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John Wayne played a Mainer in forgotten hockey movie

I read this on the Bangor Daily News website.

As two star-studded stadiums host the first-ever coastal clash between the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings for the Stanley Cup, it’s a rare opportunity to revisit a time when one of the biggest stars Hollywood ever produced strapped on the skates and claimed a title for New York. The year was 1937, the film was “Idol of the Crowds,” the team was the Panthers (a surrogate for the Rangers, then only a decade into their existence) and the star was John Wayne. In the new biography “John Wayne: The Life and Legend,” by Scott Eyman, this bewildering golden-era hockey picture provides a brief respite from the rundown of Wayne’s lowly B-westerns of the period. (“Idol” was released two years before Wayne broke out as a marquee idol in John Ford’s “Stagecoach.”)

Though Wayne spoke rarely of the pictures he starred in during this era, Eyman managed to compile a couple cringe-worthy quotes about his impressions of stepping out onto the ice. “I’m from Southern California. I’ve never been on [expletive] skates in my life,” Wayne says. “I was in the hospital for two [expletive] days after that.”

Oh, John, John, John …

Read more here.

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25 things to do this fall — festivals, foliage and fun | Bangor Daily News

As you bid goodbye to summer — so long flip flops, air conditioner and iced beverages on the patio — you say hello to an even more fleetingly beautiful part of the year. The crispness in the air arrived last week, and the leaves have just barely begun to change color.

Summer may look pretty fantastic after four months of winter, but autumn feels just lovely after four months of summer. Enjoy it while you can by trying any of the 25 things to do this fall that we’ve assembled for you.

Click for more on the story by Emily Burnham in the Bangor Daily News.

Will write for food! … Or walk your dog!

Hey there! Hey there! I’m still trying to line up a freelance gig or two for the coming weeks. Please let me know if you are in need or know someone in need of a writer-editor-blogger-dog walker-house-sitter-dishwasher. Cheers!

LePage’s ‘Open for Business’ sign disappears from I-95 |Bangor Daily News

AUGUSTA, Maine — In perhaps a sign of the times, the “Open for Business” highway sign that symbolized the LePage administration’s pro-business agenda may have become a casualty of Maine’s increasingly caustic political atmosphere.

The blue highway sign that Gov. Paul LePage ceremonially placed on Interstate 95in Kittery, just inside the Maine’s border, disappeared sometime during the past week. And the Maine Department of Transportation has no idea where it went.

“It has been removed and we did not remove it,” said Mark Latti, a DOT spokesman. “We alerted the governor’s office and reported it to the state police.”

The theft first was reported Wednesday by WCSH-6 in Portland. In fact, DOT staff were unaware of the sign’s disappearance until contacted by journalists from the television station inquiring whether the department had taken it down.

The oversized sign was presented to LePage on the night of his inauguration as a gift from supporters inspired by his campaign pledge to erect an “Open for Business” sign on I-95 if elected to the Blaine House. A group of supporters raised an estimated $1,300 to purchase the sign from a company that makes highway placards.

But the sign also has become a symbol for LePage’s critics of what they say is an administration intent on rolling back widely supported environmental and labor regulations.

Click for the rest of the story by Kevin Miller in the Bangor Daily News.

Maine committee seeks $250,000 for Acadian Congress | Bangor Daily News

Committee seeks $250,000 for Acadian Congress | Bangor Daily News

U.S. Consul General in Quebec to assist World Acadian Congress organizers | Bangor Daily News

World Acadian Congress in Maine garners support of French consul general | Bangor Daily News

World Acadian Congress in Maine garners support of French consul general | Bangor Daily News

Burt’s Bees founder wants to donate national park | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Burt’s Bees founder wants to donate national park | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Former Aroostook County resident returns to perform hit play inspired by life in northern Maine | Bangor Daily News

Former Aroostook County resident returns to perform hit play inspired by life in northern Maine | Bangor Daily News

This time, Maine’s Ashley Hebert gets her pick of suitors as ‘Bachelorette’ | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Ashley Hebert

Ashley Hebert is the new "Bachelorette."

This time, Maine’s Ashley Hebert gets her pick of suitors as ‘Bachelorette’ | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Finding inspiration in ‘Invitus’, the poem and the movie

Saw the movie “Invitus” (2009 biographical sports drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon) while visiting friends in Vacaville last week. It is based on the John Carlin book “Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Changed a Nation” about the post-apartheid rugby World Cup.

Invitus” refers to the Victorian poem of stoicism Nelson Mandela recited to fellow inmates at Robben Island prison. In the movie it is used as inspiration for the mostly white South African rugby team to win the rugby World Cup.

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

“Invictus” by the English poet William Ernest Henley (1849–1903)

I would like to think that I am as stoic as poet William Ernest Henley, who wrote the poem while recovering from having a portion of his leg amputated because of a tubercular infection. The poem is seen as his resilience following that.

I am not sure I have that sort of internal strength. I can only be inspired to attempt to overcome my own challenges.

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Madawaska woman sent home from ‘The Bachelor’ | Bangor Daily News

Madawaska woman sent home from ‘The Bachelor’ | Bangor Daily News

Stephen King announces new time-travel novel involving JFK assassination | Bangor Daily News

Stephen King announces new time-travel novel involving JFK assassination | Bangor Daily News

World Cup Biathlon moves to Fort Kent | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

World Cup Biathlon moves to Fort Kent | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

WORLD CUP NO. 8

WHERE: 10th Mountain Ski Center, Fort Kent

THURSDAY: Men’s 10K sprint

FRIDAY: Women’s 7.5K sprint

SATURDAY: Men’s 12.5K pursuit and women’s 10K pursuit

SUNDAY: Men’s 15K mass start and women’s 12.5K mass start

Mainer survives two-on-one date on ‘Bachelor’ | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Mainer survives two-on-one date on ‘Bachelor’ | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

SyFy Channel to hunt ghosts at Fort Knox | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

SyFy Channel to hunt ghosts at Fort Knox | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Steve Martin brings bluegrass band to Portland | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Steve Martin brings bluegrass band to Portland | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

New season of ‘American Idol’ features two Mainers | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

New season of ‘American Idol’ features two Mainers | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Acadian Congress chooses executive director | Bangor Daily News

Acadian Congress chooses executive director | Bangor Daily News

Maine woodworker gets ready for Manhattan | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine woodworker gets ready for Manhattan | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Show us your ice shack — it might be worth $1,000 | Bangor Daily News

[My Mom says she’s spotted a couple of ice shacks on the lake when she lives. It’s a very chilly spot. Brrr! — KM]

Show us your ice shack — it might be worth $1,000 | Bangor Daily News.