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Tuesday, 29 April 2014 13:20

Clifton couple helps save turkey vulture

CLIFTON - Deanna and Bill Reed may live in the quiet Penobscot County town of Clifton but their home is always abuzz with company. Night after night, flocks of turkey vultures gather in the couple's back yard and hang out in their trees. It's a visit the Reeds have always looked forward to - until earlier this month, when they looked out their window and saw one of their feathered friends stuck upside down high above the ground.

"It was the day we had that unexpected snowstorm with freezing rain," said Deanna Reed. "Bill noticed they were hanging lower than normal. He looked up and saw one hanging upside down. And he was stuck by his tail. We couldn't figure out how he was stuck, but there must've been a crack in the branch that he got his tail stuck in."

Published in Adventure
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 22:35

The great cloth diaper change

Participants look to break Guinness World Record

BANGOR - A group of Mainers will be gathering at Central Street Farmhouse in Bangor this weekend to help break the Guinness Book of World Record's cloth diaper changing record. It's an international event where thousands of people will gather on the same day at the same time in an effort to change as many cloth diapers as they can in just 60 seconds. 

Published in Livin'

Comedian Paul Reiser is coming to Bangor this weekend to make people laugh. Reiser, who starred in the popular NBC '90s sitcoms 'My Two Dads' and 'Mad About You,' began his career as a stand-up comedian long before he started acting. Besides TV, he's also had the opportunity to star in several movies, including 'Aliens,' 'Beverly Hills Cop I' and 'II,' and most recently he played Matt Damon's lawyer in the Emmy award winning HBO movie 'Behind the Candelabra.' 

But what most people may not realize is that Reiser is also gifted in music. He wrote the theme song 'Final Frontier' for 'Mad About You' and collaborated with and played piano for British singer/songwriter Julia Fordham on the album Unusual Suspects. When he wasn't busy acting or making music he found time to become an author. Reiser has written three books so far 'Couplehood,' 'Babyhood' and 'Familyhood,' and he shows no signs of slowing down. I recently had the opportunity to talk with him by phone. He said he's looking forward to visiting the Gracie Theatre and sharing some universal laughs about the absurdities of modern life.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 10:21

Music on the menu

Private dinner & concert with singer Meredith Andrews 

BANGOR - The city of Bangor is attracting more and more musicians than ever before. From rock to pop, country to gospel, there's a show for almost any music fan out there. However, ticket holders rarely get the opportunity to eat dinner with an artist prior to a concert - until now. On May 15, fans of 

Published in Buzz
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 18:29

UMaine Singers hit the road

ORONO - The University of Maine Singers have a spring in their step and a number of songs in their hearts that they are sharing with audiences throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts this week. The 70-member choir is spending their spring break on tour performing for area schools during the day and at public concerts at night. It's an annual tradition that's been going on for years under the direction of Dr. Dennis Cox, the UMaine director of choral activities.

"This group right now is as good as any I've had," said Cox. "I've been with the Singers for almost 36 years and it's been amazing."

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 00:28

Pet CPR class raises funds for pet oxygen masks

HOLDEN - Bobby Silcott of Naples is a life saver. He's helped supply numerous fire and rescue departments in Maine with pet oxygen masks through his nonprofit called The Maine POM Project. Over 270 have been delivered since 2009 and Silcott plans to keep on working until each and every fire and rescue squad has one on hand.

"The rescue and fire departments love to have this tool in their tool bag. They can be used on any companion animal from a hamster to a foal," said Silcott. "We've been up to Fort Kent and down to Eliot and many places in between, and when a rescue or EMT saves an animal's life with this, they never forget it." 

Published in Livin'

BANGOR - While many folks were enjoying left over chocolates or other Valentine's Day sweets this weekend, a large group met at Bangor Parks and Recreation to work off those extra calories at a Zumbathon to benefit the third annual Greater Bangor Bark For Life event. 

"We're trying to get awareness out about Bark before the actual event happens in June," said Lisa Eldridge, co-chair for Greater Bangor Bark For Life. "We're the only canine friendly cancer walk in Eastern and Central Maine."

Published in Livin'

BANGOR - Maine Jewelry & Art is attracting a lot of new customers these days who are looking to get their hands on a piece of one of their favorite childhood destinations. Last month, the owners of the Harlow Street jewelry store began making earrings, bracelets and bookmarks from the 102-year-old copper roof that's being replaced on the Bangor Public Library. Those pieces were then auctioned off to help the library with its renovations and requests for the unique items have been stacking up ever since.

"I knew there'd be a big response, but I didn't know it would be this big. They're selling like hotcakes," said Roxanne Munksgaard, jewelry designer and co-owner of Maine Jewelry & Art. "We got requests from as far away as Paris, France."

Published in Biz
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 17:24

Criminal Mischief - February 12th, 2014

Volunteer firefighter indicted for arson

CORINTH - A former volunteer firefighter is in the hot seat. Nineteen-year-old James Mitchell is facing charges after allegedly setting fire to a vehicle in a Corinth gravel pit last summer. The Stetson resident was indicted last week by the Penobscot County Grand Jury and charged with arson, aggravated criminal mischief and failure to report a fire.

Published in Criminal Mischief

PENOBSCOT - Becky Bunker of Penobscot is addicted to snowmen. She's been collecting them since 1998, and now her enormous collection has earned her a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.

"I contacted them as a joke back in September. I didn't think they'd do anything, but then they called and said they'd send someone to come count them on Dec. 16," said Bunker. 

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