Articles by Aubrie Howard

Anne Sleeper with the doll that started it all. Sleeper is the president of Maine-ly Doll Club.

Hermon doll collector considers her ‘children’ perfect

By Aubrie Howard on Nov. 08, 2013, at 9:24 a.m.
Babies who don’t cry? A child who does everything you tell it to? Little ones who patiently let you dress them in any outfit you choose? Sounds unrealistic, but to Anne Sleeper, president of Maine-ly Doll Club, it’s a reality. Sleeper has been collecting dolls for roughly …

Sending first time dads to boot camp

By Aubrie Howard on Oct. 22, 2013, at 8:45 a.m.
BANGOR | The fears, uncertainties and continuous worrying about becoming a first-time parent could send anyone into a stress overdrive, especially for new dads whose concerns sometimes can be outnumbered and pushed aside by new moms. Not all is lost, however, for new dads who might feel intimidated voicing …
Kimberly Hursh spins fire at West Market Square in Bangor on Thursday. Hursh is a fire spinner with  Flames of Hope a project to raise money for charity.

Transforming fire into art and hope

By Aubrie Howard on Oct. 04, 2013, at 12:17 p.m.
BANGOR | We typically are taught not to play with fire and to extinguish flames, not watch them in amazement. But for Nick Souza, Mike Conley and their fellow fire spinners who make up the locally based Flames of Hope, what may look like playing with fire to some …