BANGOR, Maine — Three allegedly intoxicated men who attended the Luke Bryan concert Saturday night at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion were removed from the site and arrested between 7 and 9 p.m., according to Bangor police. Jason Bergeron, 27, of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, was charged with disorderly conduct and failure to submit to arrest. Curtis Bowie, 23, of Westbrook was charged with criminal trespass and failure to submit to arrest. Joseph Murphy, 20, of Brewer was charged with criminal trespass. All three men were taken to the Penobscot County Jail and released after posting bail, Sgt. Bob Bishop said Sunday. They are scheduled to be arraigned in late October at the Penobscot Judicial Center. “They all had a little too much beverage,” Bishop said of the men’s levels of intoxication. (read more at Bangor Daily News)
PORTLAND, Maine — With 140 first-year students arriving this weekend, Maine College of Art is seeing its largest incoming class in eight years. School officials say that’s evidence the college is emerging on the national scene and that their increased focus on helping student artists make the leap into professional life — oftentimes trading smocks for postgraduate suits and ties — is resonating in an evolving job market. The boost in new students comes after three years of facilities improvements and innovative program launches. The streak of good news indicates that under fourth-year President Donald Tuski, the college, which was founded in 1882, has escaped the shadow of administrative turnover that destabilized it in the years before his 2010 arrival. Four different people served as either full or interim president of Maine College of Art in the decade before Tuski was hired. Erin Hutton, a 1998 MECA graduate who now works at the school, said under Tuski she’s taking part in her third strategic planning effort in her 13 years on the payroll. “I’ve seen so many of the different changes,” Hutton said. “This [strategic planning effort] is the most focused, this one is the most collaborative and thoughtful, and it feels the most authentic. As an employee, that keeps you going. As a student, you feel that.” (read more at Bangor Daily News)
Requesting an e-book through a home computer. Reserving a hard copy book through a website. Parking outside the library to check e-mail. Modern library-goers in the Bethel area have options to choose from that readers of 30 years ago likely never imagined. Although the libraries still have stacks and stacks of books on shelves, the digital age has crept quietly into the way readers, and librarians, use the time-honored institutions. When Bethel librarian Michelle Conroy took the job 17 years ago, “The catalog was on hand-written cards,” she said. Today, patrons can check for books on the library’s website from their cell phones or laptops and reserve them, if they like. If a book is not available immediately, the patron gets an e-mail notification when it is. And since early last year, readers have been able to go through the library site and “borrow” e-books with their Bethel Library card through the Maine InfoNet Download Library, via the Maine State Library. (read more at the Bethel Citizen)
BANGOR, Maine — Some Bangor residents want the city to tone down the Waterfront Concerts, arguing their quality of life and right to peace and quiet on summer nights are being disrupted. Others defend the concerts as a boon to the city’s growth and diversity, and argue that organizers and artists are simply catering to the desires of the thousands of fans who purchase tickets. A Monday night City Council workshop drew dozens of residents, who packed into council chambers to voice their support for Waterfront Concerts or call for organizers to find ways turn down the volume. The meeting was called after the city received about 25 complaints from residents of Bangor and a smattering from outlying communities during a July 17 heavy metal music festival. Paul Trommer of Leighton Street in Bangor said the concerts have resulted in an “erosion of the quality of life in Bangor.” “I’m no prude, but I’ve got a real problem with the screaming and foul language at these concerts,” Trommer told the council. “You’ve hoisted it on the city, you’ve turned downtown into a mosh pit.” (read more at Bangor Daily News)
How well do you know Abraham Lincoln? Yes, he was the 16th president of the United States. Known as “Honest Abe” and the “Great Emancipator,” he is credited with freeing the slaves during the Civil War. And John Wilkes Booth shot him inside Ford’s Theater in 1865. But many other things about Lincoln are not as well-known: He loved limericks and jokes; and he was a huge fan of Shakespeare. He enjoyed the poetry of Lord Byron. Those facts and others can be discovered in author Fred Kaplan’s book “Lincoln: the Biography of a Writer.” “I read every word about Lincoln that had ever been written in preparation for this book – and a lot has been said,” Kaplan said. “To truly understand the man, you don’t have a choice. You need to read every word.” (read more at Wiscasset Newspaper)
What’s free and full of perks? An Evening of E.B. White at the Maine State Library on June 21, 2013 – that’s what!
The Friends of the Maine State Library are pleased to sponsor an event featuring Martha White, granddaughter of author E.B. White. While the event is free to the public, Friends of the Maine State Library can also enjoy a private reception with Ms. White and receive a 10% discount on the purchase of the new book E. B. White on Dogs.
In E. B. White on Dogs, his granddaughter and manager of his literary estate, Martha White, has compiled the best and funniest of his essays, poems, letters, and sketches depicting over a dozen of White’s various canine companions. Featured here are favorite essays such as “Two Letters, Both Open,” where White takes on the Internal Revenue Service, and also “Bedfellows,” with its “fraudulent reports” from White’s ignoble old dachshund, Fred. (“I just saw an eagle go by. It was carrying a baby.”)
The private reception for Friends of the Maine State Library will begin at 5:30 pm at the Maine State Library. Individuals who have not joined the Friends in advance may do so at the door. For $15, librarians, senior citizens, and students may join the Friends, while individual contributors can join for $25.
Beginning at 6:00 pm, Martha White will engage attendees in a lively and enlightening discussion of E.B. White and his love of dogs. The book talk is free for anyone interested in attending, and a book signing will follow. Books will be available to purchase at the event, and Friends of the Maine State Library may purchase the book at a 10% discount.
For more information regarding the event please contact the Maine State Library at 207-287-5600. To join the Friends of the Maine State Library, visit www.mainestatelibraryfriends.org or contact Cheryl Ramsay at 207-287-5620.
Martha White, granddaughter of E. B. White and manager of White Literary LLC, edited the updated Letters of E. B. White (HarperCollins, 2006), as well as In the Words of E. B. White: Quotations from America’s Most Companionable of Writers (Cornell University Press, 2011). As a contributing writer and editor to Yankee Magazine’s Old Farmer’s Almanac, White wrote two weekly syndicated columns and was the author of Traditional Home Remedies (Time-Life, 1997). Her essays have appeared in the NewYork Times, Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe, Country Journal, Down East, Early American Life, Family Circle, Garden Design, and many other publications.
Friends of the Maine State Library support the program goals and objectives as defined by the Maine State Library. In doing so, The Friends will help to increase the use of the Library through public awareness and programming; advocate for consistent and meaningful State funding of the Library; and to provide private funding opportunities that advance the library’s goals and objectives. While supporting the Maine State Library, The Friends seek to specifically enhance access to quality library services for all Maine residents by supporting state-wide library initiatives.
June 11, 2013
Maine State Library
LONDON — Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has had a double mastectomy to reduce her chances of getting breast cancer and says she hopes her story will inspire other women fighting the life-threatening disease. Jolie wrote in the New York Times on Tuesday the operation has made it easier for her to reassure her six children that she would not die young from cancer, like her own mother did at 56. “We often speak of ‘Mommy’s mommy’, and I find myself trying to explain the illness that took her away from us. They have asked if the same could happen to me,” wrote Jolie, 37. “I have always told them not to worry, but the truth is I carry a ‘faulty’ gene.” The Oscar-winning actress said her doctors had estimated she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. “Once I knew this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much as I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy,” she said. (read more at Bangor Daily News)
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AUBURN — Are you new to “Nunsense”? Or do you eagerly claim a seat at every new production of this perennially popular musical laugh-fest? Either way, Community Little Theatre’s current staging of the show is sure to delight with its outstanding comedy and songs. A talented five-woman cast delivers all of the outrageous convent antics with skill and mile-a-minute enthusiasm. Nancy Durgin as Sister Mary Regina, the Mother Superior at Mount St. Helens convent, sets a high standard in that demanding role. From her solo rendition of “Turn Up the Spotlight” to her side-splitting slap-stick turn in the show’s hilarious under-the-influence routine, Durgin anchors another memorable presentation of “Nunsense.” The other four nuns bring forth a variety of entertaining characters, all ably performed under the direction of Jon Carr. As Sister Mary Hubert, Nakesha (Kay) Myrick does an excellent job with a sort of Abbott-and-Costello relationship with the Mother Superior. Their duet on “Just a Coupl’a Sisters” is lots of fun, and Myrick leads the cast in a rousing rendition of “Holier Than Thou” that showcases her spectacular vocal gifts. (read more at Lewiston Sun Journal)
James McCartney, the son of former Beatle Paul McCartney and the late Linda Eastman McCartney, will be perform [sic] in an 8 p.m. show at 1 Longfellow Square in Portland May 16 as part of a 27-state U.S. tour. McCartney is fresh off the release of his two digital-only EPs, “Available Light” and “Close At Hand,” as well as his first physical release, “The Complete EP Collection,” a special two-disc package that includes the debut EPs in their entirety along with five bonus tracks. Now, McCartney is set to release his first full-length album, “Me,” May 21. “For my first album I wanted to make a record that would be intimate, deeply personal, and honest,” McCartney said. “An album that would say, ‘This is who I am… both musically and personally. This is me.’” (read more at Wiscasset Newspaper)
For a youngster, playing the trombone is a challenge. The “slide” is often longer than the young musician’s arms, and keeping control can be difficult when extending it out. Sometimes it gets away, and drastic measures are needed to stop it. “Once in a while you have to use your foot,” remembers Don Brooks of Bethel, who learned to play in the 1930s. For his great-grandson, Christian Brown, it’s a more recent memory. “I’ve used my foot before in a concert,” said Christian, now a Telstar High School freshmen. “It almost went off the end and I had to catch it.” Don and Christian are separated by two generations, but sharing their devotion to the brass instrument has created a unique bond across the years. Don was in grammar school in Bethel when he started taking private trombone lessons. The instrument, he said, “just appealed to me. I enjoyed it from the start. They had a band and an orchestra in the old grammar school, and I played in them.” It was the beginning of a lifelong commitment to playing in musical groups – both informal and organized. (read more at Bethel Citizen)