Proceeds from Basketball Fund-raiser Going to Cancer-stricken Bus Driver

WINTER HARBOR — The $1,300 in proceeds from the annual eighth grade basketball game at the Peninsula School March 3 will be turned over to longtime bus driver George Bamford, who is ill with cancer.

The lighthearted game pitting students against their parents and members of the Winter Harbor and Gouldsboro police and fire departments has been held the last three years to raise funds for the class’s graduation trip, but the students decided this year they wanted instead to help Bamford.

Organizers included James Malloy, a full-time officer with Gouldsboro Police, Wendy Hooper and Chris Simmons.

“The kids wanted to do something special for George,” Malloy said. “I thought that was pretty big of them.”

Young’s Market, the Winter Harbor IGA and Mc’s Market Place donated refreshments that were sold at the game.

Malloy, the Gouldsboro police officer, was captain of the “Black and Blue Team” and gave it his all. While catching a passing basketball he snapped and broke a bone in the baby finger of his left hand.

“It’s not my gun hand,” he laughed.

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Nicole Ouellette

Nicole Ouellette

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