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Virginia Glidden photographed in 1992.

Longtime BDN employee and volunteer at Sen. Collins’ Bangor office dies at 88

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 16, 2011, at 8:52 p.m.
A local woman whose career with the Bangor Daily News spanned more than half a century died Tuesday as the result of a recent hip fracture. Virginia S. Glidden was 88 at the time of her death, according to her nephew Reginald Glidden of Orrington. He said until …

Burglar hits Bangor jewelry store

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 08, 2011, at 8:22 p.m.
A friend of a man who reported his car stolen and then returned on Monday was identified as the person who is seen in video store surveillance tapes from an early morning heist at Day’s Jewelers. Herbert R. Hasenbank Jr., 35, of Bangor was arrested and charged …
Long-time Bangor Daily News photographer and photo editor Scott Haskell listens to praise from colleagues during his retirement party at the newspaper Friday, Aug. 5, 2011.

BDN says goodbye to retiring photojournalist Scott Haskell

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 05, 2011, at 6:45 p.m.
BANGOR | In 33 years as a photojournalist and photo editor at the Bangor Daily News, Scott Haskell has seen people at their highest of highs and lowest of lows. His photographs captured celebration and joy, tragedy and grief, and almost everything in between. He spent hot afternoons in …
A plea agreement was rejected in Superior Court on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, for Christopher Riley, 31, of Searsport, who allegedly scalded a 3-year-old girl, scarring her for life. Justice Jeffrey Hjelm said a maximum penalty of three years for aggravated assault and assault on a child was too lenient.

Justice: Searsport man should get at least 7 years in prison for scalding 3-year-old girl

By Heather Steeves on Aug. 04, 2011, at 7:03 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A Superior Court justice on Thursday rejected as too lenient a plea agreement for a Searsport man accused of inflicting what the justice called “horrific injuries” on a 3-year-old girl. The District Attorney’s Office and defense attorney had agreed to cap the time Christopher Riley, 31, would …

Bangor Daily News unveils wedding magazine

on July 29, 2011, at 7:21 p.m.
The Bangor Daily News is unveiling its new magazine, Marry ME Magazine, on Aug. 1. The magazine, which will be sold on newsstands throughout Maine, will help couples plan their weddings with ease and style, according to its editor. The average Maine wedding costs $28,000, so couples want to …
“Country Music Dancers“ is the first place photo in the Feature category in Class I of the 2011 New England Associated Press News Executives Association contest. In this photo, Patrick Cote and his wife Dolores of Brewer dance to the country music of Family Traditions during a benefit for country music fan Willy Hall of Bucksport at the Happy Acres dance club in March 2011. Cote is the bass player for Mainely Country and knew Hall as a fan. "He was a great guy, always supported country music," said Cote of Hall, who passed away on March 1, 2011.

Bangor Daily News receives 8 awards from New England Associated Press executives

Bangor Daily News on July 27, 2011, at 4:45 p.m.
Bangor Daily News staffers received eight awards in the 2011 New England Associated Press News Executives Association contest, results of which were announced Wednesday. The BDN was recognized in the Class 1 category, which includes the largest newspaper organizations in the region. Receiving awards for the BDN …

Got a great outhouse? Share it with us for a chance to win

By Aimee Thibodeau, BDN Staff on July 15, 2011, at 8:46 p.m.
The outhouse — referred to in polite company as the privy — is one of America’s camp icons. While typically not glamorous, these outdoor facilities are a tolerated necessity at hunting and summer camps. And for those of us who have used one (or more), it’s evident that each has …

Bangor man burglarizes apartment, assaults resident, police say

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 15, 2011, at 6:42 p.m.
A local man with a lengthy criminal record was arrested last week after he broke into a neighbor’s apartment and assaulted the woman who lived there, Bangor police Sgt. Garry Higgins said Friday. Dwayne Madore, 48, was arrested and charged with felony burglary as well as assault …

New LePage spokesman has work cut out for him

By Renee Ordway on July 15, 2011, at 5:32 p.m.
And yet again it appears I was passed over for the position as Gov. Paul LePage’s director of communications. Insert heavy sigh here. I’m kidding, of course. I didn’t really apply for the job. It’s fairly common for reporters, columnists and editors to leave their journalistic pursuits behind and slither …
Representative Andre Cushing (left) and Representative Emily Cain laugh at a joke made by Cushing as they begin to answer questions during a public forum sponsored by the Bangor Daily News at the Bangor Public Library on Tuesday, July 5, 2011.

State Reps. Cain and Cushing reflect, vent about session at BDN forum

By Nick McCrea on July 05, 2011, at 9:39 p.m.
BANGOR | The assistant House majority leader and House minority leader reminisced about the successes, conflicts and failures of the recent Maine legislative session in front of about 20 people at a public forum organized by the Bangor Daily News at the Bangor Public Library on Tuesday evening. Republican …

Bangor Savings touts growth in annual report

By Matt Wickenheiser on June 27, 2011, at 5:17 p.m.
Bangor Savings Bank saw a 4.7 percent increase in earnings in its last fiscal year, hitting a record $17.7 million. The bank announced the numbers Monday, the same day it held its 159th annual meeting in Orono, at the University of Maine. The bank’s fiscal year runs …

Bangor police deal with two more ‘bath salts’ incidents

By Nok-Noi Ricker and Dawn Gagnon, BDN staff on June 24, 2011, at 8:04 p.m.
A 23-year-old woman who admitted using the synthetic drug “bath salts” Thursday afternoon told a taxicab driver that people were after her and trying to kill her. She then bolted from the taxi without paying her fare, police said. When police found Bangor resident Brandi Warman, “she …

Saturday/Sunday, June 18-19, 2011: Reporting, divorce and education

on June 17, 2011, at 9:51 p.m.
Stop the enabling The reporting of the Dexter murders of two young children and their mother has me frustrated that our society goes straight to enabler mode when men abuse their family. We scramble to find a reason why he did it, and in doing so, we fail to see …
Nestled between the hostas at the Bangor Home Depot, a female mallard duck sits on seven eggs on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 waiting for hatchlings. This is the second year the duck has returned to nest in the store's lawn and garden section.

Home Depot ducks in Bangor depart in darkness

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 05, 2011, at 12:56 p.m.
The mallard duck who laid her eggs inside the garden center of Home Depot and caught the attention of thousands from all over the nation, has flown the coop and taken her six ducklings with her. “Nobody saw any babies,” Larry Crooker, assistant manager at the Stillwater …

The facts about tax breaks

By Jason Savage on June 01, 2011, at 10:14 p.m.
The May 24 Bangor Daily News editorial “Does Corporate Welfare Pay?” is a thinly veiled political attack which could leave Maine residents and families vulnerable. The piece claimed that Maine gives out $6.6 billion in corporate welfare tax breaks to businesses every two years.This is a misstatement, which the paper later clarified. …

Wednesday, June 2: Skip days, water and massages

on June 01, 2011, at 10:10 p.m.
Not part of solution I was disappointed that the Bangor Daily News ran a photo in the May 27 edition of students from Massabesic High School engaged in a “Senior Skip Day” beach volleyball game. This time of year, school officials and parents around the state have a hard enough …

Damage in fatal Tremont fire too extensive to pinpoint cause

By Christopher Cousins on June 01, 2011, at 4:19 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The cause of last Friday’s fire in Tremont that claimed the lives of two people cannot be determined because of extensive burn damage at the scene, according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Three fire investigators finished their inspection of the fire scene Wednesday and could not pinpoint …

Small fires plagued Bangor daily before Great Fire

By Wayne Reilly on April 17, 2011, at 2:48 p.m.
In the days immediately before the Great Fire that destroyed much of downtown Bangor on Sunday, April 30, 1911, residents of the Queen City of the East found many worrisome stories to ponder in their daily newspapers. Fires on Friday, for example, caused major destruction in three Maine towns, destroying …

East Machias selectman: BDN should require real names of online commenters

on April 04, 2011, at 2:34 p.m.
During Monday’s meeting of the East Machias Board of Selectmen, Selectman Will Tuell requested that the Bangor Daily News disable online commenting for individual stories until the people posting the comments are required to use their real names. Stung by some of the online comments made …
Jerome Mishou of Bangor photographed in his room at a Brewer rehabilitation facility Monday afternoon, March 21, 2011. Earlier this month, Mishou, 76, fell down the stairs at his home. He lay there for three days until a newspaper carrier found him.

Newspaper carrier saves 76-year-old customer three days after fall

By Eric Russell on March 21, 2011, at 6:37 p.m.
BANGOR | Jody Mackin has been delivering newspapers only since November, but he has learned a few things in that short time. He has learned that many of his customers are creatures of habit. He has learned who works the graveyard shifts, who walks their dogs at 4 in …