Portland native Anna Kendrick says her Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for “Up in the Air” with George Clooney led to more offers and the challenge was to find something different.She says she found it in her latest film, “50/50.” It’s a comedy about cancer.Kendrick plays a young, inexperienced therapist whose patient is told he has a 50-50 chance of survival.Based on a true story, the film was written by a cancer survivor.Kendrick says that the idea of a comedy about cancer made her nervous until she saw the script.
Nearly 4,000 participants took part in this year’s Dempsey Challenge.It’s a two-day cycling and running event started by actor, Patrick Dempsey.The third annual event got underway in Lewiston Saturday morning.The challenge began with thousands hitting the streets of Lewiston-Auburn for the 10k and 5k run and walk.The challenge raised close to $900,000 for the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer, Hope and Healing.Mny at the challenge had a personal story of their own to tell.Ohers gathered a team just because they felt it was the right thing to do.The actor himself said he knows an event like this touches the lives of many people.The cycling event began Sunday morning, where Patrick Dempsey took part in the fifty-miler.
Portland has been selected to be the host city for next year’s Conference of the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers.Organizers say more than 400 college and university career counselors and employer recruiters are expected.The Eastern Association develops educational programs and connects colleges and employers looking to hire college students and alumni.
The cost of education continues to grow for school districts in Maine, and one man is making it his goal to make sure the students have the resources they need to succeed and he wants to strike a fire under education.”A lot of school budgets are cutting back more and more and usually the first thing they cut back are library resources and kind of like the extras as they call it and so a lot of the extra things that students can use for research papers or to study usually gets cut.”1991 Schenck High School grad Bruce Fleming wants to take care of the areas of Maine he knows best, and the donations he collects will go to schools and education projects in Aroostook, Washington, Penobscot and Piscataquis counties.”A lot of areas in those counties don’t have access necessarily to online because it’s not even available to a lot of homes and if it is a lot of people can’t afford it so I feel they don’t have the same advantages other students do”The books Fleming donates through his Matchbook Foundation will not replace current textbooks, they’ll be a supplement to those students educations.”School study research like they could be history books, science books, business books things that could correlate with courses already at school”He just started and will take any books or videos that will help kids in school or he’ll take cash donations and purchase what ever is needed.”It’s actually taking off quicker than I thought it was.
If you’ve already noticed some maple trees with no leaves, it could be due to a fungus.Pest management specialist, Jim Dill, says tar spot attacks maples, especially Norway maples.Dill, who’s with the cooperative extension office at UMaine, says infected trees have leaves with black spots.The fungus can be deadly.”If this continues doing what it’s doing now, every year, year after year, it probably could kill a tree in three to four years.”Right now, Dill says the best thing to do is to rake up any leaves underneath the trees and compost them.
Baxter State Park’s Scientific Forest Management Area has been recertified.The more than 29,000 acre portion of the park was established in 1955.The certification means the park has met the standards established to ensure the forest is environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable.The first certification came in 2001.
Officials are monitoring the water supply in the city of Augusta.Hundreds of gallons of a paper-making chemical spilled out onto I95 in Augusta when a tanker truck overturned Friday.The chemical spilled into a ditch feeding into Bond Brook.Three wells that supply water to the area were immediately shutdown.Officials said two have reopened but the one closest to the accident scene will stay closed until Tuesday.We’re told the spill hasn’t caused any short term health effects.
Columbus Day is typically the peak of leaf peeping season in Maine.But this year, many visitors are wondering- where are the colors?Joy Hollowell set out to find some answers.=====Keith and Nancy Merriman have driven quite a distance to see Maine’s foliage.”About 1,000 miles,” says Keith Merriman.The couple arrived last week from Ohio.
A police officer in Ellsworth is being credited with saving a man who was trapped in a burning car.Police say they received a report that a car had driven off Bayside Road early Sunday morning and was beginning to burn, with the driver trapped inside.Bystanders were unable to reach the driver.Officer Andrew Weatherbee used his collapsible baton to break the vehicle’s rear window, and then was able to to pull the man from the car as the flames spread.33-year old Shaun Parsons of Tremont was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.