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Girl Falls From Six Flags Ride in New York

On a Six Flags ride, in New York, a girl fell over 25 feet off of a ride she was on with her little brother.  Stuck, caught and afraid to let go, spectators below encouraged her to fall and ensured her they would catch her.  

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Bee A Country Star 2K17

Congratulations To The Bee A Country Star Winner!

Another year on the books for Bee A Country Star!  The weather was great...the performers were even better.  But, we could only have one winner and I'm glad I didn't have to judge this awesome competition.  Here are the winners!

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Only 26 Weeks Until Winter…Top 5 Things To Look Forward To

Today marks the first day of summer, and also marks the longest day of the year. While this is great for lovers of hot weather, it's also easy to forget this is a GREAT day for those who prefer winter. For the first time, the days are getting shorter, and we're that much closer to the following:

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courtesy of KV Chamber of Commerce

Kennebec River Day & Bee A Country Star This Saturday!!

Believe it or not, we have already kicked off the Whatever Family Festival.  Various events will take place between now and July 4th.  But, a brand new event (which is actually the old Kids Day at Capital Park but has been renamed, revamped, and relocated), Kennebec River Day is coming up this Saturday, June 24th.

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Abid Katib,Getty Images

Strawberry Picking Season. Where To Pick In Central Maine

Summer finally kicks off Wednesday, and it's ripe for strawberry picking season. Not only is Pick Your Own a great family activity, I've also found it can be an economical way to  have fruit year round. By freezing strawberries and blueberries, I haven't opened a door in the frozen food section for a few years.

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Warm Summer Weather Continues In The South Of England
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Maine Law Enforcement Ramps Bike Safety

 

Starting today, law enforcement will crack down on people who don’t obey laws meant to protect cyclists and pedestrians. Nearly 500 people are stuck annually in the state, and the number of fatalities has doubled since 2012. With tourist season in full swing, the timing of the 'blitz' is designed for maximum impact.

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Volkswagen Holds Annual Press Conference
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The Vacationland VAG Fair Is Coming This Weekend. It’s Not What You Think

Ok...this took me a moment, but I can in fact confirm that the VAG Fair is coming this weekend to the Thomas Point Beach in Brunswick on Saturday and Sunday (June 10 & 11).  No judging on Saturday.  Judging starts at noon on Sunday.  Gates open at 9am both days.  Camping is available.  

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Seismograph instrument recording ground motion during earthquake
Tomislav Zivkovic

Did You Feel The Earthquake in Swanville

This morning there was a rumble. Did you feel it? Maine isn't a hotbed of seismic activity, but we do get a minor earthquake once in a while. A few years ago, I felt one while in the Gorham area, and it was...weird. Earthquakes aren't like weather we anticipate. So, you're making dinner, and out of nowhere, boiling water is spilling on the kitchen floor.  The 20 seconds of rumble feels three times as long, and you're left wondering what happened.

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Courtesy of SSG Travis Mills Facebook

SSG Travis Mills Foundation Has A Wish List – Can You Help?

I continue to be in awww of this amazing man.  Not only because of the sacrifices he has made for all of us...but because of how he has chosen to deal with the cards he's been dealt.  With the help of many, the Travis Mills Foundation Retreat will be welcoming 56 families this summer!  

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S–T Happens! A Dyer Rant About The New Amish Community

I need to say first and foremost...I welcome anyone who wants to come to Maine.  Anyone should have the opportunity to explore their horizon, raise their family where they wish.  If you live in the Windsor, Whitefield, Jefferson area...you have seen that there is a new small community of Amish that have relocated to that area.

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