Jodi Hersey

Jodi Hersey

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BREWER - Townsquare media employees are big music fans but these days the staff at WBZN, WWMJ, WDEA, WQCB and WEZQ are proving to be even bigger fans of one local resident. Four-year- old Maggie Rudnicki of Levant is battling a rare blood disorder called Black Fan Anemia and the folks at Townsquare are keeping track of her fight, treatment and recovery at a Boston hospital with daily postings on its web site

"I saw the original post and picture about Lucas [her brother] giving bone marrow to his sister on Facebook and it just mushroomed from there," said Chris Popper, director of sports programming at Townsquare Media.

BREWER - Riding your bike is one of the many pleasures of childhood. For 10-year-old Matthew Gross of Brewer, so is having a dog. That's why for the second year in a row, Matthew is participating in the Bike Ride For Wet Noses, a fundraiser he started to benefit the animals at the Bangor Humane Society.

"This is going to be the longest bike ride I've ever taken," said Matthew Gross. "I've never gone over 20 miles."

Thursday, 01 August 2013 11:50

Levant teen meets Dysart's celebrities

HERMON - A 13-year-old Levant girl is having quite a memorable summer traveling, swimming and camping. But this month Aleah Dean's summer break got even better when she ran into a pair of local YouTube celebrities at Dysart's in Hermon. The young teen spotted none other than Jack and Sonja Palmer, the elderly couple whose commercial outtakes for the popular area truck stop are an internet sensation. 

"We went over to meet them and my dad showed them they had over 1 million views on YouTube on his iPhone," said Aleah Dean. "I think they were shocked."

BANGOR - Zumba instructor Emilie Bronson is used to working a crowd, but the Bangor resident got the chance of a lifetime last week when she was asked by Zumba's special projects coordinator to perform as a back-up dancer for Victoria Justice at the waterfront concerts. The 19-year-old singer is the star of her own TV series on Nickelodeon called 'Victorious' and is currently on tour with Big Time Rush.

"I had those tiny butterflies in my stomach [backstage] because I knew there were a lot of people out there and a lot of people that I know with kids [at the show]," Bronson said. "It's like your first Zumba class. You're a little nervous until you get out there and get into it." 

LEVANT - Ice cream workers across the state had their hands full this weekend as they scooped order after order of the dessert for customers celebrating National Ice Cream Day. This sweet holiday, according to the International Dairy Food Association, was started back in 1984 when President Ronald Reagan designated the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day. 

"I couldn't believe it," said Carol Treadwell of Glenburn. The Treworgy's customer stopped into the locally owned ice cream shop in Levant Sunday afternoon. "We got here just before the busses of kids."

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 20:36

Donations needed for local animal food bank

BANGOR - When the sun is shining and thermometer exceeds 80 degrees on a humid Maine summer day it's easy to forget one's troubles. But the empty shelves at the Furry Friends Food Bank, or FFB, located at the Eastern Area Agency on Aging, is a daily reminder to the staff just how gloomy these days can be for area pet owners.

"Pet food isn't cheap," said Carol Higgins Taylor, director of communications at Eastern Area Agency on Aging. "We know people are sharing their meals with their animals. I did it when I was doing my undergrad degree. I'd open a can of tuna for myself and my cat."

NEWBURGH - To say Janice Kanzler is an animal lover would be an understatement. As the owner of Groomin' on 202 in Newburgh, she is not only a dog groomer but also a pet tech, pet sitter and the creator of BarkDannas, the "Kno-Knot bandanna" made especially for dogs. 

"Animals have always been my passion," Janice Kanzler said. 

ORRINGTON - The East Orrington Congregational Church on the Johnson Mill Road has a large group of regulars and visitors that attend service each week. But this time of year, the church also attracts a large array of classic car owners. That's because for the third year in a row, the church is holding a classic car show to raise funds for heating assistance for its neighbors in need.

"I'm the one who came up with the idea of a car show," said George Smith, churchgoer and car show organizer. "One day I was watching the news and saw some people lost their lives due to a fire trying to heat their place unsafely. I just started to try and think of something I could do to help any way I could."

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 11:42

Foster parenting for pets

Animals get second chance thanks to Bangor Humane Society's foster homes



BANGOR - There are more foster homes in the state of Maine than you think. That's because when many people imagine foster parenting, they immediately think of caring for a child, minor or ward of the state. But there is actually a large group of people out there that are foster parents to another group of children in need - fur babies. The Bangor Humane Society relies on these foster "pet" parents to care for the cats and dogs that come through its doors that aren't quite ready to be placed in forever homes.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013 17:06

Bangor Auditorium seat sale draws a crowd


BANGOR - Pieces of the old Bangor Auditorium were carted off by the truckload last week as the public lined up to buy a pair or two of the old wooden seats from one of the city's most historic landmarks that's being torn down. Scott Boucher of Bangor was lucky enough to get his hands on some.

"I'm originally from Presque Isle and I used to come down to the big city every tournament season [to watch the games]. It has such a special memory," said Boucher. "I was [also] in the Auditorium for many years as a clown for the Shrine circus."

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