Up to 1,000 veterans are expected in Hampden Thursday for an all day event to honor our heroes.Students from Reeds Brook Middle School, Hampden Academy and Wagner Middle School in Winterport are hosting a luncheon and USO-style show at Hampden Academy.Organizers say the response has been so great, they had to move the venue from Reeds Brook to the high school.The day begins early in the morning, when a Black Hawk helicopter will land on the school grounds.
A car accident can affect a driver for the rest of their life.On Monday, students in Bucksport felt what kind of impact one could have on them.As part of a statewide program, kids at Bucksport High School tested the ‘Seatbelt Convincer.’It’s a seat moving at five miles per hour that crashes into a bumper.The idea behind it is to convince students to wear their seatbelts by demonstrating what even the smallest impact feels like.The program has been running for more than a decade, and instructor, Rick Tarr, says it’s working.”I have been doing it long enough where I’ve actually had people come up to me who have done this in the past and have told me, you know what, I really wasn’t a seatbelt wearer, but when I tried that thing it really impressed me and I’ve been wearing a seatbelt ever since.”The event is sponsored by the Bureau of Highway Safety and Mid Coast EMS.Their events coincide with the state’s Click It or Ticket campaign, which starts this week.Bucksport police said more officers will be on patrol to make sure drivers are buckling up.
It is being called the largest gift in the hospital’s history.Down East Community Hospital in Machias was presented with a check for $1,000,000 Monday.The donation comes from the late John Harriman.Harriman was the owner of Cherryfield Motors Ford Dealership.He managed it for 20 years.The self-made millionaire donated to numerous charities over the years.Harriman passed away in April of 2010.Interim Hospital President Doug Jones says the million dollar gift will go a long way toward helping the people of Washington County.The Milbridge Medical Center also received a gift from the Harriman estate.
You’ll notice something new when walking into Brewer High School- a large screen TV.The Brewer Federal Credit Union presented the television to the school Monday morning.The school will use the TV to display announcements, including sporting events and accomplishments by students.It can be found in the lobby, near the school office.Brewer high’s technology teacher asked area businesses for help in obtaining the wide screen and the credit union stepped forward.The gift has extra special meaning for the President and CEO of Brewer Federal Credit Union.Rick Kaul is a graduate of Brewer High School.”It’s just great to be able to give back.
A kitchen stove is to blame for a fire on Park Avenue West in Brewer Sunday night.Crews received the call just before 5:30.When they arrived on scene they say heavy smoke was showing from both ends of the home.The occupants of the home were able to get out safely, but they did lose a cat in the fire.Bangor, Holden and Orrington were called in for mutual aid.Officials say there is heavy damage in the kitchen and heavy smoke damage throughout the house.The Red Cross was called in to assist the family and they were insured.
Folks packed the Unity Raceway for their opening day of the season.There was another attraction at the track beside the cars.Maine native, Ashley Underwood and recent Survivor contestant was there signing autographs.Race Director, Ed Bellows, says despite the weather folks had great enthusiasm.The show was a 111 lap model feature and they expected it to be nearly a four hour show.Bellows says they were happy to have Underwood there.” I’d say she’s brought a good 500 people to the races.
The breakfast rush at Dysarts doesn’t slow down for anything, not even a prophecy that said some of these customers wouldn’t even be alive.”I thought we were up here in heaven at Dysarts,” said one customer.A testament to the cooking, not to the prediction of religious broadcaster, Harold Camping.
(Associated Press)University of Maine System trustees are setting tuition rates at the state’s seven universities for the coming school year.The board is holding a two-day meeting on Sunday and Monday at the system’s headquarters in Bangor.The board will vote on Monday on the system’s 2011 and 2012 budget and on a proposed tuition increase of 4.3 percent, which is a weighted average of tuition rates at all seven university campuses.
Residents along Riverside Drive in Augusta were awoken to a loud bang just after 6 am Sunday morning.And found quite a scene outside their homes.” The house was just engulfed in flames and the fire department came shortly after I got out here and it took them four to five minutes to get the hoses set up and by the time it was too late for the house.”Augusta Police and Fire responded to the report of a vehicle that had crashed into a home.
Folks in bangor were walking for wishes.It was the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s annual Walk for Wishes fundraiser.Similar walks were held in other parts of the state earlier this week.Statewide, the walks are their largest fundraiser.The state of Maine grants a wish on average every five days, at an average cost of $6,000.The fundraisers go by regions, so all of the money raised from Saturday’s walk will stay in Penobscot County.” The kids who received wishes generally have life threatening illnesses.
The Bangor Police Department held their annual bike auction Saturday.All the bikes put up for auction have been turned into the police department or recovered by officers.This year they had more than 50 bikes for folks to look over, which they say is less than normal.All the proceeds from this year’s auction will go toward the Bangor Police Department’s Community Relations Department for some educational programs and projects they are working on.” It puts money that we don’t have to take out of our budget back into the community and makes these people happy.