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Explorers Discover Primitive And Superstitious Tribespeople Who Believe That Dousing Themselves With Water Will Cure Diseases

ice bucket challenge in maineIn a grainy video posted on Facebook, Jillian St. Louis and Danna Vaughn, two employees of Ken’s Place Seafood Restaurant in Scarborough, shiver and gasp as they drench themselves with a bucket of ice water and dare their co-workers to do the same, vowing to donate 25 cents to ALS research for each “like.” “I thought I was going to be able to avoid it,” said Jen Skinsacos, a bar manager at Ken’s Place and Vaughn’s sister. “And then they called out the entire crew and posted the video on Facebook.”St. Louis and Vaughn are among the latest to join a social media campaign that has gone viral, bringing in celebrities such as Martha Stewart, Justin Timberlake, Matt Lauer and other notables who get soaked on video for a good cause. The videos are aimed at raising awareness and funds to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a fatal nerve cell disease in the brain and spinal cord that controls voluntary muscle movement. (read more at the Portland Press Herald)

Worst Road In Maine Contest Declared A 14,721-Way Tie

worst road in maineAUGUSTA, Maine — A Camden man who wrote a harrowing account of his trip along Route 15 from Blue Hill to Stonington this spring is the winner of the Worst Road in Maine contest, according to the Maine Better Transportation Association. Gabriel Zacchai’s entry was selected from among eight finalists, Maria Fuentes, the association’s executive director, announced Tuesday. The contest is run by the 700-member association of businesses, municipalities and individuals that advocates for improving Maine’s transportation infrastructure. Zacchai, a Camden National Bank employee, wrote in his entry about the stretch of Route 15 in Hancock County: “As a 42-year-old native Mainer, I can say with absolute certainty that this is THE WORST PAVED ROAD I HAVE EVER TRIED TO MOVE A CAR OVER IN MY LIFE. I THOUGHT THE FRONT END OF THE CAR WAS GONNA COME OFF!” (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Date For Psychic Fair Needs To Be Announced For Some Reason

psychic and paranormal fairePROSPECT, Maine — When Canaan resident Kate Schuyler lost her grandmother recently at the age of 95, she discussed contacting a psychic with her mom because they both still felt their loved one’s presence. “We want to know if she’s around,” she said Saturday while waiting outside the Fort Knox officer’s quarters for a psychic to give her a reading. “She was a very strong person and had a strong presence in our family,” Schuyler said of her grandmother, Mary. She said it must have been fate that she stopped by Fort Knox on Saturday with her husband, Bill, who is from Wyoming and discovered the Psychic and Paranormal Faire. People who believe in the unusual — UFOs, Big Foot, the Loch Ness monster or ghosts — got a chance to get up-close and personal with experts in the field, including psychics, Tarot card readers, two different groups of ghost hunters and authors on the subjects of the supernatural, abnormal and paranormal. The two-day faire also runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

After 48 Years Of Umpiring, Pittsfield Man Recalls This One Time This One Kid Did That Thing. You Shoulda Seen It

Pittsflied basball umpireRalph Damren doesn’t remember the score of the most exciting baseball games he has umpired — or the names of most of the teams and players. Since first donning his uniform in 1966, he has called thousands of balls and strikes and has worked from the Little League ranks up through semipro ball. Etched in Damren’s mind instead are the memories of the great times he has enjoyed on the field with the many friends he has made along the way. “You do it, at least from my perspective, because it makes you feel young again,” said Damren, who is 68. “You’re working around kids, you’re working a game that you love, and it’s good exercise.” On Thursday, Damren ran onto the field for the first time in 2014 as the base umpire for a Junior American Legion contest at Mahaney Diamond in Orono. It marks the 48th year as an umpire for the Pittsfield native, who sat out the high school season after having hip replacement surgery in February. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Women’s Basketball Coach Has Sassy Haircut

cindy blodgettBOSTON — Cindy Blodgett is returning to the school where her coaching career started. The former All-America guard at the University of Maine has joined first-year head coach Kady Steding’s staff at Boston University, Steding announced Wednesday. Steding and Blodgett are former teammates, having spent the 2000 season together with the Sacramento Monarchs in the WNBA. Blodgett, 38, had spent the last three seasons on the bench as an assistant under Cathy Inglese at the University of Rhode Island. Her tenure ended when URI announced in March that Inglese’s contract was not renewed after five seasons and a dismal 30-115 (.207) combined record. Blodgett had been relieved of her head coaching duties at UMaine in the spring of 2011. Her teams compiled a 24-94 record in four seasons. (read more at Bangor Daily New)

Local Moose Grows Suspicious When No Moose Win The Moose Lottery. Again

moose. Maine news from The Rumford MeteorPRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Ina H. Cyr showed up plenty early for the Maine moose-permit lottery on Saturday afternoon and took a seat right in the front row, even though nothing in her history with the event told her she should be optimistic. Cyr said she might not have applied for a moose permit for a few years in the early 1980s, but has been a regular entrant ever since. Just five minutes into the annual event, the 82-year-old Cyr was smiling from ear to ear, and accepting the congratulations of friends and strangers alike. Cyr is going on her first moose hunt: She was drawn to hunt bull moose in Wildlife Management District 6 during the September hunt. She’ll be joined on her hunt by her son-in-law, Larry Murphy. In all, 3,095 permits were awarded to applicants during the event, which drew more than 500 people to the Gentile Building at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Boston On Short Bus For 2024 Summer Olympics

Marathon. Maine news from The Rumford MeteorBoston on short list for 2024 Summer Olympics. Hosting the Games could cost as much as $9 billion. City officials say they’re glad to be in the race, but are still studying the feasibility of a bid.An American bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics would come from Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington if the U.S. Olympic Committee decides to put a city in the running. A process that began 16 months ago when the USOC sent letters to leaders in 35 cities is now at four finalists after Dallas and San Diego were scratched from the list. Los Angeles hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympics. Boston, San Francisco and Washington would be first-time hosts. “Boston, LA, San Francisco and Washington have each given us reason to believe they can deliver a compelling and successful bid, and we look forward to continuing to explore the possibilities as we consider 2024,” USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said Friday, when the decision was made public. (read more at the Portland Press Herald)

Breast Cancer Survivors Can Have Walk For Motorcyclists With Head Injuries Next Year, I Guess

motorcycleWINDHAM, Maine — Four people were hurt, some critically, after two motorcycles collided Saturday afternoon on the River Road in Windham during a charity ride. The rider and passenger on each bike were thrown to the pavement after the 1:15 p.m. collision, according to Sgt. Peter Fulton of the Windham Police Department. Police are not releasing the names of those injured until family members can be notified, he said. They were among 120 motorcycles taking part in the fifth annual motorcycle run organized by non-profit group Bikers Against Breast Cancer, Maine. The ride which began Saturday morning in Buxton. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

Rockwell Painting Of A Rookie For The Boston Red Sox Sold For The Equivalent Of A Minor League Utility Infielder’s Contract

The Rookie Norman RockwellNEW YORK — A Norman Rockwell painting of Boston Red Sox players has sold to a private buyer for $22.6 million. “The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room)” led the bidding Thursday at Christie’s auction of American art in New York. “The Rookie” shows Hall of Famer Ted Williams and other seasoned veterans as an awkward newcomer arrives for spring training. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

New Happy Meal Mascot Expected To Keep Kids Looking Fit And Trim By Keeping Them Up All Night Trembling In Fear

Mcdonalds happy meal mascotCHICAGO — A new McDonald’s Corp. character named Happy is inspiring a different emotion among Twitter users: fear. The box-shaped creature — with Gumby-like arms, eyes that pop out of the top of his head and a gaping mouth filled with large teeth — was intended to promote healthier Happy Meals for kids. So far, though, it has mainly drawn alarm and ridicule on social media. Since debuting on Twitter in an official McDonald’s post Monday, Happy has elicited responses such as “I think I’m going to have nightmares,” “What the f— is that creature?” and “THAT! is scary!” A video featuring Happy was posted to the McDonald’s Facebook page, drawing additional scorn: “Epic fail,” “I regret watching this” and “This makes me crave Burger King.” McDonald’s hopes the character gets a friendlier reaction from children. The mascot “is about bringing more fun and excitement to kids’ meals, including eating wholesome food choices like low-fat yogurt,” Oak Brook, Illinois-based McDonald’s said in a statement. Happy will encourage kids to eat more fruits and vegetables and to bypass soda in favor of milk, juice or water, the company said. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

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