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Health news

on Dec. 08, 2014, at 2:05 p.m.
Retiring BANGOR — After 30 years working as co-founder and executive director of Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center, Ruth Lockhart is set to retire at the end of May. Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center is a private, nonprofit, free-standing, feminist women’s health center. Under Ruth’s leadership, the organization has grown …

With LiveSAFE program security is only the touch of a button away

on Dec. 08, 2014, at 2:04 p.m.
Senior Beat by Carol Higgins Taylor Special to The Weekly   It’s like having the world at your fingertips. Well, almost. Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems’ LiveSAFE provides personal emergency response service, friendly support and a sense of security, literally at the touch of a button. “This is a unique service …

Business news

on Dec. 08, 2014, at 2:02 p.m.
Bank vice president BANGOR — Jon Prescott, president and CEO of Katahdin Trust Company, announced recently the appointment of Sherry Roberts of Hermon as vice president, business development officer. Roberts will be responsible for business development for small business, commercial and nonprofit entities in the Bangor area.   Certification earned …
‘A Rockin’ Holiday’
Photo courtesy of Top Hat II
Top Hat II dancers will present "A Rockin' Holiday" at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at at the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono. It will feature dancers of all ages, from preschoolers  to senior citizens. This year's seniors pose with members of the studio's Junior Team, which includes  fifth- and sixth-graders. Standing (from left) are Ali Willette, Mackenzie Haynes, Anna Garwacki and Sara Economy, (kneeling) Gabby Roope, Rachael Chavarie, Kaitlyn Robinson, Victoria Andrews  (sitting) Julia Smallwood and Devon St. Louis  For ticket information, call the studio at 989-3900 or e-mail

Weekly calendar

on Dec. 08, 2014, at 2:01 p.m.
Calendar runs as space permits. Items with dates take precedence over activities that occur every week. ITEMS FOR CALENDAR ARE DUE 10 DAYS BEFORE THE THURSDAY OF PUBLICATION. Email: Mail: The Weekly Calendar, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402.   Art HOLDEN: • Exhibit of watercolor paintings by the late …
Photo courtesy of Tara Shelley
Boy Scouts (from left) Zachary Shelley, Alexander Shelley and Rylee Cushman all earned the rank of Eagle Scout on the same day for doing projects to benefit Ecotat Gardens in Hermon.

Three teens earn Eagle Scout status on same day

on Dec. 08, 2014, at 1:58 p.m.
HERMON — Three members of Boy Scout Troop 25 in Hermon were awarded Eagle Scout badges at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor held Nov. 2, at Hermon High School. Zachary and Alexander Shelley, who are brothers, and Rylee Cushman were presented their badges by their Scoutmasters Keith Jewell and …

Car dealer launches holiday light shows

on Dec. 08, 2014, at 1:56 p.m.
BANGOR — Darling’s announced that it launched on Dec. 8 its Holiday Lights Shows, at Darling’s Honda Nissan Volvo, 114 Sylvan Road in Bangor; and Darling’s Augusta, 439 Western Ave. in Augusta. Both drive-in shows feature a wide assortment of lights and decorations choreographed to several seasonal songs, including “The …
Thanksgiving Classic victors
Photo courtesy of Maine Junior Black Bear Pee Wee team
The Maine Junior Black Bear Pee Wee Tier Two team won the Thanksgiving Classic hosted by Hanover. New Hampshire, Youth Hockey for the second year in a row. The team went 5-0, beating Barre, Vermont, 2-0 for the championship. Celebrating the victory are team members, including  Logan Beckwith, Benjamin Brook, Colby Brown, Zachary Burpee, Noah Dancoes, Cameron Doughty, Tanner Evans, Stevie Gilbert, Cole Greeley, Martin Hewes, Cole Neale, Cooper Ryan, Aidan Scripture, Parker Shawley, Benjamin Spear, Adam Thompson and Nathaniel Young.

Community news

on Dec. 08, 2014, at 1:54 p.m.
BANGOR — These special events will take place at the Maine Discovery Museum: • Parents’ Day Out 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20. Museum staff will mind the children while parents shop, relax or clean the house. The cost is $15 per child museum members, $20 others. • …
Photo courtesy of Kevin Duplessie
Kevin Duplissie helps children make zucchini bread  from zucchini grown in the school garden at the University of Maine Child Study Center.

Duplissie named 2015 Maine Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year

on Dec. 08, 2014, at 1:51 p.m.
ORONO — Kevin Duplissie, director and head teacher of the Child Study Center at the University of Maine, has been named the 2015 Maine Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year. Duplissie, who also teaches psychology courses in cognitive and social development in children at UMaine, has been working …

New book gives granny squares a modern touch

on Dec. 08, 2014, at 1:46 p.m.
by Ardeana Hamlin of The Weekly Staff   If your idea of crocheting heaven is to have at your fingertips 365 (one for each day of the year) patterns for granny squares, “The Big Book of Granny Squares: 365 Crochet Motifs” by Tracey Lord is the book for you. While …
Photo courtesy of LDS Church
Hundreds of manger scenes celebrating the birth of Jesus were on display in December 2005 at the Creche Exhibit on display at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Bangor.

Latter Day Saints Creche Exhibit returns to Bangor

on Dec. 01, 2014, at 3:50 p.m.
By Ardeana Hamlin of The Weekly Staff   BANGOR — After a two-year hiatus, Bangor area residents can look forward to the much-loved Creche Exhibit presented by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at the church, corner of Grandview Avenue and Essex Street. As it was for 10 …
Pictured are some of the crowd of Christmas shoppers at the Hammond Street intersection who jammed Bangor's downtown streets on a Saturday in Dec. 1954, in an effort to get their holiday shopping done.


on Dec. 01, 2014, at 3:47 p.m.
YESTERDAY … 10 years ago — Dec. 4, 2004 (As reported in the Bangor Daily News) BANGOR — Maria Mastrorillo walked into a Quiznos sub shop in Bangor on a recent afternoon looking to buy a warm, toasted sandwich. The pink-haired twenty-something or ordered, selected to drink and handed over …

UMaine community spearhead holiday charitable giving

on Dec. 01, 2014, at 3:43 p.m.
ORONO — Several University of Maine student, staff and faculty groups are leading charitable efforts this holiday season in an effort to give back to the community, according to a press release.. The UMaine Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism will hold a holiday food drive at IGA in Orono …
Bob Potts photo
The iconic role of Dorothy in The Penobscot Theatre production of “The Wizard of Oz” will be shared by Molly Hagerty of Bangor and Bronwyn Beardsley of Ellsworth. “The Wizard of Oz” will run Dec. 4-28. To purchase tickets or for information, call the box office at  942-3333 or visit

Arts news

on Dec. 01, 2014, at 3:41 p.m.
‘Proof’ BANGOR — Husson University’s student-run theater company will perform the Tony and Pulitzer Prize award-winning play, “Proof” Friday through Sunday, Dec. 5-7. “Proof” is the story of Catherine, the daughter of Robert, a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician. When her father dies, Catherine tries to come to grips with …
Bangor firefighter Nate Snyder is the cover boy for the 2015 edition of the Bangor firefighters calendar.

Bangor firefighter calendar signing to raise funds for Hose 5 Museum

on Dec. 01, 2014, at 3:39 p.m.
by Ardeana Hamlin of The Weekly Staff   Patrick’s Hallmark, owned by Rick and Patricia Smith of Dedham, and which prides itself on its service to community causes, will lend assistance to a fundraiser for the Bangor Fire Department’s Hose 5 Museum. It will host Ladies’ Night 5-9 p.m. Thursday, …
Showing of their costumes for the Next Generation Theatre production of “Into the Woods Jr.” are (front, from left) Rapunzel's Prince: Ian Buck; and Cinderella, Lana Sabbagh, also played by Gabby Roope (not pictured); and (back row, from left) Cinderella's Prince, Miles Tuttle; Jack's Mother, Emma Mitchell, also played by Brooke Jones (not pictured);  Baker, Andrew Barrett; Bakers Wife, Laura Gordon, also played by Brianna Demaso (not pictured); Witch, Hallie Rockcress, also played by Marianne Grossman (not pictured); Granny, Adynn Kitchin, also played by Bridget Saunders (not pictured); and Little Red Riding Hood, Brielle Biehn, also played by Jamie Fogg (not pictured).

Area youngsters to stage ‘Into the Woods’ in Brewer

on Dec. 01, 2014, at 3:37 p.m.
BREWER — The Next Generation Theatre will present the junior production of Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s “Into the Woods” Dec. 5 through 7. It will mark the directing debut of its newest adult supervisor, Rebecca Young.  A native to Brewer and Orrington, she left Maine after graduating in 1997 …

School news

on Dec. 01, 2014, at 3:34 p.m.
Mary Snow School BANGOR — Mary Snow fourth-graders enjoyed a presentation about Geographic Information Systems from Stacy Doore, a computer scientist from the Center for Research and Evaluation from the University of Maine. The students learned about map making, satellites and GIS systems. Through a 2-D and 3-D activity, the …

Community news

on Dec. 01, 2014, at 3:33 p.m.
Pearl Harbor Day BANGOR — A Pearl Harbor Day remembrance ceremony will be held at noon Friday, Dec. 5, in downtown Bangor on the walk-over bridge off Exchange Street. A wreath ceremony will take place, and there will be remarks from U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King, and U.S. …
Longtime community leader Wilma Bradford of Bangor addresses remarks to those attending a ceremony at which Bradford received the Maddy Corson Community Catalyst Award. Celebrating the moment (behind Bradford) is Maddy Corson, for whom the award is named.

Wilma Bradford honored with Community Catalyst Award

on Dec. 01, 2014, at 3:32 p.m.
BANGOR — More than 100 people attended the Maine Association of Nonprofits Community Catalyst Celebration in honor of Wilma Bradford of Bangor held recently at the Wells Conference Center in Orono.  During the event Bradford became the first recipient of the Maddy Corson Community Catalyst Award created last year in …

Business news

on Dec. 01, 2014, at 3:29 p.m.
Employee ownership BANGOR — Ron Dennis, president and owner of Dennis Paper & Food Service in Bangor announced that he is selling the company to its employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan effective Jan. 1. A family-owned and operated business since 1908, Dennis Paper & Food Service has grown …
George Soctomah Neptune wove this 2014 Hudson Museum Friends raffle basket adorned with alewife curls, flowers and hummingbirds. Raffle tickets for a chance to win the basket are $5 each and may be purchased Saturday, Dec. 13, at the 20 annual Maine Indian Basketmakers Holiday Market at the Collins Center for the Arts or by calling 581-1904.

Neptune, Parker carry on ancestral tradition

on Dec. 01, 2014, at 3:28 p.m.
ORONO — Weaving baskets is a family tradition for Molly Neptune Parker and her grandson, George Soctomah Neptune. So, too, is attending the annual Maine Indian Basketmakers Holiday Market. Parker, 75, has been selling her signature baskets and sharing her weaving technique since the beginning of the market, which marks …
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