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Maine Army National Guard scales back annual food drive support
By SP_COP on November 03, 2014 | From
Maine Army National Guard scales back annual food drive support The Maine Army National Guard has scaled back its 14-year involvement with an annual food drive, but it has not pulled out entirely.

Mike Higgins, digital managing editor for B98.5, said early Monday that the Guard has ended its relationship with “Tanksgiving” after 14 years of cooperation with the station. Higgins said the National Guard made the decision Sunday, the day before the food drive began.

“I wasn’t aware of it until (Monday) morning,” Higgins said. “I don’t know why it happened.”

However, Guard public information officer Capt. Norman Stickney said later Monday that the Guard is still supporting the project. “It will supply a tent (for the collections site) and provide the same property.”

Stickney said the Guard will not be providing its trucks, which cost fuel as well as soldier labor. “With budget cuts we simply cannot do that any more. We need to have all the resources available to train soldiers and airmen to respond for any state or national emergency.”

While Higgins said the weeklong food drive was continuing, it was not clear what would happen with the encampment at the tank located on Camp Keyes’ property along Airport Road. The tank helped dub the food drive “Tanksgiving.”...
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