Bangor, Maine News Update: January 8, 2021
The Maine CDC reports 13 more Mainers, diagnosed with COVID-19, have died. The deceased included residents of Androscoggin, Hancock, Somerset, Aroostook, Kennebec, and York counties. Thursday's statistics show 540 new cases of the virus statewide.
Caribou Police are looking for a suspect in an alleged assault, who may have been shot in the shoulder area by the homeowner. He's described as a white man, with longish dark hair that stuck out from under his blue baseball cap, and was said to be driving a black pickup. Anyone with information about the incident that happened around noon on Thursday is asked to contact Caribou or Maine State Police.
Maine's K-12 schools will share more than 183 million dollars, as part of the latest federal coronavirus relief package. At the announcement of the funds, then-U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said she hopes many states will use the money to reopen their schools and take other actions to deal with the impact of the pandemic. The funds will be available through the end of September.
A parent-run organization is working to help other parents of children with emotional and behavioral health concerns, through support groups, education, and advocacy. The G.E.A.R. Parent Network will hold a virtual training session on Tuesday to help parents of non-verbal children to communicate with their kids.
The Unitarian Universalist Church in Bangor is once again hosting a Second Sunday food drive and church bells concert. Residents are invited to stop by the church on Park Street to donate non-perishable food items, and listen to the 30-minute concert that will start at noon. Attendees are encouraged to recognize social distancing and wear their face coverings.
A gluten-free cookbook, co-authored by a Maine girl, is helping the Central Church of Maine's mission to provide necessities to residents of Haiti. 10-year-old Riley Coleman and her grandmother, Holly Seaver of Cape Cod exchanged recipes during the pandemic and decided to author the 'Riley's Family Cookbook,' which is available for sale on Amazon.