Wednesday, 06 August 2014 11:00

Stitched with love

BANGOR - Nancy Driscoll may no longer have her eyesight but that isn't preventing her from seeing the needs of many in the Bangor community. Each week Driscoll and several other talented residents at Winterberry Heights Assisted Living on Ohio Street gather in the front lobby to knit and crochet newborn hats for the babies at Eastern Maine Medical Center or make mats for the animal cages at the Bangor Humane Society.

"It's nice to get together and for me it's something to do that relaxes me," explained Driscoll. "[Plus] it's good for a lot of us with arthritis."

Published in Style
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 10:23

Maine Loonatics

ELLSWORTH - Keeping track of Maine's loon population is no easy task. That's why each July thousands of volunteers known as 'citizen scientists' gather on Maine's lakes and ponds to assist the Maine Audubon in its annual loon count. It's a project that was started 31 years ago when very little was known about the iconic bird.

"I'm no loon expert, I just like them," said volunteer David Moores of New Hampshire. This was Moores's second year participating in the count with his kids. "My three daughters did a whole lot of research on the loon habitat which concluded with participating in the loon count last year. This is the educational piece of our summer vacation."

Published in Press Releases
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 10:20

Criminal Mischief - 07/16/14

Mi casa ain't su casa

BANGOR An area man was arrested after police say he was caught when he broke into someone's home, ate their food and drank their liquor.

Published in Criminal Mischief

BANGOR - Vacationland is filled with tourists and visitors this time of year, but rather than kick back and relax, a pair of brothers from Arizona decided to turn their time in Maine into a working vacation. Justin and Ryan Speirs set up a whoopie pie stand called Whoopie Works outside of their grandfather's home on Westland Street in Bangor last week where motorists and pedestrians alike couldn't resist stopping for a treat.

"I drive by every day, but yesterday they were sold out," said Norman Hall of Hermon. "I was able to pick up four today, and two of them are for myself."

Published in Biz

BANGOR - School may be out for the summer but that doesn't mean students are taking a break from learning. Over 25 ninth and tenth graders spent last week at Camp Survivor in Bangor, where they got a firsthand look at careers in the health field.

"This is a way to introduce kids to careers they maybe did not think about," said Sheree Tillson, EMHS recruiter. "We've had an occupational therapist teach them how to get dressed using only one hand, a physical therapist showing them the different muscles and activities to treat those muscles, a hygienist demonstrating how to scrape teeth. And we took them to EMMC, where they were able to look at an ultrasound of Jello that had various items in it."

Published in Buzz

HAMPDEN - A member of the Penobscot County Sheriff's Department is carrying around some extra protection these days thanks to the generosity of a Hampden fifth grader. Samantha Quesnel raised over $1,000 in less than a month to help purchase a bullet proof vest for the department's K9 officer, Dozer.

"He's a search and article dog. He doesn't look for drugs or cadavers. He helps solve cases like if someone threw a gun out the window, when he finds it, he'll sit on it and his reward is this toy he pulls on. That's when the puppy really comes out in him," explained Bonnie Quesnel, Samantha's mother. "He is a gorgeous dog and he's such a goof ball that you forget even though he's a working dog, he's still a dog."

Published in Livin'
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 22:34

United returns to BIA

BANGOR - A familiar face is once again gracing the terminals of Bangor International Airport. United has returned to BIA, this time offering once a day non-stop flights to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on United Express.

"This is exciting to welcome back United to BGR," said Tony Caruso, BIA airport director. "We believe that the service will be very popular and is a wonderful addition to the Bangor market. These new flights will also make it very easy for west coast and southwestern US visitors to get to the Bangor region this summer."

Published in Biz

BANGOR - The third annual Greater Bangor Bark for Life event is less than a month away, and more participants and teams are needed in order to make this American Cancer Society fundraising event the most successful one yet. So far, 13 teams have registered to participate including Team Wolf Pack.

"There's at least a dozen people on the team and four dogs. They're all people I work with at Hannaford or my family," said Barbara Bruns, Team Wolf Pack captain. "Going to Bark for Life is so fun. The atmosphere there and all the dogs just makes you feel like there's hope."

Published in Style

BANGOR - After asking for the public's help to name the newest menu item at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, the votes have finally been tallied and the winner is the Penobscot Poundah. This half-pound Angus burger topped with bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion and poutine made its debut during the Hunter Hayes concert last week. And the winning name came from one of the city's own residents: Jack Keenan of Bangor.

"The size of the burger is huge and everyone on our culinary team is really proud of it," said Carmen Montes, director of food and beverage at Ovations Food Services which supplies the concessions at the CIC. 

Published in Biz

BANGOR - Dawna Hensley lost her battle with cancer last fall, but that isn't stopping her family and fellow co-workers at Geaghan's Pub & Craft Brewery in Bangor from organizing the third annual 'Dawna's Day' at the pub. It all started as an event where a portion of the proceeds from a certain day's sales at the restaurant would be donated to Dawna's recovery. But Hensley just wouldn't accept the offer. Instead she asked her co-workers and family to think bigger and give to an organization that could help everyone, not just her. So for the third year in a row, Geaghan's is planning to donate 10 percent of all sales on Thursday, May 1 to Greater Bangor Bark for Life, an American Cancer Society Relay for Life event that honors the life-long contributions of canine companions. 

"It was a perfect idea," said Larry Geaghan, Dawna's brother-in-law, during a telephone interview last year. "Dawna is a dog lover and wanted to draw attention off her and do something more for everyone in general."

Published in Biz
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