Special Report on Longterm Unemployed

(NEWS CENTER) -- It is about as stressful a situation as you could ever find yourself in: thousands of Mainers have exhausted their unemployment benefits ... but have been unable to find work.

The Maine Department of Labor calls them "Exhaustees", and has set up a series of programs aimed at putting these Mainers back to work. Others refer to them as "The Invisible Unemployed" because they are not counted in Unemployment reports or as part of the workforce.

Candidates for school committee at library

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- People running for a position on the Bangor School Committee will get a chance to talk about their positions.  Bangor Public Library is holding a candidates forum.  The forum will be October 19, from 6:30-7:30.  Candidates will be in the Library's Lecture Hall and each will be given the chance to talk about what they feel are the important issues, present their credentials and answer questions.

Volunteers Wanted in Maine for Oct. 23, Make a Difference Day

McDonald's Breakfast Makes a Difference program will provide volunteers with breakfast and coffee from McDonald's, snacks from Newman's Own® Organics, and t-shirts.

Maine McDonald's® and Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) of Maine are putting out a call for volunteers for the 20th annual Make a Difference Day on Saturday, October 23. In support of this national day of volunteerism, McDonald's in Maine is looking for individuals and groups willing to donate their time at several non-profit organizations across Maine. Locations, volunteer activities and the sign-up form are posted on the RMHC Maine website at http://rmhcmaine.org/volunteer.

Highway visitor center celebrates 20th anniversary

HAMPDEN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- An oasis for drivers on Interstate 95 is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

The visitor information center at mile marker 175 in Hampden has served more than 3.2 million people.

Some of the amenities it offers include public computers, wireless communication and touch-screen information kiosks.

State transportation and tourism officials will mark the anniversary with a ceremony on Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

Air Force band stops by BHS

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A prestigious band stopped by Bangor High School for a little music lesson.

The United States Air Force Band of Liberty stopped by the high school for a clinic.

Four members of the 40 person band performed and gave some helpful tips to the students. The group--made up of all trombone players--focused on brass intstruments and how to play them effectively.

"We're pretty lucky," said BHS Band Director Scott Burditt. "We have a great auditorium to play in at Peakes Auditorium and it's a great opportunity, not only for the kids, but for mom and dad and all the friends who want to come and here some good music."

You'll have the chance to see the band play for yourself. There is a free concert Wednesday night at Bangor High School at 7 p.m. and Thursday night at Ellsworth High School, also at 7 p.m.


Rare organ turns 150 years old

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- St. John's Catholic Church in Bangor is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its prized possession and historic gem - an E. and G.G. Hook organ that was made in 1860.

The Opus 288 organ is one of only a handful of its kind north of Boston.  The organ was brought in pieces to Bangor from Boston by horse-drawn carriage and steamboat.  It still contains most of its original components which includes ebony, ivory, and cow bone keys, a silver plate, and walnut wood.  Kevin Birch, the music director and organist at St. John's says it's an honor to play on this organ every week.