The Bangor Fire Department is asking residents to help clean out the area around fire hydrants in their neighborhoods. It can take the city several days to get to all the hydrants, so they're asking residents to shovel a three foot area around them to make access easy.

Pet owners are reminded to check their animals’ paws for any hard packed snow that can cause pain. Their time outside should be limited and long-haired dogs should be brushed at least once a week to remove matted hair and keep their natural insulator working as well as possible. Find more tips on the website for Green Acres Kennel Shop.

Wreaths Across America will begin its annual trek to Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, to lay wreaths on the graves of soldiers. After a sunrise service in Lubec, the convoy will make stops in Calais, Ellsworth, and Belfast. Find more information on the Facebook page for Wreaths Across America.

Bangor and Ellsworth will celebrate the holidays this Saturday with parades. Devoted parade-goers will even be able to catch both, since Ellsworth's parade starts at 11, while Bangor's Festival of Lights Parade with step off at 4:30.

The Community Closet thrift store in Ellsworth is inviting the public in to view a special Christmas village. For 5 dollars, folks can search for hidden objects that will earn an entry into a drawing for prizes. All the funds raised will be donated to local charities.

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