Another Investment in Your Community by Bangor Savings Bank

Submitted by Izzy Warren on February 1, 2014 - 4:02pm

Bangor Savings Bank is offering a simple way to show some love for your favorite non-profits during the month of February and all it takes is a bit of your time. We are looking to you, our community, to assist us in distributing $100,000 to charitable organizations in Maine. Last year, more than 80,000 of you supported non-profits of all types and sizes by voting in the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation’s Community Matters More grant-making initiative.

A total of 68 grants will be awarded to the organizations listed on the ballot and to the top 20 write-in recipients. The organizations in each of the eight regions (including write-ins) that get the most votes will receive $5,000 each. The remaining 60 organizations will each receive $1,000.

The 2014 Community Matters More voting takes place during the month of February, beginning February 1 and ending February 28. Winners will be announced in April.

It’s easy to vote for your favorite non-profits by visiting Community Matters More or stopping by any of our 57 branches statewide.

A complete list of voting guidelines and eligibility requirements for write-in nominations are available at www.bangor.com/cmm.

The success of this annual initiative is made possible because of the commitment Mainers have to their communities and the important role non-profits play in our state.

As Maine’s largest independent bank, Bangor Savings Bank is committed to being a strong community partner and a good neighbor throughout Maine.

We need your help to make Community Matters More a success, so please cast your votes today!

Thank You!

Bangor Savings Bank Foundation


Beat the Heat !!!

Submitted by Izzy Warren on January 31, 2014 - 9:09pm

Now is the time to click on the title for more information about a very helpful spay/neuter clinic special in February.
Remember, please, it is always better to prevent an unintended litter !!!


1200 stories - a rose rock project

Submitted by Izzy Warren on January 31, 2014 - 8:15pm

Four years ago Michael Beach began searching for the stories of the Oklahoma soldiers who are buried overseas. Recently however, he began the search for as many of the stories as he could find of soldiers from all around the United States.
Beach began his journey with a visit to all 23 American cemeteries located around the world where the soldiers from his state are buried. He spent six months traveling through Europe, North Africa, the Philippines and Hawaii, where he placed over 2,000 Oklahoma rose rocks at the graves of the soldiers. "Everything started when I visited a Normandy cemetery and walked up to an Oklahoman’s grave. I gave him a rose rock and found about twenty others that day. When I went back, I visited the 144 Oklahoma soldiers in the cemetery and gave all of them a rose rock," Beach shared.
Beach talked about the struggles he had along the way, from having to dig up the rose rocks himself, to having very little food to eat.
"On several occasions I wanted to walk away from my journey and come back home. I had very little money and my feet were so badly blistered because of walking that I shouldn't have been walking, but I had to so I could get my journey accomplished" said Beach.
"On the days I didn't have a host to stay with I would have an apple or orange for breakfast and for supper pasta and tomato paste. I would also camp with a tent and a sleeping bag I had on my backpack to save money," continued Beach on his struggles.
"Once I had made it to each of the cemeteries the thought of going home was washed away and I worked at finding the soldiers. It was hard work but I realized that if I didn't do this that no one would and these men would not have a piece of Oklahoma with them."
After he returned home he began his search for the stories of the 3,000 Oklahoma soldiers. However he soon found road block after roadblock in his way to gathering the stories of these amazing soldiers.
"All too many times I have had family members tell me, 'I wish I had known about this a year ago because my mom was alive and she knew everything about my uncle buried overseas.’"
So far Beach has gathered around fifty stories, some only partially complete, of WWI and WWII members of the military from Oklahoma.
Beach is now in the process of looking for stories of soldiers from other states.
"I have decided to find one story from each state for each of the 23 cemeteries located overseas and Hawaii. I know that if the stories are fading here in Oklahoma they are fading all around the US"
The stories that Beach collects will be shared with each soldier’s cemetery so that others passing through them can hear the tales and histories of these honorable men.
Beach is looking for copies of photos, letters, family stories, information about the soldier’s life, and even history of the area during the time the soldiers lived there.
Anyone who has any information on a solider who...

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Maine state park campground reservations coming soon...

Submitted by Izzy Warren on January 31, 2014 - 7:22pm

From the Maine.gov website:
"The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Maine State Parks and Lands announced that campground reservations for the 2014 season will open for Sebago State Park on February 3 and for all state parks February 10."


Special weekend for snowmobilers !

Submitted by Izzy Warren on January 31, 2014 - 7:16pm

From the Maine IFW website"

"Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont have entered into an agreement allowing for a reciprocal snowmobile riding weekend in all three states which includes the preceding Friday. The dates are January 31st through February 2nd, 2014.
This allows for all legally registered New Hampshire, and Vermont snowmobiles to be operated in Maine without a current Maine registration. This also allows for all legally registered Maine snowmobiles to be operated in New Hampshire and Vermont without being registered in either of those states as well."


LaGrange Fire Department

Submitted by Izzy Warren on January 30, 2014 - 1:12pm

As of February 3, 2014 the Maine Forest Service is going live with their online burn permits. You may go to www.maineburnpermit.com to purchase a burn permit for $7.00 on any class 1 or 2 day. You will need a credit card and a printer to purchase your burn permit online!
You may still get your burn permit from your town Warden or Deputy if you choose to for free, but this is an added convenience. For the Town of LaGrange Joe Baker is Fire Warden 207.943.2402 and Joe Briggs is Deputy 207.217.3500.


After bankruptcy sale, what’s next for beleaguered Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway?

Submitted by Izzy Warren on January 25, 2014 - 10:46pm
Linked from: Bangor Daily News

Bankruptcy judge approves $15.85M sale of Maine railway to NY firm

Submitted by Izzy Warren on January 23, 2014 - 11:49pm
Linked from: Bangor Daily News

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