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Parishioner That Only Attends Mass On Christmas And Easter Desperately Trying To Remember What The Hell The Stations Of Lacrosse Are

Stations of LacrosseChristians across Maine gathered in their local churches Friday for a series of liturgies marking the passion and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Good Friday services are part of the Holy Week rites that began with Palm Sunday and conclude with the celebration of the Resurrection on Sunday. At St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Gardiner, part of St. Michael Parish, Deacon Jeff Lewis and Clarence McKay led about 75 parishioners through the 14 Stations of the Cross, moving around the interior of the church, praying and singing at each as they depict Calvary, the crucifixion and the entombment of Christ. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

Lecturer At Women’s Wellness Event Tactfully Avoids Mentioning Everyone In The Audience Looks Like 10 Pounds Of Suet In A 5 Pound Bag

World Of Women's WellnessWATERVILLE — One by one, Ellen Thorne dumped 11 teaspoons of sugar into a small empty apple juice container, the mound of sugar at the bottom representing how much was in one serving of what’s typically considered a healthy beverage. Thorne, 21, a University of Maine at Farmington student, and fellow volunteer and UMF student Jenna Williams explained the eye-opening reaction Saturday at Thomas College from people watching the demonstration, especially parents, when they saw the amount of sugar in the variety of soft drinks and juices spread out on the table. “It’s important to have that interaction between age groups on these health issues,” Williams, 21, said. “Just by seeing it like this really shows them the problem.” The demonstration by the two nutrition students was one of dozens at the 17th annual Inland Hospital World of Women’s Wellness event, a daylong affair that promotes healthy living and medical advice to hundreds of women each year. About 500 people attended, officials said. “It’s a place where women can get together under one roof and find local resources and good and reliable health information,” said Sara Dyer, Inland’s director of community relations. Dozens of community organizations donated time and resources, including eye screenings from Kennebec Eye Care and Walmart; healthful eating and lifestyle information from Hannaford Bros., Champions Fitness Club and Barrels Community Market; and several opportunities to be pampered, including massages from Agora Salon and Day Spa and hair styling from Prime Cut Salon. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

Local Mental Illness Group Says Suicide Prevention Is An Idea So Crazy It Just Might Work

Reading the newspaper. Maine news from The Rumford MeteorDIXFIELD — The National Alliance on Mental Illness Family Support Group will host a public forum from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, to discuss suicide prevention and awareness with parents, school staff, businesses and organizations. It will be held in the cafeteria of Dirigo High School. Dottie Adams of Hanover, who works with the NAMI Maine Combined Support Group in Rumford, said this is the first time the group has done a public presentation in the region. “We were looking for ways to get out there, speak to people and lessen the stigma of mental illness,” Adams said Monday. “We decided that for our first educational night, we would focus on suicide, as it’s such a part of this area. We’re hoping to help people understand it a little better.” (read more at the Lewiston Sun Journal)

Sanford Public Works Overlord Seen Wearing A Nehru Jacket And Stroking A Persian Cat As He Looks At His Salt Pile

Sanford Maine salt pileSANFORD – As in many Maine communities, the number and severity of storms this winter have strained the Sanford Public Works Department’s budget, as overtime has ballooned and salt and sand stocks have dwindled. However, so far, the city has managed to weather the snow removal storm better than other towns. “We’re at our max but other towns (in Maine) are in a much worse position than we are,” said Donna Gray, assistant to Sanford’s public works director. City Manager Steven Buck points out that the public works budget is actually on track, despite the snow removal burden.At 33 weeks into the fiscal year, Public Works Department expenditures stood at approximately 63 percent of budget, which, Buck told the City Council at a meeting on Feb. 18, is where spending should be at this point in the budget cycle. (read more at the Weekly Observer)

Local Shut-In Trying To Figure Out What In The Hell ILY LOL Means

Valentine's Day cardsFREEPORT – The hundreds of people in the Freeport area who live in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities or who receive Meals on Wheels – people who might not otherwise get a Valentine’s Day card – will get one this year. For several years now, in fact, Positive FM, an adult contemporary Christian radio station in Freeport, has collected and distributed “Forget Me Not” Valentine’s Day cards. Children who are barely able to scrawl their names, as well as school groups and adults who make an event out of signing the cards, contribute to the effort, said Suzanne Happs, general manager of Positive FM. “Very often students will sign who they are and their age,” Happs said. “It lights up (the recipients’) faces to see that a younger person has thought of them.” (read more at Tri-Town Weekly)

Grid Manager Advises Sweltering Mainers To Hike Up Into The Mountains And Stand In Front Of Those Giant Fans The Utilities Installed Instead Of Making Enough Electricity To Run An Air-Conditioner

Windmills in Maine. Maine news from The Rumford MeteorHOLYOKE, Mass. (AP) — New England’s regional grid manager is asking residents to conserve electricity as this week’s continuing hot, humid weather threatens to strain the power system. Officials at ISO New England are suggesting numerous steps cut power and avoid possible outages, including raising air conditioning thermostats to between 74 and 78 degrees and turning off unneeded residential home lights or office equipment. They’re also asking people to put off laundry and other chores requiring electricity until the early morning or late evening hours. (read more at Lewiston Sun Journal)

Newport Police Suspect Local Bear Is Tired Of Shitting In The Woods

Newport Maine bearNEWPORT, Maine — A black bear has been spotted roaming around the town of Newport this week. Police received reports of a small black bear seen in town on Tuesday evening and on Wednesday morning, said Newport Police Chief Leonard Macdaid. The bear was spotted near the Vic Firth drumstick factory on High Street about 9:15 Wednesday morning, he said. One Newport resident snapped a picture of it while in her car, but Newport police and Maine game wardens were unable to find the bear. “It crossed in front of Vic Firth and ran up through a [snowmobile parking lot],” said Debi Swift, owner of Endless Herbs and Natural Foods in Newport. “It ran behind a house and turned up North Street and came out into a yard.” (read more at Bangor Daily News)

Legal Fireworks Helping Mainers Celebrate July 3rd, 4th, 5th, 17th, And August 11th At Two AM For Some Reason

Maine legal fireworksSince Maine legalized fireworks last year, communities across the state have imposed a patchwork of regulations that could mean the difference between night skies filled with clusters of exploding light in one town this Fourth of July and quiet darkness in another. The state Fire Marshal’s Office continued to update its website Tuesday, listing restrictions and prohibitions on consumer fireworks that cities and towns have passed recently. The website includes a summary of the state law allowing fireworks in communities without rules of their own. On Monday night, the Westbrook City Council gave initial approval to an ordinance that would ban the use of fireworks on all days except July 4 and 5 and Dec. 31, when they could be set off, with a permit, at any time from 9 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. The council will not take a final vote on the ordinance until later this month or next, so Westbrook falls under state law as allowing fireworks, for now. “It makes it complicated,” said Richard Taylor, the senior planner in the Fire Marshal’s Office. “Every town is different.” In towns without restrictions, consumer fireworks can typically be set off between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. Those hours are expanded for the Fourth of July holiday weekend to 9 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. (read more at Kennebec Journal)

Bangor Daily News To Stop Printing Their Newspaper; Will Subcontract It Out To A Nice Lady In Lewiston With A Mimeograph Machine

Bangor Daily News printing pressBANGOR, Maine — Bangor Publishing Co., owner of the Bangor Daily News, on Friday announced plans to shutter its Hampden printing plant later this year. The company has reached agreements with media partners to print its daily newspaper. In September, Bangor Publishing will begin to outsource the majority of its printing to Sun Media Group, owner of the Sun Journal in Lewiston and several weeklies, including The Forecaster, according to Todd Benoit, chief operating officer of Bangor Publishing Co. To handle the job, Sun Media Group will subcontract some printing to Alliance Press, which operates a commercial printing press in Brunswick. Issues of the BDN distributed in Aroostook County will be printed at Bangor Publishing’s press in Presque Isle, where one of the company’s subsidiaries, Northeast Publishing Co., is located. Benoit said multiple factors contributed to the decision to consolidate printing operations, including reduced circulation and an aging flexographic press, built in 1964, which would need substantial investment in the near future. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

Portland Decides Against Using “Thank Christ We’re Not Lewiston” For Its Slogan

Portland -Yes. Life's Good Here sloganPORTLAND – City and business leaders introduced Portland’s new slogan Tuesday, saying its simplicity and versatility open up many marketing opportunities. The new slogan got less favorable reviews from a local marketing firm. And the upbeat line about Portland’s quality of life got skewered by droves of Facebook users. The slogan – “Portland, Maine. Yes. Life’s good here.” – was inspired by a writer who lived in Portland, and is part of a branding effort the city expects to roll out over this summer. That effort includes a promotional video, which also debuted Tuesday, and other yet-to-be-developed strategies for promoting the city. The Portland Regional Chamber, Portland’s Downtown District, the Convention + Visitors Bureau and Creative Portland Corp. volunteered to help the city with the effort. The city provided staff support but did not allocate any funding, officials say. Jennifer Hutchins, executive director of Creative Portland Corp., said the strength of the slogan is its versatility and a simple message that can be embraced by the three groups targeted by the effort: businesses, visitors and residents. “Let’s face it, we’re a small city in a big world and the best thing we can do is to combine our limited marketing dollars and raise one voice to the rest of the world,” Hutchins said. (read more at Portland Press Herald)

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