Jodi Hersey

Jodi Hersey

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Wednesday, 26 June 2013 15:50

Bangor student learns Chinese in China

High School junior wins scholarship to study language abroad

BANGOR - While most students will attend camp, work a part-time job or just spend a little time sleeping in this summer, one Bangor High student will be thousands of miles from home learning Chinese.

"Basically what you do is they send you to China for six weeks. It's not to fully learn the language, it's more to spark an interest or familiarity and then come back home and maybe study it or go back to China to study it for a year," explained Patrick Coyne.

ORRINGTON - The wheels are always turning at the Winslow home in Orrington. Terri Winslow and her husband Doug have been bicycling in the Trek Across Maine since 2009, and in order to stay race ready they ride as often as they can, even peddling in their living room during the cold Maine winters.

"I ride all winter long on my trainer," Winslow said. "And I try to do 300 miles on the road before the Trek, which takes three solid months of training."



BANGOR - The Hollywood Casino Raceway was howling with excitement this past weekend as hundreds of people and their dogs gathered for the second annual Greater Bangor Bark For Life event. It's an American Cancer Society fundraiser that celebrates cancer survivors and their care givers (both two and four legged) and honors those who have passed away from the disease while raising funds to help find a cure.

"This was my first year participating," said Meagan Sawyer. "My mom is a breast cancer survivor and we're here celebrating that."

Mexican food truck expands into catering business

BANGOR - Mainers love food - and not just the fabulous lobster, scallops and clams that our state is known for. Folks in the Bangor area have proven they have a heart and an appetite for Mexican food from Cielos Mexican Grill Food Truck, which can be seen day after day when people line up outside the lime green vehicle located in the Kmart parking lot on Hogan Road. 

"Our biggest seller is the burrito, both chicken and steak burritos," said Kirsten Pilot, owner of Cielos Mexican Grill Food Truck. 

HERMON - More and more family portraits these days are including the family pet, and no one knows that better than Debra Bell of Bell Imaging & Design in Hermon. She's been capturing the loving relationship between parents, their children and their fur babies for years. So much so, in fact, she's created a separate division of Bell Imaging and Design solely dedicated to pet portraits called Bell's Furry Friends Photography.

"Sixty percent of my business over the last year has been animal related, and some of that I think is due to the fact that I have such a passion for what I do," said Bell. 

Wednesday, 05 June 2013 12:41

Maine soldier runs to aid wounded warriors

DOVER-FOXCROFT - Tysen Ober of Dover-Foxcroft is a Maine Army National Guard soldier who loves to run. The 23-year-old recently returned from deployment in Kuwait and decided to take the next several months to run all over America. His goal is to travel from Los Angeles, California to Lubec, Maine and raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project each step of the way.

"I was running one day in Kuwait and thinking there's a lot of the U.S. I haven't seen. I figured if I could make Kuwait pretty in my mind, why not take in the U.S.?" he said.

BANGOR - Monsters, ghosts, clowns and more will soon be taking over the streets of Bangor as part of the first ever Penobscot Theatre's Race to the Stage. It's a 5K costume road race planned for Saturday, June 15 to help raise funds for the nearly 40-year-old theatre located on Main Street. 

"The race was the brainchild of one of our dedicated subscribers. She wanted to help raise funds to support our work and this seemed like a great way to get the theatre out into the community it serves," explained Mary Budd, Penobscot Theatre board of trustees president.

SULLIVAN - A senior is leaving a mark at Sumner High School that will be hard to ignore. Lizzy Arey was asked by her industrial arts teacher to design a snack shack and tennis courts for the school and community to enjoy. And now her drawings are in the process of becoming a reality.

"Lizzy's one of the best students I've had," said John Wells, Sumner High School industrial arts teacher. "She had taken my architectural design class last year and did very well. [Plus] Lizzy is a tennis player. She has tennis in her family and I thought she might be interested in this and do a design for a snack shack and she said, 'Sure.'"

Northern Lights Grooming goes mobile

HOLDEN - Business is rolling, in more ways than one, at Northern Lights Grooming. That's because owner Debra Plourde is now going mobile with her dog grooming business.

"Mobile is up and coming and is really the way to go now," Plourde said. "It's convenient for people. It's a lot less stressful on the animal and it's quicker than being in a shop."


BANGOR - Jaime Wood and her son aren't letting their therapy dog Zoe out of their sight ever since the Tea Cup Yorkie slipped out of her Walter Street home last week and wandered around the city before being dropped off at the Bangor Humane Society.

"She's only three pounds and so friendly. I really thought someone had just scooped her up and taken her," said Jaime Wood.

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