The Maine CDC reports 23 new cases of COVID-19 statewide.

Severe storms crossed through Aroostook County yesterday, leaving snapped trees in their path. A preliminary report from the National Weather Service indicated a microburst over Limestone with damage that was consistent with winds of approximately 100 miles per hour. No injuries or serious damage were reported.  

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The American Red Cross is in need of blood donations, as hospitals are seeing an upswing in procedures that were postponed during the pandemic. Summer is also a challenging time to get people to donate. Appointments can be made online to donate at your local blood donor center, including on Hammond Street in Bangor. 

Maine teachers can request up to $1,000 in funding for their class projects through the U.S. Cellular Donors Choose program. The company is focusing on STEM-based projects within their service area, which includes most of Maine. 

Registration is open for both in-person and virtual summer camps through the Challenger Learning Center in Bangor. Both camps offer fun and educational experiences for children in K through 8th grade. For more information about the camps and available scholarships, log onto the website for the Challenger Learning Center. 

As part of Maine’s 200th birthday, that’s being celebrated a year late because of the pandemic, the Penobscot Maritime Heritage Association will sponsor its Tall Ships next month, as they travel to four destinations on the Penobscot River between July 9th and 18th. The historic ships will anchor in Bangor, Bucksport, Orrington, and Searsport. 

A coed adult softball tournament this Saturday will benefit the Brady Nickerson Foundation, which raises money for cancer research and funds scholarships to area students. The games at the Union Street Athletic Fields in Bangor will include raffle items, food, and Team Brady t-shirts for sale. 

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