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    January 17, 2021

    More donations arrive for Press Herald Toy Fund

    More donations have arrived for the Press Herald Toy Fund, which provided gifts for thousands of Maine children last month and will soon begin planning for a 72nd holiday season. The outpouring of support in recent weeks helped lift the spirits of struggling families and sustained the charity through a year like no other. There […]

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    January 17, 2021

    Capitol riot, threats of violence echo Maine’s ‘Great Count-Out’

    Civil War hero Joshua Chamberlain came to the rescue, risking his own safety to keep peace as armed Republicans surrounded the State House claiming the 1879 gubernatorial election had been stolen.

  • Published
    January 10, 2021

    Donations add up for toy fund

    Donations continue to arrive for the Press Herald Toy Fund, which provided gifts for thousands of Maine children last month and will soon begin planning for a 72nd holiday season. The outpouring of support in recent weeks helped lift the spirits of struggling families and sustained the charity through a year like no other. There […]

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    January 1, 2021

    Toy fund tops $260,000 in donations

    The outpouring of donations to the Press Herald Toy Fund continues. The year-to-date total topped $260,000 Thursday. That’s double the amount raised last year. There is no time limit on donations, which are accepted year-round and have sustained the charity for seven decades. Donors’ names and messages will continue to be published along with periodic […]

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    December 31, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Dec. 31

    Dec. 31, 1775: As the first year of the American Revolution draws to a close, American Revolutionary forces led by Col. Benedict Arnold and Maj. Gen. Richard Montgomery attack the British fortress at Quebec City while a snowstorm rages. The assault fails. Arnold, who led his men on an epic, hardship-filled journey up Maine’s Kennebec […]

  • Published
    December 31, 2020

    Donors push Toy Fund over $250,000

    There is no time limit for making a donation.

  • Published
    December 30, 2020

    Donors grateful to be part of toy fund tradition

    Many send notes of thanks along with their donations.

  • Published
    December 30, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Dec. 30

    Dec. 30, 2006: The $85 million Penobscot Narrows Bridge, which carries Route 1 across the Penobscot River and links the towns of Prospect and Verona Island, opens to traffic for the first time. The cable-stayed 2,120-foot bridge features two 430-foot-tall towers, the western one of which contains the world’s highest public bridge observation deck. Dave […]

  • Published
    December 29, 2020

    Toy fund volunteer already looking forward to next year

    The highlight for volunteers always comes in late December, when parents come to pick up toys they will give to their children.

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    December 29, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Dec. 29

    Dec. 29, 2012: Three couples get married and a fourth obtains a marriage license early on a Saturday morning at Bangor City Hall, amid a crowd of about 50 well-wishers. Normally city offices aren’t open Saturdays, but this is an exception. Special business hours were scheduled because this is the first day on which marriages […]

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