The Hathaway house is one of the most decorated homes in the Bangor area each Christmas. The family doesn't use hundreds of lights, they use thousands to decorate their house, garage, shrubs and trees. It's their small way of celebrating the holiday while also displaying their heartfelt gratitude to Eastern Maine Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or NICU.
"It's a lot of work and definitely a lot of love [to put up all the lights] but there's a reason behind what we're doing. We're collecting money for the NICU," explained Rick Hathaway.
Business donates portion of sales to Bark for Life
BANGOR - Geaghan's Pub & Craft Brewery in downtown Bangor is well known for its wings, beer and community spirit. For the fourth year in a row, the business is donating a portion of its proceeds from a certain day's sales to Greater Bangor Bark for Life, an American Cancer Society Relay for Life event that honors the caregiving qualities of canine companions.
BELFAST - Prom season is right around the corner, and many teenage girls who might not have been able to go due to cost are now getting the chance to attend the big dance all thanks to the Cinderella Project of Maine. This free prom dress giveaway, held at the Reny's Plaza in Belfast, is now in its 10th year, and in that amount of time it has supplied 1,200 high schoolers with a new or used prom dress.
"I can't believe it. I'm just so happy and so proud. Not many things make it to 10 years, especially when it's all volunteer based and seasonal," said Mandie Sawyer, chairperson of the Cinderella Project of Maine.
BANGOR - Jason Howe never intended to be a dog trainer. However, this amputee fell into the role several years ago, and he hasn't looked back since.
"My career started not by choice," said Howe. "When I was 19 or so I got a dog from the shelter. A few years later, I had a woman come into my life and the dog just wouldn't listen to her at all, so I took him to obedience classes and courses and it just went from there."
BANGOR - Christmas is one of the biggest memory-making holidays of the year for young and old alike. But if you have ever had the unfortunate experience of losing a loved one on or around the holiday, it can be one of the most difficult times of the year to celebrate. Rick Hathaway of Bangor knows that feeling all too well.
"Three years ago my wife had twins born at 29 weeks. My son Alex passed away from complications from prematurity, but our son Warren is 3 and a half now and is doing very well," said Hathaway.
HERMON - Few people will celebrate their 100th birthday, so turning 200 years old is even more reason to celebrate. The town of Hermon has spent the whole year marking this special milestone in its history with various bicentennial events including a New Year's Eve Gala, Summer Sizzler parade and road race, fireworks, a classic car show and so much more. Now that the year-long festivities are winding down, the celebration will end with the sealing of Hermon's Bicentennial time capsule.
"We're opening the capsule for residents to place items in so it's not just the town's time capsule, it's also theirs," said Scott Perkins, Hermon's director of parks and recreation. "People joke around and say they're going to take a photo of what gas costs now, but if that's what they want to do, go for it."
BANGOR - Geaghan's Restaurant & Pub has a lot to be cheerful about this holiday. The Bangor-based business is expanding. The family-owned company located on Main Street will soon be brewing beer across the bridge in Brewer. And the company's locally made brews are so popular, the family has teamed up with Maine Distributors to create their very own distribution truck to transport their product to restaurants and stores throughout Penobscot, Piscataquis, Hancock, Waldo and Washington counties.
"The Bangor location is still going to be the heart and soul of the operation and will be where new beers and specialty brews will be tested," said Andy Geaghan, owner at Geaghan's Pub and Craft Brewery. "The most popular and biggest selling beers will be the ones we brew in larger volume in Brewer for distribution."
BANGOR - The city of Bangor is all aglow over the start of the winter season. This past weekend, over 20,000 white lights that don the trees along the downtown corridor, West Market Square and Kenduskeag Parkway were turned on, illuminating the area and people's spirits as winter approaches.
"It's daylight savings and as the nights get longer and darker, we'll be lighting up downtown so folks won't feel those winter doldrums so bad," explained Caitlin Brooke, a coordinator for Downtown Bangor Partnership.
Disney publishes Maine author's newest children's book
BUXTON - Author Toni Buzzeo of Buxton has always loved the written word. These days her favorite word happens to be Grandma. She is especially fond of the Swahili term for Grandma, “Bibi.” It was “Bibi,” her love of elephants and her new found role as grandma that inspired her to write her latest African-themed children's picture book called, “My Bibi Always Remembers.” The story follows a grandma elephant as she leads her large family, including her grandchild, Tembo, to water in the wilderness.
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