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Wednesday, 17 December 2014 00:03

Rubber meets the road

by PR

UMaine junior organizes trek to support cancer patients, promote a healthy lifestyle

ORONO — When Matthew Dexter prepared for the Ulman Cancer Foundation's 42-day 2014 summer cross-country run to raise money for patient support and awareness of cancer, he was seeking to change at least one person's life.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 23:58

Gifts we give, gifts we receive

by Katy England

Stuff is everywhere. I have so much stuff that if I’m not constantly getting rid of some of it, we run the real risk of being buried. With the onset of Christmas, there will be more stuff – it is inevitable. After all, they keep growing. 

And I will be the first to admit, I am part of the problem. If left to his own devices, my husband would probably trash a good three-quarters of their toys – and he’s right, they wouldn’t even notice. But I’ve never really grown up past the phase of loving blocks, and I have this sick desire to build a wooden metropolis on the coffee table. So, despite the fact that I’ve bruised the bottom of my feet repeatedly, stepping on various shapes of wooden pain, I don’t want to get rid of any. That is sick.

ARLINGTON, Va. — Wreaths Across America (WAA), along with nearly 50,000 volunteers, placed remembrance wreaths on the headstones of 230,000 veterans at Arlington National Cemetery. The recent ceremony is the culmination of a dedicated effort to honor each and every veteran interred at Arlington, as well as thousands more across the country. In total, over 700,000 remembrance wreaths were placed in honor of veterans at 1,015 locations nationally and abroad (including Arlington).

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery, the 23rd year wreaths have placed there in December and the first year all veterans’ graves were honored. As of Dec. 11, WAA was still approximately 20,000 wreath sponsorships short of its goal. Morrill Worcester, Maine wreath-maker and founder of Wreaths Across America, accepted a challenge from Maine’s First Lady, Ann LePage, to match every sponsorship with one of his own through Friday. “I’ve always felt strongly that each and every one of the brave men and women laid to rest here must be honored,” said Worcester. “It seems fitting that we reached our goal on the cemetery’s 150th anniversary.”

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 01:04

Rubber meets the road

by PR

UMaine junior organizes trek to support cancer patients, promote a healthy lifestyle

ORONO — When Matthew Dexter prepared for the Ulman Cancer Foundation's 42-day 2014 summer cross-country run to raise money for patient support and awareness of cancer, he was seeking to change at least one person's life.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 01:01

Gifts we give, gifts we receive

by Katy England

Stuff is everywhere. I have so much stuff that if I’m not constantly getting rid of some of it, we run the real risk of being buried. With the onset of Christmas, there will be more stuff – it is inevitable. After all, they keep growing. 

And I will be the first to admit, I am part of the problem. If left to his own devices, my husband would probably trash a good three-quarters of their toys – and he’s right, they wouldn’t even notice. But I’ve never really grown up past the phase of loving blocks, and I have this sick desire to build a wooden metropolis on the coffee table. So, despite the fact that I’ve bruised the bottom of my feet repeatedly, stepping on various shapes of wooden pain, I don’t want to get rid of any. That is sick.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 01:00

Livin' Briefs - 12/17/14

by PR

Christmas trees for sale at Nutting Hall

ORONO — Members of the University of Maine’s Xi Sigma Pi forestry honor society are selling Christmas trees at Nutting Hall until Dec. 20, or until all trees are sold.

ORONO — Three student members of the University Volunteer Ambulance Corps (UVAC) at the University of Maine recently won a competition that involved caring for a simulated pediatric patient at the annual Midcoast Atlantic Partners EMS Seminar in Rockport, Maine.

Melissa Dufault, Alana Silverman and Ryan Buckley competed against several medical response teams with years of service and experience, including seven EMS instructors and paramedics. Joseph Kellner, UVAC chief of service, served as paramedic backup for the team.

More things to think about if you’re having multiples

People will want to give you duplicates of things. When our kids were really little, I used think that was a terrible idea. But then they started ruining things. Once they started destroying board books, having three copies of “Good Night Moon” was suddenly a good thing.

Tuesday, 09 December 2014 23:26

Hermon plans to seal time capsule

by Jodi Hersey

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." 

Monday, 08 December 2014 23:38

Salvation Army seeks angels

by PR

BANGOR—The Salvation Army launched its Angel Tree program, which will provide toys for more than 1,500 Bangor-area children this Christmas in the Macy’s Court at the Bangor Mall.

“Each year, there are families who need a little extra help providing Christmas gifts for their children,” said Captain Tim Clark, corps officer of the Bangor Salvation Army. “Through our Angel Tree at the Bangor Mall, individuals and groups from throughout the community are able to provide for these children. It is a way to connect those who need help with those who want to lend a hand, providing an opportunity for people to give back to the community in a very practical sense.”

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