Monday, August 17, 2009

Tugs Of Fun

Portland Harbor and the inner Casco Bay was hopping this weekend with the MS HarborFest. Over 800 volunteers and participants were out on the water on Friday and Saturday taking advantage of some incredible weather. Activities got underway on Thursday evening with an benefit auction at The Woodlands Club, followed on Friday by a Skippers reception for the sailing crowd at Handy Boat, in Falmouth. Saturday hosted the powerboat Poker Run and sailing regatta. Sunday the tugs topped the waves and made some of their own, but not before some hardy souls jumped into the bay for the "survival suit races."


The Maine Chapter of the National MS Society, operating from offices in Falmouth and the Bangor area, with strong volunteer support throughout the state, serves approximately 3,000 families living with MS in Maine. Nearly one in every 400 Maine residents has been diagnosed with MS, a prevalence rate 70% higher than the nation as a whole. The Chapter offers information and education, financial assistance, care management and peer and group support. Volunteers are an integral part of the work we do, helping with our special events, programs and services as well as with our office functions. For more information about the Chapter please call 1-800- FIGHT MS (1-800-344-4867) or visit our website


Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.5 million worldwide.

Thanks Go To: "The overall title sponsor of the Harborfest weekend is Portland-based law firm Verrill Dana LLP, which has been sponsoring this event for the last six years," says Mary Jalbert, chair of the board of trustees of the Maine Chapter of the National MS Society. "Bangor Savings Bank has also signed on as event sponsor for two weekend events; the MS Benefit Auction and the MS Tugboat Muster."


Coming Later this fall 1 new blog, following on my now shuttered website, Maine Political Photo News & a "365" street portrait project ( probably on flickr).

Words & Photos ©2009MichaelBarriault

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