The Winterberry Heights Assisted Living Home in Bangor did a little something special for dad this Father’s Day.On Sunday, they hosted a special Father’s Day barbecue lunch.In addition to the good eats, the men were treated to special gifts.Organizers say it was the perfect opportunity to give back and recognize all of the different fathers out there.”Every man here has played a role as a dad whether they’re a biological dad or an uncle or a brother, a friend, everybody has mentored somebody and loved somebody in the sense of a father,” said Kelli Daunais.The celebration capped off with a movie night starring cinema’s all-American leading man, John Wayne.
It was a scary turn of events for an elderly man in Lee.The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department tells us 90-year-old Charles Ring was driving Westbound on Route 6 when he fell asleep behind the wheel of his car at around 12:45 Sunday afternoon.His car went off the road, hit an embankment and rolled over.It came to a stop at a ditch.Firefighters were able to remove him from the vehicle.Ring was evaluated at a local hospital.
More than 2,000 bicyclists are finishing up a 180-mile three-day ride across Maine to raise money for the American Lung Association.A record number of bicyclists are taking part in this year’s Trek Across Maine, which began Friday at the Sunday River ski resort in Newry and ends Sunday in Belfast.This year’s fundraising goal is $2 million.
Police believe alcohol played a role in a high-speed crash Saturday in Belgrade that killed an Oakland woman and left two men seriously injured.Officials say there were multiple people riding in the car along Horse Point Road around 11:00 pm when the accident occurred.
An army helicopter pilot who was killed in afghanistan was remembered Saturday in Dexter.Family and friends came together to say goodbye to Captain John “Jay” Brainard.Brainard died on Memorial Day when the helicopter he was piloting went down in Afghanistan.Military officials say there was no enemy activity in the area at the time.Brainard was just 26 years old.He graduated Foxcroft Academy in 2004 and the University of Maine in 2008.Governor LePage ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff for the funeral.Flags were also visible throughout the Dexter community in his honor.”We do have two young children and you can’t help but think about how this family is feeling and what they’re going through.
The Bangor Fire Department has some new equipment, but you won’t see this one on the streets.The newest addition to the department is a brand new fire boat.The 26-foot boat can carry up to 15 people at a time and will mainly be used for water rescues.Previously, the fire department used a 14-foot raft for water rescues.Over the next several weeks the department will train its firefighters on how to use the new boat.
The Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine is inviting the public to march with them to stop what they call “the war on the poor.”Members of the group gathered in downtown Bangor to demonstrate growing inequality in the U.S.A dozen different groups are coming together tomorrow for a 2-mile walk past seventy agencies in downtown Bangor that serve low income people.”Poverty is growing so that the people that we used to think of as poor middle class are now falling into poverty and that’s what this exercise will demonstrate,” says Ilze Petersons of the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine.The walk to stop the war on poor is Saturday at noon at Pierce Park in downtown Bangor.
Members of the American Legion Riders Post 80 will be hopping on their bikes this weekend for a good cause.They’ll be holding a cancer awareness ride this Satuday in memory of James ‘Bing’ Popkowski, a military veteran who died in 2010.Registration starts at their post on central street in Millinocket at 8am.The ride will start at 10:30am and take participants through penobscot county.Proceeds will go to a cancer patient from Medway.
Two teenage boys are accused of setting fire to a church in Standish.A fourteen and a fifteen year old were arrested around 6:30 Thursday night, just hours after a fire destroyed the richville chapel.Police say one of the boys is from Buxton, the other from Standish.They were identified by witnesses.
I FIRST MET ROGER REED AROUND 1979.HE WAS COACHING BANGOR CHRISTIAN TO THE EASTERN MAINE CLASS D BASKETBALL TITLE.REED DID AN IMPRESSIVE JOB BUT IT WAS JUST ONE OF MANY TO FOLLOW IN A CAREER THAT SPANNED THREE DECADES OF LEADING YOUNG MEN TO SUCCESS ON AND OFF THE BASKETBALL COURT.AS YOU PROBABLY KNOW BY NOW, ROGER HAS SUBMITTED HIS RESIGNATION TO BANGOR SCHOOL OFFICIALS AND WILL NOT BE BACK NEXT SEASON.THE END OF HIS COACHING CAREER CAME NOT BECAUSE HE HAS LOST HIS “FIRE IN THE BELLY” BUT BECAUSE OF SOME STRANGE POLICY INSTITUTED AT BANGOR HIGH SCHOOL BY THE PRINCIPAL.INVITED TO RETURN AS COACH, AS HE ENDED HIS TEACHING CAREER, REED HAD TO MAKE A CHOICE BETWEEN RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND COACHING BASKETBALL.IT WAS A RULE OF SORTS WHICH PUT HIM IN A TOUGH SPOT.SO JUST BEFORE PRIMARY DAY, LAST TUESDAY, REED SUBMITTED HIS PAPERWORK TO LEAVE THE SCHOOL COACHING RANKS EVEN THOUGH HE IS THE PREMIERE HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL COACH IN THE STATE.THE NUMBERS ARE SIMPLY AMAZING REALLY.HIS TEAMS WON SEVENTY-FIVE PERCENT OF GAMES AND THE RAMS PUT TOGETHER 26 CONSECUTIVE WINNING SEASONS.MOST SCHOOLS LONG FOR SUCH RECORDS.IF YOU GO INTO RED BARRY GYM AT THE SCHOOL YOU WILL SEE A MYRIAD OF CHAMPIONSHIP BANNERS WON BY ATHLETES THROUGH THE YEARS.INCLUDED ARE SIX BASKETBALL STATE TITLES..BUT IN THE END NONE OF THAT SEEMED TO MATTER.REED, WHO LOOKED FOR A NEW CHALLENGE, HAD ENTERED THE POLITICAL REALM AND WAS RUNNING FOR A SEAT IN THE NEXT LEGISLATURE.LAST TUESDAY HE WON THE REPUBLICAN NOD TO COMPETE IN NOVEMBER TO REPRESENT DISTRICT 23 WHICH INCLUDES CARMEL, ETNA, HERMON AND STETSON.HERE’S WHERE IT GETS A BIT DICEY.SCHOOL OFFICIALS DETERMINED THAT BECAUSE THE LEGISLATURE MEETS DURING THE BASKETBALL SEASON REED WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO DEVOTE THE CORRECT AMOUNT OF TIME TO THE TEAM.WHEN IT WAS POINTED OUT THAT THE BANGOR CROSS COUNTRY COACH, ADAM GOODE, IS A MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATURE IT WAS SAID THAT HIS SPORT IS IN THE FALL.IT WAS ALSO A TOUGH DECISION FOR THE PRINCIPAL PAUL BUTLER WHO PLAYED FOR REED AND INVITED HIM BACK TO COACH NEXT SEASON BUT ONLY IF HE DIDN’T RUN FOR THE SPOT IN AUGUSTA.REACTION TO THE SITUATION HAS BEEN FAST AND PREDICTABLE.SEVERAL QUESTIONS ARE FAIRLY ASKED.HOW DO YOU HAVE A POLICY THAT IS ENFORCED ON ONE COACH AND NOT ANOTHER?IS THIS A RULE PASSED BY THE SCHOOL BOARD OR IS JUST AN EXECUTIVE DECISION?HAVE ANY OTHER BASKETBALL COACHES IN MAINE DONE BOTH JOBS IN THE PAST?REED, A SUPERIOR STRATEGIST, SAID HE HAD DONE THIS HOMEWORK AND, YES, IT WAS A WORKABLE SITUATION.MAINE HAS A “CITIZEN LEGISLATURE”.THAT MEANS IT’S A NON-PROFESSIONAL BODY COMPRISED OF AVERAGE CITIZENS WHO DO PART-TIME WORK AND RECEIVE LOW PAY FOR THEIR EFFORTS.THERE ARE DOCTORS, LAWYERS, MECHANICS, HOUSEWIVES, TEACHERS, ACCOUNTS AND, YES, COACHES WHO PERFORM THEIR TASKS EVERY SESSION.SOME MEMBERS RUN FULL TIME BUSINESSES AND STILL PERFORM THEIR ELECTED DUTIES.COMMITTEE WORK IS NOT A SEVEN DAY A WEEK BUSINESS AND THERE ARE MANY DAYS ATTENDENCE IS NOT REQUIRED.I PERSONALLY ASKED SEVERAL WELL-PLACED LEGISLATORS IF WHAT REED WANTED TO DO WAS POSSIBLE AND REASONABLE AND THEIR ANSWER WAS ABSOLUTELY YES.MOST WERE CRITICAL OF THE DECISION.SO, IN THE END, ROGER REED DOES WHAT HE HAS ALWAYS DONE.HE ENDED HIS COACHING CAREER WITH CLASS AND DIGNITY.THE ELECTION IS MONTHS AWAY AND NO ONE KNOWS THE OUTCOME.IN THE END IT MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE MATTERED ANYWAY.NOT EVERYTHING WE WERE TAUGHT IN CIVICS CLASS WORKS OUT AS PLANNED.THIS IS GEORGE HALE WITH MY PERSPECTIVE ON SPORTS.