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Bangor writer debuts colorful new novel, “American Vaudeville”

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 08, 2016, at 10:10 a.m.
The past, the present and the future happily — well, mostly happily — exist simultaneously in Bangor writer Katie Lattari’s colorful, compact debut novel, “American Vaudeville,” released in June by Mammoth Books. Lattari, 29, a 2005 graduate of Hampden Academy who later received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English …
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Kelley Dean of Levant creates huge chalk drawings with her daughter, Ava.

Levant mom uses chalk art to liven up the long days of summer

By Jodi Hersey on Aug. 08, 2016, at 10 a.m.
By Jodi Hersey Special to the Weekly Kelley Dean of Levant has always been creative. Those who know her best have seen her talents on display inside the walls of her home. But it’s during the summer months when her true artistic abilities expand, spilling over into her driveway for …
Dancers rehearse for Alison Chase/Performance's new work, "Dancing With Steel."

Renowned choreographer to ‘dance with steel’ in seven outdoor spots across the state

By Emily Burnham on July 25, 2016, at 3:36 p.m.
Alison Chase has had plenty of experience bringing her modern dance troupe, Alison Chase/Performance, into unorthodox venues, from art museums to granite quarries.

Who was R.B. Hall? Bangor Band hosts statewide celebration of march composer

By Emily Burnham on June 21, 2016, at 10:29 a.m.
Though he may not be a household name in this day and age, 19th century march composer and bandleader R.B. (Robert Browne) Hall has an international reputation, and an important place in the history of Bangor and in Maine in general. So much so, that the last Saturday of June …
Tracey Marceron stands in the new rehearsal space, across the street from her theater space, the Next Generation Theatre, on Center Street in Brewer.

Brewer theater and arts school expands, teaches the ‘next generation’ of artists

By Emily Burnham on June 14, 2016, at 1:35 p.m.
For Tracey Marceron, it’s not about the money. If it was, she wouldn’t be in the business of running a small theater and art school for area youth. “To me, all of it is worth it when a parent comes to me and says ‘My child has blossomed in every …

Peeling back ‘layers of history’ at the Winterport Union Meeting House

By Emily Burnham on June 06, 2016, at 1:35 p.m.
Despite being situated in the center of downtown Winterport, few people living today have ever set foot inside the Union Meeting House.
Julie Lisnet and Ron Lisnet play Basil and Sibyl Fawlty in Ten Bucks Theatre Company's new show.

Three local theaters offer unique array of shows and talent this May in Bangor region

By Emily Burnham on April 26, 2016, at 12:07 p.m.
The last weekend of April and first few weeks of May are set to be busy ones for local theater companies and their fans, as three shows open in the Bangor area within one week of one another. This means three unique opportunities to see three unique plays, all delving …
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Hermon Girl Scouts are helping to feed seniors and needy folks in their community. Back row left :  Makayla Doherty, Ella Campbell, Haley Wadsworth. Left middle:  Kylie Larkin and Lexi Crawford. Front left: Halo Acosta and Jamie Russell

Hermon Girl Scouts serve a delicious monthly meal to seniors in their community

By Jodi Hersey on April 25, 2016, at 10:34 a.m.
In the small town of Hermon, there’s a group of seventh grade Girl Scouts who every month are living out their organization’s promise to help people at all times. In fact, you can find most of Girl Scout Cadet Troop 1285 waiting tables, filling water glasses and removing empty dishes …
At the Bangor Symphony Orchestra's soiree fundraiser earlier this month; left to right, BSO violinist Sascha Zaburdaeva, Maestro Lucas Richman and Eric Mihan; Kaitlyn Parker Bray and Isaac Bray are on the right, and who will not be featured at Sunday's BSO concert.

From Puccini to Pearl Jam: Bangor singer to make local debut with BSO this Sunday

By Emily Burnham on April 20, 2016, at 10:04 a.m.
Before he was a wine merchant — and before he was the lead singer in local hard rock band One Sixty One — Eric Mihan was an opera singer. Though his operatic skills have mostly lain dormant for the past ten years, this Sunday Mihan, who owns Bangor Wine & …
Courtesy Memorymaker Photography. Convention goers watch a panel at the 2015 Bangor Comic & Toy Con.

Uhura, Admiral Ackbar and Mini-Me among guests at Bangor’s Comic & Toy Convention

By Emily Burnham on April 04, 2016, at 11:01 a.m.
The second Bangor Comic & Toy Con is set for April 8-10, again at the Cross Center.

Log rolling, water polo and scuba diving among aquatic offerings at Bangor YMCA

By Jodi Hersey on March 21, 2016, at 2:25 p.m.
The Bangor YMCA is finding new and creative ways to get people who once avoided the pool the motivation they need to dive into aquatic fitness like never before. Just last month, the staff began teaching log rolling to adults and kids, under the direction of Tina Scheer, better known …

Kitchen design a family tradition at new Bangor design company

By Emily Burnham on March 16, 2016, at 2:56 p.m.
Michelle Chase, owner and lead designer for the new Bangor kitchen and bath design business Anchor Design Co., says her biggest inspiration is her father, who also was a kitchen and bath designer, in southern Maine. Like father, like daughter. “I used to clean the displays and file paperwork on …
Folks from Mad Science of Maine give a demonstration at the 2015 Maine Science Festival.

Owls, Minecraft and a math genius, all weekend at the Maine Science Festival in Bangor

By Emily Burnham on March 14, 2016, at 10:30 a.m.
For year two of the Maine Science Festival, organizer Kate Dickerson decided to double down and make what already was a successful inaugural event even bigger. More panels, more workshops, more interactive programming and bigger names, for an event this year set for March 18-20 throughout Bangor, that teaches young …
Dominick Varney and Brianne Beck star in Penobscot Theatre's production of "The Last Five Years."

Love, loss and lots of beautiful music in PTC’s “The Last Five Years”

By Emily Burnham on March 08, 2016, at 9:57 a.m.
“The beautiful thing about this show, however, is that I think anyone that’s ever been in love and anyone that’s ever had their heart broken can empathize with it.”

‘I build happy children': Winterport man builds nearly 5,000 little red carts for kids

By Emily Burnham on March 07, 2016, at 10:42 a.m.
Winterport resident Bill Dorrity’s father told him to always triple check everything. “Check it twice, and then check it once,” said Dorrity. “So I’m always sure.” It’s served him well, considering that over the past 17 years, Dorrity has hand-built nearly 5,000 little red wooden push carts for fostered, orphaned, …
Cast members from Some Theatre Company's "Clue: The Musical," including Paul Allen, Logan Tripp, Corissa Bither, Jessica Weiner, Shayne Bither and Randolph M. Jones.

Some Theatre Company to get a ‘Clue,’ bring fresh blood into performance

By Emily Burnham on Feb. 23, 2016, at 9:53 a.m.
Theater’s been in Elaine Bard’s blood for decades, but it wasn’t until last year that the Bangor resident finally bit the bullet and made good on the dream she’d had for years: starting a theater company. “I’d talked about it forever. It was always just talk. And then finally, last …
Lynn Stark, founder and owner of Samsara Exotic Animal Refuge, cares for a llama, one of the more than 150 animals living at the refuge.

Samsara Exotic Animal Refuge in Greenfield Township holds a ‘barn-raiser’ benefit

By Emily Burnham on Feb. 16, 2016, at 1:33 p.m.
Drive 12 miles from Milford down the County Road, past the densely packed pines of Sunkhaze Meadows Wildlife Preserve and into Greenfield Township, and if you listen carefully, you can hear the animals talking. Bleats, coos, thumps, barks, neighs, and even a howl, perhaps, from the nearly 150 creatures in …

Great Maine Outdoor Weekend winter edition offers slate of Bangor area activities

By Emily Burnham on Feb. 10, 2016, at 10:59 a.m.
Despite relatively balmy temperatures and, until this past week, no significant snow accumulation since early January, it’s still winter, darn it, and there’s plenty of cold-centric events to get out and enjoy. That’s why there are two editions each year of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend — one in the …
Noel Paul Stookey poses for a photo at his home studio in Blue Hill.

Bangor Symphony Pops concert to feature the music of love, sung by Noel Paul Stookey

By Emily Burnham on Feb. 08, 2016, at 10:41 a.m.
When Noel ‘Paul’ Stookey takes the stage with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra this Saturday night for the BSO’s annual pops concert, it will be just the first in a number of collaborations the folk music icon has embarked on with the orchestra. But Stookey — formerly one third of Peter, …
Steve Santiago, right, and his son, Steve, will open A Taste of Sunshine in Maine in Brewer this Saturday.

Cubano sandwiches, other Latin Caribbean treats on menu at new Brewer eatery

By Emily Burnham on Feb. 02, 2016, at 9:37 a.m.
“It’s hearty, and it’s flavorful. It’s not spicy. It’s flavorful,” Steve Santiago said. “We’re starting with sandwiches, to get people used to it, and then we’ll introduce other dishes as we move along.”