Area Business Say Thanks to Veterans 

This Thursday is veterans day and businesses across the state are giving back to the men and women who serve our country.Diana Bosch spoke to local businesses to find out what kind of deals are out there.”We decided that it was what we needed to do, we needed to do something for our veterans who have done so much for us,” said Jeff Kontio, of Kontio’s Auto Repair Shop in Hermon.To celebrate Veterans Day, Kontio and his staff will be giving veterans free oil changes to say thanks to the men and women who’ve given so much to our country.”It’s not everybody who has a job of risking their life everyday such as they do so that we can stay the country that we are.”Kontio says veterans make up a big part of the community and he hopes the offer will bring people together.Every veteran that visits Kontio’s Auto Repair Shop will receive a free goodie bag with special offers inside while supplies last, but the offers don’t stop there, Tim Hortons restaurants will be giving away free donuts.”We enjoy the life we live because those folks do serve our country and we certainly are appreciative of that,” said Marc McNair, the general manager Elizabeth Giles, a regular customer, says she’s proud of the local businesses who are giving back.”That means that we appreciate what they’ve done for us, a lot never got home to have that done but I think it’s wonderful.”The Muddy Rudder in Brewer will be giving away free entrees to veterans and active duty military for the second year in a row.General Manager Tom Workman says it’s become one of the most popular days to work for his staff.”I’ve had to tell people that all the schedules are full on that day just because of the experience, and the stories, just the general good feelings that are in the restaurant,” he said.A good feeling that will be felt throughout the entire state of Maine.The SPCA of Hancock County is helping veterans who seek pets.The organization is waiving adoption fees for anyone who wishes to adopt from now until Thursday.You can contact the SPCA at 667-8088.Veterans can enjoy free meals at other locations.The town of Milo is hosting a Veterans Day Lunch from 11 am – 2 pm at the UU Church in Sangerville and at the Milo Town Hall, doors open at 11 am for that event as well.