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Bangor Memory Walk

Wayne Harvey

Updated 5 years ago

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. Organizers expected to raise fifty thousand dollars which is about six thousand more than last year’s event.One of the reasons so many are involved is because so many are effected by dementia said Kristie Miner.” It’s so very important because there are 37,000 Mainers with Alzheimers or related dementia and the disease itself is very devastating it can really cause a lot of hardship for families and families can always need a lot of support and education which the Alzheimers Association provides statewide.”This walk is one of 14 Memory Walks held statewide. It is the largest fundraiser of the year, and the money helps with local programs.

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Walk Me Home 5k

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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. We get seventy percent of whatever comes in. And it looks like it’s a pretty significant take for what is a small group.”After the walk, participants were treated to a BBQ and some prizes were given out.

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Fifth Annual EMMC Auxiliary Kitchen Tour

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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. So by coming and looking at the kitchens they get to peek about other features of the home.”Folks on the tour visited six different kitchens this year.After the tour was complete there was a tasting held a Wellman Commons in Bangor.If you would like more information on the EMMC Auxiliary you visit their website www.emmcauxiliary.org.

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Mount Desert Island Band Asked to Perform in London

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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. I think it took me about a week before I realized he was serious and I actually had the opportunity to go from a rural town in Maine to one of the biggest and best cities in the world.”That city is London, England.The opportunity is to perform in the 25th anniversary New Year’s Day Parade.There will be more than 10,000 performers in the parade, which will have a street audience of about 500,000, and it will be on TV around the world.They’ve done it once before so they know what it was like the first time around.” Excitement, happiness. I felt like I was part of something, a bigger part of the world.”Executive Director of the parade Bob Bone and Deputy Lieutenant of London Roger Bramble traveled to MDI to deliver the news.Bone says they were an easy choice.” A very very good reputation for making very good music. We we’re attracted to them first of all because they have a good concert reputation.”Bone says it may have been an easy pick for them, but it took twelve years to convince the high school music director to make the trip.He says they brought a lot to the parade two years ago, and he is sure they will add even more this time around.” Every American band adds a great deal to the parade. But I think it’s the first band from Maine that had ever marched in the parade so that was quite something for the audience.”Music Director Daniel Granholm says now the real work begins. ” The marching part is a big effort because we don’t march very often. So in order for us to look good and sound good and play outside that’s a lot of hard marching band work.”A lot of hard work for an opportunity Deputy Lieutenant Roger Bramble says will stay with the students for a lifetime.” I have always felt that kids who love and practice music are more alive to all that’s out there.”

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WABI Says Goodbye to Amy Erickson

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It was a bittersweet day here at our station Friday.After seven years with the TV5 Family, Amy Erickson is moving on.Amy is heading back to her home state to take a public relations job in Boston.She and her twin girls will be closer to her family. Aislin and Emma will be five in December, so Amy says the time is right to make the move before they start school.Amy has been a big asset for us, both as a reporter and anchor. We will miss her, but wish her the very best in her new career.We get to hang onto her husband, Keith, a while longer. He’ll be with us a few more weeks before he joins Amy and the girls in Massachusetts, which is also his home state.

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Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims

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Today was a day to remember. A day for families who have been affected by violence to honor loved ones lost to murder. The third annual, day of remembrance for murder victims was held at the statehouse Augusta today. Dozens of families gathered at the statehouse with pictures of relatives to share. The ceremony lasted about three hours with speeches from Arthur Jette, who is the leader of the Maine chapter for parents of murdered children, attorney general Janet Mills, and songs were sung by Bill Fink and Tina Theberg.

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Volunteers Clean-Up Bangor Trails

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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. You could be up in the north woods!””It just makes your soul feel good to walk in a beautiful spot.”Lucy Quimby says these trails off the Kittredge Road are some of Bangor’s hidden treasures.As President of the Bangor Land Trust, she wants to make sure they’re in good shape, so folks can actually use them…and appreciate this taste of wilderness right in the city.Right now, the trails are in rough shape, thanks to heavy use and poor drainage patterns.The Bangor Land Trust is looking for more volunteers to help rebuild the trails.If you’re interested, call the office at 942-1010 or send email to info@bangorlandtrust.org

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Back-to-back Robber in Court

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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.

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New Portland Maine Pleads Not Guilty to Murder

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(AP) A 31-year-old New Portland man pleaded not guilty Friday to a charge he murdered his neighbor and former employer outside her business in 2007. Jeffrey LaGasse entered the plea Friday in Somerset County Superior Court in Showhegan. He was indicted by a grand jury last week. The victim, 50-year-old Louise Brochu, was found dead outside her flooring business in June 2007. LaGasse had been questioned previously about Brochu’s death. LaGasse has been in custody for almost two years on an unrelated charge. He was brought to court from the Maine State Prison in Warren and returned there after his court appearance.

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Generations of Common Ground in Unity

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The Common Ground Country Fair in Unity got off to a big start Friday. Sustainable living has been the fair’s focus for more than 30 years – and it gets all ages involved.Organizers say about 15 thousand people showed up here Friday morning. Some have been coming every year for decades, like Sara Christy, who’s a part of the Wednesday Spinners.”It’s changed over the years, but I think it’s unique, I think Maine can be very proud because it represents a lot of essential Maine values. Sustainability and independence, and making do with whatever you can get your hands on,” Christy says.Some folks are newer to the scene, like Kacie Loparto. “She Sells Seaweeds,” that she’s learning to harvest sustainably.”The person that I apprenticed with offered me the opportunity to sell some of the seaweed and learn about starting a small business and educating people. So that’s what I like best about it, is educating people about the seaweeds.”Organizers with the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association say as always, a highlight of the fair is connecting with folks from all around the state, from all generations.”The thing that is exciting to me, is seeing how the next generation of farmers and young people are getting involved in different ways. Whether it’s new farmers, apprentices, our journey persons or our Young Entrepreneurs Zone,” says Russell Libby, MOFGA executive director.Milo Stanley was in the Zone Friday – at 14, he already has several businesses. “It’s relaxing and productive, you can make all sorts of cool things,” Stanley says.”These young people are creating products and learning to run a business, which is exciting,” Libby says.Good food, live shows, lively discussion – folks at the fair have a lot of excitement to choose from.”The kids are always a lot of fun, because we have to hook new people into the group,” Christy says.The Common Ground Fair in Unity is open from 9 to 6 Saturday and 9 to 5 on Sunday. It costs ten dollars for adults and is rain or shine.You can find more fair information online at MOFGA.

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United Way Days of Caring Project

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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. They’re going to finish this in a couple of hours. This is the central room for the children where they mix and enjoy.””It’s so important when business and local agencies can come together to improve our community and offer services that are important. It really makes living here a better opportunity.”For more information about the Days of Caring Project or the United Way of Eastern Maine you can call 941-2800.

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Cianbro Employees Celebrate 60th Anniversay

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A large crowd gathered in Pittsfield today.It was a celebration for a Maine company that’s been around for 60 years.Meghan Hayward has the story.”Things went on from there as far as the company. Just grew, grew and grew. But not without some ups and downs. More than once we were hanging by a shoe string.”But Cianbro was able to hold on and is now celebrating its sixtieth anniversary.Vice president Kenneth Cianchette has been there from the beginning.”Well, it’s been a great place to see the company grow from basically nothing to where it is today.”One of the things he’s most proud about.”The company is entirely employee owned. So 100 percent of any profit the company makes goes into a retirement plan for the employees.”Cianbro President Andi Vigue says they’re happy to have made it this far.”I think it’s very significant. Sixty years in business is no small milestone. We were very happy at 50 years and now we’re at 60 and we’re looking to go to 100.”Four-hundred employees were at the celebration.Vigue says much of the company’s success is because of them.”It shows we have the ability to adapt over those sixty years. The economy has gone up and down. We’ve had many challenges and we’ve always overcame them. It’s because of our people and what they do everyday and their willingness to adapt.”And Vigue says that means there are more great times ahead for Cianbro.”The future is bright.”

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Brewer Salon Thanks Military with Relaxing Gift

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

For men and women in the military, the responsibility of serving our country can be stressful. That’s why a business in Brewer is thanking them, in a very relaxing way.Mary McGary is trained in the art of pampering people. Now she and her husband Tom – who own Balance Hair and Body in Brewer – want to share those skills with some folks who deserve it. “Tom and I came up with this idea to say thank you to military, for all that you do.””We call it a gift of balance and what we’re trying to do is give back to a segment of the community that I think really deserve it. It’s the least that we can do for people that protect us.”The McGary’s are offering members of the military $50 off any full-priced service at the salon – from haircuts to facials to massages. The offer also applies to spouses, like Jodi Veneziano, the wife of a Major in the Army National Guard. “This actually allows you to take time for you – which is the last thing you think about because if you’re a military spouse, you’re thinking about the kids, you’re thinking about the house, you’re thinking about the bills, you’re thinking about the pets. You’re doing two people’s jobs.” The folks at the salon say they hope that military men and women see that self-care, isn’t selfish. And it can actually help couples, like one who came in recently, survive the rigors of service.Jessica Mingo-Dickel says, “They left holding hands and that’s nice, that’s really nice. For a small period of time, that he’s home, it’s nice. It gives them something to talk about – a new experience.”Tom McGary adds, “I’m not a military family, but I know people that are. It’s a very stressful situation, even for me looking from the outside to see these people and these families and maybe we can help them with some of that.”For more information on the “Gift of Balance”, military members can check in with their Family Assistance Center SpecialistYou can also call 989-1998 or go on-line to www.balancehb.com.

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Eastern Maine Medical Center Hosting Flu Shot Clinics for Adults

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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

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Planned Power Outage on Cranberry Island and Islesford Tomorrow

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Folks on Cranberry Island and Islesford will have an interruption in their electric service tomorrow.The power outage will take place from 9 am to 3:30 pm so Bangor Hydro crews can make some repairs on equipment.Bangor Hydro says the outage is necessary to ensure safety and continued service to the islands.Anyone with questions can call 947-2414.

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Power Outages Downeast

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A fallen tree in Washington County has caused power outages in Dennysville, Edmunds, Pembroke and Perry.Bangor Hydro crews are on the scene right now.Customers are urged to stay clear of downed power lines and trees in contact with power lines. Customers may report outages by calling 1-800-440-1111. Crews expect to have the damage repaired within the hour.

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King Unveils UMaine Initiative

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Former Governor Angus King was at the University of Maine Thursday.He’s helping to launch a new initiative designed to strengthen Maine’s economy.The sustainable solutions initiative was established in July thanks to a $20,000,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.It focuses on enhancing education statewide to help Maine compete with the ever changing economic environment.Former Governor King spoke about the role the UMaine system will play in Maine’s economic future. “Well I think it starts with education, the economy now is very different then it was 30 years ago, where more education, more facility with technology is going to be important in whatever the jobs are,” Said King on Thursday.King says the university system has never been more important as jobs of the future will be driven by technology.He also urged colleges and universities to do more to keep graduating students here in Maine.

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Route 9 Accident

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A couple from Virginia walked away from a bad accident on Route nine Thursday.The pair were traveling home from vacation when the man driving fell asleep at the wheel.The car rammed into a guardrail, hitting ten posts before it came to a stop.Though the car’s airbag didn’t deploy, both made it out okay. The woman had minor injuries to her back.

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Crash Closes Down Pushaw For a Time Thursday

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Crews responded to a single car accident in Glenburn Thursday evening.The accident happened about 9 o’clock on the Pushaw Road.There aren’t many details surrounding the cause of accident at this time.Reports say one person was trapped in the car. “We had one female transported from the scene, some injuries,” Said Deputy Sheriff John Knappe. “We actually tracked down the male driver. At this point we are continuing the investigation.”Officials say speed and alcohol may have been factors.A section of Pushaw road was closed for a time Thursday night because of the accident.

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Morgan Hill Events Center Opens

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The folks at Morgan Hill officially opened the facility for business on Thursday.They were joined by the town of Hermon and the Bangor region chamber of commerce for a ribbon cutting.New owners purchased the event center about a year ago, since then they have worked to improve the landscape as well as the inside of the building.The facility has three rooms, and can seat up to 400 people.Hymie Gulak, one of the owners, says community support has been very important to the business.Even though the business just officially opened Gulak says they have hosted events there.There is also a dance studio and photographer on the premises.

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