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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)

Windham Guidance Counselor To Sell Whey-Based Frozen Yogurt In Raymond. No Word On What His Guidance Counselor Was Smoking

Mainers looking Maine-y at the Rumford Meteor, Maine news from the seat of Oxford CountyRAYMOND – A Windham couple is hoping that Cherries on Top, their new frozen yogurt and ice cream shop on Route 302 in Raymond, will offer an alternative amid the busy Lakes Region ice cream market. On April 19, Trisha and Farausi Cherry will open the store at 1252 Roosevelt Trail in downtown Raymond. According to Trisha Cherry, Cherries on Top will serve several flavors of Only 8, a whey-based frozen yogurt that does not contain milk, cream or artificial sweeteners. Cherries will also serve Annabelle’s Natural ice cream. “Cherries on Top will offer natural, soft-serve frozen yogurt, and all-natural hard ice cream, and our customer service and our prices will help us stand out in the Raymond area,” Cherry said. “I think there’s a demand for a healthy frozen yogurt option that’s not really there, and I think people are really looking for options for products that don’t have a lot of chemicals in them or a lot of preservatives.” “It’s not cream or milk, so it’s more gentle, for people who have lactose sensitivity,” Cherry added. “It allows people who haven’t traditionally been able to have ice cream products to eat frozen yogurt and enjoy it, within their dietary restrictions.”Farausi is a guidance counselor at Windham High School, and Trisha is pursuing a master’s degree in school counseling at the University of Southern Maine. In the 1990s and early 2000s, Trisha Cherry worked at The Dairy Joy ice cream shops in Auburn and Lewiston. She said that the space at 1252 Roosevelt Trail, which used to be an ice cream shop, and most recently, a hair salon, reminded her of The Dairy Joy. (read more at Lakes Region Weekly)

High School Varsity Baseball Player Pretty Sure He Can Bunt His Way To The Major Leagues

High school baseball bunterDespite clawing back time and again, the Wolverines couldn’t cling to a win May 12 against Lisbon. The Wiscasset High School boys varsity baseball team was unable to finish a late rally and fell, 9-7, to the visiting Greyhounds. Wiscasset was trailing, 3-1, in the early going until a third-inning rally tied the game. Lisbon would eke out a 7-6 advantage, but the Wolverines, like a movie monster, kept coming back. In the end the Greyhounds were able to close however, and leave Wiscasset with the win. (read more at the Wiscasset Newspaper)

Norway Non-Profit Attempting To Plant A Crowd-Sourced, Sustainable, Ecology-Based, Locavore, Co-Op, Solar-Powered, Land-Trusted, Farm-Preserved Money Tree

Windmills in Maine. Maine news from The Rumford MeteorNORWAY — A local nonprofit dedicated to sustainability awareness is employing a popular crowd-sourcing funding campaign to raise money to boost education in the area. The Center for an Ecology-Based Economy is looking to raise $20,000 by May 25 through Indiegogo for four projects that organizer Scott Vlaun says will promote the use of local, sustainable food systems and lifestyles in the region. “We’d like to think it will make a better, stronger community and a better place to be,” Vlaun said. Projects include renovating the commercial kitchen at the Fare Share Co-op and connecting it to the adjacent CEBE space for food-related events and cooking demonstrations; creating a community bike lending program by placing bike racks throughout Norway and South Paris; collaborating with the Western Foothills Land Trust to build a traditional sugar house for the SAD 17 education program at Robert’s Farm Preserve; and the creation of a solar power station at the Alan Day Community Garden to power an irrigation system and barn lighting. The funding will primarily help CEBE offset the cost workshops associated with running the programs, Vlaun said. (read more at the Lewiston Sun Journal)

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