History of Military Training At Bangor High School

History of Military Training At Bangor High School

The City of Bangor, Maine, has the distinction of being the first City in the United States to adopt military training in its public school system.  Bangor High School’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps is a direct outgrowth of the establishment of military drill during the Civil War.

        On 2 December 1861, City Mayor Isaish Stetson and the Bangor City Council directed the school committee to institute military drill in the public school system.

        The report of the School Committee states:  “Early in December, upon the recommendation of his Honor the Major, the City Council instructed the School Committee to introduce the military drill into such public schools as might be deemed expedient.  The concluded to make the trail in the boys high and other select schools, and invited Captain David Bugbee and Lieutenant N. S.


ORONO — The University of Maine and University of Southern Maine are receiving a $493,577 grant from the Maine Technology Institute to advance the research, development and commercialization of private sector manufacturing projects in need of the universities’ technological assistance.

The three-year grant from MTI’s Cluster Initiative Program will enable precision manufacturers in Maine to advance, expand and increase hiring as they move forward with new project development.

New Bangor Y Afterschool Adventure Program Receives Support from The Maine Community Foundation

New Bangor Y Afterschool Adventure Program Receives Support from The Maine Community Foundation

A $7,500 grant from the Maine Community Foundation Penobscot County Fund is helping the Bangor Y provide a new afterschool youth development opportunity, the Afterschool Adventure Program, for 5th, 6th, and 7th grade youth in Greater Bangor.  Program activities include games and initiatives that introduce youth to new skill-building adventures which require team work, goal setting, creativity, and problem solving while also providing an opportunity for youth to get to know each other and make new friends.

Like many Bangor Y youth development programs, the Afterschool Adventure Program is based on the Search Institute’s philosophy that the more assets young people have, the less likely they are to engage in risky behaviors.  The Adventure Program focuses most on those assets that reinforce positive values, social competencies and developing a positive identity.  Activities are designed to help youth make positive choices, reduce stress, manage their emotions, a

Maine Students Score Better Than in Most States on National Science Test

Maine students outperformed students in most other states on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the only test of student achievement that allows comparison of student performance across states.

Maine tied for the fifth highest science score in grade 4 and tied for eighth highest in grade 8. By some measures, such as percent of student proficiency, Maine ranks even higher on the test, which was administered in 2009 and is being reported today.

Statewide at the fourth grade, 42 percent of students in Maine scored at the “proficient” level or above. In the eighth grade, 35 percent of students scored at or above the “proficient” level.

Maine’s lower-income students are doing well compared to in other states and the nation as a whole. In Maine, 29 percent of students eligible for free or reduced lunch in the 4th grade scored at or above the “proficient” level compared to 16 percent nationally.

Free Informational Seminar on Autism

Free Informational Seminar on Autism

Social Cognition

What’s it all about?

When: Wednesday, February 2, 2011

From: 6:00-8:00 PM

Where: Mount Desert Island High School Library

To register and for more information call Eliza at 288-5037

This two hour informational offering is designed for parents, professionals, and community members who want to learn more about the inner mind of person who have a diagnosis which places them on the Autism Spectrum (Autism, Asperger Syndrome, PDD-NOS, or High Functioning Autism), persons with Non-Verbal Learning Disability, ADHD, or persons with no diagnosis but who have social communicative challenges.

Tour the Solar System with the Jordan Planetarium's Homeschool Series

Tour the Solar System with the Jordan Planetarium's Homeschool Series

February 3rd at 1:30pm, take a trip around the solar system to meet the animated planets of our Solar System as they discuss what makes them so unique in “Our Sky Family,” for ages 5-9. This show is open to reservation for Homeschoolers so please call in advance to reserve seating at 207-581-1341. Admission is $3 per person. For more details on show schedules and how to reserve seating for a field trip, please visit or call Alan Davenport  207-581-134.


Brewer artist Betty Overlock will be showing her work in the Stairwell Gallery at the Bangor Public Library in December. Having retired from work in the commercial art and display world, Ms. Overlock is a lifelong artist who still experiments with new media. This exhibit includes the artist’s interpretation of 19th Century tinsel paintings.
Artist Michelle Walker, though a longtime resident of Bangor, grew up in the southwest, and that early influence shows in her work. Ms. Walker’s medium is gourds, and her vibrant designs are expressed on bowls, luminaries, vases, bracelets, and “simply whimsical creations.” The exhibit is in the Library’s Round Reading Room showcase.
Art work from the Bangor Public Library’s extensive collection will be shown in the Library’s Lecture Hall in December. The Library will soon be providing new Art Guides to assist anyone who wishes to take a self-guided tour of the Library's art collection.