Articles by Elyse Kahl


WPC Presents rock show in Orono

on Jan. 22, 2012, at 12:36 p.m.
There was a strong turnout at the WPC Presents showcase last night, featuring eight indie rock bands and songwriters on two floors of the Bear Brew Pub. It’s really nice to see musicians from all over Maine, all in one place, all on one night — even if it was …

GOP leader Rosen says activities of group ‘designed to disrupt our work’

on Jan. 21, 2012, at 11:38 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The House and Senate chairmen of the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee usually avoid commenting publicly on the many outside opinions of Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed Department of Health and Human Services supplemental budget.Sen. Richard Rosen, R-Bucksport, broke that silence briefly on Thursday during an Appropriations Committee meeting. Rosen …
Ashley Hebert, a Madawaska, Maine, native, and J.P. Rosenbaum on the season finale of "The Bachelorette."

Madawaska native hands out final rose on ‘The Bachelorette’

By Elyse Kahl on Aug. 01, 2011, at 10:15 p.m.
“The Bachelorette,” Ashley Hebert, has handed out her final rose. The 26-year-old dental student from Madawaska chose J.P. Rosenbaum, a 34-year-old construction manager from Roslyn, N.Y., out of 25 potential suitors on Monday night’s finale of the ABC reality show. Going into the last episode, Hebert, who now lives in …
Ashley Hebert, a Madawaska, Maine, native, and J.P. Rosenbaum on the season finale of "The Bachelorette."

‘The Bachelorette’ finale preview: Who will the Madawaska native choose?

By Elyse Kahl on Aug. 01, 2011, at 12:03 p.m.
For Ashley Hebert, a 26-year-old dental student from Madawaska, finding love has been a long journey played out in front of an estimated 8 million viewers on ABC’s reality show, “The Bachelorette.” Hebert, who now lives in Philadelphia where she is finishing her degree in dentistry, will hand out the …
A glass of The Hopeful Hopster’s citrus summer ale — his greatest brewing success, so far.

A sensational citrus summer ale has The Hopster worried things are going too well

By Nick McCrea on July 12, 2011, at 5:30 p.m.
My latest brew, a citrus summer ale, is done. It’s good. Great, in fact, which has me a little worried. At this point, I’ve finished four home-brews, and each batch has turned out better than the previous. I’m not used to this many consecutive successes in any hobby I’ve undertaken. …
Grilled chicken is served at Sue Salskey’s home in Grosse Ile, Michigan, June 27, 2011.

Grilling 102: Go beyond the basics for meat, chicken, fish, even fruit and vegetables

By Susan M. Selasky, Detroit Free Press on July 12, 2011, at 5:17 p.m.
Summertime, and the grilling is easy — maybe too easy. We routinely toss our favorite burgers, steaks or chicken breasts on the fire. Or we slap a fillet of fish on a piece of foil, close the lid and call it a meal. Fellow grillers, it’s time to put some …
Jemma Gascoine’s teapot is one of the many on display at Lake Hebron Artisans in Monson for their second ceramic teapot show “Teapots II” running through July 31.

Teapots are tough: An ancient design continues to challenge Maine potters

By Aislinn Sarnacki on July 11, 2011, at 7:48 p.m.
Legends of the teapot’s origin are aplenty. Some of the earliest teapots are said to have been made by Chinese potters of the Sung Dynasty (969-1279). Some references claim it was later, during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The pots were — and they still are — made of zisha, or …

Account set up to help Dover-Foxcroft woman impaled by tree limb

By Diana Bowley on July 11, 2011, at 7:27 p.m.
Dover-Foxcroft resident Rory Schmand, 47, was always quick to step to the plate to help others, so family and friends are now rallying around Schmand, who has been hospitalized since she was impaled on July 6 by a tree limb that fell during a heavy thunderstorm. Schmand, …

Take books to camp

By Ardeana Hamlin on July 11, 2011, at 6:55 p.m.
It’s summertime, and the living has shifted to camps and cottages. Lots of outdoors activities figure into these days of ease. But what happens when it rains and the children are bored with their usual pursuits? Reaching for a copy of “Puppet Play” by Diana Schoenbrun is a good place …
Joe Grzybowski of Bangor walks through the crowd collecting donations for the American Folk Festival in August 2010. He started volunteering three years ago when he moved from New Jersey to Maine. Grzybowski is one of about 800 people who helped out at the festival in 2010. For the second straight year, festival officials say they are on track to reach their fundraising goal.

Organizers say American Folk Festival finances on firmer footing

By Andrew Neff on July 11, 2011, at 6:40 p.m.
BANGOR | After operating for years in the red, American Folk Festival organizers say they’re seeing more green and their financial outlook is greatly improved. For the second straight year, festival officials say they are on track to reach their fundraising goal. “Our fundraising goal this year is $934,000, …

Belfast brothers plead guilty to being part of cocaine distribution ring

By Judy Harrison on July 11, 2011, at 6:27 p.m.
BANGOR | Two Belfast brothers admitted Monday to being part of a cocaine distribution ring in Waldo County. Christopher Hurley, 29, and Matthew Hurley, 26, pleaded guilty in back-to-back hearings in U.S. District Court to one count each of conspiracy with the intent to distribute and distribution of 500 …
A rescue worker stands next to a vehicle that was totaled Monday afternoon in an accident on U.S. Route 1. Clare Sullivan, 71, of Brooklin was "conscious and alert" as rescue workers cut her out of her Toyota RAV4. Police think that she may have fallen asleep while driving east.

Woman survives crash on Route 1 after going airborne

By Abigail Curtis on July 11, 2011, at 4:06 p.m.
SEARSPORT | A Brooklin woman survived a U.S. Route 1 crash Monday afternoon that totaled her 2011 Toyota RAV4 after it hit a ditch, went airborne and flew over a large, 5-foot-tall wooden sign. Police said Clare Sullivan, 71, was traveling east at about 1:15 p.m. when she likely …

Fired FairPoint worker to get unemployment despite illegal downloads

By The Associated Press on July 11, 2011, at 9:52 a.m.
AUGUSTA | A FairPoint Communications employee in Maine fired for having 800 illegally downloaded music files on her work computer is entitled to unemployment benefits. FairPoint withdrew its appeal of a ruling that granted benefits to Jennifer Tanguay of Vassalboro. She worked for FairPoint for more than four years …
Librarian Ann Filley with some of the door prizes (books, of course) for entering the Summer Reading Program for Adults at the Camden Public Library. The bulletin board for readers’ responses is a popular feature of the summer reading program for adults. “Why should kids have all the fun?” says Filley.

Camden Public Library’s Summer Reading Program rewarding adult readers

By Contributed on July 10, 2011, at 9:20 p.m.
The Camden Public Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program for 2011 will reward readers of a broad “American Cultural Journey” theme this summer. The library encourages adults to read by offering readers a chance to post a reading response on the “book review board” and a chance to win raffle prizes …

Census records a ‘picture’ of a household

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on July 10, 2011, at 9:12 p.m.
This is a busy week for genealogists, with plenty of opportunities to meet new cousins and surely pick up some tips for family history research. The Wassebec Genealogical Society invites you to bring not only a dish to share for the potluck supper, but one of your favorite research materials …
Bangor’s open-air trolleys offered people a chance to cool off during the great heat wave of 1911, a century ago this month.

Record heat, storm blasted Bangor a century ago

By Wayne E. Reilly on July 10, 2011, at 9:07 p.m.
Two months after Bangor’s Great Fire of 1911, a terrific storm added to the destruction. A deadly heat wave roasted the city first. Thermometers poked well above 100 degrees in the shade. “BANGOR PEOPLE JUST BROILED ALIVE,” proclaimed a headline in the Bangor Daily News on July 3 three days …
"Falcon Quinn and the Crimson Vapor" by Jennifer Finney Boylan

Falcon Quinn series a perfect summer read

By Charlotte Zelz on July 10, 2011, at 8:23 p.m.
FALCON QUINN AND THE CRIMSON VAPOR, by Jennifer Finney Boylan, 2011, HarperCollins Children’s Books, $16.99, 384 pages. When we first meet Falcon Quinn, the hero of Jennifer Finney Boylan’s new book “Falcon Quinn and the Crimson Vapor,” he’s enjoying the last few days of summer at an island amusement park. …

Drawbacks to TV set-top boxes

By Russ Van Arsdale, executive director, Northeast CONTACT on July 10, 2011, at 8 p.m.
It’s not just the number of remote controls that has grown during our recent years of television watching. The number of boxes associated with the process has grown as well. We saw a big influx of set-top boxes prior to the much ballyhooed conversion to digital broadcasting. Consumers report varying …

Follow-up to ‘Push’ provokes, disappoints

By MONICA RHOR, For The Associated Press on July 10, 2011, at 7:50 p.m.
“The Kid,” by Sapphire; The Penguin Press, 2011. At the end of “Push,” the heartbreaking 1996 novel that introduced the character of Precious, baby Abdul represents a glimmer of hope amid the grim landscape of the main character’s troubled life. “When the sun shine on him like this, he is …
Randolph Garland

Buttery bandit awaits trial on alleged burglaries

By Bill Trotter on July 10, 2011, at 6:43 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | A man with a history of breaking the law, including a 1988 incident in which he used butter to escape from jail, is expected to appear in court this week to see if the latest case against him might soon be headed to trial. Randolph W. Garland, …