Maine man runs 700 miles in two weeks

MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER)--Gary Allen will be leaving on January 7 from Cadillac Mountain heading to Washington D.C.  Allen plans to accomplish a 700 mile run in just two weeks. Allen will average 50 miles per day and plans on arriving in time for the Presidential Inauguration.  Allen has completed 86 marathons and is the director of the MDI Marathon.  Allen will raise money for "The Wounded Warriors Project", "The American Cancer Society", and for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting.  Allen hopes not just to raise money but to inspire people to have the courage to get out and run.  Follow Allen on his run to Washington DC.

 

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Snow storm makes for good skiing at Hermon Mountain

HERMON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Thursday's snowy weather caused rough traveling for many but for avid skiers in Maine it was greeted as a good thing.

Several skiers decided to hit the slopes on Hermon Mountain in Hermon. The mountain opened for the winter ski season in mid December.

Staff there say they do not depend on fresh snow each year. They use snow guns to always keep the slopes covered. However they added that it does take fresh snow coming from the sky to convince many skiers to come out.

Several people said they couldn't wait to get out and have some fun on the slopes.

"It's fun..adrenaline...short adrenaline rush," said Austin Burgoyne of Carmel who was enjoying his time off from school.

Despite storm, Mainers head out to donate blood

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) ---Despite the snow storm, several people around Bangor made the trip into town Thursday morning just to give the gift of life.  

Staff at the Red Cross held a 'Bundle Up Blood Drive' for much of the day on Thursday at their donation center on Odlin Road. People could make an appointment or just drop by to make a donation.

While traffic was slow at times, some people still braved the weather to come out. Many donors said when it comes to giving blood, it's one appointment they wanted to keep.

"There's a lot of disasters going on," said Jean Sherwood of Hermon, "a lot of people that need blood and I think with the bad weather the blood shortage is even worse and I just feel if I can get in here... safely drive and get home...I'll be all set."

Horse Drawn Sled Rides at Leonard's Mills

Join us Sundays this winter on January 6th and  20th  and February 3rd and 17th from 10 AM to 3 PM.  You'll hear the sound of bells jingle on our old fasioned horse drawn sled that takes you around a 1790's pioneer village, over the covered bridge and through the pine-scented forest.  Remember to dress for the weather!  Bring a small blanket, snuggle close and enjoy spending time outdoors.  Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate in the toasty blacksmith shop.  A perfect outing for the whole family!  For more information email info@leonardsmills.com or www.leonardsmill.com/ or www.facebook.come/MaineForestandLoggingMuseum.  For group rates call 207-974-6278.  Event dates contingent upon favorable weather conditions.

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Miss Maine’s Outstanding Teen Program Now Accepting Registrations

The Miss Maine’s Outstanding Teen Program is accepting applications for “At Large” Contestants to compete in the Miss Maine’s Outstanding Teen pageant in mid-June at Crooker Theater at Brunswick High School in Brunswick.  The Miss Maine’s Outstanding Teen Pageant is the official state preliminary to the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant held each August in Florida.

All contestants, aged 13-17 and not a high school senior,  will compete in the following phases of competition: interview, scholastic achievement, talent, evening gown, and physical fitness.  Contestants need to choose a platform of their choice to promote awareness within their community.   All the necessary elements Miss Maine’s Outstanding Teen contestants execute will help develop life-long skills, which will make them great leaders of tomorrow.

Apartment seekers told to be wary of Craigslist scam

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - Bangor police have issued a warning about an apparent scam targeting people looking for apartments advertised on Craigslist.

Police say a woman last week replied to an ad and received a call back from a number that later appeared to be from Nigeria. She told police the man said he wanted the first and last month's rent, but quickly told her that $200 would do if she could send it to him quickly.

Officials say the woman was suspicious and called a real estate agent friend, who told her that he owned the house she had seen on Craigslist but was listing it through a reputable real estate company.

Police say the woman did the right thing by not wiring or charging money to a credit card for the apartment.