Tuesday, 18 December 2012 18:52

Santa Pays a Visit to Children's Floor at EMMC

There were smiles all around the children's floor at Eastern Maine Medical Center today, as patients welcomed a visit from Santa, all thanks to local Rite Aids.
 
The pharmacy holds fundraisers throughout the year, the money benefitting various community outreach programs. This year, 30 local stores have raised about $65,000.

Some of that money was used today, as employees accompanied santa, bringing donated toys to hospitalized children.
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 18:41

AAA Winter Driving Safety Tips

The official start of winter is just days away, which means the recent snowy weather is only going to increase. AAA of northern New Eengland wants to remind drivers that now is the time to brush up on winter driving techniques.
 
According to AAA, snowy or icy conditions lead to over 1,000 deaths on the road every year. Some good tips to keep in mind as the start of winter approaches are: prepare your vehicle for use in ice and snow by making sure you have appropriate tire pressure and treads, and windshield wipers are functioning properly. Additionally, drive distraction free, don't use cruise control, avoid tailgating, and keep your speeds down. AAA insurance agent Christopher Hill recommends increasing your following distance to at least 8 to 10 seconds.
 
Another important thing to keep in mind is, if you heat up your car in the morning before getting in it, make sure the car is out in the open and not parked in the garage, to avoid carbon monoxide poisioning.
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 11:09

Former Bushmaster Owners Issue Statement

WINDHAM - The semiautomatic rifle used to kill 20 children in a Connecticut elementary school was manufactured in Maine until just last year.

STONINGTON - The Coast Guard is still searching for a missing Massachusetts fishing boat, and some Maine residents gathered last night for a vigil because they know the men aboard.

 

NEWTOWN, CT - The United States Postal Service is trying to make it easier for people around the country to express their condolences to the families affected by last Friday's Connecticut school shootings.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012 08:10

Parents Upset Over Schools Open During Snow

Lewiston - Some parents are upset that a few school systems were open yesterday despite a snowstorm, and at least one superintendent admits her system should have stayed closed. Many parents were upset with the decision to open schools in Lewiston, Auburn, Poland and Turner, saying the snow made the morning trip scary and unsafe. Auburn Superintendent Katy Grondin agreed, saying the snow never tapered off as forecasts suggested. Grondin told the "Sun Journal" that she should have called off school yesterday, but made the decision with the information she had at the time. Many parents said the open schools should have erred on the side of caution rather than take chances with their children's safety.

Monday, 17 December 2012 17:10

More Maine Towns are Open for Business

AUGUSTA - The Governor's administration has placed an additional six towns in the Pine Tree State, on the "certified business-friendly" list.
 
Today, the towns of Auburn, Ellsworth, Fairfield, Kennebunk, Lewiston, and Topsham received their certificates and road signs during a ceremony at the state capitol, being honored for their focus on private sector job growth.
 
A total of 18 cities and towns across the state have been named "certified business-friendly".
AUGUSTA - Maine's four electoral college members cast their ballots today, formalizing last month's Presidential election.
 
Today, presidential electors Diane Denk, Marianne Stevens, Craig Hickman, and Jill Duson cast their official votes for President and Vice President in Maine's House of Representatives Chamber.
 
All four electors cast ballots to re-elect President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.  Of course, a majority of 538 electoral votes is needed to secure those seats.
Monday, 17 December 2012 16:55

Governor LePage Orders Flags at Half Staff

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul LePage ordered flags to be flown at half staff across the state today, a way to honor the 26 lives tragically lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting.
 
Flags will remain at half staff through sunset tomorrow evening in accordance with a Presidential Proclamation.
 
The Governor issued the following statement on Friday afternoon, "Our thoughts and prayers with the families, friends, and community affected by this horrific event... It is difficult to comprehend the loss of so many innocent lives."
Monday, 17 December 2012 16:40

Manna Ministries Sets Up Shop in Bangor Mall

BANGOR - Making sure it's a Merry Christmas for all, is the goal of one local organization.
 
Manna Ministries is encouraging members of the community to Adopt-a-Family by taking care of some of their Christmas needs.  The charity has set up shop in the Bangor Mall as way to reach out to as many people as possible.
 
You can also pick a gift to donate off of manna's Christmas tree there.  From Super-storm Sandy to the recent tragedy in Connecticut, Manna says this is the time to look out for one another.
 
Manna will be at the Bangor Mall every day until this Sunday from 9:00 a.m. till closing.
Monday, 17 December 2012 16:34

Children go Caroling at Local Senior Home

BANGOR- Local middle school students are chipping in to bring some holiday spirit to a Bangor senior home.
 
Over 50 students from All Saints Catholic School in Bangor went caroling to Winterberry Heights Assisted Living earlier today.  They sang a number of holiday favorites from Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer to Silent Night.
 
While the residents sure got a kick out of it, it was also an opportunity for the children to give back.  The kids practiced their songs on Friday before taking to the stage today.
Bangor - Bangor's new arena has a new founding partner, a sponsorship valued at nearly half a million dollars. At a press conference this morning, in front of city officials and Bangor Savings board members, the bank announced that it will provide financial support for the new Cross Insurance Center, a total of $455,000 over seven years. And in addition to the financial announcement, an update was also given on the buildings construction progress. The new 8,000 seat arena and conference center is slated to open in the fall of 2013.

Augusta - Six Maine communities have been deemed "Business-Friendly" by the LePage administration. Officials from Auburn, Ellsworth, Fairfield, Kennebunk, Lewiston and Topsham will pick up their road signs today in a ceremony at the State Capitol. A total of 18 cities and towns across the state have been declared a "Certified Business Friendly Community" for their focus on private sector job growth.