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  • DVD review: The Expendables 3

    DVD review: The Expendables 3

    The “Expendables” franchise, a glue factory for aging action heroes, ran out of ammo at the end of “EX2.” But why would that stop anybody? For what is series star/co-writer Sylvester Stallone if not a believer in sequels unto infinity? “Rambo” and “Rocky” kept on going till the studio ran out of numbers. Work has

  • Tremont toy maker crafts gifts to last

    Tremont toy maker crafts gifts to last

    It all started with a Christmas present. “Two Christmases ago, I decided to make a toy box for my grandson,” said Tim Fallon of Tremont. A mason and owner of Coastal Masonry, Fallon had very little experience working with wood. “I didn’t know anything about carpentry,” he said. “For me, a saw was a chain

  • Winter carriage rides start Friday

    Winter carriage rides start Friday

    BAR HARBOR — Wild Iris Farm on the Crooked Road will offer holiday/winter carriage rides starting this Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m. Embrace winter and visit their big shires while enjoying cocoa followed by a 30-minute carriage ride down rural roads to the sound of sleigh bells. The carriage holds 12 people, so bring

  • Porcupine quills quite a thrill

    Porcupine quills quite a thrill

    Porcupine quills were stuck into the base of a tree in my neighbor’s yard, and seeing them prompted my friend to write to me. My guess is that some enemy of the prickly mammal frightened the porcupine, and there was some sort of altercation. No other signs of a fight were present. The sharp quills

  • Portraits celebrate Swans Island life

    Portraits celebrate Swans Island life

    Photographer Miranda Batiste began taking portraits of her fellow year-round residents of Swans Island last spring. “I’ve done a lot of shooting on Swans because it’s such a glorious place and the environment is so special,” she said. “In doing that, I became completely intrigued by all of the people who live here … and

  • On the Road Review: Infiniti Q50 Sedan

    On the Road Review: Infiniti Q50 Sedan

    While mainstream compact and midsize sedan sales stagnate, luxury-logoed sedans are selling well. Crossovers, of all configurations, are selling well, too, while pickup trucks surge, again. Some of the appeal of luxury cars has to be that they are more affordable than ever. The average new car transaction price in America has climbed to almost