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Annual event to be renamed COVID Independence Day to honor Mainers

BANGOR – The Greater Bangor 4th of July Corporation, the non-profit group that organizes the Independence Day festivities for the greater Bangor region, has been monitoring the latest news and meeting with state and local officials for guidance regarding Gov. Janet Mills’ four-phase plan to reopen the state and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s current recommendations.

BANGOR - Penobscot Theatre Company has announced its 47th season, an assortment of plays and musicals professionally produced and staged at the company’s historic home.

After the unexpected curtailment of the current season, Penobscot Theatre Company looks forward more than ever to lighting-up the marquee and welcoming patrons to the historic Bangor Opera House for the 2020-21 Season. Performances are set to begin just after Labor Day and extend into early July. 

“We have great confidence in the future of Penobscot Theatre Company and we’re eager to share an extraordinary line-up,” said Producing Artistic Director Bari Newport. “By subscribing, you’re committing to Penobscot Theatre Company - to our institution, to the artists you’ve grown to love and to the value of theatre in our community. Of course, the health and safety of our artists and audience are our highest priority, and we’ll remain closely attuned to public health guidelines in the coming months.  Improvisation is at the heart of our craft and if we must adjust our plans, we will; but at this time, based on all the information at our disposal, we’re proceeding cautiously but optimistically.” 

PORTLAND - Holler folk trio The Ghost of Paul Revere have announced the lineup for the 2020 edition of their annual Ghostland festival, scheduled to take place on Labor Day weekend, September 4 and 5, in two Portland venues.

Ghostland was founded in 2014 as a way for The Ghost of Paul Revere to share and celebrate the natural beauty of Maine and the spirit of Portland with fans from around the country.

The weekend is scheduled to open with a unique concert at Port City Music Hall on Friday, September 4, where the band will play one traditional set of songs pulled from their own catalog, along with a second set of carefully selected cover songs.

Tickets for the Port City Music Hall show are only available with the purchase of a two-day GA or VIP pass to Ghostland, and are available from the band’s website.

Saturday will see the band share the stage at Thompson’s Point with four other bands

The Ghost of Paul Revere – Griffin Sherry (guitar), Max Davis (banjo) and Sean McCarthy (bass) will be joined by alternative folk rockers Deer Tick, hailing from Providence, Rhode Island, Maine’s indie Americana-rockers The Mallett Brothers Band, Mipso, from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Portland-based Bell Systems, featuring Spencer Albee and Geneviève Beaudoin. The duo describes their music as “thoughtfully irreverent pop music.”

Ghostland festival-goers may purchase a Saturday single-day ticket for $41 in advance, or $46 the day of show, or a two-day GA pass for $86 or a VIP pass for $121, which will include a meet and greet with the members of The Ghost of Paul Revere, and access to an exclusive viewing area at Thompson’s Point, with access to a private bar. VIP pass-holders will also receive a signed poster and other items.

One dollar from the sale of every ticket will be donated to the sTAY Strong Foundation, founded last year in memory of Taylor Steeves, a close friend to the members of The Ghost of Paul Revere. The foundation provides assistance to those affected by genetic forms of lung cancer. More information about the foundation can be found at .

The Ghost of Paul Revere formed in 2011 and made their national television debut in 2018 on Conan O’Brien’s TBS show. Last year, the band’s song “Ballad of the 20th Maine” became Maine’s official state ballad. The band’s latest release is “Field Notes, Vol. 2,” released last August, and they say they are preparing to release new music this year.

For Ghostland tickets and more information about the event, visit

ORONO — The University of Maine will offer its Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in Management degree fully online beginning in fall 2020.

The program, developed as a collaboration between the Maine Business School and UMaineOnline, is the first online undergraduate business degree from Maine’s flagship university.

“We are excited to offer our BSBA in Management in an online format,” says Faye Gilbert, dean of the Undergraduate School of Business and interim provost. “The Maine Business School prides itself on delivering the highest quality business education. Now that mission can be extended to students however they choose to complete their degree.”

The Maine Business School (MBS) Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Management degree is built on a foundation of diverse business courses in accounting, finance, management and marketing. In their major coursework, management students navigate the complexities of corporate, international and small business management, and hone administrative and organizational skills, such as leadership, organizational change, strategic analysis and human resources. Graduates are equipped for careers in supervisory or administrative positions in business, government and nonprofit organizations. 

Students in the online BSBA in Management are afforded all the benefits of the Maine Business School, including top-tier faculty instruction, an extensive career development program and a respected curriculum. 

The Maine Business School is accredited by AACSB International, a mark of quality that distinguishes colleges of business as adhering to the most rigorous standards of academic excellence.

Additionally, online students will receive personalized programming and resources designed specifically for online learners.

“Online students will enjoy specialized advising from our dedicated UMaineOnline team, who will support and guide through the admission and enrollment process,” says Monique LaRocque, associate provost for the Division of Lifelong Learning. “We are pleased to offer the BSBA in Management as an online option as it will now provide access to students throughout Maine and beyond who are not able to attend classes on campus.”

Applications for fall semester 2020 are available at For those interested in a special summer 2020 start, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; 207.581.1561. More information on the online BSBA in Management is available online

Tuesday, 11 February 2020 11:34

UMaine announces 2020 Maryann Hartman Awards

ORONO — The 2020 Maryann Hartman Awards recognizing the inspirational achievements of Maine women will be presented to retired director of the University of Maine’s Women’s Resource Center Sharon Barker of Bangor, Penobscot Nation Ambassador Maulian Dana of Old Town and executive director of Maine Hospice Council Kandyce Powell of Wiscasset.

The women will be honored in a ceremony at 5:30 p.m., March 25 at Buchanan Alumni House at the University of Maine. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by UMaine’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, and the Rising Tide Center.

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 13:57

Bucksport's David Gross wins Gaziano Award

Scarborough's Nathan Mars also a winner

AUGUSTA – A Bucksport High senior is one of the winners of Maine’s most prestigious high school football awards.

The Gaziano Awards committee announced the scholarship winners of the Frank J. Gaziano Memorial Offensive and Defensive Lineman Awards. David Gross from Bucksport High School and Nathan Mars from Scarborough High School were named the top senior football offensive and defensive linemen in the state based on their hard work on the field, in the classroom and in their communities. The two winners each received a trophy, a leather jacket and a $5,000 scholarship, the largest high school football scholarship of its kind in the country.

Award runners-up were offensive linemen Riley Parmenter from Leavitt Area High School and Jack Rogers from Thornton Academy and defensive linemen William Horton from Bonny Eagle and Camden Jordan from Leavitt Area High School. Each runner-up received a $1,000 scholarship, a trophy and a leather jacket with the Gaziano Awards logo. 

The scholarship and awards program for Maine senior high school football linemen was created in memory of Frank J. Gaziano, founder of National Distributors and a former college All-American and professional football player with a lifelong passion for local sports. Annual funding for the $14,000 in scholarships is provided by National Distributors in South Portland, the company founded by the late Gaziano. During the 10 years of the Gaziano Awards, $124,000 has been awarded by National Distributors to Maine students. This year, Nathan Mars became part of the first brother combination to win the award; his brother Logan Mars won the award in 2011.

PORTLAND - The Maine Sports Hall of Fame will induct five men and four women in its 45th induction ceremony Sept. 20 at Merrill Auditorium in Portland.

By percentage, it is the largest class of women inducted by the organization that was established in 1972. Five women were among the 12 inductees in 2016. “I’m thinking this is one of the most diverse groups we’ve had in terms of a variety of sports,” said new President Brian Corcoran, CEO and founder of Shamrock Sports & Entertainment. “I’m really pleased with the number of women.”

ORONO — In its 2020 rankings released on Wednesday, U.S. News & World Report ranked the MaineMBA No. 47 in online master of business administration programs.

“We are excited that our online MBA has broken into the top 50 best programs, as this is an incredible affirmation of the high-quality MBA that we deliver,” says J. Michael Weber, dean of the University of Maine Graduate School of Business.

The MaineMBA continues to evolve through an innovative curriculum that builds on the reputation and high standards of 55 years of graduate business education at the University of Maine. This year’s No. 47 placement represents the third consecutive year of rankings improvements for the MaineMBA, up from No. 131 in 2018 and No. 90 in 2019.

“We attribute this significant increase in our ranking to the efforts of our faculty,” says Weber. “They excel at delivering industry-relevant content and providing experiential learning opportunities for our students.”

Perhaps the most exciting of these efforts is the introduction of new concentrations. In order to better prepare graduates for industry-specific leadership roles, the MaineMBA offers tracks in business analytics, finance and accounting.

“After numerous conversations with employers and leaders around the state, we learned that concentrations were needed to fill critical workforce gaps,” says Weber.

In addition to being offered 100% online, the MaineMBA has campuses in Orono and Portland, Maine. And as of January 2020, the Graduate School of Business offers 12% tuition discounts toward the MaineMBA. The Workforce Partners Program, available to active members of any Maine chamber of commerce, improves access and affordability toward completion of the MaineMBA. 

For more information and to apply for MaineMBA, visit

BANGOR– Husson University has announced the conclusion of its first comprehensive campaign, having raised $37,988,400 in cash and pledges.

The campaign, called “Shaping our Future,” had an initial goal of $21 million. The University’s alumni and friends contributed $16 million during its initial silent phase. This early success combined with a need for a signature and state-of-the-art facility for Husson’s College of Business, prompted the trustees to increase the goal to $30 million when the campaign was publicly announced on October 3, 2015.

“We accepted the challenge to do more because we believe in a better future,” said Robert A. Clark, Ph.D., president of Husson University. “This successful campaign has made it possible for us to better support the success of our students and serve as a catalyst responsible for the economic future of our state. There is no greater calling for any institution than the transformation of students’ lives and the education of our future leaders.” 

ORONO — Barry Dana and Peter Neptune will demonstrate Wabanaki traditions at the Maine Indian Basketmakers Holiday Market on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine.

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