People came out in droves at the Bangor Mall Cinemas Thursday night, many of them wearing green “bling.”They were there for the midnight showing of the new 3-d movie, “Green Lantern,” in which Ryan Reynolds plays Hal Jordan– a gifted test pilot who just may be the missing piece to saving the universe.A mystical green ring selects Hal, making him the first human member of the green lantern corps.The movie is based on the comic book.
The Bangor Firefighters want to give back to dads on this Father’s Day.The firefighters will be hosting a Father’s Day breakfast on Sunday at the Hose 5 Fire Museum on State Street in Bangor.For five dollars you’ll get a breakfast with all the trimming and the money benefits the Hose 5 Fire Museum.The breakfast is from 7 am to 10 am.For more information, call the museum at 945 – 3229.
A local non-profit group with a love for greyhounds is inviting you to visit its new facility this weekend.The Maine Greyhound Placement Service is hosting an open house at its new building on Old Belgrade Road in Augusta.The open house is happening Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm.If you’d like to attend, you can visit their website at greyhoundplacement.com
It looks like public charter schools will be allowed in Maine.State lawmakers passed the bill, and Governor LePage has said he will sign it.The legislation will make federal grants available for the formation of public charter schools as well as for the state department of education.A school district, group of school districts or state charter commission are all qualified to form a public charter school.Proponents of the measure say that public charter schools have more flexibility than traditional public schools.
A crash in Silver Ridge Thursday night sent one woman to the hospital.Maine State Police say the accident happened on Silver Ridge Road at about 8:40.The trooper said 34-year-old Heather Blue of Sherman was driving northbound at a high rate of speed when she lost control of her car.The car left the road and reportedly flipped end over end and hit a utility pole about 8 feet off the ground, snapping the pole into two pieces.
The same state police trooper who responded to a crash in Silver Ridge Thursday night, was called to another crash the same night: just two towns away.Authorities say 46-year-old James Bernardini lost control of his vehicle on Route 11 in Stacyville Thursday night.
Investigators say the estranged husband who killed his wife and two children in Dexter, went to the home armed with guns and extra ammunition.Steve McCausland of the Maine Public Safety Department said Thursday that Steven Lake left no suicide at the scene after taking his life, so his motives may never be known.But McCausland says he came to the house with a plan on Monday.
A new court document shows Governor Paul LePage never viewed the labor mural in person before ordering it removed from the Labor Department headquarters and setting off a firestorm of protest.A 19-page document was filed in federal court Thursday in the lawsuit against LePage and other state officials seeking to have the mural depicting scenes in Maine labor history returned to the Labor Department.
Possible property tax increases could be on the way for Old Town residents.Citizens packed the Old Town City Council Chambers for Thursday night’s meeting, which included a review of 2012’s proposed budget.Previously, folks were up in arms after hearing that the new budget could include up to a 12% property tax increase.At Thursday’s meeting though, Councilors presented a budget which featured cuts that would only allow for about a 6% property tax increase.Old Town residents say that’s a step in the right direction.Residents hope a the budget that is approved will have a zero percent increase in taxes.The next meeting to discuss the proposed budget will be Tuesday, June 21st at 6 p-m in Council Chambers.
Last month, voters said “Yes” to a new Bangor arena.After Thursday’s Special Meeting of the Bangor City Council, the project now has a contractor.Cianbro was picked to take the helm of the nearly nearly 65-million dollar project.In making their selection, the Councilors say it sure didn’t hurt that Cianbro hails from right here in Maine.Councilors say they hope to break ground by the end of July.
Folks in Dexter will pay tribute to the victims of Monday’s triple murder-suicide.Amy Lake was shot and killed by her estranged husband.He killed their two children, Coty and Monica, then killed himself.On Saturday, everyone’s invited to attend a purple balloon release to honor Amy, Coty and Monica.It’s scheduled for 5pm at Dexter Public Beach.The color purple is used to help highlight domestic violence awareness.Funeral services for the family are also planned for Saturday.
An agriculture lab in Orono will be funded for at least another year.That’s according to Senator Susan Collins who says the New England plant, soil and water laboratory was slated for closure by the Secretary of Agriculture.The sixteen workers there were told it would close next month.But Collins says the White House has assured her there will be money through 2012.
There will be a vote recount in Hermon.Tuesday, the town voted to fill two council seats.Initial results show a one vote difference between the candidates that finished second and third, with 319 votes for Donald Pelletier and 318 for Anne Freeman.Freeman requested the recount which will take place Monday.