HOPE Festival Held at UMaine Encourages Good Deeds 

A festival at UMaine was bringing a message of H.O.P.E on Saturday.The Help Organize Peace Earthwide Festival was held to celebrate Earth Day and make connections.Human rights activists and environmental groups were there to educate the public.Organizers say Mainers have a lot to be proud of.Education Coordinator for the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine Doug Allen said, “we’re celebrating all the wonderful things that individuals and groups do to enhance our quality of life and to ensure that we have a sustainable future.”Over 60 organizations turned out for the festival.Attendees were also encouraged to give back to their communities with a “Do One Thing” ceremony held at the event.