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BANGOR The Susan G. Komen Maine Race for the Cure - Bangor and Survivor Sponsor Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway are proud to honor Survivor of the Week Ruth Susee of Kenduskeag. Susee is celebrating her 15th year being cancer free.

Susee was diagnosed in 1998 with breast cancer after a routine mammogram. "I was absolutely floored when I got a call from the doctor saying they found something and I needed to go see a surgeon," said Susee.

FARMINGTON The University of Maine at Farmington's Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program is proud to present award-winning author Margot Livesey as the first writer in UMF's 2013-14 Visiting Writers Series. Livesey will read from her work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a signing by the author.

Livesey grew up on the edge of the Scottish Highlands. Her first book was a collection of stories entitled 'Learning by Heart' (Penguin Canada 1986). Her writings since then include: 'Homework,' 'Criminals,' 'The Missing World,' 'Eva Moves the Furniture,' 'Banishing Verona' and 'The House on Fortune Street' winner of the L.L. Winship/PEN New England award. Her most recent novel, 'The Flight of Gemma Hardy,' won the New England Independent Booksellers' Award in fiction for 2012.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 21:48

The Maine story of finding Donn Fendler at The Grand

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ELLSWORTH - The Grand's film program concentrating on subjects of interest to the Maine community continues on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. with the Donn Fendler Event, including local schoolchildren reading from Fendler's book'Lost on a Mountain in Maine' segments of the documentary film, 'Finding Donn Fendler: Lost on a Mountain in Maine 72 Years Later,' 20 minutes of a new fiction film based on the book and a post-film Q&A with the directors and the film's subject. Tickets are available at The Grand box office (667-9500) or online at www.grandonline.org. Adults are $10 while youth (12 and under) are $7. Scouts in uniform will receive a $2 discount on their tickets. The event is being held with assistance from the Ellsworth Public Library.

Fendler's story of hope and survival took place in July of 1939, when 12-year-old Donn got separated from his family while hiking up Katahdin's Hunt Trail. Lost and alone, Donn made his way down the mountain and through over 80 miles of thick Maine forest and over the course of nine days lost nearly 20 pounds, most of his clothing and was eaten alive by seemingly every insect known to man. Through hallucinations, black bears and abandoned cabins, Donn never gave up hope as he continued to push onward.

BAR HARBOR Join College of the Atlantic and Friends of Acadia as they host the Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 at 7 p.m. at Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Community Center.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a collection of films from the annual festival held the third week of January in Nevada City, CA, now its 11th year. The festival focuses on films that speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet. 

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 21:19

Grand audience votes for best short film

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ELLSWORTH - Filmgoers in Ellsworth will unite with audiences in over 300 cities spanning six continents to vote on the work of filmmakers from around the world when the 16th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival returns to the screen at The Grand on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. Ticket prices are General Admission seating and are as follows: $10 for adults, $9 for seniors/students and $8 for Grand members.

Once again, following the slogan 'One World - One Week - One Festival,' the MSFF is bringing together over 100,000 people from such cities as Sydney, Mumbai, Moscow, Vienna and Cape Town (not to mention audiences in the Ellsworth, Maine!) to view and vote on the 10 short film finalists from an initial, record-breaking 628 entries received from 48 countries around the world! 

HALLOWELL - Calling all artists and animal lovers! Artist Cheryl Miller needs your help filling the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell with 46 million turkeys this Thanksgiving season. (Seriously.)

Mail your turkey drawings, doodles, fiberart, prints, paintings, caricatures, cut-outs, sketches or sculptures, plus the official entry form and an optional donation of $1 (50 cents will support this project at the nonprofit Harlow Gallery and 50 cents will be donated to Peace Ridge Sanctuary in Penobscot at the end of the project) to the following address:

FARMINGTON The University of Maine at Farmington, the birthplace of public higher education in Maine, celebrates its 150th anniversary this academic year. This historic milestone marks UMF's passage from humble beginnings as the state's first 'Normal School' to that of a nationally recognized public liberal arts University of nearly 2,000 students.

Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president, sees UMF's year-long sesquicentennial celebration as a wonderful opportunity to recognize the University's long history of leadership, scholarship and rich partnership with the community. 'For one and a half centuries UMF has been a landmark for public higher education in the great state of Maine,' said Foster. 'Our continued success is a reflection of UMF's educational excellence, resilience and enduring commitment to the liberal arts tradition. We welcome the community to join us this year as we celebrate the ideals that the University was founded on 150 years ago and that continue today.'

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 23:19

The Gracie goes country with Steel Magnolia

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BANGOR The Gracie Theatre, Bangor's premier center for the performing arts, opens its 2013/14 season with the country vocal duo Steel Magnolia. This Academy of Country Music award-winning group and their band will perform Saturday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. The Gracie Theatre is located on the campus of Husson University.

'Steel Magnolia's tight vocals and electric stage presence make for a fantastic concert experience, particularly in the Gracie's intimate setting,' said Jeri Misler, managing director of Gracie Theatre. 'The concert, sponsored by Dead River Company, will feature hits from their debut album, plus new tracks country fans will love.' 

BAR HARBOR As a participant in the fifth annual Acadia Night Sky Festival, College of the Atlantic is bringing art and science to the Blum Gallery. A special exhibit, titled 'Art In Space,' will be on view Sept. 20 Oct. 25, 2013 and a lecture, The Marriage of Art and Science, is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 27 from 46 p.m.

'Art In Space' features the work of glass artist Josh Simpson and painter Jane Runyeon. The lecture will begin with remarks by Runyeon, who will introduce NASA Space Shuttle astronaut Cady Coleman, and along with Simpson, the two will discuss how art and science co-exist and inform one other. Coleman, who has logged more than 4,000 hours in space aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia and the International Space Station, will discuss the endless possibilities that the space program brings back to earth. 

BLUE HILL/BANGOR - WERU-FM (89.9 FM in Blue Hill, 99.9 FM in Bangor and streaming online at www.weru.org) is 25 years old! As part of the year-long celebration of the non-profit community radio station's first quarter century on the air, there will be a celebration concert '25 Years And Counting!' at The Grand in Ellsworth on Oct. 6, 2013 at 4 p.m.

The concert will feature some of Maine's best-known performers, including Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul, and Mary; singer-songwriter David Mallett; Maine Humorist Tim Sample; and folk musicians Bill Schubeck, Heidi Daub and Phil Norris. With the exception of David Mallett, all of the performers at the 25th anniversary celebration concert played live on the WERU airwaves during the station's first day on the air. This event is a benefit to support WERU-FM. Many WERU programmers, present and past, will be joining in the celebration, both from the stage and as part of the audience, and there are likely to be a few surprises as well. According to the radio station's General Manager Matt Murphy, "We are so grateful to our listeners and volunteers for over a quarter century of support, and this concert promises to be quite the celebration of that support for WERU's years of service to the community."

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