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Andy Austin

Thanks for the click! While new to the Augusta area, I’m a native Mainer. After having the opportunity to broadcast from various parts of the country, I made the decision on a return to Maine for good in 2008. It’s a way of life, and clearly something the “from away” crowd do not get. I’ve heard “Maine is kinda boring, what do you do?” Well, beach, mountains, endless county roads, and some of the best restaurants are a great place to start. Speaking of roads, cycling allows to the leisure to find even more of them, as I try to get a ride in most days. During lunch, you’ll probably find me adding a few miles on the Kennebec River Rail Trail. Racing’s always been a thing, and for NASCAR in your back yard, stop down to Beech Ridge in Scarborough this summer. You’ll hear me talk about cars/trucks/whatever go around in circles. I also enjoy consuming entire family size bags of pretzels in a single sitting. The health insurance people really don’t like to hear about that. Remember that expiration dates are merely the company’s suggestion, and charcoal whenever possible. I’ve never met a hot sauce I didn’t like.
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Tom Petty And Stevie Nicks Duet In London

Did you know Stevie Nicks almost joined The Heartbreakers? After they recorded "Stop Dragging My Heart Around," Nicks said she even would've left Fleetwood Mac if offered. She told Rolling Stone,  "Had Tom Petty called me up one day and said, ‘If you want to leave Fleetwood Mac to be in the Heartbreakers, there's a place for you,' I might well have done it!” They have frequently collaborated over the years, and recently met up again in London on the Heart-breakers 40th Anniversary Tour, which plays Boston on the 20th.

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Lost Your Keys In Augusta? Police Might Be Able To Help

Once. A. Week. If you are like me, and are a habitual animated talker, (think; hands flying everywhere) you often misplace your keys. This can be because you take them out of your pockets with keys in hand, set them down, and to the next room you go. Or, you change clothes multiple times during a day...or you're just out of excuses. You're just forgetful? Okay, that's more accurate. Now we're getting somewhere.

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Why Ace Frehley Should Be In KISS

If you're Ace Frehley and Gene Simmons, why continue the cat and mouse game? They've traded barbs in the press, seemingly made up, warred again, and now are working together? Wait, two guys from KISS's classic lineup are working together again, but NOT on KISS material? Shheeesh. This, a year after Ace and Paul Stanley collaborated on new music. Being an old school KISS fan, it makes sense these guys get in a room for a number of reasons. Here are three.

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Top 5 REAL Classic Rock Songs For The 4th

I love the song "Born In The USA." It's a huge anthem off a decade and career defining album. However, sticking on a list of songs to mark the celebration of the Declaration of Independence is plain dumb. It's the "Every Breath You Take" of wedding songs...have you LISTENED to the lyrics? Nothing irks me more than the usual rollout of classic rock lists with BITUSA right up there with the equally misguided choice of Neil Young's "Rockin' In The Free World." Don't even get me started with Edwin Starr's use of "War" as a pro war rally. Anyway, taking matters in my own hands, here's a list of great songs to celebrate our freedom:

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Staycation: Strawberry Season Is Peaking

In case you haven't noticed, strawberries are everywhere. They are likely one of the first items you'll see as you walk in the supermarket. The season is getting off to a robust start, thanks in part to a cool spring. Maine's strawberry season aligns perfectly with the Fourth Of July holiday.

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Strawberry Picking Season. Where To Pick In Central Maine

Summer finally kicks off Wednesday, and it's ripe for strawberry picking season. Not only is Pick Your Own a great family activity, I've also found it can be an economical way to  have fruit year round. By freezing strawberries and blueberries, I haven't opened a door in the frozen food section for a few years.

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