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    December 16, 2020

    A favorite toy fund tradition continues for 71st year

    There’s something comforting and reassuring about watching the same holiday movies every year. You already know the stories, and even much of the dialogue, but they till make you laugh or choke back tears in all the same places. That’s a little like the notes that faithful donors send each year to the Press Herald […]

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    December 16, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Dec. 16

    Dec. 16, 2007: Singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg, 56, dies of prostate cancer at home in Deer Isle, where he has lived for 25 years. Fogelberg, a native of Peoria, Illinois, also lived many years in Colorado and recorded his music there. Achieving his greatest success in the 1970s and 1980s, he was known best for songs […]

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    December 15, 2020

    Woman’s love for children and Christmas is remembered by toy fund donors

    Charlotte Louise LaCrosse always supported the toy fund, and now others are doing so in her name.

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    December 15, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Dec. 15

    Dec. 15, 1885: Lloyd’s of London receives word that Red Jacket, the Rockland-built clipper ship that set a record by crossing the Atlantic Ocean from New York to Liverpool in slightly more than 13 days during its maiden voyage in 1854, has slipped its mooring in a storm and broken apart on rocks in Funchal […]

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    December 14, 2020

    Father rebuilding his life seeks help for his children

    A single father working to rebuild his life and make a new home for his family is asking for help for his three children. He is in recovery from an opioid addiction and, in a note to the Press Herald Toy Fund, wrote that his kids have been through a lot and deserve a little […]

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    December 14, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Dec. 14

    Dec. 14, 1897: Six sailors drown when the schooner Susan P. Thurlow, built in the Washington County coastal town of Harrington, strikes a reef on a wretchedly stormy night off Cushing Island, near Portland. The ship and its cargo are torn to pieces within an hour. One crew member, Charles Reimann, a German, survives the […]

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    December 13, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Dec. 13

    Dec. 13, 1947: After five years of planning and two years of construction, the first 45-mile, four-lane section of the Maine Turnpike opens, linking Kittery to Portland. The Portland Press Herald dubs it the “Mile-a-Minute Highway.” It is the nation’s second toll expressway, the first being the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which opened in 1940. Dec. 13, […]

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    December 13, 2020

    Child health experts: Kids need joy right now

    Making sure children have a holiday gift or a new toy to play with can make a powerful difference during the pandemic, they say.

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    December 12, 2020

    On this date in Maine history: Dec. 12

    Dec. 12, 2015: Dale Sparrow, 46, a fishing boat captain, experiences chest pains at 3 a.m. while aboard the Danny Boy about 40 nautical miles southeast of Portland. He alerts the Coast Guard, which makes the rescue with an assist from a $4.3 billion Navy destroyer. You just never know who’s going to be in […]

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    December 12, 2020

    Childhood recipients give back to toy fund: ‘It’s a good thing you guys do’

    Children who benefit from the fund often grow up to become donors themselves.

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