Jodi Hersey

Jodi Hersey

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BANGOR - The New England School of Communications recently gave its students a rare opportunity to hear first-hand how advertising and public relations are conducted in Russia. The Bangor college welcomed Dr. Alexey Mikhailov, head of the Department of Public Relations for the Siberian State Aerospace University (SibSAU) in Krasnoyarsk, Russia to the campus last week, where he visited with students, NESCom & Husson University officials, and various media outlets in the area.

"I've already seen there are no billboards in the streets or near the roads. In Russia there are a lot of billboards everywhere," said Mikhailov.

Wednesday, 02 November 2011 11:23

The beauty of breast cancer exposed

BANGOR - Hair loss is one sign of cancer that is visible to all, but the scars the disease leaves behind have often been hidden from the world and even loved ones - until the Bare Truth Project came along. The project showcases the beauty of breast cancer survivors and their scars through black and white photography which was recently on display at the Sweetest Thing on Columbia Street in Bangor.

"I knew they would be done in good taste," said Patti Dudley, a cancer survivor from Orono who was photographed for the project. "It makes me feel good that so many came out to support the survivors."

Dudley was one of several women in the area who came forward wanting to be a part of this project whose proceeds go to support Champion the Cure, an event that raises funds for cancer research at EMMC's CancerCare of Maine. Local photographers Tammy Michaels, Tricia Kenny and Theresa Cucinotti set up photo shoots with the survivors who then decided how much they wanted to bare and whether or not they wanted their face shown in their photo.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011 12:02

Fairy magic abounds in Old Town

OLD TOWN - The students in Old Town are big believers in fairies and fairy magic, thanks to their local library.

Every Thursday, approximately 50 Old Town students pour into the town library for Club Discovery, a book club for 5-11 year olds. The club put together an outdoor fairy garden and within just a matter of time fairy houses started appearing. Then the children's librarian, Cindy Seger, and her volunteer Dottie DeBruyne, started finding notes filled with fun fairy facts lying around for them to read to the kids signed by "FairyOne."

"The kids get random notes from FairyOne. She's been addressing them quite often," said Seger. "She told them they were such believers in fairy magic that she'd put in fairy doors in town."

BANGOR - Eleventh and 12th graders at the United Technologies Center in Bangor are learning how to weatherize homes thanks to a new training tool called a "pressure house" that's located inside the Hogan Road school.

This simulated house comes furnished with a stove, washing machine, fire place and other appliances. The pressure house even has space allotted for bedrooms, a bathroom and garage.

"The purpose of this weatherization center is to train auditors and weatherization technicians and the skills associated with those jobs," explained Ralph Chapman, director of the Weatherization Training Center. "An energy auditor's job is to evaluate homes and how to fix air leaks in those homes while maintaining and improving air quality."

Wednesday, 26 October 2011 11:08

A walking inspiration

'Iron Andy' Holder visits future pharmacists at Husson University

BANGOR - Husson University pharmacy students got a dose of inspiration last week when seven-time Ironman competitor Andy Holder of Philadelphia stopped by campus to share his story of how to live an active and productive life with Type 1 diabetes.

"As a pharmacist, you have the ability to be a savior to those with diabetes," Holder said to the students. "There are millions and millions that need your help."

At 36, this father of two found out he had Type 1 diabetes, a disease that is usually found in juveniles. With no previous family history of the disease, Holder was shocked by the diagnosis.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011 05:39

All aboard

Belfast RR offers weekend train rides

Trains may not be used in Maine as much as they were in the 1800s, but they certainly are not extinct. Thanks to a small army of volunteers from the Brooks Preservation Society, the Belfast Moosehead Lake Railroad (BM&L) is still chugging along in Waldo County. On weekends, the volunteers fire up the engine, taking passengers for a one-hour, 12-mile excursion from Belfast towards Waldo and back.

"The purpose of the train excursions is that people get to ride the train and be on the railroad because it was an important mode of transportation in our history," said Joe Feero, executive director of the Brooks Preservation Society.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011 05:39

Derby Divas turn punk

PORTLAND/RAYMOND - When Lisa Bassett of Durham retired from the Maine Roller Derby league last year, she was looking for something to fill her time that was as unconventional as roller derby itself. That's when she stumbled upon punk rope.

"It's where recess meets boot camp," said Bassett. "When people hear 'punk rope', they envision we jump rope for an hour and that's impossible. We only do 3-4 intervals of jump roping during the workout."

During the rest of the hour-long class, Bassett and her colleague Diane Kibbin, who is also a roller derby athlete, coach participants through strength training, agility and cardio drills.

Wednesday, 07 September 2011 05:39

Jayda's 100-mile run

Levant girl spends summer running for a cause

LEVANT - While most kids spent their summer vacation relaxing, swimming, going to camp and having sleep-overs, 11-year-old Jayda Bailey of Levant was focused on running. Why? For two reasons: One, her track coach put out a challenge to run 100 cumulative miles over the summer. And two, to raise money to find a cure for lung cancer, a disease that her 59-year-old live-in grandmother, Edith Graves, was diagnosed with.

"The day after school got out she started running a mile," said Jennifer Bailey, Jayda's mother.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 05:39

Letterboxing: A modern day scavenger hunt

When Dawn Kelley-Knapp of Hampden was looking for something to do with the kids this summer that didn't cost a lot of money, she stumbled upon a modern day scavenger hunt called letterboxing that's now turned into a family pastime.

Unlike geocaching, which uses a global positioning system or GPS to locate outdoor hidden treasures called geocaches, letterboxing uses written clues to find an outdoor or indoor hidden box. Those boxes contain a rubber stamp that participants use to mark their notepad, showing they've successfully uncovered the letterbox.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 05:39

Birth in the back seat

Holden EMT offers 'Morrill' support to woman in labor at convenience store

David Morrill has been a volunteer EMT with the Holden Fire Department for 20 years, and Friday he got the call of a lifetime when he was asked to respond to a woman in labor at the G&M Variety store on Main Road in Holden.

"I have never come close to delivering a baby. We're trained for it, but I've never been involved in one. There are people who work in this field every day that have never delivered a baby, so as a volunteer it's a rare experience," Morrill said.

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