The UMaine Women’s Hockey team took on the local third watch hockey team Saturday afternoon for some fun competition to help out a great cause.It was their fourth annual broomball competition, which is much like hockey, but sneakers are worn instead of skates.All the money raised from the event goes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine, which grants wishes to kids with threatening medical conditions.The organization makes about 75 wishes a year here in the state of Maine.The third watch hockey team has been around for ten years and does all sorts of fundraisers to help area children out.”Times are tough for all non-profits and now and Make-A-Wish is no exception.
(AP)Sappi Fine Paper has been awarded a grant to improve the energy efficiency of a paper making machine at its mill in Skowhegan.Sappi said the 3-hundred-thousand dollar award comes from Efficiency Maine, a statewide program that promotes energy-efficiency programs.The grant covers half the total cost of the project.The money will be used to replace ten fixed-speed pumps on paper machine number three, which pumps with variable speeds.It will allow the pumping system to better match energy consumption with production needs.They say the new pumping systems are expected to reduce the mill’s annual electricity energy consumption by more than 3.2 million kilowatt hours.
Bed bugs infestations have been a hot topic around the country.A forum in Orono Friday helped folks better understand the tiny bugs and the problems they cause.Nurses, landlords, and child care providers were just a few of the professions that showed up at the bud beg symposium.Healthcare and pest management experts were on hand to answer questions.James Dill, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension professor, says one thing most folks don’t realize is bed bugs aren’t just found in your bed.They can latch onto your clothing and be transported anywhere from movie theaters to hotel rooms.One good thing about these bugs.
Spring arrives a little early at the Bangor auditorium and civic center over the weekend.The annual Bangor Boating and Marine show kicks off Saturday.This is the 26th year for the show, which features 8 local boat dealers displaying their newest models.Folks with the organization Paddle Smart are also offering free water and boat safety workshops all weekend.A trout pond will be set up and stocked for kids to try their hand at fishing.
Saturday marks eight years since the start of the war in Iraq.Local activists met at the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine to shed light on an expected Veterans for Peace demonstration in Washington.Doug Allen of Peace and Justice says they’re trying to motivate others to speak out.They’re inviting everyone to attend the Bring Home the War Money rally in Augusta on Monday, April 4th.The Peace and Justice Center will arrange carpooling from the Bangor area.
Local artist had their work on display throughout Downtown Bangor Friday night.It was all part of an Art Walk hosted by Kahbang Arts.But it wasn’t just seasoned artist who got in on the fun, local students had their work displayed at the Umaine Museum of Art too.Kids from kindergarten all the way up to high school proudly showed off their masterpieces.Across the street at the Bangor Public Library, art teachers showed off their work as well as part of the Art in our Heart group.
Bed bugs brought people together in Orono Friday.Nurses, landlords, and child care providers were just a few of the professions represented at the bed bug symposium.Healthcare and pest management experts were there to answer questions.University of Maine Cooperative Extension Professor James Dill says one thing most folks don’t realize is that bed bugs aren’t just found in beds.They can latch onto your clothing and be transported anywhere…from movie theaters to hotel rooms.One good thing about bed bugs is they don’t carry serious diseases.While you might get pestered by bed bugs, they won’t bug your pets.Experts say that’s because pet fur is just too much trouble for the bugs…they like skin.
A Waterville High student’s senior project has been helpful for cancer patients.Senior Julian Margitza wanted to raise money for the Harold Alfond Cancer Center.His mother, Joyce Galea, was diagnosed with breast cancer last summer.Julian and five classmates decided to raise money and awareness.And they came up with more than $2,800 in donations.They gave that money to buy grocery and gas cards for five breast cancer patients at the Alfond Center.Margitza says it feels great to know he is making a difference.
Providing healthier food choices to school kids was the focus of a conference held in Augusta Friday.Changing the System to Feed Success was the title of a conference in Augusta sponsored by the Maine Nutrition Council.”There’s a variety of speakers, a variety of displays.
A woman who has served the Dover-Foxcroft community for nearly three decades is saying goodbye to the job she loves.” On the third day she came to work, her mother came in my office and said Barbara went home crying, she doesn’t think she can do the job.