Jodi Hersey

Jodi Hersey

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Wednesday, 20 July 2011 05:39

Get wet with Zumba

As Zumba continues to grow in popularity, the need for more instructors increases. So Kelly Bullard, a Zumba education specialist from Wisconsin, will be in Orono this month training new Zumba instructors.

"To become a licensed Zumba instructor, you attend the one day instructor training and then you're licensed to teach Zumba fitness classes up to one year. Many of our instructors choose to join the Zumba Instructor Network (or ZIN) to continue their training, which allows them to get music and new choreography sent to them," said Bullard.

On July 23, Bullard will be at the University of Maine in Orono teaching Zumba Basic 1, which educates perspective instructors about the four Zumba dances known as Merengue, Salsa, Cumbia and Reggaeton. The following day she'll be offering an Aqua Zumba certification course. In order to register for Aqua Zumba, participants are required to have their Zumba Basic 1 certification.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011 05:39

Bangor Book Festival: Charlotte Agell

Editor's Note: In celebration of the upcoming Bangor Book Festival, The Maine Edge will be featuring various works and authors leading up to the Festival on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

BRUNSWICK - Children's author Charlotte Agell has had quite an interesting life. Agell, who was born in Sweden, also lived in Hong Kong and Canada before making Maine her home of residence after attending Bowdoin College as an international student in the 70s. Her many experiences are often woven into her work, as is the case with "The Accidental Adventures of India McAllister," a chapter book released last summer.

"India has parts of myself in there," saidd Agell. "My closest friend growing up in Canada was a boy. And as a kid stepping up from 4th into 5th grade, the others always ask, 'Oh is that your boyfriend?'"

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 05:39

Feline frenzy

The Bangor Humane Society has been overwhelmed with the number of cats recently turned in at the shelter and is hoping a new "Name your adoption fee" discount program will encourage more people to take one of these felines home.

"Within 24 hours, we had 50 cats surrendered," said Stacey Coventry, public relations manager for the Bangor Humane Society.

"I think with these hard economic times, we're seeing more people surrendering their cats because they are moving into places that don't allow pets or they just can't afford vet care anymore, so they're placed between a rock and hard place and have to surrender their cat," explained Coventry.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 05:39

Biscuit Bucks help train service dog

Dogs have always been dubbed "man's best friend," but that old adage should be updated to "right-hand man" when you're talking about service dogs. So many well-trained service dogs are allowing disabled Mainers to live on their own by being able to open and close doors, fetch a telephone or even help their owners get back on their feet should they fall.

Twenty-four-year-old Carlene Rice of Brewer, who has Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT), knows all too well how helpful a service dog can be. Rice's CMT affects her sight and her mobility, and that's where her dog Champ came in handy. He could turn lights on and off, help her put her coat on, and he was even able to fetch something in the fridge for her. But when Champ passed away suddenly due to an illness, Carlene's family stepped in to care for her. It didn't take long for them to realize she needed another service dog, and that's when the family contacted Citizens of Maine, an agency that provides care and support for adults with developmental disabilities, located on Harlow Street in Bangor.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011 05:39

Rent-A-Text gaining popularity

BANGOR - As college students are settling into their dorms, navigating their way around campus and learning their new class schedules, many are discovering the cost of textbooks more than they bargained for. But Follett bookstores are helping to alleviate that burden by offering Rent-A-Text programs at the more than 900 bookstores the company operates in the U.S. and Canada.

"Currently 40 percent of our books are for rent," said Janet Francoeur, store manager for Husson University's Mary MacDonald Bookstore, which is a member of the Follett Education Group.

"Not all books can be rented. They have to cost over $13.95 and be durable. Something that comes with an access code or one time use can't be rented like workbooks that students use," she explained.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011 05:39

A family Facebook affair

Mother-Daughter duo start campaign to meet Reba

Music can evoke emotions and stir up old memories in a person unlike anything else. Just ask Kelly Walton of Orrington about the song 'Walk On' by country artist Reba McEntire, and she'll tell you how it helped her get through some tough times on the playground.

"When I was in grammar school, I was the fat kid in school," said Walton. "I remember my mom sent me to school with my Walkman and a Reba tape, and she said, 'when the kids are making fun of you, put on your headphones.' And I used to. I would take my Walkman and sit on the hill and listen to the song 'Walk On' by Reba."

Wednesday, 17 August 2011 05:39

Lobster for dogs?

Lobster eating event slated to help support Bangor's new dog park

If you ever needed an excuse to eat lobster, now you have one. On Aug. 21, Captain Nicks on Union Street in Bangor will be giving approximately $5 from every lobster ordered between 2-8 p.m. to the new Bangor Dog Park.

The new park, which will be located behind Geaghan's Restaurant on Main Street in Bangor, is planning to open next spring but funds are needed in order to make that a reality.

"We're hoping Captain Nicks will be a big fundraiser, and we can grow from there," said Dawnette Carver, acting administrator for the newly revamped Bangor Dog Park volunteer group. The group has taken over the fundraising and organizational efforts of the dog park that was started by Bangor Area Regional K-9s, or B.A.R.K.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011 05:39

Bike rodeo emphasizes safety

When police receive a phone call, they have to be prepared for anything including a domestic abuse complaint, report of theft or excessive noise complaint. However, Holden police received a call recently from the Cedar Park Tenants Association for a much different request. The mobile home park on Shadow Lane asked the police to host a bike rodeo for area children.

"It's a chance to look at overall safety of bicycles being used to make sure the bike chain is lubricated, [and see if] they need a reflector or a light," explained Holden Officer Chris Greeley.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 05:39

Hula Hoop Fitness

Remember those colorful hula hoops from the 1950s? Well, they're back, and boy have they changed. Hula hooping is no longer just kids' play; it's actually a bonafide fitness option for adults. "People get really excited if they, like me, couldn't hula hoop as a kid, but realize they can hula hoop now," said Jenny Carr (who also goes by the stage name Sennyo). Carr herself became interested in hooping after reading an article about it in a dance magazine. That was three years ago and now not only is she a hooping performer, she's also a certified hoopdance teacher, offering classes in both Bangor and Portland.

"I saw her perform, and when I found out she did classes I looked into it," said Megan Rovito of Brewer. Rovito is currently enrolled in Carr's hooping class at Valance on Main Street in Bangor. "It's tough, but I'm finding how much of it I am able to pick up. You really feel it in your waist in the beginning and then you feel it in your arm muscles."

Wednesday, 10 August 2011 05:38

A longstanding tradition

Oldest Hermon resident awarded cane

HERMON - Being the oldest sibling has its perks, and so does being the oldest resident in your town.

Linnet Archer was recently awarded a plaque and Boston Post Cane by town selectmen in honor of being Hermon's oldest living resident. It's an award that was almost entirely kept secret from the 96-year-old until days before the presentation.

"No one told me [this was happening] except the oil man from Sinclair, and I thought he was kidding until I got in touch with my daughter Sylvia," said Archer.

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