Alfond restrooms care

I attended the first home game of the University of Maine hockey team. I was happy to see the new scoreboard and video screen, “Black Bear Vision.” It cost somebody thousands of dollars, but it’s a necessary addition to keep up with other arenas. I just wish that a small amount of the consideration that went into Black Bear Vision had extended to making repairs in the ladies restroom on the College Avenue side of the arena. I was more disappointed about the atrocious conditions there than I was with the loss of the game. (At least the players were working hard.)

This is our 17th season as hockey season ticket holders. Our first year the arena was newly expanded and everything was shiny and new. As far as I can see the only thing done in the restroom since 1992 was to finally supply soap at the sinks. Whether from abuse or just 17 years of use, now so many latches on the stall doors are broken that only two or three close securely.

If this season is like those in the recent past the restroom will be dirty even before the first hockey fan arrives.

Is this the impression the University of Maine wishes to extend to visitors from away? The Alfond is used for many functions. I know money is tight but I don’t believe it would take much money to fix these problems.

Linda Manning


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Selective food spending

A study of 16,000 people in 52 countries in the current issue of Circulation found that eating meat, fried foods and salty snacks raised the risk of a heart attack by 35 percent. Conversely, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables reduced the risk of a heart attack by 30 percent.

Again, a 24-year study of 88,517 female nurses in the April 14 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine found that those who ate lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and plantnbased protein were 24 percent less likely to have a heart attack and 18 percent less likely to have a stroke than those addicted to a more typical American diet.

With the cost of medical care becoming a national crisis, it’s high time for each of us to assume more responsibility for our own and our family’s health by becoming more selective with our food dollars.

Barry Jace


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LifeFlight praise

Mainers should be proud to have the services of LifeFlight of Maine available to them 24/7. Its award as outstanding air ambulance service in the country is most timely and richly deserved.

It is rather extraordinary that I now have been flown smoothly to Boston as a seriously ill patient by it on three separate occasions. The pilots, doctors, paramedics and nurses staffing them and the administrators, educators and medical personnel backing them up seamlessly in such a high risk-high reward venture are all part of this true American success story. It is also comforting that they follow strict safety guidelines and medical protocols every time they launch. Several recent tragic medical evacuation helicopter crashes remind us that they truly put their lives on the line for us all daily.

The other important part of the equation is the seamless mesh achieved with providers on the ground. My three flights were preceded by swift, caring and efficient ground transports by Bucksport’s finest pre-hospital personnel according to written statewide EMS protocols.

I encourage anyone who has friends or family helped by EMS to consider a contribution to the planned EMS Memorial that will stand beside the police and firefighter memorials on the east lawn of the Capitol in Augusta. These donations may be made, or further details obtained, through your local EMS squad or the Regional EMS office. They will recognize those providers who have lost life or limb while protecting us or have made significant contributions to the system which is so all-important!

Paul Averill Liebow


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Maestro says thank you

Please accept my sincere gratitude and appreciation for the support that the paper has shown for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and all that is related to the Bangor arts community over the past six years. In its more than 100 years of existence, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra has been fortunate to have the continuing support of the audience, patrons, musicians, administrators, business community and its board of directors.

For that I would like to publicly express my sincere thanks for their support and encourage them to continue their interests and contributions to the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.

During my time in Bangor, I have especially treasured the symphony audience. Though the time has come for me to depart, I want them to know that they will always have a special place in my heart for the rest of my life.

Xiao-Lu Li

Lafayette, La.

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Bijou memories

I was very pleased to read Wayne Reilly’s very nice history column (BDN, Oct. 27), along with a terrific photo, of the former Vaudeville House in Bangor. This later was known as the Olympia Theatre.

His article brought back many great memories of the very nice article that was written on the Olympia Theatre many years ago in the BDN. It featured photos of Gene Autry and other great cowboy stars shown there through the years. It also mentioned that the projectionist worked there for many years.

I do hope Mr. Reilly will write an article, with a nice photo, of Connie Russell’s former beautiful Bijou Theatre on Exchange Street. I visited Connie at the Bijou every time I was in Bangor. He helped me so much. My former theater in Pittsfield was also named The Bijou Theatre.

Glen Wheaton


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Homeless, hungry cats

Homeless, hungry cats

I am very concerned about the many kittens and cats that are not adopted. Often I see local signs offering free kittens. Frequently the people who have these kittens allow their cats to reproduce over and over again. Cats that are not adopted are sometimes left outside without a home, food or care. Some will end up in shelters amid too many animals and too little funding.

The “Help Fix Me” program has funding to help people who cannot afford to have their pet neutered. The toll-free number is 1-800-367-1317. Please remember to check off the tax deduction to contribute to the Companion Animal Sterilization fund so there will be more help for people who cannot afford to have their pets sterilized. If everyone will take responsibility for their own pets, many less animals will suffer.

Lynne Kelsey-Smith