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Members of the Saturday Nighters club socialize during a “Prom Night” themed evening. They are (from left) Susan Xirinachs, Laureen Bergquist, Dr. David Bergquist, Michael Xirinachs, Alvin Ivers, Faye Ivers and Jan Ashton.

After 75 years, Saturday Nighters still dine and dance the night away

on Feb. 23, 2015, at 10:44 a.m.
by Ardeana Hamlin of The Weekly Staff   It’s Saturday night — the second Saturday of the month, to be precise. Members of the Saturday Nighters club are at home putting on ties and sports jackets, or little black dresses, high heels and sparkly jewelry. They are dressing up to …

School news

on Feb. 23, 2015, at 10:41 a.m.
Schools Kindergarten registration ORONO — The Asa Adams School will hold pre-kindergarten and kindergarten registration 3:15-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at the school, 6 Goodridge Road. Registration for the 2015-2016 school year for pre-K and kindergarten will be by appointment only, which may be made by calling Asa Adams School …

UMaine to host National History Day student research workshop

on Feb. 23, 2015, at 10:37 a.m.
ORONO — Middle and high school students interested in history are invited to attend a National History Day research workshop 2:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at the University of Maine. Students, along with parents and-or teachers, will have the opportunity to meet with UMaine history faculty, graduate students and library …

UMA names area students to dean’s list

on Feb. 23, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.
These area students were named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at University of Maine Bangor: Jocelyn Acheson, Tiffany Ashe,  Kenneth Banks, Kerrie Beckett, Carmen Bernardini, Kelsey Best, Angela Bickford, Chad Botting, Shaun Bourque, Amanda Buzzell, Megan Collins, Lettie Harris, Earl Hill, John Hinte, Whitney Jordan, Alyssa Keezer, …

Home for mothers-to-be celebrates being mortgage free

on Feb. 23, 2015, at 10:28 a.m.
By Jodi Hersey Special to The Weekly   It takes most people years to pay for a home but a small maternity home in Bangor, that accepts no federal or state funding, managed to do so in just months thanks to hundreds of donations and a whole lot of answered …
Rest in peace Bea.

Critters: Grieving helps one cope with the loss of a beloved pet

on Feb. 23, 2015, at 10:25 a.m.
The loss of a pet, whether it’s from natural causes or euthanasia, is traumatic not only for its owners but for those who have grown to love the pet. Recently I’ve grieved with two sets of friends who have had to send their beloved greyhounds over the Rainbow Bridge. Their …

Romantic comedies at the heart of Dramatic Academy

on Feb. 23, 2015, at 10:21 a.m.
BANGOR —  Penobscot Theatre Company announced that registration is now open for its Dramatic Academy Summer 2015, with opportunities for young performers, developing technicians and those exploring the craft. “It’s going to be the summer of love at the Bangor Opera House,” said Director of Education Amy Roeder, “because, seriously, …
A spool of lime green thread, a some thick and thin wool yarn left from a project completed decades ago, a 1970s era pattern and vintage embroidery project instructions and floss are examples of items that serve as pieces of the past for those who have enjoyed the needle arts over a period of many years.

Spool of lime green thread brings stitching days past to mind

on Feb. 23, 2015, at 10:17 a.m.
by Ardeana Hamlin of The Weekly Staff   Anyone who has spent even a few years sewing, knitting, crocheting, embroidering and other kinds of needlework, and related crafts — in my case, more than 50 years — knows that materials tend to accumulate. Bins fill up with yarn. Shelves groan …
BANGOR — In January the Bangor Daily News ran a contest  sponsored by Hannaford in which it gave away $2,500 in Hannaford gift cards. Winners live from Portland to Presque Isle and Greenville to Downeast Maine. The grand prize winner of a $1,500 Hannaford gift card was Dena Grass of Bangor. BDN Subscriptions and Promotions Manager Pat Lemieux (right) and Jon Ivey (left), store manager for the Hannaford located on Union Street in Bangor present Grass her prize on Friday, Feb. 13. There were 10 other winners who all received a $100 Hannaford gift card by mail. No purchase was necessary and entrants did not have to be customers of the Bangor Daily News to enter or win. Stay tuned to the Bangor Daily News, and the BDN on facebook for future contests.

Contest winner

on Feb. 23, 2015, at 10:13 a.m.
Presenting a donation of $24,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation are (from left) Brewer Kiwanis members past president Kurtis Marsh, past president Karl Laurenovics and treasurer Lordina Sullivan, and Make-A-Wish of Maine representative Rebecca Leaming accepting the check.

Brewer Kiwanis donates to Make-A-Wish

on Feb. 23, 2015, at 10:10 a.m.
BREWER — The Brewer Kiwanis Club reports that it met Feb. 11 at City Side Restaurant in Brewer with club President Debbie Bruns leading the Pledge of Allegiance. She introduced guests Lt. Governor Glenn Mower of Division 3 of New England District of Kiwanis and Rebecca Leaming of the Make-A-Wish …
It's (s)no fun when you push a toboggan through the fresh snow of the Penobscot Country Club as Jeanette Estey, left, could attest Saturday. Reaping the benefits of her efforts are, left to right, Frances and Thomas Sheehan and Carol Ewen. All are of Bangor.


on Feb. 23, 2015, at 10:07 a.m.
10 years ago — Feb. 25, 2005 (As reported in the Bangor Daily News) BANGOR — When Vincent and Eugenia Franco have visitors, is easy to give them directions: It’s the brick house on the corner of Summer and Cedar streets in Bangor. The big one with the red painted …

Arts news

on Feb. 23, 2015, at 10:04 a.m.
Bangor Ballet BANGOR — Bangor Ballet announced that it is one of the organizations selected to receive a $5,000 grant from Bangor Savings Bank through the Community Matters More campaign. Bangor Ballet will perform “The Little Mermaid” in March and the classical “Les Sylphides” and an excerpt from “Coppelia” in …
Orono Public Library Foundation campaign committee member Dave Cloutier (right) acknowledged the support of Dr. Orville Hartford (left) and Penobscot Valley Dermatology for the Orono Village Green campaign. The $7,500 gift from Penobscot Valley Dermatology will name one of the pathways on the Orono Village Green. For information about the Foundation or to contribute to the Orono Village Green campaign go to, call 991-3734, or write to: P.O. Box 308, Orono ME 04473.

Community news

on Feb. 23, 2015, at 10:02 a.m.
Organ,violin concert BANGOR — St. John’s Organ Society International Concert with Montreal duo Jacques Boucher, organ, and Anne Robert, violin, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at St. John’s Catholic Church, 207 York St. Music of Corelli, Gounod, Rheinberger and Bèdard. Admission is free, but donations will …

Literacy Volunteers to hold Tutor Training Certification classes

on Feb. 23, 2015, at 9:58 a.m.
BANGOR — Literacy Volunteers of Bangor announced recently that its semi-annual Tutor Training Certification gives community volunteers the skills to help a neighbor improve his or her life with increased literacy.  A few hours a week along with patience, flexibility and a passion to make a difference are all that …

Health news

on Feb. 23, 2015, at 9:56 a.m.
Customer Experience Award BANGOR — Westgate Center for Rehabilitation and Alzheimer’s Care announced recently that it the recipient of Pinnacle Quality Insight’s 2015 Customer Experience Award. Qualifying for the award in the categories of Nursing Care, Overall Satisfaction, Individual Needs, Laundry Service, Response to Problems, Treatment-Dignity, Recommend to Others, Communication …

Support groups

Bangor Daily News on Feb. 23, 2015, at 9:55 a.m.
BANGOR: Al-Anon meetings for relatives and friends affected by the excessive drinking of someone else, Bangor area and throughout Maine. Meeting times and locations, or 800-498-1944. Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Groups, 7-9 p.m. second and last Thursdays, Westgate Center for Rehabilitation and Alzheimer’s Care, 750 Union St. 942-7336 or …
BANGOR — Kim Cotta, a service adviser at Darling’s Ford Volkswagen Audi in Bangor, has been named the  No. 1 Volkswagen service consultant in the United States. As part of Volkswagen’s Retail Qualification Championships, Cotta competed in November in Florida at the National Championship Finals as one of the top 16 service consultants in the country. The championships featured live judging and scenario-based competition, as well as written and hands-on tests. Cotta will represent the United States when she competes in the Retail Qualification World Championship in Germany.

Business news

Bangor Daily News on Feb. 23, 2015, at 9:52 a.m.
A new location BANGOR — Since the publication of the Feb. 19 issue of The Weekly, now in its 25th year  and a special section of the Bangor Daily News, things have changed. The BDN has moved its headquarters from 491 Main St., on the corner of Buck Street, where …

Weekly calendar

By Ardeana Hamlin on Feb. 23, 2015, at 9:49 a.m.
Calendar runs as space permits. Items with dates take precedence over activities that occur every week. ITEMS FOR CALENDAR ARE DUE 10 DAYS BEFORE THE THURSDAY OF PUBLICATION. Email: Mail: The Weekly Calendar, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402.   Art BANGOR: “Murder at 33 Central,” original watercolors of crows …
Mary June Homchuck, a resident of Sylvia Ross Home Assisted Living in Bangor, (right) presents (from left) Kate Sheridan and Ashlee Hoffman, both representatives of Food AND Medicine in Brewer, with a check to help fund programs that support working families. Homchuck presented the check on behalf of residents who selected the organization to receive the check. Residents donate each year to a charity of their choice. In past years, they have supported the United Way Fuel Assistance Fund, the Children’s Backpack Program and the Milo Food Bank.

Support for Food AND Medicine

on Feb. 17, 2015, at 8:46 a.m.

Congregation Beth El to host journalist who covered Jerusalem

on Feb. 17, 2015, at 8:38 a.m.
BANGOR — Linda Gradstein, who for 20 years was the Jerusalem correspondent for National Public Radio, will discuss whether there is or is not a media bias against the Jewish community and Israel at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Congregation Beth El, 183 French St. Gradstein is now the …
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