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Wednesday, 13 November 2013 22:31

Husson graduate named 'Young Farmer of the Year'

MONTICELLO - Sara Corey of Monticello is used to the secluded, peaceful and slower pace ofliving that comes with growing up on a farm in Aroostook County. But the 23-year-old was thrust into the spotlight this year when she was named the 2013 Young Farmer of the Year by the Maine Potato Board. Corey is the first female and the youngest recipient ever to win the award.

"It's an honor and it has opened so many doors for me," Corey said. "I've even had girls ask to job shadow me. It's just great."

Wednesday, 06 November 2013 23:37

Another Survivor' veteran exits the game

Kat Edorsson loses challenge on Redemption Island

She was part of an all-girl alliance on 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' that seemed unbreakable. However, Kat Edorsson soon found out she was on the outs when she vented how frustrated she was that tribe mate Monica Culpepper wouldn't stop talking strategy. That slip of frustration led to paranoia among her alliance, which soon determined she was no longer trustworthy and voted her out. I recently spoke with Edorsson, who had the opportunity to play this season of 'Survivor' with her boyfriend Hayden Moss, winner of 'Big Brother 12' on CBS.  

The Maine Edge: Any regrets sharing with Tina that maybe Monica should be the next to go on the tribe?

After an enormous weight loss week, the contestants on NBC's 'The Biggest Loser' were faced with the frustrating news that only one person's weight on each of the three teams would count during the weigh-in of week two. If that wasn't unsettling enough, the one individual that would represent their team would be determined just prior to the weigh-in with a roll of the die by their coaches - Bob Harper, Jillian Michaels and Dolvett Quince. Those three individuals were Hap Holmstead for the blue team, Fernanda Abarca for the white team and Tanya Winfield for the red team. Unfortunately, Abarca dropped the least amount of weight among the three and was the first contestant to be eliminated this season. I had the chance to speak with Abarca by phone following the show and learned that despite her short stay on 'The Biggest Loser,' she is successfully keeping up with her weight loss goals.  

TME: With the trainers getting to pick their teams [this season], do you think Jillian was the best trainer for you out of the options?

Wednesday, 30 October 2013 16:14

Former NFL star loses on Survivor'

Brad Culpepper fifth player to be ousted on reality show

Former Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears football player Brad Culpepper has seen his share of competition over the years, but his recent match up on season 27 of 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' ended sooner than he had hoped. Early in the game, Culpepper was viewed as the leader of the Tadhana tribe by both his tribe mates and his competitors. And in the game of 'Survivor,' leaders are seen as threats. Things quickly went downhill for Culpeper when he convinced his team to vote out a strong player, John Cody, who held two hidden immunity idol clues, rather than a weaker player. The Tadhana team did so, but at the next tribal council Caleb Bankston announced he no longer thought Culpepper could be trusted because of that move and therefore he was voting him out of the tribe and onto Redemption Island. The other players followed suit. However, last week Culpepper lost in a puzzle challenge on Redemption Island to former teammate Cody and Galang member Laura Morett. I recently spoke with Culpepper, who said he's grateful to be part of the elite few that have been able to play 'Survivor.'

TME: Any hesitation doing the show knowing that on past seasons of 'Survivor,' when someone well known has gone on the show, they've been targeted?

Candice Cody loses duel to her spouse and former NFL player

She didn't get an opportunity to participate in a single immunity challenge with her tribe, but Candice Cody of Washington, D.C. still managed to last 11 days on 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' thanks to her winning streak on Redemption Island. There, she beat out three other players to secure a spot in the game but just couldn't squeak out another win last week against her own husband John and the contestant ultimately responsible for sending him to redemption island, former NFL player Brad Culpepper. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Candice, who said despite all the tension Culpepper managed to cause during the show, she and John have no hard feelings towards him. 

TME: What do you think of all the twists?

BANGOR - The Bangor Dog Park is less than a year old and it's already looking to expand. The park located on Watchmaker Street has been a great spot for canines to socialize and exercise while their owners look on. Now, the nonprofit Friends of The Bangor Dog Park say they are ready to work on Phase II of the park. A spaghetti dinner and silent auction is planned for Thursday, Oct. 24 at the park in order to help defray the cost of the work needed on site.

"We have enough money to expand the large dog area hopefully before the snow flies," said Dawnette Carver, volunteer and member of Friends of The Bangor Dog Park. "This fundraiser will hopefully let us put in a training yard, so if you want to do some agility or even a little one-on-one with your dog if it's not socialized, you can."

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 21:01

Library offers technology petting zoo

SOUTHWEST HARBOR - Think it's too late in the season in Maine to visit the zoo? Think again. The Southwest Harbor Public Library is holding a Technology Petting Zoo this month, where folks can learn more about e-readers and tablets that can hold hundreds of bestselling novels in digital form.

"It's an opportunity for librarians to look at them and understand what they're about. We want to have patrons look at them too so they have an idea if this is something they want [themselves] or want us to get for our collection to rent out," said Kate McMullin, Southwest Harbor assistant library director.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 20:57

Sunny with a side of salsa

Local meteorologist makes & sells homemade salsa

GLENBURN - Todd Simcox of WABI TV5 is more than a talented meteorologist. He's proving he is also quite a cook and entrepreneur. Over the past several months, Simcox has been mixing up numerous batches of his homemade salsa, and after successfully receiving his home processing license from the state, he's now ready to sell his creation to area viewers.

"I have yet to have someone tell me they don't like it," Simcox said. "I've had professional chefs taste it, and everyone says it's great."

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 20:53

Pie Guy & Son Pizzeria opens in downtown Hermon

HERMON - The football season is in full swing, and it's helping at least one Hermon business score lots and lots of customers. Pie Guy & Son Pizzeria, next to Danforth's Supermarket on Route 2, has been open for just four months, but it's quickly becoming a go-to spot for Hermon High School and NFL football fans.

"The school and the town have been good. We provide all the pizzas for the games at the schools. We sell them at discount and then they sell them by the slice," said Dustin Littlefield, co-owner of Pie Guy & Son Pizzeria.

Marissa Peterson loses redemption island duel

In fourth grade, Marissa Peterson got the opportunity to watch her uncle Gervase compete on the CBS hit reality show 'Survivor.' This year, the 21-year-old North Carolina native had the chance to play alongside him when 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' invited past players to return to the game, this time with a loved one. However, moments after arriving, the contestants were separated. The loved ones were placed together on the Tadhana tribe, while the former 'Survivor' players formed the Galang tribe. With experience on their side, the Galang members have dominated the game so far, winning the first three immunity challenges against their loved ones. Peterson exited the game last week after her puzzle-making skills were put to the test on Redemption Island against married doctors John and Candice. I recently spoke with Peterson, who hopes anyone but her former tribe mates win the $1 million prize. 

The Maine Edge: Do you think you had a chance to really play 'Survivor' the way you had hoped, being voted onto Redemption Island so soon after arriving there?

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