Saturday will be the first ever Eunice Kennedy Shriver Acts of Unity Day.After Shriver died last year, Governor Baldacci is joining others around world is celebrating her life and her work with the Special Olympics.In honor of her memory, Mainers are being asked to commit to actions of inclusion, acceptance, and unity for and with people with intellectual disabilities.The first ever Special Olympics was held in 1968.In Maine, more than 3,200 people are Special Olympians.
How to better support folks with acquired brain injuries is the goal of several meetings being held.A brain injury advisory panel will gather information from people suffering from brain injuries, their families and care givers.The first meeting is September 24th at the Charlotte White Center on Rt.
The Unity community is rallying together to help a family that’s run into trouble away from home.There’s a motorcyle ride Saturday and a benefit supper Sunday.Meghan Hayward has the story.Dan McCormick and his wife Alicia are well liked in the Unity community, their friends have come to their aid in a time of need.”He was on his way home from work in Charlotte, North Carolina and he collapsed in the airport there.
Eliot Cutler’s gubernatorial campaign has filed a complaint against a website that they claim is calling Cutler names and suggests the candidate lacks the qualifications to become governor.Since the complaint was filed, www.cutlerfiles.com has changed some of the content on the website.
The Katahdin Area Council, Boy Scouts of America are having quite the celebration.It’s the Centennial Camporee and it’s going to be in Bass Park in Bangor.They’re inviting the general public to celebrate their 100 years of service.The event will feature scout skills, displays by the Maine Army Guard, Maine Forest Service, the Maine Warden Service and numerous area fire departments.There will also be a pinewood derby.All the scouts are excited to celebrate the milestone.” It’s a lot of fun.
Family and friends of the 1136th Transportation Company currently in Afghanistan got to the chance to reach out to their loved ones overseas.Rowe Orchards is hosting a family day at their shop on Route 7 in Newport on Saturday.Family and friends of the unit will be able to videotape messages to send to their soldiers.The troops were deployed to Afghanistan back in March.The relatives will also got the chance to pick their own apples, ride on tractors and sip on fresh apple cider.James Lawler, a member of the 1136th, says its little things like this that make a big difference.”it makes me appreciate what we have back home, it’s a great help for us over there, it keeps up morale and it’s a nice thing for them to do.”The Eastern Maine Key Club will also be at the event, they will donate the apples they picked to the area VFW.
A group of first graders in Bradford now have the perfect accessory for fall thanks to one of their fellow classmates.Diana Bosch has the story.”Cause I grew big pumpkins and I wanted everyone to have a big pumpkin.”That’s exactly what six-year-old Sally Smith did.She and her first grade pals came to her family’s farm to pick pumpkins for free.Sally wanted to share the pumpkins because they were bigger than the ones they picked last week.”Because you get to carve faces on them and they’re good for Halloween,” she said.The Smith family began planting their pumpkins back in June.”We created a bowl around them and waited for them to grow,” said Sally’s sister, Rebekah.Four months later, there are about one hundred of them on the farm.With pumpkins in tow, the students boarded the school bus back to the classroom.Looking at the smiles on the children’s faces, Rebekah says she’s proud of her little sister and her big heart.”Instead of wanting to keep the pumpkins to herself or sell them to get money, she wanted her friends to enjoy them and that’s really awesome.”Sally shares her name and birthday with her grandma, a woman she’s looked up to for her generosity.”When you give, you’re the one that gets and I thought Sally Jo will always remember this as a wonderful day,” she said.
Another sign of fall – the first flu shot clinic of the season is underway in Bangor.And organizers say, compared to last year, there’s plenty of vaccine to go around right now.The Bangor Regional Influenza Collaborative is hosting the clinic at the Spectacular Event Center, on Griffin Road.
A Bangor woman who admitted to sexually abusing a man then burning him with hot water while he was unconscious will spend the next 6 years in prison.27-year-old Laura Smith was sentenced Friday morning in a courtroom in bangor.Before her sentence was read, Smith apologized for her actions.She pleaded guilty in June to aggravated assault and gross sexual assault.The victim told police he woke up with injuries after getting drunk at a party in November of last year.Superior Court Justice William Anderson told the courtroom, “It seems to the court what really happened that this passed out, troubled man was lying on the floor, everybody was drinking it was almost a cruel, painful degrading joke or prank.”Police say the 43-year-old victim suffered burns on his back, a broken ankle and perforated bowel.Smith told police she did it as a joke.
A new regional hospital in Augusta is one step closer to fruition.Conditional approval was granted for plans to build a new Maine General Medical Center.It will have up to 226 beds.The projected cost is $312,000,000.A final decision is expected in the next few weeks.
The triggerman in a double killing in Rumford, Maine, has pleaded guilty in Oxford County Superior Court.On Wednesday 20-year-old Eric Hamel of Mexico admitted his guilt in the shooting deaths of 48-year-old Roger Day and 22-year-old Victor Sheldon in August 2010.
Bob Marley has broken the world record for longest-winded standup routine.He took to the stage at the Comedy Connection in Portland Wednesday morning and aims to keep cracking jokes for 40 straight hours.The record to beat was 38-hours, 6-minutes, held by Lindsay Webb of Australia.The Guinness Book of Records has strict rules: a timekeeper must be present, and there must be at least 10 people in the audience at all times.People have to pay to watch Marley’s world record jokefest quest.Proceeds will go to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland.
Taking a spill can have serious consequences, especially if the person who falls is elderly.Seniors who gathered at the United Methodist Church in Bangor and got some good tips on how to avoid falling.Folks from the Eastern Area Agency on Aging say that the fear falling can actually keep seniors from engaging in normal daily activities.If you missed the Fall Fair and would like more information on Fall prevention, you can call the Eastern Area Agency on Aging at 947-2865.They offer special classes to help out too.
Hard to believe we’re already talking about this, but one of the first flu clinics of the season is being held in Bangor tomorrow.It takes place at the Spectacular Event Center on the Griffin Road.The clinic is hosted by the Bangor Regional Influenza Collaborative.It runs from 7 am until 7 pm.