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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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    December 28, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Dec. 28

    Dec. 28, 1814: A convention of Democrat-Republicans from several Oxford County towns is convened. Outraged about the inability of the federal government to expel the British from eastern Maine during the ongoing War of 1812, about the Massachusetts authorities’ unwillingness to aid in that effort, they conclude that the only sensible course of action to […]

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    December 28, 2020

    Donations adding up for toy fund

    Donors to the Press Herald Toy Fund dug deep this year, pushing the year-to-date total over $240,000. The outpouring of generosity couldn’t have come at a better time for the many families who needed help to give their children some joy and a sense of normalcy at the holidays. There is no time limit on […]

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    December 27, 2020

    Donors, volunteers rally to help children in historic year

    Thousands of Maine children are enjoying holiday gifts because of the generosity of strangers.  And thousands of struggling parents know someone out there cares. The Press Herald Toy Fund will soon wrap up its 71st holiday season. And, while the end results are the same, it has been a year like no other. Donors rallied […]

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    December 27, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Dec. 27

    Dec. 27, 2005: The Nature Conservancy announces it has bought nearly 10,000 acres of forested land in Hancock County for $2.2 million and that it plans to preserve the property. The purchase is emblematic of many other land preservation steps taken by various organizations in this period. The Nature Conservancy land, called the Spring River […]

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    December 26, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Dec. 26

    Dec. 26, 1888: The Central Maine General Hospital – known today as Central Maine Medical Center – is incorporated in Lewiston. D.J. Callahan is sworn in at an afternoon meeting as secretary of the board of corporators. The institution is qualified under the law to hold property of a value up to $100,000 – equal […]

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    December 26, 2020

    Women’s golf club once again brings joy to children

    Like a holiday card from old friends, it was reassuring to receive a note this week from the Riverside Women’s Golf Association along with 17 checks totaling $530. “Thanks so much for all the good work you do! Merry Christmas and joyous wishes for better days to come,” they wrote. The women hit the fairways […]

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    December 25, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Dec. 25

    Dec. 25, 1870: “Never has a sadder Christmas dawned on any city,” Livermore native Elihu Washburne writes in Paris while serving as the U.S. minister to France. “The sufferings … exceed by far anything we have seen.” On the 99th day of the Prussian army’s siege of the city during the Franco-Prussian War, Washburne, one […]

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    December 24, 2020

    Meet some of the children helped by the toy fund this year

    A teenager helping care for her younger siblings and a 4-year-old with Down syndrome are just two of thousands.

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    December 24, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Dec. 24

    Dec. 24, 2018: Incumbent U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-2nd District, drops his federal lawsuit claiming that he, not Democrat Jared Golden, should have won the Nov. 6 election for his seat. Golden was declared the winner under Maine’s new ranked-choice voting system. Running for re-election against three challengers, Poliquin was the top vote-getter, but fell […]

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