Daily Archives: June 28, 2010

Whoopie pies becoming a West Coast sensation | SFGate.com

The whoopie pie has made it to the West Coast! But Mainers had it first!

Whoopie pies becoming a West Coast sensation | SFGate.com

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Before Dr. McDreamy, there was a Brat Packer

The most popular actor to come from Maine in some time is Patrick Dempsey, who plays Dr. Derek Shepherd, aka Dr. McDreamy, on “Grey’s Anatomy.” He was born in Lewiston and grew up in Bucksfield, according to Wikipedia and The Internet Movie Database.

Anyway, a while before Dempsey became Dr. McDreamy, there was another actor from Maine people were talking about. He is the subject of the DownEast.com trivia question for today. I knew the answer, by the way.

What Brat Pack actor was born in Portland and starred in “The Breakfast Club?”

Answer

Judd Nelson

Maine DEP sending 2 skimmers, crew to Gulf | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine DEP sending 2 skimmers, crew to Gulf | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Solloway: Field of dreams – circa 1860s

Old-time baseball players relive

game the way it was played in

pastoral America of 150 years ago

 FREEPORT – The field was freshly mowed but no one had collected the clumps of grass clippings. Mosquitoes swarmed as Mark Rohman paced off the diamond to help set the bases. Ballists loosened their arms while rooters spread blankets or placed chairs for good sight lines.

Troubadors strolled and youngsters darted. Vendors prepared to sell beer, kettle corn, ice cream and hot dogs. Umpire Jeff Peart, so dignified in a black frock coat, dazzling white shirt and gray, bushy beard, called the two teams together Sunday.

It was time to play old-time baseball, to relive the America of 150 years ago. The men who are the Essex Base Ball Club of Danvers, Mass., took the field, 100 yards or so from the simple white house on Pettengill Farm.

The players of the Dirigo Vintage Base Ball Club of Augusta — or ballists, as they were called in the 1860s — hefted long, narrow bats and waited their turn to strike. “I love baseball and I love history,” said Rohman, a Civil War re-enactor. He organized the Dirigo side five years ago after researching everything from the rules of the period, the uniforms and the terminology.

Click on the link for the rest of this story by Steve Solloway in the Portland Press Herald.

Finding truck moves slaying probe forward | Bangor Daily News

Finding truck moves slaying probe forward – Bangor Daily News.