Daily Archives: August 29, 2010

Northernmost Maine? I-95 won’t get you there | NPR

Northernmost Maine? I-95 won’t get you there | NPR

I’m not sure how I missed this part of the NPR package on Interstate 95 the other day (Paying a local price for I-95’s global promise | NPR), especially since it includes information on where I grew up. I was born in Fort Kent, traveled to Caribou to eat and shop, and drove those roads in my late teens and early 20s.

Extending Interstate 95 to Fort Kent or Madawaska would be good for the region to get goods and services that far north and products back south, but the comments point out that there are other pressing needs as well.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 192

I’m a bit distracted by a beautiful woman at the coffeehouse. I was distracted yesterday by another woman, also beautiful. I suppose I’m easily distracted.

Go to Coffeehouse Observer for more coffeehouse observations.

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Finding the quiet delight of Maine: Visitors from state, beyond continue to discover beauty of state parks | Maine Sunday Telegram

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – When Scott Thompson, the Aroostook State Park manager, was invited to a trade show in Boston this spring, he didn’t let an opportunity pass him by.

Thompson, the manager of Maine’s northern-most state park, looked at the convention center full of intrepid tourists and seized the chance to send them 10 hours north.

“I was told to just hand out brochures. But I just thought, ‘Here we go,’ ” said Thompson, a Presque Isle native.

The affable and amusing Thompson told as many people as he could about the beauty of Aroostook County in summertime, about the 15 miles of Nordic ski trails he grooms around the state park in winter, and about the booming winter carnival held there now, which increased in attendance from 100 to 700 in three years.

Thompson must have intrigued a few tourists because attendance at Aroostook State Park is up 30 percent this year, according to the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.

Click for the rest of the story by Deirdre Fleming in the Maine Sunday Telegram.

Weather, talent kept Folk Festival hot | Bangor Daily News

Here are links to a couple of Bangor Daily News stories on the American Folk Festival held this weekend on the Bangor Waterfront. There are stories, photos and video at the other end of these links back to the Bangor Daily News.

Weather, talent kept Folk Festival hot  | Bangor Daily News

Watson wows crowd on Bangor Waterfront | Bangor Daily News

Plenty of sun but rain needed in northern Maine | Bangor Daily News

Plenty of sun but rain needed in northern Maine – Bangor Daily News.

Interest in Presque Isle balloon festival on the rise | Bangor Daily News

Balloons at the Crown of Maine Balloon Festival held this weekend. Photo by Kelly McInnis

Balloons at the Crown of Maine Balloon Festival held this weekend. Photo by Kelly McInnis

Here are photos and links to a Bangor Daily News story on the Crown of Maine Balloon Festival.

It was held this weekend, so plan for next year. While I would NEVER get into a balloon – I covered too many balloon mishaps in 23 years as a journalist – it does look like it was great fun. And there were other activities that went along with this year’s event.

I’ve also included a link to the festival’s website for those who are really interested.

And the photos come via Kelly McInnis, a high school classmate who still lives in The County. The photos are reprinted here with her permission.

Balloons at the Crown of Maine Balloon Festival held this weekend. Photo by Kelly McInnis

Balloons at the Crown of Maine Balloon Festival held this weekend. Photo by Kelly McInnis

A balloon at the Crown of Maine Balloon Festival held this weekend. Photo by Kelly McInnis

A balloon at the Crown of Maine Balloon Festival held this weekend. Photo by Kelly McInnis

Balloons at the Crown of Maine Balloon Festival held this weekend. Photo by Kelly McInnis

Balloons at the Crown of Maine Balloon Festival held this weekend. Photo by Kelly McInnis

Interest in Presque Isle balloon festival on the rise | Bangor Daily News

For information go to the Crown of Maine Balloon Fest website at http://www.crownofmaineballoonfest.org/ or call the Presque Isle Area Chamber of Commerce at (207) 764-6561.

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