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.
A mother and her daughter died when they were on their way to school this morning.Police say 48-year old Laura Breault and 15-year old Jessica Breault of Knox, were driving along Bailey Road in Knox on their way to Brooks Christian School.Police say Breault’s Subaru Outback lost control and collided head-on with a tractor trailer truck driven by 44-year old Daniel Crockett of Rome.Authorities say road conditions are to blame for the accident.
1 Â½ cups sugarPinch of saltÂ½ cup light corn syrupÂ¼ cup water2 tablespoons butterÂ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
Butter small cookie sheet.Mix all ingredients into a med sauce pan except peppermint.Cook, stirring constantly until mixture reaches hard-ball stage (255*F)Remove from heat, stir in peppermint.Pour onto buttered pan.When cool enough to handle, pull candy with buttered hands until it becomes white and stiff.Pull into long rope and cut.Cover each piece with wax paper.Makes Â¾ lb
There is a happy ending to the Toys for Tots stolen toys saga.The local organization has gotten most of the toys back.Bangor Police returned the stolen goods to the local Toys for Tots headquarters in Brewer Tuesday night.It was discovered last week that a volunteer was stealing toys and selling them on ebay.The estimated value of the toys is in the thousands.The community has rallied together since news of the stolen toys broke.The Bar Harbor Merchants Association raised $850 this past weekend to gove to the Toys for Tots program.
Singer-songwriter Noel Paul Stookey will be on hand to meet and greet folks at a bookstore in Bangor tomorrow.Better known as Paul of the legendary folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, Stookey lives in Blue Hill.He will be signing the holiday book “The Night Before Christmas” at Borders in Bangor tomorrow, beginning at 5 PM.This version of the beloved holiday poem comes with plenty of stocking stuffers—a 3-track musical and narrative CD from Peter, Paul and Mary.
Bangor City Council has voted against a move to restrict where sex offenders can live.The vote was 8-to-1 last night against an ordinance proposed by a Bangor couple in July.Since then, the council has heard from several people on the issue, including Bangor’s Police Chief, members of the Rape Response Team and concerned citizens.