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BANGOR - The Susan G. Komen Maine Race for the Cure - Bangor and Survivor Sponsor Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway are proud to honor Survivor of the Week Joan Roberts. Roberts is one of the co-founders of the Bangor race.

"I kind of have this new energy about me," said Joan Roberts in response to her reconnecting with The Komen Maine Race for the Cure after several years away. "Maybe it is being on the other side of it, or maybe it is being a breast cancer survivor and knowing that I have more to offer in a different way now."

In 2008, right before her 50th birthday, Roberts was diagnosed with lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS). "I wasn't surprised since I had several other factors which put me at an elevated risk," said Roberts. "I quickly moved into action. My risk of breast cancer was at least 50 percent and would increase with each passing year. I was given three options. The first option was to continue to do vigilant follow-up with annual mammograms, MRIs and clinical breast exams. The second option was to add Tamoxifen to the vigilant follow-up for five years. And the third was to undergo a bilateral mastectomy. Even with those options, none of which were very appealing, I did consider myself lucky. I had time to make a decision and the option of researching and choosing my own plan of action."

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 05:39

Webinars on affordable home energy-saving tips

ORONO - University of Maine Cooperative Extension, in conjunction with Efficiency Maine and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, will offer a three free webinars Aug. 30 on reducing heating and other energy costs in homes and apartments.

Presenters are Extension educators Donna Coffin and Kathy Hopkins, who will provide a demonstration on how to make a window shutter from cardboard, aluminum foils and duct tape, in addition to a door draft stopper from fabric and foam pipe insulation.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 05:39

Guild for Spiritual Formation hosts retreat

SEAL COVE - The Northeast Guild for Spiritual Formation is hosting a weekend retreat Aug. 26 and 27 with Kathleen Henderson Staudt, Ph.D. on poetry, prayer and spiritual practice at St. Andrew By the Lake Episcopal Church, Seal Cove.

Dr. Staudt works as a teacher, poet and spiritual director at several institutions in the Washington, D.C. area, including Virginia Theological Seminary and Wesley Theological Seminary. Her classes focus on writing, poetry, spirituality and Christian vocation, especially from the point of view of laypersons. Kathy has also offered retreats and workshops at the Washington National Cathedral, including the annual Evelyn Underhill Day of Quiet offered at the cathedral each year in June, as well as conferences on poetry as spiritual practice. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in "Weavings," "Christianity and Literature," "Cross Currents," "Sewanee Theological Review," "Living Prayer" and "The Anglican Theological Review." She is the author of two books of poems: "Annunciations: Poems out of Scripture" and "Weaving Back: Poems of Mothering Life."

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 05:39

Giants using strap-on camera to help young QB

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - After most interceptions, there is usually a shot on television of a head coach or offensive coordinator walking up to a quarterback and asking him: "What did you see on the play."

Most times, the words are a little spicier and the quarterbacks are forced to relive the throws and explain what went wrong.

The New York Giants have been taking the onus off free agent quarterback Ryan Perrilloux in training camp by attaching a tiny camera to the front of his helmet during practice.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011 05:39

Livin' Briefs - 08/17/11

You can move beyond the pain of divorce

BANGOR - Come to an eight week "Divorce and Beyond" program of caring and confidential support with others who are also experiencing the trauma of a lost marriage. The program starts Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Bangor. Registration is required. For the comfort and confidentiality of the group members, no walk-ins please. For details and to register, please contact Catholic Charities Maine Parish Social Ministry at 1-800-781-8550 ext 2670 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The fee is $25.

Block party event scheduled to aid families in Piscataquis region

DOVER-FOXCROFT - The Piscataquis Transition Team will host a block party and resource fair to support families affected by unemployment or under-employment. The event will include a free barbecue, distribution of food from the Good Shepherd Food-Bank and Living Word Food Cupboard, and various community based organizations offering information on community resources. The Smart Starts for Students program will be distributing the back to school supplies to families who registered and have been called or emailed to pick them up at the event.

This event is free to everyone and will be held rain or shine at the Penquis office located at 50 North Street, Dover-Foxcroft from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18. This annual event is proudly hosted by the Piscataquis Transition Team to assist families in the region. The Transition Team consists of volunteers from the education field, social service agencies, local businesses, state and municipal offices, employment agencies and work force development and training organizations. For more information, please contact James Macomber at 564-7116 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

400 backpacks still needed

MAINE - Penquis has partnered with Blueberry Broadcasting and Dunkin Donuts to collect backpacks for children who otherwise would not have one to start the school year.

In these challenging economic times, the requests for backpacks has outnumbered current donations. Penquis is reaching out to individuals, churches, businesses and our community partners asking for help in collecting backpacks.

Anyone who would like to participate can donate online at the Penquis website or drop off the gift of a new backpack at one of the Penquis offices at the following locations:

262 Harlow St., Bangor
50 North St., Dover-Foxcroft
170 Pleasant St., Rockland

All donations must be in by Aug. 20 so they can be distributed to families in time for school.

AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is warning Mainers of the dangers of deteriorating oil tanks in a television awareness campaign arriving on airwaves this week.

The spot features Lee Thomas, an emergency spill responder in Maine DEP's Presque Isle office, telling viewers to have their tank's thickness tested annually by their oil company or to replace it with a double-bottom tank.

Thomas is part of the Maine DEP Division of Response Services that is dispatched to an average of one spill a day from residential tanks, with the annual clean-up cost adding up to much as $2 million coming from the state's Groundwater Oil Clean-Up Fund.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011 05:39

Bruce Marshall coming to Center Theatre

DOVER-FOXCROFT - The Boston-area, guitar-driven band the Bruce Marshall Group treats listeners with a mix of classic and original R&B, Delta blues, Americana and pop-jazz feel when they returns to Center Theatre Sat., Aug. 20, at 7 p.m., thanks to sponsor Mayo Regional Hospital.

Frontman Bruce Marshall, 56, brings 37 years of professional experience to the stage in an 8,000-show career including sharing the stage with over 150 national acts like BB King, Greg Allman, Steven Tyler, James Brown, Beach Boys, Chicago, Bryan Adams, The Doobie Brothers, Moody Blues and Jethro Tull, among others.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011 05:39

A call for artists

Harlow Gallery asks for proposals

HALLOWELL - The Kennebec Valley Art Association has issued an open call for exhibition proposals for the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, Maine for the 2012 exhibition season.

The Harlow Gallery has been owned and operated by the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit membership based organization that has been supporting the arts and artists of central Maine for over half a century. An exhibition committee will meets in October to determine the Harlow's exhibition schedule for the upcoming year. Proposals must be received at the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell on or before Oct. 1, 2011.

A special needs teen takes the leading role in "Wicked Good," a novel written by sisters Joanne Lewis and Amy Faircloth Lewis. While readers follow Rory and his adoptive mother through their adventure of finding Rory's birth parents, they also learn about the stigma and difficulties surrounding autism.

The book has received acclaim for the accurate portrayal of an autistic teen and his adoptive, single-mother. The Kindle version is listed in the top 100 books on special needs.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011 05:39

E-reader demo at Bangor Public Library

BANGOR - Interested in e-readers? Bangor Public Library will host an e-reader demonstration on Aug. 18 at 10:30 a.m. in the Lecture Hall. The Library owns six different types of e-books: the Kindle, the Nook, the Kobo, the Sony, the Cruz and the iPad.

"I am an active reader and one who is only marginally comfortable with technology, but I found reading an e-book on my iPad to be quite easy and convenient," said library patron John Atherton.

Staff members Patrick Layne and Christy Coombs share Atherton's comfort with technology and will lead the e-reader demonstration. They will answer questions about the cost, color selection, battery life, WiFi options and additional features of each e-reader.

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