It’s almost time for the Old Town-Orono Animal Orphanage Christmas Sale.And while they are already receiving donations, they still need more help.Meghan Hayward has the story.The Old Town Orono Animal Orphanage wants to help with your holiday shopping.They will be hosting a re-gifting sale.” And what we ask is for people to donate items to us that they’ve gotten as gifts or they have in the house and don’t want anymore but are in very good quality.
Folks looking to buy homemade gifts for those on their holiday shopping lists could head to Hampden Saturday.The Hampden Highlands United Methodist Church held it’s annual Christmas Fair.THe fair featured crafts, ornaments, wreaths and plenty more.Fair organizer Darla King says it’s the church’s biggest fundraiser.It helps pay for their local and world missions, and plenty more.
Folks at Waldo Cap and People for People joined with over 200 volunteers in Belfast Friday.They’re pulling together Thanksgiving dinners with all the fixings for families in need.Photojournalist Tom Round was there for the preparation.The folks at Waldo Cap would like you to know that all the dinners are accounted for this year, but to remember to get your dinner requests in now for Christmas.
It can be hard to keep an audience of third graders entertained…but not when you hand them a new book chock full of knowledge.Friday was “Dictionary Day” at Brownville Elementary and other area schools.It’s part of a national effort to get the books in the hands of third-graders everywhere, to boost kids’ vocabularies and set them off on a path for creative thinking.Folks from Valley Grange of Guilford help raise money and bring dictionaries to students at schools from Monson to Milo every year.By lunchtime Friday, everyone had a favorite new discovery.”The population of Maine,” says Katelyn.
There’s a new Goodwill store in Ellsworth.A nice crowd showed up for Friday’s official opening and to get a look at the store’s inventory.The new building features a donation drive-thru.And will also accept used computers and parts through the ReConnect computer recycling program.The store will offer a combination of donated and new items, including clothing, books, furniture and jewelry.The folks from Goodwill think they’ve picked a great location.” We’ve looked at Ellsworth for some time.
The last of three contaminated soil removal projects in Washington County started in Jonesport Friday.Environmental officials say the projects are making residents safer and creating jobs.Meghan Hayward reports.The Maine Department of Environmental Protection started the last of three projects in Washington County, paid for with federal stimulus funds.” Tank removal, standard underground tank removal with some limited soil removal to contaminated soil.”The DEP removed two abandoned underground gasoline storage tanks in Jonesport.
The Maine Credit Union Ending Hunger Walking Tour made its way through Brewer Friday.Brenda Davis, Founding Director of Crossroads Ministries, has been walking through communities across the state, from Madawaska to Kittery.This is the 8th year for the tour.Davis stops by credit unions to pick up a check.
A corner on Main Street in Lincoln has been vacant for the past eight years, after fire burned the mall that once stood there.Now the area is getting a new life.Officials broke ground Friday on the Lakeview Senior Housing project.It’s a 24-unit housing complex being developed by Penquis.
Governor Baldacci is ordering Maine state departments to curtail $63 million in spending to help balance the budget.Preliminary estimates showed a shortfall in the two-year budgetapproaching $400 million, or nearly 7 percent.The governor’s order is in effect until the Legislature returns inJanuary for its 2010 session and modifies the budget.