Julie Murchison Harris

Community News Editor


Piscataquis Community Secondary School third quarter honor roll

By Julie Harris on April 15, 2014, at 4:28 p.m.
Piscataquis Community Secondary School, Guilford Third quarter honor roll Grade 12, high honors: Chelsea Baillargeon, Kyla Desmarais, Jamie Libby, Casey Northup; honors: Katelyn Bates, Elaina Bennett, Courtney Brackett, Jenna Chapman, James Chastenay, Tiia Flick, Danica French, William Gilbert, Spencer Martell, Paul Martin, Kayla Oldham, Miranda Pettit, Zachery Pratt, Courtney Richardson, …
Bangor Attorney Joseph Baldacci (left) tells the Rev. Daniel Baillargeon and Director of Business Administration Cheryl Whalen of St. John's Catholic Church at 207 York St. about the $395,000 bequest left to the church by communicant and Eucharistic Minister Shann Gillespie.

Bangor Humane Society, St. John’s Catholic Church split $790,000 bequest from longtime volunteer

By Julie Harris on March 21, 2014, at 1:32 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — She loved church, animals and people, which she demonstrated in her life with tireless hours of volunteer work on their behalf. Shann M. Gillespie also showed them in death, by sharing her savings with two Bangor institutions where she volunteered. Bangor Humane Society and St. John’s Catholic …

Penobscot Branch of AAUW to meet

By Julie Harris on March 07, 2014, at 12:29 p.m.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 7 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Women's Resource Center, Fernald Hall, University of Maine, Orono, Maine For more information: 866-4557 ORONO, Maine —  The Penobscot Branch of AAUW will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at  Women’s Resource Center, Fernald Hall, University of Maine, Orono.  …
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Second annual Penobscot Ski Bash

By Julie Harris on Feb. 06, 2014, at 5 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine – Bangor Parks and Recreation will offer its second annual Penobscot Ski Bash 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at Bangor Municipal Golf Course. The equipment rentals for skis and boots are free for this event. Adults are welcomed to join in the fun with their kids and can also …

Valentine’s Day supper to benefit Interfaith Fuel Fund

By Julie Harris on Jan. 28, 2014, at 3:46 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: First Church in Belfast, UCC, Belfast, Maine For more information: 338-2282 BELFAST, Maine — The First Church in Belfast, UCC, is hosting a St. Valentine’s Day benefit supper 5-6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, in the church’s upstairs Fellowship Hall. Menu …
Corenna O'Brien executive director says she is looking for new homes for 85 of these gently used chairs.

Want to help Brewer-area senior citizens? Consider buying a chair

By Julie Harris on Jan. 22, 2014, at 5:29 a.m.
BREWER, Maine — The Ellen M. Leach Memorial Home, an independent living complex for senior citizens, wants you to have a seat. The Leach home recently purchased 96 new dining room chairs and hopes supporters of the complex’s free programs for residents will step up to purchase the 85 chairs …
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Darling's presented a check for $10,000 to the Champion The Cure Challenge on Jan. 16.

Bangor auto dealer offers $10,000 support for cancer fundraiser

By Julie Harris on Jan. 17, 2014, at 4:53 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Darling’s Auto Group, a long-time member of the local business community, announced their support Thursday for the 2014 Champion the Cure Challenge. “Champion the Cure Challenge has been a great part of our community for the last four years, and while we’ve had employee teams participate as …

Catholic schools around the state plan service projects

By Julie Harris on Jan. 17, 2014, at 12:59 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Catholic schools around the state will do service projects as part of their weeklong Maine Catholic Schools Week Jan. 26-Feb.1. The weeklong activities unique to each school are meant to celebrate the mission of Catholic schools. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland describes its service project mission …

East Orrington church benefit supper and auction

By Julie Harris on Jan. 16, 2014, at 9:04 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: East Orrington Congregational Church, 38 Johnson Mill Road, Orrington, Maine ORRINGTON, Maine — A supper and auction to benefit Mike and Tracy Yates as Mike continues treatments for his illness will be held 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at East …
Roger Smith Jr. speaks about his family coping with losing their home to a fire on January 2, 2014. "We'll be okay," said Smith. "Gotta keep a positive attitude - it's what keeps us going from day to day."

Community rallies around Bangor family that lost everything in a fire

By Julie Harris on Jan. 12, 2014, at 5:35 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Preston Smith’s first birthday didn’t go as planned. The child turned 1 on Dec. 28 and was supposed to celebrate his milestone birthday a week later at a party planned by his parents. Instead, he and his family found themselves with no home and no belongings. A …

United Methodist Economic Ministry board hires the Rev. Michele St. Cyr as executive director

By Julie Harris on Jan. 03, 2014, at 1:15 p.m.
WINTHROP, Maine — Vivian Hodgkins, president of the UMEM Board of Directors announced Thursday that the Rev. Michele St. Cyr is the new half-time executive director of the United Methodist Economic Ministry located in the northern reaches of the Appalachian Mountain region centered in Salem, Maine, effective Jan. 1. St. …
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Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) president and CEO Ed McGeachey and Ruth Fernandez unveil the plaque with Dr. Robert Fernandez’s photo and dedication which will soon be placed in the lobby of the Robert V. Fernandez, M.D. Medical Office Building at 9 Healthcare Drive in Biddeford. In addition, his name has been placed on the outside of the building.

SMMC PrimeCare physicians office building named in honor of Robert V. Fernandez, M.D.

By Julie Harris on Dec. 23, 2013, at 4:53 p.m.
 BIDDEFORD, Maine — Southern Maine Medical Center staff and SMMC PrimeCare physicians joined the Fernandez family on Dec. 23 to dedicate SMMC’s 9 Healthcare Drive medical office building in honor of SMMC’s former Chief Medical Director Robert V. Fernandez, M.D. Dr. Fernandez was a beloved, respected, long-time physician leader in the …
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Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership elects board members

By Julie Harris on Dec. 04, 2013, at 11:38 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine – The Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Maine MEP) announced that Carl Spang and James Donnelly have been elected to its board of directors. Spang brings more than 20 years of manufacturing experience to the board, while Donnelly possesses more than 20 years of banking and commercial finance expertise. “Maine …

Central Penobscot Region Management Plan public meeting

By Julie Harris on Nov. 25, 2013, at 11:18 a.m.
MILO, Maine — The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s, Bureau of Parks and Lands is holding a Public Meeting for the Central Penobscot Region Management Plan. This plan will guide the Bureau’s management of 79,000 acres of public lands in a region extending from Bradford to Baxter Park—which …

First quarter honor roll at Carrabec High School

By Julie Harris on Nov. 20, 2013, at 2:53 p.m.
Carrabec High School, North Anson First quarter honor roll Grade 12, high honors: Troy Dunphy, Elliot Gorr; honors: Chantal Diamond, Kaitlyn LaCroix, Courtney Lancaster, John Layman, MaKayla Leeman, Levi Murray, Skyla Murray, Wyatt Nelson, Danika Riggs, Taylor Shaw, Kathleen Swihart, Riley Tennent, Brendon Tolman, Anthony Toneatti, Jordan Tranten, Jessica Vaillancourt. …

UMaine, UNH students to perform one play simultaneously on two stages

By Julie Harris on Nov. 20, 2013, at 7:28 a.m.
ORONO, Maine — Students in the University of Maine Intermedia Master of Fine Arts Program and the University of New Hampshire Department of Theatre and Dance will perform one play simultaneously at both universities by streaming audio and video, and using other technology, including social media. The universities will premiere …

Authors to sign WWII memoir

By Julie Harris on Nov. 20, 2013, at 7:12 a.m.
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: BANGOR, Maine — Philomena Baker and Kathryn Olmstead will sign copies of their book “Flight to Freedom: World War II through the eyes of a child” in the Bangor area. Signings will be held at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 20, at Orono …
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 Jaime Parker of Portland Trails works with fourth graders to dig the garden.

Ocean Avenue Elementary School receives garden grant

By Julie Harris on Nov. 06, 2013, at 12:39 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Ocean Avenue Elementary School  in Portland has received a $5,000 grant from Lowe’s to build a garden in the school’s courtyard.  The school is partnering with Portland Trails on creating the vegetable and flower garden to include an arbor, walking path and seating areas. OAES staff, students, …
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J Street Co-Chairmen are Todd Miller (third from left) and Barbara Kates (second from right).

Maine group participates in fourth annual J Street Conference in D.C.

By Julie Harris on Oct. 18, 2013, at 4:07 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Maine contingent traveled to Washington, D.C., for the fourth annual J Street Conference held Sept. 28-Oct. 1. J Street is a national organization of primarily Jewish Americans, which advocates a two-state solution of Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security. The Maine …

Nonprofits, concerned citizens gather for Maine Highlands Poverty Workshop

By Julie Harris on Oct. 17, 2013, at 7:41 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Poverty is a human issue with its own language. It teaches those in it they are stupid. It isolates people from success. It dehumanizes. Poverty happens to people. It is a war zone. That was part of the message delivered by keynote speaker Donna M. Beegle, Ed.D., …
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