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Decades-later sci-fi sequel lacks original's spark, spirit

'Independence Day' was one of the first summer blockbusters that really captured my imagination while it was in the theaters. I saw the film a handful of times on the big screen in 1996 and was thrilled by every screening. In subsequent years, I grew more and more aware of just how big and dumb a movie it was, but I never stopped loving it.

Published in Movies
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'
Thursday, 21 June 2012 07:45

Fourth of July fund nears $25K goal

With charity concert lineup set, fireworks display to be the largest in state

BANGOR Area companies and individuals stepped up heavily and contributed over $7,000 last week, leaving just $440 to go to reach this year's fundraising goal with just two weeks left before the annual Independence Day parade and fireworks celebration.

According to Tony Bernatche, chair of the nonprofit 4th of July Corporation, this year's goal was set at $25,000 but with such a strong response organizers hope to allocate closer to $30,000 for both the day's parade and fireworks, the latter of which is the largest expense of the day's celebration. On the heels of the success of last year's fireworks display it was the largest Bangor area residents have seen in recent memory Bernatche said the great response from the community this year will allow organizers to commit the additional $5,000, making this year's display the largest in the state.

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