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Wednesday, 09 December 2015 00:02

Giving thanks with lights

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.

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Toni Buzzeo of Buxton isn't slowing down for the holidays. The children's book author has released her 24th book just in time for Christmas called 'The Twelve Days of Christmas in New England.' The book follows two cousins as they spend their Christmas vacation exploring New England. Buzzeo admits she learned a number of new things about New England while penning the story and hopes readers enjoy the adventure through New England as much as her characters do.

Maine Edge: 'The Twelve Days of Christmas in New England' is your latest children's book read to the classic Christmas carol, "The Twelve Days of Christmas." It also includes several historical facts about the New England states. Did you intend on it being a historical and geographic lesson for readers?

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Tuesday, 28 April 2015 19:48

Geaghan's gives back

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.

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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.

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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.

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HAMPDEN - A vet tech in Hampden has come up with a festive way to spread some holiday cheer at work this season while also helping out area pet owners in need. For several years, Heather Burgess and her husband have participated in the Hands of Hope Christmas program, where the needs of less fortunate families in Maine are written on gift tags that hang from decorated Christmas trees at various businesses. Generous shoppers then select a tag, purchase the listed item and return it to the business so it can be distributed by Hands of Hope to needy families in time for Christmas. That same idea gave Burgess the motivation to create a tree of her own, a Paws of Hope Christmas tree.

"There's probably 50 tags on it. There's tags for cat or dog food, nail trims, rabies vaccines or sick exams," said Burgess, who works at the Hampden Veterinary Clinic. "But this is different than a Hands of Hope tree because our tags aren't linked to a certain family. If you pay for, say, a nail trim, it goes into a charity box we have and we hand it out throughout the year to who we see fit."

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Tuesday, 09 December 2014 23:26

Hermon plans to seal time capsule

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."

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Tuesday, 09 December 2014 23:19

Geaghan's beer hits the road

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."

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Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:40

Bangor shines bright with winter lights

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.

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014 21:21

Hampden pool plans water carnival

HAMPDEN - The Lura Hoit Pool in Hampden is about to do something it has never done since opening its doors back in 1995. The pool, located on Western Avenue, is hosting its first-ever water carnival. The event is a way to thank all those who use the facility while also generating new business.

"The pool board and I talked about wanting to do something like an end of the summer bash to get the word out to people and raise awareness that we're here," explained Darcey Peakall, pool director.

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