A church in Belfast wants to make sure everyone has a Christmas dinner.They’re hosting a free dinner on Christmas Day.For the second year in a row, the Belfast United Methodist Church will be cooking up a traditional Christmas feast.The dinner will begin at noon on Christmas Day at the Church on Mill Lane in East Belfast.For more information, you can give the church a call at 338-5575.
On Thursday night, Bangor City Councilors will hold a workshop session regarding plans for a new arena.We’ve been following the progress of the proposed 80 million dollar arena.So far, the council has hosted public comment sessions to allow the public to weigh in.Councilors say much of the construction will be paid for with money from Hollywood Slots, but some citzens have voiced concerns about where the rest of the money will come from.The session will be held on Thursday night at 6 o’clock in the City Council Chambers at City Hall on Harlow Street.
The Hampden Water District wants folks in Hampden to know that there’s been reports of elevated levels of lead in the drinking water in some Hampden homes.The Hampden Water District says that typically lead gets into the drinking water through the homes own plumbing fixtures.To have your water tested you can contact a state approved lab in either:Waterville – Northeast Laboratory Services: 207-873-7711Augusta – State Of Maine Health Engineering Lab: 207-287-2727Yarmouth – Maine Environmental Lab: 207-846-6569For more information contact the Hampden Water District at 862-3490.
A woman from Maine who worked as an escort on Craigslist might be one of four bodies found dumped along a beach on New York’s Long Island.That’s what the mother of Megan Waterman, 22, of Scarborough has been told by police.Waterman was last seen in June in New York where she went with her boyfriend.Police in New York are considering the possibility that a serial killer may have dumped the four bodies along a quarter-mile stretch of road not far from Long Island’s Jones Beach.
A local celebrity was at Borders this evening, signing a Christmas favorite.Noel Paul Stookey, better known as Paul, from the folk trio Peter, Paul, and Mary was signing the book a Night Before Christmas this evening.While he didn’t actually write the book, this version came with a c-d which featured songs performed by Peter, Paul and Mary.If you couldn’t make it out tonight, Paul signed a few extra copies of the book.You can pick one up as your out doing your last minute Christmas shopping at the Borders in Bangor.
A Christmas tree lighting at the Lafayette Family Cancer Center in Brewer was a special event for many folks in the area.The lights on the tree were purchased by family and friends to honor and support those affected by cancer.Lights of Hope collected over $23,000 this year.That money will be used for patient support and cancer research.Even though the tree is now lit, you can still purchase a light for it.You can visit their website at www.healthcarecharities.org.
Local families in need are being treated to a holiday shopping spree thanks to the folks at Crossroads Ministries in Old Town.It’s called the “Christmas Giveaway.” For the second straight year, volunteers at Crossroads are partnering with Toys for Tots, local businesses, the University of Maine, and local schools to help make Christmas a little merrier for some local families in need.Mark Ryder is a volunteer at Crossroads and coordinates this event.
Tis’ the season of giving, and local charities say they need more help.This year, Manna Ministries hosted its annual Adopt-a-Family Program for the holidays.However, this year, they still have more than a hundred families who need help.Manna hopes local residents will come by, and pick up a wish list for one of their families on file.
Downtown Bangor is all gussied up for the holidays.A friendly competition between businesses helped that along.Holiday themes fill store windows as part of Downtown Bangor Parntnership’s third annual storefront contest.The goal is to draw more shoppers into the downtown for the holidays.
Christmas is almost a week away, but local charities still have hundreds of families to help.Bangor’s Salvation Army says their ‘angel tree’ is filled with unanswered Christmas wishes.They still need to fulfill toy requests for more than one-hundred kids.For many families, these donations will be the only gifts waiting for them under the tree.You can drop a gift off at the Salvation Army’s tree in front of Macy’s, inside the Bangor Mall, or at their office on South Park Street in Bangor.They hope to collect all the donations by Saturday night.
Folks on the University of Maine campus in Orono are being advised to move their vehicles from the Steam Plant parking lot.The water is rising in the Stillwater River and causing some flooding.There are other lots on campus available for parking.Anyone with questions should call UMaine Public Safety at 581-4040 or Parking Services at 581-4047.
A woman in Corinth is bringing her own touch of magic to the holiday season.Meghan Hayward takes us to her Christmas village.Thirty years ago Glenace Underhill started a Christmas village of ceramics, with just 28 pieces.”Every year I made new pieces and people gave me things, accessories to go with it.
Earlier this year the Bangor Y announced it would be moving from its Hammond Street site and improving its Second Street campus.Phase one included more parking and some cosmetic changes inside.So far, members and staff are happy with the makeover.”I can’t imagine what I would do if the Y were not here.”Gwethalyn Phillips has been a member at the Bangor Y since 2003 when her doctor told her she needed to drop her weight and cholesterol.”I did lose the weight and I did meet lots of people that were wonderful and supportive and helpful and I’ve been doing this seven years now and feel healthier and better than I’ve ever felt,” said Phillips.In 2009 the Bangor Y had 10,000 members and two locations– one on Hammond Street, the other on Second Street which was a hassle for some members.”Had to go to Hammond Street if you wanted to have a cardio workout and then come back over here if you wanted to pick up your child in childcare.
Kids helping kids, that’s exactly what is happening at the Dedham School.Students hosted an assembly Wednesday to give pajamas, stuffed animals and books to victims of domestic violence.”Oh my word, it was a completely overwhelming experience it literally brought me to tears,” said Amanda Cost, a director at Spruce Run, a shelter for victims of domestic violence.Cost was overcome with emotion when she received hundreds of pajamas on behalf of the shelter.The Dedham School collected the pajamas to give to kids who stay at the shelter.”It was an overwhelming experience.
Students from the New England School of Communications made it to the finals in a national competition sponsored by Honda but didn’t take home the top prize.We caught up with students Ally Booker, Beth Churchill, and Kristen Sprague last week before they headed out west to Los Angeles.The students created a campaign using social media centered around CR Zazzy, a fictional character they created to represent the car in the first ever Honda Media Challenge.The group was beat out by a team from Syracuse University.We spoke to Beth Churchill by phone Wednesday, she tells us eventhough they didn’t win first place, they still feel like winners and are happy with the opportunity.The students will be virtual interns with Honda next Spring.