Fire crews in Bangor were returning from a chimney fire and approaching a shift change just before eight this morning, when word came in of another fire, this one in an apartment building on Center Street.Firefighters arrived in just minutes, but it was a scary wake up call for the eleven tenants of the five apartments, who are now without a place to call home.”We heard somebody run up the back stairwell saying they needed to call the fire department,” said Bill Watson who lived in an apartment near the front of the house on the second floor.
Bangor International Airport’s passenger traffic was on a roll for the third month in a row.According to Airport Director, Rebecca Hupp, November passenger traffic was up 37% for the month compared to last November.Hupp says this is the best November since 2005 and the third best November in the last ten years.
Bangor firefighters are battling a blaze at an apartment building on the corner of Center and McKinley Streets at this hour.The call came in just before 8 am.Part of Center Street is closed.Two people were taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation, according to Asst.
We have received word of a fully involved structure fire in Trenton near the Trenton bridge on the Bar Harbor Road.Hancock County Sheriff’s Department says residents on Mount Desert Island will not be able to get into Trenton this evening because they have closed the road down as crews battle the blaze.We have a crew on the scene right now and will give you more information as it becomes available.
Folks passing through Orrington Sunday evening had the chance to see a live nativity scene.The sunday school classes at the Orrington Center Church put together their first-ever nativity scene.Folks could find ducks, sheep, goats and donkeys.All animals from the community.Organizers say about twenty people took part.They say they wanted to reach out to the community.” This is a special time of year and we’d like everyone to know about the Savior’s birth.”Organizers say it took them about a month to plan it.They hope to do it again next year and make it even bigger.
Folks were treated to the annual Bangor Band’s Christmas concert Sunday evening.The band is in their 152nd season and the current conductor has been doing it for the past six years.The band is made up of about 40 members from the area.Conductor, Fred Goodrich says the youngest member is eighteen but there are folks in their eighties who participate too.He says they try to make their concert enjoyable for the whole family.” Well I like the Christmas music but I also like looking for other pieces in our library that I think will appeal to the whole family.
Valerie Jacobs and her daughter decided to knock one special gift off of Santa’s list.”We were thinking Santa might bring us a kitty, and then when we read about this in the paper I said wouldn’t it be great if we had the kitty and then Santa could bring her some treats.”Seven year old Acadia will have her kitten by next week.The cat is just one of nearly one-hundred that the Arc Animal Shelter wants to find a home for.”It’s wonderful for us to have this event right before the holidays.
A portrait of Governor Baldacci was unveiled Saturday at a ceremony in the State House Rotunda.The portrait shows a photograph of his family in the background and a plaque with his father’s words ” What have you done for the people today?”Baldacci selected Jean Pilk of Cape Elizabeth to paint it.Her past commissions include former Secretary of Defense Colin Powell.Pilk was one of seventeen artists who sent in portfolios for consideration.(AP)
Maine Wildlife officials say 2011 hunting and fishing licenses are now on sale.The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says the licenses are available for purchase online and at more than 800 licensing agents around the state.To purchase licenses online, folks can go to the departments website www.mefishwildlife.com(AP)