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Wednesday, 15 January 2014 23:00

Schnitzel's Austrian Grill rolls into Bangor

BANGOR - The popular Cielos Mexican Grill food truck may be closed for the season, but owner Kirsten Pilot isn't taking the winter off. She plans to brave the cold by cooking up a storm from her new food truck, Schnitzel's. 

"It's a completely different type of food truck. It's a winterized truck where we serve Austrian-German food," explained Pilot. "All the items are items that my mother or grandmother cooked for me as a child."

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'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' has been a season full of twists where husbands and wives, mothers and daughters and even siblings have had to compete against one another. That's exactly what happened to 25-year-old Katie Collins. The New York, N.Y. resident went head to head with her mother, Tina Wesson (winner of 'Survivor: Australia'), after her tribe was forced to draw rocks when they couldn't come to a consensus on which player should be sent packing. Collins had the misfortune of picking the only white rock amongst a bag of black ones, which cost her the opportunity to continue in the game. She had one more shot at clawing her way back, though, once she entered the Redemption Island arena. However, the experience and skill of both her mother and fellow former 'Survivor' alum, Laura Morett, proved to be too much for Collins to overcome. I recently spoke with Collins, who became this season's first female jury member. 

TME: Are you shocked at how long you lasted in the game or are you disappointed with where you placed?

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MADISON - Lori Finney of Madison is spending quite a bit of time this Christmas reliving one of her favorite childhood memories while helping to sweeten the holiday season for those around her. Finney learned at a young age how to make candy wreaths thanks to a family friend. Now over 20 years later she's back at it again, only this time she's assembling them as gifts for others to give to their loved ones.

"I was trying to raise money for the Trek Across Maine last year, so I decided to make them and see if I could raise [any] funds. I sold them for $10 and there was a huge interest," said Finney. "I am not doing the Trek this year, but I figured I would see if people wanted any because they make great gifts."
It didn't take long for orders to start rolling in. Finney made 10 candy wreaths just during a Sunday snowstorm.

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Tuesday, 17 December 2013 20:55

Tyson wins Survivor: Blood vs. Water'

Tyson Apostol of Utah got one of the best Christmas presents he could've ever hoped for. The 34-year-old former pro-cyclist won $1 million in this season's CBS hit, 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water.' Although he's no stranger to the show, this former 'Survivor' player had never even managed to make it to the final three until now. But this season he showed up in the Philippines with his game face on. Viewers watched as he took no time to form what later proved to be an unbreakable alliance with past players Gervase Peterson and Monica Culpepper. Then he found not one but two hidden immunity idols to protect himself as well as Gervase from being voted off the island. And to top it all off, he won the last two challenges in the game to secure his spot in the final three. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Apostol following the show, and I was surprised to learn he's still not quite sure what he'll do with his winnings. 

The Maine Edge: You've heard the saying, "The third time's the charm," so what did you do differently this season than the previous seasons that you played?

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He may not have won the game, but Vytas Baskauskas did outlast his brother on the CBS hit reality show 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water.' Baskauskas lasted 27 days (two more than his sibling Aras) in a game that requires contestants to outwit, outlast and outplay one another on a remote island for $1 million. Vytas played a great social game and was well liked by both the veteran players and the first-time players. However, he was ultimately sent home when fellow moms Tina and Laura M. teamed up to defeat him on Redemption Island. I recently spoke with Baskauskas by phone, who said he has no hard feelings towards the duo that defeated him.

The Maine Edge: You and your brother are both competitive. Are you surprised you outlasted him on 'Survivor?'

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Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:31

Alabama farmer loses chance to win Survivor'

The conditions on 'Survivor' didn't bother Caleb Bankston a bit. This farm boy from Alabama admitted he is used to hard work and the heat. However, his strategy and loyalty were both put to the test early in the season when his fianc, former 'Survivor: One World' contestant Colton Cumbie, outright quit the game. But Bankston was able to recover from that drama quickly and make an even bigger move in the game when he successfully knocked out one of this season's most recognizable players - former NFL player Brad Culpepper. I recently spoke with Bankston about his time on the show and whether or not he's upset about now being part of the 'Survivor' jury.

The Maine Edge: Are you bummed you're part of the jury?

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Wednesday, 11 December 2013 23:34

Bangor bomb dog retires

BANGOR - The Bangor Police Department said goodbye to one of its furry comrades last month. Endumin, a Belgian Malinois and one of the first explosive detection canines to be assigned to the Bangor International Airport, has retired. He and his handler, Officer Dan Scripture, spent most of the past five years patrolling BIA or assisting the Bangor Bomb Squad.

"We thank Endumin for his years of service and wish him many years of happy retirement," said Anthony Caruso, BIA director. "Although it might only be five years, in dog years it's about 35, so thank you."

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BANGOR - Educators wear a number of different hats these days - teacher, mentor, advisor and counselor. One professor at the New England School of Communications in Bangor can also add role model to that list. Todd Eastman spent the past several years working on the documentary 'Mayan Blue,' a film about an underwater city in Guatemala. 

"It was written up in an article in a diving magazine and just forgotten about. So we met with the guy that discovered it and it just kind of took off from there," said Eastman.

Published in Adventure
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 16:04

Survivor' contestant quits the game

This season's 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' is full of twists. No one, including the contestants, expected the vocal and often crass Colton Cumbie of Alabama to come right out and quit the game. But he did. In a tearful goodbye, he told the show host, Jeff Probst, "I don't want to be here anymore. I can't do this." And with that he exited the game. 

However, that move didn't prevent the contestants on Redemption Island from having to duke it out. Before the challenge, Tyson was given the opportunity to switch places with his loved one, Rachel Foulger, who told him he should stay with his tribe. So Candace, Marissa and Rachel were left to compete in a domino-like challenge. Rachel Foulger's dominos just didn't fall fast enough to win a spot back in the game, and she was sent home. I recently spoke with Cumbie and Foulger, who both said they have no regrets.

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Wednesday, 24 April 2013 12:14

Multiple personalities

There's been something going on behind the scenes of your local media. Some of you may already be aware of it, and for others this may be breaking news. It's almost a pandemic. You have probably seen one on television. You may even be reading a story by one right now. The secret is out: there are a lot of people in the media who have given birth to multiples. 

Anyone who follows my Edge Mom column may or may not be aware that my tongue-in-cheek look at life with three kids comes from having three kids at the same time. You feel pretty unique when you have multiples, but that only lasts until you find that your network of parents of multiples is actually larger than you would think. It became clear pretty quickly that there are a lot of media personalities who have been blessed with multiples or are a twin themselves.

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