Community news for 9/14/17

Brewer Middle School player Cameron Hughes (88) tackles Hermon Middle School’s Gary Glidden (5) during play at Doyle Field in Brewer Thursday, Sept. 7.
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The 2017 2 Those Who Care award winners announced

BANGOR – WLBZ 2 is announcing the 2017 recipients of 2 Those Who Care awards. The awards acknowledge the outstanding work and dedication of five volunteers and one agency of distinction in Eastern Maine.

This year’s winners provide volunteer activity that helps veterans, disadvantaged youth and families, performing arts students, adult caregivers of family members with dementia, all helping boost the morale of an entire region. They represent communities across Eastern Maine: Ellsworth, Orland, Millinocket, Lee, Cranberry Isles, Jonesport, and Bangor.

WLBZ 2 will recognize award recipients at a gala ceremony on October 5 at the Gracie Theatre on the campus of Husson University in Bangor. A primetime one-hour special hosted by NEWS CENTER’s Lee Goldberg and Amanda Hill will air on the station October 14 at 8 p.m..

2 THOSE WHO CARE Award Winners:

Gary Allen (Cranberry Isles)— a lifelong marathon runner, Gary has been instrumental in organizing a number of marathons to raise funds for several non-profit organizations including the American Cancer Society and the Wounded Warrior Project. When mills in Millinocket and East Millinocket closed, Allen also organized a run to help boost community spirit and create excitement in the Katahdin Region.

Richard Angotti (Millinocket) — “Rick” has volunteered for more than 40 years in the Katahdin region. He has been “instrumental” helping with the technical aspects of the performing arts in the Millinocket School Department. Helping students with lighting, building sets, sound engineering—even purchasing and donating equipment to the performing arts center—all true testaments to Rick’s passion for theater and performance arts.

Rhonda French (Jonesport)— Described as the “Guardian Angel of Washington County” by her

nominator, Rhonda is credited with contributing to many community projects ranging from a Trick or Treat for canned goods drive to a quilts project for the Machias Veterans Home. She also spends more than 1,000 hours each year, September to December, for the “Let’s All Have a Merrier Christmas” program, distributing clothing and toys to disadvantaged children in Washington County.

Paul House (Lee)— after losing a son in Iraq, Paul created House in the Woods. This nonprofit

organization offers outdoor programs that brings small groups of military veterans and their families together to relax, share, bond and deal with the stress, loss, grief and other emotions which can haunt the grieving soul. As a Maine Master Guide, Paul’s days are spent managing the House in the Woods, coordinating volunteers and personally guiding outdoor activities that include hunting, fishing, and boating.

JOHN W. COOMBS Award Winner:

Dr. Robert Allen (Orland)— Bob has been a community leader for 38 years. Through his job as a cardiologist, Bob helped establish a cardiac rehab program and locally founded the Heart to Heart volunteer support program for heart attack survivors. Now retired, Bob continues to be a leader at the First United Methodist Church in Bangor where he helped start My Friend’s Place, a program that provides support for adults with dementia and their families, and he also helps coordinate church missions to help people in Maine and around the world.


Community Closet (Ellsworth)— When the FROG Foundation in Ellsworth closed, the Community Closet was born, and now provides clothes, books and basic needs for people in the Hancock County area. There is no charge for the first 10 items purchased, and prices are very reasonable after that. This all- volunteer operation receives donations from community members and organizations.

2 Those Who Care is a program of WLBZ 2 in partnership with United Way of Eastern Maine, sponsored by Nickerson & O’Day and Dead River Company.

For more information, contact: Judy Horan, President and General Manager, WLBZ 2 991-5311.

WLBZ NEWS CENTER 2, the NBC affiliate in Bangor provides news, sports and weather from all of Maine through broadcast, digital and social media channels. WLBZ 2 is owned by TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA), the largest owner of top 4 affiliates in the top 25 markets. Across platforms, TEGNA and WLBZ 2 tell empowering stories, conduct impactful investigations and deliver innovative marketing solutions.


Area Special Olympics to hold 5K road race to raise funds for programs

OLD TOWN— Penobscot/Piscataquis/Hancock Area Special Olympics will be holding a benefit 5K road race and a children’s costume Fun Run on Sunday, October 8 at 10 a.m. at the Old Town/Orono YMCA in Old Town. The race is a fund raiser for the events that the area program puts on throughout the year.

The race is named Mickey’s 5K, in honor of the late Mickey Boutilier, founder of Special Olympics Maine and a driving force in the Special Olympics movement from its start in Chicago in 1968. Mickey Boutilier died in 2012 but his legacy as a supporter of all those with intellectual disabilities lives on.

Registration for adults is $20, increasing to $25 on October8. Registration for children under 13 is $8. The Fun Run registration is $5. There will be a $2.75 on-line registration fee in all cases. T-shirts are available for the first 50 5K registrants. Trophies will be awarded to the first place male and first place female runner. There will also be medals for the top two male and female runners in various age groups as well as the top three Special Olympians. Registrations can be completed online at The course for this race is flat and fast, utilizing roads and bike paths. The 5k is chip timed. Showers and refreshments will be available.

The money raised during this event will be used to support the ongoing programs conducted by the Penobscot/ Piscataquis/Hancock County Area Special Olympics program. These events include sporting events, and social functions. Money raised will also be used to purchase necessary sports equipment for the athletes and to provide scholarships so area athletes can attend State, National, and World Special Olympics Games competitions.

Penobscot/ Piscataquis/Hancock Area Special Olympics is a division of Special Olympics Maine and provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving participants continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Your support through fundraising events like the Mickey’s 5K is greatly appreciated.


4th Annual End Violence Together Rally and March

The 4th Annual End Violence Together Rally & March  will be held in Bangor at West Market Square on Saturday, September 16 from 1 – 4 pm. Over thirty local organizations and faith communities are co-sponsoring the event as part of national Campaign Nonviolence Week Sept. 16-24 which coincides with the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21.

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the interconnectedness of war, poverty, racism, environmental destruction and violence in all its forms and to educate our community about nonviolent solutions. There will be music, speakers, interactive art activities and informational tables followed by a march through the downtown area and a closing ceremony.

This year’s event will highlight the personal and societal impact of violence in various forms. Students from local high schools, Penobscot Job Corps, the University of Maine and community members will speak about racial discrimination, sexism, nuclear war, family in Nazi Germany and the power of nonviolence as an alternative.

Campaign Nonviolence is a national movement to mainstream non violence towards ourselves, toward each other, our planet and all its creatures. During the week of September 16-24 there are over 800 actions planned throughout the United States and in 17 countries.

National information is available at  Local information at

Schedule for event rally and march

1:00 p.m. – Welcome – visit informational tables, interactive art activities

1:45 p.m. – Speakers and music

2:45 p.m. – March around downtown – one mile route

3:30 p.m. – Closing ceremony at West Market Square

For more information, contact Mary Ellen Quinn, Co-Coordinator Pax Christi Maine, 217-0584 or Amy Hughes/Karen Marysdaughter, Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine 942-9343.


More than $8,000 donated for Texas Flood Relief

BANGOR – In an effort to collect funds to be used to help victims of widespread flooding on the east coast of Texas, fourteen area businesses got together to encourage people to donate their bottle and can redemption money. Through bottle and can donations, and the collective match from area businesses and additional donations from those businesses, more than $8,000 is being sent to aid in relief efforts in Texas.

“To have collected so many bottles and cans in such a short period of time just confirms the fact that people in this area are always willing to step up and help others who need it,” said Elizabeth Sutherland of Sutherland Weston Marketing Communications, the business spearheading the effort. “It goes to show that a lot of little donations can add up to a lot, and with more hazardous weather already causing problems and taking aim at Florida, we hope many more Mainers think about donating a little because it can collectively go a long way.”

About 33,000 bottles and cans were donated in the 7-day period, with 14 businesses banding together to collectively match the donation. In addition, several of the businesses made additional donations, with the final check totaling $8,272.30. The money is being given to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, specifically to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The businesses involved are: Sutherland Weston Marketing Communications, Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway, Hartt Transportation, Changing Seasons Federal Credit Union, C&L Aviation Group, Epstein Commercial Real Estate, Epstein Properties, Eaton Peabody, Penobscot McCrum, Bangor International Airport & City of Bangor Employees, ANM Properties

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Ten Bucks Theatre Company Presents 24 Hour New Play Festival

EDDINGTON– On Saturday, September 16, Ten Bucks Theatre Company is presenting all new 10-minute plays. In a period of roughly 24 hours, participants will have written, rehearsed and performed a series of original plays.

The festival is run as a fundraiser for Shaw Auditorium at Comins Hall in Eddington. The hall serves the communities of Eddington and Clifton and many local organizations.

Rave reviews from participants and audience members after the last two years’ events include, “an incredible experience,” “beyond amazing,” and “a great joy”.

The whole process takes place between 6 p.m and 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, and 10 a.m. until showtime at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept.16, all at Comins Hall (near the intersection of routes 46 and 9 in Eddington – an easy drive from the Bangor or Ellsworth areas).

Artists from many area theater groups hailing from locales all over Eastern and Central Maine are participating.

The performance on Saturday evening is open to the public – suggested donation $5 – and appropriate for all audiences. Refreshments are available for sale. Don’t miss this one-night only show. Visit for additional information as we approach the event.


Music scholarship established in memory of long time Castine residents

ORONO —The University of Maine Foundation announces the establishment of the Helen Goodwin and Louise Biggie Scholarship Fund to benefit students attending the University of Maine in Orono. The scholarship has been created in admiration of Helen and Louise’s dedication to music and music education in the hope that music will always remain an integral part of Maine’s schools and communities.

When the fund reaches the financial goals necessary to begin awarding scholarships, recipients will be undergraduate students with music or music education majors who have completed 30 credit hours and demonstrate academic merit. Preference will be given to former students of the Adams School in Castine. A second preference will be given to graduates of Bucksport High School or George Stevens Academy.

Helen Silsby Goodwin was a classical piano graduate of the Northern Conservatory of Music (NCM) in Bangor, where she later served on their faculty. Louise Hvizdos Biggie earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree at SUNY Fredonia and her Master of Education degree at the University of Maine. Starting her career as a music teacher, Louise retired as principal of Orland Consolidated School.

For many years Helen and Louise both lived in Castine, where they developed a friendship and collaboration based on their mutual love of music. Their efforts to serve and enrich their community often intertwined with their involvement in the local community theater, Cold Comfort; playing piano and organ at Our Lady of Holy Hope Catholic Church and other churches in the community; accompanying students in the elementary school Christmas Pageant and visiting local nursing homes to play the piano.

Their longest collaboration was during the 1970’s with Louise as director, and Helen as accompanist for the Maine Maritime Academy chorale group, The Singing Mariners. Traveling throughout Maine and Northern New England, the group performed at festivals, colleges, schools and community organizations throughout Maine.

The University of Maine Foundation, acting as a separate organization, works to encourage philanthropic support for the University of Maine and other charitable organizations.

Additional gifts to the scholarship, in memory of Helen and Louise, may be made at:


Bangor Parks and Recreation Fall Soccer

The Bangor Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for its 2017 Fall Soccer Program. Teams will practice 1 day per week and play games on Saturday mornings at the Union St. Athletic Complex.

This program is open for children in grades K-1, 2-3 and 4-6. All groups are separated by gender. The fee is $35 for Bangor Residents and $45 non-residents, with a $10 late fee for registrations after September 13.

There will be a meet and greet on Saturday, September 16. No registrations will be accepted on this date. You can register online at or at 647 Main St. For more information, please call 992-4490.

Coaches Needed:

The Bangor Parks and Recreation Department is looking for coaches for its youth Fall Soccer Program. Teams practice one day per week and play Saturday mornings. If you are interested please call Tim at 992-4493 or email at


Bangor Walkability Forum

How can we make our local communities safer, healthier, more economically vibrant and sustainable?  A group of Bangor stakeholders has decided to explore that question with a half-day forum on “walkability,” 8:15 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.Tuesday, Sept. 19.

The Bangor Walkability Forum is designed to inspire and prepare communities to diversity modes of transportation as a way to boost health, economic development and sustainability for citizens, businesses and institutions.  Participants will explore the many creative ways, from infrastructure to events, that communities can develop vibrant villages and downtowns as well as artful connections to open spaces outside of the city center.

The day opens with a light breakfast and networking time in the newly renovated Nichols Building at 189 Exchange St. The plenary session provides an evidence-based overview of why walkability matters followed by four concurrent break-out sessions providing success stories and replicable models presented by local leaders.

All sessions are nestled in downtown Bangor venues including the new Bangor Symphony Orchestra practice space in the Nichols Building, Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce, CoeSpace and First National Bank.   For more information and to register, contact; 582-4330.  Scholarships for travel and registration are available on a first come, first serve basis.


Knights of Columbus to hold second annual Acadian Soiree on Sept. 23

BANGOR– Pine Cone Council 114 of the Knights of Columbus will hold its second annual Acadian Soiree 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Anah Temple Shrine, 1404 Broadway.

Acadian food treats will include: Tortieres (meat pies), hearty chicken stew, patates fricassees (beef and potatoes), pot en pot (layers of pork, beef and chicken with dumplings), pea soup, baked beans, ployes, sugar pie, molasses cookies, bread pudding, cinnamon rolls, cretons and crackers.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 13 and under. They are available online at by clicking “On-line giving” and then scrolling down to “Events” or “Collections” to find “Acadian Soiree.” Tickets also are available after Masses at St. Paul the Apostle Parish churches in Bangor, Brewer, Hampden and Winterport or at the St. John Church parish office at 207 York St. in Bangor.

The event will feature a musical performance by the lively, high-energy Acadian group “La Famille Leblanc.”

Proceeds benefit a scholarship to All Saints Catholic School and Knights of Columbus Charities.

For information, contact Mike Soucy at 848-3333 or Keith Forbes at 735-4131.


Hospice of Eastern Maine Schedules Fall ’17 Volunteer Training Course

BANGOR– Hospice of Eastern Maine (HOEM), a part of VNA Home Health Hospice, will be holding its 2017 volunteer training course on six consecutive Mondays, October 9- November 13, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m., at the EMMC Healthcare Mall, 885 Union St., Bangor.  HOEM invites caring men and women who feel called to help neighbors with life limiting illnesses to apply for a seat in this fall’s class.

HOEM volunteers are compassionate people of all ages and backgrounds who share their time and friendship with terminally ill people and their caregivers.  HOEM volunteers live in a 25-mile radius of Bangor and generally provide 2 – 4 hours of service per week when assigned to a patient.  New volunteers are especially needed in some of the outlying areas around Bangor, such as Etna, Dixmont, Stetson, Levant, Kenduskeag, Corinth, Hudson and Orrington.  Volunteers serve both HOEM and Community Health and Counseling Services Hospice patients and are members of an interdisciplinary team that plans and delivers patient care.

Hospice is holistic care that focuses on the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of patients and their family caregivers. Trained professionals provide the physical, psych-social, and spiritual aspects of care while hospice volunteers offer comfort care, such as, attentive listening, talking, playing games, reading, writing letters, recording memoirs, preparing a meal or driving to appointments.  Volunteers are generally assigned to serve only one patient and family at a time.

Our comprehensive training course will help participants understand the dynamics of end-of-life and prepare them to effectively provide companionship, emotional support, respite and bereavement support for hospice patients and their families.

Hospice of Eastern Maine is Bangor’s oldest hospice and has been meeting the end-of-life needs in local communities since 1981.

For more information about becoming a patient care volunteer or to learn about other volunteer opportunities with Hospice of Eastern Maine, please call Wayne Melanson, Volunteer Coordinator at 275-2110 or e-mail  Aspiring patient care volunteers must complete an application and interview prior to October 6.  Class size is limited to 12.


Eucharistic Miracles of the World Exhibit

BANGOR– St. John Catholic Church will host an exhibit of the Eucharistic Miracles of the World 12 noon- 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 and 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1. The exhibit, depicting more than 150 miracles involving the Eucharist, will be shown in the basement of the church at 217 York St.

With an extensive number of beautiful photographs and historical descriptions, the exhibition presents some of the miracles which have taken place throughout the ages in many countries of the world. Viewing the exhibit takes an average of two hours. For those unable to stand for long periods of time there will be a film shown which depicts all the miracles. The exhibition is made possible through the Androscoggin Valley and the Penobscot Valley chapters of the Knights of Columbus. Admission is free but donations will be accepted to cover exhibit costs.

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