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Thursday, 02 July 2020 11:19

MIFF goes to the drive-in in 2020

Written by Allen Adams

SKOWHEGAN – Like many arts and cultural events, the Maine International Film Festival faced a difficult reckoning in 2020 thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Organizers were forced to look for alternative solutions. Luckily for area film buffs, they found one.

MIFF is going to the drive-in.

The festival has teamed up with the Skowhegan Drive-In Theatre to present a scaled-down version of their scheduled slate. Running July 7-16, MIFF will screen one offering per night at the drive-in starting at 8:45 p.m. In addition, some programming will be made available for streaming for film fans from farther afield. For more information on programming, check out www.miff.org.

Saturday, 09 May 2020 11:32

State modifies reopening plan for rural counties

Written by Mike Fern

Mills to allow retailers and restaurants to open, keeps stay-at-home order in place

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AUGUSTA – Gov. Janet Mills on Friday announced a modification to her four-phase reopening plan. The plan, which will allow retailers to open Monday, May 11, 2020 and restaurants to open a week later on May 18, 2020, will roll out to the 12 counties in Maine where community transmission has not occurred.

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AUGUSTA – Maine lawmakers returned to the state capitol Wednesday to hold a hearing with Department of Labor Commissioner Laura Fortman to address the ongoing problems with the state’s unemployment system and the Mills administration’s response to it. Fortman, who appeared along with Deputy Commissioner Kim Smith, spent the entirety of the hearing answering lawmakers’ pointed questions ranging from front-end website issues and denials of unemployment to the inability of Mainers being able to reach a live person.

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AUGUSTA – Gov. Janet Mills on Tuesday extended her stay-at-home order with a new “Stay Safer at Home” executive order until May 31 and released a four-stage plan to begin reopening Maine’s economy starting Friday, May 1.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020 18:58

Gov. Janet Mills shuts down more businesses

Written by Mike Fern

 

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Lockdown: Life in Maine grinds to a halt amid COVID-19 concerns 

Covid-19 Daily Update: Maine deaths now reach three

AUGUSTA – Gov. Janet Mills elevated her previous state of emergency Tuesday and ordered all non-essential public-facing businesses such as gyms, hair salons, theaters, shopping malls and others to close at midnight Wednesday, March 25. The order is in effect for the next 14 days until April 8.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 11:37

A note from the editor

Written by Allen Adams

Dear reader,

Life is not normal at the moment. And as much as we might want to maintain a business as usual attitude right now, the truth is that it is not business as usual. It may not be business as usual again for a very long time.

As such, The Maine Edge’s print edition will be going dark temporarily following this week’s issue.

BANGOR – One of the most thought-provoking and exciting events on the area’s cultural calendar has arrived once again – it’s time for the Maine Science Festival!

Too often, we think of science as SCIENCE, something far-removed from our personal experience that has little connection with most of our everyday lives. We engage in intellectual projection, allowing ourselves to be intimidated by this notion that science is something far too complex for any but the most specialized among us to truly understand it.

And nothing could be further from the truth.

Science is EVERYWHERE, a fact that is celebrated annually by the Maine Science Festival. This year’s MSF – which marks the event’s sixth year – takes place March 18-22 at locations all over the greater Bangor area. We’re talking dozens upon dozens of events, all intended to bring science to joyful, relatable life – as well as finding those connections to the world we live in every day.

BANGOR – When terrorists struck the twin towers at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, Maj. Gen. Douglas Farnham was working at Getchell Bros., his family’s business in Brewer. His brother, Don, heard about the first plane hit on the radio and called Farnham. He then turned on the TV just in time to see a plane strike the second tower as the first one was burning.

“I said, ‘This is not an accident,’” he recalled. “One of the guys there in the office said, ‘Is this going to affect you in the Guard?’ I always remember that question because that completely changed everything for me. I wouldn't be doing this if it hadn’t been for that day.”

Maine has had a connection with the movies since, well … since there have been movies. More than 80 motion pictures have been set in Maine since the first one all the way back in 1910.

The Maine Film Center and 19 other arts and education organizations and independent cinemas have joined together to present “Maine in the Movies” from March 5-15, a statewide, 17-city festival of 35 films set in Maine. The festival serves as part of the celebration of the state’s Bicentennial

“Maine is a state of mind and imagination whose enigma and beauty have, from the very beginning, inspired writers, visual artists, and their natural descendants, filmmakers,” said Mike Perreault, MFC executive director, in a press release.

“Maine in the Movies” will showcase screenings for all ages, some accompanied by discussions with knowledgeable guests.

Over the course of the festival, audiences will see an expansive, sometimes unfamiliar, often surprising vision of Maine: fanciful and funny in some cases; down to earth and culturally revealing in others.

Among the festival’s films are those from the earliest days – movies like “Jean the Match-Maker” (1910) and “Way Down East” (1920) – to the most recent – last year’s “The Lighthouse” and “Blow the Man Down.” And the films on the program really run the gamut: there will be classic dramas, family movies, thrillers, fantasies, musicals and comedies. “Peyton Place,” “Andre,” “Dolores Claiborne,” “Aquaman,” “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel,” “How to Marry a Millionaire” – the list goes on and on.

Many of the movies here are based on literary works by such famous Maine authors as Stephen King, Richard Russo, Elizabeth Strout and E. B. White.

Wednesday, 19 February 2020 13:29

Over our skis: Wintertime fun beyond the slopes

Written by Allen Adams

Just about every conversation about outdoor activities in the winter here in Maine begins with skiing.

And understandably so. Skiing – both downhill and cross-country – is a huge part of Maine’s outdoor traditions. We have beloved destinations such as Sugarloaf, places that draw skiers from all over. And we have our smaller hills, recreational areas that are no less fun simply because they’re a little smaller – hit up Hermon Mountain and you’ll have a perfectly lovely time.

(Ditto all of this for snowboarding as well.)

As for cross-country, there are all manner of trails winding through the Maine woods – you can find great spots in Acadia National Park. Bangor Muni and the University of Maine both have good trail systems. And of course, tons more in both northern and southern Maine.

Confession time: I’ve never been on a pair of skis in my life.

That’s right, a Mainer by birth and by choice for some four-plus decades, and I have never strapped a pair of skis to my feet. And while I recognize that I am probably something of a relative rarity, I have to believe there are others out there like me – people whose exposure to snowy fun simply never included skis. I know that you’re out there.

This list is for us.

Let’s take a look at a few of the many other activities one might enjoy over the course of a Maine winter.

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