The United States Marine Corps issued a challenge to students at the Penobscot Job Corps Saturday.They wanted them to go head to head on the Combat Fitness Test.And the students gladly accepted the challenge.It isn’t your typical fitness test.
A family of veterans and their loved ones known as the American Legion Post 80 of Millinocket dressed up in their orange shirts and black vests to remember one of their own, James Popkowski.”He was so funny, he’d give you the shirt off of his back,” said Audra Jacobs, one of the event’s organizers.James or Bing as he was affectionately called was shot and killed in front of the Togus VA clinic this past July, a day his former classmate, Brian Gallant will never forget.”It was the day before our twentieth reunion it was just a shock it’s hard to explain,” he said.Now months after his passing, the American Legion Post is honoring Bing and celebrating the life of a man who they say was loved by so many.There are quite a few people that knew him and cared about him and it was something that was brought up so we decided to have a ride for him.A total of 76 people revved up their hogs and rode in memory of Bing, traveling 130 miles.Riding in the pack were some of his closest friends, people who didn’t even know him and even his dog he loved so much.”We know he’s looking down with a big smile,” Jacobs said.
An elderly woman from the midcoast town of Hope is in the hospital after a crash with a dump truck Saturday morning.State police say 88-year-old Ruth Payson was turning on to Route 17 in Hope, but pulled out in front of a dump truck, which crashed into the driver’s side of her van.Payson was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center where she is in fair condition.The driver of the truck was not hurt.
Troops returning home after serving overseas will soon be able to talk to loved ones by more than phone when they stop over in Bangor.The Maine Troop Greeters organization is getting a laptop computer and webcam setup that will allow troops to contact family and friends through a video conference program.The Maine Association of Police is giving the group the equipment.The troop greeters have greeted more than 5,000 flights carrying more than 1,000,000 troops.
According to Maine State Police, a woman from Massachusetts has died in a car accident on Route 9 in Clifton.Maine State Police have identified the woman as Diane Saulnier.Troopers say a sedan and an RV collided at around noon on Saturday.We’re told the driver and passenger of the RV, Kenneth and Deborah Quirion were transported and released from the hospital with minor injuries.Eastbound Route 9 in Clifton was shut down for about three hours.Traffic was detoured at Route 9 and Rebel Hill Road.Emergency crews from multiple agencies including Hancock County Sheriff’s office and Massachusetts Police are working with investigators.
Developers of a liquefied natural gas project in Washington county are getting more time to find investors.Calais LNG asked state regulators for another month to line up new investors after a Goldman Sachs affiliate withdrew from the project.Calais LNG hopes to develop a 330-acre site south of Calais.Critics of the project believe it is no longer viable because of changes in the energy market.
A Newburgh man accused of voting in two municipalities was sentenced Friday in Bangor.The State Attorney General’s Office dropped the charge of dual voting in exchange for 65 year old Delmer Terrill’s guilty plea of making a false statement or oath.Assistant Attorney General Leanne Robbin says in November Terrill voted in Dixmont, then registered in Newburgh, and voted there too.He will will serve 7 days of community service.
The KahBang Music and Art Festival is in full swing.And folks can expect to see and hear several different bands along the Bangor waterfront.Organizers say they expect a larger turn out to this year’s festival and they’ve extended the number of acts.The festival features a lot of local acts, but also has some big names too.Saturday B.o.B and “OK GO” will take the stage.Organizers say the festival brings a lot to Bangor.” The reason why we created this festival, all of us at KahBang, is to do it for our community.
A local radio station wants its listeners to enlist in the fight against cancer.On Friday morning, WZON AM 620 hosted a radiothon to support the Jimmy Fund, a Boston based charity that supports cancer care and research.Listeners were able to bid on a variety of items up for auction including Boston Red Sox tickets, a baseball signed by Bobby Doerr and even a limited edition baseball card featuring Stephen King.Programming Director Dale Duff says the prizes are all to raise awareness.”In the process, as much as anything just heighten awareness of trying to beat cancer and trying to raise money for research.”Last year, gifts to the radiothon helped the Jimmy Fund raise more than one thousand dollars for cancer research.
Friday was day five of the trial of Michael Chasse.He’s accused of kidnapping and assault at the Maine State Prison where he is an inmate.Prosecutors say Chasse held a prison worker and an inmate hostage for seven hours in the office of the prison library in June of 2008.Chasse has pleaded not guilty, and he’s taken the lead in his own defense.
Folks will have a chance this weekend to enjoy Maine’s National Parks free of charge.The National Park Service will be waiving fees on August 14th and 15th.It’s part of an effort to encourage Americans to visit national parks and take advantage of all they have to offer.Many participating parks will be holding free events this weekend.For more information you can visit www.nps.gov.
Boat builders from around the world are gathered in Rockland for the state’s only in-the-water boat show.The 8th annual Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Show kicked off Friday morning.Boats are displayed in the water, and numerous exhibitors are on hand showcasing everything from boats and art to furniture and jewelry.Organizers say this unique gathering is a way to celebrate coastal creativity.”If you as a customer wanted to see all this creativity it would take you all summer to go up and down this coast.
Some Bangor Hydro customer in Trenton will experience a short interruption in service on Monday, August 16.Folks in the Oak Point Road from Rt.3 to Loon Cove Lane will be without power from nine in the morning until noon.The interruption is so Bangor Hydro can safely update their systems.
Construction continues along West Broadway in Lincoln…Crews are repairing, repaving and installing new drainage.The work is expected to correct chronic flooding, icing, sinkholes and heaves caused by poor drainage.The project runs from Penobscot Valley Avenue to Fleming Street.They tell us that they’re right on schedule.”This is funded through a bond.
A mother and daughter duo have teamed up and created a children’s book.Their book focuses on all the different landmarks in Bangor.Meghan Hayward has the story.”My mother came to me and she had an initial idea and I wrote quite a bit in high school and I said okay let’s do it.