The United Way of Eastern Maine plays a big part in helping out local communities, and the organization hopes to continue the tradition.The United Way of Eastern Maine held it’s 2011 campaign kick-off Thursday afternoon.Campaign Chair, Brian Donahue, hopes this event will get people exited about this year’s fundraising efforts.For more information on the organization, you can visit their website, unitedwayem.org
The group trying to repeal Maine’s newly enacted voter registration law kicked off their “Yes on 1″ campaign in Augusta Thursday.”Protect Maine Votes” says they have more than 1000 volunteers that will be out knocking on doors and calling voters as early as next week.
Community college students training to work on trucks and other heavy equipment now have a better way to prepare for jobs in their career field, thanks to a donation from a local oil delivery company.The Dead River Company is giving 11 diesel trucks to The Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges, worth about $100,000.
Some people in the mid-coast woke up to a little shaking on Wednesday..Just before six a 1-point-3 magnitude quake centered in Lincolnville shook the area — several residents reported hearing and feeling what they thought was an explosion.No damage or injuries were reported.
Drug Court for Penobscot County is set to be eliminated, that according to a spokesperson for the Maine Court System.Mary Ann Lynch says after the State Office of Substance Abuse assessed Penobscot County’s Drug Court program, the decision was made to eliminate the program because the outcomes have not been as positive as the other drug courts in the state.
A Maine farmer is facing a charge that his cows and goats are wandering off his Sidney property where they graze dangerously close to Interstate 95 and other roads.Fifty-eight-year-old Mark Gould was given a summons on a charge of having animals found trespassing three or more days within a seven-day period.The summons was the first to be issued as part of an amended law passed in April that is stricter than previous animal trespassing laws.Gould has reportedly said the state is not maintaining its fence and his neighbors are reporting his cows are trespassing because they have a problem with him.He said he used to have cows that wandered onto the interstate, but his current cows do not.(The Associated Press)
Spaghetti will be served Thursday to help out the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.The dinner is being hosted by the folks at Westgate Manor, which is a nursing and rehabilitation center.It’s Thursday at 4:30pm at the Bangor Elks Club on Odlin Road.For ticket information call Tammy Leland 942-7336.
On any given day in the summer, West Street in Bar Harbor is bustling with visitors and residents alike and a new upscale hotel is expected to bring even more people to the coast.”People really want to be Downtown and on the ocean and a combination of the two makes for a great property for the people that come to visit Bar Harbor and that’s one of the things this hotel will feature,” said Director of Operations Eben Salvatore.Construction of the West Street Hotel began last year, complete with private balconies and views overlooking the harbor.”It’s going to cater to both the families and couples, it’s going to have a pool on the roof,” Salvatore said.Construction crews signed the final steel beam before raising an american flag to symbolize the growth in Bar Harbor.From there, the beam was put in place atop of what hotel officials hope will soon be the area’s newest destination.With the final beam put in place the hotel is on its way to its scheduled completion date in June of next year.”e get visitors all year but we start seeing the bulk of them after Memorial Day so it’s a good time for them to open up and welcome them to the community,” says Chris Fogg, Executive Director of the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce.He says this season has been busy.And when West Street opens next summer, they’re hoping it will have an even greater impact on tourism.”I think it’s significant when anyone is willing to invest in your community by building some infrastructure we’re excited about that and that’s a good thing we’re hoping for.
Here, craftsmanship is a universal language, and it’s one that is carved in stone.”We have an artist from Japan, Germany, Ohio, New Brunswick, and Quebec,” said Jesse Salisbury, Artistic Director at the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium.For six weeks, this is the sound of their art.