Down East Dickering isn’t done, despite cancellation, star says

Roland "Yummy" Raubeson, center, star of the History Channel's reality TV show "Down East Dickering" poses with fans in September at a birthday bash at the Oxford Plains Speedway. History opted last week to not film a third season.

Uncle Henry’s motto — “You can’t keep a good dickerer down” — is a sentiment the publication’s general manager, local stars and fans are embracing in the wake of the History Channel’s recent decision to cancel “Down East Dickering.” Kevin Webb, general manager of Uncle Henry’s Swap or Sell It Guide, said Tuesday that conversations […]

Christmas in Harrison brings Santa to town

(From left) Santa Claus hitches a ride with Tom Thomas as Ernie Field drives Old Engine 1 in the 2012 edition of Christmas in Harrison. The truck had its engine rebuilt last year and the truck will again deliver Santa for this year's parade at 9:30 a.m. Saturday during the Christmas parade.

HARRISON—The town is geared up and ready for tonight’s kick off of the annual four-day Christmas in Harrison event to celebrate Christmas in New England the old fashioned way. The first event of the festival is Soup and Song at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Thursday, at United Parish Congregational Church, 77 Main St. April Frank, coordinator […]

Reality stars dicker their way into second season

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By Erin Place BETHEL—Tony Bennett promises the second season of “Down East Dickering” will bring him and his crew into unchartered territory for items to dicker, or barter for, shooting in locations from one end of the state to the other. Bennett, of Bethel, stars in the History Channel reality TV show along with his […]

Film hopes to keep Mainers growing local

Photo courtesy of Seedlight Pictures

Farmer Ben Marcus in a scene from 'Seeding a Dream,' one of three vignettes in the film 'Growing Local.'

By Steve Moore NORWAY—One-third of the farms in Maine will change hands in the near future as farmers grow too old to continue farming. If communities want to see farming continue into the next generation, how these farms are supported during this transitional time is critical. These are some of the issues raised by a […]

Birthday bash means more dickering to reality TV stars

(From left) Tony Bennett and Chris "Codfish" Cordwell take break from filming the History Channel's reality TV show "Down East Dickering" in Bridgton on Monday, as Duke the Jack Russell terrier blows a raspberry at the camera. The trio is having an all-day birthday bash beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Oxford Plains Speedway on Route 26 in Oxford.

By Erin Place OXFORD—Three local stars of the History Channel’s “Down East Dickering”—Tony Bennett, Chris “Codfish” Codwell and Duke the Jack Russell terrier—couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate their birthday than with their fans at their birthday bash this Saturday at the Oxford Plains Speedway. The trio hails from Bethel and is in […]