Jodi Hersey

Jodi Hersey

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Wednesday, 24 August 2011 05:38

Bangor Book Festival: Toni Buzzeo

(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.)

BUXTON - Books have always appealed to Toni Buzzeo of Buxton. As a young girl living in Dearborn, Michigan, Buzzeo would spend much of her time at her local library, imagining herself among the cast of characters she was reading about. Later on, her fascination for books led her to become a teacher and a librarian. And in 1995, Buzzeo combined her two loves (books and the library) to try her hand at writing. It didn't take long for this children's author to realize being a writer takes a different set of skills than being an educator.

"When I was an educator, I spent my days interacting with kids, teachers, books, technology and all those things in a modern library. I was externally focused," explained Buzzeo. "As a writer, my writing life is so different because I have long periods of time where I'm internally focused and interrupted regularly with book tours and speaking engagements, which are externally focused. It's a roller coaster ride."

Wednesday, 14 September 2011 05:38

Bangor Book Festival: Ellen Booraem

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.

BROOKLIN - Imagine being an overweight, bullied, middle-schooler who discovers that your imaginary friend is real. That's the premises behind Ellen Booraem's "Small Persons With Wings," a fantasy novel that will soon be available through Scholastic.

"In my book, there's this kid living a normal life and a fairy appears and disrupts her life. She then discovers her family has a century-old relationship with these creatures, small persons with wings, and there's a ring that her family has that these small persons want back," explained Booraem.

Wednesday, 03 August 2011 05:38

Moms on the move

Bangor trio forms running club

BANGOR - Christine Lally-Kendall, Amy Sidell, and Jennifer McGoldrick are busy Bangor area moms who took their experience of running after their kids (they have two each) and created their own running club called Mainely Running.

"It's not that we're addicted to running, it's the feeling of camaraderie and accomplishment that we get from it that we want to share with others," said Lally-Kendall.

All three women are Bangor Y members whose passion for exercise and running is not only motivates each other to stay active, but is also encourages others to get moving.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 05:38

Kids & canine campers wanted

There's more to owning an animal than just making sure its food and water dish is full. That's what the employees and volunteers from Carden Kennels in Bangor plan on sharing with kids during Camp Carden, July 25-29. "They'll learn pet CPR, grooming techniques, how to make homemade dog food, and we'll teach them how to recognize dog language," explained Janet Klisiewicz, owner of Carden. There will also be plenty of time for making dog-themed crafts, learning pet photography, and an opportunity for the participants to enter their four-legged partners into a "Faux Dog Show," where the pooches will be awarded for the longest sit time and fastest Frisbee fetch.

Ten-year-old Josh Black of Mariaville plans to attend camp with his Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen (or PBGV) named Fabio. "I did this last year and I remember the obstacle course. It had its ups and downs because my dog would just sit and not participate," Black explained. "But he does listen better now."

Wednesday, 17 August 2011 05:38

Flying High

Piece of first Transatlantic flight on display at Bangor museum

Maine is rich in history and it just got a little wealthier thanks to a few artifacts donated to the Maine Air Museum from the first plane to successfully cross the Atlantic in 1919.  Mary Rowe of Waterville found some old parts among her grandfather's possessions and didn't know what to do with them.

"My grandfather saved things you wouldn't believe. He had a spark plug from an old 1926 tractor. When he died in 1958, his belongings went to my brother until he passed in 2006," shared Rowe.

Before getting rid of the old pieces, Rowe contacted Gene McKay of Oakland, a history buff. As it turns out those old parts came from a NC4, a Navy flying boat, that was the first aircraft to fly across the Atlantic. The parts were identified as pieces from the aircraft's lower stabilizer and elevator assembly.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011 05:38

Getting touchy and feely

Touch-A-Truck Fair comes to Bangor

BANGOR - It's fair season in Maine, and the Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor is hosting a one-day fair unlike any other seen across the state. Dubbed the Touch-A-Truck Fair, it's where big rigs, army vehicles, emergency vehicles, logging trucks, buses, limos, and dump trucks all meet.

Fairgoers will not only have the rare opportunity to look inside these various modes of transportation, but they will also get to touch, climb, and explore them at their leisure. All the proceeds from the event will benefit Camp CaPella, a year-round recreational and educational facility in Dedham for children and adults with disabilities.

"Have you ever heard of anything this much fun in your life? All the stuff you looked at, wanted to climb up on and see what is back there, now you can," explained Dana Mosher, executive director of Camp CaPella.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011 05:38

Car enthusiasts take over twin cities

Bangor, Brewer classic car shows attract all kinds

BANGOR/BREWER - What do you get when you combine classic autos, oldies music and great weather? Some would say a perfect weekend, and that's exactly how organizers of Bangor's Wheels on the Waterfront car show and the BSA Troop 15 Brewer Days Car Show would describe it.

"This is great for the Bangor market. We have cars from Canada, Florida, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire," said Kerrie Tripp, executive director of the Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau that held the event. "It brings people in and gives them a great thing to do on the Bangor waterfront on a great day."

In the four years Bangor has been hosting the Wheels on the Waterfront car show, this year's was the biggest the city has seen with over 300 cars registered for show.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011 15:24

Brewer Costume Swap

Go green this Halloween

BREWER - Want to save money? Going green this Halloween is one way to do that. Debra Daigle, coordinator of Brewer Costume, is a huge supporter of going green on Halloween. She encourages the public to recycling and reusing everything from costumes to decorations.

"I happened to come across the green Halloween website [] and as I was reading along, it just fit with everything I thought of Halloween; there's too much sugar, too much waste," Daigle said.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011 11:49

Women and Wheels

Women soak up car knowledge offered at Bangor dealership

BANGOR - The Darling's Ford dealership on the Hogan Road in Bangor was transformed into a sea of pink last Wednesday for its first ever "Women & Wheels" event. The gathering was a chance to arm females with some automotive knowledge they could use when shopping for or servicing their vehicle.

"I just wanted to be more informed about my 1997 Honda and how to maintain it," said Mattie Porter of Dixmont. Vehicle maintenance was just one thing the Darling's employees spent time speaking about during their "Servicing" workshop. That's where participants learned how frequently they should schedule an oil change, tire rotation and alignment for their vehicle.

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