Emily Burnham

Features Reporter


Boz Scaggs, moe., among fall concerts announced for Collins Center for the Arts

on Aug. 11, 2014, at 10:56 a.m.
The Collins Center for the Arts has teamed up with the Waterfront Concerts once already for a concert this fall — comedian Kevin James is set for a Tuesday, Oct. 14 performance. Monday morning both organizations announced a second event, also set for this fall, when singer-songwriter Boz Scaggs (pictured …

Popular juice bar, vegan cafe to open Bangor location

on Aug. 08, 2014, at 1:06 p.m.
Just 15 months after opening The Juice Cellar in downtown Belfast, owner Chris Roberts is ready to open the second location of his juice bar and vegan cafe in downtown Bangor. He’s eyeing a fall grand opening for his new business, which will offer fresh pressed juice, coffee and tea, …
The Coffin and Daughter Lettercutting shop in Belfast

Belfast-based father-daughter business uses ancient technique to carve letters in stone

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 07, 2014, at 5:13 p.m.
Most days, Doug Coffin and his daughter, Sigrid Coffin, can be found in their studio on a dead end street in Belfast, working on the day’s various projects. The soundtrack to their work is a steady, rhythmic, non-stop, painstaking tap, tap, tap. Tap, tap, tap. Pause. Tap, tap, tap. The …

5 Things To Do This Weekend, Aug. 8-10: It’s a family affair

on Aug. 07, 2014, at 3:04 p.m.
1. I’ve lived in downtown Bangor for eight years, in the area for fourteen years, and in Maine all my life. I moved here just as the little flame that was downtown was beginning to get a little bigger, and grow and spread and burn brighter. There has long been …

Helpful tips for the 2014 World Acadian Congress

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 06, 2014, at 8:08 a.m.
Five things to do Opening Day Festivities in Edmundston, New Brunswick, all day, Friday, Aug. 8 — The Congress opens bright and early on Friday with a sunrise ceremony involving both Acadians and First Nations representatives that will symbolically erase the border. There’s a party from 3 to 5 p.m. …
Corea author L.A. Meyer.

L.A. Meyer, Corea resident and author of Bloody Jack book series, dies at 72

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 05, 2014, at 6:09 p.m.
Louis A. Meyer, better known as L.A. Meyer, the best-selling author of the popular Jacky Faber young adult adventure book series, died July 29 at his home in the Hancock County town of Corea after a long battle with lymphoma. He was 72. Mary “Jacky” Faber — …

Ten things you might not know about blueberries

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 05, 2014, at 1:34 p.m.
As of this week, Maine blueberries are officially in season — picking has started at farms across the state, and the annual harvest in Washington County has just gotten underway. Maine’s favorite fruit will start appearing at markets and stores everywhere any day now. Think you know everything there is …

Bangor artist appears in UK Nokia cellphone ad showcasing potato-powered battery

on Aug. 01, 2014, at 2:13 p.m.
Caleb Charland, a Winterport native and celebrated artist now based in Bangor, last month spent a few weeks in London, working with Nokia and Microsoft to create a highly unique cell phone ad — one that uses hundreds of potatoes and apples, connected by wires, to charge a phone. Charland …

5 Things To Do This Weekend, Aug. 1-3: Get dirty, get down, get out and have fun

on July 31, 2014, at 3:15 p.m.
1. It’s the first weekend of August and we’re just about in the dog days of summer. In Bangor this weekend, on Friday there are some great options for your entertainment, including stuff like River City Cinema’s screening of “E.T.: The Extraterrestrial” at sundown in Pickering Square or the Focus …

KahBang organizers cancel music portion of festival; art and film elements to remain

on July 31, 2014, at 11:54 a.m.
KahBang Music & Art Festival organizer Joshua Gass announced Thursday afternoon that the music portion of the yearly festival — including Friday night performances by indie rock artist St. Vincent and rapper DMX — has been canceled. Gass made the decision known through an open letter to fans and media …

Third annual Dam Jam Festival brings big names, Maine bands alike to Oxford County

on July 29, 2014, at 11:49 a.m.
Denmark is a town of about 1,200 in Oxford County, about 6 miles from the Maine-New Hampshire border and about 35 miles north of Portland. It has a bunch of scenic little ponds and summer camps, and a small, cute downtown. And each summer, it’s home to one of the …
Tony Bennett, 48, of Bethel narrates and is featured in 'Down East Dickering,' a reality TV show airing on the History Channel.

The camera’s on us: Reality TV turns the spotlight on Maine, its people

By Emily Burnham on July 25, 2014, at 8 a.m.
Reality television is always looking for the next big thing; the next place that will spawn a whole host of crazy new shows about unique people. From the mid-2000s on, it was all about Alaska, between “The Deadliest Catch, “Ice Road Truckers” and “Wild West Alaska.” Louisiana has no shortage …

5 Things To Do This Weekend, July 25-27: Farm fresh and fancy free

on July 24, 2014, at 12:38 p.m.
1. Friday night brings the opening of the Bangor State Fair over at Bass Park, which means this summer is just about halfway over. Le sigh. But no matter — enjoy the lovely weather this weekend, even with the bit of rain we might get Sunday. Friday night, downtown Bangor …

Acadia National Park voted “America’s Favorite Place” by Good Morning America viewers

on July 24, 2014, at 9:42 a.m.
Good Morning America’s Ginger Zee was part of an ABC TV crew broadcasting from the Jordan Pond House Thursday morning, when the morning show revealed Acadia National Park as the winner of a reader vote for America’s Favorite Place. A large crowd of locals arrived at the Jordan Pond House …

Sedgwick resident tells illuminated tale in debut novel

By Emily Burnham on July 24, 2014, at 6:37 a.m.
Longtime Sedgwick summer resident Warren Lehrer’s 2013 book, “A Life in Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley,” is not a graphic novel, though you’d be forgiven if you looked at the cover and thought it was. Rather, it’s an illuminated novel. Subtle but important difference. Lehrer, a graphic …

Good Morning America to broadcast live from Acadia National Park Thursday morning

on July 23, 2014, at 2:38 p.m.
                Mt. Desert Island residents and the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce received word Wednesday afternoon that “Good Morning, America,” as part of their “America’s Favorite Place” reader vote competition, would be sending a live TV crew to the Jordan Pond House at …
University of Maine Museum of Art Director George Kinghorn

University of Maine Museum of Art renews Bangor lease through 2031

By Emily Burnham on July 23, 2014, at 11:21 a.m.
The University of Maine Museum of Art, located in the Norumbega Hall building on Harlow Street in downtown Bangor, announced Monday that it has renewed its lease in the building for 17 years, keeping the museum in Bangor through 2031. In May, the University of Maine System Board of Trustees …
Alex West (right) of Hartland watches as Stu Silverstein (left) leads a workshop on earth oven building during the kneading conference held at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds last year.

New restaurant in Brewer, new butcher shop in Portland

By Emily Burnham and Kathleen Pierce on July 22, 2014, at 2:08 p.m.
A bread winner in Skowhegan What event combines a bread fair, baking classes and discussions on the science of sourdough and mysteries of gluten? It must be the Maine Grain Alliance Kneading Conference in Skowhegan. Now in its seventh year, the celebration of grain in Maine has been raising awareness …

Thorndike farmers bring traditional cheeses from the hills of Turkey to the fields of Maine

By Emily Burnham on July 22, 2014, at 1:48 p.m.
Aktan Askin and his wife, Erin McWalters, moved to Thorndike in Waldo County in 2010, when they bought a few goats and few sheep and started Lor Farm. They sell a selection traditional Turkish cheeses at farmers markets in Orono and Bangor. 
Aktan Askin, pictured earlier this year, with a lamb he raised on Lor Farm in Thorndike.

Thorndike farmers bring traditional cheeses from the hills of Turkey to the fields of Maine

By Emily Burnham on July 22, 2014, at 1:09 p.m.
Growing up on the southern coast of Turkey, Aktan Askin’s favorite summer dish was halloumi, a firm, protein-rich cheese made from sheep and goat’s milk, grilled until it slightly melted and served with cold watermelon. It’s salty, it squeaks a bit when you chew it and it’s addictive. “It was …
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