American Red Cross sends Maine volunteers to New York

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The American Red Cross of Maine continues to send its help to victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Four volunteers are taking two emergency response vehicles from the Bangor chapter to offer assistance to those who need it in New York. Response manager Danielle Hardre said the American Red Cross has deployed more than 130 emergency response vehicles.

Hardre said the volunteers from the Bangor chapter will not know where exactly they will be stationed until they arrive.

"We're gonna get to see a lot of people that haven't even been touched yet by police of fire and get to make sure that they have a meal, that they have information, that they have water, latter that they have clean-up kits," Hardre said.

Volunteers may stay deployed for up to three weeks.


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American Folk Festival Recognizes Top Volunteers

American Folk Festival Recognizes Top Volunteers

Gerry Turner Volunteer of the Year Award Recipients Named

Organizers of the American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront have celebrated the close of the Festival year by honoring 10 Festival volunteers with the annual Gerry Turner Excellence in Volunteerism Awards.

In 2012, ten volunteers in 5 categories were recognized for their dedication and support: Bill Mulherin, Adult Volunteer; Wendel Cross, Alec Decker, and Abby Durrah, Junior Volunteer; Al and Esther Bushway, Volunteer Leaders; The  Music Sales Leadership Team (Mary Brooks, Alice Rancourt and Lauren Rothschild), Volunteer Crew; and Kip Emerson for “Spirit of the Festival.”

Nominated by their fellow volunteers, and selected from many nominees, these award recipients are being recognized for their dedication, enthusiasm and excellence in service. 

Orrington Collection Site Opens To Receive Gift-Filled Shoe Boxes

Orrington Residents Join Operation Christmas Child Efforts During National Collection Week; Seek to Reach Over 100 Million Children With Shoe Box Gifts Worldwide Since 1993

While most people in the U.S. are preparing for holiday activities, local volunteers with Operation Christmas Child—the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind—are filling shoe box gifts with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for needy children overseas. This year-round project of international relief aid organization Samaritan's Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, is ramping up as local businesses, churches and community groups prepare to collect 7,686 gift-filled shoe boxes during National Collection Week (Nov. 12 – 19).

Just when you thought I'm a one-trick pony

Just when you thought I'm a one-trick pony

I'm not just thrifty about books.  Frugality is in nearly every part of my life.

The most interesting thing about frugality is that it invites, even forces creativity.  Recently Goodwill Industries of Northern New England invited me to guest blog about my adventures with "repurposing" yarn (I'm a very avid knitter) and the happy results!




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What to look for when testing smoke detectors

VEAZIE, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- It is early November, and that means daylight saving time is coming to an end. Before you go to bed Saturday night, make sure to turn your clocks back one hour because at 2 o'clock Sunday morning we fall back an hour.

The Veazie Fire Department would also like to remind people to change the batteries in their smoke detectors, test them and make sure they are clean so they are working correctly.

"When you take your smoke detector down vacuum it out so you can get the dust out of the smoke detector, because that can actually cause problems, a malfunction with your smoke detector so it won't work properly," Lt. Nick Sirois said.

Sirois said it is also important to replace smoke detectors every 10 years, and people should take these same steps with carbon monoxide detectors.

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Second suspect in Bangor triple homicide returned to Maine

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- The second suspect in a deadly triple homicide in Bangor that occurred last summer has been brought back to Maine.

Bangor police transported Nicholas Sexton to the Penobscot County Jail on Thursday. He had been locked up in Massachusetts for a month.

Sexton, who is from Rhode Island, is acing murder charges for the deaths of Daniel Borders, Nicolle Lugdon and Lucas Toscano. All three were from Bangor and found dead in a burned out car last August.

Investigators say they were shot. Sexton's alleged accomplice in the crime, Randall Daluz, is also being held in Bangor.

Sexton's is expected to make his first court appearance in Maine early next week.