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Question: My husband and I are great fans of “Treasure Hunt” and Maine appraisal with Denise Keniston and Lou McNally which appears Saturdays at 9 p.m. Lately the shows are all repeats. Is there a new season under way? – No Name, Lewiston.

Oh yes, says Denise Keniston who is president and CEO of The Maine Communications Network.

She says the format will stay the same. However, the “Treasure Hunt” programs will each have a theme this season. For example, one show might focus on the ’20s and shoppers will be instructed to purchase at least one item from that time period. Lou McNally and Keniston will be using this as an opportunity to have some fun as well, so Keniston says don’t be surprised if they appear in costume!

“The New England Antiques Appraisal Fair” will stay the same. Plans are in the works to look into the possibility of holding an appraisal fair event at Preservation Park on the Poland Spring Estate in Poland this fall. Keniston said there has been a remarkable response to both programs. However, “Treasure Hunt” has really become a bona fide hit in this market as well as others around the country. Keniston also expects to publish a new magazine in September called Vintage Life: A Journal of Retro Culture. Keep and eye out for it.

Keniston says they are currently in production for a second season for both shows. She would like fans of the shows to know that the programs became so popular so fast, it was difficult to keep up with the demand. Keniston decided to run repeats this summer to give herself enough time to plan both programs for the upcoming season. New episodes are scheduled to air the end of September.

A Maine native, Keniston started her career in television news in her hometown of Bangor at WABI-TV. After interviewing then-President George Bush at the compound in Kennebunkport in 1990, she was noticed by affiliate producers in the state of Washington and hired away immediately. Keniston worked as an investigative reporter in Washington state for KING-TV and received several awards for excellence. While working at KING, she also filed reports from Washington, D.C., where she served as a political reporter.

Keniston returned home in 1995 to anchor the news at WMTW-TV until 1999. In 2000, she formed her own production company and started developing local television programs, creating commercials, and developing press and marketing plans for several clients. The company continued to grow and last year was renamed The Maine Communications Network. Today it has a staff of three employees and collaborates with dozens of other media professionals in Portland and Boston on a freelance basis. The network also develops locally produced television programs for broadcast across the Northeast, among them, “Treasure Hunt” and “Appraisal Fair.”

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