For Chris Michaud, it’s been all about the music.After spending some time onstage performing with a band, he decided to go behind the scenes and create something that Bangor had never seen before.”We book the bands that we like collectively and we really want to expose thse artists to the people of Bangor and around the country,” he said.Nearly three years ago Kahbang was just an idea between him and his friends, but today it’s one of the largest indie music festivals in New England.Giving people like Lafayette Beach native Christina Kelly a shorter commute to see some of her favorite artists in person.”It’s pretty cool we don’t get a whole lot of people in Maine who come all the way up here so usually I have to go down to Boston so it’s nice to have it here.”And launching some relatively unknown acts into the spotlight.”Matt and Kim were relatively unknown our first year of music, the next year they did really well playing Lalapalooza, a major festival.
Governor Lepage is applauding the decision by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta to strike down the requirement in President Obamaâ€™s health care overhaul package that virtually all Americans carry health insurance or be penalized.This is considered the centerpiece of the law.The three-judge panel sided with Maine and 25 other states that had sued to block the law, but the judges didn’t go as far as a lower court that had invalidated the entire overhaul as unconstitutional.Governor Lepage said the ruling illustrates that the federal government’s powers are not limitless.
The first plane to successfully cross the Atlantic did so in 1919, and now pieces of the plane are in Bangor.Mary Roweâ€™s grandfather was the aircraft mechanic who repaired the plane after a hangar fire in New York damaged it.Rowe decided to donate the artifacts to the Maine Air Museum in Bangor.
Moon gazing should be fantastic high above the Penobscot River tomorrow night.The moon will be full and the Penobscot Narrows Observatory will open for two hours, starting at 8:00 Saturday night.Itâ€™s the only time the tower will open at night.Tickets are $5.00.For more information visit the website fortknox.maineguide.com.The event will be canceled if it’s cloudy.
An organization called Casinos No wants the wording changed on an upcoming referendum question.The group’s executive director has written to the state asking for a change to the ballot question on a proposed slot machine facility in Biddeford.The current wording reads â€œDo you want to allow a slot machine facility at a harness racing track in Biddeford and at a harness racing track in Washington County?â€Casinos No says this wording doesn’t make it clear that the casino can be built anywhere within 25 miles of the racetrack, including towns other than Biddeford.
It’s not every day you’ll see little kids sitting behind the wheel of a truck, but on Saturday kids can see around forty vehicles up close, sit in the driver’s seat, and talk to the people who drive them.The Cole Land Transportation Museum is hosting a Touch-A-Truck fair to benefit Camp CaPella.All sorts of trucks and cars will be on display including emergency vehicles like one from the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department.”We’re going to bring our mobile crime scene vehicle you can see here behind us.
The folks at Manna Ministries would like more help for their back to school supply drive.Manna’s collecting school essentials for the fifteenth year in a row.They started collecting at the beginning of this month, but say they’re far from their goal and need your help.To donate, drop off items at Manna Ministries, 629 Main Street in Bangor.You can give them a call at 990-2870.
The community continues to band together to help the Hammond Street Senior Center which had its rooftop garden raided.Employees of Uno’s Chicago Grill spent the afternoon cleaning, moving boxes and spending time with senior center members.And next thursday they’ll host a fundraiser at the restaurant to raise money for the garden.Uno’s will donate 20-percent of all purchases accompanied by a Hammond Street Senior Center “Dough Day” coupon.”Bangor is such a tight knit community and everyone here is so nice and respectful or each other that I was so sad to hear that someone would take the time and effort to climb up the side of a building and completely trash a rooftop garden for an organization as great as the senior center,” said Sarah Eremita, the employee who organized the event.You can pick up a coupon at the Senior Center on Hammond Street in Downtown Bangor or print them off on your printer from the website here.
A New Jersey woman is recovering after falling from a cliff at Acadia National Park.A park ranger says it took more than an hour to bring Mary-Pat Swenson, 58, back to the Carriage Road Thursday.The ranger says she lost control of her bicycle when the chain came off it and plunges over the cliff, falling about twenty feet.
The state’s former top drug prosecutor, who was convicted on child pornography charges, is now free on bail while he appeals his case.49-year old James Cameron of Hallowell was sentenced in March to 16 years in prison for sending and receiving child pornography between 2006 and 2007.A federal judge in Maine had ordered Cameron to remain in prison during his appeal, but that decision was overturned.