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Wednesday, 07 November 2012 15:49

Penquis becoming part of your family

Written by Katy England
Child Development Services for all families

BANGOR Women today really want to have it all: a career, a family, a social life. But it can be difficult if not downright impossible to find that perfect balance. Many moms struggle with the guilt associated with placing their children in day care, and finding a place that can not only help assuage the guilt but make the parents feel like they're making a healthy decision is key.

Penquis has several Child Development Service centers in Bangor that are open to families of all incomes and offers quality child care to area families.

Thursday, 01 November 2012 08:39

Dragonfly Farm & Winery

Written by Jodi Hersey
A fruity business with sweet profits 

STETSON - Growing grapes in Maine is something many people thought was impossible, but a couple from Stetson is proving that it can be done - and that producing the fruit can create some sweet profits.

"Everything we've made so far has gone over really well," said Treena Nadeau, co-owner of Dragonfly Farm & Winery.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012 12:27

Boo! Scary fun things to do this Halloween

Written by Katy England

Halloween is nigh, and there are tons of themed events taking place all over that range from fun to hair-raising. So whether you're just looking to gorge on candy and dress in a sexy/hilarious costume or to have the crap scared out of you, there's something for you. Unless you're against Halloween and all it stands for. Then you're out of luck.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:44

Training our citizen soldiers

Written by Katy England
The Maine Regional Training Institute grand opening

BANGOR There's a new training space for Maine's National Guard tucked away on Hildreth Street. Many wouldn't even know that a new 105,849 square-foot state-of-the-art facility even exists. But it does, and members of the National Guard from across the country are making use of the training offered there.

Officially called the 240th Regiment Regional Training Institute (RTI), it is the primary military training site for military personnel in the state. And they don't use the term 'state of the art' lightly. The campus offers something called 'flexible training space,' which allows the classrooms to be adapted to suit various applications. Though it technically opened for classes in early August, the RTI held its grand opening ribbon cutting on Oct. 12.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012 12:06

MMA's main man - An interview with Dana White

Written by Allen Adams
The UFC president offers some thoughts on the state of his sport

The sport of mixed martial arts had some rough beginnings. Its perception as a niche sport, its constantly shifting rules, its punching-bag status among politicians who didn't truly understand it all of these were obstacles that MMA needed to overcome.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has been at the forefront with regards to bringing the sport into the mainstream. From humble beginnings, the UFC has been transformed into a sporting empire rife with sold-out arenas, superstar fighters and huge broadcast deals.

Wednesday, 03 October 2012 12:07

Fireball Run races to completion in Bangor

Written by Jodi Hersey
Eight day road rally crosses finish line at Hollywood Casino racetrack

BANGOR - Car shows are a popular summer pastime in Maine, and this weekend Bangor hosted a show unlike any other. Fierce Ferraris, muscular Mustangs, lovely Lamborghinis, cruising Corvettes and dashing DeLoreans zoomed into the Queen city, the finish line for the 2012 Fireball Run adventure rally on Saturday afternoon, turning heads on every street they traveled.

"That was amazing. I had thoughts in my head how it would be, but to spend that many days with the same people traveling across the United States, we got to see amazing things that a lot of people wouldn't get to see and do in a race situation," explained "Timber Tina" Scheer of the Bangor Riverdrivers.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:10

Movies on the Midcoast with CIFF

Written by Allen Adams
Camden International Film Festival marks eighth year

CAMDEN Documentary filmmakers are descending on midcoast Maine to take part in the latest incarnation of the Camden International Film Festival, taking place in and around Camden from Sept. 27 through Sept. 30.

CIFF is entering its eighth year and in that relatively short time has become one of the preeminent documentary film festivals both in the United States and in the world. The festival aims to provide a fully immersive theatergoing experience. Not only is the festival offering screenings of 70-plus films spread across four primary venues (the Opera House and Bayview Street Cinema in Camden, the Strand Theatre and Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland), but they also offer a variety of Q&A sessions with filmmakers, as well as related events such as the Points North Forum and Panoptic.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:09

Local film pro leads blockbuster life

Written by Laurie Schreiber

SOUTHWEST HARBOR Somewhere on the Maine coast, a middle-aged man, Rusty, shouts, 'It was a freak accident, Maynard! When are you going to get over that?!'

Maynard, seen in the film's frame from behind, grabs Rusty.

'You'll never know what it's like to see your only son's baseball cap float away with the tide, will ya?' he says, as Thom Willey, the production's first assistant cameraman, shifts the focus from Maynard to Rusty's face, which now dominates the frame and whose expression responds to Maynard's anguish.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012 11:18

The New Hampden Academy

Written by Jodi Hersey
New school year begins with a brand new high school

HAMPDEN - It's been an exciting start to the school year for high-schoolers living in SAD 22 who began the 2012-2013 school year in a brand new building off Western Avenue. The new school has been in the works for some time, and now its hallways and classrooms, filled with fresh paint and supplies, are finally bustling with students, staff and faculty.

"The whole building is just fabulous," said Principal Ruey Yehle. "I think the opportunities this building will bring to our students are definitely an improvement over the opportunities the old building brought them."

Wednesday, 05 September 2012 11:17

What's new on the networks

Written by Allen Adams
a fall 2012 TV preview

Being a television executive is much like being a professional gambler: It's a business built around taking huge risks. Sometimes, those risks pay off hugely. More often, they don't. So it is with new network television shows. For every breakout hit, there are half a dozen flops. And that doesn't even count the scores of filmed pilots that ultimately fail to find a home.

Still, hope springs eternal, even in the entertainment business. The network dial is riddled with new offerings this fall. Any one of them could conceivably capture the public's imagination and become a mainstay for the next five years. Of course, that just means the rest of them will be boring, bland and ultimately forgettable assuming they aren't epically terrible. We can probably count on at least one of those as well.

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