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Hike for the Homeless 2014

Hike for the Homeless 2014

BANGOR, Maine-- The 2014 Hike for the Homeless will be held on Saturday, April 12. Proceeds from the event benefit the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter.

The hike will depart from Bangor High School in Bangor, the Cianchette Building in Brewer, Hampden Academy in Hampden and the Sports Arena in Hermon. All hikers will converge on the Bangor waterfront near the Sea Dog for raffle prizes as well as an opportunity to learn more about the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter.

For more information about the hike and to register, visit the Hike for the Homeless website.

Bangor Police Department Lieutenant retires

BANGOR, Maine -- Tom Reagan began his police career in 1987 when he was hired as a patrol officer in Orono.  He was hired by Bangor Police Department in 1988. Tom worked as a patrol officer for a number of years until his transfer to the Detective Division as an investigator. He was promoted to sergeant in 1998 and to lieutenant in 2007.

Tom is a National Drug Recognition Expert Instructor/Course Administrator.  He is also an Instructor of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. Tom has lectured across the United States and in Canada on current drug trends.

Tom is a recipient of the National Enrique Camarena award for his work in drug education. This award is given in honor of a drug enforcement agent who was murdered in 1985 and is given to an officer who "exemplifies the standards by which Enrique Camarena lived, worked and died - that one person can make a difference."

Third annual Hancock County Food Drive kicks off March 1

The Third Annual Hancock County Food Drive kicks off March 1 and it couldn’t happen at a better time. More than 44 percent of Hancock County children qualified for reduced school lunches in 2013 but hunger doesn’t go away at the end of the school day.  Those children often go to bed hungry and spend the weekend that way. Fifteen percent of all Maine households lack access to nutritious food.  During the winter that number goes even higher as Mainers struggle to pay for heating their homes. The prolonged periods of frigid temperatures, rising fuel prices and the number of storms have combined to make it even more difficult this year. That creates an extra strain on local food pantries and community meal sites which have seen their numbers swell in recent months.

Join WLBZ 2 at the Eastern Maine Sportsmen's Show

Join WLBZ 2 at the Eastern Maine Sportsmen's Show

WLBZ 2 will be at the 76th annual Eastern Maine Sportsmen's Show March 7 through 9 at the University of Maine Field House in Orono. We'll once again be there with our Big Ol' Fish booth inviting folks to stop by and have their picture taken with our Big Ol' Fish.

Every person who has their photo taken will receive, while supplies last, a fishy zipper pull courtesy of Branch Pond Marine and WLBZ 2.

All the pictures will be posted right here on the Around Town section of our website.

Every year more than 150 vendors, ranging from sporting goods dealers to hunting and fishing guides, gather at this event. It's a great place to see the latest hunting, fishing and outdoor products. Show hours are Friday 4 to 9pm, Saturday 9am to 8pm and Sunday 9am to 3pm.

For more info, check out the Penobscot County Conservation Association.