Food drive

BANGOR — The Henry’s Bridal Boutique and Formal Wear will rent any in-stock tuxedo for $99 to prom-goers who donate nonperishable food items as part of its second annual Prom Tuxedo Rental Food Drive.

David Lincoln, The Henry’s manager, said, “We own our inventory of tuxedos so can offer the discount while helping people in our community. We have always donated to the local high schools’ various fundraisers and other programs. Last year we decided to hold a food drive to coincide with the prom tuxedo rentals and the response was overwhelmingly positive. Overall, it seems to be a good way for us to give additional help to local families while the prom kids get the satisfaction of knowing they have helped their fellow man.”

The Henry’s Bridal Boutique and Formal Wear is a family-owned business located in The Penobscot Plaza on Washington Street in Bangor. The food drive offer is open to anyone renting a tuxedo for the 2014 prom season.  Students are encouraged to go to the boutique several weeks before prom time to select a tuxedo and be measured for proper fit.

Device workshops

AREA — U.S. Cellular will offer free device workshops 9-10 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at 403 Wilson St. in Brewer and 8-9 a.m. Saturday, May 24, at 33 Mid Mall Boulevard in Bangor. The workshop is open to everyone, and attendees don’t have to be a U.S. Cellular customer to attend.

For information or to RSVP, call 989-3291 for information about the Brewer workshop or 942-5218 for the Bangor workshop.

Drive for the Kids

HAMPDEN — Quirk Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Bangor will host a Chrysler Drive for the Kids fundraiser for Earl C. McGraw Elementary School and its afterschool programs, during the school’s Library Night, 4-8 p.m. Thursday, May 15. For every test drive taken during the hours of the fundraiser, the school will earn $10 from Chrysler brand which will be put toward enrichment programs.

The more local drivers who take test drives, the more money will be raised.

Organizers said the event is “very hands off where the dealers aren’t trying to sell cars, just there to help raise funds for the kids the best way we know how, getting behind the wheel and driving.”

After the fundraiser, Quirk Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Bangor will present the school with a check for the amount of funds raised.

Funds for transportation

BANGOR — Eastern Maine Development Corp. announced recently that it has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Betterment Fund that will support a project to increase transportation opportunities for residents of Eastern Maine.

The grant will fund the newly formed Eastern Maine Transportation Management Association, which supports and advocates for local and regional transit, ride sharing, and volunteer transportation. The creation of the association came as a key recommendation in a community-based transportation planning study funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The association will be overseen by EMDC.

Officials said that with the help of EMDC, the association will provide a single source for information about a variety of transportation services including ride share sign-ups and a cell phone network that allows drivers to offer rides via text message. The group’s website,, currently in its test phase, will be the tool that connects participants to these opportunities.

For information, call EMDC at 942-6389 or visit

‘Preferred’ rating

BANGOR — Cross Insurance, a subsidiary of Cross Financial Corp., and one of the largest independent insurance providers in New England, announced recently it was recognized by Frankenmuth Insurance of Frankenmuth, Mich., as a “Preferred” partner with the insurance carrier for 2014.

The Preferred status is a result of outstanding performance involving several factors, including insurance volume, partnership, growth, accounting practices and claims handling.

Officials said Cross Insurance and its staff have consistently fared well in this process, ranking among the top 15 percent of all agencies representing Frankenmuth Insurance.

“We are honored to be a Preferred Partner with Frankenmuth Insurance,” said Royce Cross, President and CEO of Cross Insurance, in a press release. “Frankenmuth Insurance is committed to serving its policyholders, agents, co-workers and communities with integrity and fairness, and we look forward to representing this agency well into the future.”