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    December 18, 2010

    Green gets to brag about Maine

    Bill Green wasn’t planning to pursue a career in television. Back in the early 1970s, he was content working as a fry cook at McDonald’s. That was, until he lost his job. “It was my first job out of high school. I was devastated. In my family, that was a horrible thing,” Green said. Soon he scored a position at WLBZ Channel 2 in Bangor as a cameraman for a local game show called “Dialing for Dollars” hosted …

  • Published
    November 16, 2010

    Filmmakers, troop greeters still ‘getting by’

    Stars and filmmakers of the critically acclaimed documentary “The Way We Get By” appeared Saturday, Nov. 13, at Barnes & Noble. The 2009 documentary, which follows the lives of three Maine residents who greet troops at Bangor International Airport, has garnered national attention, including an Emmy nomination. For first-time filmmakers Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly, the success has been enriching. “When …

  • Published
    August 2, 2010

    Icons of Maine: Boetsch pumped for fireworks at UFC 117

    This is the 14th story in the Icons of Maine series. People are welcome to e-mail suggestions to news@villagesoup.com.When Tim Boetsch told people he wanted to be a cage fighter, they thought it was a joke. “They looked at me like I was crazy,” Boetsch said in a phone interview. “A lot of people say they never would have guessed it because I’m so laid-back.” It didn’t take long for Boetsch to prove any doubters …

  • Published
    July 9, 2010

    For Cupo, weather’s in his genes

    This is the 13th story in the Icons of Maine series. People are invited to e-mail suggestions to news@villagesoup.com When Joe Cupo was growing up on Long Island, N.Y., he kept a journal. Instead of writing down personal thoughts, however, he wanted a record of something he felt was far more interesting. “I used to write down [temperature] highs and lows and a description of each day. For what [purpose], I …

  • Published
    June 30, 2010

    Gerritsen’s characters headed for TV

    This is the ninth story in the Icons of Maine series. People with suggestions of icons are invited to e-mail news@villagesoup.com.Maine author Tess Gerritsen has Hollywood connections. Her New York Times best-selling thriller novels, which center around female crime fighters Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles, are about to become the basis for a new prime time drama series on TNT. The first episode of “Rizzoli and …

  • Published
    June 22, 2010

    Birdie Googins — from Marden’s to Broadway?

    This is the 10th story in the Icons of Maine series. People with suggestions are invited to e-mail news@villagesoup.com.Birdie Googins isn’t running for governor. She wants to be queen. “When I tell people at my shows that I’m running for queen of Maine, they always applaud,” Googins said in a phone interview. “My solution for jobs is to get them all back from Taiwan. Let’s get motivated. We can do it.” Googin…

  • Published
    June 13, 2010

    Sample seeks sweet spot — the stage

    This is the eighth story in the Icons of Maine series. People with suggestions of icons are invited to e-mail them to news@villagesoup.com.As a young man, Tim Sample wanted to be creative. He just didn’t know which avenue to pursue. “I had so many things I wanted to do. I wanted to write, play music, do radio. It was hard settling down,” Sample said in a phone interview. “I started from scratch and played …

  • Published
    May 22, 2010

    Icon of Maine: Blodgett, oh, the places she’s gone

    This is the sixth installment in the Icons of Maine series. People with suggestions of icons are invited to e-mail them to news@villagesoup.comCindy Blodgett doesn’t have an off-season. For the head coach of the University of Maine’s women’s basketball team, the duties are year-round. “When the [basketball] season ends, coaches start to think about next season’s schedule and how we can improve,” Blodgett said …

  • Published
    May 19, 2010

    Reporters see disguises pulled away

    This is the fifth installment in the Icons of Maine series. People with suggestions of icons are invited to e-mail them to news@villagesoup.com. Novelist Gerry Boyle has some advice for would-be authors — work for the local newspaper. “Newspapers are a great training ground because you write constantly,” Boyle said. “You get to see people in a very intimate way. If you see someone sentenced to 40 years in …

  • Published
    April 28, 2010

    Angus King: Be ready when the moment arrives

    This is the third story in the Icons of Maine series. People with suggestions of icons are invited to e-mail them to news@villagesoup.com. Angus King, former governor of Maine, is a regular guy. “I was on an airplane Monday, and people were surprised I was riding in coach,” King said in a cell-phone interview while running errands near his Brunswick home. “I’ve never flown first class — why start now? I …

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