Articles by Brian Swartz

 

Generations differ on their approaches to achievement

By Greg Westrich, Special to The Weekly on March 31, 2014, at 3:43 p.m.
While practicing her boxing and kickboxing skills, 14-year-old Jayda Bailey of Levant spars with Chris Young at Young’s MMA on Outer Hammond Street in Bangor. Bailey hones her mixed martial arts skills several days a week at the gym, where she instructs students enrolled in the children’s and teens’ classes.

Levant teen trains in mixed martial arts at Bangor gym

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on March 25, 2014, at 9 a.m.
After her pencil drawing of a blue-winged teal duck took first prize at the state level in the 2014 Junior Duck Stamp contest run by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 
Abigail Bennett received a prize package along with her blue ribbon and certificate. Her prize package included color pencils, the book “The Sibley Guide to Birds,” and binoculars from L.L. Bean.

Brewer student’s Junior Duck Stamp goes to nationals

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of the Weekly Staff on March 25, 2014, at 8:53 a.m.
Senior Beat

Make the most of a medical appointment

By Carol Higgins-Taylor on March 24, 2014, at 3:58 p.m.
Stephen Burrill has been the superintendent at Mount Hope Cemetery in Bangor since 1992. He is the third generation of his family to serve in this position; his father, Harold S. Burrill Jr., was the superintendent from 1969-1992, and his grandfather, Harold S. Burrill Sr., was superintendent at Mount Hope Cemetery from circa 1930 to 1946.

Mount Hope is a quiet oasis for the living and the dead

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on March 24, 2014, at 3:49 p.m.
When aviatrix Amelia Earhart flew to Bangor in 1934, she supposedly took passengers on 10-minute “joy hops” above the Queen City. Earhart actually served as a hostess on each flight; the plane’s pilot was a man.

Historian debunks 10 myths about Maine’s ‘Queen City’

By Richard R. Shaw, Special to The Weekly on March 24, 2014, at 3:44 p.m.
This woman sitting in a typical office chair is slouching, which results in grossly improper proper position of the spine.

Back-support device changed this writer’s life

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of the Weekly Staff on March 24, 2014, at 3:32 p.m.
A volunteer at the Curran Homestead Living History Farm & Museum in Orrington, Bob Croch of Dedham watches sap boil in a 15-gallon evaporator set up inside the farm's sugar shack. Boiling maple sap was part of the farm's March 22 Maple Festival and Irish Celebration.

Maple Festival celebrates spring at Curran Homestead

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on March 24, 2014, at 3:18 p.m.
Brewer High School students Mark Colley (left) and Jonathan Bouchard use Oregon chainsaws to cut firewood behind the school in mid-March. Colley and Bouchard are enrolled in the Introduction to Forest Management class taught by Mark Savage; this winter the students have practiced cutting, splitting, and selling firewood as part of the curriculum.

Brewer High students learn about forestry-related jobs

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on March 18, 2014, at 1:12 p.m.
Eric Furry is the proprietor of Pro Libris, located at 10 Third St. in Bangor.

Locally owned bookstores adapt to changing marketplace

By Dale McGarrigle, Special to The Weekly on March 18, 2014, at 11:39 a.m.
While hiking the Mexican coast In 2007, Wendy Morrill and her father, Rucgard Bailey, hit a wide, deep inlet that was too long and too difficult to circumvent due to the thick jungle and mangrove swamps. Bailey decided to build a raft using an old pallet and a buoyant log. Morrill cut palm fronds to lay over the pallet to float their backpacks, and the pair swam and pushed the raft to the other side of the inlet.

Milford adventurer hiked Mexican coast with her father

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of the Weekly Staff on March 18, 2014, at 11:26 a.m.

Stay safe out there…

By Carol Higgins-Taylor on March 18, 2014, at 11:20 a.m.
Although the calendar says "March," shoppers at the Orono Farmers Market are buying foods grown and prepared in Maine farms. Fresh bread, eggs, cheeses, and pork are among the food items found at the market this winter.

Cold weather shoppers flock to Orono Farmers Market

By Danielle Walczak, Special to The Weekly on March 18, 2014, at 11:17 a.m.
Outlook: Business & Economic Development

Going green and saving green with cloud-based business phone systems

By Trevor Jones, GWI on March 13, 2014, at 2:07 p.m.
Outlook: Business & Economic Development
James Donnelly is the Machias Savings Bank executive president.

Business bankers work with every sector of Maine economy

By Brian Swartz, BDN Maine Special Sections on March 13, 2014, at 1:23 p.m.
Senior Beat

Help end hunger by participating in this year’s Feinstein Challenge

By Carol Higgins-Taylor on March 11, 2014, at 10:36 a.m.
Wendy Morrill and her father, Richard Bailey, pose near Paa Mulin Mexico  in 2007. This was the year of their first 120-mile leg, which they did in eight days. This was after two years of much easier 20-mile hikes.

Mexican jungle adventures awaited Milford explorer

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of the Weekly Staff on March 11, 2014, at 10:33 a.m.
Dr. Amina Qazi, MD, practices at Northeast Cardiology Associates in Bangor and is the current governor of Maine'’s chapter of the American College of Cardiology.

Heart disease impacts women

By Wanda Curtis, Special to The Weekly on March 11, 2014, at 10:29 a.m.
Construction of the new $5.2 million Emera Astronomy Center was well under way at the University of Maine in late February. The all-digital facility will replace the existing Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium and Observatory.

Fall debut planned for new UMaine planetarium and observatory

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of the Weekly Staff on March 11, 2014, at 10:16 a.m.
Traffic flows across and beneath the Union Street overpass above Interstate 95. The Maine Department of Transportation has budgeted $8.895 million to replace the overpass in a construction method similar to that used for replacing the Hammond Street overpass a few years ago.

State schedules local construction projects for 2014

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on March 11, 2014, at 10:09 a.m.