Anonymous Donor Pushes Help Keep ME Warm Past Original Goal
Help Keep ME Warm has shattered their original goal of raising a $140, 000 dollars thanks to a big check from an anonymous donor.Last month, Pat LaMarche of the Pulse Radio Show, camped out in a hobbit hole to raise funds for LIHEAP.The heating assistance program has seen some severe cuts in the past couple of months.The community donated over $25,000 dollars, which Stephen King matched.Then this week, an anonymous donor from out west called, wanting to make a $50,000 dollar donation and have Stephen King match it.King did, and that brought the total collected for LIHEAP funds to just over $240,000 dollars.
Airmen Play The Role Of Santa’s Little Helpers
Some members of the Air Force played the role of Santa’s elves Thursday.The airmen stopped by the Airport Mall in Bangor to help assemble bikes that were donated to the Hands of Hope Christmas Program.The guys are pretty quick at assembling the bikes and have already put together over a hundred.They say all the work will be worth it come Christmas morning.Hands of Hope still needs about 60 bikes to fill all of their wish list requests.If you’d like to donate, you can call Kathy at 852-0520
Penobscot County Regional Communications Center Helps Military Families This Holiday Season
The Penobscot County Regional Communications Center helps a lot of people throughout the year.And now it’s offering extra help to military families.Workers at the dispatch center, along with other county and state employees, have been collecting toys and other items for the families.The gifts aren’t just for the holidays, many of them can be used to help folks through the winter, even the entire year.”Our military is important to us, it’s just a way that we can kind of help them because of what they’re doing for us,” said Executive Director James Ryan.In the past families who have received the gifts have said thanks by wrapping gifts the next year’s selected families will receive.
John Bapst Student To Perform at Carnegie Hall
A young singer from Orono is headed to the big apple for the opportunity of a lifetime.At just 16-years-old, she’ll be making her debut at one of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, Carnegie Hall.Christina Long is a junior at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor.
New Documentary Focuses on Small Town of Lee
Residents of Lee will tell you it’s the definition of small town Maine.”Here basically everybody waves, you go to the local store and say hi to everybody, everybody knows where you work, what you do for work,” described Paul House of Lee.In a community this small, when tragedy strikes, it affects the whole town.
Day Two of Raymond Bellavance Junior Trial
The trial of a man accused of burning down a topless coffee shop in Vassalboro in 2009 continued in Augusta Thursday.Prosecutors say 50-year-old Raymond Bellavance Junior set fire to the Grandview Topless Coffee Shop because he was mad his former girlfriend was working there.Thursday, a forensic DNA analyst took the stand.She testified she received six samples from the gas can found at the scene and was unable to find a DNA match.
Governor LePage Says ” We are Spending More than we Have” at Thursday’s Press Conference
We’re spending more than we have, so we have to make cuts.That’s what Governor LePage had to say at a press conference Thursday afternoon.He says he doesn’t take pride in the cuts to MaineCare that he’s proposed but says it’s what needs to be done.The governor says a decision needs to be made by the end of January so the supplemental budget can take hold by April.He says if a decision isn’t made by then, the budget hole gets deeper by a half-million dollars every day.”What I’m asking the legislature is simply this.
Belgrade Planning Board to Discuss Possible Building Removal
The Belgrade Planning Board will meet tonight at seven to discuss a plan to remove part of a building on Mill Stream and Main Street.The building once was a marina but hasn’t been used in that fashion in years.The current plan is to tear down the portion that was a garage but has recently been a gift shop.The other half of the building is the Post Office and that would remain.The cost of the removal project is expected to be between 20 and 30 thousand dollars.Some residents have circulated a petition to have the Marina be spared.Tonight’s meeting will be held at the Belgrade Center for All Seasons.
Houlton Man Charged Child Porn Possession
A Houlton man is accused of sending pornographic images of children over the Internet.57-year old David Russell is charged with child pornography possession and distribution offenses.Houlton police say he was taken into custody Wednesday, as the result of an investigation by authorities in Illinois.Investigators there say Russell was sharing pictures and video through a peer-to-peer file-sharing internet network.Rolice searched Russell’s home in Houlton.