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HAMPDEN - A vet tech in Hampden has come up with a festive way to spread some holiday cheer at work this season while also helping out area pet owners in need. For several years, Heather Burgess and her husband have participated in the Hands of Hope Christmas program, where the needs of less fortunate families in Maine are written on gift tags that hang from decorated Christmas trees at various businesses. Generous shoppers then select a tag, purchase the listed item and return it to the business so it can be distributed by Hands of Hope to needy families in time for Christmas. That same idea gave Burgess the motivation to create a tree of her own, a Paws of Hope Christmas tree.

"There's probably 50 tags on it. There's tags for cat or dog food, nail trims, rabies vaccines or sick exams," said Burgess, who works at the Hampden Veterinary Clinic. "But this is different than a Hands of Hope tree because our tags aren't linked to a certain family. If you pay for, say, a nail trim, it goes into a charity box we have and we hand it out throughout the year to who we see fit."

ELLSWORTH - It will be a full tent on the waterfront Saturday, Sept. 27 for the 17th Annual Autumn Gold ChowderFest as nine area chefs compete for bragging rights for the best chowders!

'I think this is the first time in several years we have had a full complement of chefs and their supporting restaurants entered to compete,' stated Gretchen Wilson, community manger for the Chamber. 'We are so excited to have so many new and returning restaurants under the tent; it's going to be a great day!'

Wednesday, 06 August 2014 11:00

Stitched with love

BANGOR - Nancy Driscoll may no longer have her eyesight but that isn't preventing her from seeing the needs of many in the Bangor community. Each week Driscoll and several other talented residents at Winterberry Heights Assisted Living on Ohio Street gather in the front lobby to knit and crochet newborn hats for the babies at Eastern Maine Medical Center or make mats for the animal cages at the Bangor Humane Society.

"It's nice to get together and for me it's something to do that relaxes me," explained Driscoll. "[Plus] it's good for a lot of us with arthritis."

SEARSPORT The opening reception for Penobscot Marine Museum's Do It Your Way: Gee's Bend Quilts & Quilters in Maine is Saturday, Aug. 2 from 3 to 5 p.m. This exhibit, sponsored by Fiber College of Maine and the Emily and William Muir Community Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, will be at the museum's Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine, from Aug. 2 through Sept. 7, 2014.

Gee's Bend quilters China Pettway, Stella Mae Pettway, Revil Mosely and Lucy Mingo will be at Fiber College of Maine teaching quilting classes Sept. 3-8. On the evening of Sept. 3 the First Congregational Church of Searsport will host a New England boiled dinner and a discussion forum and gospel singing with the quilters. The forum, during which two quilts will be raffled, will be moderated by Maine Center for Contemporary Art Director Suzette McAvoy. This event was organized by Fiber College of Maine and tickets are available through their website fibercollege.org or by calling (207) 548-6059.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 11:33

Skewed View

You might think you're heading into the woods, but you're still in Downtown Bangor. You can take this clue right to the bank. But which one?

Last week we had two correct guesses on our Mexicali Blues view. Congrats Alexandria and Jillian! You guys are observant (and fast!).

BELFAST Midcoast Actors' Studio is proud to present the Eastern Maine premiere of Tracy Letts's 'August: Osage County,' one of the most acclaimed plays of the last decade, winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and an enormous success on Broadway. Tracy Letts's sprawling saga about three generations of an Oklahoma family has drawn comparisons to the work of American dramatists Eugene O'Neill, Sam Shepard and Tennessee Williams. In addition, the recent movie adaption garnered Academy Award nominations for both Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.

Variety describes 'August: Osage County' as a "very juicyepic evening (a) richly entertaining dysfunctionalfamily juggles the hilarious, the poignant and the appalling on a scale seldom seen." Los Angeles Times says it is "sensationally entertaininga feast for actors and audiences alike."

BAR HARBOR Join College of the Atlantic and Friends of Acadia as they host the Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 at 7 p.m. at Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Community Center.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a collection of films from the annual festival held the third week of January in Nevada City, CA, now its 11th year. The festival focuses on films that speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet. 

HALLOWELL -- The Harlow Gallery in Hallowell has issued an open call for exhibition proposals for the 2014 exhibition season. The gallery has recently switched to a simplified paperless email submission process. Maine artists and arts organizations are encouraged to submit ideas for exhibitions in 2014. The deadline for submission is Oct. 1, 2013. The Harlow Gallery is a 501(c)3 membership based non-profit gallery founded 1963 at 160 Water Street in downtown historic Hallowell.

Maine artists or artists with a strong Maine connection are the primary focus, but proposals from outside the state will be considered. Please note there is no budget for travel or art shipping costs, and artists 'from away' would need to take full responsibility for transporting their work to and from Maine.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 21:43

Take the leap

Have you ever just gone out on a limb and tried something totally new? I think we all get too comfortable in life with our day to day routine. Summer is almost over; before we know it, we will be dreaming of warm summer nights as we hibernate for winter. I say try something new before we are stuck in our house trying to keep warm. I recently have done that myself and I am telling you first hand, that it feels great! 

I am a hairdresser and have worked in the business now for over 10 years. I am constantly encouraging people to step out of their comfort zone with their hair. I want them to trust me and take a chance. In the big scheme of things, what do you really have to lose? It is hair, it grows back, and think of how fun it could be trying new styles while it is growing and changing. Don't listen to what everyone else tells you to do with your hair (yes, I mean your man and your family).  Think about what you would do if you just had the guts to go for it. 

Wednesday, 05 June 2013 10:58

June 5, 2013

Hop to it!

SEATTLE - Some Seattle residents are getting out and hopping with their neighbors. 

They stenciled a 1.8-mile-long hopscotch course on sidewalks through the Central District, and they invited folks to head out Saturday and hop the route. A number of community events were planned along the way. 

Also scheduled: an attempt to break the world record for most people hopscotching at once. According to Guinness World Records, the existing record is 358 and was set in London in 2011. 

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