Articles by John Clarke Russ

Dressed in a biker costume, Pokey Joe, a 7-year-old Chihuahua, sits on the shoulder of his owner, Mongo Schwarz of Bangor, as he walks their bike along Bangor's waterfront during the Bangor Humane Society's 19th annual Paws on Parade event Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012.

Paws on Parade takes over Bangor’s waterfront to benefit pets awaiting adoption

By John Clarke Russ on Oct. 06, 2012, at 1:39 p.m.
Dogs of several breeds and sizes marched through downtown Bangor on Saturday afternoon as part of the Bangor Humane Society’s 19th annual Paws on Parade event. Paws on Parade, the society’s largest annual fundraiser, is a celebration of animals to benefit pets awaiting adoption. Over a mile long, …
Bangor High School STEM program students carefully prepare their weather balloon for launch from Bangor High School's soccer field Thursday morning, Sept. 27, 2012.

Bangor High School students launch weather balloon

By John Clarke Russ on Sept. 27, 2012, at 2:14 p.m.
Bangor High School STEM program students launched a weather balloon from the school’s soccer field Thursday morning. The STEM program science students launched the balloon with the help of Dr. Rick Eason of the University of Maine, his assistants and Bangor High School science teachers Ted Taylor …
Dan Greeley, 45 of Belfast was the first to grab the wheel of cheese during an adult race in the sixth annual National Cheese Roll Championship Sunday, July 22, 2012. The event was among the many highlights of the three-day 2012 Maine Celtic Celebration in Belfast. The annual celebration features food, music and athletic competitions — all of which pay tribute to Maine's Celtic heritage.

Belfast man wins race for the cheese at Celtic festival

By John Clarke Russ on July 22, 2012, at 10:29 p.m.
The new Hollywood Casino logo is etched in the glass of an entrance door to the Bangor gaming facility Thursday, March 1, 2012.

Hollywood Slots officially changes name to Hollywood Casino

By John Clarke Russ on March 01, 2012, at 6:14 p.m.
BANGOR | Executives at a Bangor gambling facility held a press conference Thursday, March 1, 2012 to announce the name change from “Hollywood Slots Hotel & Raceway” to “Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway.” “The past four months have been very exciting since voters in Penobscot County gave their approval for …
Fanny Welle-Strand Horn (foreground) of Norway and Rosanna Crawford of Canada collapse after finishing the women's 7.5-kilometer sprint at the I.B.U. World Cup Biathlon at the Nordic Heritage Center on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011

Pictures of the Year 2011: John Clarke Russ

By John Clarke Russ on Dec. 30, 2011, at 10:53 p.m.
Whimsically sporting her mud "war paint," Riley Simmons of Oceanside High School (Rockland) kicks to the finish of the Maine Festival of Champions 5000 meter cross country race in Belfast Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011.

Mud, sweat and tears

By John Clarke Russ on Nov. 21, 2011, at 8:48 p.m.
Running is a freedom. Freedom from comfort. Just remember that. In October I watched two regional high school cross-country races on the sprawling hills and dales behind Belfast’s Troy Howard Middle School. For anyone who isn’t a runner or hasn’t seen a cross-country race, imagine that you’re scantily clad and …

Santa’s new tradition: Windsurfing on the Penobscot River

By John Clarke Russ on Nov. 06, 2011, at 8:54 p.m.
Santa continued his annual early November tradition of windsurfing on the Penobscot River in downtown Bangor Sunday afternoon, Nov. 6, 2011. This year he had a little backup from his helpers on a wave runner: Rhonda Hess of Bangor and Linda Mitchell-Storer of Orrington. With little wind to propel him, …
Hamdpen Academy senior Robert Palmer, right, of Winterport shares a quiet moment with his girlfriend amidst the din of Friday evening's football game with Old Town High School at Hampden Sept. 16, 2011.

On the Sideline

By John Clarke Russ on Sept. 26, 2011, at 11:04 p.m.
On a recent late summer night, campus cliques and other supporting cast surround a central Maine gridiron as electric cauldrons of molten cheese and hot chocolate reach critical mass. The whistle blows, a pigskin is launched and the devotees, most swathed in their flannel, blankets, hoodies or pajamas, anxiously watch …
Under partial umbrella cover, Alex McKenney, 11, a sixth grader at Bangor Christian School joined several hundred other worshippers in prayer during the National Day of Prayer event at the Bass Park gazebo in Bangor Thursday afternoon.  This long-time annual observance, ordained by Congress in 1952, was established to allow citizens to "turn to God in prayer and meditation."

A Time to Pray

By John Clarke Russ on May 05, 2011, at 11:43 p.m.