Jodi Hersey

Jodi Hersey

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BANGOR - Dawna Hensley lost her battle with cancer last fall, but that isn't stopping her family and fellow co-workers at Geaghan's Pub & Craft Brewery in Bangor from organizing the third annual 'Dawna's Day' at the pub. It all started as an event where a portion of the proceeds from a certain day's sales at the restaurant would be donated to Dawna's recovery. But Hensley just wouldn't accept the offer. Instead she asked her co-workers and family to think bigger and give to an organization that could help everyone, not just her. So for the third year in a row, Geaghan's is planning to donate 10 percent of all sales on Thursday, May 1 to Greater Bangor Bark for Life, an American Cancer Society Relay for Life event that honors the life-long contributions of canine companions. 

"It was a perfect idea," said Larry Geaghan, Dawna's brother-in-law, during a telephone interview last year. "Dawna is a dog lover and wanted to draw attention off her and do something more for everyone in general."

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 13:20

Clifton couple helps save turkey vulture

CLIFTON - Deanna and Bill Reed may live in the quiet Penobscot County town of Clifton but their home is always abuzz with company. Night after night, flocks of turkey vultures gather in the couple's back yard and hang out in their trees. It's a visit the Reeds have always looked forward to - until earlier this month, when they looked out their window and saw one of their feathered friends stuck upside down high above the ground.

"It was the day we had that unexpected snowstorm with freezing rain," said Deanna Reed. "Bill noticed they were hanging lower than normal. He looked up and saw one hanging upside down. And he was stuck by his tail. We couldn't figure out how he was stuck, but there must've been a crack in the branch that he got his tail stuck in."

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 22:35

The great cloth diaper change

Participants look to break Guinness World Record

BANGOR - A group of Mainers will be gathering at Central Street Farmhouse in Bangor this weekend to help break the Guinness Book of World Record's cloth diaper changing record. It's an international event where thousands of people will gather on the same day at the same time in an effort to change as many cloth diapers as they can in just 60 seconds. 

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 22:36

Criminal Mischief - April 9th, 2014

Texting behind the wheel leads to arrest

CORINTH - A 47-year-old Corinth man was arrested over the weekend after texting behind the wheel. Authorities say Brian Barnes was traveling along the West Corinth Road around 9:15 p.m. Friday night when he lost control of his vehicle while texting and struck a utility pole. His vehicle then rolled down the snow bank before finally coming to a stop. When officers from the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office arrived at the scene, Barnes not only admitted he had been drinking but that he was on his way to meet a lady. Subsequently, Barnes was arrested, taken to the Penobscot County Jail and charged with operating under the influence and refusing to submit to arrest. 

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 22:20

Name that burger

Public invited to name new Cross Insurance Center burger

BANGOR - There's a new burger in town, and it is in desperate need of a name. This half-pound angus burger topped with bacon and poutine, a Canadian dish consisting of gravy, French fries and cheese curds, will be available at the Cross Insurance Center starting May 1. However, before it can be featured on the menu it needs a name, so the public is encouraged to submit their name suggestions online by April 14.

Comedian Paul Reiser is coming to Bangor this weekend to make people laugh. Reiser, who starred in the popular NBC '90s sitcoms 'My Two Dads' and 'Mad About You,' began his career as a stand-up comedian long before he started acting. Besides TV, he's also had the opportunity to star in several movies, including 'Aliens,' 'Beverly Hills Cop I' and 'II,' and most recently he played Matt Damon's lawyer in the Emmy award winning HBO movie 'Behind the Candelabra.' 

But what most people may not realize is that Reiser is also gifted in music. He wrote the theme song 'Final Frontier' for 'Mad About You' and collaborated with and played piano for British singer/songwriter Julia Fordham on the album Unusual Suspects. When he wasn't busy acting or making music he found time to become an author. Reiser has written three books so far 'Couplehood,' 'Babyhood' and 'Familyhood,' and he shows no signs of slowing down. I recently had the opportunity to talk with him by phone. He said he's looking forward to visiting the Gracie Theatre and sharing some universal laughs about the absurdities of modern life.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 10:21

Music on the menu

Private dinner & concert with singer Meredith Andrews 

BANGOR - The city of Bangor is attracting more and more musicians than ever before. From rock to pop, country to gospel, there's a show for almost any music fan out there. However, ticket holders rarely get the opportunity to eat dinner with an artist prior to a concert - until now. On May 15, fans of 

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 18:29

UMaine Singers hit the road

ORONO - The University of Maine Singers have a spring in their step and a number of songs in their hearts that they are sharing with audiences throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts this week. The 70-member choir is spending their spring break on tour performing for area schools during the day and at public concerts at night. It's an annual tradition that's been going on for years under the direction of Dr. Dennis Cox, the UMaine director of choral activities.

"This group right now is as good as any I've had," said Cox. "I've been with the Singers for almost 36 years and it's been amazing."

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 00:28

Pet CPR class raises funds for pet oxygen masks

HOLDEN - Bobby Silcott of Naples is a life saver. He's helped supply numerous fire and rescue departments in Maine with pet oxygen masks through his nonprofit called The Maine POM Project. Over 270 have been delivered since 2009 and Silcott plans to keep on working until each and every fire and rescue squad has one on hand.

"The rescue and fire departments love to have this tool in their tool bag. They can be used on any companion animal from a hamster to a foal," said Silcott. "We've been up to Fort Kent and down to Eliot and many places in between, and when a rescue or EMT saves an animal's life with this, they never forget it." 

BANGOR - While many folks were enjoying left over chocolates or other Valentine's Day sweets this weekend, a large group met at Bangor Parks and Recreation to work off those extra calories at a Zumbathon to benefit the third annual Greater Bangor Bark For Life event. 

"We're trying to get awareness out about Bark before the actual event happens in June," said Lisa Eldridge, co-chair for Greater Bangor Bark For Life. "We're the only canine friendly cancer walk in Eastern and Central Maine."

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