Tuesday, 28 July 2015 19:50

Monkey business

by Katy England

So, no sooner has my son mastered the English language than he decides that one language is not good enough. Forgive me while I brag, but you kind of have to when you have a bilingual son who isn’t yet 4. Oh, what’s the language? Monkey.

We’ve been on a serious “Curious George” kick of late. And kids emulate their heroes, which can be really cool. When we watch “Mighty Machines,” he’s a crane, a bulldozer or any number of large pieces of equipment. After watching “The Land Before Time,” Mom and Dad would take turns being the terrifying Sharptooth chasing after Littlefoot and his friends.

FARMINGTON — The Emery Community Arts Center on the University of Maine at Farmington campus and the Nordica Memorial Association are presenting “Remembering Madame Nordica,” an exhibit of items from the personal collection of Madame Lillian Nordica, a Gilded Age operatic superstar and Farmington native.

The show runs from Aug. 8-23 in the Emery Community Arts Center Flex Gallery with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m., on Wednesday, Aug. 12. The opening will feature a reading of the recently-published book on Nordica entitled “Lily of the North” by Jane Parker and Patricia Flint and illustrated by Luanne Wrenn along with musical accompaniment. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 17:47

Odd and not-so odd hours

by Katy England

I work odd hours much of the time. Whether it’s trying to squeeze in a phone interview during naptime from my porch or staying up late finishing up a story, they’re odd. But I also get to see the kids on a regular basis and I get my work done – I don’t do much else, though. 

Up until recently, due to conflicting schedules, I would waltz into the office around 2 p.m. and stay until 7 or so. Things like social lunches were out. And it’s surprisingly difficult to get people to come out for a mid-day snack.

BANGOR - Two local businesses are coming together for the third year in a row to help raise money for the homeless pets at the Bangor Humane Society.

Russ Maynard of Blackstream Custom Cycles in Hermon and John Ramirez of 4Points BBQ and Blues House in Winterport are organizing a charity motorcycle ride and concert for the shelter. In the last two years, the ride has raised $2,500 for the humane society, and this year Ramirez and Maynard have high hopes to raise even more.

Monday, 20 July 2015 18:30

Learn to Pray and Heal

by PR

BANGOR - Interested in spirituality? Come learn how to apply universal prayer principles to better your life and our world. Everyone is invited to “Learn To Pray and Heal,” a talk by Nate Frederick, CS, which will be held Saturday, Aug. 8, at 2 p.m., at Sunbury Village, 922 Ohio Street, Bangor.

Take a journey exploring insights from The Bible and the writing of Mary Baker Eddy. Aided by animation and photography, this interactive lecture displays the healing effect of faith, spiritual understanding and unselfed love. It includes a variety of compelling Christian Science cures. The talk is prefaced with a recent testimony of healing and the event will conclude with questions and answers.

ELLSWORTH – The Emmaus Homeless Shelter at 51 Main Street in Ellsworth is now open to anyone in Hancock County, six days per week (Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). They offer a free clothing closet, with gently used clothing for men, women and children. No appointment is necessary. The free food pantry is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. People are asked to call the shelter the day before to sign up by calling 667-3962. There is also free produce two days per week (Thursday and Saturday at 8:30 a.m. – no appointment necessary).

Free housewares, linens and some furniture are available. Go to the shelter to sign up.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 19:42

The good fight

by Katy England

You have to pick your battles, everyone says. I embrace that philosophy, I do, but I never thought I’d be fighting with people about putting their own pants on. But that’s where I am, having fights that last a long time - and require someone to be without pants for quite a long time - because they don’t meet the following requirements:

WASHINGTON — Many millennials will turn 30 years old this year. Rather than lament this milestone, the experts of the USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline revel in the celebration. July marks the 30th anniversary of the hotline, and to commemorate, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is highlighting the Hotline’s accomplishments.

Hotline experts keep the public safe from foodborne illness when they answer calls on all sorts of food safety topics. Routinely they answer consumers’ questions about recalls and safe internal cooking temperatures. In fact, since its inception in 1985, the Hotline has handled more than 3 million calls from the public.

BELFAST - In the event of a school-based incident, school administrators, rural law enforcement officers and other emergency responders must be prepared to act quickly and precisely to take control of the situation. The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) is providing these and others responsible for school security in Belfast, with crisis management training on how to effectively respond to an emergency involving a school building or an entire school system. 

RDPC will be delivering a free Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-certified course, AWR 148 Crisis Management for School-Based Incidents: Partnering Rural Law Enforcement and the Local School Systems, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 20 at the Waldo County Public Safety Building (EOC), 4 Public Safety Way, Belfast, Maine. This course will provide participants a foundation of knowledge and skills to progressively establish a school-based emergency response plan and crisis management team through information sharing and training.

New effort benefits area seniors and Meals on Wheels

ROCKLAND/BLUE HILL/ELLSWORTH/BANGOR - Cheryl Sheasby from the Rockland, Blue Hill, Ellsworth and Bangor area is on a mission to see more families share sit-down Sunday dinners with their senior loved ones. The reason? New research shows that 50 percent of surveyed families living near senior relatives feel they do not share enough meals with older loved ones, losing an important family connection.

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