Tuesday, 19 January 2016 21:14

Wintery Mix

Editor's note: Wire reports contributed to parts of this story.

For a long time, this winter wasn't really acting like a winter. Balmy temperatures, not-so-white Christmas, open water just about everywhere. Well, now that it's mid-January things are starting to normalize. We've had a couple of decent-sized weather events and soon those who enjoy being out in the cold will be able to do so.

If you're one of those people, you probably know a fair thing about what the state has to offer in terms of outdoor winter activities. But if you're new, or made a resolution to get out and play in the snow, here's a few things you can try.

Caveat: Yes, we've had some snow and colder temperatures, but that doesn't mean waterways have frozen solid in that amount of time, or that all the snowmobile trails are open. If you aren't sure, check with your local clubs or state organization about your trip. It spoils everyone's fun if your Skidoo falls through the ice or bottoms out on a log. Be careful and have fun.

Published in Cover Story
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 20:55

Edge Mom: Game on

In 2014, we received a board game for the kids from my cool sister-in-law who lives down in Mass. I remember taking it out of the box and scrambling to understand the basics while the kids were all grabbing at different pieces. She grinned as I fumbled with the directions and said, 'I just make up the rules.'

It was some of the best advice I'd ever heard about gaming with young kids.

Published in Edge Staff Mom
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 20:27

Time Waster (01-20-2016)

Reach the Core'

'Reach the Core' is a fun upgradeable game where you are trying to reach the core of a planet with your remote mining machine to get fuel that your ship needs to keep on trucking. Unlike many 'launch' games, where you propel your avatar as high as can, 'Reach the Core' is different and superior in many ways.

It's less about simple blast physics, or hitting the sweet spot on takeoff, and more about managing your mining bot's battery power and gathering the blocks you need while avoiding or strategically destroying threads in the forms of burrowing insects, mines and lasers (though it is unclear how the lasers function underground they just do). Some of the lasers target your health, others will simply drain your battery, but the end result is the same. If you run out of power, or your drill runs out of health, you have to return to recharge or repair.

Published in Time Waster Weekly
Tuesday, 05 January 2016 17:59

Best Christmas ever

In the early times, you go through the motions of many of the holidays with the kids: it's less for the kids and more for you. As they grow, they catch on to what's going on and begin to anticipate each holiday in question. And there will come a time when you hit the sweet spot that moment when they understand what's going on and are excited without getting crazy. This was that year.
Everything about the holiday season was awesome, from picking up the Christmas tree to putting up the lights. Everything was met with gasps and coos from the kids. One of my girls would walk around the house and wish everyone in the room 'Merry Christmas!' If no one was in the room, she'd address her stuffed animals, or the Christmas tree itself.

Published in Edge Staff Mom
Tuesday, 05 January 2016 14:18

Stormy Weather

MAINE The difference between this winter and last year's winter is stark, with temperatures well into the 40s and 50s throughout November and December. Not only did we not have a white Christmas, the snow that did fall Christmas week was rather light, and only 75 households experienced loss of power here in Maine.
Although this most recent storm, dubbed 'Goliath,' wreaked havoc across much of the country, Maine was mostly spared this time around.
The contrast underscores the unpredictable nature of Maine storms, which can make planning difficult. We sat down with folks from Emera Maine to find out what goes into the prep and restoration when a nasty storm does hit.

Published in Cover Story
Tuesday, 29 December 2015 20:10

Weekly Time Waster

Look back on wasting time

Wasting time is one of my favorite parts about this job and we've had some doozies! Matt Bellassai's 'Whine About It' segment earned me some critical mail (apparently enjoying the show is enabling his drinking habit which is true, but I still watch it). Enchanted Cave II and GemCraft: Chasing Shadows sucked away large portions of my time. Rusty Lake was also in the running for the epic 'Cube Escape' series that has a half dozen free escape games under their belt.

But the best one had to be Kongregate's 'Cute Overload Challenge.' This was going down the rabbit hole of wasting time, because it wasn't just one game it was a game about playing games. And it cute! And you won cute little 'Kongpanions' for playing it. All of the ingredients for a wasted life. Thank you Kongregate, you win at my being a loser!

Published in Time Waster Weekly
Tuesday, 29 December 2015 20:08

Multiple looks back

Man, things have changed. Whenever I see people I haven't seen in a while they are surprised at how old the kids are. So am I. I can't believe it's been four years. Four years, five Christmases, half a school year, several trips to the ER, countless boo-boos, sleepless nights and awesomeness.

There have been several things I don't have to do any more, as well as new things I'm just starting to figure out. Here's a few from both camps.

Published in Edge Staff Mom
Tuesday, 29 December 2015 20:05

Skewed View - (12/30/15)

This view comes from Downtown Bangor where there is a lot of glass to be seen. The street is the name of one of the founding fathers but not one of our presidents. (Photo by Katy England)

Last week's view was of the wonderful decorations in the window of Epic Sports at the intersection of Central, State and Main streets. (Photo by Katy England)

Published in Buzz
Tuesday, 29 December 2015 20:03

Criminal Mischief - (12/30/15)

Three men a-fleeing

BANGOR Three young men were arrested for allegedly rifling through mailboxes and stealing holiday goodies.

Published in Criminal Mischief
Tuesday, 29 December 2015 19:43

Katy's year in review

This is a good job to have if you enjoy talking to people and learning new things. And 2015 was a particularly good year for it. Between names big and small, I met some of the most interesting people who live in or visited Maine.

The Last Unicorn' tour

Published in Cover Story
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