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Wednesday, 27 June 2012 12:56

A Maine summer favorite: ice cream

Written by Jodi Hersey

No one is ever too old for ice cream. From toddlers and teenagers to young couples and senior citizens, we all have a sweet spot that can only be satisfied (especially during the summer months) with an ice cream cone, banana split or milk shake. Our favorite flavors may change as we age, but ice cream is one of those universal treats we never stop enjoying.

In Maine, we are blessed to have more than a few spectacular ice cream shops that make homemade and even seasonal flavors that you just can't find anywhere else. Below is just a sprinkle (rainbow colored, please) of a few of them whose owners gave us the inside scoop on what makes their ice cream such a hit.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:03

To keep going, you need three things'

Written by Mike Dow
  George Hale in his own words

Everyone at Blueberry Broadcasting will tell you the same thing one of the best parts of our day is when we interact with George Hale. Sometimes he'll cross the hall to visit The Mike and Mike Show and flirt with one of our female guests or rail against the New York Yankees. We still have his famous 2004 'Take that you Yankee bastards!' quote ready to play at any time. Some mornings, I sneak into the GHRT studio, sit on the floor like a little kid and just listen while they do the show.

Even before I sat down to interview George for this story, I knew I wanted to present it as a first-person narrative. Nobody could tell George Hale's story better than George Hale. All I needed to do was ask questions and then step out of the way. With only a few tweaks from me, what follows are highlights in George's words - from two interviews recorded over the last two weeks. This barely scratches the surface we're talking about a man who has been a broadcaster in seven different decades. George's full story could only be told in a book. Mike Dow

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 13:12

15 years of serious fun

Written by Katy England
Three Rivers 15th anniversary season

THE FORKS/MILLINOCKET Fun is a serious business. At least it is at Three Rivers Whitewater Rafting (The Home of Serious Fun) located in The Forks and Millinocket, Maine.

At Three Rivers you can have incredible outdoor adventures year round. Whether you want to camp out with your friends, bunk in the cabins, or pamper yourself at The Inn by the River, you can. And if throwing yourself down raging rapids isn't your thing (though seriously, you should try it, it's amazing) or you simply want to fill out your weekend with other activities, you can hike, kayak, go bird or moose-watching - with or without a guide. In the winter there is snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross country skiing.

For the truly bold, you can experience the ultimate thrill: Jump & Raft. Skydiving and whitewater rafting because, it's like coffee and donuts. They just go together. At the Millinocket outpost you can raft Maine's only Class 5 river rapids one day and then jump out of a perfectly good airplane the next (or vice versa).

For several years, we've held the Adventure Guru Contest in conjunction with Three Rivers. Essentially, readers sign up for the contest, we draw names out of a hat and take them on a rafting or skydiving adventure. We did this annually, until I went and had kids and had to skip a year.

Wednesday, 06 June 2012 11:42

'Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust'

Written by Mike Dow
Ken Scott on recording The Beatles, Bowie, Elton and more

On the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' first recording at EMI Studios and the 40th anniversary of Bowie's 'Ziggy Stardust,' engineer and producer Ken Scott shares all in new book.

More than 48 years on from the job interview that forever altered his course, legendary recording producer and engineer Ken Scott recalls his nervousness as he climbed the steps outside EMI Studios to meet with the assistant studio manager. 'I had never had a job before, so I was panic-stricken going for this interview,' he remembers.

Only five days previous, after a particularly grueling Friday at school, Scott sat down and penned approximately 10 letters addressed to various London-based record labels, television and radio studios in hopes of landing a position as a recording engineer. Exactly one week later, he received some news that stopped him in his tracks. 'I was offered a job and left school that day,' Scott told me. 'I started at EMI the next Monday. There were nine days between school and starting work at the greatest recording studio in the world.' Ken Scott was 16 years old.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012 12:07

Farmers' markets

Written by Jodi Hersey
where fresh, local products are offered & socially like-minded people gather

PENOBSCOT COUNTY - Farmers' markets are growing in popularity around Maine. Most offer everything from veggies to meats, fruits to cheeses, even breads and other baked goods. And as appealing as all those fresh items are, those who attend will tell you that's not the only reason they're drawn to these outdoor bazaars. Wandering from farmer's stand to farmer's stand with others searching for healthy food choices is truly a social experience like no other.

"You're connecting with neighbors and farmers. It's like the 'Ye Old General Store' used to be," said Mary Lou Hoskins, owner of Greencare in Hermon. And Clayton Carter of Fail Better Farms in Etna agrees.

"It's about connecting with your community as well as buying healthy local foods," explained Carter. "Since we see some of the same faces, we can have conversations and ask how their week is and how their kids are doing."

Wednesday, 30 May 2012 12:02

Local Dish

Written by Katy England
How some area restaurants serve it up slow

Going to the local farmers' market creates a sense of community, not only for individuals, but businesses as well. Melissa Chaiken, chef and co-owner of The Fiddlehead Restaurant, 84 Hammond Street in Bangor, started the business with that in mind.

'I use a lot of local meat, local dairy, eggs, greens, lots of produce especially going into the spring and summer. I like using it. It's really nice to support the people immediately around you. It builds a strong sense of community,' said Chaiken. 'When people come here [to The Fiddlehead] to eat they feel that tie of knowing where your food comes from.'

That intimate knowledge of knowing your food, knowing who grows it and how they cultivate it, makes for good eating all around.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012 11:38

'Share' the love

Written by Allen Adams

There's no disputing that whiling away a couple of hours browsing the offerings at your local farmer's market is a pleasant way to pass the time. These markets offer all kinds of wonderful locally-grown organic vegetable options for your dining pleasure.

But maybe the farmer's market isn't an occasional thing for you. Maybe you and your family are devoted to the idea of not only eating locally grown food, but also playing a part in the actual farming process.

That's where farm shares come in.

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.

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