Rebecca’s Gifts has been a fixture in downtown Bangor for twenty-five years now.This weekend, they’re celebrating that anniversary.Meghan Hayward takes us inside the festivities.Rebecca’s Gifts started out as a small shop on Central Street in Bangor 25 years ago.Fast forward, and a lot has changed.”We started in about an 800 square foot store and ended up with a 9,000 square foot store.”Owner Rick Vigue remembers opening day.”How the first day I started 25 years ago by myself, sitting behind the cash register waiting for a customer to come in and almost panicked when there were 10 people in the store.”Vigue says they’re happy to be located in the heart of downtown Bangor.”It’s really improved over the years.
Employees at Eastern Maine Medical Center were able to get rid of some of their old office materials and help our environment at the same time.On Friday, the EMMC collected old televisions, monitors, vcr’s and dvd players to be recycled for free during its fall universal waste day.Earlier this month, EMMC earned a prestigious award from the US Environmental Protection Agency.Ray Johnson, the Environmental Health and Safety officer says the event shows the commitment EMMC has when it comes to helping the environment.”Instead of putting them into a landfill, all your metals and what not melt down, they get into the water system…here they take all this, they separate materials, they go and reuse them for different products.”In April, EMMC collected more than nine tons of universal waste during a similar collection.
A holiday tradition is coming back just in time for Thanksgiving.On Saturday, Solution FM and WHCF will be joining forces to collect turkeys for needy families.This will be the group’s six year collecting turkeys.Anyone who donates a turkey will be able to toss a rubber turkey towards a bulls-eye for a chance to win prizes.If you’d like to help out, you can drop off a frozen turkey on Saturday at Lamb’s Book and Bible store on Stillwater Avenue in Bangor.The turkey toss will begin at nine and go on until 3.
The Maine House of Representatives now has one more Republican on board.Representative Michael Willette of Presque Isle says he is switching parties.Willette says the Democrat agenda is too focused on the bidding of special interest groups, to the detriment of the people of Presque Isle and the State.The switch now increases the Republican majority to 78 seats in the House, the Democrats have 72.
State Police are investigating what officials are calling suspicious circumstances following a fire in the Knox County town of Washington.Officials say the fire broke out in a home on Bill Luce Road shortly before 10 o’clock Thursday night.Now it appears there was a home invasion leading up to that fire.The Maine State Police says that a woman who lives there called police around 9:45 after a man came into her home.The it said the man showed a weapon but didn’t use it, and there was a brief confrontation between the two.It was at that point the woman realized her house was on fire.The man ran off when the smoke alarms started going off.The woman’s three children were asleep at the time of the confrontation.
In another annual tradition, students read their winning veteran interview essays this afternoon at the Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor.Local students visited with veterans earlier in the year.After talking with them, they wrote essays on the Veterans’ war and life experiences.It’s something that one student says you can’t learn anywhere else.The High School winner of the contest was Jacob Valley, a Senior at Brewer High School.The middle school winner was Meg Nadeau, an eighth grader at Winslow Junior High.Both students will receive a five hundred dollar savings bond.
Contestants for a big competition may be right in your backyard.The Maine Forest Service announced it’s accepting nominations for its new register of big trees in the State.Last year’s list had more than 100 trees and the competition is tough.Each tree is scored based on various measurements.
Boy scouts and cub scouts from Newport are taking a stand against hunger.They’ll host their annual food drive, scouting for food.You can drop off non-perishable food items at Bud’s Shop ‘N Save in Newport from 4 Thursday afternoon until 4 Friday afternoon.The food will go to the Newport community food bank which serves Dixmont, Etna, Plymouth, Palmyra, and Newport.Last year Newport scouts collected more than 1500 pounds of food.
The Tim Hortons chain of coffee shops says it’s closing 36 restaurants and 18 kiosks in New England.The closing list includes two stores in the Portland Area.Tim Hortons says it has lost 4.4 million-dollars this year on those locations, and is focusing instead on markets elsewhere in the Northeast and Midwest.