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Tuesday, 08 April 2014 00:41

Style Briefs - April 9th, 2014

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Art education students to present about Shaw House fundraising project

ORONO University of Maine students in an advanced art education course will give a presentation on their art service learning project at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 3 in 100 Lord Hall.

HALLOWELL -- Central Maine Clay Artists (CMCA) and the Harlow Gallery invite the public to participating in Mug Season a Mug Making Workshop on Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell. Participants will learn techniques to make a simple hand-built mug. The potters of CMCA will provide all the materials and instructions needed to make and decorate your own mug. There will also be a couple potter's wheels and demonstrations of 'throwing' on the wheel. Cost is $15 per participant and all ages are welcome. Fired and finished mugs will be ready for pick up within a couple weeks. Proceeds from this workshop help fund area art programs.

2014 marks the seventh year of Mug Season, when Central Maine Clay Artists use the power of art to raise money for area schools. Each year local potters and clay artists donate their work, time and energy to create handcrafted ceramic mugs to be offered for sale at area coffee shops. A portion of the proceeds is donated to area schools including Whitefield, Maranacook, Gardiner, Cony, Hall-Dale and Erskine Academy.

Monday, 24 March 2014 22:32

Cash for your cause

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BANGOR - Through April 12, Green Acres Kennel Shop will be holding its first Cash For Your Cause Event. This event will serve two purposes: 1) to raise awareness of five local, pet-related non-profit organizations and 2) to give clients, supporters of these non-profits and the greater Bangor community an opportunity to pick the beneficiary of a Green Acres Kennel Shop June fundraising event.

When making a purchase at Green Acres Kennel Shop, individuals will have an opportunity to vote for any of five participating groups; Bangor Bark for Life, Bangor Dog Park, Bangor Humane Society, Mutt Nose Best Paw It Forward Foundation and the Old Town Animal Orphanage. Votes will be totaled and announced daily on the Green Acres Kennel Shop Facebook page. Whichever cause has the most votes at the end of business on April 12 will be the beneficiary of Green Acres Kennel Shops' June Fundraising event.

Monday, 24 March 2014 22:30

The Grand asks, So You Think You Know Ellsworth?'

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ELLSWORTH - The Grand, downtown Ellsworth's historic 1938 art deco theatre, is excited to announce the only quiz show fundraiser about Ellsworth, Maine, 'So You Think You Know Ellsworth?' on Saturday, April 12 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults/seniors and $12 for youth (12 and under) for general admission seating.  

Four teams. Four rounds of four questions per team written by local Ellsworth historian Darlene Springer. Stu Marckoon from WNSX is host. The Grand is proud to announce the teams and their captains:

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 17:29

Pet first aid and CPR seminar

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BANGOR - On Saturday, March 15, Green Acres Kennel Shop will be hosting a pet first aid and CPR seminar taught by certified pet tech instructor Tracy Haskell. This four-hour PetSaver program will teach participants pet CPR, pet first aid and basic care and handling that can be used in the event of emergencies. Participants will receive a first aid book and a certificate of completion.  

At the completion of the program participants will have the resources they need to keep their pet safe, healthy and happy. Whether your pets just hang around at home with you or live an active and adventurous life, the knowledge you gain in this class may possibly save a pet's life.

BANGOR The American Folk Festival has announced the first color fun run to take place in Bangor. The run, called Color Bangor, will take place on April 26, and will incorporate color, running and walking and high energy. The run will be similar to other color-themed runs that have taken place throughout Maine and around the country.

'We have seen color fun runs in a number of cities in Maine, and it was surprising to me that we have not yet seen one in Bangor,' said Heather McCarthy, executive director of the American Folk Festival. "These runs are enormously popular, extremely fun and rooted in a long-established Hindu and Indian tradition called the Holi or Festival of Colors. That tradition makes it an even better tie-in with the cultural experience the American Folk Festival brings to the Bangor Waterfront every summer."

Tuesday, 04 February 2014 18:49

Maine Potato Board releases two new potato varieties

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ORONO The Maine Potato Board (MPB) is excited to announce the release of two new potato varieties, Easton and Sebec. Developed in partnership with the University of Maine over the past several growing seasons, the two varieties focus on the processing industry, although both are deemed appropriate for fresh market consumption.

The Easton and Sebec varieties are the first to be released by the University of Maine in the past decade, and the first varieties to be release in partnership with the MPB.  In addressing the release, Tim Hobbs, director of development and grower relations for the MPB, said, 'Potatoes are bred for a multitude of characteristics. Everything from disease resistance to improved fry color. To get the right combination of characteristics in one variety takes a large investment in time and resources. Eventually this investment pays off. The initial results of the investment in Maine is the release of these two varieties, Easton and Sebec, out of the breeding program that Greg Porter oversees at the University of Maine.'

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 22:38

Dog licensing

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BANGOR It's time once again to license your dog! Dog owners in Maine are required to license their dog(s) by Dec. 31 of each year. There is a 31-day grace period after Dec. 31 for owners to complete the licensing process without incurring a late fee. That grace period ends Jan. 31, 2014. After that date there is a $25 late fee imposed for each dog not licensed. 

To license a dog, Bangor residents may visit the city website at www.bangormaine.gov and follow the link to the State of Maine online dog registration program, visit the City Clerk's office at 73 Harlow Street or register through the mail by sending the proper documentation and payment to the City Clerk, 73 Harlow Street, Bangor ME 04401. Online dog registrations are only available through Jan. 31, 2014. After that, all licensing must be done through the City Clerk's office. Owners who have lost their pet over the last year should contact the City Clerk's office so that records may be updated.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:55

Spotlight on spuds, swimming at 4-H Science Saturday

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ORONO The science behind cooking and eating spuds is the theme of a University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H Science Saturday on Jan. 25 at Hitchner Hall on the UMaine campus in Orono.

Dr. Jason Bolton, assistant extension professor and food safety specialist, and Kate Yerxa, Extension educator, will lead the program for as many as 25 youth in grades 6-8. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., participants will bake potatoes, prepare a potato bar with toppings for lunch and discuss both MyPlate recommendations and how spuds can be part of a healthy diet. In addition, Bolton and Yerxa will discuss storage conditions, processing and healthy consumption of Maine potatoes. Kitchen basics and safety will also be addressed.

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