Maine Troop Greeters Receive Generous Donation


BANGOR - The Maine Troop Greeters were once again at Bangor International Airport welcoming home soldiers and thanking them for their service. But the greeters got their own appreciation of thanks, that through a monetary gift.

Machias Savings Bank handed over the $2,500 check to the Maine Troop Greeters Tuesday afternoon.


The amount, kick starting the plans for a long time dream, a museum.


"What we have is so precious from our troops," Chuck Knowlen, Chairman of the Troop Greeters, says. "It will be here and we know it's going to turn out to be something everybody who comes to Bangor will want to see."


"[It's great for us] to help the Maine Troop Greeters formalize and keep the last ten or eleven years of remarkable events they've done in greeting the troops that have come through," Jim Donnelly, Executive Vice President of Machias Savings Bank, says.


The ceremony filled with troop greeters, community members, and even some of our armed forces, who happened to receive their welcome home 30 minutes prior.


"More than 1.5 million troops have come through Bangor," Donnelly says. "We've had the ability to make a small donation to help preserve that for generations to come."


"I think it's a great idea," Corporal Medina, of the U.S. Marines, says. "I really helps us know that people appreciate us being over there."


"I will be worth it, it really will," Corporal McCarver, of the U.S. Marines, says. "There's a lot of good stuff in here."


The greeters will come together on April 10 to further define the architectural plans of the museum that is expected to cost anywhere between $120,000-$220,000 to build and maintain.

Karina Bolster

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Karina joined the WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX Bangor News team in March of 2013. Raised as part of a military family, she likes to consider Massachusetts as her "home-base". Karina graduated from Suffolk University located in Boston, Massachusetts where she majored in Communications. From January 2012 to July 2012, Karina was a student reporter for New England Cable News (NECN) and would take part in a live shot every Tuesday for The Morning Show, covering topics from current events to the "Trophy Town" teams.

Karina also has a huge passion for sports. While in college she interned for New England Sports Network (NESN) as a “NESN Daily” intern, as well as the TD Garden, working in the control room for the Bruins and Celtics games. Also as a former college softball player, she loves staying active and looks forward to trying some of the sports the Bangor area has to offer!

Karina Bolster
ABC 7/FOX 22 Bangor
(207) 945-6457 X 3118

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