On Thanksgiving most people have the day off but for firefighters the work never stops.The Bangor Fire Department cooked up its own Thanksgiving dinner at the Central Fire Station in Bangor Thursday afternoon.It had all fixings: mashed potatoes, vegetables, stuffing and two turkeys.Trading family time at home for a day at the office could be considered a sacrifice for some but for these firefighters it’s a way of life.”There’s always gotta be somebody here and if we just happen to land on a holiday then we work the holiday,” says Captain Anthony Ritano.We here at TV 5 would like to thank our firefighters and wish them a Happy Thanksgiving.
Bangor’s New Year’s Eve celebration isn’t a success without volunteers.They still need some to help manage and assist with the festivities.The Downtown Countdown goes from 7 to midnight.All volunteers must be eighteen years of age.For more information or to sign up visit www.downtownbangor.com or contact Mackie Hill at 631-2035.
An Augusta man who attacked a man with a hammer has been sent to prison for four years.Zachary Gagnon pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated assault.He was accused of demanding the contents of the man’s wallet in June, and then hit him with a hammer.Weâ€™re told the victim was not seriously hurt.Gagon was released from federal prison three years ago.
We’re told a driver traveling too fast in snowy conditions caused an accident in Orland Wednesday afternoon.According to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, the driver of a Chevy Cavalier lost control along Route 1 heading from Bucksport to Ellsworth.
Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine is hoping to make the holidays a little bit happier for children who may not otherwise have one.They’ve once again teamed up with Spirit of Giving of Southern Maine to reach children not just in Bangor, but state wide.Executive Director Bette Hoxie says for children in and out of home placements, a small toy goes a long way.About 600 kids need a toy this season.”They are children who, for a variety of reasons, can’t live with their birth parent or in some situations we have a small group of birth parents who we work with, as well who have children with some mental needs,” Hoxie said.If you’d like to help Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine with their holiday effort, call 827-2331, or you can visit them at their office on Center Street in Old Town.
The Salvation Army is extending the deadline for families to register for its Angel Tree Program.Families will now have until December 6th to register.Captain Tim Clark says about two hundred families have registered so far but they feel there are many more who have not.The Angel Tree Program provides toys and clothing for children in need.It helps children from birth through age 17.”We understand we’ve had families who have come to us who almost seemed a little nervous about asking for help and we want them to know we’re available,” he said.Registration is by appointment only.You can contact the Salvation Army at 941-2990.
A pie is going a long way for the United Cerebral Palsy of Maine.They held their annual pie sale Wednesday at the Airport Mall in Bangor.They have several generous people who cook the pies and donate them.Each pie is $7 and helps local kids and adults with disabilities.” Our name is United Cerebral Palsy of Maine but we’re actually so much more than that.