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Wednesday, 04 December 2013 13:29

Season of giving

Written by Katy England

There are more ways to give than you may think

Editor's Note: Wire reports contributed to this story

The dichotomy of hordes of people clamoring to buy things the day after giving thanks has not been lost on the internet. Do a Google image search for Black Friday memes. I'll wait. Pretty funny stuff, except for that one really inappropriate image (sorry about that).

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 23:13

The problem with Lyme

Written by Mike Fern

Now endemic, Maine battles the growth of the tick-borne infection 

BANGOR It was just after Thanksgiving in 2011 when Mariana Batryn hit a new low. Having suffered flu-like symptoms on and off for more than a year, the then-sophomore at Husson's New England School of Communications felt so bad after a week-long battle with nausea, fever, dizziness, a loss of sensation in her extremities and bouts of anxiety and depression that she finally broke down and went to the emergency room at Eastern Maine Medical Center. It was yet another stop in the medical system for her, and one that yielded no results by the time she was released.

'I was dealing with other symptoms before that, but that is when it got the worst,' she recalled of that night. 'It was like I had the flu, and they had no idea what was going on with me.'

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 19:01

The plaid fad

Written by Katy England

Plaid Friday is a relaxing alternative to Black Friday

BANGOR We've read the stories and seen the footage: lines curling for blocks; stampedes of feverish customers trying to be first to grab that hot item; the deals, deals, deals! Black Friday is an annual rush to get the best deal on the shiniest merchandise, and some people live for the rush. And outside of the threat of being trampled, there's nothing wrong with enjoying the thrill of getting that extra-good deal the day after Thanksgiving, while some of us are still sleeping off the turkey hangovers and contemplating pumpkin pie for breakfast.

Wednesday, 06 November 2013 22:23

The view from the booth

Written by Allen Adams

An afternoon with UMaine football's radio broadcast team

ORONO It is a beautiful fall day, a touch on the warm side for the first weekend in November. The sun is shining brightly with just a few high clouds in the sky. The University of Maine Black Bears football team takes the field at Alfond Stadium and prepares to face off against the Sea Wolves of Stony Brook University.

The opening kickoff is launched at 12:38 p.m. But for Rich Kimball and Bob Lucy, the UMaine radio broadcast team for Learfield Sports, the day started much earlier.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013 16:19

20 years of Winterport Open Stage

Written by Allen Adams

Community theater group opens anniversary season

WINTERPORT When it comes to arts organizations, 20 years is a long time to stick around especially community-based ones.

So the fact that Winterport Open Stage is marking two decades of bringing wonderful community theater productions to the area is kind of a big deal.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 21:49

Halloween Happenings 2013

Written by Katy England

Editor's note: wire reports contributed to this story

Halloween is a celebration of the macabre and unearthly, as well as parties and candy. Different people celebrate the holiday in various ways. Some try to scare the daylights out of themselves or their friends with movies, while others are content to sip a Halloween-themed cocktail. This year, there are many different activities and events that range from scares to good times for parents and small children.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 19:58

Maine International Conference on the Arts

Written by Katy England

Artists from all over the world to meet in Orono

ORONO Over the course of three days, artists from across the world will come together for the 2013 Maine International Conference of the Arts (MICA) at the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono. 

The conference is in fact two conferences in one, the first is the Arts Education: Leading the Way Conference, which starts Thursday morning at 8 a.m. and runs throughout the day until 4:15. Educators will be treated to a range of workshops that are being facilitated by Maine's Visual and Performing Arts educators from the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative. Educators will have a chance to learn about the National Core Arts Standards; attend arts assessment workshops; learn about different assessment methods for teaching; build connections in art world from the fields of dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts; and connect with other educators.

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 15:32

Police Innovation Conference

Written by Katy England

The ins and outs of technology and how it applies to law enforcement

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Technology has taken vast innovative leaps over the past couple of decades and shows no signs of slowing. The past 10 years have brought social media, wearable technology (think Google Glass) and three-dimensional printing. Law enforcement agencies not only need to keep pace with the technology, they need to have a clear understanding of how it's being used in ways that can benefit departments but also in ways that it can be used criminally. Much of this is uncharted territory.

Enter the Police Innovation Conference (PIC), hosted at the Microsoft Building in Cambridge, Mass. Law enforcement agencies from across the country and as far away as South Africa came together with some of the most brilliant minds in the technology fields to discuss this ever-changing landscape.

Wednesday, 02 October 2013 23:20

Word up The Bangor Book Festival

Written by Allen Adams

Literary festival marks seventh year

BANGOR The time of literary celebration is upon us once again.

The Bangor Book Festival is descending on the city this weekend, bringing a multitude of authors and illustrators to various spots all over downtown Bangor and continuing an annual acclamation of all things literary. The fun plays out over the course of Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4 and 5.

 

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 21:07

G-Fresh is putting Maine on the hip-hop map

Written by Katy England

Over the past couple of years, the hip-hop scene in Maine has been growing. In Bangor alone there has been a surge of shows featuring names like Li'l Wayne on the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion and Raekwon of the Wu Tang Clan at Tantrum. But there's also been a surge in local talent, as evidenced by the success of Hip-Hop 101 at Tantrum.

Ellis Davis, who performs as G-Fresh, was one of the performers at the Hip-Hop 101, and has been in the Bangor area filling the void of local hip-hop talent. He's been interested in rap since a young age, even though his mother listened mostly to R&B. 

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