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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.

BAR HARBOR - The stories abound throughout town. There's the murdered woman whose perfume lingers - even if it's been days since a perfumed woman has walked through the halls. There are beds that unmake themselves and a dumbwaiter that moves in the night - though there's no longer access to the device.

Ghost stories are everywhere in Bar Harbor, according to Dylan Pugh, a 2011 College of the Atlantic graduate who has started Bar Harbor Tour Company with Arwyn Sherman, a COA junior. Come nighttime, the two can be seen walking through town, lanterns in hand. She sports a black Victorian dress; he a monk's robe. They meet guests for their ghost tours every night at 9 and 10 p.m. at West and Main streets. They also offer historic tours by appointment. These feature literature of the region.

UNITY - On Saturday, September 10th, Roosevelt Dime and O Deer will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Unity Centre for the Performing Arts as part of the Maine Grassroots Media Conference, hosted by WERU and Unity College.

Roosevelt Dime is a five-piece from Brooklyn, New York that blends elements of acoustic jug-band blues, classic Motown soul and modern alt-country to create an original sound best described as King's County Steamboat Soul. Band members, including Mid-Coast Maine native Eben Pariser, mix banjo, bass, drums/percussion, trumpet/cornet and woodwinds into a sound that is sure to bring listeners out of their seats in a toe-tapping frenzy. Roosevelt Dime's nontraditional lineup and seamless mixture of musical genres has already caught the eye of many fans and publications, including "The New York Times." Now, the group is poised for a breakthrough with its new album, "Steamboat Soul," in stores now.

BANGOR - Summertime means that the Bangor Humane Society is full of pets awaiting adoption. In an effort to increase pet adoptions, the Humane Society is offering a variety of discounted prices and promotions on pet adoptions throughout the summer.

Additionally, hard economic times also mean that pets are being surrendered to the Humane Society at an alarming rate because their owners can no longer afford to care for them.

The adoption center is currently full of dogs available for adoption and has over 200 cats and kittens in the facility and in foster homes awaiting adoption within the next month.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011 05:38

Bringing the art home

Hallowell Homes participating in 'Art at Home' event

HALLOWELL - The public is invited to the Harlow Gallery and historic downtown Hallowell on Saturday, Sept. 10 to experience 'Art at Home.' This new collaborative event offers a self-guided tour of seven residences with private art collections. The participating homes, all in or near downtown Hallowell, were selected to showcase not only their residents' art collections, but also their relationships with their art and how art and living space are integrated.

The featured homes represent diverse collections of two- and three-dimensional art, ranging from works by local Hallowell artists to unique architecture to lifelong collections. "This goes beyond art on view at a gallery or in a museum," said Dawn Gallagher, who with her husband Phil Lindley will be welcoming tour visitors to view their eclectic art collections. "Art is transformed within the context of a home, and it transforms the home as well. The room itself becomes an art composition, reflecting who lives there."

Wednesday, 17 August 2011 05:38

Robinson Ballet offers dance class

BANGOR - Classes and auditions are held in the spacious Robinson Ballet dance studios at 107 Union Street in Bangor (above the Greyhound Bus Station). Detailed information at

Ease back into the busy dance season and Nutcracker auditions by taking pre-season classes the week of Aug. 22. Ages 9 and up. Classes will be held Monday through Thursday. Choose from ballet, pointe, jazz and modern. Sign up for as many as you like.

Fall dance classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 7 with no registration fee. Registration by phone begins August 29 (990-3140) and in person on Saturday, Sept. 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Classes are held throughout the year for dancers of all ages and abilities. Classes include ballet, pointe, partnering, jazz, tap, modern, contemporary, hip hop and preschool.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 05:38

Komen Maine Race for the Cure

Komen Maine Race for the Cure

BANGOR - The Komen Maine Race for the Cure is accepting registrations for their Sept. 18, 2011 race, to take place at the Bangor waterfront. Register online today to run, walk or volunteer at

Online registration is quick and easy and has the bonus of providing all participants with their very own fundraising webpage. On this page, participants can upload photos and tell their story of why they are working towards a cure. From their personalized page, they can email friends and family for quick and easy pledge collection. The Race also features a pledge fundraising incentive program, providing great prizes for those who raise $250 or more.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011 05:38

Scott Oxley fills new AHS VP position

BREWER - EMHS president and CEO M. Michelle Hood, FACHE and Affiliated Healthcare Systems (AHS) president and CEO Miles Theeman have announced that Scott A. Oxley, EMHS vice president and chief accounting officer and interim chief financial officer has accepted a new position with AHS.

In the coming months Oxley will transition to the role of senior vice president for support services at AHS. In this new role, he will provide operational leadership and guide the growth strategies for the vast majority of AHS' operating companies and joint ventures.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011 05:38

Marking the end of summer

Eastport Pirate Festival on tap for September


EASTORT - Once again, Eastport, Maine and Moose Island will play host to Pirates, Buccaneers, Privateers and other nefarious brethren of the coast from around the world at the 6th Annual Eastport Pirate Festival.

"The Eastport Pirate Festival is more than just pirates," said founder John Miller. "It is celebrating the city's rich and colorful maritime history and heritage. Eastport's Pirate Festival offers people of all ages pure entertainment all weekend long. It is all free, so it makes for a wonderful family event that is gentle on your pocketbook.

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