Wednesday, 03 October 2012 13:50

Harvest Festival at Curran Homestead

ORRINGTON - On Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors to The Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum at 372 Fields Pond Road in Orrington can take a step back in time to an era when their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents were young, and observe or take part in many activities that would be very familiar to members of those generations.

Brightly-colored autumn leaves announce daily that Summer has departed, and warm days of Indian Summer now fade into the chilly evenings of fall. As the hours of sunlight grow shorter with each passing day, marching from the equinox inexorably toward the solstice, we are reminded of the looming prospect of another Maine winter.

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ORRINGTON - There was no church service at the East Orrington Congregational Church on Saturday but the parking lot was filled with vehicles just the same. That's because it was the church's second annual antique car show, a benefit that raises funds for heating oil for area families in need.

"The community gets every cent we raise," said George Smith, the car show organizer. "There's been a lot in the news about people losing their lives trying to heat their homes in unsafe ways, so we came up with a fundraiser for heating assistance."

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Thursday, 29 March 2012 07:39

No bicentennial birthday after all

Historians discover Brewer never separated from Orrington

EDITOR'S NOTE: (This story is from The Maine Edge's annual April Fools Day edition. As such, you can safely assume that most of it - if not all of it - is totally made-up.)

BREWER The bicentennial birthday celebration Brewer city officials have been touting for months appears to be for naught, as area historians announced a shocking discovery last week that essentially wipes the City of Brewer from the map.

Historians originally thought Brewer separated from the Town of Orrington in 1812. The city, also called New Worcester back then, was settled in 1777 as part of the Conduskeag Plantation, and became Orrington's largest village on the east side of the Penobscot River when that town incorporated in 1788.

However, what has long been considered fact now appears to have been incorrect when the alleged document that essentially separated Brewer from Orrington and was sent to Boston Maine was still a part of Massachusetts then was determined to have been a forgery. The document became suspect when another nearly-identical document bearing local signatures but was unsigned by any Massachusetts governor was found last month in the wall of a house on N. Main Street that has been undergoing restoration.

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Wednesday, 29 February 2012 12:33

Orrington's Got Talent

ORRINGTON - Singers, comedians, dancers and entertainers of all types will take center stage next month at the Orrington's Got Talent variety show. The event is a fundraiser for the Curran Homestead Living History Farm & Museum, which is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year.

"At one time when the Currans lived on the farm, they'd have social events and dances. There used to be a small boat house [on the property], probably the size of a garage, and several people have told us they remember going to dances in that facility," explained Curran Museum Director Bruce Bowden.

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