Sports & Recreation

April is Autism Awareness Month

April 2011 is Autism Awareness Month

Winthrop, Maine.  April 2011— The Autism Society of Maine, the voice and resource of the autism community, announced today that April is Autism Awareness Month. This year’s theme “Improving the Lives of all Affected by Autism”  as the key to individuals with autism reaching their full potential.

What is Autism?
Autism is a developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. The result of a neurological disorder that affects functioning of the brain, autism and its associated behaviors occur in approximately 1 of every 110 individuals.

Bangor Y Spring Fair

Join us again this year for our 35th Annual Bangor Y Spring Fair! Exciting carnival rides including the new roller coaster bounce house and bumper cars as well as the mechanical bull, Tubs of Fun, Pirate Ship, Sky Fighter Jets and Bumble Bee ride plus all new games for children of all ages provide for tons of family fun! Bring the entire family to the Bangor Y’s 35th Annual Spring Fair on March 25, 26 and 27th at the Bangor Auditorium and have a great time! There is something for everyone at the Bangor Y Spring Fair! For more information call the Bangor Y at 941-2808 or visit us at


PORTLAND - Saturday will be the first public workout session for Maine's newest semi-professional
football team, the Maine Sabers.

For those who follow Maine football, the Maine Sabers is a familiar moniker. From 1991 through 1993,
the Sabers were Maine's dominant semi-professional football team.

In January, the Maine Sabers were officially admitted into the Eastern Football League, the oldest semi-
professional league in the nation, along with 15 other teams. The team is based in Portland and will
play at nearby fields such as Portland's Fitzpatrick Stadium or Scarborough High School's stadium. The
team's 2011 schedule has yet to be finalized but the season will run from late June through September.

The team was organized by Stephen Goodrich, a former administrator with the original Sabers and
Jason McLeod, Windham High School football team's offensive coordinator.

Third Annual Robyn L. Tate-Brown Memorial Bowl-a-thon at Family Fun Lanes

Third Annual Robyn L. Tate-Brown Memorial Bowl-a-thon at Family Fun Lanes

The death of good friend and fellow bowler, Robyn L. Tate-Brown, inspired Andy Meucci, Owner/Manager of Family Fun Bowling Lanes to do something special to honor Robyn; to help show support for her family; and in the process, help a local, non-profit organization. His desire led to sponsoring the Robyn L. Tate-Brown Memorial Bowl-a-thon for the third year to be held Saturday, April 16, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

“Robyn is greatly missed by many people,” remarked Andy. “The Robyn L. Tate-Brown Memorial Bowl-a-thon is a way for us to come together to support her family and also two worthwhile organizations. I hope we have a huge turnout for this event.” Hospice of Eastern Maine and Pathfinders: Support for grieving children will benefit from partial proceeds of the bowl-a-thon.

Hospice of Eastern Maine was formed by a group of community volunteers in 1981 and is the oldest hospice in Bangor.

McDonald's and MABC Announce Media Award and Contributor Awards at All-Star Banquet

BANGOR, Maine (March 11, 2011) – This evening, the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches (MABC) presented its Ron Brown Media Award to Jeff Schools and Matt Boutwell of the Maine Sports Network (MESN).  The award for outstanding coverage of Maine high school basketball was presented at the 2011 Maine McDonald’s® High School Senior All-Star Basketball Games awards banquet at Husson University in Bangor, Maine.

“Thanks to Matt, Jeff and the producers at MESN, coverage of Maine high school sports has returned back to the radio airwaves,” said George Conant, Girls Varsity Coach at Scarborough High School. “We are honoring them this weekend with MABC’s Ron Brown Media Award for their commitment to exceptional high school basketball broadcasting and reporting.”

Jeff Schools and Matt Boutwell are native Mainers who started their unique coverage of local Maine sports in 2008.

Big Ol' Fish "caught" at 73rd annual Eastern Maine Sportsmen's Show

Big Ol' Fish "caught" at 73rd annual Eastern Maine Sportsmen's Show

Hopefully, you caught the 73rd annual Eastern Maine Sportsmen's Show this past weekend at UMaine in Orono.  More than 100 vendors and organizations displayed their wares and services for everything outdoors-- hunting, fishing, boating and more. 

And once again this year, WLBZ 2 set up the Big Ol' Fish booth and hooked young and old alike to have their photo taken with a Big Ol' Fish.  The pictures are proof and you can see them all in the photo gallery at 

While the supplies lasted, each of the young anglers received a wicked sharp Branch Pond Marine/WLBZ 2 bobber.  Check out those photos!


Big Brothers Big Sisters Makes 'Bowl for Kids Sake' Appeal

Big Brothers Big Sisters Makes 'Bowl for Kids Sake' Appeal

(Bangor) Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine is looking for businesses, organizations and individuals in Penobscot County to support and participate in its annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake event.  The event will take place at Bangor-Brewer Bowling Lanes in Brewer (May 10, 13, 15); Family Fun Lanes in Bangor (May 11, 14, 18); and Old Town Bowling Center in Old Town (May 17).   

The event will raise funds to support Big & Little matches in Penobscot County.  The goal is to have more than 100 teams and 400+ bowlers participate.  Event Coordinator Chris Olsen says, “You don’t have to be a great, or even good bowler – you just need to want to support Big Brothers Big Sisters.” 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine is one of almost 400 agencies across the nation that provides 1-to-1 youth mentoring services for children ages 5-14 facing adversity.  They help these children by establishing a stable, positive relationsh