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Wednesday, 15 August 2012 16:15

'Cielos' is one hot tamale of a business

Food truck offers fresh made Mexican food in Bangor

BANGOR - Mainers are turning into foodies. Just this summer alone, an episode of Food Paradise was filmed at Dysart's, Rockland chef Michelle Ragussis appeared on the Food Network Star and not one but two food trucks are now roaming the streets of the Queen city: The Street Bistro truck and the Cielos truck, which serves up fresh-made Mexican food that customers are just devouring.

"I think it's pretty cool," said Kate Crabtree of Bangor. "I heard about it on Facebook. A friend said it reminded them of California Mexican food."

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BANGOR - Most people stay inside their vehicle while visiting the car wash, but ever since Tradewinds added a new pet wash station to their Bangor, Brewer and Blue Hill locations, customers have been hopping out to get their four-legged friends clean too.

"This is awesome. There is no mess in the house, the dogs don't mind it because it's air conditioned and it's warm water," said Lisa Reider of Veazie.

Reider has brought her golden retriever, Baxter, and black lab, Bailey, to the All Paws Pet Wash at the Union Street Tradewinds several times since it opened two months ago.

Published in Style
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 11:55

Inside the Last Summer on Earth Tour

Featuring Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd and the Monsters and Cracker

This Sunday night, many concert-goers on the Bangor Waterfront will be partying like it's 1995, but for the bands involved in the tour dubbed Last Summer on Earth, it has less to do with nostalgia than it does hitting the road with old friends to give the audience some serious rock and roll bang for their buck.

In addition to a full set by headliners Barenaked Ladies, the tour includes sets by three other bands that rose to prominence in the 90s: Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & The Monsters and Cracker.

When the tour was announced earlier this year, Barenaked Ladies' vocalist and guitarist Ed Robertson said, 'I love playing outside in the summertime. To travel and hang around with a bunch of bands, and get a chance to do some collaboration, is part of the magic of a summer tour.'

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Bangor nonprofit needs Facebook users' support to win

BANGOR - A Bangor nonprofit is among 500 finalists competing for a free vehicle from Toyota this summer. Community Care, an agency that provides support and care for children, families and adults suffering from mental illness, trauma and/or poverty, will be among five different agencies in the running for Toyota's 100 Cars for Good campaign on Thursday, Aug. 9. It's a contest where Toyota agrees to give away 100 cars to 100 different nonprofits over 100 days.

"We provide treatment foster care, case management and in home clinical treatments for the whole family. A lot of our clients live in the most rural part of Piscataquis, Penobscot and Aroostook County and don't have transportation so we go to them," explained Kate Davis, executive director for Community Care.

Published in Livin'
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 21:47

Tasty tarts are back at Frank's Bakery

The Bangor shop is making fresh blueberry & raspberry tarts

BANGOR - There is just something about Frank's Bakery that makes even the most self-controlled individual give in to temptation now and then. This time of year, temptation is the shop's famous raspberry tarts.

"This is the earliest we've had them," said Bernadette Gaspar, who has been dubbed Bangor's 'Tart Queen.' "I can usually make 100 or better per gallon [of raspberry sauce], and it takes 12 to 13 pints of raspberries to make a gallon."

But Gaspar, who uses locally-grown berries to make her raspberry tarts, admits each summer her product is at the mercy of local growers and Mother Nature.

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Sweet shop specializes in toys, not desserts

BANGOR - When business owners Nancy and Mark Roe decided to move from Machias to Bangor, they knew they wanted to bring their toy store with them. And since they were changing their surroundings, the duo also decided to change the name of their shop when they relocated to the Intown Plaza on Harlow Street.

"The name Robert O. Cupcake was the name of my daughter's imaginary friend, which was no friend of my husband's," Nancy Roe explained with a chuckle.

She said their daughter would call her husband at work and disguise her voice, saying she was Robert. O Cupcake, a friend of his daughter, and then proceed to make requests on behalf of the little girl.

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BANGOR - The Fireball Run, an eight-day, 15-city road rally, will be rolling into Bangor this September, and over the weekend the show's producers decided to test out the route for themselves.

"The producers pre-drive the production route to ensure it's safe for everyone and that it can be played at a safe speed limit," explained J. Sanchez, executive producer of Fireball Run. "It's the equivalent to a life-size game of trivial pursuit."

Forty teams made up of business owners, celebrities and elected officials will be leaving Independence, Ohio Sept. 21. From there, the teams will travel in exotic cars and complete tasks and challenges along the way until they reach the finish line on Sept. 29.

Published in Adventure
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 17:29

Touch-a-Truck returns to area

Fundraiser helps send kids with disabilities to camp

BANGOR - The parking lot at the Cole Transportation Museum will be packed next week with excavators, race trucks, safety vehicles and dozens of other cool big rigs for the second annual Touch-A-Truck event. It's a fundraiser that was started last year as way to help send kids with disabilities to Camp CaPella in Holden.

"My 14-year-old daughter with down syndrome goes to camp there and loves it," said Michelle Harmon, event organizer. "It costs $1,500 per week, per child, for overnight camp. They have a nursing staff 24/7, a cook, office staff and counselors who are just awesome and do what needs to be done. But they're on a shoe string and everything we can do to help, we should."

Published in Happenings
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 16:50

Bangor carnival is all about the dogs

Doggie carnival plans to raise funds for new city dog park

BANGOR - It's fair season in Maine, and a group of volunteers have planned a carnival in the Bangor area unlike any other. Forget the traditional Ferris wheel or cotton candy stand, this fair has a doggie kissing booth and nail clipping station along with a homemade doggie treat area and massage booth for both pooches and their owners. That's right, the first ever doggie fair is taking over Watchmaker Street in Bangor on Saturday, Aug. 11.

"It's all about the dogs," said Kevlene LaBate, administrator for Bangor Pet Lovers, an online Facebook group that's organizing the event. "It's our first event so we don't know what to expect, but we're hoping for a large turnout."

Published in Style
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 16:43

Got Lobster?

The Bangor State Fair announces sanctioned National Lobster Roll Eating Championship

BANGOR The Bangor State Fair has officially announced The Bangor State Fair National Lobster Roll Eating Championship, which will award over $1,400 in prize money to the three top finishers on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. All Pro Eating, one the World's most recognized sanctioning competitive eating organizations, will be featuring several of the nation's top competitive eaters as they battle in what could be described as one of the most delicious competitive eating championships in America!

The Bangor State Fair provides 10 days of events, activities, contests and entertainment, and the addition of The Bangor State Fair National Lobster Roll Eating Championship clearly indicates that this year's schedule makes it one of the best in the country.

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