Bean blight! Eradicating failed crops.

Bean blight!  Eradicating failed crops.

Tragedy!  Our entire row of Vermont Cranberry beans have picked up some sort of disease!  All the pods have black spots on them.  We've never had a crop failure like this one.  It's just so heartbreaking but what must be done is all these plants have to be pulled up and hauled away.  There's no other way around it.  We also have to do this so that no other plants get the same disease especially other green beans.  In fact we have another variety of green been in the garden adjacent to this one so it is especially important to get these diseased plants out as quick as possible.  This is another reason why it's a good thing to diversify where you plant your vegetables.  If you're going to plant two different varieties of say tomatoes it may be a good idea to separate them a bit.  That way if one gets a disease the other may have a better chance for survival.

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An Interview With A Zombie

An Interview With A Zombie

Rockabilly music is one of the most popular underground music scenes in England and the U.S.  However, most people couldn't tell you what it is.  Recently, I sat down with Pete Witham, one of the biggest rockabilly singers in Portland Maine.  Check out his interview and find out not only what drives him to be a rockabilly singer, but where rockabilly comes from and where he plans to take it.  Read more HERE.

This Thursday night, Pete plays a gig with the legendary Lucky Tubb at The Empire Dine and Dance.  The show will start promptly at 9pm and there is a $7.00 cover.  The night will feature Elvirus Outsider and Sean Mencher.  It promises to be one of the best and most talked about shows of 2012!  Don't miss it!

Former WCSH theater critic Fritzi Cohen dies

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Freda "Fritzi" Cohen, the first on-air drama critic in New England, passed away at her home in Portland Tuesday.

Cohen worked at WCSH from 1960 to 1983. In addition to her role as an on-air drama critic, Cohen wrote copy, produced features and full length documentaries on fashion and the arts scene, as well as profiled celebrities.

In addition to reporting on the arts, Cohen also performed on stage and in films -- as well as worked behind the scenes. She was most noted for her role in 1975's "Jaws." Cohen also appeared in an episode of "Route 66" as well as other movies and commercials.

Cohen grew up in New York, where she married her husband, Bob. They moved to Maine in 1946. Bob Cohen died in 1994.

Fritzi Cohen is survived by her daughter, Jill S. Cohen of Needham, Mass.; her partner, Jerrold Olanoff; her cat Lily Rose, and her best friend, Marilyn Goodreau.

What's wrong with this picture?

What's wrong with this picture?

There's a certain iconic university in the Midwest where their football program is almost a bigger religion than their Catholicism.  They happen to have a television station near campus that's sort of associated with it.... (BIG CLUE: you can see their call letters down in the bottom right corner of the photo.....)

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Motor Booty Affair at Mill Creek tonight!

Motor Booty Affair at Mill Creek tonight!

SOUTH PORTLAND -- If the phrase "It is your duty to shake your booty" means anything to you, you should plan to be in Mill Creek Park in South Portland Wednesday. Motor Booty Affair is the latest musical act to appear in the year's Summer Concert series. The band bills itself as "the ultimate disco party band and always attracts an energetic crowd. Concert goers are encouraged to pack a picnic and bring chairs or blankets to sit on. The show is scheduled to run from 6:30-8pm.

The rain date Thursday, August 9.

The final concert of the summer will be held next week, featuring The Time Pilots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Police searching for suspects responsible for throwing fireworks inside car

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Police are looking for the suspects who tossed fireworks into a car that was parked on Cumberland Avenue early in the morning on July 17th.

A security camera captured a man standing next to the car. He gets into a gray vehicle and his passenger tosses the fireworks into the victims car as they drive off. The fireworks explode for about 20 seconds before extinguishing.

The owner of the car reported the damage the next morning.
The suspects car was last scene heading west on Cumberland Ave near Avon Street. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Portland Police department.

A dogged pursuit... of poop

KITTERY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- You've seen dogs who sniff for drugs and dogs who sniff for lost hikers. But this week, two dogs have come to Maine from Michigan to sniff for.. poop.

Sable and Logan work for Environmental Canine Services. They came with their owners, Scott and Karen Reynolds, to the Kittery Trading Post Tuesday to demonstrate their ability to search for "illicit discharge" in storm drains.

The dogs only alert to human sewage. And that helps scientists who are trying to figure out whether brooks or beaches are being contaminated by animal runoff or by human waste from pipes that aren't hooked up properly. The dogs work a lot quicker than traditional sample tests, and that can save towns money when they try to pinpoint their problem.

FB Environmental Associates contracted with the company to bring the dogs to Maine. This week, Sable and Logan will be working in towns between Kittery and Portland.