No one said the road to success would be easy, but they failed to mention that a trip around the block would be quite so hard.”It’s sometimes a challenge when you do it first thing in the morning,” said sixth grader, Jayda Bailey.”Sometimes I do one mile in the morning and one mile at night, but sometimes I do three miles at one time and that’s exhausting.”At eleven years old, she’s covered a lot of ground.”I have 19 miles to go.”Taking on a summer goal and running with it.”I’m just running one hundred miles for lung cancer trying to raise money.”Since her last day of school, Jayda has been looking to donors for help, while relying on her family to push her to the finish line.”My grandma is dying of lung cancer and she did so much for me and I want to do something for her.”She set a goal back in June to raise five hundred dollars.”I’ve raised $760 dollars and we’re looking to go to $1,000.”Since then, she hasn’t been able to slow down.”I think that her ability to persevere through this has really inspired people,” said her mom, Jennifer Bailey.”She has a Facebook page going and there have been people from out in Washington that have a daycare that have been supporting her.”Jayda is asking for a donation of five, ten or twenty-five cents a mile.It’s a contribution that has, so far, added up to quite a bit of change.”You know, that she started out the beginning of the summer running a mile and being winded, that she built up to two miles and three miles, it blows my mind.”Because what motivates her is a cause that hasn’t been worn out.”I’m trying to think of ending lung cancer and how wonderful it will be,” said Jayda.And she’s in it for the long haul.If you would like to make a donation, you can visit her facebook page at Your text to link…Your donation will go towards the Lungevity Foundation.
The Bangor Rotary is giving money to local non-profits that are making a difference in the lives of young people.The rotary presented 21-hundred dollar grants to the Challenger Learning Center, the Good Shepherd Food Bank, Maine Robotics and Jobs for Maine’s Graduates.Alicia Nichols of the Charitable Giving Committee says the organizations getting the grants all went above and beyond in efforts to help Bangor’s youth.The money was raised through the rotary’s Music of Broadway event.The club gave six other non-profits grants earlier this year.
A convicted sex offender from Morrill pleaded not guilty Tuesday to not updating his information on the state’s sex offender registry.41-year-old Harold Leathers is charged with failing to comply with the registration.The Waldo County Sheriff’s office says Leathers’ picture on the registry was outdated.When they tried to contact him, police say he didn’t respond.Leathers was arrested in June.
A man from Belfast who says he was asleep while a woman’s apartment was destroyed pleaded not guilty Tuesday to criminal mischief.30-year-old Kean Ripley was arrested last month when a woman who lives on Ryan Road called police to say he was tearing up the place.
The words and melodies of Reba McEntire’s music have given Kelly Walton inspiration during tough times in her life “Little Rock, a lighter way to look at divorce in a family, things like that it’s kind of soundtrack of memories I have of my life and my childhood especially with my mom,” she said.The songs were used as a way for her to forget about the bullies at school.”My mom sent me to school with a Walkman and a tape of Reba and I remember she said just listen to your Walkman and listen to “Walk On,” she said.And as Kelly walked on in her life, one woman was always by her side, her mother.The two have seen Reba in concert five times, each one is a special night out for the two of them.”It always means something when we go to a concert, we’re not just dancing around we really listen to the words, it means a lot to us,” said Kelly’s mom Lois Frasier.Which is why Kelly’s launched a Facebook group to meet Reba in person when she makes her way to Bangor next month.
It was a little more than a year ago that TV-5 first introduced you to Donna Provost.The Newport woman has a unique talent of creating cross-stitch portraits.As Joy Hollowell tells us, Provost’s latest creation is of a little girl she’s never met, but has made a lasting impression on so many lives.=====She was the youngest victim of January’s massive shooting in Tucson, Arizona.
State police say an autopsy has failed to determine how a hiker from Long Island, N.Y., died on the Appalachian Trail in Maine.State police said Monday they’re investigating the case of 51-year-old Michael Guerette of Cherry Grove, N.Y., as an unexplained death for the time being.
The Maine Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee will hear more details about the sale of state prison property to the warden for less than the assessed value.Issues to be covered at a committee meeting Tuesday also include how the real estate company making the sale, CBRE/Boulos Co., was selected.The sale of the 5-acre property in Thomaston to Warden Patricia Barnhart and her partner has been ruled illegal by state Attorney General William Schneider, who cited a statute prohibiting state officials from engaging in contracts with the state in which they stand to gain financially.While the sale is being reversed, the oversight committee wants to talk to more people involved in the transaction.(The Associated Press)
The winter is a busy time for people at Penquis in Bangor.Last year, the program helped 14-thousand Mainers in Penobscot, Piscataquis and Knox county heat their homes using money from the low income heating energy assistance program also known as LIHEAP.”These are families who are making choices between food and fuel and medicine, daily choices,” says Dale McCormick, the Director of Maine Housing.That includes senior citizens.
No matter how you slice it, in Maine, blueberry pie is law.Designated the official state dessert, it’s given everyone an excuse to indulge, even in a little friendly competition.Twelve contestants brought their recipes to the lunch table at the Spectrum Generations Muskie Community Center.”The crust, we have tried it before, and we loved it,” said contestant Jessie Gifford.
Easport residents are bracing for attack.Pirates plan to raid America’s eastern-most city.It’s all part of the 6th Annual Eastport Pirate festival.Volunteers in charge of the prep work will meet Wednesday night at the Eastport Chowder House.They need all hands on deck to get ready for the festival, which runs September 9-11.For more information, call 853-4343.
Golfers teed off at the Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono Monday afternoon and did a very good thing in the process.Those taking part in the McDonalds Heros-Hope-Healing Golf Classic hit the links looking to benefit EMMC’s Children’s Cancer Treatment Center.Also on the green was a young golfer who knows first hand the devastating effects of cancer.Sam Alexander lost his leg and has limited use of his right arm because of bone cancer,but that doesn’t make his game sub-par.Organizers plan to use the money raised for a family room and a children’s play area within the treatment room of the hospital.
Many educators and politicians have talked about the brain drain for years.Where Maine kids leave to find better jobs.The opposite of that happened in Brewer Monday.Patrick Healy graduated from John Bapst High School and the University of Maine before leaving the state for Missouri to get his Doctorate in Chiropractic.Now he is back and has opened up his own practice in Brewer.He just turned 27 Sunday and Monday was his grand opening.He knows the economy is tough now, but wanted to come back home to Maine to be closer to his family and to further his career.” I just had some opportunities that presented themselves and I just wanted to be back in the area and it kind of showed it’s face so I’m taking the chance and I think things will turn out they way they are supposed to.”The grand opening and ribbon cutting was held with members of the Brewer City Council, and Dr.