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ORONO - The Boomer Reporting Corps, a program offered by the University of Maine Center on Aging and Maine Community Foundation, aims to create a group of older adults who can actively report on local issues to benefit their communities.

The program began in Sept. 2012 as an extension of the UMaine Center on Aging's Encore Leadership Corps. ENCorps is a statewide program that provides skill-building workshops, educational resources and networking opportunities to adults who are at least 50 years old and volunteer in their communities, according to Jennifer Crittenden, fiscal and administrative officer of the UMaine Center on Aging.

Published in Biz
Thursday, 01 August 2013 08:29

All the whistles and bells

Downeast Scenic Railroad

There ain't nothing sweeter than riding the rail.
-Tom Waits

ELLSWORTH The railroad has a long and storied history in America. It was both the backbone and lifeline of industry and commerce in many places, and it was no different in Maine. Volunteers have gone above and beyond to not only preserve this history, but ensure that future generations can actually experience rail travel for themselves with the Downeast Scenic Railway.

'[The Downeast Scenic Rail] informs people of history of the line and what its meaning has been to the community, and how it helped develop the area,' said Tom Testa, president of the Downeast Rail Heritage Preservation Trust, Inc. 'This was the link to the world.'

Published in Cover Story

LEVANT - Ice cream workers across the state had their hands full this weekend as they scooped order after order of the dessert for customers celebrating National Ice Cream Day. This sweet holiday, according to the International Dairy Food Association, was started back in 1984 when President Ronald Reagan designated the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day. 

"I couldn't believe it," said Carol Treadwell of Glenburn. The Treworgy's customer stopped into the locally owned ice cream shop in Levant Sunday afternoon. "We got here just before the busses of kids."

Published in Style
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 20:30

Cool off

After a cold, dark winter, summer is just what we need. But many people enjoy the summer from in front of the AC, emerging periodically to venture to the grocery store or work (if it has AC). Hey, we all end up there eventually, because frankly, the weather is hardly perfect. Too hot, too cold, never just right. But there is an alternative. After months of beating the cold with heat, it's time to beat the heat.

And what better way than a swim.

Published in Adventure
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:57

A good walk spoiled

A look at some of Greater Bangor's golf course offerings

The summer heat is reaching its apex; Maine in July is just about as hot a place as you would ever want to be. One thing is certain, though: whether you're in Mount Desert Island or Memphis, Bangor or Birmingham, it is never, ever too hot for a round of golf.

One of the greatest things about the game of golf is the fact that it is one of the few sporting endeavors in our society that you don't have to be good at to enjoy. Sure, there is joy to be derived from a great drive or a long putt, but for most of us, the pleasure comes from just being out there on the grass in the sunshine (and complaining about your round; most golfers I know absolutely love to bemoan their bad shots and bad luck on the course). Once the game gets its hooks in you, chances are good that you're in for the duration.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 15:12

Four in Progress'

CUSHING - Four Maine artists will show their artwork during a three-day show at The Cushing Historical Society's Arts in the Barn. In addition to exhibiting their work, Maine artists Nancy Keenan Barron, Bob Matus, Jamie Ribisi-Braley and Brian Braley will be working on new pieces, which they invite you to view, in progress, during the show's three-day run. Discuss materials, styles and more with each artist, and return throughout the weekend to see the work develop.

'Four in Progress' will be on view at The Cushing Historical Society, Arts in the Barn, 17 Hathorne Point Road, July 26 through the 28 with an opening reception on Friday, July 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition and reception are both free and open to the public.

Published in Happenings
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 14:00

Governor Baxter Day: Bangor to Katahdin

Celebrate the legacy of the wilderness and the people

Man is born to die, his works are short lived. Buildings crumble, monuments decay, wealth vanishes. But Katahdin in all its glory, forever shall remain the mountain of the people of Maine.

-Gov. Percival Proctor Baxter

BANGOR - If you walk around Bangor today you might not guess, but around the turn of the century it ranked as one of the three most important cities in the United States the other contenders being New York and San Francisco. The history of the Queen City is inexorably tied to the lumber harvested from the heart of the Katahdin region and along the banks of the west branch of the Penobscot.

Published in Cover Story

Boating rules are unusual things: no one really studies them. Think about it. In order to go hunting, you have to take and pass a hunter's safety course. This requires you to study safety tips and laws about hunting. In order to drive, you have to take a driving test. Again, you have to study the rules. Every student coming out of driver's education has spent agonizing hours memorizing mundane details from rules of the road and traffic laws. When it comes to boats and other water transportation, however, people are left on their own to learn the laws. So what can get you in trouble in the water? Here's a look at some of the laws on Maine's books that range from sensible to bizarre.

Published in Sports
Thursday, 11 July 2013 09:36

Gulf Hagas The Grand Canyon of Maine

BROWNVILLE While the coast of Maine tends to attract most travelers and tourists, many other parts of the state are just as beautiful this time of year. And if you pay attention to a particular sign at the entrance of Gulf Hagas, a gorge located just 90 miles from Bangor in the mountains of central Maine, it is a part of the Appalachian Trail known by few and open to all who want to traverse it.

Often called the 'Grand Canyon of Maine,' the three-mile gorge is perhaps the most breathtaking showcase of Maine's natural beauty. From small waterfalls to a 130-foot drop, Gulf Hagas is preserved and managed through The Maine Appalachian Trail Club and is part of the final 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail corridor that ends at Mt. Katahdin.

Published in Adventure
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 10:25

Swing like it's the 17th century

Contra dancing is mesmerizing. People weave in and out of each other, sometimes in lines and sometimes in clusters, all directed by a single caller. Swinging skirts, smiles and laughter fill the room. It's intricate and simple all at the same time, like a giant tapestry formed by small stitches. Even beginners can catch on to the simple steps. 

Not only is contra dancing fun, it's also happening in Bangor. The third Friday of every month, people of all ages assemble at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bangor to get their swing on. The dances are run by the board of directors of the Penobscot Contradancers. Mary Anne Eason, president of the Penobscot Contradancers, says there are many benefits to contra dancing.

Published in Happenings
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