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Wednesday, 23 May 2012 11:17

The next 10

Written by Mike Fern
A decade after its opening, Maine Discovery Museum looks to sustain its future

BANGOR A little more than a decade after opening its doors, the Maine Discovery Museum has been a staple of downtown Bangor's landscape. Its familiar marquee of a toad sitting atop a clock with a paint brush, globe and violin tucked underneath has greeted visitors to the Main Street corridor where, if you stick around long enough, you'll hear its ubiquitous 'ribbit' chime on the hour.

For families living in the greater Bangor area, the museum has become one of the major activity centers for children since it began operating in February 2001. For the city itself, the museum has become one of Bangor's major tourist destinations that attracts thousands of visitors a year.

Built in the lower three floors of the former Freese's Department Store at an original cost of $4.5 million, the museum has treated nearly three quarters of a million visitors in both children and adults alike over the years who have walked through its doors to a variety of exhibits dedicated to learning, discovery and enjoyment. According to Niles Parker, MDM's executive director, the last decade has been a successful one but the next represents a unique set of challenges that has led to the launch of a major campaign to raise funds to reset the museum's operations, and achieve long-term sustainability.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012 10:18

Hello from Karmin!

Written by Mike Dow
Nick and Amy talk life, love and music

'When Nick was in the 5th grade at Herbert Sargent School, I remember saying to his parents, Mike and Judy, 'Your son is very gifted and if he chooses this path of music, we'll be buying his CD some day.' Shianne Priest, music director, Leonard Middle School, Old Town

The last 13 months have been an intensely wild ride for pop-duo Karmin who just released their first major-label release, 'Hello' (Epic) last week. In that time, they've gone from playing their songs on the street to playing 'Saturday Night Live,' 'Ellen' and 'The Tonight Show,' and they are currently packing arenas. Say hello to Nick and Amy of Karmin.

Old Town native Nick Noonan and Amy Heidemann, originally of Seward, Nebraska, met near the end of their freshman year at Berklee College of Music in Boston where the duo graduated in 2010. 'We knew of each other,' Nick remembered. 'She always hung out with the gospel crowd, and I just kind of hung out with the horn players. She was the hot singer and I was like the weird jazz-head.' Noonan recalls having a conversation with Heidemann just before breaking for the summer. 'We came back for the first week of sophomore year, we talked at a party and really hit it off. That was it.'

Wednesday, 09 May 2012 11:27

30 Never Looked so Good

Written by Jodi Hersey
NESCom marks three decades of excellence

(Editor's note: A lot of the background and history of NESCom in this article was provided courtesy of the booklet 'A Review 1981-2007' created by NESCom Founder George Wildey)

BANGOR - The New England School of Communications, located on the campus of Husson University in Bangor, has been producing some of the most talented employees in the communication business for 30 years now. Aron Gaudet, a 1996 graduate and creator of the Maine troop greeters documentary 'The Way We Get By,' and Bret Johnson, a 2005 graduate and recent Academy Award winner for his contributions to the Martin Scorsese film 'Hugo,' are just two of the school's amazing stand-outs. These talented individuals, along with countless other students, got to where they are today thanks to the vision of one New York native with years of experience that he wanted to share with others.

Wednesday, 02 May 2012 15:22

A taste of Orono

Written by Katy England

ORONO Many cities and towns can boast of fine eateries, but there's something unique about Orono. The influx of hungry college students paired with a close proximity to other bustling towns has allowed for a diverse and delightful mix of eateries within a stone's throw of each other.

When class is in session, Orono is a bustling town, but as the semester winds to a close and the students go on break, things quiet down some. For those of us who enjoy the area year-round, that can mean it's our turn to check out some of the wonderful eateries with slightly less of a crowd. It doesn't matter if you're looking to grab a sandwich on your way to a meeting, going to have a blast with your friends or taking your special someone out for a romantic evening. There is a place for you.

If you haven't been to Orono to see what it has to offer, you may just want to take a look. Here's the 10 cent tour:

Thursday, 26 April 2012 06:46

A baker's dozen for summer 2012

Written by Allen Adams
Previewing some of this season's cinematic offerings

The summer movie season used to be easy to pinpoint. For years, Memorial Day marked the season's official unofficial beginning. That was just how it worked. However, over the past few years, that starting date has been slowly creeping earlier and earlier into May. It's clear that the first big summer film of 2012 is 'The Avengers' despite the fact that it comes out on May 4. That's right. May 4. We're only a year or two away from a summer movie season that starts in April.

Let's have a look at some of the more eagerly-anticipated films of this summer. Granted, it's a whole lot of what we've come to expect out of Hollywood: there are sequels and reboots galore. That's not necessarily a bad thing; some of these movies look absolutely spectacular. But there are also some star-studded comedies, adaptations of books and musicals and some animated fare as well.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012 11:23

A Morning in the Life

Written by Allen Adams
A behind-the-scenes look at local morning news

BANGOR It's 5:30 AM. Early. I'm still prying the sleep seeds from the corners of my eyes and stifling yawns. My fingers clutch desperately at the cup of coffee that stands as my sole defense against a return to dreamland. My feet make a scuffling noise as I walk across the WVII parking lot because I just can't raise the energy to lift them properly. It's 5:30 AM.

For me, it's early. For Nicole Gerber and Clay Gordon, anchors of the ABC 7/FOX morning news program, it's just another morning.

The morning news program, which airs from 6:30 to 7:00 on ABC and from 7:00 to 8:00 on FOX every weekday morning, has been rolling strong since last fall. The first broadcast was in early September and the rest, as they say, is history.

I'm not unfamiliar with the workings of the program; some of you might know that I do a weekly segment on the show every Wednesday morning. It's a preview of this very publication that is currently holding your gaze, actually. It's been happening since the program's inception and it has been a lot of fun for me. I even got to spend a morning as a guest anchor.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012 12:38

New businesses we're buzzing about in 2012

Written by Jodi Hersey
Frock Affair 

BANGOR - If the temperatures aren't putting you in a spring-like mood, then the colors bursting from inside the new Frock Affair retail store on Main Street in Bangor sure will. This retail co-op combines the styles and tastes of four trendy women to create one unique slice of paradise that'll leave any clothing, jewelry, handbag and shoe-loving female shopper thirsting for more.

"These are our personalities. We wear this stuff. We love it. It represents us," said Susan Stephenson, co-op participant. "And this all came together four or five weeks ago."

Frock Affair, which opened at the beginning of April inside the former Bella Luna store, combines designer apparel with the often Maine-made creations of Jessi Sader of FX Dressed, Meg Asher of Local Color in Northeast Harbor, Katherine Loblein of Katwalk in Belfast and Susan Stephenson, Bangor blogger and creator of the Dress to Impress project.

Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:46

Embracing National Beer Day

Written by Allen Adams
The history behind a made-up holiday

National Beer Day is what we like to call an 'unofficial' holiday. Sure, it isn't acknowledged on any federal calendar, but that doesn't make it any less legitimate. Look at some of the other 'holidays' that share the same month. April Fools Day? Not an official holiday, but who doesn't love pulling a harmless prank or two? And what about Earth Day? Again, not official, but who would argue against its importance and/or legitimacy?

So it is with National Beer Day (and New Beer's Eve, of course). Is it silly? Of course it is. Still, there's something to be said for a day set aside to celebrate something that so many of us enjoy. Beer is a part of our national consciousness in a way that few other consumables are.

Think about the huge variety of beer you see when you go to the grocery store or visit your local watering hole. Think about the utter ubiquity of beer commercials on our television airwaves. Think about the rapidly-growing contingent of small craft breweries offering their own unique takes on the classic beverage. Think about the multitude of homebrewers making their own beers in their own homes a throwback to those Prohibition days, only without the fear of reprisal.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 14:31

A meeting of the Mayan minds

Written by Allen Adams
A panel discussion of what 12/21/12 might hold

EDITOR'S NOTE: (This story is from The Maine Edge's annual April Fools Day edition. As such, you can safely assume that most of it - if not all of it - is totally made-up.)

Over the past few years, we've been hearing a lot about 2012 and the Mayan calendar. The calendar deemed by many experts to be one of history's most accurate apparently comes to an end this year. As near as can be determined, that end date is Dec. 21 of this year. What will happen on that date is the matter of some conjecture. Some of the most brilliant minds in the world have devoted their lives to trying to crack the Mayan code.

The mainstream media has long been sweeping this story under the rug, either ignoring it completely or worse, turning it into a mockery. Make no mistake; something WILL happen on Dec. 21, 2012 and The Maine Edge wants you to be as informed as possible when it does.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 10:06

More peerless prognostication: MLB 2012

Written by Allen Adams
Thoughts on the upcoming baseball season

It's almost time. Florida and Arizona are abuzz with Major League Baseball teams getting themselves ready, tweaking those rosters and making those difficult final decisions about minor league demotions and even the ends of careers.

The game is once again coming to life, but while one of baseball's hallmarks is its consistency, this particular offseason has seen a lot of change. There have been some major changes of address: Prince Fielder moves from Milwaukee to Detroit; Japanese sensation Yu Darvish will take the mound for the Texas Rangers; and St. Louis icon Albert Pujols made the move to the West Coast in joining the Angels.

However, the biggest development of all is MLB's decision to add another wild card team to the postseason. This means that five teams from each league will make the playoffs, with the two wild card teams kicking off the October festivities with a one-off, win-and-in game. This can only serve to provide even more fans with reason to stay invested in their home teams throughout the long season.

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