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Wednesday, 07 September 2011 05:38

Building up

U.S. Cellular builds new cell site in Mattawamkeag

MATTAWAMKEAG - U.S. Cellular continues to invest in its high-speed nationwide network with a new cell site in Mattawamkeag to help residents and businesses stay connected to the information and people who matter most to them. The new site will bring new coverage in the town of Mattawamkeag, along Routes 2 and 157, and is one of more than 325 towers U.S. Cellular has built across the state.

This network enhancement is part of U.S. Cellular's commitment to providing an ideal experience anytime its customers use their phones. U.S. Cellular has the highest call quality and network satisfaction of any national carrier, and it offers unique benefits, including new phones faster without continuously signing contracts.

WATERVILLE - United Way of Mid-Maine kicked off their fall Annual Giving Campaign Thursday morning at Spectrum Generations in Waterville and announced a fundraising goal of $780,000. Danny and Jane Bolduc, campaign co-chairs, challenged the audience to "Go for the Gold!" with an Olympic-themed event focused on encouraging the community to rally together to assure United Way of Mid-Maine meets its fundraising goal. The Olympics theme is in honor of Danny Bolduc, a retired professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League and World Hockey Association between 1976-84 and starred for the US team in the 1976 Winter Olympics.

Following a moving presentation by a survivor of domestic violence, Jane Bolduc stated, "you are the reason we are all committed to United Way's mission and to supporting the partner agencies in the critical work that they do."

NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND - Goodwill Industries of Northern New England announces Anna Eleanor Roosevelt as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). She will provide strategic guidance for Goodwill's programs and retail stores in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Most recently, Roosevelt served as vice president, Global Corporate Citizenship for the Boeing Company in Chicago. During her 10 years with Boeing, Roosevelt and her team influenced their approach to corporate citizenship through their philanthropy and community investment. Prior to her time with Boeing, she served as the executive director of the Brain Research Foundation at the University of Chicago. Roosevelt also previously provided leadership for several arts and cultural organizations, including the Kentucky Museum (Bowling Green), the Center for Scandinavian Studies (Chicago) and Museums in the Park (Chicago).

Wednesday, 31 August 2011 05:38

Rebuilding and moving forward

ROCKPORT - The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport is the recent recipient of a $50,000 general operating grant from the Quimby Family Foundation of Portland. This marks CMCA's second year of funding from the Quimby Family Foundation. Last year, the Center received $35,000 in general operating support from the Foundation.

"The support of the Quimby Family Foundation has been critical to CMCA's rebuilding this past year," said Suzette McAvoy, director of CMCA. "The fact that the Foundation has fully funded our request for a second year is a huge vote of confidence in CMCA, its programs and its mission of advancing contemporary art in Maine. We are extremely grateful to the Quimby family and the Foundation's board of trustees for their belief in the value of CMCA to the statewide arts community.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011 05:38

Buzz Briefs - 08/17/11

'Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington'

STONINGTON - Opera House Arts is proud to present "Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington," a solo performance chronicling the life and times of Maine's famous senator Margaret Chase Smith on Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Stonington Opera House. Written by Maine playwright Linda Britt, the original play, starring Sally Jones, is an intimate look at the humble woman who achieved many firsts - not the least of which was being the first woman ever elected to both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

"This is a performance in which entertainment and Maine history meet to create a fascinating and informative evening for the whole family," said Judith Jerome, Opera House Arts' artistic director.

BANGOR - Husson University and Bangor Savings Bank are proud to present a free community concert entitled Pops on the Green, featuring the Bangor Symphony Orchestra with special guest Motor Booty Affair on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m. The concert will be held in the Winkin Stadium located next to the gymnasium on the Husson campus. If the weather forces the event indoors, the concert will be held inside the Newman Gymnasium on the same date and time.

Along with Bangor Savings Bank, the event is sponsored by Quirk Auto Group, WLBZ-TV and the Bangor Daily News. Bill Green, host of the very popular WLBZ 2's "Bill Green's Maine" will be the emcee for the event.

"We are so pleased and proud to offer this wonderful family event to the community free of charge. Husson has been in Bangor since 1898. We are proud that Bangor is our home and this concert seems like a perfect way to reach out to our neighbors, friends and alumni and say thank you," said Husson President Bob Clark. "The Bangor Symphony Orchestra is one of the jewels of the Queen City and that along with Motor Booty Affair will make for a wonderful afternoon of music and fun."

Wednesday, 14 September 2011 05:38

Husson's Gracie hosts 'Legends of Las Vegas'

BANGOR - The look, the style and the voices of three entertainment giants take the stage at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University, Friday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Andy DiMino as Dean Martin, Susan Griffiths as Marilyn Monroe and Joan Rose as Barbra Streisand bring these show business icons to life with their amazing tribute to legends Dean, Marilyn and Barbra.

Andy DiMino, internationally regarded as the definitive Dean Martin impersonator, has spent the last 20 years honing his craft and performing from Vegas to London. Susan Griffiths has a natural uncanny resemblance to the late Marilyn Monroe, and when she ventures into the audience to serenade a lucky gentleman, Marilyn is in the house. Joan Rose is often stopped by strangers commenting on her Streisand likeness. Fortunately for her audiences, Rose sings like the great lady as well.

ORONO - University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator and horticulturist Kate Garland is available to discuss ways property owners can mitigate the spread of two fungal pathogens that have been causing leaves to drop from maple trees in Southern Maine and in the Old Town and Millinocket areas recently.

Tar spot and anthracnose, two fungal pathogens stimulated by wet weather, can damage maples by killing their leaves, but the damage isn't substantial or long term, Garland said from her Bangor Extension office. Garland has been fielding calls and questions from homeowners and residents worried about the loss of leaves on Norway, sugar, silver and red maple trees.

Loss of leaves interferes with a tree's ability to photosynthesize, she said.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011 05:38

Get Away

Allegiant offers new jet service between Bangor and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

BANGOR - Allegiant recently announced that new, nonstop jet service between Bangor and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., will begin Nov. 17. The company will introduce the new service to Bangor residents with fares as low as $84.99 one way.

"We're pleased to offer another affordable and convenient way for our Bangor customers to get away to Florida," said Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company president. "We are confident the Bangor area will appreciate the value of flying nonstop to Fort Lauderdale and the great deals we offer on vacation packages."

The new flights will operate twice weekly between Bangor International Airport (BGR) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) with service Thursday and Sunday. Flights will depart Bangor at 12:35 p.m. arriving in Orlando-Sanford at 4:10 p.m. Flights leaving Orlando-Sanford will depart at 8:30 a.m., arriving in Bangor at 11:50 a.m. (all flight times are local).

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 05:38

Getting the last stamp

AUGUSTA - Mike Wilusz, Fort Knox State Historic Site park manager, and his staff were starting to close up shop Wednesday when a wonderful thing happened.

Celeste Hanson of Detroit drove up, got her Maine State Parks Passport stamped with her 48th park stamp and received her ultimate reward of a 2012 Maine state park season pass.

Hanson, 37, and her daughter Caroline, 14, became the first family this year to visit all 48 Maine state parks and historic sites. They join an elite group of "48-ers" as the fourth family so far to complete the challenge since the passport program began last year.

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