There’s a new shop in Orono and it may sound familiar to anyone who follows the blog Maine Maven.Kristen Andresen Lainsbury and her husband opened the Maine Maven shop on Black Friday.Kristen has a blog, Maine Maven, it celebrates the best of Maine, and that’s what she says her store does as well.Everything in the shop is local.
Shopping die hards stormed retailers on the busiest shopping day of the year, Black Friday.Customers camped out and packed stores to get their hands on this season’s hottest deals.Bargain shoppers braved the cold temperatures on Black Friday, kicking off the holiday season.Some camped out, waiting in line for more than 10 hours, while others woke up early and headed to the stores for the season’s must haves.Tyler Dama, a veteran Black Friday shopper, arrived at Target at 230 on thursday afternoon to ensure his first place spot in line.
Bangor firefighters are hoping shoppers can spare extra change and help the “Fill the Boot.”Firefighters with the IAFF Union Local 772 arrived at the intersection of Bangor Mall Boulevard and Hogan Road at eight Friday morning.They are collecting donations from drivers to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.This marks the third year in a row, firefighters have spent Black Friday raising funds for MDA.
Police departments are stepping up patrols this holiday season, while traffic numbers are looking up.Extra officers will focus on drivers without seatbelts and drunk drivers.During the 2008 Thanksgiving holiday travel season, more than one thousand people were killed in motor vehicle crashes nationwide.Of those, more than 50% were unrestrained at the time of the crash.Highway authorities say this year’s holiday traffic numbers are higher than last year’s.An estimated 59,000 vehicles passed the York toll plaza on Wednesday, historically the busiest travel day of Thanksgiving weekend.Officials say that Sunday is projected the be the second busiest day, when 55,000 vehicles are expected to make the return trip.
A government report says 195,000 Mainers – nearly 15% of the state’s households – have struggled with providing enough food for their families at some time during the year.The number of people who need help getting food has reportedly continued to swell since the economic downturn began in 2008.
Timber harvesting last year was much lower than it has been in previous years in this state according to the Maine Forest Service.In a recently released report they say the number of acres cut was down 15% from last year.Clear cuts increased though by more than 4,800, but that is still less than 4% of the total harvested acres.Another report said the stumpage price paid to landowners is on a downward trend as well.
A family in South Paris escaped an intense fire that destroyed their home, with help from a hunter.The fire reportedly broke out around 6:30 Thanksgiving morning.Nick Merrill, his girlfriend, and seven-month-old daughter were all sleeping.A hunter who was driving by saw the flames.
A fire in Aurora overnight consumed a barn.Crews from three departments were called to Great Pond Road around 9:30 Thursday night.Fire officials say the barn was fully engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived.We’re told all of the cows in the barn died in the fire, and several pigs had to be put down because they were badly burned.Crews spent several hours on the scene.The homeowners were away for the holiday.The State Fire Marshal’s Office has been called to investigate the fire.
The deadline to fund projects to commememorate next year’s Martin Luther King Day holiday has been extended.The Maine Commission for Community Service is challenging communities across the state to develop volunteer service projects for the community.Folks can apply by 2 pm on December 3rd.Successful applicants will receive five hundred dollars to assist them with their project.For more information, log onto the Maine Service Commission’s website at www.maineservicecommission.gov
Members of the community came together to give thanks and give back by serving Thanksgiving meals to anyone in Guilford.A Thanksgiving dinner was held at the First United Methodist Church on Thursday.Event coordinator Kirsty Pratley says folks prepared and donated all of the dishes.This is the sixth year, the event was held.”It’s all about loving people and sharing the love in whatever form, whether it’s food, turkey or pie, it’s just sharing the love we have for each other,” said PratleyFour years ago, Katrina Taggett put a twist on her traditional thanksgiving dinner.She and her family spent the day volunteering at guilford united methodist church.”I want my boys to value things other than video games, popular culture, I want them to understand that hard work makes a difference,” she said.Since then, serving food to others has become a holiday tradition.”You see a different side of your children that you didn’t realize you were going to, you see professional, caring, polite,” she said.Event coordinator kirsty pratley says all of the food served during the feast was prepared and donated by members of the community.On this Thanksgiving, Katrina’s sons Patrick and Ian will be away from their father who is working, but say they are grateful they and others have a place to go.”Personally helping people young and old I feel like I have something to do,” said Patrick.Last year, more than 100 people received a free meal.