Every year, for the past four or five years, a family has been singing Christmas carols to the patients and staff at Eastern Maine Medical Center, to try and make their holidays there a little brighter.This Christmas, we tagged along.Doctor Joan Pellegrini is working on Christmas, like many people at EMMC…but she’s also singing.The whole family Pellegrini, three girls and dad, come to carol, to bring some comfort and joy to everyone here.”Patients that are in the hospital don’t really want to be here, and so we’ll carol to them and show them that we know they’re here and we want to wish them a Merry Christmas,” Joan says.”You’d probably rather be with your family and friends, but it brings joy to people when they hear carolers,” says her daughter, Olivia.There’s ‘Silent Night, Away in a Manger,’ and ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”– 16-year old Adriana’s favorite.”It’s happy and more exciting,” she says.”It’s an optimistic time of year, singing is optimistic and it just, no matter how down you, are there’s a little bit of joy that comes out when you hear carolers.
One local woman got a present today that she’s been waiting on for almost 10 months now.Amber Henriksen gave birth to a healthy baby girl early this morning, just after 3 at Eastern Maine Medical Center.Jimpsen Sue-Ann weighed in at 6 pounds, 5 ounces.Her mother says she had a feeling her little one might be born around Christmas.We got the best present ever here this time, huh, baby girl,” Henriksen says.
Christmas is a time for family, friends and tasty meals.Manna Ministries in Bangor helped make this holiday a little more jolly for many local families.Meghan Hayward has the story.The holiday season is a time to give.And that generosity was seen at the Manna Ministries holiday meal.” We expect anywhere from 300 to 500 people.
The Penobscot County Regional Communications Center stays busy even through the holidays, answering 911 calls and dispatching emergency officials.This Christmas Eve, they’re also working on another important mission — helping Santa Claus get through the area safely.”911, where is your emergency?””It’s very busy.
There are three new park and ride lots open in Bangor, Medway and New GloucesterThe new 40 space Bangor park and ride is the second in the city, and located at the Walmart store on Stillwater Avenue.The medway one is at the Irving Big Stop.The opening of the lots in Bangor and Medway are the result of private property owners working with the Maine DOT to promote carpooling and vanpooling.
The Brewer landfill will stay closed for a bit longer.The Elm Street facility will remain closed until January fifth.The extended closure is because of unexpected delays with the landfill’s rehabilitation project.Even though the landfill is shut down, the front recycling area will remain open to residents.
Thursday is the last shopping day before Christmas.Folks were out and about in Downtown Ellsworth, making those last minute purchases.Meghan Hayward reports.Cars lined the streets in Downtown Ellsworth as folks rushed around to get their shopping done.Some by choice, others because it’s the only time they’ve had.”You know, I think some of the last minute frenzy is fun.
A couple organizations are making Christmas a little more merry for many folks in the area by hosting holiday dinners.Manna Ministries annual Christmas dinner is located at the Bangor Parks and Recreation Center on Main Street from 11-1.Everyone is welcome.Bangor bus pick-up starts at 10:30.
Two leading construction companies are teaming up, and it could mean more jobs here in Maine.Starcon, which provides industrial and mechanical construction services, and Cianbro are are creating an alliance.Both firms have experience mobilizing large construction and maintenance projects throughout North America.
Bangor police say they’ve now identified the suspects behind a string of burglaries in the Bomarc Road area.They say the stolen property they’ve recovered is worth tens of thousands of dollars, and is on the way back to its rightful owners.They tell us three homes, three businesses, and two vehicles were broken into between October and the first week of December.Lots of electronics were taken, including flat screen televisions and computers.