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Fourth of July fundraiser kicks off

Beal, EMCC selected as this year's Grand Marshals

BANGOR The Greater Bangor 4th of July Corporation kicked off its annual campaign last week to raise funds for the Independence Day parade, charity concert and fireworks display.

In its first few weeks, the campaign raised over $15,000 toward what organizers say is the $30,000 goal this year to fund parade units, concert costs and the fireworks display taking place that night alongside the Penobscot River.

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bringing smiles to chronically ill children

'The whole theme of the fund is to bring a smile to a child's face during those times when they have to undergo procedures,' says Lucille Koncinsky, grandmother of Brianna Rachel Koncinsky. 'The reason the fund exists this was her idea.'

Brianna was 6 years old when she lost her two year fight with brain cancer. Twelve years later, her spirit continues to make a powerful impact on the lives of people she never knew.

Shortly after her passing, Brianna's family established The Brianna Rachel Fund for Kids to assist with the non-medical needs of chronically ill and hospitalized children and their families.

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Thursday, 21 June 2012 07:45

Fourth of July fund nears $25K goal

With charity concert lineup set, fireworks display to be the largest in state

BANGOR Area companies and individuals stepped up heavily and contributed over $7,000 last week, leaving just $440 to go to reach this year's fundraising goal with just two weeks left before the annual Independence Day parade and fireworks celebration.

According to Tony Bernatche, chair of the nonprofit 4th of July Corporation, this year's goal was set at $25,000 but with such a strong response organizers hope to allocate closer to $30,000 for both the day's parade and fireworks, the latter of which is the largest expense of the day's celebration. On the heels of the success of last year's fireworks display it was the largest Bangor area residents have seen in recent memory Bernatche said the great response from the community this year will allow organizers to commit the additional $5,000, making this year's display the largest in the state.

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Wednesday, 23 May 2012 11:17

The next 10

A decade after its opening, Maine Discovery Museum looks to sustain its future

BANGOR A little more than a decade after opening its doors, the Maine Discovery Museum has been a staple of downtown Bangor's landscape. Its familiar marquee of a toad sitting atop a clock with a paint brush, globe and violin tucked underneath has greeted visitors to the Main Street corridor where, if you stick around long enough, you'll hear its ubiquitous 'ribbit' chime on the hour.

For families living in the greater Bangor area, the museum has become one of the major activity centers for children since it began operating in February 2001. For the city itself, the museum has become one of Bangor's major tourist destinations that attracts thousands of visitors a year.

Built in the lower three floors of the former Freese's Department Store at an original cost of $4.5 million, the museum has treated nearly three quarters of a million visitors in both children and adults alike over the years who have walked through its doors to a variety of exhibits dedicated to learning, discovery and enjoyment. According to Niles Parker, MDM's executive director, the last decade has been a successful one but the next represents a unique set of challenges that has led to the launch of a major campaign to raise funds to reset the museum's operations, and achieve long-term sustainability.

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