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Wednesday, 31 August 2011 05:38

Get Away

Allegiant offers new jet service between Bangor and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

BANGOR - Allegiant recently announced that new, nonstop jet service between Bangor and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., will begin Nov. 17. The company will introduce the new service to Bangor residents with fares as low as $84.99 one way.

"We're pleased to offer another affordable and convenient way for our Bangor customers to get away to Florida," said Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company president. "We are confident the Bangor area will appreciate the value of flying nonstop to Fort Lauderdale and the great deals we offer on vacation packages."

The new flights will operate twice weekly between Bangor International Airport (BGR) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) with service Thursday and Sunday. Flights will depart Bangor at 12:35 p.m. arriving in Orlando-Sanford at 4:10 p.m. Flights leaving Orlando-Sanford will depart at 8:30 a.m., arriving in Bangor at 11:50 a.m. (all flight times are local).

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 05:38

Getting the last stamp

AUGUSTA - Mike Wilusz, Fort Knox State Historic Site park manager, and his staff were starting to close up shop Wednesday when a wonderful thing happened.

Celeste Hanson of Detroit drove up, got her Maine State Parks Passport stamped with her 48th park stamp and received her ultimate reward of a 2012 Maine state park season pass.

Hanson, 37, and her daughter Caroline, 14, became the first family this year to visit all 48 Maine state parks and historic sites. They join an elite group of "48-ers" as the fourth family so far to complete the challenge since the passport program began last year.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011 05:38

Museum of Art groundbreaking

WATERVILLE - Building construction of the Alfond-Lunder Pavilion at the Colby College Museum of Art begins in October and a groundbreaking ceremony will be held Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. The 26,000-square-foot expansion will include 10,000 square feet of new exhibition space, making Colby's the largest museum in Maine. The museum will close for construction Oct. 3, and selected galleries will reopen Nov. 8.

Designed by Los Angeles-based Frederick Fisher and Partners, the $15-million Alfond-Lunder Pavilion was initiated in response to Peter and Paula Lunder's 2007 promised gift of art. The project will include a sculpture terrace and a classroom for museum education and outreach. Art Department studios will occupy the top floor of the addition, which is anticipated to achieve LEED-silver certification.

The new space will open during Colby's bicentennial year, and the opening exhibition in July 2013 will present works from the Lunder Collection.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011 05:38

Senior center fundraiser set for Aug. 18

Funds to help restore rooftop garden hit by vandals in July

BANGOR - When word got around that vandals had struck the Hammond Street Senior Center's rooftop garden, the community began mobilizing to show its support. Donations arrived from as far away as Brunswick, area businesses offered to host fundraisers, and young professionals volunteered their weekend to assist with any repairs.

"We are deeply appreciative of all the support," said senior center executive director Kathy Bernier. "It just goes to show that the community of all ages recognizes the importance of the activities and opportunities we provide for area seniors to age well."

During the overnight of July 11, unknown vandals accessed the second story roof of the historic downtown building through the fire escape. They threw several bags of compost and other gardening supplies off the roof, broke off several of the tomato plants, ripped up the carrot bed, discarded a handmade wooden trellis, and irreparably damaged a section of the new irrigation system.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The astronauts on NASA's final shuttle voyage floated out of the International Space Station for the last time Monday, leaving behind a historic U.S. flag and a commemorative shuttle model to mark the end of a 30-year era.

Atlantis was set to undock from the orbiting lab early Tuesday - providing the last glimpses of a space shuttle in flight before the fleet is retired.

As the hatches swung shut behind the four crew members of Atlantis, it closed "a chapter in the history of our nation," space station astronaut Ronald Garan Jr. noted in Monday's emotional farewell ceremony.

BANGOR - Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC) is pleased to announce that David Rocker, MD, has joined the medical staff of Penobscot Community Health Center at 1012 Union Street, on PCHC's main Bangor campus. Dr. Rocker's practice centers on all aspects of high-quality family medical care, including patient physicals, acute visits and health care maintenance. Dr. Robert Allen, executive medical director said, "Dr. Rocker is an outstanding and experienced physician with a long career of providing outstanding care to the people of Winterport. Dr. Rocker will be a great addition our staff and will help PCHC better serve the needs of its patients in the Greater Bangor Area."

Rocker received his undergraduate degree from St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY, his doctor of medicine degree from the State University of New York School of Medicine, Syracuse, NY, and completed a residency in family practice, at Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor. Dr. Rocker has over 22 years of experience as a family physician in the Bangor area. He will be seeing patients 7:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; for an appointment, please call 945-5247.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011 05:38

New education program launches national safety awareness program

LEAWOOD, KA - announces an innovative new pilot program to distribute safety cards through hospitals nationwide to educate new parents about how memory lapses can result in children suffering heat stroke and even death in hot cars. The "Look Before You Lock" program is the first of its kind to provide life-saving information at the very beginning of their baby's life about the dangers of inadvertently leaving children alone in a vehicle.

"Educating new parents will help prevent tragic heat stroke deaths by giving them practical steps to jog their memory to take their children out of the car," said Janette Fennell, founder and president of, a national nonprofit child safety organization working to prevent injuries and deaths of children in and around motor vehicles.

Available in either English or Spanish, the cards will be distributed as part of the free information packets given to new parents when leaving the hospital. is working in cooperation with Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., which provided a grant to fund the program launch. "We support the important work of in elevating this issue to a national level," said Ed Bradley, regulatory affairs manager, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. "Vehicle safety is an issue that crosses all populations and communities, and Toyota strives to address this vital issue in a comprehensive way. This campaign is a great first step in educating the public in the prevention of injuries and fatalities to children in motor vehicles."

Wednesday, 07 September 2011 05:38

Hampden Fun Run and Walk to benefit teachers

Hampden Fun Run and Walk to benefit teachers

HAMPDEN - The MSAD #22 Education Foundation's Second Annual Making Tracks for Teachers 5-K Fun Run & 1-Mile Walk is set for Saturday, Oct. 8. A new, more challenging course and new T-shirts will make this year's event even better. Proceeds go to the Mini-Grants for Teachers Fund, which supports innovative projects in MSAD #22 schools in Hampden, Winterport and Newburgh.

The race will begin and finish at Weatherbee Elementary School on Main Road North in Hampden at 9 a.m., with registration from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. Walkers and runners may preregister by downloading a registration form from the Foundation's website at

Wednesday, 27 July 2011 05:38

Touring our forests

AUGUSTA - The Maine Forest Service (MFS), under the Maine Department of Conservation, and Maine Project Learning Tree (PLT) are offering educators the opportunity later this summer to tour the forests of a major southern Maine watershed.

Natural resource professionals will lead teachers and other school staff in August on a comprehensive tour of the forests of the Presumpscot River watershed, relating the information to classroom practice.

The tour and workshop is available at no cost through a U.S. Forest Service grant, according to MFS and PLT officials.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011 05:38

Juice Conference 3.0 to be held in Camden

CAMDEN - Midcoast Magnet, organizers of the Juice Conference, are pleased to announce dates for Juice 3.0 "Celebrating Risk." Juice 3.0 will take place Nov. 4 and 5, 2011 at the Camden Opera House in Camden. This event will attract 800 participants in a "super-regional" conference drawing participants from throughout New England and the Canadian Maritimes. The conference will attract leaders, policy makers, entrepreneurs, artists and innovators to connect, collaborate and create opportunities for economic expansion.

Why "Celebrating Risk?" According to Midcoast Magnet Board Present Amber Heffner, risk is an important topic as the country struggles to emerge from recession. "These are not the times to play it safe," said Heffner, who owns Little Harbor Technology in Rockland. "Entrepreneurs take risks and artists take risks. Policy-makers need to embrace the challenge of encouraging innovation." Juice 3.0 will explore many kinds of risks: creative, financial, career, technological, organizational, political and environmental. The event will celebrate successes and failures and look for opportunities to encourage smart economic development.

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