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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor moves ReStore to Penobscot Plaza

By Joni Averill

People familiar with ReStore, a part of the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor affiliate and now located in Holden Plaza on Route 1A, may have noticed a different type of activity recently at that resale facility.

That’s because HHGB members are in the process of moving ReStore to a new location and preparing to reopen Wednesday, May 11, in Penobscot Plaza on Washington Street in Bangor.

Amanda Charette is the operations manager for ReStore. Corenna O’Brien, a member of the HHGB executive board, is co-organizing several events, with Amanda, around the grand opening of the relocated facility.

ReStore, according to a previous Bangor Daily News article, accepts donations of new and used building supplies, appliances and furniture from individuals, contractors and businesses which it then resells to the public at lower-than-retail costs.

Proceeds from ReStore sales help HHGB build more homes for qualified individuals and families.

For those considering making donations to ReStore, you are reminded you can receive a tax write-off; that donations offer contractors an alternative way of disposing of extra materials; and that reusable materials end up somewhere other than in a landfill.

The main reason for relocating ReStore “is to increase awareness of the store and our mission,” Corenna reported.

“Our goal is to, ultimately, build two homes, annually, for families in dire need” in the Bangor area.

However, HHGB’s current level of funding “allows for one [building] per year,” she explained.

“This new, centralized location will provide us with a larger and more efficient space to accept larger donations from businesses, contractors and the general public as well as offer workshops” for families and members of the public.

Corenna and Amanda invite you to participate in several events and activities to help celebrate ReStore’s move, including its Grand Re-Opening Kick Off from 4 p.m. to close Monday, May 9, at Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant, 697 Hogan Road in Bangor.

On this special “Good Neighbor Night,” Miguel’s will donate 10 percent of all proceeds to HHGB.

This event also will feature a tool drive to replace nearly $3,000 worth of tools that were stolen from a work trailer located at the former Holden site.

Those tools were to be used to help construct the next home.

Among the items stolen from the trailer were nail guns, air compressors, hammers and drills, along with other tools and accessories.

Corenna reports the formal ribbon-cutting ceremony will be at 1 p.m.Thursday, May 12, at the store in Penobscot Plaza  and the next day, other Penobscot Plaza businesses will help celebrate the Grand Re-Opening by offering specials in their own locations.

Family Fun Day is planned for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14, in Penobscot Plaza and will feature Mike Dow of the KISS 94.5 FM “Mike & Mike Show” broadcasting live during that time.

Attendees have a chance to win gift certificate giveaways that include tickets to Bangor’s Waterfront Concert series, several restaurants and Bangor Tire Co.

Members of the Bangor Fire Department will have tours of its Simulated Smoke House, and Lowe’s of Bangor and Brewer will host Kid Clinics.

Raffles will give folks a chance to win a barbecue grill donated by Dunnett Inc., a shed donated by Brewer Lowe’s, and 100 gallons of heating oil donated by Dead River Co.

Food and beverages will be available along with workshops for all members of the family.

From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, May 15, Hero’s Sports Grill in Penobscot Plaza will donate 10 percent of the day’s proceeds to HHGB.

The new ReStore will be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 9-5 Saturdays.

Corenna reports applications now are being processed for families who qualified for a Habitat home and that the final selection will be made Wednesday, May 11.

“We plan to break ground the end of May for that home which will be located at 12 Milford Street in Bangor,” she said.

Anyone interested in learning more about Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor may call 992-0704, visit the local website at www.habitatbangor.org or search HHGB on Facebook.

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