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Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:36

Skaters unite

Black Bear Skatepark Association holding fundraiser for new skate park

OLD TOWN/ORONO Skaters tend to get a bad rap. After all, finding a place that is legal to skate can be nigh impossible. Having a place that is both legal to skate and has the equipment that can withstand Maine's harsh climate (not wood) is important to many people who enjoy the sport.

'Black Bear Skatepark Association is a group of community organizers, athletes and advocates for a skatepark. We started with this project, to build a regional park between Old Town and Orono and the University of Maine,' said Josh Kaffer, who is organizing the Association's numerous and varied events.

Published in Adventure
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:09

Karmin to appear at Old Town Riverfest

OLD TOWN - Old Town's largest annual celebration will welcome a hometown hero at this year's Riverfest to be held the weekend of Sept. 28 - 30.

Nick Noonan of Old Town and his fianc, Amy Heidemann, make up the pop duo Karmin and are scheduled to be the Grand Marshals for the Riverfest parade on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 10 a.m., according to Carol May, one of Riverfest's organizers.

Published in Music
1992 Graduate takes on 100 mile run in California

OLD TOWN - An Old Town native is lacing up his shoes for the run of a lifetime. Brian Talon is planning on running the Western States Endurance Race in California on June 23. It's one of the most challenging courses a runner could embark upon. But Talon has personal reasons for participating in this 100-mile race and the charity it'll benefit.

"My wife was diagnosed with MS two years ago. So it became a personal cause for me, and I let her select the MS charity we'd support," explained Talon. "She's had it for a couple years, so we're still learning how it'll affect her and that can change on a day to day basis."

Published in Livin'
Old Town company marks 100 years in the transportation business

OLD TOWN - Traveling Maine's roadways and beyond has been good for the Cyr family. In fact, they found a way to make a business out it that has benefitted their family and thousands of passengers for the past 100 years.

"We started out as a horse and buggy company and eventually turned into motorized transportation with trucks, taxi cabs, school buses and motor coaches," explained Cyr Bus Line President Joe Cyr.

John T. Cyr & Sons/Cyr Bus Line opened in 1912 and this month the business celebrated its 100th birthday at its home office in Old Town.

"We had a lot of company. We had 450-500 people here in Old Town and we had games for the kids, public speakers, politicians, residents, and friends from the industry. We also had some great food," said Cyr.

Published in Biz

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

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