Pat Blanchette

Bangor councilors blame Legislature for tax increase

By Evan Belanger on June 29, 2015, at 9:14 p.m.
Members of the City Council railed about dysfunction in Augusta, unfunded state and federal mandates and the actions of Gov. Paul LePage as they voted 6-2 Monday evening to approve the final piece of a $94.1 million city and school budget that calls for a 15-cent property …
Justin Blais

NH man accused of OUI, driving wrong way on I-95

By Judy Harrison on June 29, 2015, at 8:54 p.m.
EDINBURG | A New Hampshire man with a blood alcohol level more than three times the legal limit was arrested early Sunday after driving his Hummer north in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95, according to court documents. Justin Blais, 37, of Portsmouth made his first court appearance Monday …
Rick Lyons

Retiring superintendent to return to Hampden, Veazie schools

By Dawn Gagnon on June 29, 2015, at 8:45 p.m.
Regional School Unit 22 Superintendent Rick Lyons is retiring effective June 30. But he won’t be gone long. After taking a month-long “bona fide separation,” a requirement of the state law governing the return to work of retired school administrators, Lyons will be back on the job …
Downtown Old Town is shown earlier this year.

Old Town downtown redevelopment plan to be unveiled

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 29, 2015, at 8:27 p.m.
Concept designs to improve the downtown area have been reviewed and crafted into a draft master plan that will be unveiled at a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the library. “What we want is to bring people downtown,” Ron Harriman, the city’s economic development …

Power restored to nearly 6,000 Emera Maine customers

By Dawn Gagnon on June 29, 2015, at 8:12 p.m.
BANGOR | Electrical service was restored Monday evening to nearly 6,000 Emera Maine customers in Greater Bangor who went without it for several hours earlier in the day. Emera Maine reported shortly after 3 p.m. that approximately 5,922 customers in Bangor, Glenburn, Orono, Hudson, Levant, Hermon and Kenduskeag were …

Crews to fix second water leak in downtown Bangor

By Dawn Gagnon on June 29, 2015, at 6:47 p.m.
Bangor Water District repair workers will return to the intersection of Main and Broad streets Tuesday to repair the second leak they’ve encountered in two days. Late Monday morning, water service to 17 buildings along Main Street between Broad and Union Streets was shut off to allow …

Nearly 6,000 Emera Maine customers without power

By Ryan McLaughlin on June 29, 2015, at 3:32 p.m.
BANGOR | Nearly 6,000 Emera Maine customers were without power in Greater Bangor on Monday afternoon, according to the company’s website. Emera Maine reported shortly after 3 p.m. that approximately 5,922 customers in Bangor, Glenburn, Orono, Hudson, Levant, Hermon and Kenduskeag were in the dark. The cause of the …

Bangor Band July 4th concert to honor veterans

on June 29, 2015, at 2:55 p.m.
BANGOR — The Bangor Band will present a special holiday concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 4, in Pickering Square in downtown Bangor. The Bangor Band  is conducted by Curvin Farnham. This concert will be co-sponsored by the Bangor law firm Gross, Minsky and Mogul and by Marine Corps veteran …

Fulbright Association Maine Chapter to host Arctic Education, Fulbright Event at MMA

By Ardeana Hamlin on June 29, 2015, at 2:54 p.m.
CASTINE — The Maine Chapter of the Fulbright Association will host a morning of presentations on the Arctic, climate change and the Fulbright Scholar Program at Maine Maritime Academy on Friday, July 10. The public is invited to attend the three presentations, which are offered free of charge. A breakfast …
The primary school at Nagamo, a village in Zimbabwe, attended by these children, is the recipient of a fundraiser effort by Holy Cross School students in South Portland. The funds will help families in need pay school fees so their children can attend classes. All Saints Catholic School in Bangor also will raise funds for Nagamo schools.

Teachers’ trip sparks fundraising for Zimbabwe schools

on June 29, 2015, at 2:50 p.m.
by Ardeana Hamlin of The Weekly Staff’   Students at Holy Cross School elementary school in South Portland found a way this spring to get involved in world affairs. They raised enough funds to enable 19 children in Ngamo, Zimbabwe, to attend the village school. The story began, as stories …

Bangor native starting drinking straw business

on June 29, 2015, at 2:47 p.m.
Alex Bennett, a Bangor native and 2004 graduate of Bangor High School, is going into the drinking straw business, and his straws will be made of straws. If that sounds confusing, here’s a better explanation: Bennett, 28, is starting a business making drinking straws, utilizing a technique he discovered while …

Ryan Cole of Hampden stands on a bridge over Reed’s Brook. Cole organized construction of the bridge to fulfill community service requirements to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

Hampden teen earns Eagle Scout rank

on June 29, 2015, at 2:46 p.m.
HAMPDEN —  Ryan M. Cole of Boy Scout Troop 41 and the youngest son of David and Clare Cole of Hampden, was honored on March 22 for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. For Ryan’s Eagle community service project, he organized the construction of a 16- by 65-foot bridge over …

Cool Sounds, Fresh Air Market returns to downtown

on June 29, 2015, at 2:44 p.m.
BANGOR — The Downtown Bangor Partnership announced that the 10th annual Cool Sounds Summer Concert Series and Fresh Air Market returns to downtown Bangor 4-9 p.m. Thursdays beginning July 2. The Cool Sounds stage will be located in the newly remodeled West Market Square on Broad Street. The Fresh Air …

Arts news

on June 29, 2015, at 2:42 p.m.
Art show and reception BANGOR — “Seeing the Body,” original artwork by Olena Babak, Donna Festa, John LeBlanc and Judy Taylor will be on display 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through Sept. 30 Boyd Place Art Gallery, 11 Boyd St. An artists reception will be held 3-5 p.m. Sunday, July 12, …

Theodora Weston (second from left, front) on June 23 of Winterport’s Boston Post Cane, awarded to the town’s oldest resident. Celebrating the moment with her are (from left) Councilor Anne Ronco, Councilor Philip Foley, Weston, Council Chairman William Rogers, Councilor Peter Rioux. and Councilor Stephen Cooper.

Community news

on June 29, 2015, at 2:40 p.m.
Homebuyer classes BANGOR — Homebuyer education classes will be held at 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 11 and 18, Penquis, 262 Harlow St.; and 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Aug. 17-20, Penquis, 262 Harlow St. The cost to attend the classes is $30 per person unless otherwise noted and …

Sports news

on June 29, 2015, at 2:38 p.m.
Fun Run, Road Race result HAMPDEN — The Hampden Recreation Department announced these results of the Hampden 1-mile fun Run and the 38th annual Hampden 8.5-mile Road Race: Fun Run: Nick Lorenzo, first place, 7:37. Jacob Lorenzo, 7:44. Isaac Hanish, 7:46. Lydia Hanish, 8:22. Montana Langille, 8:24. Josh Lorenzo, 9:27. …

“First Dibs,” similar to an auction, will raise funds to preserve the historic John Perkins House (pictured) in Castine. The event is set for July 20 on the Wilson Museum grounds.

Get “First Dibs” at Wilson Museum fundraiser

on June 29, 2015, at 2:36 p.m.
CASTINE — Friends and supporters of the Wilson Museum are invited to attend the fundraiser, First Dibs: A Preservation Celebration of the Historic John Perkins House, at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 20, on the museum grounds. The museum will benefit major preservation projects at the historic residence of Phebe and …
Carol Colson

Veazie resident to be honored by Girls Scouts of Maine

on June 29, 2015, at 2:33 p.m.
VEAZIE —  Girl Scouts of Maine announced recently that it will honor Carol Colson of Veazie with the 2015 Juliette Award at the sixth annual Pearls of Wisdom breakfast Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor. Girl Scouts of Maine established the Juliette Award to honor a …

Church youth plan missions trip to Belize

on June 29, 2015, at 2:30 p.m.
OLD TOWN —  A 19-member team from United Baptist Church of Old Town, led by Bruce Stevens, will travel July 8-15 to Belize with Thirst Missions. The goal of Thirst Missions is to partner with teams and provide opportunities for groups to minister, to keep everyone safe, to guide the …

Support groups

on June 29, 2015, at 2:29 p.m.
Support group listings run as space permits. Items are due at least seven to 10 days before the Thursday of publication. Email: Mail: The Weekly, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor ME 04402.   BANGOR: Al-Anon meetings for relatives and friends affected by the excessive drinking of someone else, Bangor area …
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