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Tuesday, 18 June 2019 19:04

The Wheelmobile is coming to Orono

ORONO – One of America’s favorite game shows will be looking for contestants in Orono this weekend.

The Wheelmobile, the promotional vehicle for the game show “Wheel of Fortune,” will be in Eastern Maine searching for contestants to play on America’s Game. The Eastern Maine open auditions will only take place on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 at 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Collins Center for the Arts on the campus of the University of Maine.

BANGOR – Bruce Ranger entered the night of June 14 only one win away from 9,000 career victories in harness racing. After the first of his eight scheduled races for the night, Ranger achieved the milestone with Anderlecht, crossing the finish line with a time of 1:57.

ORONO — Gulf of Maine temperature trends and variability during the past 11,000 years will be the focus of a five-year study led by a University of Maine paleo-oceanographer to enhance long-term environmental prediction and planning.

Katherine Allen, a UMaine assistant professor in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences, and the Climate Change Institute, has received a more than $584,000 National Science Foundation CAREER Award to study Gulf temperatures from the early Holocene to the present. The award follows an NSF-funded collaborative research project led by Allen in 2016 that focused on Pacific Ocean stratification since the last ice age.

BANGOR – The Greater Bangor 4th of July Corporation kicked off its annual campaign last week to raise funds for the Independence Day parade, charity concert and fireworks display. And this year, organizers say major changes are in store for this year’s celebration that spans the cities of Bangor and Brewer.

PORTLAND - Chancellor James Page and the Presidents of Maine’s public universities announced today that 4,077 Maine students are attending University of Maine System institutions this spring free of tuition and fee expense. The number of Maine students whose tuition and fee obligations were completely covered with grant and scholarship aid represents nearly one-in-four (24.4%) of the 16,718 Maine undergraduates enrolled this semester.

ORONO — Angela Myracle’s research is going to the dogs.

Or, more accurately, for the dogs.

As a scientist with Maine EPSCoR’s Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET), Myracle looks for innovations in aquaculture.

And when the assistant professor of human nutrition at the University of Maine spied dog treats at a local supermarket that were made with lobster from Iceland, she thought, “What about dog biscuits made with green crabs from Maine?”

If the novel idea becomes a market reality, Myracle says it could be a win-win-win situation.

NEW YORK — The National Book Critics Circle announced the recipients of its book awards for publishing year 2018 at their annual meeting on March 14.

BANGOR – The Bangor Historical Society hosts its 155th Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner starting at 6 p.m. on March 15 at Hollywood Casino in Bangor.

Wednesday, 06 March 2019 12:38

L.L. Bean offers first co-branded boot

FREEPORT - Internationally recognized outdoor retailer L.L. Bean, best known for its Maine-made L.L. Bean Boots, has partnered with Maine outdoor gear startup Flowfold to produce the first co-branded L.L. Bean Boot in the company’s 107-year history. The collaboration pairs Flowfold’s cutting edge materials with L.L. Bean’s century of expertise in crafting the outdoor footwear that launched the company.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019 13:55

Local artist Kat Johnson mounts solo show

BANGOR - The Sohns Gallery at the Rock & Art Shop in downtown Bangor has announced a solo exhibition by local artist Kat Johnson.

The exhibit – titled “Oh You Pretty Things” – will include all new works created in the past six months. Johnson has lived and worked in Bangor for over 15 years; this event marks her fourth solo show in the area and second at the Sohns Gallery. 

“Oh You Pretty Things” will showcase eight new large relief prints. These framed works will be for sale along with the unframed prints in the edition and other smaller prints of various subjects. The artist will be donating a portion of all sales made during the duration of the show to Mabel Wadsworth Center. 

Johnson works as the Senior Museum Educator and Marketing Manager at the University of Maine Museum of Art in Downtown Bangor. She received her Masters of Fine Art in Intermedia in 2012 from the University of Maine and has been an active member of the creative community since her arrival in Maine in 2003. 

This is the second exhibition of Johnson’s work at the Sohns Gallery. The first showing was a large-scale evolving painting which was the inaugural show in the gallery. Having focused on painting for many years, Johnson has now turned to printmaking to create her images. Regarding this shift Johnson stated, “I’ve always painted large, flat areas of color with bold line work, very much in the style of a screen print or relief print. I thought it was time I finally made that leap to fully delve into the process of printmaking.” 

“Oh You Pretty Things” will be on view during regular business hours at the Rock & Art Shop, located at 36 Central Street in Bangor. The exhibit runs March 4 – April 28, 2019. An opening reception will be held on March 8 at 6:30 p.m.; the artist will be on site to give remarks at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

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