May 20, 2018
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Positively Maine touches the heart

By Roxanne Moore Saucier, BDN Columnist

Dear Readers,

It touched my heart when Joni Averill wrote about the first retreat for women with ovarian cancer, to be held last weekend at the Schoodic Education Research Center in Winter Harbor. The activity was coordinated by the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center of Ellsworth.

And how about that picture of Adam McDonald of Presque Isle, sitting in his wheelchair next to a Bangor Fire Department firetruck to Fill the Boot? Adam, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and his mom, Cheryl Markey, have been working to raise money and awareness for muscular dystrophy since Adam was a very small boy.

You could call these examples of good works by those around us Positively Maine, and so we do, in the Bangor Daily News on Wednesdays and throughout the week on the BDN website at, where you’ll find Positively Maine in the Living section.

At the University of Maine, versatile receiver Derek Buttles has shown Maine football fans what a tough young man he is. Take the Sept. 10 game against Pitt.

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Black Bear went into the air in the end zone to grab a TD pass from quarterback Warren Smith. Buttles had his helmet ripped off in the process, but he hung onto the football.

Read Pete Warner’s profile of the young man from a small town in New York under Sports on the BDN website at By the way, the Bears had another good weekend, defeating the University of Albany 31-15 on the road Saturday.

The Bangor Book Festival is coming up Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in downtown Bangor, with featured writers such as Colin Woodward. Read up on some of the authors who are lined up on The Weekly website at Then read Aislinn Sarnacki’s feature story on Sept. 26 in the Living section of the BDN, on print or on the web.

Speaking of books and other good things made of paper or pixels, the Family Ties genealogy column, which runs Mondays in the Bangor Daily News, has begun posting information on Genealogy Resources at Items on the site already include a list of Franco-American resources that has never been published together; the 245 names of Mainers who were killed or MIA in the Korean War, recorded from the Maine Korean War Memorial at Mount Hope Cemetery in Bangor; and three Family Records: Cummings-Bennett, Bennett-Briggs and Fitz-Nichols-Giddings. Many more resources will be added as time goes on, so do visit the site when you can and let other family historians know about it.

Thanks for reading the Midcoast Beacon.

Roxanne Moore Saucier


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