Emergency Service Challenge
CAMDEN – Being a first responder is hard, physically as well as emotionally. And finding qualified applicants is always a challenge that is only compounded as many responders reach retirement age. To combat this, members of the Camden Fire Department, the Hope Fire Department and the Camden First Aid Association hope to increase recruitment as participants and spectators have a chance to meet first responders in various fields, including fire, EMS and law enforcement. Chris McCabe from “Northwoods Law” has already registered as a member.
Hermon car show to benefit Project Graduation
HERMON - The seniors at Hermon High are revving things up. The students are hosting their very first car show at the school in order to raise funds for Project Graduation.
"I've grown up with cars in the family and been to many car shows, so I know quite a bit about antique cars and car shows," said Hermon High School senior Brendon Dyer. "My favorite classic car is a 1976 Pontiac Trans Am T-Top. I talk about it all the time."
HOPE Festival celebrates Earth, honors Neptune’s memory
BANGOR – The last 17 HOPE Festivals were opened by Arnie Neptune, an elder of the Penobscot Nation, but Neptune passed away this last year and the festival will be opened by honoring his memory.
The opening ceremony will be from members of the Penobscot Nation honoring the memory of Neptune.
The HOPE (Help Organize Peace, Earthwide) Festival is centered around Earth Day and is put on by the Peace and Justice Center. This year’s festival is on April 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Student Recreation and Fitness Center at the University of Maine at Orono. This year rather than have one keynote speaker, they invited people from the community to talk about ways they could “Do One Thing” to help the community and the environment.
Orono Bogwalk Benefit Gallery Show Opening
BANGOR/ORONO – The Sohns’ Gallery located in the the Bangor Rock and Art Shop, 36 Central Street, is hosting a gallery and silent auction to benefit the Orono Bog Walk.
Artists will be on hand to discuss their work on April 25, at 6:30 p.m. Pieces will be on display until May 20, and there is an incredible range for people to bid on with starting at $5 for greeting cards with art prints on them, up to $9,000 for the stunning oil painting that is hanging in the gallery.
GRC is the place to go to get your engine revved for motorcycle season
ELLSWORTH – Yes, there is still snow on the ground. But there are some people already plotting their first ride on two wheels, daydreaming about taking their motorcycle out of storage and hitting the open road.
With the weather finally getting around to warming up, motorcycles are already on the road.
HERMON - Wayne Moir is not your typical pet owner. Rather than owning a cat or dog, this Hermon resident, who grew up on a farm in Aroostook County, has opened his heart and home to a different kind of fur ball - miniature donkeys.
"They are like a dog," Moir said. "They come when you call them. They follow each other in a row and you know who is the leader of the pack: Suzy. She's always up front."
Six-year-old Suzy Q, a former show donkey that is a mere 29 inches in height, is the oldest of Moir's three mini-donkeys. He bought her from a farm in Newport last August.
Visiting the lunar landscape
MOONBASE ALPHA, The Moon – What’s up, losers? Me, that’s what!
Some of you might have been wondering what’s been going on with the Main Man since my illustrious advice (the only reason to pick up this rag in the first place) has been unavailable these past months. Well, due to certain celestial confluences, I can tell you where I’ve been.
BANGOR – The Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) has announced the winners of its 2013 Tourism and Hospitality Eagle Awards. Northeastern Loggers Association are the winners of the Organizational Achievement Award; Waterfront Concerts will receive the GBCVB Impact Award; and Mike Dyer, General Manager of the Cross Insurance Center and longtime Bass Park Director, will receive the Individual Achievement Award. The awards will be handed out during a ceremony in May.
Black Bear Skatepark Association holding fundraiser for new skate park
OLD TOWN/ORONO – Skaters tend to get a bad rap. After all, finding a place that is legal to skate can be nigh impossible. Having a place that is both legal to skate and has the equipment that can withstand Maine’s harsh climate (not wood) is important to many people who enjoy the sport.
“Black Bear Skatepark Association is a group of community organizers, athletes and advocates for a skatepark. We started with this project, to build a regional park between Old Town and Orono and the University of Maine,” said Josh Kaffer, who is organizing the Association’s numerous and varied events.
BANGOR - For those cyclists who think they have what it takes to endure a week-long journey, the wait is finally over! The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is putting on the first ever BikeMaine event, in which riders will pedal 400 miles throughout the state over the course of seven days.
Those brave enough to take on this challenge will pedal 60-75 miles daily across the state, while stopping at various communities along the way. The 2013 BikeMaine route was officially unveiled by the Bicycle Coalition at a press conference last Wednesday. The route starts in Orono before moving on the next day to Dover-Foxcroft and during the week stopping at Belfast, Castine, Bar Harbor and Camp Jordan in Bangor.
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