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.
Maine legislators are working on bills aimed to help local businesses affected by the shutdown of the Memorial Bridge, which connected the state to New Hampshire.Foster’s Daily Democrat reports one bill allows signs along Interstate 95 for businesses in Kittery.The signs are expected to provide directors to locations that are no longer accessible by the bridge.The other bill allows shuttles from New Hampshire to Maine using the COAST bus system out of New Hampshire.The 88-year-old bridge closed permanently to traffic on July 27th following an inspection that revealed it was no longer safe.
Around 40 law enforcement officers took part in a 14-mile run to honor the 15 game wardens who have died in the line of duty.The runners took off from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro just before 10:00 Wednesday morning.The 4th annual run honors the game wardens killed in the line of duty since 1880.Corporal John Macdonald of the Maine Warden Service says it’s important to remember the wardens who made the ultimate sacrifice.
”When we first came on scene with this property it was very dilapidated, rundown state with a lot of deferred maintenance and poor occupancy.” After two years of work by Weston Associates, the rehabilitation of Greentree Apartments in Augusta is complete.
Most of the state-owned properties put up for sale over the past five years have not been aggressively marketed by the state according to a report presented to Maine lawmakers on Tuesday by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability.
A southern Maine contractor is facing $12,000 in fines for alleged safety violations in connection with a construction worker’s death.Bowdoin Excavation of North Yarmouth has been cited for four violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.Twenty-three year old Danny Dodge was killed while working on a company site in Bangor.Dodge was installing a gas line when a backhoe toppled over him.The company says they do not plan to contest the fines.
Most of the state-owned properties put up for sale over the past five years have not been aggressively marketed by the state.That’s according to a report presented to Maine lawmakers on Tuesday by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability.
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is facing a lawsuit from one of its own employees.Andrea Lani says she was demoted from her job after testifying – on her own time as a private citizen – before a legislative committee against a bill that would have eliminated the program that she oversaw at the DEP.