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Wednesday, 15 January 2014 01:17

Cooped up

Written by Katy England

Dealing with the stir crazies

Winter hit us hard. No sooner did the calendar skip past Dec. 21 than we got smacked with an ice storm followed by a couple of snow storms. Massive power outages, huge dig out efforts, driving and travel hassles.

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 14:52

New year, new shows

Written by Allen Adams

A look at some of 2014's early TV offerings

It's a new year. People all over the country are looking for ways to change their lives for the better in ways both large and small.

Monday, 30 December 2013 23:19

Testing your resolve

Written by Katy England

There are jokes about New Year's resolutions. How quickly they fade, how silly we are to make them, and all that. But there is a reason for wanting a fresh start a chance to say, I can make myself a better person. The first of the year is a great mental jumping off point a blank page and a new date to write on your checks (people still write checks, right? I mean every once in a while).

So here are some gentle ways of remaking yourself this New Year. Because, like you, I haven't won every resolution battle I've started but I still think there is great worth in trying. So here are some ideas, a little off the beaten path physical mental fiscal and spiritual are all things that we can maybe try to be resolute about.  I felt that breaking them into those categories made sense. They overlap in many ways, so don't feel like something is out of bounds just because you can't fit it in the box.

Thursday, 26 December 2013 13:59

My contribution for the Maine Edge year-end roundup

Written by Mike Dow

I've had oodles of fun putting together contributions for The Maine Edge this year. The article that generated the largest response was my interview with Sig Hansen (Maine Edge July 17,2013), captain of the fishing vessel 'Northwestern' and reluctant star of Discovery Channel's enormously popular 'Deadliest Catch.' The show's ninth season finale on July 30 drew nearly 3 million viewers, easily winning the night for Discovery.  

In the interview, Sig revealed that he was initially against the idea of allowing his life's work (he comes from a long line of proud fisherman) to be cheapened by turning it into a reality television show. 'After talking it over with a couple of guys on the fleet, we thought it might be a decent tribute to the fleet. It was originally going to air for just one year and I thought, Why not?' We had no clue that it would still be going nine years later. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into,' Hansen told me in a phone interview conducted a few weeks prior to the season's conclusion.

Thursday, 26 December 2013 13:41

Allen Adams Year In Review

Written by Allen Adams

Chuck Klosterman

I'm a pop culture nut. As such, I've been a huge fan of author Chuck Klosterman for quite some time. His clever, cutting insights regarding the world of popular culture music, movies, sports, television have had a significant impact on who I am both as a consumer of that culture and as a writer in my own right.

Thursday, 26 December 2013 13:29

Katy England Year in Review

Written by Katy England

Ke$ha

Yeah, I was as surprised as anyone when I was able to interview Ke$ha. I'm seldom very nervous about interviews, but I was downright jittery about this one. How about a little background: I didn't know who Ke$ha was. I mean, I'd heard of her in a vague sense. I knew she was incredibly popular and that was about the extent of my knowledge. You have to understand, I don't go out. I do not party like a rock star or enjoy hangovers so I needed to research this one. So I did, and several episodes of 'My Crazy Beautiful Life' later I was hooked.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 21:02

Going Bowling 2013

Written by Allen Adams

A casual fan predicts all 35 bowl games

The college football regular season has come to a conclusion. It's all about the bowl games now 35 of them in all. That means 70 different teams are looking to end their season with a victory. I tried to predict them all last year with some success.

Thursday, 12 December 2013 01:01

The Crimees 2013

Written by Katy England

I'm heading into my seventh year covering the police beat for the area. Every year, I wonder if I'll have enough material for the Crimees, and every year when I review the files I am blown away by what goes on in the state. The cops deal with some crazy stuff. Some of it is incredibly dark, hard to comprehend evil and some of it is the blunt end of stupid. This recap is more of the latter the silly, stupid, borderline hilarious crime that makes you go, 'I can't believe they did that.'

A special thanks to all the agencies and officers who go out of their way to make my job compiling this information easier. We have removed the names of suspects and officers, as we don't know the outcome of trials. And though arrests are a matter of public record, we figure once in print is enough.

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.'

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