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Tuesday, 02 February 2016 16:18

ArtLab for All Ages: Stamp N' Stomp

ROCKLAND The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites you to create and experiment with original stamps on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at CMCA's temporary South End location, 218 Main Street, Rockland. Bring your family or come on your own from 2 to 4 p.m. for ArtLab's 'Stamp n' Stomp.' You'll design an assortment of stamps with a plentitude of uses to tote home with you for the winter months ahead. Try your hand at both low-relief stamps and large-scale mono prints. Children, adults and families are welcome. ArtLab is free of charge and open to all.

HAMPDEN Primary care is the foundation for maintaining a healthy community, and there are many children who may not have regular access to a primary care provider. Recognizing this issue, leaders at Eastern Maine Medical Center and RSU 22 came together to create the RSU 22 School-Based Health Center. The center is a place where students can be seen for health concerns, while staying right at Hampden Academy.

"This initiative stems from a need that RSU 22 staff members were seeing,' says James Raczek, MD, FAAFP, EMMC senior vice president and chief medical officer. 'Upon being seen, our providers will work with the patient's primary care providers to ensure the visit is entered into their medical records. It's a real benefit to the students, their parents and the community.'

ORONO The Lord Hall Gallery at the University of Maine presents an exhibition of the transfixing landscapes of UMaine art professor Michael H. Lewis.

'Deep Roots/Old Strength,' which runs from Feb. 5 through March 25, includes a selection of Lewis' paintings dating from 19672008. An artist's reception is scheduled from 5:307 p.m. Feb. 5.

Lewis uses a process of oil-based turpentine wash to create translucent and radiant landscapes that reflect not only the 'beauty and diversity of Maine's physical landscape' but also offers 'an effective pathway to the mysterious realms beyond literal conscious thought.'

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 14:30

Oscar loves CineGrand! 02-03-2016

ELLSWORTH The Grand announces the lineup for the return of Winter CineGrand a series of the best of the recent films, many of them nominated for this year's Academy and Golden Globe Awards. The films will be shown weekly with an evening screening on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee on the following Wednesday at 1 p.m. with the exception of the Grand's 'Teen CineGrand Movie Night' on Tuesday evening, Feb. 16 only. Ticket prices for evening movies and are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and $5 for Grand members. Wednesday matinees are $5. The line-up of titles for Winter CineGrand are:

Tuesday, Feb. 9/Wednesday, Feb. 10 'Mr. Holmes,' directed by Academy Award-winner Bill Condon. This acclaimed film takes place in 1947 and features an aging Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen). In his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes comes to rely upon his housekeeper (Laura Linney) and her young son, Roger (Milo Parker), as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love before it's too late. With Nicholas Rowe and Frances De La Tour.

ORONO Laurie Smukler and Robert McDonald will be performing at the Minsky Recital Hall in Orono on Feb. 7 at 3 p.m.

'Our all-Bartk program includes the First Rhapsody, and both the Violin and Piano Sonatas; No. 1 and No. 2. The Rhapsody was dedicated to the great violinist Josef Szigeti, who was good friends with Bartk. It is full of folk melody and is a real virtuosic show piece. The sonatas were written within a year of each other, both for the fiery and beautiful woman violinist Jelly D'Aranyi, with whom Bartk was smitten,' said Laurie Smukler in a release. 'The relationship with the older Bartk did not develop into a romance, but the two did perform the sonatas together. The pieces themselves are full of romantic lyricism, intensity, exoticism, and rhythmic excitement, in addition to Bartk's trademark use of folk music.

ELLSWORTH- The Grand is excited to announce auditions for its new production of the exciting new play from Aaron Sorkin (the Emmy-winning creator of 'The West Wing' and the Oscar-winning writer of 'The Social Network,' 'A Few Good Men' and 'Steve Jobs'), 'The Farnsworth Invention,' to be held Friday, April 1 from 6-8 p.m. and Sunday, April 3 from 1-3 p.m. The production runs June 3 through June 5, 2016.

ORONO Margaret Chase Smith Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow Rep. Ellie Espling will visit the University of Maine on Monday, Jan. 25.

Margaret Chase Smith Distinguished Maine Policy Fellows are prominent individuals with a past or current career as a policymaker in the state. The Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center brings its fellows to campus for a day to teach an undergraduate class, engage faculty about research and public policy, and meet with UMaine administration and graduate students.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 12:29

Heating and carbon monoxide safety warnings

MAINE With the winter months upon us, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reminding homeowners about the fire dangers associated with heating equipment. Improper use of such equipment like portable or stationary space heaters, wood burning stoves and fireplaces can be incredibly dangerous, and their misuse is a leading cause of U.S. home fire deaths.

According to NFPA, half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. More than half of the home heating fire deaths resulted from fires that started when something that could burn, like upholstered furniture, clothing, blankets and bedding, was too close to heating equipment.

During the colder months there is also an increased risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Fuel-burning equipment, including vehicles and generators running in an attached garage, can produce dangerous levels of CO and should be vented to the outside to avoid it from building up in your home. In a 2012 NFPA report, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 80,100 non-fire CO incidents in which carbon monoxide was found, or an average of nine such calls per hour in 2010. The number of incidents jumped 96 percent from 40,900 incidents reported in 2003. This surge, according to NFPA, is most likely due to the increased use of CO detectors, which alert people to the presence of CO.

Some heating equipment requires proper installation to reduce the risk of fire injuries. When installing wood burning stoves or gas heaters, NFPA recommends following the manufacturer's instructions or having a professional perform the installation.

Installing and maintaining CO alarms can also help reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. If you smell gas in your gas heater or other appliance, do not light it. Leave the home immediately and call your local fire department or gas company.

To ensure a safe and cozy winter this year, NFPA offers some easy tips to follow:

Use your oven to cook food only. Never use it to heat your home.

Hire a qualified professional to clean and inspect heating equipment and chimneys every year.

Turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.

Place a sturdy screen in front of your fireplace to prevent sparks from flying into the room, and burn only dry, seasoned wood. Allow ashes to cool before disposing them in a metal container, and ensure that they are kept a safe distance from the home.

If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Do not run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not covered with snow.

During and after a snowstorm make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace are clear of snow build-up.

Test smoke alarms and CO alarms monthly. Properly maintained alarms can save lives in the event of a fire.

Find additional resources including tips sheets, videos, reports and more about heating safety and carbon monoxide by visiting NFPA's website.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 09:46

Adjunct nominated for Pushcart Prize

MACHIAS- University of Maine at Machias adjunct faculty member Penny Guisinger has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her piece "The Sound of Galton's Whistle," which appeared in The Rumpus in June 2015. Considered "the most honorary literary project in America," Pushcart Prizes have been awarded to the best of the worldwide small presses every year since 1976. Guisinger was nominated by Maine writer, and former Pushcart winner, Jennifer Lunden.

"It's really an honor," says Guisinger. "That piece took years to write and revise, and I'm so pleased that it's being recognized like this. It's especially wonderful to have the nomination come from Jennifer Lunden, whose work I respect so much."

Guisinger's essay is her reflection of loss - deeply personal loss on multiple levels - that is told in a straightforward, don't-pity-me fashion, with a distinctive Downeast flavor and piercing honesty. An excerpt illustrates part of her search for her two missing dogs: 'My voice, my sharp whistling, didn't seem to penetrate the forest at all. It seemed to hang up on thick barricade of Maine pine, all branches and needles. The trees were scraggly. White moss hung like untrimmed facial hair from dead branches. Those acres of wild were not about to cough up what I was missing no matter how much I clapped and whistled. It was as if I was using a silent dog whistle a Galton's whistle and nobody was there who could hear it.'

Guisinger lives and writes on the easternmost tip of Maine, and teaches Public Speaking at UMM. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Fourth Genre, River Teeth, Guernica, the Brevity blog, Solstice, Under the Gum Tree and others. Her first book, Postcards from Here, will be released by Vine Leaves Press in 2016. Her second book, "Shift," is in progress. Penny is the founding director of Iota: Short Prose Conference, and a graduate of the Stonecoast MFA Program.

Winners of the prize will be announced in 2016 and included in the annual Pushcart Prize Anthology.

BANGOR The City of Bangor and Spectra Venue Management, managers of the Cross Insurance Center, are proud to announce that The Professional Bull Riders will bring their BlueDEF Tour to Bangor's Cross Insurance Center for the first time ever on Friday, March 11, 2016 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 7 p.m.

For two nights, the best up and coming bull riders in the world will be battling the fiercest bovine athletes the sport has to offer, who weigh nearly 2,000 pounds each, more than 10 times their cowboy counterparts. The thrilling eight-second rides and heart-stopping wrecks are sure to leave fans on the edge of their seats in anticipation and excitement.

Tickets start at $17 and can be purchased online at, by calling (800) 745-3000 or at the Cross Insurance Center Box Office located at 515 Main St. in Bangor, open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cross Insurance Center cyber club members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets before the general public on sale. To sign up for the Cross Insurance Center Cyber Club, visit

The $100 PBR Elite Seat tickets include premium seating and a 60-minute pre-event tour on the dirt and behind the scenes that will give fans a chance to see the toughest sport on dirt up-close and personal.

Each rider will face one bull in Round 1 and then the Top 10 scoring riders of the night will come back for one more ride in the championship round. At the end of the competition, the rider with the highest combined score will be crowned the champion.

Bangor will be the 14th stop on the 2016 BlueDEF Tour, and will mark the Professional Bull Riders' debut in the city. The tour will make stops in cities such as Oakland, California; Wichita, Kansas; Portland, Oregon; and Omaha, Nebraska this year. The BlueDEF Tour Finals will take place one week prior to the PBR World Finals and offer a total purse of $100,000.

The overall winner of the BDT season will be the rider who earns the most world points at the BDT level. He will receive $50,000 and qualify to compete at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals. Visit PBR LIVE for details about watching online streams of the 2016 BlueDEF Tour season.

For more show information, visit or

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