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Heidi Neal of Loyal Biscuit Co. and Joan Vargas, Volunteer Coordinator for the PMHSKC

Micro Chipping raises $811 for Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County!

By Heidi Neal on Feb. 11, 2013, at 11:38 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — On Saturday, Jan. 19, Loyal Biscuit Co. in Rockland hosted a Micro Chips & Chocolate Chips fundraiser for the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County. More than 25 dogs and cats were chipped with a tiny, rice-sized I.D., which is encoded with a unique number and …
Kimberly Gates of the Bath Area Food Bank accepts a check from the West Bath Historical Society, presented by Avery Meyers, president. The donation represents the shared proceeds from the historical society's annual Christmas service offering.

Historical society’s holiday ceremony collects $200 for Bath Area Food Bank

By Christopher Cousins on Jan. 28, 2013, at 6:04 p.m.
WEST BATH | The Bath Area Food Bank is the recipient of a generous donation gathered by the West Bath Historical Society at its annual yuletide candlelight Christmas service. Each year, the event’s offering goes to a local, nonprofit organization, according to Avery Meyers, the historical society’s president. This …
Charles Schaeffer, Rotary president, displays some of the bags. Photo by Rotarian Doreen Berry

Unity Rotary Club completes fourth annual hat and scarf project

Bangor Daily News on Jan. 21, 2013, at 4:38 p.m.
UNITY, Maine — For the second year in a row, holidays were a little brighter for clients of the Volunteer Regional Food Pantry with children. Charles Schaeffer, president, is shown in the photo with some of the 70 bags distributed containing hats and scarves made by club members and other …
Gary Allen is seen in Bar Harbor during his run from Maine to Washington, D.C.

Maine marathoner running to D.C. for charity

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 21, 2013, at 2:27 p.m.
CRANBERRY ISLES | A local man known for covering long distances was running Monday to make it to the nation’s Capitol, but not because he was trying to get to President Barack Obama’s inauguration. Gary Allen, founder and director of the Mount Desert Island Marathon and well known in …

February Frolic — Music in Ellsworth

By marthad on Jan. 20, 2013, at 4:31 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — The public is invited to attend a benefit concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth, 129 Bucksport Road. The benefit is for the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry and the UU Church. The musicians performing are: Wayne Smith on piano, …
Randy Elliot of Corinth (right) makes wooden doll cradles and toy cars and Norma Leighton of Stetson refurbishes donated dolls. The toy go to children who would not otherwise have Christmas presents. Elliot has been making cradles since 1991 and now makes well over 1000 toys that are  donated to children all over the state.

Mason, friends carve Christmas toys for Maine kids in need

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 06, 2012, at 8:11 p.m.
CORINTH | Since he began doing it 21 years ago, Randy Elliott has made hundreds of wooden doll cradles for little girls from needy families, thanks in part to some help from his Masonic friends. Three years ago, Norma Leighton of Stetson, whose husband, Gerald, is a Mason, headed …
University of Maine at Presque Isle students and Phi Eta Sigma honor society members recently put up two artificial trees and helped decorate common rooms at the Presque Isle Rehab and Nursing facility.

Presque Isle honor society spreads holiday cheer to seniors

By Cassandra Green, Special to the BDN on Dec. 04, 2012, at 6:53 p.m.
Many families use annual Christmas decorating as a way to spread holiday spirit while surrounded by their loved ones. However, local members of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society used Christmas decorating as a way to bring some warmth to those unable to physically participate in …

Farmington woman knits mittens for students in Van Buren

By Ardeana Hamlin on Nov. 13, 2012, at 1:25 p.m.
It’s tempting to refer to Martha Gulliver, 75, of Farmington as the Mitten Lady of Maine. But she would be the first to squelch that idea. She is a practical, down-to-earth woman who simply enjoys knitting mittens to warm the hands of schoolchildren she has never met. …

Orrington churches fill shoe boxes with gifts for children in need

on Nov. 13, 2012, at 1:20 p.m.
While most people in the United States are preparing for holiday activities, local volunteers with Operation Christmas Child are filling shoe box gifts with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for needy children overseas. The year-round project of international relief aid organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin …

Dead River, youth orchestras and food bank combine to make a recipe for good

By Ardeana Hamlin on Nov. 13, 2012, at 1:20 p.m.
BANGOR | Music feeds the soul; bread feeds the hungry. That simple truth underlies the Dead River Company’s sponsorship of the Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestra 2012-2013 concert season and its partnership with Good Shepherd Food-Bank, which serves more than 100 agencies in Penobscot County to provide food for those …

Midcoast agency announces expansion to Kennebec, Somerset counties

on Nov. 13, 2012, at 11:11 a.m.
In less than three months since Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kennebec Valley closed its doors, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine announced on Oct. 23 that it would expand its service area to cover Kennebec and Somerset counties. The agency provides one-on-one youth mentoring services to 560 youth …
Boy Scout Kenneth Basford chops firewood during the third annual Veterans Day camp out for Troop 63 in front of Bud's Shop & Save in Newport on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.

Newport area Boy Scouts collecting food for pantry

By Alex Barber on Nov. 10, 2012, at 5:30 p.m.
For the third Veterans Day weekend in a row, Boy Scouts of Troop 63 in Newport camped out in front of Bud’s Shop & Save in order to collect food donations for an area food bank. Thirty-two scouts from nearby towns pitched tents on Friday and will …

Hope House releases Winter Wish List

on Nov. 07, 2012, at 12:05 p.m.
BANGOR | Hope House, which provides services to homeless people, has released its Winter Wish List of food, personal care, clothing and miscellaneous items the agency needs to make life easier for those in need: Condiments: Ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, margarine, cooking oil, garlic powder, seasonings, ground coffee …

Fine art, craft show will benefit Hancock County agency

on Nov. 06, 2012, at 6:10 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | The seventh annual Gifted Hand Show will take place 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday Nov. 9, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday Nov. 10, at The Ramada Inn in the tennis court facility, 215 High St. The event’s nonprofit partner is Friends in Action, which offers free services to …

American Red Cross announces winners of Real Heroes Awards

on Nov. 06, 2012, at 4:48 p.m.
BREWER | The American Red Cross of Maine, Pine Tree Chapter, announced on Oct. 31 the winners of the 2012 Real Heroes awards: • Nikki Jackson of Old Town will receive an award for saving the life of her 3-year-old nephew after he was found unconscious at the bottom …

Donations will put turkey on tables in Washington County

on Nov. 06, 2012, at 4:47 p.m.
CALAIS | It takes a community to feed those who are less fortunate, which is what happened on Oct. 12 during the eighth annual Turkey-A-Thon in Washington County. As a result of the daylong event, approximately 1,900 turkeys will be donated to food pantries from Baileyville to Jonesport. The …
Recipients of the Gerry Turner Volunteerism Awards for outstanding dedication to the American Folk Festival in Bangor are (from left) Esther Bushway, Al Bushway, Alec Decker, Bill Mulherin, Abby Durrah, Wendel Cross and Kip Emerson.

American Folk Festival honors volunteers

on Nov. 06, 2012, at 4:43 p.m.
BANGOR | Organizers of the American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront celebrated the close of the festival year by honoring 10 festival volunteers with the annual Gerry Turner Excellence in Volunteerism Awards. Recognized for their dedication, enthusiasm and excellence in service to the festival were Bill Mulherin, adult …

Presque Isle hospital turns to agriculture to raise money, awareness of facility

By Jen Lynds on Nov. 06, 2012, at 12:15 p.m.
Looking to celebrate its heritage and raise money for needed medical equipment, a Presque Isle hospital successfully turned to Aroostook County agriculture for help reaching its goal. The Aroostook Medical Center this past summer launched two separate campaigns to celebrate its 100th birthday and to raise …
Susan Stephenson models a dress that she will wear for 30 days, 30 ways to benefit Dress for Success.

Nonprofit providing professional attire to disadvantaged women in Portland and Bangor to close

By Seth Koenig on Nov. 05, 2012, at 3:20 p.m.
A nonprofit which has supplied disadvantaged women professional attire for job interviews and other work needs in Portland for 14 years is closing its doors for good this month. Dress for Success Maine, which has operated a boutique in Portland since 1998 and this year expanded to …
Kate St. Clair cuddles her son Kyle, 8, for a moment while he plays a game on his iPad Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 at their home in Scarborough.

Legacy of goodwill, charity may be only future for terminally ill 8-year-old

By Seth Koenig on Nov. 02, 2012, at 8:49 a.m.
SCARBOROUGH | Every time somebody leaves 8-year-old Kyle St. Clair’s room, the boy says a parting “I love you” and blows a kiss. It doesn’t matter who’s leaving. It could be a family member or a person he met for the first time moments before. He’s adamant about it. …