Despite the rainy weather, many folks hit the pavement in Bangor, walking for a healthy heart.It was the annual Northeastern “Maine Start, Heart Walk.”And participants started their walk at Husson University.All the proceeds go toward the American Heart Assocation’s life-saving research, education and public health initiatives.Local heart survivors were on hand to share their stories.And Shelly Bailey is one of those survivors.Two years ago she suffered congestive heart failure.Bailey says the walk really hit home for her.” It’s actually really great to see little kids here all the way up through grandparents really just trying to bring out awareness because heart disease is actually the number one killer of women in America and a lot of people don’t know that.”Bailey says she has had to change her diet and lifestyle, but her heart is now fully recovered.
Students at Empire Beauty School in Bangor are putting their scissors to work.As Meghan Hayward tell us, they are working to “cut-out” domestic violence.A five dollar haircut at Empire Beauty School is going a long way.” We’re helping to raise money for domestic abuse awareness.”One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the national day of beauty will go toward “cut it out” salons against domestic abuse.Amy Guiggey is the Admissions Specialist at the school.She says the money will go to Spruce Run and local shelters.Guiggey says the beauty school has a close tie to Spruce Run.” Before this took place today, this week we had Spruce Run here and they were helping to educate our students in this area of domestic violence and to help our students become more aware of signs to look for.”Guiggey says the beauty industry can be very personal and you often have one-on-one time with your clients.Which is why she says it’s important to be educated on the topic.” A lot of times your clients will open up to you while sitting in the chair and we want to be able to be a resource.
Parents of school age children in the greater Bangor area are going to have two chances to get their kids vaccinated for both seasonal flu and H1N1.Vaccination clinics will be held for all school age children on October 28th and November 4th at the Bangor Civic Center from 8:00 a.m.
Fort Knox in Prospect is transforming into a creepy and scary place.It’s being made over for the annual Fright at the Fort.It’s the 10th year anniversary for the event, and organizers have big plans.There are more volunteers than ever before, which translates into more ghouls, ghosts, goblins and other fiends.New scenes have been added.
Folks took to the bowling lanes in Hallowell today, bowling a “strike” for the United Way of Kennebec Valley.It was the Families Matter Bowl-a-thon at the Sparetime Recreation Bowling Alley.All proceeds go to United Way of Kennebec Valley.The United Way funds 54 programs, including Families Matter.Families Matter is a place for mentally challenged individuals who would otherwise have no social interactions with society outside their homes.Richard Compagnon of Families Matter says every year they look forward to the event.”They just love to get out in the community and give back I mean that’s the biggest thing is getting out in the community and doing stuff and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger.”Compagnon says with the tough economic times, this fundraiser is even more important.
If you are looking to turn your house a little greener you will want to head to the Augusta Armory this weekend.The fourth annual Maine Green Home and Energy Show will be taking place.Folks can learn about the savings and benefits of going green, solar heat, the tax incentives, plus much more.A wide variety of exhibitors will be on hand for demonstrations and to help answer any questions.The show runs until 8 pm Friday and will then be open 10 to 8 Saturday and 10 to 4 on sunday.Bob Cole, President of Northeast Trade Shows says as the idea of going green has grown so has the show.”Everyone patriotically is turning to green it’s an explosion of ideas that never were thought about a few years ago.
A special celebration will be held in Brewer this Sunday.On October 25th, 1909, Brewer’s boy scout troop was formed.As Joy Hollowell tells us, this troop has a centennial that isn’t just in maine.”A gentleman by the name of Frederick Oliver is the gentleman that started it,” says Rodney Hanson, Scout Master for Troop One.That was back in October of 1909, at the Brewer Congregational Church.
A new mobile unit is hitting the road and making things a lot easier for veterans.The Vet Center Mobile Unit will be coming to the veteran’s hometown, instead of making them travel to the closest VA clinic.The vehicles have been maximized for multi-uses.There are portable exam tables and refrigeration for medication storage.Counseling will also be available on the bus.Lenny Richards is a vet and will be driving one of the mobile units.He says the vehicles are going to really help vets who live in towns like Jackman and Greenville and have an hour drive just to get to the closest clinic.Right now there are fifty of these buses traveling coast to coast.
Authorities in Waldo County are looking for a man from Monroe they say led Sheriff’s deputies and State Police on a high speed chase early Friday morning.Waldo County Deputy Chief Bob Keating says one of his deputies pulled over 23-year old Kyle Goehringer just after midnight.We’re told he was driving with a suspended license and failed a field sobriety test then ran away, got back in his vehicle and headed down Route 139 towards Benton.Keating says at times Goehringer was driving over 100 miles an hour.He eventually lost control of his car in a field, ditched the car and ran off.Charges against him will include OUI and eluding a police officer.
The Coast Guard has suspended its search for two missing fishermen Downeast.The body of Darryl Cline of Machiasport was recovered Wednesday.Norman Johnson of Cutler and Joseph Jones of Trescott remain missing.Crews from the US and Canada searched for more than two straight days covering an area of more than one hundred square miles.The three men were aboard Jones’s 32-foot dragger.
Getting in touch with the different needs of service members and their families was the focus of a conference in Bangor.Counselors, social workers and psychologists were among those in the audience.Chaplain Andy Gibson with the Maine Army National Guard says it’s important to know and understand the type of help that is being sought.Chaplain Gibson says it isn’t possible for the military to take care of all veterans.”By educating the civilian population and providers we know that anybody who might slip through the cracks or who might not seek services through the military can actually get help from the folks from civilian world and actually be better able to respond to the military specifics.”Chaplain Gibson says some of the common issues service members face when returning home is apathy, hypersensitivity to noise and sleep disorders.