The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is joining the national CDC in celebrating “World No Tobacco Day.”The CDC has released the findings of a study regarding the warning labels on cigarettes and whether or not those warnings play a role in helping smokers kick the habit.According to that worldwide study more than 90% of the smokers surveyed said they notice the warning labels featured on packs of cigarettes.A few smokers in Waterville whether or not they notice the warning labels on cigarettes and if those labels make them consider quitting.
A new specialty store will be opening in downtown Bangor this summer.Valentine Footwear will set up shop next door to the Penobscot Theatre.Store owner, Summer Allen, is no stranger to the shoe business – her family owns Winterport Boot Shop in Brewer.She says Valentine Footwear will sell only women’s shoes.
The Brewer Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating a man they say assaulted a woman early Sunday morning.Police say the suspect is described as a white male, 5 ‘6” with a thin build.He was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt and blue jean shorts.Police say the assault happened between 3 and 3:15 Sunday morning at the intersection of Abbot and South Main Streets in Brewer.
The warmer temperatures mean it’s farmers market season for local growers, and the Ohio Street market wants everyone to be able to enjoy it.This year, the market will be accepting EBT cards from customers.It will allow families enrolled in the state’s nutrition assistance program, or SNAP, to buy fresh, local produce.The organization, Food and Medicine, has been working with area growers make healthy options available for low-income families.”People can come in here and go around to all the different farm stands and purchase healthy, fresh, local vegetables and pay for it with their SNAP.
A Bucksport man was admitted to the hospital after his motorcycle collided with a car in Blue Hill Monday night.State Police say 43-year-old Vernon Wilbur was traveling north on Route 15.He was attempting to make a left hand turn onto Beech Hill Road when authorities say his bike ran into the path of a car.
A local church is giving some comfort to soldiers heading overseas.Members of the North Searsport United Methodist Church got together over the weekend to make pillows for troops.They made pillows small enough to be put in duffle bags and all of the materials were donated to the church.The idea came after they found out troops were being charged for pillows on their flights.
Memorial Day pays tribute to veterans who lost their lives, but in Holden, an active member of the military was honored Monday during the town’s Memoral Day celebration.Julie and Scott Foss admit it wasn’t easy seeing their son go off to the army, but they supported his decision.”We’re very proud.
The parades synonymous with Memorial Day come and go, but the memories each veteran carries with them as they celebrate have stayed intact.”I remember these young men, as I was, I was only seventeen, but not coming home.””My uncles and grandfather who served.””My five buddies who were killed instantly in World War II, and also my best boyhood friend, Charlie Flanagan,” said Galen Cole, founder of the Cole Land Transportation Museum.All are reasons Cole has held a memorial day commemoration for the last fifteen years.Cole’s morning began with Bangor’s annual parade where he and fellow veterans remembered the past, as they marched to the beat of cheers coming from our country’s future.”Those children, and there were several thousand of them along the street that were clapping their hands and waving their flags, really said it all,” said Cole.But the turnout at Cole’s museum is, at the very least, a powerful echo.”A lot of people didn’t make it home and we’re remembering them and remembering their families.”Because for families like the Higgins it’s a day about refleection as much as it is gratitude.”As long as I got her, I got everything I need.
Folks turned out as they always do for Stockton Springs annual Memorial Day events.The town hosted a parade Monday morning.After the parade marched and rolled through town, those gathered paused around a field on Main Street for a ceremony to honor veterans…those who are here as well as the memories of those who no longer are with us.The Historical Society and the Stockton Springs Library were given a replica of an article that ran in the Bangor Daily News in 1943 that listed the names and photos of every local man and woman who served in WWII.
Veterans were remembered throughout our state.A wreath laying ceremony took place in Augusta Monday afternoon to remember those who gave their lives for our freedoms.Both Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe sent representatives to speak on their behalf at the event.There are three cemeteries in the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery System.
Mainers took time Monday to remember loved ones that have passed away, in particular those who lost their lives serving our country.A number of parades honoring our fallen heros took place around the state, including Bangor.TV-5 talked to some young spectators about what Memorial Day means to them.++++”Well, I was just here because of the parade and its really fun to watch it and I’ve come here since I was 1.”Memorial Day found 8-year old Josh and many other pint-sized patriots in downtown Bangor.”It’s really fun when I watch everything that’s coming,” says 5 year old Kaylee.6-year old Andy was asked what he liked about the parade.”Um, the fire trucks””I like watching the cars,” says 3-year old Bailey.Malik wore his favorite colors- red, white and blue.”Because it’s American,” the 5-year old explains.This year’s Memorial Day parade took on personal meaning for 8-year old Connor.”My papa Paul was one of the Veterans of World War Two.
Memorial Day parades are being held throughout the country to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.In Orono, folks gathered to pay tribute.The parade was sponsored by Orono-Old Town Kiwanis Club and Orono Village Association.Cars and floats rode along Main Street to honor and give thanks to our troops.A wreath was thrown into the river to remember our nation’s fallen heroes.