The American Red Cross say the warm weather and school vacation means a drop in the number of donors.So from now until Friday, the donor center in Bangor will be giving away a $500 scholarship to the Northeast Technical Institute each day to one lucky donor.Everyone who donates during the week will also get a free day pass to Sam’s Club.Trudy Darling, with the American Red Cross, says there is a critical need right now for folks with O-negative blood type.The Red Cross Donor Center is located at 900B Hammond St.
A group of students from the River School in Belfast is making the most of an adventure overseas.Their school trip to Ireland got extended by a few days because of the volcanic activity in Iceland.Three high school students and the director of the River School were on a nine-day culture and history trip in Ireland as part of their course work.They were supposed to return today.Since flights were grounded because of a large volcanic ash cloud, now they might not make it back until Saturday.Nora McGrath with the River School says the students are safe and were able to find a place to stay, and while they’re trying to conserve cash, they are hoping to enjoy their extended stay.Today, the group was hoping to add the National History Museum, the National Gallery and a Guiness plant tour to their trip.
A man from Searsmont who was left paralyzed after a freak accident will soon be getting special rehab that could one day help him walk again.Nick Defrancesco has been accepted into the Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, Connecticut which focuses on specialty rehabilitation.He will be leaving Maine Wednesday morning…Defrancesco was accepted on scholarship, which means no cost for him.Defrancesco and his partner Trisha went to the Belfast Curling Club earlier this year to enjoy a day off together.But he slipped on some ice and crushed two vertebrae.He was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center where doctor’s diagnosed him a quadriplegic and told him it was unlikely he would walk again.IT’s a notion he refuses to accept and hopes to work on while in Connecticut.
A former president and alumnus of Husson University in Bangor has died.Delmont Merrill passed away Monday with his family at his bedside.Merrill was president of Husson from 1978 until 1987.During his presidency, Husson started a nursing program, the first master’s degree program in business and the first international program.Prior to becoming president, Merrill worked as a professor, athletic director, administrator and coach.He served in the Marine Corps during World War Two.His service was commemorated in the Steven Spielberg epic “Price for Peace, Freedom Doesn’t Come for Free”, which was prepared for the national D-Day Museum.Funeral services will be announced soon.
Even with a quick response from fire crews.A couple in Lagrange have lost almost everything in a fire.Meghan Hayward has the story.” I put wood in the wood stove and I sat down to have a cup of coffee and I looked over and I saw smoke and then there was fire.”Gayle Milian and Willard Knights say fire crews were at their home on Brimstone Lane in Lagrange about ten minutes after they placed the call.They were able to get out safely, along with all their pets.” Three dogs and 6 cats.”Lagrange Fire Chief Roger Stanley says he believes the wood stove is what caused the fire.” We did some checking and the elbow on the bottom where it came out of the woodstove, water had gotten down in it and rusted and rotted out and that’s where the fire started.”Stanley says the house is a total loss.” The stove is on one end of the trailer.
It looks like a wood stove is to blame for a fire that destroyed a home in Lagrange Tuesday morning.The call to firefighters came in at 6:00 AM.By the time they got to the scene on Brimstone Lane, the structure was engulfed in flames.The two owners, Gayle Milian and Willard Knights, were home at the time the fire broke out.
Fire crews responded to a structure fire on Elm Street in Newport Tuesday morning.Firefighter Michael Thompson says when they arrived on scene smoke was coming from the front and right side of the building.The building was home to D.C.’s Bar and Grill.Thompson says about 5 surrounding towns were called in to assist.He says they did have some challenges battling the flames.”Heavy fire and smoke were present upon our arrival so it was tough to get in and see where the root cause of the fire was.