the Cross Insurance Center will become the third structure to serve as the community auditorium since 1897. This is the fourth in a four-part series to tell the historic tale of those three structures, and their …
The mid-January dawn frames Tim Hortons and the McDonalds sign on Main Street about 6:25 a.m. on a cool, calm January weekday morning.

Main Street dawn

on Jan. 22, 2013, at 4:04 p.m.
In that quiet time between the fleeing night and the approaching day, Main Street in Bangor comes to life as the early birds head to work. The light and scenes change quickly as dawn illuminates the Dedham Hills to the southeast. Weekly Editor Brian Swartz recently chased the dawn along …
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Todd Eastman, a faculty member at the New England School of Communications in Bangor, films footage with a Steadicam last August during a Civil War re-enactment held at the Good Will-Hinckley School in Fairfield. He shot the footage for a Maine Public Broadcasting Network documentary titled “Sixteenth Maine at Gettysburg.”

Steadicam technology taught at Bangor college

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on Jan. 22, 2013, at 3:55 p.m.
From biker scouts chasing Luke and Leia to exciting NFL end-zone action to reality TV, Steadicam technology improves the video footage that people watch. Since the advent of silent films, producers have struggled to film scenes that require a cameraman to move simultaneously with the action. Hand-held cameras allowed such …
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Owner Anthony Nguyen uses his 12-plus years of experience to enhance the sassiness of a client’s nails at his salon, Sassy Nails Spa. The nail spa opened recently and offers a full array of nail services including polish, manicures, pedicures, gel nails, shellac, and jelly nails.

Sassy Nails Spa opens a Bangor location

By Debra Bell, Of the Weekly Staff on Jan. 22, 2013, at 3:52 p.m.
Anthony Nguyen decided to expand his 12-year-old Sassy Nails franchise from Ellsworth to Bangor because he had clients who were traveling that distance. “We talked a lot with the customers and found out many were coming from Bangor,” Nguyen said. “The customer always comes first.” That’s why he opened up …
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As the Bangor Auditorium stands atop its hill, a fountain sprays merrily in Bass Park in May 1995.

History of the Bangor Auditorium, Part III: Citizens divided

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of the Weekly Staff on Jan. 22, 2013, at 3:49 p.m.
Click here to read all four parts of this series. Editor’s Note: In 2013, the Cross Insurance Center will become the third structure to serve as the community auditorium since 1897. This is the third in a four-part series to tell the historic tale of those three structures, and their …
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Donna Demmons (left) and Dee Anne McDonald, owners of All About Travel, specialize in smiles. The smiles that come from their services are due to helping travellers go to the destination of their dreams.

Knowing all about travel

By Debra Bell, Of the Weekly Staff on Jan. 22, 2013, at 3:38 p.m.
If there’s one thing Dee-Anne McDonald loves to do, it’s to send vacationers to Mexico. That’s because it’s not only the travel agent’s favorite destination, but Mexico offers tremendous bang for the buck. McDonald owns All About Travel, located at the Centre Mall since the business opened in 1996. The …
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The staff members at Diversified Ink in Bangor include (from left) Abby Lusk, Jeremy King, B’Downs, Jason Drake, and owner Ed Schaffer.

Diversified Ink: tattoos and fine art

By Greg Westrich on Jan. 22, 2013, at 3:28 p.m.
Ed Schaffer, owner of Diversified Ink, is still getting used to the idea of being an employer. His tattoo studio employs four tattoo artists, two piercers, and two part-time employees to manage the books and web site. Business has never been better. Wearing a worn Carhartt jacket and jeans while …

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on Jan. 17, 2013, at 12 p.m.
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Seniors must be alert to over-the-phone Jamaican lottery scam

By Carol Higgins-Taylor on Jan. 16, 2013, at 1:52 p.m.
Remember when answering the phone meant pleasant conversation or at the very least, important information? It was just family and friends communicating in a simple, convenient way. The ring had an air of mystery as you never knew who was on the other end of the line. As the world …
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Four of the Sluggers team pose in their under-construction facility on the Acme Road in Brewer. From left is Travis Thome, director of baseball; Darrell Pluard, general manager; Karl Ward, owner; and Terren Hall, director of softball. The group has an impressive array of over two dozen coaches ready to train kids in baseball and softball, starting Feb. 2 when Sluggers opens.

Indoor youth baseball and softball facility to open in Brewer

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of the Weekly Staff on Jan. 16, 2013, at 9:39 a.m.
A new facility geared towards baseball and softball, on the brink of its February grand opening, promises to be unlike anything the region has seen. Sluggers, which touts itself as “the finest and most modern indoor youth baseball/softball training facility in Maine,” will be a 9,000-square-foot facility including two video-simulated …
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Hermon resident Virginia Butler Gray, who teaches second grade at the Etna-Dixmont School, has recently published “My Magic Glasses.” The book blends rhymes and problem-solving skills to teach children how they can take control of their emotions and reactions in different situations.

Hermon teacher writes “My Magic Glasses” to help children

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on Jan. 16, 2013, at 9:28 a.m.
DIXMONT — When the second graders taught by Virginia Butler Gray don “My Magic Glasses,” they think — not about lunch, recess, or what’s on TV, but about how they can respond positively to a particular emotion or situation. During the 23 years that she has taught at the Etna-Dixmont …
 
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