ORONO- Several folks were out doing their Christmas shopping today, but for an alternative to the malls and stores, some people chose to purchase their gifts from Maine natives.
 
For 18 years now, four native american tribes from around the state have gathered at the Hudson Museum on the University of Maine campus to sell their products and spread culture.
 
Over 40 artists from Passamaquoddy, Micmac, Maliseet, and Penobscot tribes shared their music, dance, and crafts with the public.

Some products for sale included jewelry and carvings...but the hot item: baskets...and for these families, it's a knowledge that is passed down from generation to generation
 
Molly Neptune Parker has been making them for over 65 years, and it's a skill that she says is shared by the whole family.
BANGOR- Hundreds of children in the greater Bangor area will be receiving gifts this Christmas from generous community members.
 
Wal-Mart and the Salvation Army teamed up earlier today in attempt to "Fill the Truck" with brand new toys and coats for needy children.

The presents will be distributed to more than 500 hundred area youth, from newborns to teens, on December 15th.
 
A few of the brothers from Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at the University of Maine volunteered handing out flyers to Wal-Mart shoppers, for a cause they also feel worthy about.
 
If you missed the "Fill the Truck" event you can still drop off a toy or coat at any Salvation Army bucket or help by making a donation.
Saturday, 08 December 2012 17:01

Dog Lovers Celebrate Opening of Bangor Park

BANGOR- One local group is  celebrating years of fundraising and planning, that will benefit area-dog lovers and their furry friends.
 
Located on Watchmaker Street, phase one of the Bangor Dog Park is now complete and open to the public.

The space, which has cost about $20,000, formed in conjunction from the Friends of the Bangor Dog Park and the Bangor Recreation and Parks Department.
 
Dog-owners are asked to respect the rules of the park, which is open year round, from dusk til dawn.
ORONO- A national study out this week argues that climate change will do serious damage to winter tourism economies, including Maine's, unless government does something about it. 
BANGOR- She's a singer well-known across our area , still celebrating the success of her traditional Christmas album.
 
The thing is, she's just in high school...and now a senior, Rosie Upton is poised to pursue a career in music.
 
Singing sensation, Rosie Upton, is still spending her week days walking the halls of John Bapst High School...but not for long.

The 17-year-old is graduating this spring.

With one album already under her belt, she's got her sights set on the future.
 
The high school senior released her first album, "Rosie Upton: Christmas Pure and Simple," last December.

With help of Grammy-award winning pianist, Paul Sullivan, Rosie says the CD has allowed her to explore multiple vocal styles.
 
No matter which college she ends up attending, Rosie says she is thankful for how far she has come and all who have helped her get here.
 
Rosie's CD can still be purchased in time for the holidays through Amazon, on iTunes, and at local stores.
Friday, 07 December 2012 11:28

Downtown Bangor Welcomes Coespace

BANGOR - A new business is open on Columbia Street in downtown Bangor....and its purpose is whatever you make it out to be.

Cospace is a blank slate, an area for locals to rent and use for dinners, business meetings, parties, or anything else you can think of.

Co-owners and husband and wife team Joshua Schmersal and Anne Schmidt will also feature a different local artist along the walls of Coespace each month.

Rentals are $25 per hour, and for more information or to book some time, search Coespace on Facebook.

BANGOR - WVII TV/FOX Bangor is pleased to announce that veteran news reporter Craig Colson has joined the team as News Director, Anchor.
Maine's roads and bridges are below average, according to the state's civil engineers.  

A national study out this week argues that climate change will do serious damage to winter tourism economies, including Maine's, unless government does something about it.

But some major players in Maine's winter tourism arena aren't sold on the study or its conclusions.

Maine Ski Association executive director Greg Sweetser says Maine's snowfall has never been predictable and he questions the political nature of the study funded by the National Resources Defense Council and a California-based group called Protect Our Winters.

Maine Snowmobile Association executive director Bob Meyers says he's skeptical about what he calls the sweeping generalizations of the study, although he admits that last winter's warmer temperatures led to a 30-percent drop in snowmobile licenses in Maine.

The city clerk's office in Portland and a number of other cities and towns will be open early on the first day same-sex couples can get Maine marriage licenses.  
Friday, 07 December 2012 08:00

Tiered Lobster License System Recommended

Augusta -  A new report is recommending a tiered licensing system for Maine's lobster fishermen.
The Gulf of Maine Research Institute suggests four tiers of commercial licenses, each with different amounts of allowed traps.
BREWER - There are 19 days to go until jolly St. Nick leaves presents for all those good boys and girls under their respective trees.

 

For the last nine years now, the big guy had a helper here in Bangor, to make sure every local child wakes up with a gift from their list on Christmas day.

 

Skip Young has organized the Greater Bangor area Toys for Tots drive for nearly a decade. Starting out collecting toys in his garage...to now a vacant Brewer shop next to Hannaford...he's made sure Santa delivered presents to tens of thousands of local children.

 

But his tireless efforts come at a price. Skip hasn't seen his grandchildren in months. That's why this year, will be his last.

BANGOR- Imagine not being able to put enough food on the table to feed your family this winter...well nearly 15% of Maine households are living that nightmare, many in the Bangor region.

You can step up and support those struggling families, by donating non-perishable food at Bangor's Sam's Club.
 
In partnership with the United Way of Eastern Maine, the wholesaler is holding a two-day drive to collect food items for Maine's Good Shepherd Food Bank.