Remembering Stacey’s Country Jamboree
Dick and Jud Strunk
I first met Jud when I booked him and his band “Copeland Kitchen” to play at our motel lounge in Calais (I hate “I” people). Not long after that I got a call from Jud, asking if I would make out a check payable to the Maine District Court System, in the amount of $500. He asked if I could deliver the check to the District Court House located in Bangor and he would pay me back by playing music at one of our country music lounges. I never asked him what the fine was for, since it didn’t really matter to me. I was happy to have him play for me. In addition to playing for us in the lounge, he also asked if he could appear on Stacey’s Country Jamboree and, of course, I was very happy to accommodate him!
What kids really need to go back to school
The back to school season is practically upon us, and retailers have been in our face now for weeks showing us products we should buy. Indestructible backpacks. Shiny new laptops. Clothes, clothes and more clothes. There’s also the basics, like binders, glue, notebooks and pens that can’t go without mention. I get where stores are coming from when they advertise these products to death, but I haven’t once bought a back to school product that really helped me through school. When it comes to achieving academically, the things that can give kids the extra boost they need are mostly free. Here are some examples.
A routine -- Kids need structure. Even the most creative minds need something that they can rely on to give them confidence in what comes next. This goes beyond a set time to fall asleep and wake up. Consider having a set time to start homework, and planning activities before and after. Doing something before homework, like playing outside for a set amount of time, keeps kids from getting bored by going straight from school to homework. Setting up activities after works as a great motivation to get the work done.
Niche, mainstream sellers carry kale into beauty
NEW YORK — Kale has crept out of salads and juicers into beauty products from niche and mainstream sellers.
The leafy superfood that many love and others love to hate can now be had in face masks, skin-brightening serums, creams and nail polish, pushed along by the march to healthier living and the frenzy to fend off aging.
USDA: Puppy imports must be healthy, 6 months old
LOS ANGELES — Foreign dog breeders have gone unregulated for years, shipping puppies so young and so sick that one in four died before reaching a U.S. airport, animal welfare workers say.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a regulation Friday that, starting in 90 days, will require all puppies imported to the United States to be at least 6 months old, healthy, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
Smithsonian adds LGBT history to museum collection
WASHINGTON — Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are being added to the Smithsonian Institution’s collection Tuesday, including items from the popular TV show “Will and Grace.”
Show creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick along with NBC are donating objects to the National Museum of American History. The collection includes original scripts, casting ideas, political memorabilia surrounding the show and the series finale. The network agreed to donate props, including a pill bottle and flask, a sign from “Grace Adler Interior Design” and Will Truman’s framed college diploma.
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