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MAINE - Clipper is a sweet Labrador puppy who loves to get into mischief. Through his adventures on a Maine island, we all 'grow up' with this adorable puppy as he warms our hearts and souls. 

Clipper the puppy thinks it's great knowing everything. He's so sure that he is the boss of everyone on his Maine Island. So sure, until one day

Wednesday, 30 October 2013 15:29

UMF hosts annual Arts and Crafts Show at Student Center, Nov. 2

Written by PR

FARMINGTON University of Maine at Farmington will hold its annual Arts and Crafts Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in the UMF Olsen Student Center on South Street in Farmington.

Over 55 artists and crafters from across Maine, including many new artisans, will exhibit their original and creative works at this open-to-the-public sale. All items are handcrafted by the artists, and include quilted clothing and handbags, jewelry, hand painted items, fabric landscapes,  baskets, wooden boxes, hand-knitted items, ornamental iron works, greeting cards, hand sewn crafts, country crafts and wind chimes, baked goods, jams and jellies plus much more!

BANGOR Green Acres Kennel Shop held a fundraiser for The Rabies Challenge Fund from Sept. 1 through Oct. 6 and raised $1,225 from 52 clients, colleagues and friends. Don and Paula Hanson, co-owners for Green Acres Kennel Shop, matched what they raised with an additional $1,280. The Hansons initiated this fundraiser as a memorial to their Golden Retriever Tikken and as a way of helping to educate others about the potential for severe reactions to the Rabies vaccine. The Hansons' dog Tikken lived to be 16, but they almost lost her when she was 4 due to a severe reaction to the rabies vaccine. 'I know that Tikken is watching us from the Rainbow Bridge, and I have no doubt she's wagging her tail with joy at the response we've had,' said Don Hanson.

The Rabies Challenge Fund, a charitable trust and federally registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was founded by Kris Christine of Maine and. Dr. W. Jean Dodds, who serves as co-trustee of the Fund and supervisor of the project. The Fund was established to determine the duration of immunity conveyed by rabies vaccines and to lobby state and municipal regulators to adopt a three-year rabies vaccine protocol. Research began in Nov. 2007 under the direction of Dr. Ronald Schultz and The University of Wisconsin Foundation and is now in year five. This project has been funded entirely at the grassroots level with contributions coming mostly from kennel clubs and private individuals. 

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 18:56

UMF Annual Arts and Crafts Show seeking vendors

Written by PA

FARMINGTON The University of Maine at Farmington's annual Arts and Crafts Show is seeking artists and crafters from across Maine interested in exhibiting their original and creative work at this open-to-the-public show. This year's event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 2, in the UMF Olsen Student Center on South Street in Farmington.

The UMF Arts and Crafts Show serves as a rich opportunity for vendors to sell their handcrafted, one-of-a-kind art and gift items, clothing, hand-sewn crafts, holiday items and much more. For more information, or to book your space for the upcoming event, please call the UMF Conference & Events Office at (207) 778-7344 or email Doris Tutlis at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 18:54

Brewer Costume Swap 2013

Written by PA

BREWER - What is a costume swap? You bring in a gently used costume or clothing to make a costume and then you swap it with whatever else is there. This year, Brewer Costume and SNAP Fitness are partnering up to host the fourth annual Costume Swap at SNAP Fitness in Brewer from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. This year they will also allow the swapping of Halloween items such as door decorations and lights. Please, no plastic costumes. Everyone is invited to the free event, which will have door prizes and a few special treats for your child.

Brewer Costume is a member of Green Halloween, which is a member of the Echo Mom Alliance. Brewer Costume believes in making the world a better, healthier place for children and future generations by taking charge and making small changes now. Little things such as reusing decorations or costumes for multiple years is a good start. Other ideas include swapping decorations for Halloween and Christmas with neighbors and friends. Their old is your new.  

Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:06

UMF 150th anniversary celebrated in local corn maze design

Written by PA

FARMINGTON It isn't every day that you have your anniversary celebrated in a life-sized puzzle of corn, but that's one of the unique ways the University of Maine at Farmington's 150th Anniversary Celebration as the birthplace of public higher education in Maine is being shared in the Farmington community this fall.

Sandy River Farms in Farmington is hosting their fifth annual Amazing Corn MAiZE, and this year it features a design around the University of Maine at Farmington's 150th Anniversary Celebration. The York family farm owners proposed the tribute to the University and worked with Kelly Dodge, UMF vice president of university advancement, on the design. 

HALLOWELL - During Hallowell's Annual Fall Festival weekend in October 2013, the Harlow Gallery will celebrate by having the entryway to the gallery decorated by some very avid knitters when Nina Tilander, the owner of Hook Yarn and Stitcher in Farmingdale, leads a group of knitters and volunteers in "yarn bombing" the Harlow with knitted fall leaves on Saturday, Oct. 12 between 8 and 10 a.m. 

Yarn bombing is a non-permanent, colorful form of graffiti created using either knitting or crocheting. Central Maine knitters and fiber artists are invited to knit leaves and/or to participate in installing the yarn bombing (bring scissors, yarn scraps, darning needle and crochet hook). Knitters may deliver their leafy creations to Hook Yarn and Stitcher at 642 Maine Avenue in Farmingdale from now through Friday, Oct. 11 during open hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 22:51

UMaine car show to benefit The Arthritis Foundation

Written by Jodi Hersey

ORONO - The Alpha Omicron Pi sorority won't be hitting the books much next weekend but they'll still be hard at work as the group hosts its fourth annual Alpha Omicron Pi car show on the University of Maine Orono campus. 

"We wanted to involve the whole community. There are so many events we could do that would attract college students but we wanted more of a community event that involved people from the Orono and Bangor areas," said Lindsey Burton, car show organizer and Alpha Omicron Pi sorority sister. 

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 22:32

Green Acres Kennel Shop Fundraiser

Written by PA

BANGOR - Green Acres Kennel Shop will be holding a fundraiser for The Rabies Challenge Fund from Sept. 1 through Oct. 6. Customers will be asked for a donation when making purchases and if over $1,000 is raised, Green Acres Kennel Shop will match the donations dollar for dollar, up to $1,500. Additionally, Green Acres will be promoting the fundraiser on their website (greenacreskennel.com), where people can donate online and through their Facebook pages (https://www.facebook.com/GreenAcresKennelShop and https://www.facebook.com/WoofMeowShow). According to Green Acres' Don Hanson, 'Vaccine reactions are a global issue, and the internet and Facebook give us an opportunity to take this cause to the world.' Fundraising levels will be reported on both Facebook pages on a regular basis. All funds raised will donated to The Rabies Challenge Fund, a Charitable Trust and federally registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Green Acres owners Paula and Don Hanson have chosen this project as a way to remember their golden retriever Tikken, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge in February of this year. While Tikken lived to be 16, the Hansons almost lost her when she was 4 due to a severe reaction to the rabies vaccine. 'We are fortunate that our veterinarians were able to help Tikken recover from her reaction to the rabies vaccine, but it still greatly impacted the last 12 years of her life. The Rabies Challenge Fund is doing the work in the laboratory and legislatures that can help prevent other pet parents and their pets from having to go through what we went through,' said Hanson.

The Rabies Challenge Fund was founded by Kris Christine and. Dr. W. Jean Dodds, who serves as co-trustee of the Fund and supervisor of the project. The Fund was established to determine the duration of immunity conveyed by rabies vaccines and to lobby state and municipal regulators to adopt a three-year rabies vaccine protocol. Research began in November 2007 under the direction of Dr. Ronald Schultz and The University of Wisconsin Foundation and is now in year five. This project has been funded entirely at the grassroots level, with contributions coming mostly from kennel clubs and private individuals. 

In business since 1965, Green Acres Kennel Shop at 1653 Union Street is a Pet Care Services Association (PCSA) accredited facility offering boarding, daycare and grooming for dogs and cats, as well as pet behavior consultations and training classes. Voted Best Kennel every year since 2002, Best Pet Store every year since 2007, Best Dog Trainer every year since 2011 and Best Pet Groomer in 2013, the Green Acres retail store offers a wide variety of wholesome pet foods, treats and quality supplies. For more information, please call 945-6841 or visit www.greenacreskennel.com.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 22:29

Dirigo Pines 10th Anniversary Open House

Written by PA

ORONO There will be a 10th Anniversary Open House and Tour of Dirigo Pines Retirement Community on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon. A highlight of the day will be an appearance by the Anah Shrine 4 X 4 Unit at 10 a.m. in the main parking lot and streets of the community. The group has been performing throughout northern and eastern Maine at town parades and special events. The event is open to the public, and children will have the opportunity to view the trucks up close. Refreshments will be served, and visitors will have the opportunity to see a cottage and tour the Dirigo Pines Inn.

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