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Thursday, 17 May 2012 08:02

Criminal Mischief 5-16-12

Bangor man robbed after accepting a ride 

BANGOR - An evening at a local downtown bar in Bangor turned scary for one 33-year-old Bangor man who was reportedly choked and robbed after accepting a ride home from an acquaintance.

The man, who was not identified, told Officer Taylor Bagley that when the bar closed Sunday morning at around 1:15 a.m., he accepted a ride from an acquaintance he knew only as 'Scott.' When he got into the man's silver van, he noticed a younger man and three women already inside the vehicle.

The victim told police the younger man choked him from behind until he lost consciousness. He awoke in the parking lot of Angelo's Pizzeria on Hammond Street as the van took off. The victim eventually flagged down a passing motorist and used her cell phone to call police.

Published in Criminal Mischief

ORONO - Now more than ever, fire departments are relying on one another for mutual aid, backup or assistance when another town's fire fighters are called to a blaze. So what better way to create a seamless working relationship than to train together for such scenarios? That's exactly what fire crews from Orono, Old Town, Bangor, Glenburn, Milford and Veazie did last week when they all converged at a home on Essex Street in Orono for a controlled fire burn.

"We don't do anything alone when we go to a fire," said Orono Lieutenant Scott Luciano. "When a fire happens in a community or part of the community that does not have fire hydrants, it becomes more critical to have enough personnel and apparatus to do the job because they have to transport water to the scene."

Published in Biz
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:33

A little fun with Piggy & Moola

Maine Discovery Museum Junior Achievement team to offer campers financial based curriculum

BANGOR - Children who attend camp at the Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor this summer will be learning some money saving skills, thanks to a newly-formed partnership between the museum and Junior Achievement of Maine (JA). Junior Achievement, a non-profit economic educational organization, will be providing the museum with curriculum that will focus on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.

"Incorporating Junior Achievement's curriculum with our summer camps just seemed like a natural fit,' said Niles Parker, executive director of the Maine Discovery Museum in a press release.

The museum will run programs like Piggy Bankers and Camp Moola during the summer camp months in an effort to teach children in grades 1-6 a bit about money management, business and even economics.

Published in Livin'
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:00

May 9, 2012

EDITOR'S NOTE: In our story 'Bonfire explosion leads to charges' that appeared in the May 9 edition of The Maine Edge, the second paragraph incorrectly inferred that the 19-year-old Lamoine man, who was not identified and was injured by the resulting explosion, was responsible for throwing gasoline into the fire that caused his injuries. While it was clarified in the following paragraph, where Blake Thomas, 21, of Southwest Harbor was charged by police to have thrown the gasoline that injured the 19-year-old, the previous reference caused undue confusion.

We regret the error.

Bangor police search for knife-wielding robber

BANGOR - Anyone who may have been around the Circle K convenience store on Broadway in Bangor early Sunday morning is urged to contact police in an effort to help them identify the suspect who robbed the store with a knife. Officer Kyle Pelkey and backup units were dispatched to the convenience store at approximately 1:45 a.m., where the store clerk reported to authorities she'd just been robbed by a man wielding a knife and wearing a purple colored bandana around his face. The suspect is described as a white male, who is approximately 5'5"-5'7", weighing between 200-220 pounds. He has dark hair and was wearing a T-shirt, jeans and black sneakers with white soles. Anyone who might know the identity of the suspect should call Detective Erik Tall at 947-7382. Those who wish to remain anonymous should press 6 to utilize the police tip line.

Published in Criminal Mischief
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 11:27

30 Never Looked so Good

NESCom marks three decades of excellence

(Editor's note: A lot of the background and history of NESCom in this article was provided courtesy of the booklet 'A Review 1981-2007' created by NESCom Founder George Wildey)

BANGOR - The New England School of Communications, located on the campus of Husson University in Bangor, has been producing some of the most talented employees in the communication business for 30 years now. Aron Gaudet, a 1996 graduate and creator of the Maine troop greeters documentary 'The Way We Get By,' and Bret Johnson, a 2005 graduate and recent Academy Award winner for his contributions to the Martin Scorsese film 'Hugo,' are just two of the school's amazing stand-outs. These talented individuals, along with countless other students, got to where they are today thanks to the vision of one New York native with years of experience that he wanted to share with others.

Published in Cover Story
Thursday, 03 May 2012 08:43

School adults can 'wine' about

Bangor Wine & Cheese offers Wine and Beer classes

BANGOR - Merlot, pinot noir, chardonnay, riesling - the options are endless and sometimes overwhelming when it comes to wines. But Eric Mihan is hoping to help the public narrow down which wines best suit their own personal palate at the Wine Underground Beverage School, located inside his Bangor Wine & Cheese store.

"There's nothing like this that's been done in Maine," said Mihan. "We all sleep and we all eat and drink, so why not take a third of your life and do something to make it a little better?"

Last week the wine school held its first course, Wine Appreciation 101. During the one-hour class Mihan taught participants about taste-testing, properly serving and storing wine and how to choose a bottle from among the numerous options available at stores and restaurants.

Published in Style
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 16:43

Cover your butt!

Central Street Farmhouse hosts second cloth diaper change

BANGOR Central Street Farmhouse will again host the Great Cloth Diaper Change, joining like-minded cloth diapers to break the world record and simultaneously raise awareness of the impact disposable diapers have on the environment. The event is scheduled for April 21 at the stroke of 12 noon to coincide closely with Earth Day.

Co-owner of the Central Street Farmhouse Betsy Lundy noted in a press release that in the one minute it takes to change the diapers, 60,000 disposable diapers will enter landfills in the United States and Canada, which translates to around 86.4 million diapers per day.

'[The event] started as a way to help spread the word on how easy it is to change to cloth diapers,' said Lundy. 'Also to highlight the impact disposable diapers have on the environment it's an insane amount of waste.'

Published in Style

BANGOR - During the month of April the McDonald's restaurant located at 632 Broadway in Bangor will celebrate the grand re-opening of its newly renovated store with the community. The celebration will include charity events, weekly giveaways and daily menu specials. The Broadway McDonald's restaurant is owned and operated by Gary Eckmann of Hampden.

'I am very pleased to have been a part of the Bangor business community since 1986,' stated Eckmann. 'I look forward to welcoming all of our former customers - and new ones, as well - to our remodeled restaurant still located at 632 Broadway, where it has been for the last 47 years.'

Reflecting the newest McDonald's look being rolled out nationally, the Broadway restaurant's interior renovations include a remodeled dining room, restrooms and front service counter with upgraded equipment to better serve customers. On the exterior, the new roofline features a yellow arch and a double drive-thru provides the ability to take customer orders two at a time for faster service.

Published in Biz
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:27

12 Days of Hops

Nocturnem Draft Haus celebrates anniversary in best possible way

BANGOR We are currently in the midst of a momentous occasion. In order to celebrate the upcoming anniversary of the existence of Nocturnem Draft Haus, owner Gene Beck is offering the 12 Days of Hops. The event actually began on April 5 and continues for, obviously, 12 days, culminating with the one year anniversary party on April 19 with the premier of Nocturnem's own signature brew Hops Junky, crafted by Black Bear Brewing.

Beck explained that the Darft Haus's anniversary actually falls on April 16, but since that was a Monday they decided to push the actual celebration out to Thursday.

'We decided to do an event with all hoppy beers and then it turns into two weeks of hoppy beers for our anniversary,' he said.

Beck said that this is a perfect time to try beers that may be outside your normal comfort zone. The hoppy beverages that will be on tap (at least six each day) will be varied in intensity.

Published in Happenings
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