GLENBURN, Maine — Community members, friends of the family and strangers are coming together, planning events to remember 15-year-old Nichole Cable of Glenburn and raising money to help other families cope with or avoid tragedies.
Police have charged 20-year-old Kyle Dube of Orono with knowing and intentional murder in connection with Cable’s death on May 12. Hundreds of volunteers and law enforcement personnel searched for Cable for more than a week before her body was found in a wooded area of Old Town on Monday night.
Community members will gather at the Glenburn Town Office at 144 Lakeview Road to release balloons in Cable’s memory at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Organizers have asked attendees to bring their own balloons of any color, but pointed out that Cable’s favorite color was neon yellow. Attendees are asked to park on the side of the road.
Holly Michaud, one of the event’s organizers, said Thursday that the balloon release was originally planned as an effort to bring Nichole home after she went missing. After police found Cable’s body off Gilman Falls Avenue in Old Town, Michaud planned to call the event off, but Cable’s family and friends encouraged her to go ahead, Michaud said.
Donation buckets will be available at the event and proceeds will go to the Nichole Cable Memorial Fund.
Cable’s mother, Kristine Wiley, said Thursday that the fund would be used to help families who fall victim to similar tragedies, though specifics haven’t yet been decided. She said she wanted the fund to serve as “a legacy of Nichole to help other people.”
“We don’t ever want this to happen to anybody else,” she said.
The Workstore, a small Glenburn-based print shop, is making stickers, sweatshirts and T-shirts memorializing Cable. Proceeds will be donated to the Cable family, owner Ed Libby said Thursday. Stickers are $5, T-shirts are $10 and sweatshirts are $20. Libby said that he didn’t know the family before Cable’s death, but wanted to offer some form of support.
“I just feel bad when people suffer that kind of loss,” Libby said. He went to meet the family Wednesday night and they were surprised and thankful for his company’s efforts, he said.
Orders can be placed at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 207-947-1100. The shop will make extra stickers and shirts, which will be available for purchase at the store, located at 2780 Broadway in Glenburn, and may be distributed at local convenience stores.
Libby said the shop sold about $1,000 worth of merchandise in just a few days. He hopes to raise $3,000 in total, most of which will go to the family’s fund. The store will keep only enough to cover the cost of materials — about $2 for every $10 T-shirt.
Another fundraiser will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at East Ridge Stable, 405 Ridge Road in Charleston. The event will include a candlelight vigil, concession stand, silent auction, raffle and more. All proceeds will go toward the memorial fund, according to organizer Gina Farrell.
Businesses including Old Town Canoe, Waterfront Concerts, Cyr Bus Lines, Robert O. Cupcake Toys, several area restaurants and others have donated items for the raffle and auction.
Farrell said the family was planning to attend the event.
“They’re good people, they’re very good people, and it’s devastating,” Farrell said. “I could never fathom what they’re going through.”
Another event, a spaghetti supper scheduled for 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, May 31, at the Old Town Knights of Columbus Hall at 5 Gilman Falls Ave., will raise money for Cable’s memorial fund. The meal will cost $5 per person and donations will be accepted, according to a Facebook post about the event. Any money not used to cover costs of the event will go to Cable’s family. A candlelight vigil will be held in Riverfront Park immediately after the dinner.
Leslie Collagan of Eddington, one of the organizers of the May 31 vigil, said the dinner and vigil were planned separately, but happened to fall on the same night.
“I’m a mother, and it just touches so close,” Collagan said, adding that she does not know the family but has been amazed at the rallying of support by members of the community.
“We want to thank them tremendously for all their support through all of this,” Cable’s stepfather, Jason Wiley, said Thursday. “This would make Nichole a very proud individual to know that she had this many people who would stand behind her.”
Donations to Cable’s memorial fund also may be made through People’s United Bank. To find a branch near you, visit www.peoples.com/peoples/Header/Branches-&-ATMs.
Nichole Cable’s family will use proceeds from fundraisers to help other families cope with or avoid tragedies similar to the one they endured.