A great way to get into the Christmas spirit, listening to christmas music and Bangor’s Band performed some of people’s favorites.They hosted their annual holiday concert Sunday night.But it wasn’t just Christmas music they played.Members of the community band practice all year long, and offer different concerts.” It’s fun.
The search continues for a missing Waterville toddler who was reported missing Saturday morning.Law enforcement held a press conference Sunday afternoon.Twenty-month old Ayla Reynolds was last seen Friday evening around eight when her father, Justin DiPietro put her to bed.A search was underway immediately and continued into Sunday.” We got detectives out there and other folks out there who are canvassing the neighborhood and going over some of the search areas.
Waterville police are investigating the disappearance and possible abduction of a 20-month-old toddler.Police were called to a home on Violette Avenue in Waterville on Saturday after receiving a report from Ayla Reynolds’ father.She was last seen sleeping in her bed on Friday.
A local author and politics expert was in Bangor Saturday.Vic Berardelli of Newburgh was signing copies of his book and sharing some tips..He wrote the book called “The Politics Guy Campaign Tips: How to Win a Local Election.”Berardelli travels the country talking to potential candidates and campaign managers.He says his book can help anyone running for election for anything from state legislature to local school board positions.”It can be used by a democrat or a republican or an independent.
A local horse rescue organization is grateful for people’s generosity this seasonThe Last Stop Horse Rescue is a non-profit organization that helps starved, neglected or abused horses.The state calls them and they help rehabilitate the horses, until they are healthy enough to be adopted out to a loving family.They were at Tractor Supply in Bangor collecting donations.
The Maine State Lottery gave an early Christmas present to one lucky person and it’s too big to wrap.” We’re having our drawing for our Toyota Highlander vehicle, along with some other electronic prizes we have left over from other promotions we’ve had going on,” said Acting Dir., Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations, Tim Poulin.The live drawing took place at the Bangor Mall.
It’s a winter time drink that’s packing an extra punch this holiday season.Last year, these girls started this hot cocoa stand to raise money for a young friend with cystic fibrosis.The girls are back at this holiday season, but have added another cause to their hot cocoa campaign.Jessica Sargent’s Step-Father’s cancer recently came back, “Cancer has effected our lives and other people’s lives a lot so we think it’s really important to try and help find a cure for such a terrible disease.”Jessica’s Step-Father, Mike Openshaw, says it warms his heart every night the girls are handing out cocoa, “They definitely understand besides my mother and I, theres been family members and friends, I mean cancer touches all of us.”It may just be a few dollars, but to one young man who stopped by the hot cocoa stand, those donations make a difference.Anthony Cote suffers from cystic fibrosis, but seeing these girls handing out cup after cup of hot coco gives him hope, “It’s good to see such a young group of kids doing this and wanting to help out and like I always say, paying it forward.”So as your driving around checking out the holiday decorations, slow down and take a sip because as Jessica can attest to, “I tasted it and its really good.”
Governor LePage says the editors of Forbes magazine told him the state will continue to have poor showings in its rankings for best states for business until it adresses “structural problems” and the governor felt that meant high energy and welfare costs.Maine ranked 50th on the list.
The state fire marshal’s office is investigating a fire that destroyed a house and a barn in Litchfield.The fire chief says crews were called to the property on Plains Road shortly after 5:30 this morning.He says the fire “got a big jump” on them and both buildings were up in flames when crews got on scene.A horse that was inside the barn was able to get out.The buildings were burned to the ground.
The attorney general’s office is deciding if any charges will be filed against a 13-year-old boy after three pipe bombs were found in a home in Monson last week.Fire investigators, the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department, and a state police bomb team helped recover the homemade devices.They say the teenager was experimenting with explosives, but no evidence was found to indicate that he planned to use the bombs on any target.
Kwanzaa begins Monday the 26th, to prepare for it the 7th annual Kwanzaa presentation will be held this Sunday night, the 18th.It will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Park Street in Bangor.It’s being organized by the Maine Human Rights Coalition.They’ll talk about the seven Kwanzaa principles and the history of the celebration.There will be food served.
LET’S BEGIN THIS WAY.ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON, IN DENVER, I HOPE TIM TEBOW SPENDS MOST OF THE AFTERNOON ON HIS BACKSIDE.NOT BECAUSE OF ANYTHING HE STANDS FOR OR SAYS BUT FOR THE FACT THAT HE IS THE DENVER BRONCOS QUARTERBACK AND HE IS PLAYING MY TEAM THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS.THAT SAID, LET’S GET TO ALL THIS “TEBOWING” THAT IS GOING AROUND.FRANKLY I JUST DON’T GET IT.TEBOW IS WIDELY MOCKED FOR WEARING HIS RELIGION ON HIS SLEEVE AND FOR PRAYING ON ONE KNEE BEFORE OR DURING GAMES.FOOTBALL ITSELF IS A RELIGION TO SOME.BUT THANKS TO TEBOW THE COMBINATION OF FAITH AND FOOTBALL HAVE BECOME A TOPIC ON TALK SHOWS, NEWSPAPERS AND TELEVISION INTERVIEWS.TEBOW’S OUTWARD DISPLAY OF HIS CHRISTIAN FAITH IS COUPLED WITH AN UNORTHODOX PRO PLAYING STYLE.THIS COMBINATION HAS, STRANGELY, MADE HIM A POLARIZING PLAYER IN A GAME WATCHED BY MILLIONS EACH SUNDAY.ON THIS SUNDAY, AT 4:15, THE TEBOW-LED DENVER SQUAD WILL TANGLE WITH THE PATRIOTS ON THEIR HOME FIELD…A STADIUM NEW ENGLAND HAS NEVER PLAYED WELL IN.I DON’T REALLY BELIEVE THAT SOME DIVINE POWER IS GOING TO DECIDE THE GAME.FOOTBALL OUTCOMES ARE DECIDED BY BLOCKING AND TACKING AND SOME BIG PLAYS.BUT I AM AMAZED THAT SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE PUT THIS YOUNG QUARTERBACK ON THEIR “HATE” LIST BECAUSE HE PROFESSES HIS RELIGION OPENLY.ITS NOT LIKE WE ARE STRANGERS TO RELIGION AND SPORTS BEING INTERWOVEN.THE FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES HAS BEEN AROUND FOR A LONG TIME.ATHLETES IN ACTION IS ANOTHER WELL-KNOWN AND POPULAR ORGANIZATION THAT COMBINES RELIGION AND SPORTS.MOST PEOPLE WOULD AGREE THAT GOD HAS MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO THAN PICK WINNERS AND LOSERS IN N-F-L GAMES OR WATCH THE SCOREBOARD.MY POINT IS THAT THIS HOOPLA OVER “TEBOWING” IGNORES THAT FACT THAT IT IS NOT NOVEL AT ALL.EVERY NASCAR RACE BEGINS WITH A PUBLIC PRAYER BEFORE THE CALL OF “GENTLEMAN START YOUR ENGINES.”IN THE END THE GAME SUNDAY WILL COME DOWN TO WHETHER OR NOT EACH TEAM, IN A COMPLICATED STRATEGY, EXECUTES CORRECTLY.TO SINGLE TEBOW OUT FOR HIS “VISIBLE” RELIGIOUS BELIEFS SEEMS SHALLOW TO ME.HOW MANY TIMES HAVE RED SOX FANS STOOD AND CHEERED AT BIG PAPI CROSSES HOME PLATE AND RAISES HIS ARM TOWARD HEAVEN?DO WE CRITICIZE PROFESSIONAL BOXERS WHEN THEY DROP TO ONE KNEE BEFORE A FIGHT AND MAKE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS?TEBOW OWES HIS SUCCESS ON THE FIELD TO A VARIETY OF REASONS.THE BRONCOS HAVE WON SIX STRAIGHT AFTER A POOR START DUE IN LARGE PART TO HIS ON-FIELD LEADERSHIP.BUT THIS IS NOTHING NEW FOR TEBOW.WHEN HE WAS A PLAYER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA HE DREW A TON OF ATTENTION EVERYTIME HE PLAYED.
An organization in Bangor is getting a lot of help with its goal of making sure 2,000 children get Christmas gifts this year.One group lending a hand to Hands of Hope is the Bangor Area Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals.
A nurse who works in Pittsfield will soon report for duty in Afghanistan.Friday, her colleagues came together to send her off.Bea Russell is a nurse in the Emergency Department of Sebasticook Valley Hospital.She’s also a Navy Reservist from Ripley who found out she was on the list for deployment a couple of months ago.”Mentally it’s been really challenging especially trying to get everybody ready you want to make everything simple as possible for everybody at home while you’re gone for the year,” she said.Co-workers held a party complete with cake to bid her farewell and safe keeping.CEO Victoria Alexander-Lane is a veteran of Desert Storm who says this gesture is a small token of their appreciation.”It wasn’t a pleasant time in a lot of ways but what made it acceptable was where I worked was very caring and made sure that they celebrated my leaving,” Alexander-Lane said.Russell leaves the day after Christmas.