More than 130 delegates and alternates meeting for two days at the Maine AFL-CIO’s biennial convention will elect officers and discuss jobs, Wall Street, upcoming legislative issues and the voter registration referendum.The labor federation’s 28th Biennial Convention is being held Thursday and Friday in Bangor.
The Celebrity Dessert & Auction is put on annually to benefit Hospice of Eastern Maine, and Pathfinders.The event will take place on Friday, October 21st, and will be taking place at Rangeley Hall on the Eastern Maine Community College campus.Dessert and Silent Auction will begin at 5:45 p.m.
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Police are looking for a man accused of robbing a Pittsfield rite aid Wednesday evening.Authorities say a man walked into the store on Somerset Avenue and handed the pharmacist a note saying he wanted drugs.The pharmacist gave the robber an undisclosed amount of drugs and the robber ran off.The suspect is described as 5’6 to 5’9 wearing dark pants, gloves, a grey hooded sweatshirt, and sunglasses.Witnesses say he got into a small dark colored car where two other men were waiting.Police are currently looking over video surveillance footage.If you have any information, you can give the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office a call at 474-6386
The Salvation Army in Bangor is again helping out local families around the holidays.Its angel tree program provides toys and a special meal on Christmas to hundreds.The Salvation Army is looking for parents interested in taking part in the program.Registration begins Thursday.Itâ€™s by appointment only.
Senator Susan Collins is applauding a vote to block a plan by the Obama administration that would limit potatoes in school lunches.The Senate accepted an amendment Tuesday night, proposed by Collins, that keeps the USDA from putting any limits on serving potatoes or other vegetables.
Joseph Jackson is the first person in his family to graduate from college.”I don’t think anyone in my family has even thought about something like this,” said Jackson.He didn’t think he’d have the opportunity to either, especially given his current surroundings.
The John Bapst Memorial High School Band is used to getting applause but this time, they’re the ones giving the praise.”It’s a proud, prideful moment especially to get greeted like we do from the kids and everybody,” says deployed soldier David Miller.The band raised their instruments and played for troops headed to Afghanistan.”We should do this more often, I think everyone was very appreciative, the troops were appreciative and we definitely enjoyed seeing them.”It was a performance that hit all the high notes.”To see all of the smiles on the faces and hugs from strangers it’s an amazing thing to see,” said high school senior Rebecca Lethers.But the veteran who joined them is no stranger.Photographer: “Are these your fans?” Tillman: “No, they’re family.”Twenty years ago, Master Sergeant Kevin Tillman received this same welcome when he returned from Desert Storm.MSGT Tillman: “I went over and asked if I could play saxophone and he said sure and we were trying to keep up with what they were already playing.”Tillman may not have attended John Bapst, but he’s become an honorary crusader.Since his first performance, he’s shared the stage with generations on John Bapst band members bringing smiles and tears to troops that stop in Bangor as they make travel to and from overseas.”You’re definitely grateful for it, because every person has a time in their life where they’re questioning are we doing the right thing.
They call it their biggest funraiser of the year.The annual KeyBank Bangor YMCA auction is coming up, and they gave us a sneak peek at some of the auction items.Anything from Red Sox tickets to jewelry will be up for grabs.The night offers silent and live auctions, along with dinner.Proceeds from the event go to the Bangor Y’s community programs.”It helps support scholarship programs, helping support families send children to camp for after school childcare and really provides an opportunity for families who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford our programs,” said Mike Seile, CEO of the Bangor Y.The auction will be held Saturday, October 22 from 5:00-10:00 p.m.
Getting ready for life after college is no easy task.”Ironed my clothes, made sure I looked good,” said University of Maine senior, Keegan Kilroy.There’s the prep work and then the networking.”This is where I found my internship last year, so I’m coming back looking for more,” said Kilroy.But for some students at UMaine, this process is a welcomed rehearsal for what’s to come.”The worst they can say is no and so you’re back at square one,” said Kilroy.The school’s engineering job fair boasted sixty-five employers.”This is our future right here, so I like need to get ahead of this thing,” said international student, Ruth Castillo.The sophomore hopes to catch the eye of any company seeking interns.”I didn’t think I was going to give companies my resume.
Twenty years ago, the Maine Troop Greeters and the John Bapst Memorial High School Band welcomed back troops from the gulf war.Wednesday morning, one of those veterans, Master Sergeant Kevin Tillman, reunited with a new generation of the school’s band.Tillman played with the band as they welcomed troops on their way who made a stop in Bangor at the airport.Back in 1991, Tillman borrowed a student’s saxophone and played a rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner.”Band Director Julie Ewing calls Tillman an honorary member of the band.The band continued to play songs for the troops as they boarded a plane headed to Afghanistan.On Wednesday night, we’ll be live at a reception where Tillman will be the guest of honor in the school’s auditorium.