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BANGOR - The Bangor Region Leadership Institute (BRLI), an intensive, regionally-oriented leadership development program, is pleased to announce the members of the Class of 2016.

This year's participants will be Kathleen Adams, Downeast Toyota Scion; Autumn Allen, Maine Discovery Museum, Caitlyn Benn, Machias Savings Bank; Stefani Berkey, The Advertising Specialists of Maine; Taylor Black, Camden National Bank; Monique Bouchard, RainStorm Consulting, Inc.; Sherri Clark, City of Bangor, Community Connector; Larry Clifford, Penobscot Community Health Care; Clare Davitt, Bangor Public Library; Valarie Flanders, USDA, Rural Development; Stacy Green, Eastern Maine Community College; Kathleen Harding-Heber, Husson University; Jason Harkins, University of Maine; Sarah Hesseltine, Emera Maine; Kate Hills, ERA Dawson-Bradford; Bracy Hood, N.H. Bragg; Patrick Lemieux, American Heart Association; Charles Lever, Bangor Housing; Justina Miles, Penobscot Veterinary Services; Nicole Morgan, Bangor Savings Bank; Rebecca Parent, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems; Katie-Ruth Perry, BerryDunn; Katie Petersen, Eastern Maine Medical Center; Nathan Strout, S.W. Cole Engineering, Inc.; Shelley Sund, Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce; Lawrence Whittemore, Lighthouse Web Solutions.

BANGOR The Scratchpad Accelerator, a pilot program of the University of Maine in collaboration with the Maine Technology Institute, has selected four companies to participate in a seed accelerator, the first of its kind in Maine.

CourseStorm of Orono; Double Blue Analytics of Orono and Brunswick; Tip Whip, LLC of Old Town; and L&K Manufacturing of Bangor will receive up to $25,000 from MTI. The companies will work from Scratchpad's location in downtown Bangor for three months to focus on growing their businesses.

Monday, 21 September 2015 10:56

Independent publishing class at Brewer Public Library

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BREWER - Jane Karker, president of Maine Authors Publishing, is teaching a class on Independent Publishing for Maine Writers at the Brewer Public Library Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 5 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.

Jane will discuss the ins and outs of how to get your manuscript from inception to printed book. 'The publishing industry is rapidly changing and so are the perceptions surrounding independently published books,' says Jane. 'Resources to create a quality product are now more readily available.'

Monday, 14 September 2015 15:30

CineGrand Screens Love and Mercy'

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ELLSWORTH The Grand announces 'Love and Mercy' as the next film in its new weekly Autumn CineGrand series, screening on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are for general admission seating for each movie and are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $5 for Grand members.

'Surfin' Safari'... 'Surfing U.S.A.'... 'Good Vibrations'... the list of hits that 'The Beach Boys' had go on and on... but what was on the other side of those impeccable harmonies and immaculately-crafted melodies? In this look at the dark side of some of the sunniest rock and roll ever written, the audience is presented with an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson (Paul Dano as the young Wilson and John Cusack as the middle-aged Wilson), the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of a band critics called 'the American Beatles.' Set against the era-defining catalog of Wilson's music, the film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost. With Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti and Joanna Going.

ORONO A free training workshop for college women who are interested in sharpening their leadership skills and learning more about political campaigns will be held Saturday, Sept. 26 at Wells Conference Center on the University of Maine campus.

Elect Her Campus Women Win participants will learn the basics of running a successful student government campaign, as well as meet local campaign winners.

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 22:56

PechaKucha MDI event all about alter egos

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BAR HARBOR The Abbe Museum, Anchorspace, and Northeast Harbor Library are proud to present PechaKucha MDI (PKMDI) Night on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 from 5:30 7 p.m. at the Abbe Museum. The event features a series of presentations focused on alter egos, each consisting of 20 slides shown for 20 seconds, totaling a talking time of six minutes and 40 seconds. The goal is to bring creative minds together for a night of inspiration, networking, and fun. The event is free and open to the public.

'PechaKucha MDI has been incredibly successful in bringing together people in our island community to share perspectives, concepts, life lessons and humor' said Heather Anderson, one of PKMDI's organizers. 'Mount Desert Island is home to an extraordinarily vibrant, creative community that intersects business and the arts, which is fertile ground for the kind of experiences that characterize the PechaKucha movement around the globe.'

AUBURN Beginning Oct. 6, McDonald's restaurants across Maine and New Hampshire invite customers to experience McDonald's breakfast all day. All Day Breakfast is the No. 1 request from customers. In fact, more than 120,000 people tweeted McDonald's asking for breakfast throughout the day in the past year alone.

'We're excited to offer All Day Breakfast to our customers, as we know they've been asking for it for a while now,' said Gary Eckmann, local McDonald's owner/operator in the Bangor area. 'We appreciate and value customer feedback, and we're looking forward to offering them breakfast at McDonald's any time of the day.'

BANGOR The University of Maine System announced that Maine's public universities are committing to using local growers and producers for a minimum of 20 percent of their dining hall food expenditures by the year 2020. Based on current statewide food expenditures of $8.6 million annually, purchases with local producers are expected to exceed $1.5 million per year by 2020.

The University of Maine System's award-winning procurement team released a Request for Proposals on Aug. 31, 2015 to provide dining hall and other food services at six of the system's seven campuses. For the first time the University of Maine System's food service contract will include the requirement that at least 20 percent of food expenditures be sourced locally with a first year goal of 15 percent and an increase of 1 percent annually over the initial five years of the contract. Decisions to provide up to five annual renewals on the contract will be made, in part, on the vendor meeting the 20 percent local food commitment.

Three students in Eastern Maine awarded with college scholarships

BANGOR Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway, Bangor, has initiated a scholarship fund to benefit children and grandchildren of Hollywood Casino employees. The Hollywood Casino Scholarship Fund was established this year, and awarded three $1,000 scholarships to local students moving on to higher education.

BANGOR The interior renovation of the Bangor Public Library is about to endure a drastic change. As the original architectural plans dictate, a grand staircase is being installed in the octagonal building that connects the original library with the 1997 addition. Because of the size and intricate installation, the Library will be closing Nov. 16 and will not reopen until Jan. 4, 2016.

'The new staircase, which will be a focal point to draw the two buildings together, is a massive undertaking,' says Barbara McDade, Library director. 'For the safety of our patrons and a smooth installation, we will be closed for six weeks.'

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