Community Spirit

Garden dedication ceremony at Acadia Hospital

Acadia Hospital will host a special dedication ceremony for the new Anita Leonard Healing Garden this Friday, June 28, beginning at 2:00 p.m. beside the hospital’s main entrance. The garden, made possible by a generous gift from the Leonard Family, features beautiful plants and flowers, a granite sculpture from last summer’s Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium, a waterfall, and a new walkway with customized brick pavers purchased as part of Acadia’s current fundraising campaign.
The Media is invited to attend the event, which will feature a short program of speakers. People available for interviews include Acadia President and CEO Daniel B. Coffey, Anita’s husband Ralph Leonard, and a selection of Acadia employees who have purchased a brick paver.

Catholic Charities Maine presents 2013 Matthew 25 award

Catholic Charities Maine presents 2013 Matthew 25 award

The Social Justice and Peace Commission of Resurrection of the Lord Parish of Old Town, Orono and Indian Island is the recipient of the 2013 Matthew 25 Award, presented by the Catholic Charities Maine Parish Social Ministry program. The Matthew 25 Award is given annually to a parish that closely adheres to the principles of the Bible verse Matthew: 25 ("I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me drink...") 

As recipient, the parish received a check for $5,000 and a custom-crafted stained glass award (picture below and attached, caption below).

KahBang Introduces Food Fight 2013

KahBang Introduces Food Fight 2013


 KahBang is proud to introduce Food Fight, a unique bake-off fundraiser for non-profits selling tasty treats to win a cash donation. On August 9th and 10th at the Bangor Waterfront during the KahBang music | art | film Festival, dozens of non-profit groups will sell delicious desserts to the general public and compete for a $2,000 donation.
“Every year KahBang hosts an event to give back to the community. With the creation of Food Fight, KahBang is aiming to offer support and generate awareness about local non-profits. This is a fun spin on a traditional fundraiser and we really hope people come and learn about all the great groups that are participating and try all their desserts.”  -Sarah Harrington, Associate Marketing Director

Bikers "Ride For Kids' Sake"

Motorcycle riders and Clubs from several parts of the state will all come together to “Ride For Kids’ Sake” this Sunday, June 23 to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine.  Event organizer Jim Batty of the Steel Brethren Motorcycle Club says there will be two or three major groups of bikers that will organize in different areas of the state before eventually converging on the Steel Brethren clubhouse at 1097 Western Rd. in Warren by 2:30 pm.  There the bikers will find entertainment, food, and raffles for door prizes donated by local businesses.   

One group of Knox County bikers will start at the Time Out Pub in Rockland, with registration starting at 10:30 and kick stands up at noon.  This group will then head to VIP Parts Tires & Service at 25 Starrett Drive in Belfast to arrive by 1:00, before heading on to the 10/4 Store in Montville (804 Acadia Highway), then traveling the final leg on to the clubhouse in Warren.

St. Joseph Healthcare to Honor Volunteers for Service

St. Joseph Healthcare will honor its 83 volunteers at a dinner and awards presentation in the St. Joseph Hospital Cafeteria on Tuesday, June 18. The volunteers donated an impressive 126,930 hours in 2012, with the longest-tenured volunteer serving more than 36 years and the most hours donated by a single volunteer at nearly 26,000.

St. Joseph volunteers donate their time to assist Hospital staff, patients and visitors; care for Hospice patients; fundraise; and much more. Volunteers serve a vital role at St. Joseph Healthcare, saving the organization hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.Volunteers will be presented with a certificate, pin and gift for their service. Kathy Bernier, Director of the Hammond Street Senior Center, will provide the keynote address on the importance of volunteers in the community.