Monday, 08 November 2021 10:40

A ‘Hopeful’ sign for Bangor

BANGOR – A new art installation is set to shine its message of hope over Downtown Bangor.

The piece – titled “Hopeful” – is part of a series of neon artworks displayed outside and/or atop buildings all over the state. Bangor’s entry into the series will be installed and displayed on the side of 152 Main St., aiming its light and its message toward the city’s bustling downtown area.

“Hopeful” is the work of Charlie Hewitt, an artist based in Yarmouth. Versions of this piece can be seen in cities all over the state. There’s one atop the Speedwell Gallery in Portland – that was the first, back in 2019. Since then, Hewitt has completed commissioned versions for a number of other municipalities; there’s one on the Bates Mill in Lewiston, for instance, as well as in Brunswick and Yarmouth and towns in Connecticut and Maryland.

And soon enough – Bangor.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 22 May 2019 12:32

Winging it with Wingfest Maine

BANGOR – One of the area’s tastiest fundraisers is set to take flight once more.

The United Way of Eastern Maine will be hosting Wingfest Maine at the Cross Insurance Center. Some 20 vendors will be cooking up thousands of wings for your dining pleasure – all for a great cause. The event takes place on May 30 from 5-8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event; kids aged six and under eat free. Tickets and more information can be found at

Published in Style

BANGOR – Get ready to fill your belly with delicious beer, wine and wings on the Waterfront this weekend.

The Best of the North Festival – an event born of a collaborative effort by the Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) and the United Way of Eastern Maine - is set to take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Bangor Waterfront.

The festival represents the coming together of three unique events – the CVB’s Wine on the Waterfront and Tap into Summer and the United Way’s Wingfest Maine. The Best of the North Festival will also feature local music and the addition of a kid zone, creating a family-friendly hybrid of both organizations’ events.

All told, there will be 28 brewers, 20 wing vendors and a dozen purveyors of wine and spirits in attendance – more than enough variety for a fan of any or all of these wonderful things. Tickets are $28 per person for just wings, $50 per person for the wings, wine and beer combo ticket or $70 per person for the VIP ticket; they can be purchased at

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 13:29

Season of giving

There are more ways to give than you may think

Editor's Note: Wire reports contributed to this story

The dichotomy of hordes of people clamoring to buy things the day after giving thanks has not been lost on the internet. Do a Google image search for Black Friday memes. I'll wait. Pretty funny stuff, except for that one really inappropriate image (sorry about that).

Published in Cover Story

WATERVILLE - United Way of Mid-Maine kicked off their annual fundraising campaign amid the cheers of over 100 community partners who celebrated at the organization's campaign kick-off breakfast held at Spectrum Generations in Waterville. 

TJ and Kerry Smart, who own and operate Veilleux and Redington Funeral Homes and are the 2013/2014 Campaign Chairs, described how they chose this year's campaign theme 'Join our team and make a difference in our communities.' 'When thinking of our theme we wanted it to reflect us but also touch other people. We both have been so fortunate and blessed in our lives to be part of teams, whether it was participating on a team, coaching a team or just using teamwork to get things done in our everyday life,' said Smart. 'The other piece that we found so important was making a difference.  That is exactly what we are here to do, and we hope you will help us inspire that passion in the people around you as well.' 

Published in Press Releases
Mainer helps hurricane victims

BANGOR - Superstorm Sandy may have passed Maine by, but residents in New York and New Jersey were still dealing with its aftermath weeks after it made landfall. New York native Fran Folnsbee, who now lives in Winterport, couldn't stand to watch the devastation on her TV any longer and decided to stock up on supplies and collect donations to drive down to her family and others in need in the Long Island area.

"I was going to go down just to bring my parents gas," Folnsbee said. "Then I figured if I was going, I might as well bring something with me and looked into getting a U-Haul."

Published in Livin'
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 14:02

United Way of Mid-Maine hires new staff members

WATERVILLE - United Way of Mid-Maine President Tina Chapman announced that the organization has recently hired two new staff members: Stacy Saucier as finance director and Fran Mullin as director of Community Transformation.

Stacy Saucier is the daughter of Dennis and Sylvia Luce. She was born in Camden, Maine and grew up in Waterville, graduating from Waterville Senior High School in 1990. She has 16 years of financial experience and was most recently with The Bank of Maine. She has also worked as the office manager for her husband's construction company for six years. Saucier has been very involved in her community as a volunteer, some of which were with United Way of Mid-Maine partner agencies.

Published in Biz


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