Racoon believed to be rabid attacks a man and dog in Gorham

GORHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There has been in resurgence of rabies cases in racoons in southern Maine in recent years, and state health officials say they continue to see the disease circulate.

Most of us know to keep our distance from wild animals, what what if they come after you in your own yard?

It's happened again, this time in Gorham.

George Bragg saw a big racoon come running up his driveway after his Maltese Poodle Max. The racoon latched on to the dog's side and wouldn't let go until Bragg hit it repeatedly with a bottle. But the racoon didn't' stop there. A few hours later it attacked a man delivering lumber to Bragg's house. That man killed the animal with a pipe. Its remains have been sent to Augusta to determine if the racoon was indeed rabid.

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Dream Factory of Maine to Benefit from Haven's Candies Make Your Own Candy Cane Event

Who: Did you and your readers ever wonder how traditional candy canes are made?  Let Haven's Candies show you how it is done! 

What: For the 8th consecutive year Haven’s Candies Westbrook factory store will play host for a fun-filled day along with hundreds of children and adults to make their own candy cane, the delicious treat most synonymous with the holidays, the old fashioned way at Haven's Candies!  100% of the ticket proceeds from this year’s Make Your Own Candy Cane Event will go to the Dream Factory of Maine.

Kimmy's 1st Annual ODD Ball

Saturday at 5:00pm - December 5 at 1:00am
Location:
Port City Music Hall
504 Congress St
Portland, ME

More Info: performers include Gypsy Tailwind, A Band Beyond Description, 
Elderberry Jam, Oogie James and the Satin Kings, and The Beat Horizon, Ken Grimsley & Ladies, Zig Zag, and Jordan Kaulbach and many other special guests.

Freaks! Food! Craft Vendors!

Tickets go on sale now! Purchase tickets ASAP because THIS EVENT WILL SELL OUT! NO CRYING AT THE DOOR!

Come one, come all to the 1st Annual ODD BALL! Saturday, December 4, 2010 at Port City Music Hall. Creative attire and attitude encouraged for this FUNdraiser. All proceeds will be donated to The Open Sky Fund: Providing Musical Instruments and Opportunities to children in Maine. There will be food, vending, freaks, oddities, and general mayhem! Keep December 4th open for FUN!!!!!!!! FUN!!!!!!!!!!

The Wood Brothers

Friday at 8:00pm - Saturday at 1:00am
Location: 
Port City Music Hall
504 Congress Street
Portland, ME

More Info: Oliver and Chris Wood, (of Medeski Martin & Wood), grew up in 
Boulder, Colorado. Sons of a Poet and a Microbiologist, they both took up music. Oliver moved to Atlanta and became a southerner. Chris moved to New York City and became a Yankee. Now, after years of musical and geographical separation they have reunited.

While in Atlanta, Oliver soaked up the roots of blues, the soul of the south, and found he had a talent for writing and singing songs. His band, King Johnson (named after Freddy King and Robert Johnson) toured mostly in the southern states. Meanwhile, Chris was living in Manhattan playing everything from free jazz to rock and roll.

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Award Winning Chorus to Perform Holiday Concert Dec. 13th in South Portland

November 29, 2010, South Portland, ME.  Maine’s own Downeasters Barbershop Chorus, winner of the 2009 Northeastern District Chorus Championships, combines the joy of the season and the spirit of giving in a holiday concert on Monday, Dec. 13th at 7 PM at Mahoney Middle School. With singers from Saco to Lewiston/Auburn, the Downeasters will perform holiday favorites with proceeds benefiting the Cancer Community Center.

Audience members will be treated to seasonal holiday favorites in a variety of styles.  The holiday concert will take place on Monday, December 13th, 2010, at 7:00pm at Mahoney Middle School, 240 Ocean St.

Easy as pie at St. Joe's!

STANDISH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The kitchen at Saint Joseph's College in Standish was really cooking Wednesday afternoon!

About 50 volunteers pitched in to bake 182 apple pies in 3 hours. The school's food service, Bon Appetit, started the bake-off last year to benefit Catherine's Cupboard Food Pantry. Each of the pies goes into a Thanksgiving basket for clients.

Food pantry coordinator Amy Russell says it's really heartening seeing so many community members taking part this year. Russell says, "I'm so excited. Last year, we had a lot of staff and faculty. This year, we have a lot of families. It's just really great."

Next year, the school plans to bake 1,000 pies and distribute them to multiple food pantries and shelters.

J. COLE with Special Guest TBA @ Port City Music Hall

J. COLE
(with special guests TBA)
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Port City Music Hall
8:00pm 18+  (Minors admitted with parent)
$22 Advance/ $25 Door/ $40 VIP
Tickets are available at http://www.portcitymusichall.com/ and at all Bull Moose Music locations.
The 24-year old North Carolina native J. Cole (born Jermaine Cole) is the first artist signed to Jay-Z’s new Roc Nation label. The success of his first singleWho Dat? lead to a 2010 BET's Rising Icon award. Cole made himself notable through a scholarly approach to the game – no small feat considering his Magna Cum Laude distinction upon graduating from St. John’s University.
If his sudden christening by JAY-Z shocked the haters, their doubts were quickly refuted when J. Cole dropped his recent mixtape The Warm Up, as well as a coveted guest verse on JAY-Z’s Blueprint 3 with “A Star is Born”. Soulful and strong, J.