Nok-Noi Ricker

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Maj. Brian Camire

Air Guard’s 265th Combat Communications Squadron gets new commander

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 12, 2016, at 2:37 p.m.
The Maine Air Guard has selected a local Guardsman with more than two decades of experience as the new commander for the 265th Combat Communications Squadron.
Cheri Towle, superintendent of Brewer schools.

Brewer superintendent gives her raise back to the students

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 10, 2016, at 6:55 p.m.
Cheri Towle was given a 2 percent raise and had her contract extended by an additional two years on Monday in a 4-1 school board vote, Chairman Mark Farley said Tuesday.
 The Brewer School Committee votes to accept the resignations of six teachers on Monday in Brewer.

Retirements reduce Brewer School Department cuts

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 09, 2016, at 9:39 p.m.
“I just want to add my thanks to those teachers who are retiring to save other teachers’ jobs,” school board Chairman Mark Farley said.
Psychiatrist Susan Wehry was the Friday morning keynote speaker at the 2016 Beyond The Basics In Suicide Prevention daylong conference at the Cross Insurance Center.

‘Alcohol and bullets don’t mix,’ doctor says at suicide prevention conference in Bangor

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 07, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Suicides are preventable and there are steps Maine residents can take to recognize the risk factors and reduce them, psychiatrist Susan Wehry said.
The Bangor Police Department has requested $208,772 to purchase an armor-protected vehicle similar to this model made by Lenco in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Savings in health insurance premiums and fuel costs would cover the purchase cost, according to Chief Mark Hathaway. Lenco Industries Inc. photo provided by Bangor Police Department.

‘Unfortunate necessity’? Proposed armored vehicle for Bangor police stirs debate

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 07, 2016, at 1 a.m.
The debate in Bangor echoes an ongoing national conversation about militarization of local law enforcement agencies.
The Orono Pharmacy on Wednesday.

Orono Pharmacy owner on professional probation hires pharmacist

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 05, 2016, at 2:06 p.m.
There is a new pharmacist behind the counter of Orono Pharmacy, allowing the business to continue to serve local customers while the owner is on professional probation for misconduct.
A security guard at The Reserve in Orono, formerly known as The Grove, tells residents early Wednesday evening that they can only enter with one guest after a large party resulted in a regional police response.

Orono apartment complex management behind party that required police response

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 05, 2016, at 1:46 p.m.
Management of a newly purchased apartment complex in Orono posted an online invitation to a pool party featuring music, food and raffles that drew hundreds of students and ended with personnel from several law enforcement agencies converging on the scene Wednesday.
A security guard at The Reserve in Orono, formerly known as The Grove, tells residents early Wednesday evening that they can only enter with one guest after a large party resulted in a regional police response.

Police arrest 2 at Orono student apartment complex party

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 04, 2016, at 7:56 p.m.
Law enforcement personnel went to the The Reserve in response to a report of a large number of people celebrating Maine Day.
Gene Pratt kisses his wife Jody Loper's head after they both had their heads shaved during the fourth annual St. Baldrick's head shaving event. They were among the people who had their head shaved to raise awareness about pediatric cancer and to help raise funds for research during the Maine Day celebrations Wednesday in Orono Wednesday.

‘I really like being bald,’ says UMaine student taking part in fundraiser for children with cancer

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 04, 2016, at 3:55 p.m.
The UMaine Circle K club has held the head-shaving event for the last six years on Maine Day to raise awareness about pediatric cancer and to help raise funds for pediatric cancer research through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
Orono school staff listen as the school board discusses board goals for the coming school year on Tuesday in Orono.

Orono school board forming guidelines for transgender students

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 03, 2016, at 10:03 p.m.
The Orono school board held the first reading of new transgender student guidelines.
The Hammond Street Senior Center is seen on June 23, 2015, in Bangor.

Hammond Street Senior Center will not reopen, director says

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 02, 2016, at 4:33 p.m.
Leaders at the Hammond Street Senior Center, which served roughly 500 active members age 55 and older, have voted not to reopen.
The rest area on the northbound side of Interstate 95 just before the Hampden exit has been named the Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Rest Area in honor of the Brewer native, who became a general in the Union Army during the Civil War.

I-95 rest area in Hampden dedicated to Joshua Chamberlain

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 02, 2016, at 3:48 p.m.
The Interstate-95 northbound rest area was dedicated Monday in honor of Civil War hero and Brewer native Joshua Chamberlain.
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Staff Sgt. Robert Billings (left) of the U.S. Army National Guard shakes hands with World War II veteran Harold Beal (right), Paul Wilbur and Norman Rossignol (background) after a news conference at Husson University's New England School of Communications on Monday. Nine students in a public affairs class divided into teams to research and gather information about World War II and then interview three World War II veterans. Their project was accepted to The Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center, which preserves the stories of American war veterans.

Stories of Maine WWII veterans recorded by Husson students for Library of Congress

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 02, 2016, at 2:20 p.m.
Students in the New England School of Communications journalism program at Husson University learned there is more to history than what is written in books, several said Monday after they interviewed three Maine World War II veterans as part of the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project.
Eddington planner Gretchen Heldmann (left, at podium) speaks out at the Bangor Area Comprehensive Transportation System’s policy committee meeting on March 25. Heldmann opposes the planned connector.”

Conflict of interest? Selectman who voted on I-395 project stands to benefit

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 27, 2016, at 6:54 p.m.
Peter Lyford conceded that “I suppose there is a possibility” of a conflict of interest, but added, “but nobody has complained.”
The sign outside the Dollar General store in Westminster, Colorado, is pictured in this December 4, 2014 file photo.

Fall opening planned for Dollar General store in Eddington

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 27, 2016, at 1 p.m.
The discount chain store is planned for 1030 Main Road, also known as Route 9, at the former Tasker Homes lot that is next to the town’s U.S. Post Office.
David Breunig

State confirms ID, cause of death of MMA student found in river

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 27, 2016, at 10:34 a.m.
Hypothermia and drowning caused the death of Maine Maritime Academy junior David Breunig, whose body was recovered Friday from the Penobscot River in Bangor.
David Breunig

Body recovered from Penobscot River is MMA student, mother says

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 26, 2016, at 10:50 a.m.
“No one will really ever know what happened that night,” Elaina Breunig said from her home Tuesday morning.
Orrington's town attorney Edmond Bearor of Bangor (right) tells residents on Monday night why Selectmen would not take public comment about the firing of former fire Chief Mike Spencer, who was fired last week by Town Manager Paul White. The reason for Spencer’'s firing has not been made public.

Orrington residents voice frustration about fired fire chief

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 25, 2016, at 9:32 p.m.
Residents at the meeting were directed to review the town charter and the employee handbook.
Abby MacDonald, 10, comes out the door of the clubhouse as she checks out her new surprise swing set granted to her from the Portland Chapter of the Dream Factory on Monday.

Bangor girl with rare medical condition gets dream swing set

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 25, 2016, at 6:57 p.m.
The new swing set was provided by the Dream Factory of Maine.
Two vehicles were involved in a fatal Saturday evening crash on Hudson Road in Corinth.

Corinth man dies in Saturday collision

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 24, 2016, at 6:08 p.m.
The crash is under investigation.