DMC scientist: Unrelated land, marine herbivores ‘make living in similar ways’

WALPOLE, Maine — An underwater sea slug has evolved chemical foraging and defense abilities that are functionally identical to those of terrestrial insects, despite being unrelated to their land-based counterparts and living in vastly different habitats for 400 million years.

ELLSWORTH – The Grand invites children of all ages (and their parents or grandparents as all children must be accompanied by an adult) to have tea with “Mary Poppins” at the General Bryant Moore Community Center in Ellsworth on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. The tea is a fundraiser for The Grand’s production of the beloved musical. Tickets for this unique event are $10 for adults and $5 for youth (12 and under) and can be purchased at the box office.

The Grand’s community musical “Mary Poppins – the Broadway Musical” opens on Friday, Oct. 16 and runs through Nov. 1. And now The Grand offers families an opportunity to meet the practically perfect nanny herself, along with her friend Bert the Chimney Sweep for a proper English tea. As participants enjoy tea, lemonade, sandwiches and sweets, they can also make Mary Poppins crafts and have their picture taken with Mary Poppins and Bert. It's guaranteed to be a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious experience for one and all!
For more information on the Mary Poppins tea, to purchase tickets to the production or to become a member of The Grand, please call the box office at (207) 667-9500. For more information on events at The Grand, visit The Grand website at or follow The Grand on Facebook at


Monday, 05 October 2015 20:27

Unity student gains Belfast art exhibit

by PR

Ru Allen, a junior from Hallowell, offers photographic renditions of harvest, hunger relief

UNITY -- A Unity College junior will make her artistic debut with a gallery show of photographs in October and November in Belfast.

SEARSPORT – The men of Deer Isle have been famous for their maritime skills for well over a hundred years. In 1895 and 1899 the America’s Cup was won by all-Deer Isle crews, the first and last time in history a single town supplied an entire crew for the race. At Penobscot Marine Museum on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m., anthropologist William Haviland will discuss why the men of Deer Isle developed such an excellent reputation and were sought after as crewmen especially for the big steam yachts of the early 20th century. Haviland’s book on the subject, “Floating Palaces: America's Queens of the Sea,” which he wrote with Deer Isle native Barbara (Greenlaw) Britton, was published this year. Admission is free.

William Haviland is professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Vermont. Growing up, he spent summers on Deer Isle and is now a full-time resident. He is on the boards of the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society and the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor. 

ORONO — The intersection of science and politics will be the focus of the 2015 Senator George J. Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability at the University of Maine on Oct. 15.

“When Science Meets Politics: Symphony or Slugfest?” will be presented by University of Colorado professor and author Roger Pielke Jr., at 1 p.m. in Hauck Auditorium. The event will include remarks by Sen. George J. Mitchell and will be followed by a reception in the Collins Center for the Arts.

Monday, 05 October 2015 20:24

Night of Laughs at Brewer’s Eagles Club

by PR

BANGOR – Saturday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m., the American Council of the Blind will be holding a very special 21 + "Night of Laughs" comedy show at the Brewer Eagles Club, featuring three of the Boston area's best standup comedians who have appeared on Letterman, Leno, at Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun Casinos and more. Proceeds from this special fundraiser will benefit the American Council of the Blind. Brewer Eagles is located at 22 Atlantic Ave in Brewer. This show is open to the public. Doors open at 7 p.m. Donations will be accepted. This is a 21+ mature audience show. Cash bar available. For more information on this event, call (207) 432-6968.

Monday, 05 October 2015 20:23

UMMA offers after school arts program

by PR

BANGOR – Art explorations: Fall after school arts program at the University of Maine Museum of Art runs Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 6 through Nov. 19, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Participation costs $55 for Museum of Art members and $65 for non-members (with a $10 sibling discount).

In this workshop students will have the opportunity to play interactive gallery games as they explore the current exhibits and learn about art history. Elements and principles of design as well as learning to use visual art as a means of personal expression will be addressed. Students will have the opportunity to try various approaches to art making in a variety of media.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 21:47

Age before beauty – ‘The Intern’

by Allen Adams

Quality chemistry elevates lightweight comedy

It’s strange to think about, but there are probably more than a few teenaged movie fans out there who think of Robert De Niro as primarily a comedic actor. Seriously – the one-two comic punch of “Analyze This” and “Meet the Parents” happened over 15 years ago.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 21:45

Doing time with Margaret Atwood

by Allen Adams

“The Heart Goes Last” a powerful, unpredictable satire

Margaret Atwood has always had a gift for exploring the ills of the present through the lens of the future. Through sharp wit and incisive prose, she manages to cut society to the quick and shine a light on the blights that surround our way of life.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 21:39

Paddy Murphy's is under attack

by DJ Samuelian

BANGOR - On Wednesday nights at 8, an invasion is launched on the second floor of Paddy Murphy's. Attack on Paddy's is a weekly event hosted by The Maine Fighting Gamer's Alliance. The event features brackets for both “Street Fighter IV” and “Super Smash Brothers.” Entering the brackets is $5; there is no cover charge for those who just want to watch.

Wednesday the 24th marked only the second of the weekly events, so the creators of the event are still open to feedback and change. You wouldn't have guessed it was only the second week of the event, though. The upstairs of Paddy's was packed almost from wall to wall with gamers of all types. Some were there to win and some were there to watch. People were yelling and cheering, the beer flowed and the competitors showed the difference between casual and competitive play.

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