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Run-Walk in Waterville Puts Scary Back in Halloween Costumes

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

A Halloween parade, of sorts, wound its way around part of Waterville – encouraging young girls to get scary this holiday, instead of sexy.The organization Hardy Girls Healthy Women hosted a Freaky 5-k Run and Walk at Colby College today. The group is dedicated to the health of young girls and works to break through female stereotypes created by the media. Organizers say many of the halloween costumes marketed to girls and women are sexual and revealing instead of scary. So the asked participants in today’s event to put on their most frightful faces, instead.Allison Cole says, “We’re really just trying to reinforce how many different costume ideas there are for kids out there and just to really be creative about it. It’s really also a way to save money if your make your costume at home and put a lot of thought and energy into it. It’s a lot more fun than going out and buying the diva or sexy kitty, everything that’s out there right now.”More than 125 people dressed up and took to the streets. Organizers handed out prizes for the scariest and most creative costumes.

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Northeastern Maine Start Heart Walk

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Despite the rainy weather, many folks hit the pavement in Bangor, walking for a healthy heart.It was the annual Northeastern “Maine Start, Heart Walk.”And participants started their walk at Husson University.All the proceeds go toward the American Heart Assocation’s life-saving research, education and public health initiatives.Local heart survivors were on hand to share their stories.And Shelly Bailey is one of those survivors.Two years ago she suffered congestive heart failure.Bailey says the walk really hit home for her.” It’s actually really great to see little kids here all the way up through grandparents really just trying to bring out awareness because heart disease is actually the number one killer of women in America and a lot of people don’t know that.”Bailey says she has had to change her diet and lifestyle, but her heart is now fully recovered.

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Salons Work to “Cut Out” Domestic Abuse

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Students at Empire Beauty School in Bangor are putting their scissors to work.As Meghan Hayward tell us, they are working to “cut-out” domestic violence.A five dollar haircut at Empire Beauty School is going a long way.” We’re helping to raise money for domestic abuse awareness.”One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the national day of beauty will go toward “cut it out” salons against domestic abuse.Amy Guiggey is the Admissions Specialist at the school.She says the money will go to Spruce Run and local shelters.Guiggey says the beauty school has a close tie to Spruce Run.” Before this took place today, this week we had Spruce Run here and they were helping to educate our students in this area of domestic violence and to help our students become more aware of signs to look for.”Guiggey says the beauty industry can be very personal and you often have one-on-one time with your clients.Which is why she says it’s important to be educated on the topic.” A lot of times your clients will open up to you while sitting in the chair and we want to be able to be a resource. So when a client is telling you very personal things it’s your job as a stylist to keep that to yourself but also be aware that there are resources out there and places you can refer your clients to, to seek help.”Patricia Ellis came into the beauty school to get a haircut.Ellis says she is happy to know her money is going to a good cause.” Oh it’s wonderful because I think they need all the help they can get to try and put more services out there to try and prevent domestic violence and help those who have already been victims.”Guiggey says it’s fundraisers like this that make her job so rewarding.And this is only one of many events they do to help those affected by domestic abuse.” Also throughout the year we’ll be doing clothing drives and food drives to help the mothers, children and others that may be affected by this.”Spruce Run offers 24-hour hotline services, emergency shelter, transitional housing, support and curriculum groups, and advocacy to victims of intimate partner violence. For more information you can visit their website www.sprucerun.net or call their 24 hour hotline at 1-800-863-9909.

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Flu Vaccinations for School Age Children

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Parents of school age children in the greater Bangor area are going to have two chances to get their kids vaccinated for both seasonal flu and H1N1.Vaccination clinics will be held for all school age children on October 28th and November 4th at the Bangor Civic Center from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.Children from Bangor, Brewer, Dedham, Holden, Orono, Glenburn, Veazie, Hermon, Hampden, Orrington, Eddington, Clifton, Newburg, John Bapst, All Saints and S.A.D #22 can attend the clinics.Parents will be notified by the schools on Monday, or you can contact your child’s school for more information.

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Get Your Fright on at Fort Knox

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Fort Knox in Prospect is transforming into a creepy and scary place.It’s being made over for the annual Fright at the Fort.It’s the 10th year anniversary for the event, and organizers have big plans.There are more volunteers than ever before, which translates into more ghouls, ghosts, goblins and other fiends.New scenes have been added. Including a haunted woods, the grim reaper cemetery, and a killer clown circus.Friends of Fort Knox Executive Director Leon Seymour says some people believe the fort is already haunted, without his group’s help.Folks can get frightened at the fort, rain or shine, from 5:30 p.m until 9:00 p.m. Events began Friday 23rd, and continue for the 24th, 30th, and of course the big day… Halloween.Tickets are $5.00 at the door.For more information you can check out the website fortknox.maineguide.com.

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U.S. Attorney General Speaks to UMaine Crowd

Catherine Pegram

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Hundreds of people welcomed the U.S. Attorney General to Maine Friday.Eric Holder visited the University of Maine to talk about the role of law in protecting the country against terrorists.He says he deals with the threat of terrorism every day. “Protecting this nation is my number one priority as Attorney General. It keeps me awake late at night and it gets me up very early every morning.”Holder was a guest speaker in Orono, invited by former Secretary of Defense William Cohen as part of Cohen’s on-going lecture series.He focused on the rule of law and how it can’t be abandoned as it was in the early days of the war on terrorism.”We cannot, we need not, and we will not sacrifice our core values in order to ensure our safety.”The Attorney General and former Senator also took audience questions on topics from gay rights.”We will take the necessary steps to repeal DOMA and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Holder says. To the consideration of Cohen as a vice presidential candidate. “He had one problem though. He was John McCain’s best man at his wedding.”The audience shared other laughs about both men’s school basketball careers.”Even though he is younger and taller, I think he’d met his match if he were ever bold enough to take on a sharp shooter who was once known as Bangor Billy.”Holder says speaking opportunities like this are the responsibility of public servants. “You learn things from people in finding out what’s on the minds of American people we serve. You can get very insolated in Washington.”Despite the challenges, Holder says he’s confident the country will be ready to respond to terrorist threats “and proud of the matter in which we defend the nation we all love.”

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Families Matter Bowl-a-thon

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Folks took to the bowling lanes in Hallowell today, bowling a “strike” for the United Way of Kennebec Valley.It was the Families Matter Bowl-a-thon at the Sparetime Recreation Bowling Alley.All proceeds go to United Way of Kennebec Valley.The United Way funds 54 programs, including Families Matter.Families Matter is a place for mentally challenged individuals who would otherwise have no social interactions with society outside their homes.Richard Compagnon of Families Matter says every year they look forward to the event.”They just love to get out in the community and give back I mean that’s the biggest thing is getting out in the community and doing stuff and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger.”Compagnon says with the tough economic times, this fundraiser is even more important.

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Maine Green Home and Energy Show

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If you are looking to turn your house a little greener you will want to head to the Augusta Armory this weekend.The fourth annual Maine Green Home and Energy Show will be taking place.Folks can learn about the savings and benefits of going green, solar heat, the tax incentives, plus much more.A wide variety of exhibitors will be on hand for demonstrations and to help answer any questions.The show runs until 8 pm Friday and will then be open 10 to 8 Saturday and 10 to 4 on sunday.Bob Cole, President of Northeast Trade Shows says as the idea of going green has grown so has the show.”Everyone patriotically is turning to green it’s an explosion of ideas that never were thought about a few years ago. Now it’s becoming commonplace. This is the place to learn about it.”For more information visit their website www.americasbestshows.com.

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Skowhegan Haunted Hayride

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If you’d like to get your spooky celebrations started this week-end, then skip on over to Skowhegan.The Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Haunted Hayride. It’s the 6th year for the event. Lots of volunteers create all kind of creepy scenes to scare you along the path. The Chamber hands out trophies to the three scariest.We’re told there’s something for everyone.”Everything from we’ve got a jailhouse to an asylum, cemetery, killer clowns are back this year, but a whole bunch of things just to scare everybody so it’s a fun time.” The Haunted Hayride takes off from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Friday, October 23, and Saturday, October 24. It’s $5 per person.

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Husson Flu Shot Clinic

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Folks at Husson University were rolling up their sleeves over the past couple of days to get their seasonal flu shots.The school joined forces with Osco Drug to sponsor a free flu clinic for students, faculty and staff. Folks were turning out in record numbers. Last year, only 50 people got the shot at their clinic. This year, in the first day alone, 450 were vaccinated.School officials say they wanted to offer this free service this year, to protect everyone on campus.”One-thousand students live on campus and they live in close quarters. The flu season is hitting us very hard and so we’d like to protect them against the flu as much as we can.”School officials were hoping to have vaccinated 1000 people by the end of the two day clinic.

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Maine Boy Scouts Celebrate 100 Years

Joy Hollowell

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A special celebration will be held in Brewer this Sunday.On October 25th, 1909, Brewer’s boy scout troop was formed.As Joy Hollowell tells us, this troop has a centennial that isn’t just in maine.”A gentleman by the name of Frederick Oliver is the gentleman that started it,” says Rodney Hanson, Scout Master for Troop One.That was back in October of 1909, at the Brewer Congregational Church. It was a youth group back then, that eventually turned into Boy Scout Troop number One.”To the best of my knowledge, it is the first troop in America,” says Hanson.Scout master Rodney Hanson says 100 years later, this troop still meets in the same church, and still retains the values set forth a century ago.”They’re very upstanding values. Its hard to find that in organizations today,” says Hanson.To celebrate their centennial, Troop One is inviting past members to join them at Camp Roosevelt in Eddington. Don Fendler will also be on hand.”We’ve been working on getting archive books put together so they’ll be available that day. So if someone comes in, or was curious to see if their grandpa was in Troop 1, they can come out and look through the books and all of the names are there,” says Nicole Hanson, Troop One Secretary.Boy scouts both young and old, will enjoy a spaghetti supper, and entertainment from the newly formed Troop One band. Members of the Brewer Congregational church will also be on hand for the celebration.”just the fact that we have the opportunity to be in a troop as it becomes 100 years old is pretty cool for us,” says Mason Duplissiee, a current member of Troop One.Today’s troop one has about a dozen members. The boys recently participated in a Camporee in Frankfort. They say they’re proud of the skills learned in scouts, but more importantly the life lessons gained from them.”A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obdient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and revered.It pays to be clean (laughs)The 100th anniversary celebration of Boy Scout Troop number One kicks off at 4 PM on Sunday.Current and former scouts as well as their families are invited to Camp Roosevelt off Route 46 in Eddington.The event ends at 7 PM.Tickets are five dollars for adults, three dollars for kids under the age of 12.

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Vet Center Mobile Unit Comes to Veterans

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A new mobile unit is hitting the road and making things a lot easier for veterans.The Vet Center Mobile Unit will be coming to the veteran’s hometown, instead of making them travel to the closest VA clinic.The vehicles have been maximized for multi-uses.There are portable exam tables and refrigeration for medication storage.Counseling will also be available on the bus.Lenny Richards is a vet and will be driving one of the mobile units.He says the vehicles are going to really help vets who live in towns like Jackman and Greenville and have an hour drive just to get to the closest clinic.Right now there are fifty of these buses traveling coast to coast.

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Authorities Search for Driver from High Speed Chase

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Authorities in Waldo County are looking for a man from Monroe they say led Sheriff’s deputies and State Police on a high speed chase early Friday morning.Waldo County Deputy Chief Bob Keating says one of his deputies pulled over 23-year old Kyle Goehringer just after midnight.We’re told he was driving with a suspended license and failed a field sobriety test then ran away, got back in his vehicle and headed down Route 139 towards Benton.Keating says at times Goehringer was driving over 100 miles an hour.He eventually lost control of his car in a field, ditched the car and ran off.Charges against him will include OUI and eluding a police officer.

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Search Suspended for Urchin Fishermen

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The Coast Guard has suspended its search for two missing fishermen Downeast.The body of Darryl Cline of Machiasport was recovered Wednesday.Norman Johnson of Cutler and Joseph Jones of Trescott remain missing.Crews from the US and Canada searched for more than two straight days covering an area of more than one hundred square miles.The three men were aboard Jones’s 32-foot dragger. Home port Lubec.The boat sank just off Falls Island in Cobscook Bay Tuesday.The Coast Guard says there’s an extensive amount of debris has been recovered.

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Fairpoint Woes

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Fairpoint Communications is asking its union workers for pay cuts and other concessions.A company official says it’s to help Fairpoint avoid bankruptcy.The company and union officials representing about 3,000 workers have been meeting for months to discuss ways to cut costs. Fairpoint is also talking with lenders in hopes of restructuring its debt.The governors of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont want assurances that any debt restructuring doesn’t further erode Fairpoint’s much maligned customer service.

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Old Town Mill Celebrates Milestone

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It’s been a year since the mill in Old Town got a new owner, and things are still looking up. So, the company’s CEO joined the Governor and employees Thursday to celebrate the milestone at Old Town Fuel and Fiber.Lynn Tilton is getting a lot of appreciation from the Old Town community. It’s her company, Patriarch Partners, that bought the mill one year ago.Employee, Jim England remembers a meeting with her last year before the sale. “She was gonna take a chance with us if we took a chance with her.”Tilton asked the employees to take a pay cut temporarily. They agreed to it. After all, they just wanted to get back to work. They had seen so much turmoil over the past years, when the facility had been shut down under former owners, Georgia Pacific and Red Shield.Tilton says she saw something special too. “I saw people who had heart, and basically wanted to go back to work and take care of their families and I felt an obligation to make that happen.” She did, with a promise to raise wages when she could.”True to her word we got our wages back we got the 20% we set aside. We are making some money, actually profitable.” says England.That brings smiles to the faces of a lot of people here, including the governor. This mill, and the nearly 200 employees, pump 10 million dollars into the economy each year.”These are good paying jobs with benefits. So we are really appreciate what they’ve done. So we celebrate this anniversary and we look forward to the future.”Tilton says the mill will continue to make pulp, and with the help of research at the University of Maine, Tilton plans to invest in a new biofuel facility here.That’s a word workers haven’t heard in years, investment. That helps them all rest a little easier, knowing that their jobs are here to stay.

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Halloween: Bringing Scary Back

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Hardy Girls Healthy Women is bringing scary back. Members of the organization hope you’ll join them by running or walking in support of Hardy Girls programming in their Freaky 5K Fun Run & Walk. The event will be held on Saturday, October 24th. Hardy Girls Healthy Women Director Megan Williams says, “Halloween used to be about creative costumes and neighborhood parties, but it’s slowly become about a different kind of consumption than just eating candy. We miss the green-faced witches, bed sheet-covered ghosts, and curly-haired clowns that have been eclipsed by sexy kittens, sparkly princesses, and go-go dancers. These limiting options cramp girls’ perceptions of themselves, stifling their imaginations and creative spirit, and we’ve decided to do something about it.” Freaky 5K Fun Run & WalkLocation: Colby College, Waterville, MEHardy Girls Healthy Women WABI TV5 SCRIPT AS HALLOWEEN CREEPS UP ON US, THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF COSTUMES TO CHOOSE FROM. WHILE THE WITCH AND VAMPIRE ARE POPULAR PICKS FOR KIDS – SOME QUESTION THE MESSAGE THAT IS BEING SENT BY SOME OF THE WOMEN’S COSTUMES.ADRIENNE BENNETT REPORTS.9 YEAR OLD MACY IS HUNTING FOR A HALLOWEEN COSTUME. SHE KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT SHE NEEDS TO TRANSFORM HERSELF INTO A ZOOKEEPER.Macy: “I’m going to have a monkey hanging from my side and we’re looking for a walkie talkie.”Adrienne: “Is that part of the fun for you being creative?”Mom: “Yes, very much so and she’s very creative little girl.”BUT, TODAY A QUICK TRIP THROUGH THE HALLOWEEN AISLE IS MORE ABOUT WHAT’S HOT THAN HAUNTING.Megan Williams: “Girls look at adult women costumes and aspire to be that.” MEGAN WILLIAMS AND ALLISON COLE ARE FROM HARDY GIRLS HEALTHY WOMEN.AS PART OF AN ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO THE HEALTH OF YOUNG GIRLS, THESE WOMEN ARE TRYING TO CURB SEXY AND BRING BACK SCARY.Allison Cole: “It really narrows and limits their options when all the costumes are packaged as sexy witch or sexy diva when really the original roots of Halloween are sort of scary and we’re trying to encourage a return to that.” Megan Williams: “Do something a little different then what they can find on the shelves by being the favorite character in a movie or book or by challenging those gender stereotypes and dressing up like a firefighter or police officer.” BECAUSE WHEN YOU LET YOUR IMAGINATION RUN WILD…YOU CAN BE ANYTHING, EVEN A ZOOKEEPER ON ALL HALLOWS EVE.ADRIENNE BENNETT, WABI TV5 NEWS.

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The Impact Of Tabor On Higher Education

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Both sides of the Question 4 debate spoke out today at separate rallies. They offered their opinions on how the so-called Tabor 2 will affect higher education.The first stop was Orono where members of the University of Maine student government voiced their concerns of what Tabor would mean there. Ben Goodman, a student senator at UMaine says he’s afraid of the consequences if Tabor passes on November 3rd. “Serious, serious cuts,” says Goodman, “I mean if you look at Colorado, the only state where Tabor has been implemented so far and you had Colorado in a pretty decent situation dropped to 49th in support of higher education.” Goodman quoted a Denver Post article that he says warns of the possibility of state universities in Colorado privatizing to save money. “You have got to look at Colorado State University, you have got to look at what came out in The Denver post this week, The Denver post article said CSU was seriously debating privatizing to raise revenue.” The Denver Post article sais if the privatization plan is implemented, “the change could mean CSU’s $4800 annual in-state tuition jumps to about $13,500 for liberal arts programs and as much as $20,000 for engineering programs.” The article also quotes the CFO of Colorado State as calling the idea of privitization a “last-resort contigency plan.” With much of the focus of the Tabor debate focused on the success of the spending cap in Colorado, supporters of Tabor invited Dr. William Moloney, the former Education Commissioner in Colorado, to speak at a rally in Bangor. “We’re also sensitive folks out in Colorado,” said Dr. Maloney, “when we heard scurrilous things that were being said about the state of education in Colorado schools were kind of being described as almost a disaster area post-tsunami.” Dr. Moloney says Tabor has had nothing to do with the finacial issues being endured by higher education in Colorado. “What’s having negative effects on higher education is the downturn in the economy.”Dr. Maloney also says politicians are afraid of the scrutiny the umbrella of Tabor would provide. “Any sort of constraint is troubling to them,” says Dr. Moloney, “and also there is a body of opinion in politics that somehow does not feel comfortable asking the voters what they think they would much rather do it behind closed doors in the capitol or if all fails go judge shopping and get a decision.” Rep. Cain says anyone who says they have not cut government spending in Maine is simply not telling the truth. “I challenge anyone who says we have not reigned in spending in the state of Maine to come spend a day with me in Augusta, come spend a day looking at the people, the families, the services, the responsibility of state government to meet the needs of its people and let me show you all the work we have done.” Rep. Cain says they have made strides in reducucing state government. “We’ve reduced the size of state government, the employees, we’ve increased efficiencies in state government, is there more work to be done? Yes but to say we have not lived up to that responsibility is not true.”The opposition to Tabor says the consequences of Tabor would be disastrous for the entire University of Maine system. Rep. Cain agrees with that notion. “I think if Tabor passes you’ll see the University of Maine system, the Maine Community College system, and Maine Maritime Academy significantly reduced in their capacity to serve the state of Maine from an economic perspective and from an educational perspective,” she says.A notion Moloney didmisses a scare tactics. “The scare stories still go on out there and anything no doubt the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan has something to do with Tabor, if it wasn’t for Tabor we’d probably be sending more care packages to our troops, I mean it’s politics.”Voters will make the final decision in November.

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Working with the Military Conference

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Getting in touch with the different needs of service members and their families was the focus of a conference in Bangor.Counselors, social workers and psychologists were among those in the audience.Chaplain Andy Gibson with the Maine Army National Guard says it’s important to know and understand the type of help that is being sought.Chaplain Gibson says it isn’t possible for the military to take care of all veterans.”By educating the civilian population and providers we know that anybody who might slip through the cracks or who might not seek services through the military can actually get help from the folks from civilian world and actually be better able to respond to the military specifics.”Chaplain Gibson says some of the common issues service members face when returning home is apathy, hypersensitivity to noise and sleep disorders.

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Indian Island Food Pantry in Need of Donations

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A food pantry on Indian Island that has helped out a lot of families is now in a weaker position to do that.The shelves are emptying a lot faster than they’re filling up.Meghan Hayward reports.Fifteen years ago, Rose Scribner had a vision. It led to her opening a food pantry on Indian Island.”The cause is really worth it and I love people. I grew up loving people.”For most of those years, Rose has done all the work herself.Recently, they received a grant from the Sisters of Mercy and two sisters were brought onboard.The grant is based on holistic food for tribal women.”And we saw the food that had been donated and some of it was very good and nutritious. But we also saw that some of it was a little bit too high in sugar. And one of our goals is to combat diabetes with Indian people on Indian Island, particularly with children.”But the food pantry is now faced with a decrease in food donations.”So when they started to come in this week, we asked them to limit the amount of food they could take. If they were 1 to 3 family members, would they just only take 10 items. But they were very grateful for what we could give them and they were fine with the guidelines.”Another issue, the garage that houses the pantry has no heat.”I’m fine for the first two hours. We’re here for four hours. When I get to the last two hours, it’s very cold.”Despite the sometimes difficult working conditions, they say they’re focused on making sure no one on Indian Island goes hungry, sometimes giving out whatever they can find.”All I had that month to give out to families were these big bags of french fries and they would call and they were so happy. It was just like you had handed them a bar of gold.”A sometimes difficult struggle they say is worth it in the end.” It’s just wonderful to see the look on their faces when they walk through the doors and see the shelves and know it’s for them and they know they can take the food and feed their families.”If you’d like to help the food pantry, donations can be sent to Indian Women’s Mission Center, 19 West Street, Indian Island, Maine 04468.If you’d like to contribute food items, you can call Rose Dcribner at 827-0230, to set up a drop-off time.

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