Catholic Charities Maine Thrift Store to re-open in Caribou

The Catholic Charities Thrift Store in Caribou will be re-opening...with a few changes. The store, which closed last summer, will be open every other Friday and Saturday. In addition, even though it will be in the same building as it was before, it will be about half of the size. According to Dixie Shaw, the Hunger and Relief Services Program Director for Catholic Charities Maine, new tenants will be using the other half of the building. "We're very excited," said Shaw. "The Aroostook Recovery people will be over there. So, they are good neighbors for us to have and we thought that this was a good time for us to get back in here and come back to the community of Caribou where we started." The store will open again April 13th and 14th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will alternate weekends with the Monticello thrift store through the summer. The money raised will go towards the cost of operating the organization's two food banks.

County schools being trained for active shooter situations

With school shootings happening more and more, law enforcement agencies and school districts are looking into ways of being more prepared. In this edition of Police Beat, NewsSource 8's Brandon Beville talks to a Maine State Police Sergeant about a training being held at many schools right here in the County.

Limestone selects interim town manager

Limestone has a new interim town manager, but he's no stranger to the community. NewsSource 8's Kathy McCarty has more.

Peanut Carnival sees record turnout

The Sargent Family Community Center hosted the annual Peanut Carnival today, providing a fun-filled afternoon for area youth. Volunteers set up various booths and games, from face painting and bowling, to basketball and a bounce house. Smiles and laughter were plentiful, as children competed and tried their luck at the many carnival-like games. "We're experiencing record numbers for this event," said Program Director Andrew Perry. "Attendance has been phenomenal, just an amazing time. We're really excited about carrying on the tradition of the Peanut Carnival." Perry says well over 200 children participated in the event, making this year's Peanut Carnival one of the best in Rec Department history.

ACAP Splash Event

Today at Dr. Levesque elementary School in Frenchville they and a splash party and Fun day to promote 5210 Lets Go Program. Brandon Beville was there and has has the story.

Conversion Therapy Part 2

A bill that looks to ban conversion therapy for minors by licensed therapists and social workers with the goal of changing that individual's sexual orientation or gender identity has passed its first hurdle. The House of Representatives voted to pass the bill today. The bill is now on its way to the Senate for a vote. Yesterday on News Source 8 we explained how the bill came to be, why its sponsor Ryan Fecteau believes its important, and why opponents say it takes rights away from parents and religious counselors. Tonight we look further into what conversion therapy is defined as by the bill's sponsor, and we hear from a Christian counselor on how its passing would impact her work.

Ashland hosts Maine Art Education Associaiton Spring Conference

The Maine Art Education Associaiton Spring Conference was held in Ashland on Saturday. The event provided teachers from across the state an opportunity to experience different forms of art. The day was broken into a number of sessions, featuring various art mediums, from painting with paper and playing with paper mache, to creating clay whistles. Creative collaboration - how students can use the design process to create products that function as teaching materials for other students - was also discussed.


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