May 25, 2018
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‘Marden’s Lady’ to join funnyman at theater

By Joni Averill

Having known and enjoyed the comedic antics of Bangor resident Steve Robbins for years, and having enjoyed the commercials of Scarborough comedian Karmo Sanders, whom most know as “Birdie Googins, The Marden’s Lady,” I am sure their joint appearance will be a side-splitting experience.

Center Theatre executive director Patrick Myers has announced a “surprise addition” to the theater’s schedule with Robbins being joined by Googins for a night of “His and Hers Hilarity” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, at the Dover-Foxcroft theater.

“The two will be holding court with a series of hilarious comedy sketches and routines that will leave no doubt as to why they are two of Maine’s funniest people,” Myers wrote.

While Robbins has been performing his “Talking Through His Hats” one-man show throughout Maine, Googins has been making those Marden’s commercials as well as appearances at area fundraisers and other events.

Now eastern Mainers will have the opportunity to see these two funny people live for the price of one.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and $8 for members of Center Theatre.

For tickets and information, call Center Theatre at 564-8943 or visit


Ron Knowles called me early Wednesday morning and left a message to let readers know that, due to the expected winter storm this weekend, “we are going to have to postpone” the Milo Veteran’s Memorial Project American Jamboree featuring the Higgins Family that was to begin with a dinner at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, at Milo Town Hall.

You will be able to attend that fundraiser, featuring the award-winning country music entertainers performing at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at Milo Town Hall.

If you have questions or need more information, call Knowles at 279-9700 or Donna-Jean DeWitt at 717-0717.


Fred Parsons of the Presque Isle Fire Department wrote the BDN recently on behalf of Chief Darrell White.

Parsons wrote of what he described as “one of our largest and longest structure fires,” which occurred Nov. 13 and destroyed a bag warehouse owned by Northeast Packaging Co., according to BDN reports.

Parsons wrote that White extends his “appreciation to everyone,” including “neighboring fire departments, businesses and even individuals who assisted us, in some way, with this dangerous fire,” over the course of three to four days.

The chief’s thanks go not only to full-time staff but also to those who came in while off duty, “the paid-call members, the Presque Isle Police Department, the staff of Crown Ambulance as well as fire departments from Easton, Mars Hill, Fort Fairfield, Limestone, Ashland, Caribou, Mapleton and Washburn.”

With assistance from “our Presque Isle Public Works Department and Steve Freeman of the Presque Isle Water District,” the letter says, “it was a concerted effort by all for the duration of this event, and we are more than thankful for everyone working as a cohesive unit in battling this blaze.”

Donations of food and beverages were provided by Star City IGA, Dead River Food Trend, Dunkin’ Donuts, the Sandwich Shop, Pizza Hut and Circle K, and members of the Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary made meals for the firefighters as well.

If there are “more who assisted us than I am unaware of,” White issues “a big thank you to you as well.”

“It is great to know that a lot of people and organizations can come together with a common goal and have a very successful outcome with no injuries incurred. Thanks to all.”


Jessica Kunkel e-mailed the winter schedule for The Game Loft, a youth center in Belfast, runs Monday, Jan. 4, through Friday, Feb. 12, and will offer “an exciting array of games.”

The “break period,” Feb. 13-28, “will include several special events.”

Providing “an environment where young people are guided to become caring, competent, confident, contributing and connected adults,” the release says, The Loft is open 2-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 2-8:30 p.m. Fridays.

All programs are free and open to youngsters ages 18 and under.

For information, visit or call 338-6447.

The Game Loft, a program of Spurwink Services, receives funding from individuals; public, private, and nonprofit organizations; agencies; services; and foundations.


I don’t know about the rest of you, but it doesn’t seem possible today is the last day of 2009.

Happy New Year, everyone.

Enjoy yourselves and be safe, wherever you are.

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402;; 990-8288.

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