Folks could help fuel local businesses Saturday.It was small business Saturday, which encourages people to shop locally.Black Friday is more catered toward malls and big box stores, whereas this gives attention to locally owned ones.These business owners say they enjoy having the one-on-one interaction with their customers.” I think shopping local not only keeps money in your community, it’s more money back in your community and maintains a vibrant community but, there’s a certain level of service that you get at a small store that you don’t get at a big box store,” said Co-Owner of Central Street Farmhouse, Zeth Lundy.” People are coming down and they’re realizing there are so many businesses in downtown Bangor and so many unique gifts that people can buy in a smaller setting,” said Co-owner, Rock and Art Shop, Annette Dodd.The business owners say downtown Bangor seemed to come alive Saturday and was bustling with shoppers.
This time of year it’s pretty common to see wreaths decorating homes and businesses, and Saturday in Orono folks could create their own.The Page Farm and Home Museum hosted a wreath workshop.Folks pay fifteen dollars and are given a ring, a roll of wire, a pair of clippers and brush.
A coalition that promotes tobacco-free policies at Maine’s colleges is recognizing eight colleges and universities for their efforts.The Maine Tobacco-Free College Network recognized the schools at an awards ceremony in Bangor earlier this month.The University of Maine was given the highest rating.The schools were graded on criteria such as tobacco policies, the availability of tobacco-free cessation information, and more.Other schools honored included, Kennebec Valley Community College, University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Unity College, Northern Maine Community College, University of Maine at Machias, University of Maine at Presque Isle and the University of New England.
It was just another year of watching the Parade of Lights for Angela Hines, but this year the parade would end with a little extra sparkle.Angela’s boyfriend, Bradd Giguere was getting ready to propose.Bradd is in the military and was only home for 2 days.Bradd’s mom, Missy Houle, helped organize the unique proposal, “He’s in the Army, he’s stationed in Arizona and he said he had no idea how he was going to pull that off so many states away, so I said let me see what I can do.”So missy pulled off a little mom magic and got in touch with radio station Mix 107.9 to help make the surprise proposal possible.Co-Host Tanya Berzonio helped with the planning, “When Santa arrives he’s going to pop the question under the guise that she’s winning something from our radio station.”As Angela made her way to the float, Bradd was waiting in the wings, ready to pop the question.After getting down on one knee in front of family, friends, and a couple hundred other people, Angela said yes!Her reaction, “I’m in shock, I had no idea…This is perfect, I’m just so happy.”
Ambrose McCarthy has owned and operated Central Maine Wreath in Skowhegan for 32 years.” We use to buy probably close to a million pounds of this stuff a year, but now we’re probably buying 50 or 60,000,” said owner, Ambrose McCarthy.McCarthy says the economy has played a big role in that.Folks will find fresh greens that can be made into wreaths, centerpieces, garland and more.He says their product is even smaller this year.” There’s a disease called balsam gall midge which is a small fly that’s like a miniature mosquito that lays an egg in the tips of the fur brush.
How to survive the Holiday Party season.On the menu: Mini soufflÃ©s, stuffed items like mushrooms and wonton shells, and mini kabobs of roasted veggies.Mini Sweet Potato SoufflÃ©s4 medium sweet potatoes-peeled & chopped2 Tb butter2 Tb Soy milk 1 Tb honey1 tsp saltÂ½ tsp cinnamonÂ¼ tsp vanillaÂ¼ tsp nutmeg4 egg whitesPreheat oven 350Boil potatoes until tender.
Brewer police following up on a tip about suspicious activity have arrested a Bangor man and accused him of selling the recreational drug known as bath salts.Police went to a motel earlier this week and arrested 32-year-old Ryan Ellis on charges of aggravated trafficking in a synthetic hallucinogenic drug, possession of concealed weapons, having a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, trafficking in dangerous knives and refusal to submit to arrest or detention.Police say a search of his room turned up nearly a pound of bath salts with an estimated street value of more than $60,000.
The leader of the Passamaquoddies says the tribe has nearly completed lining up investors for a $25 million water bottling plant.Governor Joseph Socabasin says the proposed plant in Indian Township would provide 96 well-paying, full-time jobs.The plant is important for the tribe since a defeat at the polls in November blocked plans for a tribe-owned racino.Socabasin tells the Bangor Daily News the plant would be the only Indian-owned water bottling company in North America.He says the water would come from a spring water aquifer on tribal land in Washington County.
Winterport native Mari Abercrombie along with her son Isaac recently compiled a book chronicling the adventures of Mari’s parents during four decades of work and travel working for National Geographic.The collection of photos and stories is available on Amazon.com, or you can email the publisher at [email protected] learn more check out Birch Landing’s website HERE
The country’s biggest retailers got an early start to Black Friday this year.Stores like Best Buy and Target opened at midnight, the first time for both stores.One of the managers of Best Buy said most shopping die-hards don’t seem to mind.”We’ve heard a lot of good things.
Tim Hortons is lending a helping hand to folks this holiday season.The chain is giving away 725-dollar Visa gift cards at various Best Buy locations.Research shows that’s how much the average American spends on holiday shopping.Jamie Myers owns several tim hortons restaurants in Bangor.He surprised Black Friday shoppers waiting in line at the Best Buy in Bangor.”The community does a great job supporting us.
Messalonskee High School in Oakland opened it’s doors for the Thanksgiving holiday.For the past 33 years, volunteers have been cooking up and handing out Turkey Day dinners.This year, around 400 hundred dinners were delivered to families, while about a thousand people were served in house.Founder Bud King says the event wouldn’t be possible without the volunteers.
People in Skowhegan came together to celebrate the holiday.Over 120 meals free meals were handed out at the Skowhegan Community Center.Volunteers have been cooking up a storm, getting ready for turkey day.Next year, organizers plan to get bigger and move the dinner to the community center gym.