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ORONO The 21st HOPE (Help Organize Peace Earthwide) Festival will be held on Saturday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University of Maine's Student Recreation and Fitness Center. The free festival celebrates the earth and our connections to each other and is held each year around Earth Day. This year's HOPE Festival theme is Simple Solutions to Big Problems. More than 60 organizations will showcase their work for a better world. They will share information, offer demonstrations, sell buttons, T-shirts and other products, and encourage people to get involved.

'There is so much for everyone to do for the whole day,' said Ilze Peterson of the Peace and Justice Center, who helps organize the festival. 'It's a great chance for people to celebrate spring, its coming, and make connections to the earth and each other and reaffirm that together, we can make a difference. We don't have to put up with things the way they are.'

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HOPE - Two ladies who just moved to the town of Hope are turning quite a few heads. These circus performers, known as Rosie and Opal, have traded in their showbiz life in exchange for a quiet retirement in Knox county with another former circus worker, Dr. Jim Laurita.

"I've known Rosie and Opal for 37 years," said Laurita.

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