Buying the gifts is only half the battle, as there’s still that to-do list that always follows the Christmas list.”We are wrapping all day long,” said Anna Assenmacher, a student at the University of Maine.For a few hours, Assenmacher helped transform a classroom into a makeshift workshop.”We have about 140, 150 toys.”The cutting, taping and folding was kept on a schedule in order to make a deadline less than 24 hours away.”We’re just wrapping, writing names and calling it good.”Tuesday morning, these gifts will be heading to the Downeast Elementary School in Bangor.”A lot of people can’t afford toys in this economy so we just really wanted to help out and this place really needed them,” said Assenmacher.Assenmacher is apart of a service group within the Maine Business School that managed to collect all this last week.
In August, the Cambridge General Store was badly damaged after a logging truck crashed into it.No one was hurt, but the business had to close for several months.As Joy Hollowell reports, the owners and residents of the town are happy to see the store open again.====Brenda DiMeo and her family opened the Cambridge General Store back in February.
Maine gas prices have held steady in the past week.Price-monitoring website MaineGasPrices.com reported Monday that the average retail gasoline price in the state was $3.38 per gallon, the same as last week.The cost in Maine is about a dime above the national average, which was also largely unchanged in the past week.The current price is more than 27 higher than at the same time last year and about 12 cents lower than a month ago.A company analyst is predicting slightly higher prices in the near future.
The Lincoln Fire Chief says a woodstove is thought to be the cause of a fire that tore through a home on Transalpine Road Saturday night.That call came in just before 10 as a report of heavy smoke around the building.Firefighters brought the blaze under control in about 20 minutes but stayed on scene for a few hours to get the fire out of the walls.The fire caused about $35,000 damage.The family is getting help from the Red Cross.
With Christmas just a couple weeks away, an international organization is asking for your help to make this holiday special for hundreds of families.The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program still has more than two hundred kids in need of presents this Christmas.For the last twenty years, the organization has been donating gifts to families who can’t afford the extra cost of the holiday.”The parents aren’t sure how they can manage that and that’s why coming to us is a way to make sure their child can have something extra and something special for Christmas,” said Cpt.
Some of the board members and the Executive Director of the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter gathered with Local, State, and Federal officials.A number of topics were on the agenda.But the one most talked about was the possible closure of the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center and how it would impact the shelter.” It’s real,” said the Executive Director of the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter Dennis Marble.
Eastern Maine Community College is expanding.The college is partnering with Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway to begin a hospitality program.The college’s President Lawrence Barrett calls the Maine Hospitality Institute a first of its kind for the state.Prospective students can get an Associate’s Degree through the two year program, which will be fully transferable to four year colleges.”There’s been a big demand from industry employers asking us about the management components of it so we decided to come up with a stand alone associate’s degree in hospitality management tourism,” Barrett said.Through a partnership with Hollywood Slots, the school will offer specialized training programs to fill the 89 jobs that will be available when the business turns into Hollywood Casino next spring.Hollywood Slots is adding 14 table games after November’s referendum was approved.”We see this as kind of a jump start to the next wave of development in the entire region,” said John Osborne, Vice President of Hollywood Slots.Hollywood Slots is hosting a job fair on Friday and Saturday at the college’s Rangeley Hall.It will run from 9 am to 5 pm both days.For more information or to apply online, visit www.hollywoodslots.com/careers.
This week, a new store will open in Bangor especially for the holidays.The Charlotte White Center will have a holiday gift store at the Airport Mall.The non-profit organization services kids and adults with developmental disabilities and health issues.Any money made at the store will help fund their programs.The store opens for business this Thursday and will close Tuesday, December 20.The hours will be 11:00 a.m.
A chimney fire is believed to be the cause of a house fire in Clifton early Monday morning.Crews from several towns were called out to Rebel Hill Road home just after 4 a.m.When they arrived, fire fighters found flames in the back roof area of the house.At first, they were told the couple inside had evacuated.