Community news briefs for 8/3/17

28th Annual Frank C. Chapman Memorial Golf Tournament

St. Joseph Healthcare will hold its 28th Annual Frank C. Chapman Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit St. Joseph Healthcare on Friday, Aug. 4, at the Bangor Municipal Golf Course. This event is the #1 Fund Raiser for St. Joseph Healthcare and last year’s event netted over $64,000.

The proceeds from the tournament will be used to support Hospice of St. Joseph Healthcare. Founded in 1981, the Hospice program provides compassionate palliative care and support for individuals with terminal illness and approaching end-of-life. Family support and bereavement support is also offered.

The kind of care you find at St. Joseph Hospice includes services that insurance does not pay for – things that make a big difference at end of life. Monies raised from this golf tournament will go to work immediately, helping St. Joseph Hospice to:

  • Provide care packages to patients and families who want to remember their loved ones with pictures and other special memories.
  • Expand bereavement services to include house calls to family members who may be elderly, alone or struggling with grief.
  • Care for the most vulnerable people in our community, whether at home, in a long-term care facility or in the hospital.

This 18-hole scramble format golf tournament will begin with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. This event includes the always popular, delicious Maine lobster bake. If someone gets a hole-in-one, they will be driving home in a new car compliments, of Downeast Toyota!

The event will conclude with awards and fantastic prize drawings!


EMMC Opens New Unit for Observation Care

BANGOR– All acute care hospitals, including Eastern Maine Medical Center, are required to determine if patients are sick enough to be admitted as inpatients, or should receive short-term services known as observational care. Recently, EMMC opened its new Short Stay Unit to efficiently assess patients’ needs and decide the next steps in their care, which could include a safe return home or an admission to the hospital.

“We know that no one wants to be in the hospital any longer than they need to be. Observation patients can expect shorter stays, which will improve their experience,” says Ashley Robertson, MD, medical director, Care Management.

“Before the unit’s inception, observation patients were placed in various inpatient rooms throughout the hospital, or in the Emergency Department, staying for up to 36 hours, with less coordinated care.This model of care allows us to focus on providing the right care in the right place during the right timeframe.”

Dedicated physicians from the EMMC Family Medicine Center and Residency program treat observation patients in the Short Stay Unit by effectively streamlining care, setting expectations around length of stay, and quickly addressing questions patients may have while they are in the hospital.

Within a 20-hour period, most patients in the Short Stay unit will return home safety and receive follow up care in an outpatient setting. Staff members work to improve outcomes by sharing details of the hospital visit with the patient’s primary care provider and confirming follow-up care is in place. About one-third will be admitted to an inpatient unit in the hospital.

The new approach to observation medicine at Eastern Maine Medical Center is expected to improve patient flow, lead to better communication with patients, and improve EMMC’s ability to care for patients both in the Emergency Department and in inpatient areas.


Bangor Savings Bank Joins FAME Program to Provide Student Loans, Refinancing/Consolidation

BANGOR, – Bangor Savings Bank is the newest partner in the Finance Authority of Maine’s network of local lenders providing private student loans and education debt refinancing/consolidation.

As a member of the Maine Private Education Loan Network, Bangor Savings Bank now offers a private student loan for undergraduate and graduate students, and an education refinancing/consolidation loan. Both loans are available to individuals with a Maine connection. For eligibility requirements, please go to

Bangor Savings can refinance both federal and private student debt as well as some Federal PLUS loans. The bank’s private student loans are insured by the Finance Authority of Maine and require that the borrower has good credit and the ability to repay the loan. The bank is offering both variable and fixed rate pricing options for the refinance/consolidation loans.

“We want to help more Mainers realize the dream of earning an undergraduate or advanced degree, and ease the financial burden many college students face as they begin their careers,” said Bangor Savings Bank President and CEO Bob Montgomery-Rice.

Maine is lucky to have local student loan options, including these that are backed by the state. Many people who need to borrow private student loans or refinance/consolidate have been doing so through national lenders.

Learn more about the new Bangor Savings student loans and how to apply for one at or call Bangor Support at 1-877-226-4671.


10th Annual Bangor Walk to Defeat ALS

BANGOR- The 10th Annual Bangor Walk to Defeat ALS will be held on Saturday, August 26 at Hayford Park. There is no registration fee and no minimum fundraising requirement. The goal is to raise $60,000 for the Northern New England ALS Association and raise awareness about ALS.

More than just a few-mile trek, the Walk to Defeat ALS® is an opportunity to bring hope to people living with ALS, to raise money for a cure and to come together for something you care about. The Walk to Defeat ALS® is The ALS Association’s biggest annual event, which raises funds that allow our local chapters to sustain care services and support research for much of the next year.

Often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of an ALS patient averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis.

Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic or socioeconomic boundaries.

This crippling disease can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease yet it still costs loved ones an average of $200,000 a year to provide the care ALS patients need. Help make a difference and donate or join a Walk to Defeat ALS today.

For more information or to volunteer at this year’s event, please email: , call 207-659-1801, or visit

Distance: 1.5 or 2.5 miles


  • 6:30a.m. Set-up
  • 8:00 a.m. Registration and Check-in
  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. Live music with Em & Company
  • 9:15 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. Live music sponsored and performed by team Always Loving Sonia
  • 10:00 a.m. Opening remarks and Walk kick-off


OTT Communications wins Connect Maine grant to expand fiber-to-the-home broadband service.

NEW GLOUCESTER-  Maine-based OTT Communications, a division of Otelco Inc., announced today that it has won a ConnectME Authority matching grant that will allow the company to provide high-speed fiber optic broadband service to unserved residents of Alton, Maine. The $78,000 grant will be matched by an equal investment by OTT. The grant supported portion of the build-out will serve 33 premises in the area. At its own expense, OTT will connect an additional 36 homes that it passes to reach the area covered by the grant. Most of those 36 additional homes currently have download speeds of between 4 and 10 Mbps and upload speeds of less than 2 Mbps.

The new FTTH network offers a significant upgrade for Alton customers who currently are in contention for bandwidth during peak times due to the low available bandwidth from West Enfield, and can’t receive consistent quality service due to the last-mile copper. Speed tests during the evening hours (peak usage for family entertainment and student homework completion) at 0.87 MB are well below the 1.5 MB threshold used to identify unserved areas defined by the ConnectME authority. OTT’s FTTH network will improve service levels, and will deliver speeds of 50 Mbps symmetrical and higher.

“Alton is a very rural area of Maine and people there know high speed broadband service is needed to work remotely or grow an at-home business,” said Biddeford-Maine native and Otelco CEO Rob Souza.  “Our company was formed by rural Mainers over 100 years ago when the major phone companies were uninterested in bringing telephone service to rural communities. Today’s announcement that we are investing to bring fiber optic infrastructure to Alton demonstrates our ongoing commitment to making sure rural Maine communities and businesses have the technology they need to compete and win in today’s economy.”  OTT recently completed FTTH projects in Lowell, Gray, New Gloucester, Maine as well as other projects in Vermont, Alabama and Missouri. A FTTH project is currently underway in West Enfield, Maine as well.

According to Alton residents, there are many businesses, home businesses and students of various ages in the 69 premises either served or passed by the OTT project. Jason Beylerian operates Outdoorstockroom, an online camping equipment business.  In an April email of support for the grant application, he noted that while use of cloud based applications is increasing, his Internet speed has not changed in 10 years, and that it greatly hinders his day-to-day business activities. At the time, his online store was just 6-months old, and Jason felt that in order to grow his business, his Internet speed must also grow. “In the six months that I have had my online camping equipment store open, I have found it hard to do essential tasks. I can get them done, but it just takes longer. Time is money, and you don’t stay in business if you’re losing money…We at would benefit greatly by getting real world speeds piped into our home business.”

The Alton Select Board, in a letter of support of the grant, stated, “In Alton, we understand the value of accessible high speed internet for our residents and as a catalyst for economic growth.”

It is important to note that OTT will need to set 40 poles over a 9,000’ stretch of Bennoch Road in order to reach the homes.   The need to set new poles represented a serious financial challenge to improving service. The ConnectME grant is helping OTT overcome that challenge. Vice President of New England Operations, Ed Tisdale, indicated that work on the project has already begun and OTT is working with the power company for approval of the proposed pole route. Tisdale anticipates that the project will be completed toward the end of the year.

Brewer High School Alumni Reunion slated for Aug. 18

BREWER — The annual Brewer High School Alumni Reunion will be held Friday, Aug. 18, at Jeff’s Catering and Banquet Center, 15 Littlefield Road.

All former graduates and students who left school 50 years or more ago are invited to attend. The Class of 1966 will be recognized as the “new over 50s” alumni. The Class of 1957 will be honored for being alumni more than 60 years.

The reunion is not only a time to reconnect, reminisce and have fun with former classmates, but it is also a huge fundraiser that benefits current Brewer High School students.

Last year, six $1,000 scholarships were awarded. There will be six $1,500 scholarships awarded. Every scholarship dollar raised by the Brewer High School Alumni is collected through donations.

Social time will be 4:30-6 p.m. The program and raffle drawings will be 6-6:30 p.m. Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. More social time, music and dancing will be 7:30-10:30 p.m.

To make a reservation, contact Carolyn Thompson at 989-4575.


Brewer Kiwanis awards scholarships at assembly

At the Brewer High School Academic Awards Assembly, Brewer Kiwanis Club presented Academic Trophies to the following seniors who achieved a 93 or above average for 4 years of high school: Irene Neal, Alexxis Hinkley, Alexandra Mower, Courtney Pearson, Sarah Maxsimic Lia Johnson, Jade D’Silva, Collin Averill, Madison Bean, Cassandra Roberts, Cooper Walsh, George Alexander Maxsimic, Samuel Gardner and Gretchen Wright.

At the Awards, Brewer Kiwanis awarded the following scholarships in the amount of $500: Wesley Archer Memorial Scholarship to Madison Kyle Bean and the Carlton King Memorial Scholarship to Katherine Jean Jakubowski.

A $1,000 scholarship was also donated by a member of the club in honor of Becky Bubar, a past teacher and administrator, to Nicholas Gaskill.

Brewer Kiwanis meets at High Tide Restaurant in Brewer at 6 p.m. the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month. Always looking for new members so come visit at any meeting.


24th annual Paws on Parade annual fundraiser on Sept. 30

BANGOR — Bangor Humane Society’s 24th annual Paws on Parade: Unleash the Paw-tential fundraiser will be held 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Bangor Waterfront.

The route, which is more than a mile long, runs from Bangor Waterfront through Downtown Bangor and meets back by the water. Walk with your dog or with a human companion, or sponsor another participant.

The Bangor Humane Society is a donor supported, private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. BHS is Maine’s oldest and largest animal care and adoption facility. BHS cares for 3,000 owner released and stray animals each year. We serve over 200 communities in Maine, including eastern, coastal, down east, and parts of northern Maine. About 60 percent of the group’s annual revenue comes from donations and regular supporters.

To register for the event, visit .


UMaine Students Sought for Presidential Search Committee

ORONO– UMaine Undergraduate Student Government President Mary Celeste Floreani reached out to her peers this week to invite student participation in the UMaine Presidential Search.  The text of her e-mail correspondence with the UMaine undergraduate student body follows:

President Susan J. Hunter will be ending nearly thirty years of scholarship, service and leadership at the University of Maine in June of 2018.  As such, the university will be launching a nationwide presidential search to lead our campus and community into the future.

The University of Maine System Board of Trustees is seeking a search committee member and alternate to represent the UMaine undergraduate student body.  I am writing to make every student aware of this opportunity to serve and to share how the University of Maine Student Government will select our representatives to the search committee.

If you are interested in serving please email me a letter of interest and a resume by Friday, August 10 for formal consideration by the Executive Board of University of Maine Student Government.  Please consider the expectations and our appointment process before submitting materials for review.


Search Committee Expectations

Voluntary service on the search committee will be a significant time commitment spanning much of the 2017-2018 Academic Year.  Our appointment and alternate to the committee must plan to be on campus for both the fall and spring semesters.

The search committee will begin its work early in the fall semester with organizational meetings and remain active into the spring semester with deliberations, reviewing applicant materials, interviewing candidates, and hosting campus visits for finalists.

The search for UMaine’s next president will be a transparent and campus-engaged effort that will provide every student with a chance to participate, visit with the finalists and contribute to the selection process.  There would be an expectation that the student representative and alternate to the search committee commit themselves to regular engagement on the search process with student government leaders and the student body at large.


Student Government Appointment Process

The deadline for submitting a letter of interest and resume is August 10.  Please submit these materials electronically to my campus email address:

The Executive Board of UMaine Student Government will review materials and select a group of finalists for consideration by the General Student Senate.  Applicants will be notified of their status by Friday, Aug. 25 with finalists encouraged to attend the General Student Senate meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 29.  This meeting and the deliberations leading to the undergraduate appointments of the presidential search committee member and alternate will be conducted in open session.

The UMaine Student Government Cabinet will consider the Senate’s appointments at its meeting scheduled for August 30 before the undergraduate student appointments are forwarded to the search committee.

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