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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.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 11:18

Belfast Maskers celebrate 25 years

Written by Katy England
The show goes on  

BELFAST Communities are built around many things, fellowship and culture not least among them. The Belfast Maskers have been bringing fellowship and culture to the area for 25 years, and will continue to do so for many years to come, despite obstacles in their path.

A little background

letter to the Board and 'Fellow Maskers' from Burwell re his retirement as AD:

Dated Dec. 1994: '...We had a vision and we have pursued it valiantly. I wish to give special thanks to those who were the first to join and have continued to be active throughout these years: Diane Wilson, Gail Savitz, Corinne Vaccaro, Sandy Piechocki, Tracy Lord, Nancy Burwell, Larason Guthrie, Basil Kinney, Jo Pendleton, Perry Breiger, and especially Lilias Outerbridge and Jerry Savitz without whose efforts the Maskers would probably cease to exist...

Teenage depression and anxiety is the subject of a new movie that will premiere at the Gracie Theatre on Wednesday, March 21. The 35 minute film 'The Road Back' was largely created by a dedicated group of local teens and produced by The Acadia Hospital, Project Aware of Saco and Gum Spirits Productions of Portland.

Shot over five days last October at Hermon High School, the film is centered around Allie (Natalie Johnson, a senior at Hermon High School), who deals with depression, and Christian (Josh Devou, a junior at Hermon High School ), who suffers from anxiety. Over the course of the film, these two characters find themselves facing difficult challenges that are compounded by their conditions, but they are ultimately led to discover a way out through treatment.

Wednesday, 29 February 2012 11:18

Happy Birthday!

Written by Katy England
Leap Year is back - a look at why February is getting extra time

This year, we have more time on our hands. Sort of.

Leap Year is a phenomenon that happens every four years to help keep our calendar on track with certain holidays and solstices.

The solar year is approximately six hours longer than 365 days, which adds up after awhile. Well, after every four years, to be precise. But unfortunately, the math isn't that simple. According to Wikipedia, a solar year is about 365.2422 days a bit less than 365.25. This means that every 400 years, we skip three Leap Years. When do we do that? Mathematics!

Wednesday, 08 February 2012 14:11

Recreating reel romance

Written by Allen Adams
Put yourself in the picture this Valentine's Day
There are a lot of ways to embrace the spirit of Valentine's Day. You could do the traditional stuff - dinner and a movie, flowers and candy - and no one would fault you for it. Traditions are born for a reason, and honestly, it's a rare significant other who doesn't appreciate a nice meal and a dozen roses.

(That's right ladies - nothing says you can't buy some flowers for your fella. Mind you, we're not saying you should. Just that you should keep an open mind.)

However, maybe you're looking for something just a little bit different. Maybe you're looking for a chance to create a memory without necessarily breaking the bank. That's where we come in.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 15:23

A night at the Oscars

Written by Allen Adams
Picking the 2012 Academy Awards

It's that time again; time for the Hollywood elite to roll out the red carpet and part themselves on the back. That's right - it's the Academy Awards.

As someone who spends a lot of time at the movies, this is one of my favorite times of the year. Awards such as the Oscars are great because they inspire conversation - who do you think will win, who do you think should win, which movies did you see, which movies did you like, which did you hate - and on and on and on.

So I'm once more putting my prognostication skills on the line. These are my picks for some of the big awards come Sunday night. Again, these aren't necessarily the people and films that I think should win. They're the ones I think will win. Sometimes, they're the same. More often, they're not.

Thursday, 16 February 2012 14:38

Mu$ic and local bu$iness

Written by Mike Dow
'It's a Legal Matter, Baby'

'We fully support the local music scene and the right of songwriters and musicians getting paid. Ninety percent of the artists we feature are playing original music, not covers. In the long run, how does taxing our music scene help these artists?' -Gene Beck, owner, Nocturnem

'Using music in a business is a business decision. It is a very powerful tool to drive profits. In my mind, there is something fundamentally wrong with taking something that doesn't belong to you and using it for your own benefit.' - Ari Surdoval, BMI

The next time you walk into a business, listen carefully. Do you hear music? Depending on the type of business you are visiting and how they use music, they may be paying for the right to play it in their establishment. If they're not, they could be in violation of U.S. copyright law.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011 11:15

Something's brewing in Bangor

Written by Katy England
Geaghan's launches brewery

BANGOR - Guinness evokes images of Ireland. You can't mention Pennsylvania without someone bringing up Yuengling. Boston has Sam Adams. Even Portland has Shipyard. Locally-brewed beers are a point of pride for many communities. But Bangor doesn't have a beer. Well, it didn't.

Geaghan's Pub has expanded and added Geaghan Bros. Brewery, where they are already brewing up several tasty beers that are due to be offered to patrons of the Pub as of Dec. 3.

'This is our baby,' said Andrew Geaghan. 'A big piece of my coming back and working here was getting this project off the ground.'

Wednesday, 09 November 2011 10:50

The greatest of all time

Written by Todd Parker

What's up, losers? 

As some of you may have heard, I recently received a contract extension with the fine folks here at The Maine Edge. As part of their lucrative, yet still not quite Parker-worthy settlement, we've agreed that I more than deserve a retrospective of my typically-excellent work from this wonderful year.

It's clear that you people out there, despite all of my scorn, disdain and abuse, simply can't get enough of the main man. Your constant clamoring for more, more, more Parker can no longer be ignored.

And so, despite the fact that I'm not at all sure you idiots deserve it, here are a few of my favorite letters and responses from 2011. Enjoy it, morons. If the words are too big for you, try and track down someone with half a brain to sound them out for you.

And always remember - Todd Parker doesn't like you. At all. In fact, he probably hates you.

Much love.

Wednesday, 02 November 2011 10:35

Thanksgiving traditions

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Let's cut to the chase. When and where was the first traditional Thanksgiving? Was it with the pilgrims in 1621 at Massachusetts Bay? How about Texas in 1541 or 1598? Or was it Maine in 1607? Maybe it was in Virginia in 1610, or Florida, where a small colony of French Huguenots living near present-day Jacksonville noted a special Thanksgiving prayer? This colony soon was wiped out by the Spanish. What makes this especially difficult is the fact that "thanks" was given at every meal during Puritan New England, regardless of whether it was a pot of stewed beans or a lavish spread. Heck, who wouldn't be thankful after a life-threatening three-month journey across the treacherous Atlantic, only to find a land with unseen aborigines peering at them from every tree and hill? To wander into an unknown territory without the slightest notion if you were going to be able to survive must've taken a special breed of people who were simply happy to have the opportunity to start life anew.

Now here is Maine's story.

'Sunday, the 9th of August[1607], in the morning, the most part of our whole company of both our ships landed on this island, . . . where the cross standeth, and there we heard a sermon delivered by our preacher, giving God thanks for our happy meeting and safe arrival in the country.'- George Weymouth.

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