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Big moves turned into a big blindside on Survivor: Caramoan. For weeks, Corinne Kaplan of Survivor: Gabon fame stayed loyal to her former Bikal tribe mates (a.k.a "The Favorites") even though she vocalized over and over again her desire to get rid of the tribe's dictator, Phillip Sheppard, instead of one of the opposing tribe's players. But her alliance saw her game play as too aggressive and unpredictable and decided to vote her off, unbeknownst to her.

I recently spoke with Kaplan who said she only has herself to blame for no longer being in the game.

Cooking competition raises funds for culinary arts program

BANGOR - Things have finally cooled down at Eastern Maine Community College following last month's Maine Chef Challenge, a one-night 'Iron Chef'-style cooking competition that raises funds for the school's culinary arts program. The three chefs - Zac Maccarone of Cleonice Mediterranean Bistro in Ellsworth, Brandon Haney of Husson University Dining and Todd Chasteen of Flik Independent School Dining - found out moments before last month's competition they would have to incorporate a secret ingredient in at least one of their dishes.

Wednesday, 03 April 2013 13:11

Geaghan's helps take bite out of cancer

BANGOR - The employees at Geaghan's Pub & Craft Brewery are not just co-workers but family. So when one of their own, Dawna Hensley of Orrington, was diagnosed with cancer in 2011, the Geaghan's crew did what any family would do and rallied to her side to support her in her fight to beat the disease. They even created a yearly event called Dawna's Day, where a percentage of all sales at the restaurant on a certain day are donated to Dawna's recovery. But Dawna challenged her co-workers to think bigger and give to an organization that could help everyone, not just her. So last year the restaurant gave to the Greater Bangor Bark for Life, a Relay for Life fundraising event honoring the life-long contributions of canine companions. And Geaghan's is planning to give to Bark For Life again this year.

Wednesday, 03 April 2013 13:07

Mini donkeys find loving home in Hermon

 

HERMON - Wayne Moir is not your typical pet owner. Rather than owning a cat or dog, this Hermon resident, who grew up on a farm in Aroostook County, has opened his heart and home to a different kind of fur ball - miniature donkeys.

"They are like a dog," Moir said. "They come when you call them. They follow each other in a row and you know who is the leader of the pack: Suzy. She's always up front."

Six-year-old Suzy Q, a former show donkey that is a mere 29 inches in height, is the oldest of Moir's three mini-donkeys. He bought her from a farm in Newport last August. 

At 21-years-old, Julia Landauer was one of this year's youngest Survivor: Caramoan contestants. But age, inexperience and bad luck proved to be a deadly combination in the game. During last week's team swap, this racecar driver from California found herself, Michael and Matt now members of the new Bikal tribe where former Survivor players - Phillip, Corinne, Cochran and Dawn ruled the roost. And when the Bikal tribe lost the immunity challenge,  there was nothing Landauer could do to convince the team to let her stay in the race for the million dollars. I recently spoke with Landauer who was disappointed that her Survivor experience included competing against former Survivor greats.

The tribes may have been reconfigured this week on the reality show Survivor: Caramoan but the results remained the same - another player from the original Gota tribe was sent home. That player was 38-year-old Matt Bischoff of Ohio. Bischoff, Michael and Julia found themselves part of the new Bikal tribe but unevenly matched against the four original members of the tribe. That meant one of them would surely have their torch snuffed out since the numbers weren't in their favor. I recently spoke with Matt who admittedly was hoping to go further in the game then he did, but still enjoyed his Survivor experience.

 

BANGOR - There is no instructor's manual that comes with raising kids, but Penquis and Eastern Maine Medical Center are offering the next best thing: Boot Camp for New Dads. It's a free workshop that Penquis has made available for area fathers-to-be for more than 10 years.

"Our average attendance is about eight to 10 men, primarily from Penobscot and Piscataquis County," said Denise Trafton, home visitor with the Maine Families Home Visiting Program, a service of Penquis. "Popular conversations include how to support your partner, what to expect with a newborn, how to support breastfeeding, new family roles and the nuts and bolts [such as] feeding, diapering and development."

BANGOR - Making it to the tourneys at the Bangor Auditorium is a huge victory in and of itself for most of the state's high school basketball players. However, this year it wasn't just the players who were making memories on the hardwood. Those behind the scenes also made history when they helped broadcast the last games to ever take place inside the 'Mecca,' which is being replaced by the new Cross Insurance Center next year.

 

Giving up immunity or purposefully loosing an immunity challenge on Survivor is almost unheard of, but every now and then the contestants will do so in order to get rid of one of their own tribe mates for the sake of peace around camp. That's exactly what happened this week during Survivor: Caramoan. The Bikal tribe, made up of past players, couldn't take one more day of Brandon and Phillip fighting and decided they'd lose the challenge on purpose in order to go to tribal council where they'd send Brandon Hantz home. But the 21-year-old Hantz showed them he wouldn't leave quietly and ended up dumping out the remainder of the tribe's food supply. I recently talked to the Texas native to ask if he wished he'd handle things differently.

Wednesday, 06 March 2013 16:49

Souper Bowl gathering planned in Bucksport

 

BUCKSPORT - If you missed this year's Super Bowl between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, do not fear. You can be part of all the action this weekend when the St. Vincent de Paul's church in Bucksport hosts its own Souper Bowl. The event is a fundraiser where participants pay $20 in exchange for their very own hand-crafted pottery bowl created by area artisans, filled with a dish of soup or chowder made by local restaurants and chefs. All the funds raised go to The Cancer Support Center of Maine in Bucksport.

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