A group of 200 people took to the streets around the University of Maine Sunday, for an event called the Out of the Darkness Community Walk.The goal of the walk is to raise awareness and money for suicide prevention.Kylie Cole is a psychologist with the counseling center on the UMaine campus.
Do you use TD Banknorth for your banking business?Well on Monday that will be different.This weekend bank officials are changing out the 6,600 signs in the 426 branches across New England and upstate New York to represent their new name.They will be TD Bank.The name change is the final step as it becomes one company with New Jersey based commerce bank.TD Bank Financial Group which is the parent company of TD Banknorth acquired Commerce Bancorp for eight point five billion dollars earlier this year.
An Amber Alert in Kentucky Saturday afternoon has authorities in Maine on the lookout.The Amber Alert was done because authorities say a 13 year old girl was taken and may be headed to Maine, New York, or Florida.Haley Willett was last seen in Owensboro, Kentucky at about 4:30 saturday morning.
Their motto is one thousand miles, 10 days and one goal.And they finished up the third leg of their ride Saturday in Brewer.Their goal is to raise funds for cancer research.In 2001 37 year old Peter Thomas was diagnosed with GIST cancer, he was a professional cyclist, and after being diagnosed, he organized a ride in the United Kingdom in 2006 to raise money for research.Peter passed away in April of that year and didn’t make the ride.This year Peter’s widow, son and brother continued the tradition and started their trek in Montreal, Canada and plan to finish up in Rocklands State Park, New York.The team of 23 riders and support personnel finished this leg in Brewer at the Vacationland Inn, where 13 rooms had been donated to them.” We can’t do this kind of thing without the help of the people that support us along the route, every little act of kindness, generosity, contribution, just helps us do what we’ve come to do it’s Magic,” said Wayne Thomas.” Obviously being a hotel this is one thing that we could do was provide lodging for these guys,” said Vacationland Inn manager Brock Bradford.
The 5k Multiple Myeloma race and walk kicked off from Paul Bunyan Park in Bangor.The turnout for this was also higher than it was a year ago.This is the third annual event, and in the 2008 race 30 runners took part.This year it nearly doubled to 52 participants.The runners made their way through the west side of Bangor.Multiple Myeloma is a rare blood cancer, and this race is done to raise money for research.” The medical field has made a lot of advances even in a short period of time,” said race organizer Becky Reeve.
The weather may have been at or below freezing Saturday morning in the Greater Bangor area, but that didn’t cool off support for a number of local events this weekend.For weeks groups have been registering for this year’s Memory Walk to support the Maine Alzheimers Association.Nearly 400 walkers showed up in their team colors to take part in this years event.It started at the grand stand at Bass Park near the race track.Walkers from several different organizations like Dirigo Pines, Ross Manor and Westgate Manor took pledges and raised money.The turnout was great they had 380 walkers this year which was 50 walkers more than last year, and 37 different teams.
Some folks took to the streets of Bangor on foot today, all for a good cause.It was the first annual 5k walk-run to support Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine.Participants either donated a minimum of $30 or asked their friends and family to sponsor them.Executive Director Bette Hoxie says this walk is a great way to get information out.Hoxie says with times being so tough financially, It it hard for folks to provide the extra things.So she says this fundraiser will help them out a lot.” Well this is huge.
Folks could help in the fight against cancer today by simply taking a tour of some kitchens.The Eastern Maine Medical Center Auxiliary hosted their fifth annual Kitchen Tour of the greater Bangor area.All the proceeds of ticket sales goes toward Cancer Care of Maine.Each kitchen has special features about them.And every year there are different kitchens to be toured.Incoming Auxiliary President Paula Ballesteros says it’s one of their biggest fundraisers.And she credits its success to the unique fundraiser.” I think people are always curious about what homes look like.
Members of the Mount Desert Island High School band received some exciting news today.As Meghan Hayward reports they’ll be ringing in the new year in royal fashion.In about fifteen months members of the Mount Desert Island High School band will be tapping their feet to the beat of their music, in London.It’s a special honor but not a first time honor for some of the band members, they’ll be going back for a second time.” I didn’t believe it.
A group of volunteers spent the day giving some of Bangor’s nature trails a makeover.The folks from the Maine Conservation Corps want folks in the city to be able to enjoy the wilderness, too.Amy Erickson has the story.”You can be here and you don’t know you’re 5 minutes from the mall.
The Fairfield man charged with two armed robberies in the greater Bangor area on back-to-back days made his first court appearance Friday.Police say 21-year-old Alex Gerald robbed Sun Tan City in Old Town on Tuesday night after taking a tour of the business earlier in the evening.Then, Wednesday night, Gerald allegedly robbed the Wilson Street Dunkin Donuts in Brewer.After arresting Gerald, police recovered the weapons used in both robberies, which turned out to be plastic guns that had been spray painted black.Between the two robbers, Gerald made off with less than a thousand dollars.Police say he was looking for money to support his drug habit.He appeared before a judge in Bangor District Court today but did not enter a plea.Bail was set at ten thousand dollars cash,partly because Gerald has a criminal record that includes a failure to appear charge.Gerald is being held at the Penobscot County Jail.He’s expected back in court October 30th.Each robbery charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 30 years.
The Shaw House in Bangor is getting some upgrades, thanks to a new project.The United Way of Eastern Maine kicked off their first day of caring project with the Shaw House and Oxford Networks.The purpose of the project is to get area businesses to volunteer with social service agencies in need of a little extra help.Employees of Oxford Networks gathered at the Shaw House to put new paint on the walls.The Shaw House is the only emergency homeless shelter in Bangor for runaway and street children.Executive Director Carol Whitney says they’re grateful for the help.”It feels wonderful and they’re just amazing.
Eastern Maine Medical Center will host flu shot clinics for adults.The vaccine clinic will be held at the hospital on State Street.The cost for the shot is $25.Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted.Folks are asked to make payment at the time of their appointment.EMMC is also able to bill insurance.Anyone interested in making an appointment can call 973-9846.Leave a message and someone will return your call to schedule an appointment.Scheduled Times:Saturday, September 26, 8 to 12Saturday October 10 8 to 12Thursday October 29, 3 to 7Monday November 2, 3 to 7Saturday November 21, 8 to 12Friday December 11, 12 to 4