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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.

ORONO - An Orono podiatrist is on the cusp of a technological breakthrough with a new medical instrument - an electronic tuning fork - that he's developing with assistance from students and staff at the University of Maine's Advanced Manufacturing Center (

Tuning forks are considered one of the most accurate measures of human sensitivity to touch, and are commonly used by physicians to diagnose early signs of diabetic peripheral neuropathy, or damaged or deteriorating nerves in the feet of diabetics. The condition all too often can lead to foot ulcers and eventual foot amputation, according to Orono resident Dr. Todd O'Brien, a podiatric surgeon at a Health Access Network practice and Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln, Maine.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011 05:38

Calling all Maine high school rock bands

MAINE - High school rock bands from across the state are invited to sign up for Reindeer Records' annual competition, The Off-Ramp: Exit 27, a six-month music marathon that takes original young bands on a journey filled with music industry challenges, live shows and educational opportunities.

Showcase Auditions are slated for Saturday, Oct. 23, at the new state-of-the-art Westbrook Performing Arts Center, and 12 bands will be selected to compete in the event. Registration deadline is Oct. 1.

A semi-final run-off will be held in April to determine the top five bands that will go on to the final showdown in May. The top three bands will split $3,500 in cash. One band will earn the title of Best Young Band in the State of Maine.

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