Ayone who hasn’t toured downtown Bangor this holiday season — either by car or on foot — might just like to do so and catch the holiday spirit there.
Through the efforts of Bangor Center Corp., several Bangor-area businesses and organizations accepted the challenge of making our downtown more holiday-friendly this year by decorating windows in unoccupied storefronts.
The result is, most definitely, a tremendous improvement, and a holiday tour worth taking.
The public is invited to participate in this community effort by voting for its favorite holiday window display.
Ballot boxes are located at The Grasshopper Shop, Epi’s and BookMarc’s. The drawing is Friday.
But here is an important point to consider for those of you casting ballots for the “best holiday window.”
While 17 community businesses and organizations decorated the street-level windows, voters can choose from all the downtown decorated windows when casting their ballots.
Sally Burgess of Bangor Center Corp. said that while encouraging the public to vote for their favorite window, “voters should keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be a sponsored window.”
If, for example, your favorite window is one decorated by the business owner, you can vote for that window, too.
“We do have some fabulous windows this year,” Burgess said, adding that she was especially pleased with the sponsored windows since those businesses and organizations “obviously have no reason to participate, but they did.”
She is also pleased that the media “jumped on board” and that the result was a genuine community effort.
While you’re taking the tour, Burgess suggests you “pick up on the theme” of the various window sponsors. One accounting firm, for example “has a paper chain made of cut-up tax forms,” she said.
Burgess thanks the civic-minded sponsors for their efforts and extends her thanks to the building owners for helping make downtown Bangor look so much better this holiday season.
“The landlords were very cooperative,” she said of owners who agreed to have sponsors decorate their windows.
“I think, as a community, we owe a great big thank-you to the organizations, the media, the landlords, and countless individuals who got into the spirit of things” and made a difference downtown this year.
So, if you have the time, take a tour of downtown Bangor and vote for your favorite window. You will enjoy the tour, and so will the kids.
And maybe, just maybe, you’ll wind up with some extra change in your pocket this time of year.
But, for Burgess and everyone involved with the project, the favorite window and a $100 gift certificate are really not what decorating downtown is all about, she said.
“It’s really more about people having the fun experience of looking at the windows than having a winner.”
On behalf of all Bangor residents and all those who visit the city this time of year, we thank the merchants and the sponsoring businesses and organizations who helped brighten up our downtown this December.
Charlotte Skiff and members of the Mount Desert Island Hospital Auxiliary in Bar Harbor invite the public to participate in the auxiliary’s Christmas Tree Project which, last year, raised more than $1,000 for hospital equipment.
For each $5 you donate to the auxiliary’s Christmas Tree Project, a star will be lit on the MDI Hospital tree in memory or honor of a friend or loved one.
Not only does the auxiliary keep a record of the star donors in a book that is available for viewing at the hospital, but the group will send an acknowledgement of the gift if you so request.
And while the tree is now lit, you still have until Monday to order your stars.
You can place your order by sending a check to the MDI Hospital Auxiliary, P.O. Box 8, Bar Harbor 04609-0008, or call 288-3103 with questions.
We bid bon voyage and send our best wishes to Neil Ward of Leeds and his fellow Unity College students who leave Wednesday for New Bern, N.C., where they will volunteer to help that community recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Floyd last summer.
Ward and four other Unity environmental policy students spent five months in New Bern earlier this year with the college’s field study program. They found the community and its residents to be most hospitable and they view the return trip as an opportunity to repay that hospitality.
Ward and the other student volunteers will spend six days in New Bern, helping rebuild houses and repair plumbing and electrical systems as well as volunteering wherever they are needed.
To assist the students in making this trip, funds were contributed by the college’s student government, Office of Community Service, Student Affairs Office and President William Hess.
Once again this year, displaced Mainers living in the Washington, D.C., area will participate in the Maine State Society wreath-laying project beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, at Arlington National Cemetery.
For the seventh year, Morrill Worcester of Harrington has donated 4,000 wreaths for the project, which takes approximately 2 1/2 hours to complete.
Wreaths will be placed on graves of the dead from all wars, from all states and territories, the Tomb of the Unknowns, the Mast of the USS Maine and the grave of the late Maine Sen. Edmund Muskie.
Also this year, society members will place wreaths in Section 24 of the cemetery, which contains the remains of 229 members of the crew of the USS Maine. The vessel exploded and sank in Havana Harbor in 1898 before the beginning of the Spanish-American War.
Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; 990-8288.