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Bangor to stage schooling raceday in October 2014

Bangor to stage schooling raceday in October 2014

Many top horse trainers, including Jonjo O'Neill and Willie Mullins, have applauded Bangor's announcement that it would stage a schooling raceday in October this year to educate young horses in a controlled and safe environment.

Bangor recently announced that it will stage a raceday for horses on October 21, in response to a high level of requests for such an initiative from a number of horse trainers and owners.

The course will offer hurdle and bumper challenges over a couple of miles on the inside track, which will be open to licensed horse trainers and jockeys.

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Bangor aviation industry’s growth depends on local workforce, leaders say

Bangor aviation industry’s growth depends on local workforce, leaders say

Cultivating local workforce is crucial for the growth and success of the Bangor aviation industry, Bangor International Airport Director Tony Caruso and other leaders believe.

During an event hosted by the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Caruso said the success of private businesses in and around the city's international airport is crucial for the stability of its major travel hub; while owners of private businesses stressed that their success relied on availability of sufficient qualified workforce.

Bangor families struggling to find new daycare facility for their young children

Bangor families struggling to find new daycare facility for their young children

More than one hundred Bangor families are struggling to find a new day care facility for their young children as their existing facility, Life Academy Daycare, has announced to close its doors in September this year.

Life Academy Daycare recently declared that it would close operations on September 12 this year. The facility's closure is part of the closing of Bangor's Grace Church, where it is located.

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Dwindling membership forces Bangor church to close operations

Dwindling membership forces Bangor church to close operations

Steep decline in the number of members and charitable contributions over the past few years along with a history of troubled leadership led to the closure of Bangor's Grace Church.

Senior Minister Russ Hewett confirmed on Wednesday that board of directors for Grace Church decided to cease operations on August 22, and that the final church service would be held on Sunday.

Grace Church, which was formerly known as Abundant Life Church, suffered a steep decline in membership in past few years, which dragged its revenue down, making continued operations financially unfeasible.

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L.L. Bean to shut down Bangor call center in May 2016

L.L. Bean to shut down Bangor call center in May 2016

Freeport-based outdoors retail firm L. L. Bean on Wednesday confirmed that it would close its Bangor call center in late spring 2016, a decision that is expected to affect more than two hundred employees.

Founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean, L. L. Bean handles mail-orders, online orders and retail orders. The company decided to close the call center in wake of a steep decline in the number of telephone orders and a rise in the number of online orders.

Bangor Fire Department releases 2015 firefighter calendar

Bangor Fire Department releases 2015 firefighter calendar

The Bangor Fire Department has released its latest firefighter calendar featuring twelve male firefighters and one female firefighter.

The firefighters in the 2015 Bangor Firefighter Calendar are posing for a good cause - to raise funds to maintain the Hose Five Fire Museum, which once served as the city's main fire station. The department expects to raise more than $20,000 through the calendars.

A number of photos published in the newest calendar feature vintage tools and fire trucks. These photos were shot inside the museum.

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Gov. LePage visits Bangor shelter that helps at-risk mothers

Gov. LePage visits Bangor shelter that helps at-risk mothers

Gov. Paul LePage on Monday paid a visit to Shepherd's Godparent Home in Bangor that lends a helping hand to the needy young and expectant mothers.

During the visit, which was requested by the shelter home's organizer Barbara Ford, Gov. LePage was accompanied by First Lady Ann LePage.

Opened in 2003, the Godparent Home has a capacity of providing shelter to up to eight mothers and their children at once. Needy mothers are provided with food & housing, medical care, educational opportunities as well as parental counseling.

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