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Wednesday, 29 February 2012 13:14

Safe House (R)

I imagine that we all have certain actors whose work we particularly enjoy. All movie stars are not created equal - everyone has a favorite, someone who consistently hits home runs in his or her eyes. On the flip side, I (and I'm sure most of you) also have actors - not many, but a few - whose work I simply cannot stand. For whatever reason, their continued popularity not only confuses me, but actively offends me as well. But what happens when a favorite and a not-favorite wind up on screen together? 'Safe House.' That's what happens.
4 out of 5 - Read full review
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 13:12

The Vow (PG-13)

I have no problem with being emotionally manipulated by a movie. I think those artificial feelings are a huge part of why we go to the movies in the first place. However, when that manipulation becomes too forced and overt, it loses its impact and becomes hollow and false. It becomes a movie like 'The Vow.'
1 out of 5 - Read full review
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 18:02

Nearly $450,000 raised to help end hunger

Academy Award-winning writer of On Golden Pond' helps Maine's credit unions

PORTLAND - On Monday, Feb. 13, at South Portland's Marriott Hotel, Maine's credit unions made a major announcement on the success of their efforts towards 'thawing' out hunger in Maine in 2011 at the Thaw to End Hunger Celebration Event. At this annual event, credit unions were recognized for their success in raising the most funds ever for the Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger, and the official, record-breaking total was announced. The total raised in 2011 was $446,929.56, an increase of nearly $45,000 over last year's record. In addition to raising a record-setting amount in 2011, the campaign also surpassed the $4 million milestone in funds raised since it began 22 years ago.

'The generosity of the over 615,000 credit union members in Maine is extraordinary,' explained John Murphy, president of the Maine Credit Union League. 'This marks the 16th consecutive year that the campaign has raised a record-setting total, and the milestone of the Campaign surpassing the $4 million mark in funds raised since the campaign began - a remarkable effort in such a challenging economy.'

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 17:47

Biz Briefs - 02/22/12

Business 101 workshop offered in Rockland

ROCKLAND - MaineStream Finance, a subsidiary of Penquis, is offering a free Business 101 workshop to anyone interested in knowing more about starting a business. Many people have an idea for a business but are unsure of the next steps or what is involved in starting one. Business 101 will help answer those questions. The two-hour workshop will be offered in the afternoon and again in the evening on Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 1:30 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. at the Penquis office, 170 Pleasant St., Rockland.

The workshop provides an overview of the pros and cons of operating a microenterprise or small business, including the basics of a business plan and available resources for business development. Additional topics include being an entrepreneur, business success, networking, budgets and credit. MaineStream Finance also offers small business lending and one on one business technical assistance with a microenterprise consultant.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 17:11

Buzz Briefs - 02/22/12

The Comedy Hour holds its second annual WERU benefit show

BREWER - Is cabin fever beginning to take its toll on you? Are the trials and tribulations of excessive darkness getting you down?

Help is on the way!

On March 9, from 7 to 9 p.m., The Comedy Hour will hold its second annual WERU Benefit LIVE Radio Show at the Next Generation Theatre in Brewer. Prepare for a night of hilarity in the dark of winter.

WATERVILLE - The Maine Sports Hall of Fame will induct eight new members at its 37th Annual Awards Banquet on May 20 at the Bangor Civic Center.

Inductees are Walter H. Abbott, Orono; Phillip A. Coulombe, Sidney; Emily Jo Ellis, Bangor; Edward V. Guiski, Kennebunk; Matthew Hancock, Casco; Dennis Libbey, Bangor; Howard S. Vandersea, Brunswick; and Dana E. Wilson, Brewer.

In addition, four scholar-athletes will be honored as recipients of $5,000 scholarships: Jordan Hersom, Turner; Patrick LaChance, Raymond; Seth Sweet, Madison; and Carylanne Wolfington, Hallowell.

Wednesday, 02 November 2011 11:46

Hollywood Slots unveils new simulcast racing

BANGOR Hollywood Slots Hotel & Raceway unveiled its new simulcast racing operation at its main facility, located at 500 Main Street. Harness racing enthusiasts can now place bets at a lounge located just off the main gaming floor at Hollywood Slots.

'Moving the simulcast racing facility to 500 Main Street will expose many more people to the excitement of harness racing every day,' said Corey Smith, Director of Racing Operations. 'When customers visit Hollywood Slots, it will now be very convenient for them to slip into a separate room and watch competitive harness racing at tracks from around the country. Having the opportunity to experience harness racing without leaving Hollywood Slots will allow more customers to enjoy it simply because it is now a lot more convenient to experience both slot play and harness racing.'

Wednesday, 26 October 2011 11:03

Malcolm Holcombe to perform benefit for WERU

BANGOR - Acclaimed North Carolina singer-songwriter Malcolm Holcombe will perform acoustic blues and 'rugged folk' in a benefit concert for WERU the evening of Sunday, Oct. 30. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. at the Big Easy Lounge in downtown Bangor. The Big Easy is adjacent to The Charles Inn on West Market Square.

Holcombe is best known for his unique gravelly voice and bittersweet lyrics, backed by piedmont-style guitar picking. His music has been called 'not quite country and somewhere beyond folk,' and has drawn comparison to John Hiatt and Tom Waits. His eight full-length albums have consistently received industry acclaim. He is currently touring in support of his latest release, 'To Drink the Rain.'

Wednesday, 14 September 2011 05:39

Gallery talk on use of computer in art

ROCKPORT - Belfast artist Reese Inman will give a gallery talk titled "REMIX: Using the Computer to Reinvigorate Artistic Process" at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 3 p.m. She will discuss using computers as a tool for enabling new artistic practices and reinvigorating traditional ones. Topics will include data art, creative processes involving extreme repetition and conversion and/or transformation of media.

"Technology," Inman says, "permits us to extend ourselves beyond the physical limits of time and space ... [It also] offers equal potential for separation, for distancing ourselves, for fantasy and for the control and customization of daily experience." A graduate of Harvard University, Inman's formal educational background includes studies in studio art, film, literature, computer programming, classical piano and intermedia. Her work is currently on exhibit at CMCA in "Reese Inman: Burn Drawings and Recent Paintings," which is one of four exhibitions that run through Sept. 25. She is represented by Gallery NAGA in Boston and Simon Gallery in Morristown, New Jersey. Her work is in numerous public and private collections.

MAINE - Voting kicked off Friday, Sept. 9 in U.S. Cellular's $1 million Calling All Communities campaign. The wireless carrier's annual competition will award 18 winning schools across the country with some much-needed funding. The school with the most votes will win $150,000, and the next 17 schools will receive $50,000 each. Winnings can be used any way the school sees fit to enhance students' learning experience.

"This campaign is powered by the community, and we invite Maine residents to rally together to vote for their favorite school," said Eric Conlon, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Maine.

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