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Penobscot County Spelling Bee finals to be held March 1

BANGOR, Maine -- The local Penobscot County Spelling Bee finals will be held on Saturday, March 1 at 1:00 p.m. at Husson University’s Gracie Theatre in Bangor. The winner of this competition will qualify to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee Competition in the Washington, D.C. area this May. The event is free and open to the public.

Each participating school in Penobscot County gets to send one student and one alternate to compete in the countywide competition at The Gracie.

These students have already proven themselves to be exceptional spellers by winning competitions at their respective schools. The program is open to students 15 years of age or younger who have not passed eighth grade.

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.

How My Sister Manages Her Fear of Needles

How My Sister Manages Her Fear of Needles

My sister Becky has always been afraid of needles. When she was little and needed a shot, she might make it through the procedure, but would faint half way to the car. The incident that probably put her over the edge happened when she was about 10 and needed a tooth filled. Read more ...

How Yoga Helps People with Parkinson's Disease

How Yoga Helps People with Parkinson's Disease

Elizabeth Burd is a Parkinson's Superstar. Seriously. During Parkinson's Awareness month in 2012, the National Parkinson's Foundation honored people from around the country, including Elizabeth, who make a difference in the Parkinson's community.