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Wednesday, 01 August 2012 16:50

Bangor carnival is all about the dogs

Doggie carnival plans to raise funds for new city dog park

BANGOR - It's fair season in Maine, and a group of volunteers have planned a carnival in the Bangor area unlike any other. Forget the traditional Ferris wheel or cotton candy stand, this fair has a doggie kissing booth and nail clipping station along with a homemade doggie treat area and massage booth for both pooches and their owners. That's right, the first ever doggie fair is taking over Watchmaker Street in Bangor on Saturday, Aug. 11.

"It's all about the dogs," said Kevlene LaBate, administrator for Bangor Pet Lovers, an online Facebook group that's organizing the event. "It's our first event so we don't know what to expect, but we're hoping for a large turnout."

BANGOR - Seeing a 13-foot-high giant boot on wheels on Maine's roadways will definitely cause you to do a double take. Those who were fortunate enough to visit any of Gifford's ice cream locations over the weekend got the chance to glance at the famous L.L. Bean Bootmobile as many times as they liked. Some even took the opportunity to snatch a photo beside it and talk to the man behind the wheel.

"I think it's pretty cool," said Allison Kent of Connecticut. "The driver said they were just in Connecticut but I missed it."

Eric Smith is one of the Bootmobile drivers. He said the vehicle, which is a replica of L.L. Bean's famous winter boot, was specifically made to celebrate the company's 100th anniversary.

Wednesday, 01 August 2012 12:58

August 1, 2012

Lobster spill in Hampden slows traffic

HAMPDEN - A load of lobster had a bumpy commute on their way to Prince Edward Island this weekend.

On Sunday, July 29, an 18-wheeler driven by Jen Meadows of Gardiner rolled over at the intersection of Route 202 and the Coldbrook Road when the load of crustaceans shifted.

"One moment I was on all 18 and the next minute I'm on nothing," said Meadows, who has been a truck driver for the past nine years. Fortunately, she was not injured during the accident.

Hampden police directed traffic around the rollover and stayed on the scene while another truck came to salvage as many of the lobsters as possible.

BANGOR - It's hard to believe the little man in the striped shirt, bobble hat and glasses featured in a series of children's books known as "Where's Waldo?" is 25 years old. He's often hidden among numerous individuals in various double page spreads, making it a challenge and an adventure for readers to locate him among all the colorful artwork. To mark this special occasion, the Briar Patch in Bangor and other downtown businesses have small cardboard figures of the famous fictional character hidden in their stores for area readers to discover.

"Twenty businesses are participating in this," said Cathy Anderson, owner of the Briar Patch which coincidentally is also celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. "Kids come running in saying, 'Where's Waldo?'"

Wednesday, 25 July 2012 15:15

Old fashioned house calls are back

Bangor veterinarian treats animals in their own homes

BANGOR - In the good old days, doctors used to make house calls. It's a service that has pretty much become obsolete in the 21st century. But Bangor veterinarian Tori Weston realized there is still a need and a want in the area for that old-fashioned at-home service.

"I always knew I wanted to own my own practice. I just thought it would be a hospital practice," Weston explained. "Then I realized there was a need and a niche [for house calls] and I wanted to fill it."

Weston, who has been out of vet school for seven years now, works at the Hampden Veterinary Clinic a few days a week and currently makes house calls on Wednesdays and Fridays. Her coverage area is broken into two zones. Zone 1 includes Bangor and the surrounding communities such as Hermon, Brewer and Glenburn, while Zone 2 consists of Kenduskeag, Old Town, Hudson and a few other towns.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:25

July 25, 2012

Alleged burglar obsessed with Coe Building in Bangor 

BANGOR - There is just something about the Coe Building on Columbia Street in Bangor that seems to be attracting the wrong type of customer - or customers.

Police say over the weekend, four businesses were either damaged or burglarized within that stretch of property located between Main and Cross Streets. Officers spoke to a complainant at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, who discovered the building had been broken into. Both the Pulse Marketing Agency and Hometown Newspapers, LLC, informed police that more than $4,000 of equipment was missing from each business. Two other businesses, which authorities say also appear to have been broken into sometime Friday night or early Saturday morning, reported none of their property had been taken. Bangor police say the person or persons responsible for the break-in caused another $2,000 in damages.

In the past few weeks, both Northstar Photography and The Sweetest Thing on Columbia Street have reported similar incidents happening at their places of employment. Bangor's Criminal Investigations Division is now handling the case. Anyone with information about the burglaries is urged to call the department at 947-7382. Those who wish to remain anonymous should press 6 to activate the tip line.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 16:42

Dance walk planned in Camden

Participants sign up to dance one mile to raise funds for local nonprofit

CAMDEN - Instead of running or walking, a nonprofit in Knox County is taking a much different approach to fundraising. The Five Town Communities that Care (or Five Town CTC) organization is encouraging people to bust a move in the first ever one mile dance walk planned in Camden on Thursday, July 19.

"We've gotten a lot of local interest," said Dalene Dutton, executive director for the Five Town CTC. "We've got a group of hula hoopers, swing dancers, two Zumba classes and hip hoppers that are signed up to participate."

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 16:38

Manly scents

Candle fragrances like dirt, bacon, and leather attract new customers

When most of us think of sweet smelling aromas, we imagine vanilla, apple pie or lilacs, but to some discerning noses there is nothing more pleasant than the scent of dirt, lawn clippings or even bacon. Just ask candle maker Jennifer Hickman of Andover, Massachusetts. She has noticed there's quite a market out there for 'manly' fragrances

"They're odd scents," Hickman said. "Bacon is our biggest seller online."

Hickman started Kittredge Candles in 2009 after being laid off from an HR firm in Boston and named her business after her grandparent's home on Orr's island in Maine.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 15:37

Dysart's makes its national debut

The Travel Channel films a show at the Hermon truck stop

HERMON - Locals all know how tasty the food is at Dysart's truck stop in Hermon, and soon so will the whole country. Last Tuesday, the Travel Channel spent the day filming the restaurant's staff, customers and the creation of the restaurant's pot roast, lobster rolls and blueberry pie for an episode of 'Food Paradise,' a show that zeros in on some of the best eats around the country.

"I've seen bits and pieces of the show," said customer Kristi Buchanan of Hampden.

Buchanan's boyfriend, Dysart's chef Shaun Yazbeck, has been looking forward to the Travel Channel stopping in.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:01

July 18, 2012

Pedestrian killed on Union Street

BANGOR - Police are investigating a fatal accident on Union Street that claimed the life of a Bangor woman.

Officer Brian Smith was called to the intersection of Union Street and the I-95 Northbound on ramp at 7:45 a.m. on July 14 to investigate an accident involving a pedestrian. At least one volunteer firefighter was on scene tending to the pedestrian when authorities arrived. The victim, identified as 57-year-old Brecon Oldham of Bangor, was transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center, where she later died from her injuries. The driver, 78-year-old Marie McBrine, and her 6-year-old granddaughter were not injured in the incident. Anyone with information regarding the accident is urged to call Bangor police at 947-7382. Those who wish to remain anonymous should press 6 to activate the tip line.

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