The thought of swimming in Maine’s waters right now might give you the chills, but students in Washington County are trying to round up a brave few to do it for a good cause.The twelfth annual Polar Bear Dip is in February.Students at Washington County Community college have hosted the event each year, raising nearly $200,00 for the Ronald McDonald House of Bangor.It’s a facility unlike any other in eastern Maine and it runs solely on donations.”When they have a seriously ill child or premature baby at Eastern Maine Medical Center, maybe Acadia Hospital or CancerCare of Maine, there is no similar facility in this part of the state.
A family in Parkman will have to replace the roof of their home after a fire Monday, but it could have been much worse.Firefighters were called James Estes’ home on Wellington Road around 1 a.m.The fire started in the chimney and then spread to the walls.Estes and his wife made it out of the house okay.The Guilford Fire Chief says crews were able to contain the fire to the attic and the roof.
A Bangor official is saying goodbye after seven years of service to the city.City clerk, Patti Dubois, is leaving that job to become Waterville’s city clerk.She tells us she’s been commuting from the Waterville area to Bangor every day for work and the new job will be easier on her family.While excited about what lies ahead, she says it won’t be easy to leave the Bangor community.”It’s been a fantastic opportunity here in Bangor.
Kids in central Maine had the chance to show what they can build with Legos.Lego mania took over part of Waterville Tuesday.The event was organized by 13-year-old Colt Seigars who showed off his impressive lego creations.Seigars says he’s hoping to get kids who may be looking for a new hobby interested in Legos.
Police say the posting of a $30,000 reward in the case of a missing 20-month-old girl in Waterville has already generated about 100 new leads.But investigators and searchers working to find Ayla Reynolds say right now there are no big breaks in the case.Waterville Police Chief Joe Massey said Monday investigators believe someone took Ayla from the house where she was staying with her father but they don’t know who did it, or why.Ayla’s been missing for 11 days and Massey says search teams have worked more than 5,000 hours trying to find her.The house on Violette Avenue remains taped off with crime scene tape and people continue to stop and place stuffed animals on the lawn, hoping for Ayla’s safe return.Massey says, in all, investigators have received about 330 tips from people as far away as California.Waterville attorney John Nale, along with other residents and businesses hope the reward they’ve posted will bring Ayla home.
A Mechanic Falls man is accused of robbing a Rite Aid in Auburn on Christmas Day.Police say John Letourneau, 47, went into the store on Minot Ave and handed an employee a note demanding drugs.Police say witnesses were able to provide a good description of the robber and the vehicle he fled in.Letourneau is being held at the Androscoggin county jail on $1,000 cash bail.