September 15, 2019
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BPD-Craft-Cops come to the aid of Norridgewock woman

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Brandi Ireland received help from the BPD-Craft-Cops to continue making bracelets to benefit the Cole family.

She was making thin-blue-line-bracelets with all proceeds going to the family of our recently lost Somerset County Deputy Cpl. Eugene Cole.

She has been a friend to their family forever and felt like this was a way to give back.

And give-back she did; her bracelets were sold out quickly and a re-supply of blue beads and string were in order.

Locally, there were none to be found. Certainly there were some supplies available in Maine, but where?

The ladies at the Norridgewock, Maine town office reached out to Bangor Officers Jordan Perry and Dan Gastia.

In Maine- you need to stay in touch with “the ladies in the town office”- it’s a thing. Trust me.

TLITTO knew that Bangor was a community with plenty of craft supplies…and who do you call when you need craft supplies delivered to a young lady who is doing wonderful things for a lost officer’s family? BPD-Craft-Cops.

Gastia and Perry cleaned out the craft store and took the 65 mile trip to make the delivery to Brandi Ireland. She is the young lady in the photo. This is about her, but she is making it about raising money for Cpl. Gene Cole’s family.

Norridgewock is a tightly-knit community, just ask Brandi. Oh, and the ladies at the town office. They get things done.

Brandi will be selling bracelets until she runs out again. Then we will clean out a few more craft counters. It’s Maine. You would like it here.

Thank-you Brandi Ireland for your service to a family in need. You are just one of the reasons we all stay here.

She will sell until they are gone. Again, ALL proceeds are going to the cause.

Contact TLITTO at the Town of Norridgewock

We will be here, or on the way to Norridgewock. If you need directions, just ask the ladies in the town office.

Some advice for when the weather forecast is: “Decent, pretty friggin’ decent. If it hits 60 it’s gonna be wicked decent out”

I felt it was high time to review the rules of the road, including the questions we field the most (not really, but this is hyperbole so climb down of your high horse mister-man).

The weather turns wonderful and all of the sudden the questions start coming in about…DWNF.

You say, “TC, is this something new?” I say, no.

Your mother constantly warned you about it. Your father said if you were going to participate in that kind of activity, you would not be taking the Caprice Wagon to the drive-in. The problem is that while I do not support ignoring your parent’s advice, they might have been wrong about the legalities of such activity.

Driving With Nekkid Feet or DWNF is not illegal.

You might have been misinformed because your parents believed that it was illegal. You might have been told that it is safer to drive with shoes on. I think shoes are a good idea. I personally think that driving with ill-fitting flip flops is more dangerous than DWNF.

So trim up the toe hair and grind those nails back from the elongated, winter traction mode and let the summer pleasure of DWNF begin.

Disclaimer from the legal team: Wearing black socks prior to DWNF should be avoided. Checking for excessive toe-lint will be necessary. Toenails should be trimmed to appropriate length for the viewing public or passengers. Carrying appropriate footwear for ice cream shop-stops, tee-shirt outlet shopping and potty breaks is highly recommended. Failure to follow other applicable local and state laws may cause you be to be stopped for violations. Pedicures are not mandatory but highly suggested. Painting toenails while driving is illegal. Texting photos of your feet to other people could cause loss of friendships and appetites. Practice DWNF in an unoccupied parking lot or another hard, flat, dry surface where there are no other cars or people.

Legal team-legal team disclaimer: We don’t have a legal team.

As always the men and women of the Bangor Police Department urge everyone to keep their hands to themselves, leave other people’s things alone, and be kind to one another.

We will be here.

P.S. The official position of the Chief of Police is that you should wear shoes while driving. He made me put that in there.


BPD Duck of Justice is published in BDN Maine Weekly on Thursdays. This installment is for May 10.