Jodi Hersey

Jodi Hersey

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012 12:40

August 22, 2012

Identities released in Bangor car fire 

BANGOR - Authorities are calling last week's car fire at Automatic Distributors in Bangor a homicide.

A passing motorist called police to report a vehicle on fire in the parking lot of the business located at 22 Target Industrial Circle just before 4 a.m. on Aug. 13. When the flames were put out, the bodies of three people were discovered inside. Those individuals have been identified as Daniel Thomas Borders, 26, of Hermon; Nicolle Ashley Lugdon, 24, of Eddington; and Lucas Alan Tuscano, 28, of Bradford. However, the cause of death is not being released at this time.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012 16:15

'Cielos' is one hot tamale of a business

Food truck offers fresh made Mexican food in Bangor

BANGOR - Mainers are turning into foodies. Just this summer alone, an episode of Food Paradise was filmed at Dysart's, Rockland chef Michelle Ragussis appeared on the Food Network Star and not one but two food trucks are now roaming the streets of the Queen city: The Street Bistro truck and the Cielos truck, which serves up fresh-made Mexican food that customers are just devouring.

"I think it's pretty cool," said Kate Crabtree of Bangor. "I heard about it on Facebook. A friend said it reminded them of California Mexican food."

BANGOR - Most people stay inside their vehicle while visiting the car wash, but ever since Tradewinds added a new pet wash station to their Bangor, Brewer and Blue Hill locations, customers have been hopping out to get their four-legged friends clean too.

"This is awesome. There is no mess in the house, the dogs don't mind it because it's air conditioned and it's warm water," said Lisa Reider of Veazie.

Reider has brought her golden retriever, Baxter, and black lab, Bailey, to the All Paws Pet Wash at the Union Street Tradewinds several times since it opened two months ago.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012 13:12

August 15, 2012

Three bodies found after Bangor car fire 

BANGOR Authorities uncovered a gruesome site when they responded to a car fire at Automatic Distributors on Monday.

Bangor police and fire personnel were called to 22 Target Industrial Circle just before 4 a.m. on Aug. 13, when a passing motorist called to report a vehicle on fire in the parking lot of the business. Once the flames were extinguished, the bodies of three people were found inside the charred vehicle.

The Bangor Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division, along with the state Fire Marshal's Office, is now handling the case. The identities of the deceased were not immediately available. 

Bangor nonprofit needs Facebook users' support to win

BANGOR - A Bangor nonprofit is among 500 finalists competing for a free vehicle from Toyota this summer. Community Care, an agency that provides support and care for children, families and adults suffering from mental illness, trauma and/or poverty, will be among five different agencies in the running for Toyota's 100 Cars for Good campaign on Thursday, Aug. 9. It's a contest where Toyota agrees to give away 100 cars to 100 different nonprofits over 100 days.

"We provide treatment foster care, case management and in home clinical treatments for the whole family. A lot of our clients live in the most rural part of Piscataquis, Penobscot and Aroostook County and don't have transportation so we go to them," explained Kate Davis, executive director for Community Care.

Wednesday, 08 August 2012 21:47

Tasty tarts are back at Frank's Bakery

The Bangor shop is making fresh blueberry & raspberry tarts

BANGOR - There is just something about Frank's Bakery that makes even the most self-controlled individual give in to temptation now and then. This time of year, temptation is the shop's famous raspberry tarts.

"This is the earliest we've had them," said Bernadette Gaspar, who has been dubbed Bangor's 'Tart Queen.' "I can usually make 100 or better per gallon [of raspberry sauce], and it takes 12 to 13 pints of raspberries to make a gallon."

But Gaspar, who uses locally-grown berries to make her raspberry tarts, admits each summer her product is at the mercy of local growers and Mother Nature.

Sweet shop specializes in toys, not desserts

BANGOR - When business owners Nancy and Mark Roe decided to move from Machias to Bangor, they knew they wanted to bring their toy store with them. And since they were changing their surroundings, the duo also decided to change the name of their shop when they relocated to the Intown Plaza on Harlow Street.

"The name Robert O. Cupcake was the name of my daughter's imaginary friend, which was no friend of my husband's," Nancy Roe explained with a chuckle.

She said their daughter would call her husband at work and disguise her voice, saying she was Robert. O Cupcake, a friend of his daughter, and then proceed to make requests on behalf of the little girl.

Wednesday, 08 August 2012 14:25

August 8, 2012

Bangor juvenile arrested for arson 

BANGOR - A 17-year-old who was waiting for a ride to work ended up being transported to the Charleston Correctional Facility instead after allegedly setting fire to his home.

On July 31, around 9:45 a.m. Bangor police and Bangor fire responded to a report of a fire at 12 James Street. A woman told authorities she returned home to give her 17-year-old son a ride to work when she smelled smoke and discovered a bedroom in the house burning. The juvenile allegedly fled the scene, but was found the next day and taken into custody. He was transported to the Charleston Correctional Facility, where he was charged with arson.

BANGOR - The Fireball Run, an eight-day, 15-city road rally, will be rolling into Bangor this September, and over the weekend the show's producers decided to test out the route for themselves.

"The producers pre-drive the production route to ensure it's safe for everyone and that it can be played at a safe speed limit," explained J. Sanchez, executive producer of Fireball Run. "It's the equivalent to a life-size game of trivial pursuit."

Forty teams made up of business owners, celebrities and elected officials will be leaving Independence, Ohio Sept. 21. From there, the teams will travel in exotic cars and complete tasks and challenges along the way until they reach the finish line on Sept. 29.

Wednesday, 01 August 2012 17:29

Touch-a-Truck returns to area

Fundraiser helps send kids with disabilities to camp

BANGOR - The parking lot at the Cole Transportation Museum will be packed next week with excavators, race trucks, safety vehicles and dozens of other cool big rigs for the second annual Touch-A-Truck event. It's a fundraiser that was started last year as way to help send kids with disabilities to Camp CaPella in Holden.

"My 14-year-old daughter with down syndrome goes to camp there and loves it," said Michelle Harmon, event organizer. "It costs $1,500 per week, per child, for overnight camp. They have a nursing staff 24/7, a cook, office staff and counselors who are just awesome and do what needs to be done. But they're on a shoe string and everything we can do to help, we should."

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