Families in Bangor enjoyed some familiar sounds of the holiday season, Sunday.Students at John Bapst Memorial High School performed their annual holiday concert.The school’s Fine Arts Department has been preparing for the show since the beginning of the school year.It’s a performance that department director, Alfred McIntyre, hopes brings joy to their guests this holiday season.”It is fantastic.
This time of year, there is no shortage of traditions.Some are universal, like inside the Kenney home, where you’ll find holiday chaos, staple decorations and plans to celebrate.But there are also those traditions that are carried on for generations, the ones unique to a family, such as the one that has taken the place of gifts under the Kenney family tree.”She’s helped out with the Angel Tree at the mall before and we’ve adopted a family.
It was a morning full of racquetball for some athletes in Bangor.They went up against each other in hopes of bringing christmas to children.The raquetball tournament began at 7 Saturday morning at Gold’s Gym on Odlin road.To enter, competitors paid an entry fee and donated an new, unwrapped toy.All of the money and toys will be donated to toys for tots.”It’s important for the kids.
A theatre company presented a special gift to the Bangor Library.They performed a dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol.Actors from the Ten Bucks Theatre performed the play in front of an audience in the children’s room of the library.The dramatic reading is part of the library’s continual programming for all readers.Jessica Atherton says it’s the perfect play for the holiday season.”It really gets you into the spirit of things, not only are there spirits in the story but it reminds everybody that Christmas is not about things, it’s about people,” she said.To learn more about the Ten Bucks Theatre, visit their website at tenbuckstheatre.org.
Saturday, you’ll have a chance to exercise and help out some local families for Christmas at the same time.Adoptive and foster families of Maine will host a two-hour Zumba class at the Bangor Parks and Recreation Department on Main Street.The class runs from 1 p.m.
A national holiday tradition is being honored in its home town of Columbia Falls.The Wreaths Across America convoy is being featured in a special holiday postmark.The Columbia Falls Post Office will be stamping letters and postcards with the special postmark Saturday morning from 8:15 a.m.
With a filibuster Thursday, Senate Republicans stopped former Ohio Attorney General, Richard Cordray, from becoming director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.Senator Olympia Snowe voted “present.” She recused herself because her husband is involved in student loans, something the agency will help to oversee.Two democrats hoping to unseat Snowe are critical of her failure to support Cordray.Matt Dunlap says Snowe is helping to kill the watchdog group she helped to create.
Two Maine guys known for creating colorful geysers from Coke and Mentos candies claim they’ve set a distance record for a vehicle powered by that concoction.Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz of Buckfield built a rocket car powered by 54 bottles of Coke Zero and 324 Mentos.They say the Mark II traveled 239 feet, which is nineteen feet longer than they went last year, and this time on only half as much of their special fuel.Voltz says the single-cylinder engine they used is powerful enough that you really shouldn’t try the experiment at home.Grobe and Voltz shot to fame five years ago when they demonstrated their soda and Mentos creations in online videos set to music.
Kingfield has Maine’s best drinking water.That’s what judges decided Thursday at the 25th Annual Drinking Water Taste Test in Freeport.They sampled water and rated it for taste, clarity and aroma.Kingfield’s water was deemed the best untreated water, Madison’s was ranked number one for chlorinated water.In a runoff between the two, Kingfield was the winner and will now represent our state in the Great American Water Taste Test in Washington in February.
The Federal Bureau of Energy Management has formed a task force to assess a proposal to place wind turbines about a dozen miles off Maine’s coast.It’s a first step in creating the nation’s first deepwater wind farm.The panel is considering letting a Norwegian company run the pilot program.The Maine Wind Energy Initiative says if the project is approved the turbines could be built within five years and would generate enough power for 18,000 homes.The energy bureau expects to take a couple of years to make a decision.
Old Town High School students are helping Santa fill his sleigh for kids in need this Christmas season.The student council is putting on a toy drive Friday.The student’s will be camping out until 10 Saturday morning, so you can stop by anytime and drop off a donation.All the gifts will be given to Toys for Tots.