Jodi Hersey

Jodi Hersey

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BANGOR - Maine Jewelry & Art is attracting a lot of new customers these days who are looking to get their hands on a piece of one of their favorite childhood destinations. Last month, the owners of the Harlow Street jewelry store began making earrings, bracelets and bookmarks from the 102-year-old copper roof that's being replaced on the Bangor Public Library. Those pieces were then auctioned off to help the library with its renovations and requests for the unique items have been stacking up ever since.

"I knew there'd be a big response, but I didn't know it would be this big. They're selling like hotcakes," said Roxanne Munksgaard, jewelry designer and co-owner of Maine Jewelry & Art. "We got requests from as far away as Paris, France."

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 17:24

Criminal Mischief - February 12th, 2014

Volunteer firefighter indicted for arson

CORINTH - A former volunteer firefighter is in the hot seat. Nineteen-year-old James Mitchell is facing charges after allegedly setting fire to a vehicle in a Corinth gravel pit last summer. The Stetson resident was indicted last week by the Penobscot County Grand Jury and charged with arson, aggravated criminal mischief and failure to report a fire.

PENOBSCOT - Becky Bunker of Penobscot is addicted to snowmen. She's been collecting them since 1998, and now her enormous collection has earned her a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.

"I contacted them as a joke back in September. I didn't think they'd do anything, but then they called and said they'd send someone to come count them on Dec. 16," said Bunker. 

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 23:00

Schnitzel's Austrian Grill rolls into Bangor

BANGOR - The popular Cielos Mexican Grill food truck may be closed for the season, but owner Kirsten Pilot isn't taking the winter off. She plans to brave the cold by cooking up a storm from her new food truck, Schnitzel's. 

"It's a completely different type of food truck. It's a winterized truck where we serve Austrian-German food," explained Pilot. "All the items are items that my mother or grandmother cooked for me as a child."

Thursday, 26 December 2013 14:02

Elves stop by Bangor maternity home

Shepherd's Godparent Home blessed with gifts

BANGOR - A group of Santa's elves from the Bangor Christian School and the All Saints Catholic School recently dropped off a load of Christmas presents to the Shepherd's Godparent Home in Bangor. The residence which houses young women in their teens and 20s who are pregnant and in crisis operates without any state or federal funding. Barbara Ford, the home's executive director, said the special delivery from the students was a wonderful surprise. 

'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' has been a season full of twists where husbands and wives, mothers and daughters and even siblings have had to compete against one another. That's exactly what happened to 25-year-old Katie Collins. The New York, N.Y. resident went head to head with her mother, Tina Wesson (winner of 'Survivor: Australia'), after her tribe was forced to draw rocks when they couldn't come to a consensus on which player should be sent packing. Collins had the misfortune of picking the only white rock amongst a bag of black ones, which cost her the opportunity to continue in the game. She had one more shot at clawing her way back, though, once she entered the Redemption Island arena. However, the experience and skill of both her mother and fellow former 'Survivor' alum, Laura Morett, proved to be too much for Collins to overcome. I recently spoke with Collins, who became this season's first female jury member. 

TME: Are you shocked at how long you lasted in the game or are you disappointed with where you placed?

MADISON - Lori Finney of Madison is spending quite a bit of time this Christmas reliving one of her favorite childhood memories while helping to sweeten the holiday season for those around her. Finney learned at a young age how to make candy wreaths thanks to a family friend. Now over 20 years later she's back at it again, only this time she's assembling them as gifts for others to give to their loved ones.

"I was trying to raise money for the Trek Across Maine last year, so I decided to make them and see if I could raise [any] funds. I sold them for $10 and there was a huge interest," said Finney. "I am not doing the Trek this year, but I figured I would see if people wanted any because they make great gifts."
It didn't take long for orders to start rolling in. Finney made 10 candy wreaths just during a Sunday snowstorm.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 20:55

Tyson wins Survivor: Blood vs. Water'

Tyson Apostol of Utah got one of the best Christmas presents he could've ever hoped for. The 34-year-old former pro-cyclist won $1 million in this season's CBS hit, 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water.' Although he's no stranger to the show, this former 'Survivor' player had never even managed to make it to the final three until now. But this season he showed up in the Philippines with his game face on. Viewers watched as he took no time to form what later proved to be an unbreakable alliance with past players Gervase Peterson and Monica Culpepper. Then he found not one but two hidden immunity idols to protect himself as well as Gervase from being voted off the island. And to top it all off, he won the last two challenges in the game to secure his spot in the final three. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Apostol following the show, and I was surprised to learn he's still not quite sure what he'll do with his winnings. 

The Maine Edge: You've heard the saying, "The third time's the charm," so what did you do differently this season than the previous seasons that you played?

He may not have won the game, but Vytas Baskauskas did outlast his brother on the CBS hit reality show 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water.' Baskauskas lasted 27 days (two more than his sibling Aras) in a game that requires contestants to outwit, outlast and outplay one another on a remote island for $1 million. Vytas played a great social game and was well liked by both the veteran players and the first-time players. However, he was ultimately sent home when fellow moms Tina and Laura M. teamed up to defeat him on Redemption Island. I recently spoke with Baskauskas by phone, who said he has no hard feelings towards the duo that defeated him.

The Maine Edge: You and your brother are both competitive. Are you surprised you outlasted him on 'Survivor?'

Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:31

Alabama farmer loses chance to win Survivor'

The conditions on 'Survivor' didn't bother Caleb Bankston a bit. This farm boy from Alabama admitted he is used to hard work and the heat. However, his strategy and loyalty were both put to the test early in the season when his fianc, former 'Survivor: One World' contestant Colton Cumbie, outright quit the game. But Bankston was able to recover from that drama quickly and make an even bigger move in the game when he successfully knocked out one of this season's most recognizable players - former NFL player Brad Culpepper. I recently spoke with Bankston about his time on the show and whether or not he's upset about now being part of the 'Survivor' jury.

The Maine Edge: Are you bummed you're part of the jury?

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