A year ago it was a wish.Now it’s a homecoming reality.Tonight (10/02/09) the Maranacook high school football team will play their first ever homecoming game under the lights.They were installed earlier this year, after Ricky Gibson started the fundraising efforts with help from the Make A Wish Foundation.Ricky passed away in April of this year.His parents Rick and Lisa gibson of Wayne will be on hand at tonight’s game as the field is dedicated to honor Ricky and will be named after him — The Ricky Gibson Field of Dreams.The Black Bears host Winthrop tonight at 7 in Readfield.
There’s a fundraiser coming up in Bangor this weekend, in memory of children who never got to grow up.It’s a walk, called Remembering Our Babies.It’s put on by a non-profit group that supports families grieving the loss of infants.Proceeds will help fund a monument and reflection area at Mount Hope Cemetery.Organizers with the group Empty Arms say it will be a place for parents who’ve lost babies to go to for quiet reflection.They envision building a statue with a granite bench, and bricks inscribed with the names of babies who left this world.
The Maine Ethics Commission has overruled a staff recommendation, and okayed an investigation into fundraising groups that oppose Maine’s gay marriage law.By a three-to-two vote the panel ruled there’s sufficient evidence to warrant a close look at fundraising by the National Organization for Marriage, or NOM, which is a major contributor to the group Stand for Marriage Maine.Supporters of the same sex marriage law claim NOM is ignoring a Maine law that requires it to name its donors.But NOM says it asks for donations nationally without designating them for specific campaigns so it doesn’t have to report donor names.
A 47-year-old transient has been charged with gross sexual assault in an attack on a social worker in Augusta.The female social worker told authorities she was giving a ride to Bradley Howe when he asked her to pull behind a church in Whitefield so he could retrieve some items from where he had stashed them.Once there, the woman said, Howe pulled a knife, forced her out of the car and began sexually assaulting her.
The Maine CDC expects the first shipment of the H1N1 vaccine to get here late next week.About 13,000 doses of the vaccine is expected in initial shipments.The vaccine is a nasal spray which is for use in healthy people ages 2 thorugh 49.This version is not for women who are pregnant.The initial doses will be distributed primarily to child health care providers, children between 2 and 4 and healthy adults who live in homes with infants under 6-months old.
A woman from Augusta who crashed her car into a utility pole Sunday night in Sidney has died.The Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department says 29-year-old Sandra Tracy died in a hospital in Bangor, one day after the wreck.Tracy was heading south on the West River Road, when her car ran off the road and into the pole.It was raining at the time.Firefighters had to cut the roof off the car to get to Tracy.Police are still trying to determine what lead up to the crash.
If you like pancakes, even if you just want to help a group of folks who have been helping injured children for many years, here’s a breakfast invitation for you.Sunday morning there will be a pancake breakfast at Applebees in Bangor to benefit Anah Temple Shriners.It costs just five dollars.
Something new has wiggled its way into the Guilford Primary School.It’s called the Bookworm Reading Program.As Meghan Hayward tells us, it’s fun for both kids and adults.”It’s really an opportunity for some of us that are Grange members to have a lot of fun with the kids.
A cancer diagnosis is often scary and confusing.But some folks in Washington County are trying to help ease those feelings and trying to bring hope to cancer patients and their caregivers.The second annual Cancer: There is Hope Here in Washington County informative session will be held tomorrow at the the Pellon Center in Machias.The event is from 8:30 to 3:30.Lunch will be provided.Several cancer survivors will speak about their struggles and triumphs.To register you can call 733-1090 or send an email to [email protected]
The Stockton Springs Elementary School got a new look on Wednesday thanks to retail giant Target.Wednesday morning folks from Target presented students with their new books, as well as a new book-nook.Students were given a chance to say thank you at a ceremony.