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Wednesday, 23 January 2013 11:26

Sandwiches!

Written by Katy England
Best thing since sliced bread

There is an elegant simplicity in sandwiches. A sandwich can be a slice of cheese between pieces of bread, or it can be an extraordinary combination of flavors that make you swoon and it can be both at the same time. Sandwiches are comfort food. Soul food. Lunch food.

Sandwiches have been around in some form since Biblical times. Bitter herbs were placed between two pieces of unleavened bread at Passover by Hillel the Elder. More recently, there's the anecdote about the Earl of Sandwich, who asked for his meat to be served between two slices of bread so he could eat and continue to play cards. After that, everyone was asking for 'the same as Sandwich.'

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 11:33

SnowCon 2013

Written by Katy England
Five years of fun and games

ORONO For the fifth straight year gamers from across Maine, New England and the United States will gather at the Black Bear Inn to crawl through ancient dungeons, cast arcane spells, try to evade insidious madness and barter for sheep or lumber. SnowCon is back.

This is a weekend of live gaming, as opposed to video gaming. It's people around a table rolling dice, playing cards or moving pieces, whether it's role playing games (RPGs), strategic board games or various card games (think of everything from 'Magic: the Gathering' to 'Apples to Apples').

Wednesday, 09 January 2013 11:34

The return of television's second season

Written by Allen Adams

One of the hallmarks of a new year is a resolution to change. We resolve to quit bad habits and pick up good ones, to eat less or work out more.

That desire for change is true in the world of television as well; each January brings us a wealth of new network offerings aimed at trimming the unwatched fat and finding new hits to capture viewers. You never know what's going to stick, but here are some of the fresh attempts TV will be making over the next couple of months to snag your attention.

Wednesday, 02 January 2013 14:17

George Hale in his own words Part two

Written by Mike Dow

When Maine Edge assignment editor Katy England asked me to submit a favorite column from the past year, I didn't need to think about it for very long.

Putting together my cover story featuring George Hale (June 20, 2012, click here to read part one) was an extraordinarily fun but somewhat difficult experience. The first draft was nearly three times the length of the story I ultimately submitted.

Thursday, 27 December 2012 15:56

2012 Year in Review

Written by Edge Staff Writers
Allen's Picks

Dana White

Not only was this my favorite interview of 2012, it was one of the biggest I've ever gotten. Dana White is the head honcho of UFC, the world's preeminent mixed martial arts organization. He's a passionate proponent for his sport and a shrewd businessman not to mention a really nice guy.

Mr. White also has a Maine connection, so when the opportunity to sit down with him came along, I jumped on it. In a small-town diner/convenience store, I was privileged to listen to the face of UFC talk about all aspects of his exponentially-growing sport. We talked about recent events, about the business side of the operations, about fighter health I even got his to discuss his all-time favorite fighters and fights.

Thursday, 20 December 2012 09:38

2012 Crimees: A chance to look back, point and laugh

Written by Katy England

For the past six years I've been compiling local arrest reports from area law enforcement agencies. These stories range from the absurd to the tragic, but they have one thing in common you can't make this stuff up. Last year, we presented you with our first round of Crimees (Like the Emmies, but with crime) where we featured some of the silliest or spectacularly odd crimes of the year. Now it's time to look back at 2012.

Thursday, 13 December 2012 10:25

Going bowling

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. Some have more to play for than others, but every single one of these teams is looking to go out with a bang.

As a casual fan, I don't claim any special knowledge regarding most of these games. After hours of exhaustive research, the only thing I can say with any certainty is this:

Your guess is as good as mine.

Wednesday, 05 December 2012 11:47

The sun will come out

Written by Allen Adams
PTC bringing Annie' to life in Bangor

BANGOR - This holiday season, Penobscot Theatre Company is undertaking one of its most ambitious projects to date.

The musical classic 'Annie' will be gracing the stage at the Bangor Opera House this December, with performances running from Dec. 5 through 29.

'Annie' is based on the long-running comic strip 'Little Orphan Annie' by Harold Gray. The strip ran for over 85 years, inspiring film adaptations and a radio show (a show that made an appearance of its own in last year's PTC holiday production of 'A Christmas Story'). However, it is the 1977 stage musical not to mention the 1982 film version of that musical that is the 'Annie' that holds the most meaning for us.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 14:54

Distinctive downtown dining

Written by Allen Adams
Two new restaurants expand the scope of Bangor's offerings

Over these past few years, we've been privileged to witness the blossoming of Bangor a downtown renaissance of sorts. New businesses of all fashions and flavors are popping up left and right. It's a time of explosive, exciting growth.

Even so, when two new restaurants open up within two weeks of one another and less than a mile apart, it warrants mentioningespecially if each place brings something new and unique to the table. These establishments are each powered by passion and packed with offerings for every stripe; there's something for everyone.

Check out this brand-new pair of downtown dining destinations.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012 13:01

Feeling Gritty?

Written by Katy England
A look inside Maine's first brewpub

PORTLAND/FREEPORT/AUBURN Craft brewing is experiencing something of a renaissance in Maine. The state's 33 breweries ranked Maine fifth in the nation for brewers per capita in 2011, which according to the Brewer's Association is one brewery for every 40,253 people Vermont ranks first with 24, or one for every 26,073. We wanted to take a moment to reflect and focus on one of the brewers who helped start it all: Gritty McDuffs.

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