Fixing up your house can be a costly proposition.But local financial advisor Marion Syversen has some frugal ideas on how to get the job done.Syversen has written a book about it called, ” The Real Deal, Making Big Changes with Small Change.”And she was at the Bangor Public Library Saturday for a book talk and selling copies of it too.Syversen says she loves having these kinds of opportunities because she gets to help people hear her passion.” Doing a book talk kind of allows people to hear what’s inside your brain and hopefully it won’t make them frightened.
National Child Safety Week starts Sunday, September 19th.On Saturday folks in Bangor could get a free car seat safety check.Suzanne Grace is the training coordinator for Maine Child Passenger Safety.She says nine out of ten car seats are used improperly in Maine.Maine law requires kids to be in some sort of child restraint seat until they are at least 8-years-old, 80 pounds or four feet, nine inches tall.She says they had a great turn out Saturday and is happy folks took advantage of the opportunity.” We have the training to be able to assist a family.
After more than a year of work, folks in Jackson gathered Saturday to dedicate the community’s new veterans memorial.The monument was made possible by Chuck Bickford Junior, who paid for the entire monument himself.Marlene Thompson is the chair of the committee and says it would have taken them much longer to come up with the funds if it wasn’t for Bickford’s generosity.Jackson’s oldest veteran, Cliff Grant was even on hand at the dedication.
Folks tied on their tennis shoes and walked for a good cause Saturday morning in Bangor.The Grace United Methodist Church hosted its Fourth Annual Walk for Hunger.The four mile walk began at the church on Union Street in Bangor.Proceeds of the walk benefit the Hammond Street Ecumenical Food Cupboard.Daralene Shortt founded the event four years ago and said it’s important to give back to this cause.”It’s just that it’s a very big need in this time and place of people out of work and more and more families are coming to the food cupboard asking for help so it’s very important that we give,” she said.Last year, the Walk for Hunger raised one thousand dollars.If you would like to help the food bank, you can donate money or non-perishable food items to the church.They are located at 193 Union Street.
Instead of spending Saturday sight-seeing on Bar Harbor’s beautiful coast, a group of volunteers spent it cleaning up.”This island is so important to Maine it’s unlike any other and I think the people that live here need to be conscious of that.”Alexis Burne has lived in Bar Harbor for the past four years, but has vacationed here ever since she can remember.
A group seeking to build a $1 billion dollar liquefied natural gas terminal near Calais has been given more time to line up funding.The chairman of the Maine Bureau of Environmental Protection is giving Calais LNG until December first to file its completed application for the project.BEP chair Susan Lessard says given the complexity of the project, it’s reasonable to give the company more time.Calais LNG hopes to develop a 330-acre site south of Calais.
Efforts to restore a popular stream in Maine were celebrated Friday in Holden.The restoration of the Sedgeunkedunk Stream was a collaborative, community based project where two dams were removed to make way for a natural rock-ramp fishway.The town of Orrington acquired one of the dams and decided to replace it with the fishway so more fish could enter the stream and Fields Pond.Steven Shephard with the Atlantic Science Association says since then ecology has improved on the pond and many fish such as Alewives and Sea Lampry have returned.Shephard says the restoration has been important for the Orrington community.”It was a concern of Orrington to keep it looking nice to create a park there by acquiring the property we were able to create trails in the woods, a number of things to enhance it so it makes a better recreational experience for Orrington and the community,” he said.On Saturday, there will be an open house at Fields Pond featuring live music a canoe and kayak paddle and a hike along the shoreline from the Audubon Center to Brewer Lake.
With the start of fall just around the corner, a family in Blue Hill wants to help you enjoy the season.As Diana Bosch reports, they built a ten acre corn maze on their farm.Jeff and Trude Beardsworth have owned and operated the Homewood Farm in Blue Hill for the past ten years.Guests at the farm have enjoyed picking crops and looking at the animals, but this year, the couple decided to change it up by adding a corn maze.”We just thought it would be a nice way to let people explore a little better and a fun way to do it,” Trude Beardsworth said.Keeping it all in the family, they decided to build it themselves.With the help of close friends, they sketched out a design of the farm’s logo and went to work.”We started planting the corn around the 20th of May and around the first of June, when we do our strawberries, we were putting it out on the ground, cutting trails,” said Jeff Beardsworth.Then, a surveyor helped the family put the finishing touches on the ten acre maze.”He’d go up from one point and then make another point and I’d be behind him with the map knowing where I was.”The Beardsworths say the maze is fun for the whole family, from beginners to corn maze enthusiasts.”Some people have done it in like 35 minutes, some people have been out an hour and a half, two hours.”In addition to the maze, guests can enjoy hay rides and a pumpkin throw.If any guests would like to increase the level of difficulty, they can try the Mystery Word Hunt Game.”9 letters hidden out in the maze and they just have to find all the letters and unscramble the word.”The corn maze is open until Halloween.If you’d like to visit, it’s at the Homewood Farm on Ackley Road off of Route 15 in Blue Hill.It’s $7 a person, $25 for a family of four.Children four and under can get in for free.If you’d like more information, you can visit their website at homewoodfarm.com.
Some teachers at the Kenduskeag Elementary School are getting some help to cover the cost of their classroom supplies.Sam’s Club is giving ten teachers each a 1-hundred dollar Teacher Rewards Card.Marketing Director, Mindy Whittington says they have worked with the school in the past on various projects so they seemed like the perfect recipients.Whittington says it’s estimated that educators spend approximately 5-hundred dollars out of their own pockets each year for classroom supplies.She says they are glad they can help.” They are grateful for the gift cards and I know they’ll go to great use.”” In the economic times that we have now it’s always necessary to receive help from the communities.
The Maine Veterans’ Home is inviting folks in, as they celebrate fifteen years of caring for the area’s veterans.The event takes place Sunday, September 19 from Noon to 2.And will include live entertainment, recognition to staff and community members and tours of the home.Light refreshments will also be provided.The 150-bed home opened in October of 1995 on Hogan Road and overlooks the Penobscot River.
The Bangor City Council’s top candidate for the City Manager position has declined the job offer.According to Council Chair Richard Stone, the candidate was excited about the opportunity to take on the role, but there were some issues the candidate and the city could not resolve.The City Council did have two other candidates, one of the two has dropped out the running.Stone says they do have other candidates in mind for the position, and will continue to move forward with the process.