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For raising Co. D of the 8th Maine Infantry Regiment in 1861, Henry Boyntonwas named its captain. An ambitious officer, he often criticized his superiors in the letters he wrote pushing his own promotion. Disliked by many comrades, Boynton was a colonel and the 8th Maine's commanding officer when he posed for this photograph.

Maine snow bird took a March cruise down Jacksonville way

By Brian Swartz, Special to the BDN on March 26, 2013, at 2:45 p.m.
Restless natives extended a particularly warm “welcome” to the Maine snow bird who cruised to Jacksonville in Florida in late March 1863. Seventeen months earlier, Capt. Henry Boynton had sailed to war with the 8th Maine Infantry Regiment, an outfit cursed with too many arrogant and madcap company officers who …
The First, a bank headquartered in Damariscotta, opened its new branch at 145 Exchange St., Bangor, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Monday, Feb. 25.

The First opens new branch in downtown Bangor

on March 04, 2013, at 9:54 a.m.
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Maine Aero Services General Manager Ray Lane (left) and President Gene Richardson stand near a Cessna 172 Skyhawk (right) and a twin-engine Beechcraft Baron undergoing maintenance in the MAs hangar at Bangor International Airport. Maine Aero Services and the United Technologies Center are developing an FAA-certified aviation maintenance technician school that will be the only one of its kind in Maine.

Aviation maintenance school to open in Bangor

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on Feb. 12, 2013, at 2:38 p.m.
BANGOR — A new aviation maintenance technician school does not yet exist at United Technologies Center on the Hogan Road, but students are already asking Director Fred Woodman when they can start taking classes. And when the program begins, he foresees no difficulty in filling the classroom. Maine Aero Services …
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The Back Alley Pub has opened up the ownership of Tina Saccuto (left) and Dwayne Mcleod in the Family Fun Bowling Center, owned by Andy Meucci (center). Lori Levasseur (second from right) and John Johnson (right) are employees of the Back Alley Pub.

Back Alley Pub opens at Family Fun Bowling Center

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on Feb. 05, 2013, at 3:21 p.m.
BANGOR — Hungry bowlers are packing the booths and tables at the Back Alley Pub. And other diners seeking delicious fare are joining them at the new restaurant, which opened earlier this year at the Family Fun Bowling Center, 15 Hildreth St., Bangor. Tina Saccuto and Dwayne MacLeod own the …
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David Lunn skis in the Bangor City Forest on a recent Thursday.

Cross-country skiers enjoy the local trails

By Greg Westrich on Feb. 05, 2013, at 3:15 p.m.
There are many great cross-country skiing opportunities in the lower Penobscot Valley. Many golf courses in our area allow skiing on the fairways. A few courses actually groom trails and offer some services; for example, the Barnes Brook X-C Ski Center in West Enfield (732-3006) is on a golf course …
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Learn more at Senior College classes

By Carol Higgins-Taylor on Feb. 05, 2013, at 2:33 p.m.
Any sentence with the word “spring” in it is a welcome diversion from the winter doldrums. So let’s use the word as often as we can to snag our attention from the bone chilling temperatures and high heating costs. The Penobscot Valley Senior College has released its spring catalog. Spring …
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Todd and Jennifer Bridges opened Westside Auto Sales on Verona Island in May 2012 and moved its showroom to 161 US Route 1 in early December 2012.

Westside Auto Sales moves to new location on Verona Island

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on Jan. 29, 2013, at 3:44 p.m.
VERONA ISLAND — Todd and Jennifer Bridges believed that when they relocated their Westside Auto Sales to 161 U.S. Route 1 in this town, business would increase. They were right. The Bridges opened Westside Auto Sales “down the road 1½ miles at our home” elsewhere on Verona Island last May, …
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At 6:55 a.m. on a bitterly cold Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, the rising sun has not quite touched the main building and new vehicles at Downeast Toyota on Wilson Street in Brewer. The thermometer hovered at -4 degrees; the wind blew a steady 10-15 miles per hour.

Wilson Street dawn

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on Jan. 29, 2013, at 3:34 p.m.
No matter the air temperature last week, the sun still rose each morning over Wilson Street in Brewer. This time of year, the sun pops above the Dedham Hills in almost perfect alignment with the busy highway. The natural light changes by the minute, as Weekly Editor Brian Swartz discovered …
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A rendering of the new Cross Insurance Center as it will appear when it’s completed this fall. It looks pretty much this way now; most of the exterior work is done, and crews are working hard on the interior.

History of the Bangor Auditorium, Part IV: The Next Generation

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of the Weekly Staff on Jan. 29, 2013, at 3:20 p.m.
Click here to read all four parts of this series. Editor’s Note: In 2013, the Cross Insurance Center will become the third structure to serve as the community auditorium since 1897. This is the fourth in a four-part series to tell the historic tale of those three structures, and their …
The mid-January dawn frames Tim Hortons and the McDonalds sign on Main Street about 6:25 a.m. on a cool, calm January weekday morning.

Main Street dawn

on Jan. 22, 2013, at 4:04 p.m.
In that quiet time between the fleeing night and the approaching day, Main Street in Bangor comes to life as the early birds head to work. The light and scenes change quickly as dawn illuminates the Dedham Hills to the southeast. Weekly Editor Brian Swartz recently chased the dawn along …
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Todd Eastman, a faculty member at the New England School of Communications in Bangor, films footage with a Steadicam last August during a Civil War re-enactment held at the Good Will-Hinckley School in Fairfield. He shot the footage for a Maine Public Broadcasting Network documentary titled “Sixteenth Maine at Gettysburg.”

Steadicam technology taught at Bangor college

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on Jan. 22, 2013, at 3:55 p.m.
From biker scouts chasing Luke and Leia to exciting NFL end-zone action to reality TV, Steadicam technology improves the video footage that people watch. Since the advent of silent films, producers have struggled to film scenes that require a cameraman to move simultaneously with the action. Hand-held cameras allowed such …
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Owner Anthony Nguyen uses his 12-plus years of experience to enhance the sassiness of a client’s nails at his salon, Sassy Nails Spa. The nail spa opened recently and offers a full array of nail services including polish, manicures, pedicures, gel nails, shellac, and jelly nails.

Sassy Nails Spa opens a Bangor location

By Debra Bell, Of the Weekly Staff on Jan. 22, 2013, at 3:52 p.m.
Anthony Nguyen decided to expand his 12-year-old Sassy Nails franchise from Ellsworth to Bangor because he had clients who were traveling that distance. “We talked a lot with the customers and found out many were coming from Bangor,” Nguyen said. “The customer always comes first.” That’s why he opened up …
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As the Bangor Auditorium stands atop its hill, a fountain sprays merrily in Bass Park in May 1995.

History of the Bangor Auditorium, Part III: Citizens divided

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of the Weekly Staff on Jan. 22, 2013, at 3:49 p.m.
Click here to read all four parts of this series. Editor’s Note: In 2013, the Cross Insurance Center will become the third structure to serve as the community auditorium since 1897. This is the third in a four-part series to tell the historic tale of those three structures, and their …
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Donna Demmons (left) and Dee Anne McDonald, owners of All About Travel, specialize in smiles. The smiles that come from their services are due to helping travellers go to the destination of their dreams.

Knowing all about travel

By Debra Bell, Of the Weekly Staff on Jan. 22, 2013, at 3:38 p.m.
If there’s one thing Dee-Anne McDonald loves to do, it’s to send vacationers to Mexico. That’s because it’s not only the travel agent’s favorite destination, but Mexico offers tremendous bang for the buck. McDonald owns All About Travel, located at the Centre Mall since the business opened in 1996. The …
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The staff members at Diversified Ink in Bangor include (from left) Abby Lusk, Jeremy King, B’Downs, Jason Drake, and owner Ed Schaffer.

Diversified Ink: tattoos and fine art

By Greg Westrich on Jan. 22, 2013, at 3:28 p.m.
Ed Schaffer, owner of Diversified Ink, is still getting used to the idea of being an employer. His tattoo studio employs four tattoo artists, two piercers, and two part-time employees to manage the books and web site. Business has never been better. Wearing a worn Carhartt jacket and jeans while …
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Seniors must be alert to over-the-phone Jamaican lottery scam

By Carol Higgins-Taylor on Jan. 16, 2013, at 1:52 p.m.
Remember when answering the phone meant pleasant conversation or at the very least, important information? It was just family and friends communicating in a simple, convenient way. The ring had an air of mystery as you never knew who was on the other end of the line. As the world …
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The steel frame of the Bangor Auditorium is up in this 1954 photo.

History of the Bangor Auditorium, Part II: Bangor’s economic engine

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of the Weekly Staff on Jan. 16, 2013, at 9:47 a.m.
Click here to read all four parts of this series. Editor’s Note: In 2013, the Cross Insurance Center will become the third structure to serve as the community auditorium since 1897. This is the second in a four-part series to tell the historic tale of those three structures, and their …
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Four of the Sluggers team pose in their under-construction facility on the Acme Road in Brewer. From left is Travis Thome, director of baseball; Darrell Pluard, general manager; Karl Ward, owner; and Terren Hall, director of softball. The group has an impressive array of over two dozen coaches ready to train kids in baseball and softball, starting Feb. 2 when Sluggers opens.

Indoor youth baseball and softball facility to open in Brewer

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of the Weekly Staff on Jan. 16, 2013, at 9:39 a.m.
A new facility geared towards baseball and softball, on the brink of its February grand opening, promises to be unlike anything the region has seen. Sluggers, which touts itself as “the finest and most modern indoor youth baseball/softball training facility in Maine,” will be a 9,000-square-foot facility including two video-simulated …
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Patrons pony up to the 35-seat bar in the Seasons on Main grille on a Friday afternoon. The grille is one of three dining experiences diners have available to them when they visit Seasons. The grille also contains a full sound booth which is home to the “Downtown with Rich Kimball” radio show, contains a lounge area with soft chairs, 22 televisions, and traditional pub seating. For a more traditional dining experience, Seasons also offers a dining room. This spring, Seasons will open the Sage Cafe which will serve breakfast and lunch.

Eatery honors all Seasons

By Debra Bell, Of the Weekly Staff on Jan. 16, 2013, at 9:21 a.m.
If you ask Jim Churchill why he decided to open his new restaurant on Main Street in Bangor, he’ll tell you it’s because big things are happening. And the iconic Miller’s Restaurant location just made sense for his restaurant, sports grille, and cafe. Seasons on Main, known simply as Seasons, …
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James Gallagher, the owner and chef of La Cena Italian Bistro & Pizzeria in Bangor, prepares a chef's salad in the restaurant's kitchen in mid-January. La Cena is located at 621 Hammond St., Bangor.

La Cena serves homemade pastas and pizzas

By Dale McGarrigle, Of the Weekly Staff on Jan. 16, 2013, at 9:18 a.m.
BANGOR — Out back in the kitchen at La Cena Italian Bistro & Pizzeria is one very busy young man. James Gallagher, 24, is the owner and main chef of the restaurant at 621 Hammond St., which opened in May. It’s the most recent of seven ventures for the Bangor …