Articles by Linda Coan O'Kresik


Pilot program for photo EBT cards begins in Bangor

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on April 28, 2014, at 3:30 p.m.
Monday was the first day of the test program in Bangor for a new system of putting a photo ID on EBT cards.
Kate Anderson of Concord, New Hampshire, laughs as Bruce, a ball python, slithers around her ball cap at the start of the Northeast Reptile Expo on Sunday at the Cross Insurance Center. Kate and her husband, Josh, own WTF Reptiles in New Hampshire.

Snakes, lizards and more on display at Northeast Reptile Expo

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on March 30, 2014, at 5:27 p.m.
BANGOR | Snakes worn like accessories. Lizards on leashes. Tiny red-eye tree frogs stuck to the sides of aquariums and one ball python with a marking of a moose head. That was just part of the scene at the Cross Insurance Center on Sunday, where enthusiasts gathered to take …

University Volunteer Ambulance Corps serves Orono campus community

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on March 28, 2014, at 2:54 p.m.
University Volunteer Ambulance Corps at UMaine

Penobscot County’s third annual spelling bee

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on March 01, 2014, at 4:55 p.m.
Nathan Manaker, a seventh-grader at Orono Middle School, wins the Penobscot County Spelling Bee. He’ll go to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May.

Pine Grove Crematorium

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Feb. 28, 2014, at 4:16 p.m.
Cremation in the trend in the Bangor area with about 60% of people having cremation over traditional burials.

Ribbon-cutting at Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Jan. 30, 2014, at 3:28 p.m.
People tour through the newly renovated Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building and Courthouse on Thursday afternoon.

Lobster pound in Lincolnville

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Jan. 24, 2014, at 4:25 p.m.
Dick McLaughlin, owner of the Lobster Pound in Lincolnville has merged into business with Ben and Andy Hazen, owners of Andrew’s Brewing Co, also of Lincolnville, and the two will operate as the Lobster Pound Inc. The restaurant/brewery will open in May.

RSU 20 may close Searsport schools

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Jan. 23, 2014, at 6:11 p.m.
A discussion has started about closing schools in Regional School Unit 20, which includes Searsport District High School.

Bird rehabilitators warn against lead

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Jan. 16, 2014, at 4:36 p.m.
Marc Payne and Diane Winn are the owners of Avian Haven, a nonprofit wild bird rehabilitation center, in Freedom, Maine. The two talk about the issue of lead poisoning in raptors throughout Maine.

Bangor man pleads guilty to manslaughter

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Jan. 02, 2014, at 4:50 p.m.
David Coon, the local man charged with murder in connection with the May asphyxiation death of Sherry Clifford, 49, of Bangor pleaded guilty to manslaughter Thursday at the Penobscot Judicial Center. Coon was emotional several times during the hearing. Around Coon are his defense lawyers Logan Perkins and Jeffrey Silverstein.

Penobscot County Jail iris scanner

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Dec. 05, 2013, at 5:19 p.m.
Inmate helper Walker Gaspar demonstrates the iris scanner used at the Penobscot County Jail.

Waterville woman fights cancer from funeral home

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Dec. 02, 2013, at 11:30 a.m.
Kerry Smart was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer in April and just had her last chemo treatment and is feeling good. The Smart family lives in Waterville at the Veilleux Funeral Home where  her husband, TJ , is director.

11th Annual Solidarity Harvest

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Nov. 14, 2013, at 3:32 p.m.
Preparation for the 11th Annual Solidarity Harvest, which expects to distribute more than 1,000 Thanksgiving baskets to families in hard times.

Astronaut and Mainer talks about the future of space exploration

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Nov. 07, 2013, at 3:08 p.m.
NASA Astronaut and former Maine resident Christopher Cassidy speaks to students from 14 area middle schools on Thursday morning at Husson University’s Gracie Theater. Cassidy recently returned from 6 months aboard the International Space Station and is speaking to kids about the future of manned space flight, his experiences and …

Teaching through cancer

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Oct. 24, 2013, at 6:16 p.m.
Gert Nesin, an eighth grade teacher at Leonard Middle School in Old Town, was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2013. Even with ongoing chemotherapy treatments, she continues to teach with the help of a long term substitute who is with her daily and takes over class for …

Senator Susan Collins speaks in Bangor

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Oct. 17, 2013, at 2:15 p.m.
Senator Susan Collins speaks to the media at Husson University’s Dyke Center for Family Business on Thursday morning about her role in the federal deal to end the 16-day government shut down.

Shutdown jeopardizing science and technology statewide

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Oct. 04, 2013, at 6:48 a.m.
Christine Lipsky, who works for NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, is one of many who is out of work due to the government shut down. She is spending her time catching up on gardening and house projects.
Alexander Vivarelli, 4, of Levant, has fun picking his own apples at Treworgy Orchards in Levant on Thursday afternoon.

Fall has arrived in Maine

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Sept. 27, 2013, at 5:52 a.m.
After a stretch of cool days and chilly nights, it looks and feels like autumn has arrived. The leaves have started to change and Mainers are outside enjoying fall activities. Treworgy Family Orchards in Levant is a popular destination in the fall and was bustling on Thursday afternoon. Students on …

New laws for driver education

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Sept. 21, 2013, at 2:19 p.m.
Jacob Neal (left), 17, of Brewer focuses on the the road Friday as he takes his first drive with driving instructor Jim Bair (right) owner of Bair’s Driving School in Bangor. Several new laws have been passed by the Maine Legislature and will take effect on Oct. 9, 2013, including …

Basketball floor unveiled at Cross Insurance Center

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Sept. 12, 2013, at 8:42 p.m.
The University of Maine’s men’s and women’s basketball teams were present Thursday afternoon for the unveiling of the new basketball floor at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, where they will be playing their home games.
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