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Wednesday, 11 December 2013 23:34

Bangor bomb dog retires

BANGOR - The Bangor Police Department said goodbye to one of its furry comrades last month. Endumin, a Belgian Malinois and one of the first explosive detection canines to be assigned to the Bangor International Airport, has retired. He and his handler, Officer Dan Scripture, spent most of the past five years patrolling BIA or assisting the Bangor Bomb Squad.

"We thank Endumin for his years of service and wish him many years of happy retirement," said Anthony Caruso, BIA director. "Although it might only be five years, in dog years it's about 35, so thank you."

BANGOR - Educators wear a number of different hats these days - teacher, mentor, advisor and counselor. One professor at the New England School of Communications in Bangor can also add role model to that list. Todd Eastman spent the past several years working on the documentary 'Mayan Blue,' a film about an underwater city in Guatemala. 

"It was written up in an article in a diving magazine and just forgotten about. So we met with the guy that discovered it and it just kind of took off from there," said Eastman.

He lasted 25 days on 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water,' and although Aras Baskauskas (of 'Survivor: Panama' fame) didn't win the $1 million prize, he did walk away with a lifetime of 'Survivor' memories he can share with his brother and fellow player, Vytas Baskauskas. I recently spoke with Aras about his 'Survivor' experience this season and which remaining player he thinks has the best shot to win the game.

The Maine Edge: Being a returning player, did you think you had a shot at the million dollars or that you'd be a target?

Bangor "MOPS" group celebrates season of giving

BANGOR - Moms are forever making sure their children's needs are met and last week a group of moms met in Bangor to also make sure other kids are provided for this holiday season. The Moms of Preschoolers, or MOPS, as they're called, set up a mini-Santa's workshop of sorts at the Bangor First Church of the Nazarene on Union Street on Thursday to pack boxes for Operation Christmas Child. The project, a service of the Samaritan's Purse organization, partners with churches from around the world to provide gift-filled shoeboxes to children in need. 

"It's amazing how a couple of little toys really adds up quickly," said Cara Liberty, coordinator for the MOPS Operation Christmas Child packing party. "It's been really amazing to think something like a matchbox car or tutu can put a smile on the face of a child who is halfway around the world. It's incredible."

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 20:49

Hunters for the Hungry program

Hunters urged to donate meat to food pantries

BANGOR - Maine hunters have the opportunity to give to the hungry this year by donating part or all of their catch to the state's food pantries and soup kitchens as part of the Hunters for the Hungry program. 

"We get a lot of deer and moose meat. Bear is a distant third," said Jason Hall, director of the emergency food assistance program.  

The white team found themselves in the hot seat once again on NBC's 'The Biggest Loser' last week. However, this time it was their trainer, Jillian Michaels, who put them there. During the weigh-in the team was penalized with a four-pound disadvantage (one pound for each player) after the show's producers learned Michaels gave them caffeine pills without a doctor's permission. Michaels said she stands by her professional decision and has no regrets. However, that move cost the white team to not only lose the weigh-in, but allowed the blue team to keep immunity for another week and the red team to be reunited with teammate Ruben Studdard, who was eliminated the week prior. 

After the show, I had the opportunity to speak with Craig Arrington, the contestant with the lowest percentage of weight loss on the white team. He said he learned a lot in the five short weeks he was able to spend on the Biggest Loser ranch. 

Veteran players and loved ones form one tribe

Not one but two Survivors were knocked out of the game last week after failing to hold up their own weight. John Cody, Laura Boneham and Laura Morett were all on Redemption Island, competing to re-enter the game in a challenge that required them to hang onto a pole for as long as they could. When their feet touched the ground, they were out. The one that could hold their weight up and off the ground the longest would get a chance to play 'Survivor' yet again. That individual was none other than Laura Morett. John Coty, spouse of former 'Survivor' player Candice Cody and Laura Boneham, wife of returning player Rupert Boneham, were visibly disappointed with the outcome. I recently had the chance to speak with both players following their elimination from the show and here's what they had to say.

The Maine Edge: Ever regret sharing the idol clue(s) with Brad [Culpepper] at all?

Veteran players and loved ones form one tribe

Not one but two Survivors were knocked out of the game last week after failing to hold up their own weight. John Cody, Laura Boneham and Laura Morett were all on redemption island, competing to re-enter the game in a challenge that required them to hang onto a pole for as long as they could. When their feet touched the ground, they were out. The one that could hold their weight up and off the ground the longest would get a chance to play Survivor yet again. That individual was none other than Laura Morett. John Coty, spouse of former Survivor player Candice Cody and Laura Boneham, wife of returning player Rupert Boneham, were visibly disappointed with the outcome. I recently had the chance to speak with both players following their elimination from the show and here's what they had to say... 

The Maine Edge: Ever regret sharing the idol clue(s) with Brad [Culpepper] at all?

He started 'The Biggest Loser' as this season's heaviest contestant, and at 462 pounds 'American Idol' winner Ruben Studdard had his sights set on winning this reality show too. But that dream fell short after Studdard's team had the lowest percentage of combined weight loss of the three teams on the ranch. Studdard lost five pounds last week to contribute to his team's total, but it wasn't enough. The larger than life R&B singer fell below the scale's dreaded yellow line and was automatically eliminated from the show. He is the first member of the red team and the second contestant this season to exit the game. I recently had the chance to speak with Studdard by phone about his time on the ranch, his workouts and whether or not he's been able to conquer his diabetes.

The Maine Edge: Was it difficult on the ranch to stay upbeat and positive the whole time?

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 22:33

Making the grade and beyond

NESCom wins three Maine Association of Broadcasters awards

BANGOR - Hard work pays off and no one knows that more than the students at the New England School of Communications. The school recently won three Maine Association of Broadcasters Awards for the student's work on WHSN, the campus radio station.

"It's pretty exciting for students when they can see their work acknowledged alongside the people that may one day be their employers," said Mark Nason, WHSN station manager.

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