BANGOR — Special Olympics athletes from across Penobscot County were honored with their certificates of achievement during an awards ceremony Wednesday.
The event took place at the Amicus facility on Hillside Avenue, where members of the Orono and Bangor police departments handed out certificates, T-shirts and pins.
The athletes have been participating in events since May and Orono Police Chief Joshua Ewing said about a dozen groups would show up throughout the ceremony.
“We always tell people if you just go to one Special Olympics event and hand out medals or certificates, you’ll never stop going,” Ewing said.
“We think we are doing something for the athletes when we go and you actually find you’ll get back, they give back so much. The joy that they show just for us being there and showing them just a little bit of attention is worth it every time,” he said.
On Thursday, I-95 FM radio is holding a request-a-thon during which business and people can call in requesting any and all classic rock for a donation directly to the Special Olympics.
The request-a-thon starts at 6 a.m. with J. Stew & Cori in the Morning and will run until 5 p.m.
Local law enforcement and other volunteers will be answering phones, taking requests and accepting all donations…