The Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor welcomes new interim minister
BANGOR – In September, the Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor (UUSB) welcomed an interim minister, the Reverend Arthur Vaeni. He is serving the Bangor congregation following the departure of Rev. Becky Gunn last spring.
Vaeni comes to UUSB with a wealth of experience and a passion for ministry. He says, “As a minister, you have the privilege of accompanying people through their lives’ triumphs and hardships. In this era of radical individualism, ministry provides the opportunity to help create religious community that, at its best, brings us into shared quests through which we come to know life more truly, experience life more deeply and serve life more fully.”
Eastern Maine Community College earns national honor of ‘Leader College’ for its commitment to student success
BANGOR – Achieving the Dream - a national nonprofit dedicated to helping more community college students stay in school and earn college certificates or degrees – announced recently that Eastern Maine Community College is one of 16 community colleges nationwide selected for the 2014 cohort of Leader Colleges.
Eastern Maine Community College was the only college in New England selected for this cohort, and one of only two on the East Coast.
Cross Insurance Center celebrates one year anniversary
BANGOR – Sept. 2014 marks the one year anniversary for Cross Insurance Center. After opening doors Sept. 10, 2013 for a black-tie celebration, Global Spectrum, managers of the Cross Insurance Center, have worked with the country’s largest event promoters to bring a great variety of events during its first year. The inaugural season of the Broadway series, Hank Williams Jr., Chicago, Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Jeff Dunham, The Band Perry, Cirque du Soleil: Varekai, James Taylor, UFC and Bill Cosby were among the top performances. Staple events that came to Bangor in the past such as Harlem Globetrotters, Sesame Street Live, Maine Harvest Festival, WWE and Shrine Circus also made appearances at the Cross Insurance Center arena in the first year. The convention center welcomed many statewide conferences and conventions during the inaugural year. Among the top of these events were the Maine State Republican and Democratic conventions, the Governor’s Conference on Tourism, The American Legion state convention, The State Math Meet for Maine high schools and the Skills USA State Championships. The grand ballroom and meeting rooms in the convention center also played host to many local events throughout the year, including an appearance by the Boston Red Sox World Series Trophies from 2004, 2007 and 2013.
“Cross Insurance Center has continued to prove over the last year that the City of Bangor is now a destination that cannot be ignored by event and meeting planners,” said Global Spectrum’s Joe Imbriaco, Cross Insurance Center general manager. “We’re proud to have brought in a wide variety of events to this area, and we’re thankful that the community has responded in such an overwhelming fashion. We’re looking forward to continuing to build an experience for guests that is unmatched.”
Study: Apple’s new iPhones score big in durability
NEW YORK — Apple’s new and bigger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are more durable than last year’s model and a leading Android phone, a study says.
Apple’s iPhone 6, whose screen measures 4.7 inches, did the best across a variety of tests that measures how prone smartphones are to break due to everyday accidents, according to SquareTrade, a company that provides extended protection plans.
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