BANGOR/BREWER - The lights, music, surround sound and the newest box office hit is what attracts many movie goers to theaters, but those are the exact things that keep a portion of our society from enjoying this great American past time. Over the summer, Bangor Mall Cinemas showed a gentle viewing or sensory friendly version of the Pixar flick "Brave" for families that have children with autism, ADHD or sensory issues. The staff offered a daytime version of the film with the lights on, the sound down and allowed attendees to walk around the theater during the movie. It was a successful event that now has area families wanting more.
Lee's Outback Grooming opens in North Brewer Plaza
BREWER - Lee Kraemer Hanscom of Orrington has some very hairy customers walking through the doors of his new business these days, and that's just what he was hoping for. This dog groomer decided to venture out and open his own salon, Lee's Outback Grooming, in the North Brewer Plaza after working and training at Petco.
"I've always wanted to have my own grooming business. I didn't care for the corporate setting. There wasn't a lot of leeway, and I wanted to offer things that corporate places couldn't offer at a much more affordable price," Hanscom explained.
Brewer student raises over $1K for Bangor Humane Society
BREWER - Do you remember what you did the summer before entering 5th grade? Brewer Community School student Matthew Gross won't be able to forget it. This dog lover set a goal in August of riding his bike and raising $300 for the Bangor Humane Society. Three weeks later, he completed that bike ride and raised just over $1,000 for the dogs at the shelter.
"I was watching this dog competition show and the winner's dog was from a pound. When he gave his prize money to that pound, more people starting adopting dogs," explained Matthew Gross. "That's when I got a piece of paper and wrote down I wanted to raise $300 for the Bangor Humane Society."
BREWER – You fumble your phone. You topple your tablet. You just plain drop one of the most expensive pieces of equipment you've bought this year. You hold your breath, hoping it's OK. But it's not. The screen's cracked and your day has just gotten all manner of worse.
It used to be you'd have to drive down to Portland or mail your phone away to get fixed. But not anymore.
Chris Downs, owner of the Computer Room, has become a new member of the iCracked team, and he can fix your iPhone or iPad quickly and cheaply.
“I can save people time and money. In Bangor, you'd either have to send the phone away or drive to Portland. … I can fix the phone and hand it back to them,” said Downs.
BREWER - A church is a beautiful and traditional place for a wedding, but one Brewer church is also lending its facility for another one of life's memorable moments - prom. The Community of Christ Church on the Pierce Road is home to Giggey Girl Gowns, a dress donation organization that gives away free prom gowns, tuxes, jewelry and shoes to area high school students.
"My mom's the Pastor at the church and the members really help out with it and let us use the whole basement," explained Kassidy Giggey, director of Giggey Girl Gowns. "I have a cousin who is 11 who is training herself to be the director so when I go to college she can take over."
Historians discover Brewer never separated from Orrington
EDITOR'S NOTE: (This story is from The Maine Edge's annual April Fools Day edition. As such, you can safely assume that most of it - if not all of it - is totally made-up.)
BREWER – The bicentennial birthday celebration Brewer city officials have been touting for months appears to be for naught, as area historians announced a shocking discovery last week that essentially wipes the City of Brewer from the map.
Historians originally thought Brewer separated from the Town of Orrington in 1812. The city, also called New Worcester back then, was settled in 1777 as part of the Conduskeag Plantation, and became Orrington’s largest village on the east side of the Penobscot River when that town incorporated in 1788.
However, what has long been considered fact now appears to have been incorrect when the alleged document that essentially separated Brewer from Orrington and was sent to Boston – Maine was still a part of Massachusetts then – was determined to have been a forgery. The document became suspect when another nearly-identical document bearing local signatures but was unsigned by any Massachusetts governor was found last month in the wall of a house on N. Main Street that has been undergoing restoration.
Three arrested on drug charges
ELLSWORTH – The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested three men in Ellsworth this week following a three-month investigation into the distribution of narcotic prescription pills. Ellsworth police also assisted in the Wednesday arrests of Scott E. Conlin, 37, of Ellsworth, for unlawful trafficking in schedule W drugs (Oxycodone); Melvin L. Reynolds, 30, of Bronx, New York, for unlawful trafficking in schedule W drugs (Oxycodone); and Timothy D. Kane, 27, of Trenton, for failure to appear in court.
MDEA Supervisor Corey Bagley said the trio was arrested at a Deane Street apartment where agents seized a handgun, shotgun, a small quantity of suspected LSD and ecstasy, over 180 oxycodone pills and $ 8,000 in cash.
Bagley said that the sale of narcotic painkillers such as Oxycodone is a significant problem in Hancock County and throughout the state. The street value of the pills is valued at over $5,400, according to police. Bagley said the investigation will continue with additional charges and arrests likely .
Dogs have always been dubbed "man's best friend," but that old adage should be updated to "right-hand man" when you're talking about service dogs. So many well-trained service dogs are allowing disabled Mainers to live on their own by being able to open and close doors, fetch a telephone or even help their owners get back on their feet should they fall.
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