BANGOR - Seeing a 13-foot-high giant boot on wheels on Maine's roadways will definitely cause you to do a double take. Those who were fortunate enough to visit any of Gifford's ice cream locations over the weekend got the chance to glance at the famous L.L. Bean Bootmobile as many times as they liked. Some even took the opportunity to snatch a photo beside it and talk to the man behind the wheel.

"I think it's pretty cool," said Allison Kent of Connecticut. "The driver said they were just in Connecticut but I missed it."

Eric Smith is one of the Bootmobile drivers. He said the vehicle, which is a replica of L.L. Bean's famous winter boot, was specifically made to celebrate the company's 100th anniversary.

Published in Biz

BANGOR The 2012 American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront is set to take place Aug. 24-26 with another diverse set of music, crafts, food and demonstrations.

"The first 10 years of this festival have exceeded the expectations of just about everyone," said American Folk Festival Executive Director Heather McCarthy. "We are looking forward to seeing what the next ten years will bring for performers, craftspeople, visitors and memories."

This year's performer lineup includes more than 16 groups, performing the traditional arts of their region, their culture and their heritage. Western swing, blues, bluegrass, Franco, Cajun, Irish, Scottish Pipe and Drum, Lakota Hoop Dance, Gospel, Doo Wop and Tamburitza are a few of the styles of music that will be present at the 2012 American Folk Festival.

Published in Music

My greatest reward as an entrepreneur is experiencing the loyalty that our clients have for our little business. To me, a contract renewal is worth a lot more than just the financial incentive attached to it. It gives me an enormous sense of accomplishment to receive my client's continued vote of confidence and commitment.

This week I experienced the best day of my life as a small business owner. One of my clients, who owns several retail stores throughout Maine, had been solicited by another marketing firm for a couple of months a huge, national organization. My client's supervising office had given this other marketing agency their blessing to court all of their franchisees, and was even willing to offer financial support for those who signed up.

Published in The Marketing Edge
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:25

July 25, 2012

Alleged burglar obsessed with Coe Building in Bangor 

BANGOR - There is just something about the Coe Building on Columbia Street in Bangor that seems to be attracting the wrong type of customer - or customers.

Police say over the weekend, four businesses were either damaged or burglarized within that stretch of property located between Main and Cross Streets. Officers spoke to a complainant at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, who discovered the building had been broken into. Both the Pulse Marketing Agency and Hometown Newspapers, LLC, informed police that more than $4,000 of equipment was missing from each business. Two other businesses, which authorities say also appear to have been broken into sometime Friday night or early Saturday morning, reported none of their property had been taken. Bangor police say the person or persons responsible for the break-in caused another $2,000 in damages.

In the past few weeks, both Northstar Photography and The Sweetest Thing on Columbia Street have reported similar incidents happening at their places of employment. Bangor's Criminal Investigations Division is now handling the case. Anyone with information about the burglaries is urged to call the department at 947-7382. Those who wish to remain anonymous should press 6 to activate the tip line.

Published in Criminal Mischief
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:49

Still having what it takes

Styx, REO bring back the classics 

BANGOR The Midwest Rock'N'Roll Express Tour came to Bangor's Waterfront Pavilion Sunday to play the last date of a tour that RollingStone Magazine called one of the hottest for Summer 2012.

Ready to rock and shock, Ted Nugent and his band of heavy-hitting talent, Derek St. Holmes, Greg Smith, and "Wild" Mick Brown, started the night playing full throttle from the get-go.

The nine-song set list covered classics "Wango Tango" and "Cat Scratch Fever" as well as a great blues/Motown treat with REO's Dave Amato. After the band wrapped up with "Stranglehold," a fellow attendee announced, "I didn't know I was a Ted Nugent fan. That was incredible!"

Published in Music
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:46

Rascal Flatts: Changed Tour

BANGOR Rascal Flatts generated a weeklong buzz when their tour trailers showed up early at Bangor's Waterfront Pavilion. By the evening of their July 6 performance, fans were ready to show their steadfast appreciation for this brand of country music.

Eden's Edge began the night with the trio's sweet harmonies spiced with twang and mandolin. But don't be fooled this band showed some lyrical attitude with their hit single 'Too Good to Be True' and opener 'Who Am I Drinking Tonight.'

Hailing from Texas, Eli Young Band's country is more rock than cowboy hat. The crowd embraced their hits 'Crazy Girl' and 'Even if it Breaks Your Heart.' Through less flash and more melody, this band is getting traction in the industry.

Published in Music
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:26

Thundershirts for dogs

New wearable pressure wrap can help storm phobic pooches

BANGOR - Thunderstorms can be a pet owner's worst nightmare, and this time of year it's almost impossible to get away from them.

"You may have some dogs that hide behind a chair or under a bed. Some dogs may bolt out of any opening, even a window, breaking the glass. Then you can have the real odd dogs, like our Gus, who growled, barked and snarled, wanting to get to whatever it was [making the noise] and tear it apart," explained Don Hanson, owner of Green Acres Kennel Shop in Bangor.

Fortunately, there's now a new tool available locally to help ease the anxiety of pooches who fear thunderstorms.

Published in Style
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 11:43

July 11, 2012

Ted Nugent's drummer arrested for stealing golf cart

BANGOR - While concert goers were enjoying the sounds of Styx and REO Speedwagon Sunday night at the Waterfront Concerts, Bangor police were trying to stop Ted Nugent's drummer, 55-year-old Mick Brown, who was allegedly driving a stolen golf cart recklessly near the concert grounds. Nugent was the opening act in last weekend's Midwest Rock-n-Roll Express Tour.

Officers Steve Jordan and Jim Dearing were on duty at the concert when security personnel approached them around 9:45 p.m. and told them that Brown, who was intoxicated, had allegedly stolen a gold golf cart used by Waterfront Concerts and was driving it around the Front Street area. Although several people had attempted to stop the drummer, he reportedly sped away. A few moments later, Jordan spotted the golf cart near the Railroad Street crossing, with two women also on board. A second attempt to stop Brown failed when he accelerated past authorities. Finally, a security officer got close enough to stop the musician, but not before allegedly being shoved by Brown. The Arizona native was physically removed from the cart by authorities, placed on the ground and arrested.

Brown was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, driving to endanger, theft and assault. He was released on $4,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 15.

Published in Criminal Mischief

BANGOR - The Sea Dog restaurant on the Bangor waterfront can accommodate more patrons than ever before thanks to its newest edition, known as the barrel room.

"This is all about beer," said Larry Killam, general manager for the Sea Dog. "We're brewing new beer every month. This was built with the kettles in the back. Everything in here is about beer."

And although the barrel room, located under the restaurant, is brand new, the space was built upon a floor that holds a bit of Maine's past.

Published in Buzz
Thursday, 28 June 2012 11:12

This year's 2012 Grand Marshals

Maine Discovery Museum celebrates their first decade

Independence Day is a day of remembering our heritage, and part of the Greater Bangor Region's history has much to do with the businesses that helped sustain it.

The 4th of July Corporation, organizers of the annual parade and fireworks celebration, selected the Maine Discovery Museum as this year's grand marshal in recognition of the museum's successful decade since first opening to the public.

For families living in the greater Bangor area, MDM has become one of the major activity centers for children since it began operating in February 2001. For the city itself, the museum has become one of Bangor's major tourist destinations that attracts an average of 60,000 visitors a year.

Published in Livin'
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