Participants look to break Guinness World Record
BANGOR - A group of Mainers will be gathering at Central Street Farmhouse in Bangor this weekend to help break the Guinness Book of World Record's cloth diaper changing record. It's an international event where thousands of people will gather on the same day at the same time in an effort to change as many cloth diapers as they can in just 60 seconds.
Texting behind the wheel leads to arrest
CORINTH - A 47-year-old Corinth man was arrested over the weekend after texting behind the wheel. Authorities say Brian Barnes was traveling along the West Corinth Road around 9:15 p.m. Friday night when he lost control of his vehicle while texting and struck a utility pole. His vehicle then rolled down the snow bank before finally coming to a stop. When officers from the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office arrived at the scene, Barnes not only admitted he had been drinking but that he was on his way to meet a lady. Subsequently, Barnes was arrested, taken to the Penobscot County Jail and charged with operating under the influence and refusing to submit to arrest.
Public invited to name new Cross Insurance Center burger
BANGOR - There's a new burger in town, and it is in desperate need of a name. This half-pound angus burger topped with bacon and poutine, a Canadian dish consisting of gravy, French fries and cheese curds, will be available at the Cross Insurance Center starting May 1. However, before it can be featured on the menu it needs a name, so the public is encouraged to submit their name suggestions online by April 14.
Comedian Paul Reiser is coming to Bangor this weekend to make people laugh. Reiser, who starred in the popular NBC ’90s sitcoms “My Two Dads” and “Mad About You,” began his career as a stand-up comedian long before he started acting. Besides TV, he's also had the opportunity to star in several movies, including “Aliens,” “Beverly Hills Cop I” and “II,” and most recently he played Matt Damon's lawyer in the Emmy award winning HBO movie “Behind the Candelabra.”
But what most people may not realize is that Reiser is also gifted in music. He wrote the theme song “Final Frontier” for “Mad About You” and collaborated with and played piano for British singer/songwriter Julia Fordham on the album Unusual Suspects. When he wasn't busy acting or making music he found time to become an author. Reiser has written three books so far – “Couplehood,” “Babyhood” and “Familyhood,” and he shows no signs of slowing down. I recently had the opportunity to talk with him by phone. He said he's looking forward to visiting the Gracie Theatre and sharing some universal laughs about the absurdities of modern life.
Private dinner & concert with singer Meredith Andrews
BANGOR - The city of Bangor is attracting more and more musicians than ever before. From rock to pop, country to gospel, there's a show for almost any music fan out there. However, ticket holders rarely get the opportunity to eat dinner with an artist prior to a concert - until now. On May 15, fans of
ORONO - The University of Maine Singers have a spring in their step and a number of songs in their hearts that they are sharing with audiences throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts this week. The 70-member choir is spending their spring break on tour performing for area schools during the day and at public concerts at night. It's an annual tradition that's been going on for years under the direction of Dr. Dennis Cox, the UMaine director of choral activities.
"This group right now is as good as any I've had," said Cox. "I've been with the Singers for almost 36 years and it's been amazing."
HOLDEN - Bobby Silcott of Naples is a life saver. He's helped supply numerous fire and rescue departments in Maine with pet oxygen masks through his nonprofit called The Maine POM Project. Over 270 have been delivered since 2009 and Silcott plans to keep on working until each and every fire and rescue squad has one on hand.
"The rescue and fire departments love to have this tool in their tool bag. They can be used on any companion animal from a hamster to a foal," said Silcott. "We've been up to Fort Kent and down to Eliot and many places in between, and when a rescue or EMT saves an animal's life with this, they never forget it."
BANGOR - While many folks were enjoying left over chocolates or other Valentine's Day sweets this weekend, a large group met at Bangor Parks and Recreation to work off those extra calories at a Zumbathon to benefit the third annual Greater Bangor Bark For Life event.
"We're trying to get awareness out about Bark before the actual event happens in June," said Lisa Eldridge, co-chair for Greater Bangor Bark For Life. "We're the only canine friendly cancer walk in Eastern and Central Maine."
BANGOR - Maine Jewelry & Art is attracting a lot of new customers these days who are looking to get their hands on a piece of one of their favorite childhood destinations. Last month, the owners of the Harlow Street jewelry store began making earrings, bracelets and bookmarks from the 102-year-old copper roof that's being replaced on the Bangor Public Library. Those pieces were then auctioned off to help the library with its renovations and requests for the unique items have been stacking up ever since.
"I knew there'd be a big response, but I didn't know it would be this big. They're selling like hotcakes," said Roxanne Munksgaard, jewelry designer and co-owner of Maine Jewelry & Art. "We got requests from as far away as Paris, France."
Volunteer firefighter indicted for arson
CORINTH - A former volunteer firefighter is in the hot seat. Nineteen-year-old James Mitchell is facing charges after allegedly setting fire to a vehicle in a Corinth gravel pit last summer. The Stetson resident was indicted last week by the Penobscot County Grand Jury and charged with arson, aggravated criminal mischief and failure to report a fire.
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