Begining this month, the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell has new hours.THe gallery, which is owned and operated by the Kennebec Valley Art Association, will be open Wednesday through Saturday from noon until 6 p.m..On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday the gallery may be open by appointment by calling 622-3813.For more information, visit www.harlowgallery.org.
The Brewer Federal Credit Union is urging Mainers to be skeptical of requests for personal information.The credit union has recently received reports from members stating that they have received phone calls from an individual claiming to be a loan officer from the credit union.The callers state that they would like to discuss a loan the member has requested information about.
The state needs to focus on clean renewable energy sources to increase its energy independence– that’s the word from Governor Baldacci.The governor says Maine must reduce its reliance on oil and focus instead on a mix of renewable energy that includes solar, tidal, wind, hydropower, biofuels and biomass electricity generation.He says focusing on renewable energy protects the environment and supports local industries.
Two boys are recovering from gunshot wounds suffered while bird hunting.According to the Maine Warden Service, a 15-year-old boy from Charleston suffered a hand wound Saturday afternoon in Charleston.Officals say the boy was hurt when a shotgun that was leaning against a truck tipped over and went off when he lunged for it.
A Blanchard woman who suffered serious head injuries when she drove her ATV off an embankment and fell 25 feet into a stream last month, died Saturday.Jane Grant was traveling with a friend when, according to the Maine Warden Service, the ATV landed on her, pinning her to the ground.
Local artists had their pieces displayed at an art show for a good cause Saturday.The Bangor Nursing and Rehab Auxiliary hosted an art show at the Bangor Masonic Center on Union Street.On display were paintings and photographs from various artists throughout the city.Program Director, Kathy Cheverie, says the money raised will go to programs to help the residents to the auxiliary.”The projects that they work on throughout the year just hold a little bit of something extra to the lives of the people who stay there,” she said.The event also featured a silent auction.
Artists of literature were in Bangor Saturday as the Public Library hosted its fourth annual Bookfest.The two day event kicked off Friday.Nearly two dozen writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children’s books were at the library on harlow street meeting readers and signing copies of their work.The authors also shared personal tales about their own experiences writing books and hosted readings of their work.Barbara McDade, the director of the Bangor Public Library believes programs like the book festival are important to promote literacy in the community.”I think it’s important, it shows first that people think that reading is important and I think that’s something we need to model to our children, second as I said Bangor is a city of readers so it’s nice to get those people that are really interested in book to hear about books that they may not know about,” she said.The festival also featured a draw off, where two best selling illustrators drew pictures against each other.
It’s estimated that one in every 200,000 children are affected each year by Histiocytosis, a rare blood disease.On Saturday, a family in Brewer affected by the disease hosted an event to raise awareness and offer support.Diana Bosch explains.Griffin Faulkner’s second birthday was a day of celebration, but two days later his life changed.”He developed a lump on his forehead so we went through the process of getting an MRI and cat scans and found out by the end of the week what it was,” said Cathy Hamel, Griffin’s mother.It was Histiocytosis, a rare blood disease where a type of white blood cell called a Histiocyte grows abnormally in different parts of the body.”With Griffin it was developing in his bone, in his skull so he had a lump on his forehead which is what the symptom was that we noticed and when they biopsied it they were able to diagnose it,” she said.Less than 500 people are affected by the disease each year.The government considers it an “orphan disease,” providing little to no funding.”There is no research and the only research they get are patients,” said Mark Faulkner, Griffin’s father.Griffin’s family decided to reach out to others affected by the disease to offer support.”Now I have I think about 60 friends nationwide, a little bit of a network where you can talk to people and relate to what they’re going through and everyone keeps each other up to date,” Cathy said.To raise more awareness, the faulkners hosted “Chasing the Cure, Crop and Shop” an event combining scrapbooking and crafts to share Griffin’s story.
The Southwest Harbor Police Department parking lot was blocked off Friday after a man arrived with a grenade, seeking advice on what to do with it.Police Chief David Chapais says the man had found the grenade among his deceased brother’s belongings and brought it to the department.The parking lot was blocked off for three hours until a Maine State Police trooper removed the grenade from the man’s truck .
The Boy Scouts of America, Katahdin Area Council, is holding its Centennial Celebration.Nearly 1,000 scouts are camping out in Bass Park in Bangor this weekend for the event.Many events are taking place including demonstrations from the Forest Service, Warden Service, Maine State Police and the Army National Guard.Organizers say it’s a great event for everyone involved.
Area clergy and social justice representatives gathered in Bangor to speak out for investment in people.The group met to support the “One Nation Together Rally” taking place in Washington, D.C.Organizers say the march is intended to continue and expand the question of whether as a nation, we have our priorities in line with our principles of equity and justice.Members at today’s press conference say they stand in solidarity with the purpose of the march.For more information on this weekend’s march, visit onenationworkingtogether.org.
Lawmakers in Augusta began sifting through changes in federal insurance laws Friday.The Health Care Reform Opportunities and Implementation Committee met to discuss the recent changes to health insurance laws as part of national reform.State options for health insurance exchanges were also discussed.Exchanges are a way to help small businesses and individuals access affordable health care coverage.Right now, Maine has a million dollars to start a state run exchange or opt to go with the federal government’s plan.A final report is expected to be turned over to the full legislature before the end of the year.