Disney publishes Maine author's newest children's book
BUXTON - Author Toni Buzzeo of Buxton has always loved the written word. These days her favorite word happens to be Grandma. She is especially fond of the Swahili term for Grandma, “Bibi.” It was “Bibi,” her love of elephants and her new found role as grandma that inspired her to write her latest African-themed children's picture book called, “My Bibi Always Remembers.” The story follows a grandma elephant as she leads her large family, including her grandchild, Tembo, to water in the wilderness.
BANGOR - There are thousands of country music fans in Maine and over 8,000 of them attended the Lady Antebellum concert at the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor on Saturday night. Every one of them who could, stood to their feet the moment the country trio walked onto the stage, and they remained standing until the group's very last note. The trio, comprised of vocalists Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley along with guitar/mandolin player Dave Hayward, opened with their 2013 single "Compass" from their album “Golden.” The song is a mix of country, blue grass and folk music all rolled into one upbeat toe-tapping number driven by the sounds of the mandolin.
"The best way to stay warm is to dance," Kelley told the crowd before the trio launched into the song "Our Kind of Love" followed by "Just a Kiss," from their 2011 album “Own the Night.” Next, Lady Antebellum transported the crowd back in time to their first radio single, "Love Don't Live Here," during which Kelley and Scott pointed their microphones to the crowd to let them belt out the lyrics to finish the number.
HAMPDEN - The Lura Hoit Pool in Hampden is about to do something it has never done since opening its doors back in 1995. The pool, located on Western Avenue, is hosting its first-ever water carnival. The event is a way to thank all those who use the facility while also generating new business.
"The pool board and I talked about wanting to do something like an end of the summer bash to get the word out to people and raise awareness that we're here," explained Darcey Peakall, pool director.
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."
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."
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."
BANGOR - The Hollywood Casino Raceway in Bangor went to the dogs Father's Day weekend for the third annual Greater Bangor Bark for Life event. The gathering is an American Cancer Society event that encourages participants to bring their four-legged family members with them as they support, raise awareness and collect donations for cancer research. With doggy contests, demonstrations, food and vendors on site, there's something for everyone to enjoy before the night ends with a one lap walk of remembrance around the track.
"There's only two Bark for Life's in Maine so we've got people who have traveled from all across the state to come and fight back, which is what this is all about," said Lisa Eldridge, event co-chair. "I don't think I've met anyone, whether pet or human, who hasn't been touched by cancer."
WINTERPORT - Runners will be burning up the pavement in Winterport this Saturday for the town's first ever Pants on Fire 5K Beer Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run. The race is a fundraiser to help the town's all volunteer fire and rescue departments purchase gear and other necessities for the job. Jodi Rapoza-Rowe, owner of Zeke's Dog Retreat in Swanville, is one of the race's sponsors and a participant.
"The volunteer departments around here don't have a lot to work with, so I wanted to get out and show support to help them get the equipment they need," Rapoza-Rowe said. "And I've always wanted to do a 5K. The last couple ones I've signed up for I haven't been able to do because Zeke's has been so busy, so this is the one I've signed up for and am sticking with."
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."
Husband and wife rebrand convenience store chain
BANGOR - Andy and Susan Stephenson are on a mission to change the way customers view convenience stores. The couple recently opened three WeeBeez Deli & Market stores in Bangor where they have filled the shelves with veggies, fruit and baked goods as well as your typical convenience store items like chips and soda.
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