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Tuesday, 16 December 2014 22:35

Going Bowling 2014

by Allen Adams

Bowl predictions from an uninformed fan

The college football regular season has come to a conclusion. It’s all about the bowl games now – 39 in all with the new playoff system in place. 39 games – many featuring teams I know nothing about.

Tuesday, 09 December 2014 22:13

The holiday scene

by Katy England

How shopping local is a gift for the whole community

The holiday shopping experience has changed drastically over the past 10 years as consumers swap convenience of online or big-box shopping over the local retailers. Shopping at local small business establishments does more than bolster the economy – it creates a community.

Episode “Packing Heat” scheduled to air Tuesday, December 9 at 9:00 pm on Travel Channel.  

As I drive onto the parking lot of Vacationland Inn on Wilson Street in Brewer, I look for signs of anything out of the ordinary.   

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 21:29

Shopping smartly, and shopping differently

by Mike Fern

Shifting consumers challenge retailers to keep up for the 2014 holiday season 

BANGOR – It is a mere matter of days before shoppers descend upon the greater Bangor area’s retailers in hopes of landing that perfect holiday gift. And for the area’s restaurants, hotels and stores, many hope this year’s holiday shopping will be a perfect finish to what analysts say has been a lackluster year in overall consumer spending.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 11:56

Locally grown feasts

by Katy England

The holidays are just around the corner, with Thanksgiving leading the parade. Food, family and friends are our ways of keeping the dark and cold at bay during the long winter months. Thanksgiving Dinner, Christmas treats and New Year’s celebrations are fun, and typically filled with fancy foods of all kind. But from where?

Many local farms can provide you with the fixings for any of your favorite holiday traditions. Though you may think that buying farm-fresh is a summer activity, it’s something you can incorporate easily into your holiday traditions.

It was a chance meeting that brought Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman together 43 years ago and a friendship built on mutual respect for their music and audience that keeps them together today.  

Fowler and Shulman, of acoustic folk-rock duo Aztec Two-Step, will bring their “Classic Duos” concert to Maine on Friday, Nov. 21 at Portland’s One Longfellow Square. “We’ll be having some fun with the music of our predecessors,” Fowler says. 

National tour of author’s supernatural musical kicks off at Collins Center

ORONO – Stephen King is returning to one of his old haunts – and he’s bringing some ghosts of his own along for the ride.

George Clinton is a humble man yet fully aware of the lofty position he occupies in the pantheon of popular music.

That was the impression I was left with after my conversation with him last week.  

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 21:21

Halloween roundup

by Katy England

Ghosts, ghouls and all aspects of terror will be rising up all over Maine to take part in the horrific and absurd aspects of Halloween. 

Here’s a roundup of some of the coolest we could fun. Go out there and get scared!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 18:27

Mahaney Diamond’s Field of Dreams

by Allen Adams

My weekend at UMaine Baseball Fantasy Camp

ORONO – I’ve loved the game of baseball since I was a kid. From my time on the bench in Farm League to the present day, I’ve been a passionate fan of the game. It’s still the best game there is in my opinion, no matter what football might have to say about it.

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