Articles by Jamison Cocklin


Obama suggests tying higher education funding to colleges’ performance

on Feb. 13, 2012, at 12:10 a.m.
Educators and administrators across the country have turned a wary eye toward a proposal rolled out by the Obama administration that would tie colleges’ eligibility for campus-based aid programs to an institution’s ability to limit costs and improve efficiency. In the University of Maine System, administrators share that concern, saying while …
Ron Richardson of Sebec, an employee of the Sargent Corporation, uses a compactor to grade the outside of the soon-to-be-completed Advanced Nanocomposites in Renewable Energy Laboratory at the University of Maine in Orono on Friday, May 13, 2011. Once completed later this summer, the laboratory will boast the longest wind testing floor in the U.S. The large black panels on the south side of the building (seen in the background of the photo) are air solar collectors to help heat the interior of the building during the cold months.

LePage administration questions feasibility of offshore wind power

By Jamison Cocklin on May 31, 2011, at 9:36 p.m.
ORONO | A $20 billion offshore wind project proposed for the Gulf of Maine that was supported by former Gov. John Baldacci is being viewed with skepticism by the administration of Gov. Paul LePage. Habib Dagher, director of the Advanced Structure and Wood Composites Center at the University of …
Senator Susan Collins asks a question of the staff at the Eastern Maine Development Center in Bangor during a visit on Wednesday.

Collins urges jump-start to job growth in Maine

By Jamison Cocklin on April 27, 2011, at 6:20 p.m.
BANGOR | The economy continues to make a lethargic crawl toward recovery, and as a result 52,800 Mainers were still unemployed in March, according to the state Department of Labor. Although Maine has seen little change in its jobless rate in recent months, 7.6 percent unemployment is unacceptable to …
Surrounded by Maine workers and fellow labor representatives, Pat Carleton (left), President of the United Steel Workers Maine Labor Council, addresses the media during Friday morning's press conference in Bangor. Workers announced their invitation to President Obama and Senators Snowe and Collins to Millinocket and East Millinocket before making further decisions on free trade agreements. Next to him were U.S.W. international  representative Duane Lugdon (standing) and Maine Labor Council District 3 officer Gary McGrane (kneeling).

Mill workers invite Obama to see effects of ‘free trade’

By Jamison Cocklin on April 22, 2011, at 8:52 p.m.
BANGOR | When 450 workers are unemployed and uncertainty and economic hardship pervades an entire region, an American president should witness the devastation and sorrow firsthand. This is the way members of the Maine Labor Council and the United Steelworkers said they felt Friday after a shutdown of the …

Several communitywide events slated for Earth Day

By Jamison Cocklin on April 20, 2011, at 5:41 p.m.
Anyone interested in celebrating Earth Day on Friday, April 22, will have several options to choose from. Events are scheduled to take place throughout the day. The Blue Hill Library will present a lecture at 7 p.m. to coincide with Earth Day. Jym St. Pierre, director of RESTORE: The North …

Motorcyclist injured in collision with truck on Broadway

By Jamison Cocklin on April 15, 2011, at 10:27 p.m.
BANGOR | A Bangor man was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center on Friday after the motorcycle he was driving collided with another vehicle on Broadway, according to police. Bangor police Sgt. Larry Weber said Jason Wagner, 20, crashed his 2008 Kawasaki into a truck being driven by Robert …

Eastern Maine Community College inaugurates its sixth president

By Jamison Cocklin on April 15, 2011, at 5:56 p.m.
BANGOR | Hardworking, dedicated and enthusiastic were just a few words used to describe Lawrence Barrett, who was inaugurated as Eastern Maine Community College’s sixth president on Friday. More than 100 faculty, students and community members gathered at Rangeley Hall on campus to formally welcome Barrett, 46, to EMCC …
Jeff Savage of the Savage & Sons Gourmet Coffee dumps some raw coffee beans into the roaster at his home in Bangor.  Savage started the business in November of last year and currently produces three kinds of fresh roasted coffee.

Success is brewing for Bangor native’s gourmet coffee company

By Jamison Cocklin on April 14, 2011, at 5:30 p.m.
From the outside, Jeff Savage’s home on Silver Road looks like any other — an unassuming ranch-style house with maroon shutters. But on the inside, a full-scale coffee roasting operation takes place daily. At its heart is Savage, a Bangor native and owner of Savage and Sons …
Margaret has been chosen by the National Geographic Society to be as a Grosvenor Scholar and to join an Arctic expedition this summer

Bangor High geography teacher will travel to Arctic this summer

By Jamison Cocklin on April 11, 2011, at 6:25 p.m.
 A Bangor High School geography teacher distinguished herself from a national pool of educators when the National Geographic Society chose her as one of six to be included in an eight-day expedition to the Arctic this summer. Margaret Chernosky, who has taught geography at the school for …
Mark Martin (center), instructor at the Home Builders Institute on the Penobscot Job Corp campus draws a sketch on a saw horse to show his students the next step in laying out a building in the parking lot of the center on Thursday.

Local Job Corps program prepares students for a better future

By Jamison Cocklin on April 08, 2011, at 9 p.m.
BANGOR | They learn reading skills and mathematics, they can frame walls and lay flooring, but of all the fundamentals that students in the Penobscot Job Corps’ Home Builders Institute program learn, it’s the lasting memories, teamwork and leadership skills they gain that prepare them for the future. Fourteen …
George Manlove (lower left) and other members of the Star Riding and Touring Association joined other volunteers in the parking lot of Manna Inc. Friday morning to load boxes of food and personal care items into vehicles for local distribution. Feed the Children brought a semi tractor trailer filled with food and other essentials to help 400 area families.

Manna distributes care packages for 400 needy families

By Jamison Cocklin on April 08, 2011, at 3:21 p.m.
BANGOR | One by one, dozens of vehicles made their way through the parking lot of Manna Ministries Inc. on Friday. Some had come from as far away as Newport and Corinna, but the drive was well worth the effort. They had come for food. Over the last two …

Hampden woman arrested on probation violation

By Jamison Cocklin on April 06, 2011, at 10:23 p.m.
A Hampden woman was arrested on a probation violation after a concerned relative called police fearing for her safety and well-being, according to Officer Ben Eyles. After visiting the residence of Jennifer Seekings, 35, on Main Road North in Hampden, the relative told police that Seekings was clearly under the …

Gift card, Craigslist employment scams reported

By Jamison Cocklin on April 06, 2011, at 8:54 p.m.
BANGOR | Scam artists may be ratcheting up their attempts to steal the personal information of area residents, according to police from two separate agencies in Penobscot County who warned of both an online scam and a telephone scam on Wednesday. Lt. Wesley Hussey of the Maine State Police …
The police are asking the public for help in identifying the armed robbery suspect shown in two obscured photos taken from surveillance cameras inside the Big Apple convenience store on State Street in Bangor. The robbery took place early Monday when a man described as “possibly Hispanic or of Middle Eastern heritage with very dark eyebrows and hair” took off with an undisclosed amount of money.

Police release surveillance photos of Big Apple robbery suspect

By Jamison Cocklin on April 06, 2011, at 7:47 p.m.
BANGOR | With no new leads in the armed robbery that reportedly took place early Monday at the Big Apple convenience store on State Street, police have released two obscured photos taken from surveillance cameras inside the store. Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said the investigation is ongoing and …
Food and Medicine board secretary and University of Maine student  Jennifer Zabko joined several other speakers for the " We Are One Rally for Human Dignity" at the University of Maine's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King Memorial Plaza Monday afternoon, April 4, 2011. The event also marked the anniversary of Dr. King's assassination in 1968 in Memphis,TN where he was supporting sanitation workers. The participants at Monday's rally focused on worker rights and human dignity.

Students, workers gather in Orono to oppose budget cuts

By Jamison Cocklin on April 04, 2011, at 8:06 p.m.
A gray sky and mixed precipitation did little to discourage a group of workers, students and civil rights advocates from gathering Monday on the University of Maine campus to decry the spending cuts making their way through federal and state governments. The “We Are One Rally For …

UM student body president is removed from office

By Jamison Cocklin on April 04, 2011, at 7:55 p.m.
ORONO | At a special impeachment trial on March 29, the University of Maine Student Government voted to remove from office the student body president after a longstanding controversy between the organization’s leader and its members. Nelson Carson, 21, who had won the position after a special election last …
Cianbro CEO Peter Vigue (right)  moderated a teleconference with Habib Dagher (video screen,center), former  Maine D.O.T. Commisioner  David Cole (video screen, left) and Advanced Infrastructure Technologies President and C.E.O.  Brit Svoboda (video screen, right). The three were waylaid at an airport Friday morning as they made their way back from Washington D.C. where Thursday night Habib Dagher, director of the Advanced Wood Composites Center, picked up the prestigious Pankow Award from the American Society for Civil Engineering

Bridge-in-a-Backpack technology wins prestigious engineering award

By Jamison Cocklin on April 01, 2011, at 5:53 p.m.
ORONO | After nearly a decade of working to develop its Bridge-in-a-Backpack technology, the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center has received one of the highest honors in the engineering industry. At an awards gala held in Washington on Thursday night, AEWC director Habib Dagher was presented …

Scholarships available to study in China this summer

By Jamison Cocklin on April 01, 2011, at 5:45 p.m.
BANGOR | The Chinese Learning and Cultural Center of Maine and the Bangor Chinese School have announced 20 scholarships are available to provide eligible Maine high school students statewide an opportunity to study in and explore cities across China. Students ages 15-18 are eligible to apply whether they have …
Admininstrative office Dave Lavway (left), and biological science technician Ben LeGasse, right, in a greenhouse at the New England Plant, Soil, and Water Research Laboratory in Orono on Wednesday. Due to a recent cut in federal funding, the USDA laboratory is slated for closure.

Families affected by UM lab closure express disappointment

By Jamison Cocklin on March 30, 2011, at 8:02 p.m.
ORONO — Three local families have learned just how difficult it can be to balance the federal budget. On March 18, employees at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s New England Plant, Soil and Water Laboratory learned in an email from their area director, Dariusz Swietlik, that their jobs soon would …

Budget cuts in D.C. threaten closure of lab in Orono

By Jamison Cocklin on March 28, 2011, at 8:29 p.m.
A research laboratory at the University of Maine and the18 federal jobs that it provides are now in jeopardy after a recent round of funding cuts brought on by the budget impasse in Washington. Sandy Miller Hays, a spokeswoman for the United States Department of Agriculture’s New …