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  • Orland artists’ retreat to host virtual poetry festival

    ORLAND — On Friday, Aug. 21, National Poets’ Day, opening ceremonies will be held at the Oranbega Retreat Center, a retreat house for writers, painters, playwrights, musicians and poets. The center was founded by the Rev. Dr. Jenny Reece. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a portion of the celebration will be held virtually. A poetry

  • On the Road Review: Ford Super Duty Tremor

    On the Road Review: Ford Super Duty Tremor

    The same day that Ford announced the latest modifications for its top-selling F-150 pickup truck, a clean Oxford White Super Duty Crew Cab in King Ranch trim, and featuring new Tremor off-roading hardware, rolled into my possession for a visit. Pickup trucks remain the bread-and-butter money generators for the American automakers, followed closely by crossovers

  • New bakery and craft store opening in September

    New bakery and craft store opening in September

    ELLSWORTH — Want to have a glass of wine, eat some zucchini bread and take a painting class? You’re in luck. Hailee Carter and Teagan Candage plan on opening The Crafty Baker, a bake shop/craft store, at 56 Deane St. this September. “I started baking from a young age with my grandmother,” said Carter, who

  • Button collector delves into fasteners’ fascinating past

    STEUBEN — Johanna Billings likes to sort and put things in order. As a child, she happily separated the red, green, yellow and other M&Ms before popping them in her mouth. She loved the springy SuperBalls, dividing them by size, color and pattern. She and her father spent time together sifting through “lots” of loose

  • Shakespeare in Stonington, jazz festival go virtual Aug. 14

    Shakespeare in Stonington, jazz festival go virtual Aug. 14

    STONINGTON — In celebration of the 20th consecutive summer of two cornerstone programs, Shakespeare in Stonington and the Deer Isle Jazz Festival, Opera House Arts will launch new, livestreamed productions of these audience favorites on Aug. 14 and 20. “In respect for our communities, we couldn’t let these milestones pass unnoticed despite the challenges posed

  • On the Road Review: Nissan Versa SR

    On the Road Review: Nissan Versa SR

    It wasn’t that long ago that small cars like Nissan’s restyled 2020 Versa were mainstream offerings. One of America’s least expensive new models for many years, with a sticker price under $10,000 for a very long time, the Versa was almost as big as the compact Sentra sedan while satisfying the need for a thrifty

  • Alamo Theatre gets grant to install hearing loop

    BUCKSPORT — Northeast Historic Film, which operates the Alamo Theatre in Bucksport, is installing a hearing loop in the theatre thanks to a $6,000 grant from the Hancock County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. The grant will match a $12,000 gift from an anonymous donor, which combined provides enough funding to install the hearing

  • On the Road Review: Honda CR-V Hybrid

    On the Road Review: Honda CR-V Hybrid

    The best-selling Honda is now a crossover, surprise, and is now available with a hybrid-power option that will surely increase sales even more. Last year, full-size pickup trucks were the three top-selling vehicles in America. In second place were the numerous models of compact-class crossovers, the vehicles that are swiftly replacing the car in today’s

  • Wicked Munchies hits the spot for hungry residents

    Wicked Munchies hits the spot for hungry residents

    ELLSWORTH – The new Ellsworth take-out spot Wicked Munchies has become wicked popular. According to owner Travis Healey, 36, a resident of Bar Harbor, Wicked Munchies has been consistently serving “400 to 500 meals” during recent weekends, from 10-inch pizzas to five different kinds of mac and cheese to gooey sandwich melts. The restaurant’s Facebook

  • On the Road Review: Genesis G70 AWD Sport

    On the Road Review: Genesis G70 AWD Sport

    If you were an upstart luxury brand, you would probably find it necessary to emulate other products to some degree, while establishing a unique edge that would increase consumer appeal. There is a vast catalog of success stories in the American automobile market, as numerous brands have inserted themselves into one of the more lucrative

  • On the Road Review: Jeep Gladiator Mojave

    On the Road Review: Jeep Gladiator Mojave

    Life entails many choices. Chocolate over vanilla ice cream, thick-dough pizza instead of thin-crust and certainly football over baseball are but some of the most important decisions. Later in your years, you might select oceanfront over lakeside camp (if lucky, both), heated cloth instead of sticky leather or just any dessert versus none. Furthermore, I