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College Starts Sustainable Agriculture Farm On The Site Of A Sustainable Organic Dairy Farm That Went Out Of Business

Inigo Montoya. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it meansFAIRFIELD — A layer of crunchy snow covers the 120-acre former dairy farm in a corner of Kennebec Valley Community College’s Harold Alfond Campus on a gray afternoon in mid-December. It’s the last day of the fall semester and there’s hardly anyone around, but signs of all the work that has been put into the farm are everywhere. There are laying hens, Katahdin sheep and pigs in a newly refurbished barn and two large high tunnels, which are like greenhouses, teeming with spinach, swiss chard, lettuce and other vegetables. Not far away, construction workers are putting the final touches on a brand new building, the Center for Farm-to-Table Innovation, which is scheduled to open in January. The end of the semester and the first harvest of the farm’s produce — which totaled more than 6,800 pounds this fall — mark an important milestone for KVCC and it’s fledgling sustainable agriculture program. It’s been just more than one year since the school launched the program, along with a culinary arts program, making it the only community college in the state to offer a degree in sustainable agriculture and give students the chance to run a working farm. “I think this time of year is the real test of what we’ve been able to do,” said Richard Hopper, KVCC president, as he made his way through the snow to one of the high tunnels. “When you come out here in the snow and ice, and open up one of these white buildings and see all the vegetables, it’s phenomenal.” (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

Field Hockey Coach Gets Award. It’s Currently On Display In The Bottom Of A Locked Filing Cabinet Stuck In A Disused Lavatory With A Sign On The Door Saying ‘Beware Of The Leopard’

field hockey from the Rumford MeteorAUGUSTA — Long-time former Nokomis High School coach Katie Thompson, a former Maine Field Hockey Association President, could not help but get choked up when introducing former Gardiner coach Maureen “Moe” McNally. Current Tigers coach Sharon Gallant — a former player for McNally who spent 15 years as an assistant under her tutelage — said it was a “privilege to be there at the beginning and the end.” It may have been a chilly 20 degrees outside of the Augusta Civic Center on Sunday afternoon, but inside the reception was nothing but warm as McNally was inducted into the MFHA Hall of Fame at the organization’s annual All State Awards Banquet. “Retirement from teaching and coaching has given me time to reflect on what I’ve taken from my profession over the last 35 seasons,” McNally told the crowd of a couple hundred in attendance. “It’s not the wins, it’s not the losses, it’s not the championships and it’s not even the honors that come to mind first. “It’s the connections that I’ve been fortunate enough to make during that time that occupy my thoughts.” (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

Bangor Winter Carnival Cancelled Because Of Winter, Will Be Rescheduled As An Irony Carnival In June

bangor winter carnivalBANGOR, Maine — Holiday parades in Bangor and Ellsworth have been cancelled because of icy weather forecast for Saturday. Neither parade has been rescheduled. “We’re just not going to do one this year and I’m so sorry. People have put so much work into the floats and everything,” Barbara McDade, co-chairman of the Rotary Club of Bangor’s Festival of Lights parade committee, said late Friday afternoon. “It’s just so much work to put on a parade that we couldn’t figure out how to have it at another time,” she said. With freezing rain and sleet anticipated for much of the state through the afternoon and into the evening Saturday, “We were just afraid of floats skidding into the crowd or off the road,” McDade said. “We could deal with snow, but with the rain?” McDade said this year’s holiday parade was the first ever she can recall being canceled due to weather.“In fact, everything I sent out said rain or shine, we’re going to have the parade,” she said.(read more at the Bangor Daily News)


During Postgame Show, Michael Irvin Says Luck Be A Lady Tonight

luck and bradyINDIANAPOLIS — Even with Tom Brady not performing like Tom Brady, the Patriots still dismantled another battle-tested opponent. The Pats crushed the Colts, 42-20, last night at Lucas Oil Stadium to improve to 8-2 and take sole possession of the best record in the AFC. They were the conference’s lone division leader to win in Week 11. Brady completed 19-of-30 passes for 257 yards, two touchdowns and a pair of egregious first-half interceptions, but running back Jonas Gray had his back with career highs of 38 carries, 199 yards and four touchdowns. The defense held the NFL’s top-rated offense to its fewest points of the season, and cornerback Darrelle Revis was a major force once again. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was 1-of-6 for 5 yards and an interception when targeting Revis, and the only completion was a failed third down. (read more at the Boston Herald)

Native Fort Kent Medium Helps People Get In Touch With Their Dead Paychecks

fort kent mediumFORT KENT, Maine — Like Demi Moore’s character in the 1990 movie “Ghost,” pretty much anyone who has lost a loved one would give anything for just more more chance to talk to them. In the movie, Whoopi Goldberg plays a reluctant medium who in the end opens a channel for Moore’s character to say a final goodbye to her deceased boyfriend. Far from the silver screen, Jocelyn Boucher is a real-life certified psychic medium who has helped hundreds of people communicate with their dearly departed. “There is an afterlife,” Boucher, who calls herself “ The North Shore Medium,” said in a recent telephone interview from her Massachusetts home. “Life does exist beyond this one. Our loved ones who have crossed over are in energy fields [and] it gives people hope to reconnect and know their deceased loved ones are safe.” Stressing she is not a fortune teller, Boucher, 38, a native of Fort Kent, says by communicating with those who have died, she has proven the continuity of life and energy beyond death. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Stocky Girl Scores

maine girls soccerThe fourth seed Lincoln Academy girls soccer team (8-3-3) defended its home turf against fifth seed York (7-5-2) 1-0 Oct. 29 under the lights in Newcastle. York brought their solid passing and physical game to town, and the Lady Eagles matched their intensity and sent them packing. The first half was a whirlwind, as the two teams raced end to end at a fever pitch. The Eagles unleashed 12 shots on net and the Wildcats 11 in the half. Emma Rohrer stopped shots from Lillian Bisset, Ashley Mason, Olivia York, and Sophie Schumacher. At the other end of the field, Miranda Achorn handled 11 York shots to send the game into the halftime break tied at 0-0. The Eagles scored off a wild scramble on a corner kick with 31:56 to go in the second half. Leslie Sandefur headed the corner kick, which was blocked by York keeper Kelsey Cole. Olivia York was at the right post, but Cole blocked her offer with the rebound going to the top of the 18. Lillian Bisset was in the right place at the perfect time and booted the ball to the back of the Wildcat net to score the winning goal.  (read more at the Lincoln County News)

Tom Brady Petersons The Bears

gronkowskiFOXBOROUGH, Ma. — Vince Wilfork offered a self-endorsement after his New England Patriots hammered the Chicago Bears 51-23 at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. “It’s going to be hard to beat us if we continue to play the way we played today,” the Patriots’ nose tackle said after New England captured a fourth straight victory. “It’s going to be very tough for teams to come to beat us.” Next up: the high-flying Denver Broncos, who bring a 6-1 record to town next Sunday in the latest Tom Brady-Peyton Manning matchup. The Bears have a bye week before traveling to Green Bay. “It will be a great game. It always is,” said Brady, who had another huge game on Sunday as the Patriots moved to 6-2. Brady, making his 100th regular-season start at home, threw five touchdown passes and was near perfect as he improved to 87-13 as a home starter. Brady was 30 of 35 for 354 yards and four of the incompletions were drops. It was the third five-touchdown game of Brady’s career and he holds the club record with a pair of six-TD pass performances. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

McDonald’s Tries To Woo Customers Back By Instructing Workers To Throw The Food Out The Hole In The Wall Underhand From Now On

mcdonalds workersInside this nondescript warehouse some 30 minutes from McDonald’s suburban Chicago headquarters, uniformed crew members cook burgers, sling fries and hand food to customers. But here, cashiers accept fake money. Workers and customers wear tracking chips to record their movements. And customers mimic going through the drive-thru in plastic chairs, not cars. Welcome to the Innovation Center, where the world’s largest fast-food operator studies, dissects and tweaks current routines as well as proposed ideas that could quicken the operations at some 34,000 McDonald’s restaurants worldwide. The center is far enough from McDonald’s headquarters that it can run on its own, yet close enough for interaction when needed, said Laurie Gilbert, a 22-year McDonald’s veteran who is vice president of restaurant innovation. “There was a very intentional decision made not to have it be right there, so we could create a bit of a different culture, have a safe place to experiment and learn,” Gilbert said. “Make no mistake, it’s McDonald’s through and through, you can feel it. And yet, with our own flavor.”Opened in 2001, the Innovation Center brings together a variety of players, from engineers, researchers and designers to visiting vendors and franchisees, as they work to improve the burger giant’s service. (read more at the Portland Press Herald)

Terry Pegula Gives The NFL One Star On Yelp

terry and kim pegulaORCHARD PARK, New York — Terry and Kim Pegula now own the Buffalo Bills on paper. Tom Brady still owns them on the field. The New England Patriots quarterback passed for 361 yards and four touchdowns Sunday in a 37-22 win over Buffalo at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Brady is now 23-2 in his career against the Bills. “You’ve got to give credit to the whole offense,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “We did a decent job of blocking up front, gave Tom enough time. The receivers made some good plays. Tom made some good reads and some good throws. It took everybody working together out there today. It’s not a one-man band.” Wide receiver Brandon LaFell caught two touchdown passes and Stephen Gostkowski kicked three field goals of more than 40 yards as the Patriots (4-2) claimed sole possession of first place in the AFC East. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Boxing Champ Just Glad To Be Fighting People Indoors For A Change

boxing in lewiston maineLEWISTON — Brandon Berry looked at the new belt around his waist. “It feels good,” Berry said. “It feels like it belongs here.” With his unanimous decision win over Eric Palmer at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee on Saturday night, Berry improved his professional boxing record to 8-0 and earned his first title, the Northeast Junior Welterweight title. Berry was the winner of the six-round fight on all three judges’ scorecards: 60-55, 60-54, and 59-55. Berry said a key to the fight was consistently landing his jab. “(Palmer) had his moments of course, but right from the opening bell I got that jab going,” Berry said. “Skeet (Ken “Skeet” Wyman, Berry’s trainer) has preached it for years, and now I’m a firm believer. That jab makes things happen.” (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

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