Three 3-year-olds, a full time job, a part time job and freelance gigs doesn’t leave a lot of time that is designated as “free.” And that time, despite its name, is valuable to me. There are scant few hours that I can truly call my own, so I get a little uppity when they’re infringed upon.
Which is often why poor telemarketers – even those asking for cash or surveys for a purported good cause – are often gently reminded to take me off their lists. Nothing like grimly battling through tantrums, boo-boos, herding the wildlings upstairs for quiet time and fixing oneself a sandwich only to have the phone ring before you get a chance to test your latest tuna-salad invention. Because I’m a Luddite, I don’t have caller ID, and it’s invariably Rachel or Carmen from Cardholder Services saving me from credit card debt (from my mythical credit cards).
UMaine names 2015 valedictorian and salutatorian
ORONO — Gwendolyn Beacham of Farmington is the 2015 valedictorian at the University of Maine and Katelyn Massey of Waterville is the salutatorian.
They will receive their degrees at UMaine’s 213th Commencement in Harold Alfond Sports Arena May 9.
Third annual Meals from Maine
BANGOR – The Third Annual Meals from Maine Food Packing Event & Community Food Drive will be held on Saturday, April 25 at the former Circuit City Building on Stillwater Ave., Bangor from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Food Packing Event, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, will prepare 100,000+ meals to be shipped to starving children in poverty or disaster stricken areas around the world. Heirloom seed packets will also be assembled to send with the food to create sustainable food sources.
Pine nuts recalled for possible salmonella contamination
Hannaford Supermarkets of Scarborough, ME, and Superior Nuts & Candy of Chicago announced Thursday they are recalling certain packages of pine nuts due to the potential for Salmonella contamination.
The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the Food and Drug Administration revealed the presence of salmonella in a certain package of pine nuts, which are sold at Hannaford stores.
Bangor Savings Bank collects over 10,000 jars of PB&J
BANGOR – During the month of March, a total of 10,162 jars of peanut butter and jelly were collected in response to a unique, annual food drive overseen by Bangor Savings Bank. This year’s drive also encouraged those donating to share their act of kindness on social media: for each “selfie” donors took at the bank branch they donated in, Bangor Savings contributed an additional two jars of peanut butter. The jars of peanut butter and jelly were then distributed to local food pantries across the state.
“Bangor Savings Bank recognizes that many Mainers struggle to put food on the table,” said Bob Montgomery-Rice, president and CEO of Bangor Savings Bank. “We started the peanut butter and jelly drive several years ago as a targeted way to collect a food item that is high in protein and often in short supply and high demand and as a way to involve our employees, customers and the public in giving to their community. We’re impressed by the community’s response and willingness to help their fellow Mainers.”
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