A little bit of Broadway is coming to Bangor.The Rotary Club of Bangor is hosting it’s “Music Off Broadway” extravaganza once again this year.Thursday night, performers were rehearsing for the show, which hits the stage this weekend.The theme of this years event is music from the movies.Producer Roger George says the audience can expect to hear a couple fan favorites from films like “The Lion King” and “The Wizard of Oz”You can catch the performance this weekend at Bangor High’s Peakes Auditorium.There is a show on Saturday, March 24th starting at 7:30PM and then another show on Sunday, March 25th at 3 in the afternoon.All the money from ticket sales will be donated to local non-profit organizations.
The Women’s Initiative in Waterville is celebrating its first birthday Thursday.Founder Martha Dempski says it’s a place where women from all walks of life are welcome to come and spend time together.There’s a variety of activities, including crafting.
Bangor city councilors sat down with local senior citizens Thursday to talk issues.Three council members stopped by the Phillips-Strickland House to update folks on what’s going on in the community, as well as take any questions they might have.”Just because we’re old doesn’t mean we don’t know things.
A Stetson man is now facing multiple charges after authorities say he was burning his field without a permit, and trying to start the fire again while fire crews were working to put it out.Stetson resident James Pimental tried burning his 2 acre field on the Wolfsboro Road without a permit Thursday.
A local hospice is teaming up with Husson University to stage a one-act play on the end of life.It’s entitled “BOATING”, which stands for: “Before Offering Another Treatment Identify New Goals.”The performance will be followed by a panel discussion on healthcare presented by Hospice of Eastern Maine.It’s Tuesday, April 3rd at 5:30 in Kominsky Hall at Husson University.Admission is free but seating is limited to 70.To reserve a seat, call Erin Kerns at 973-8269.
Going green is taking on a new way of life at Maine Coast Crematory.”I think in our lives we’re all becoming more conscious, even those who are not environmentally friendly are becoming much conscious to do things naturally because it’s the right thing to do for the Earth,” said Funeral Director Mark Riposta.The Searsport crematorium is now the first place in the country to offer a liquified cremation system that dissolves the body instead of burning it.”There’s no smoke emissions, there’s no greenhouse gases and carbon footprint is greatly reduced,” Riposta said.Human remains are put into this stainless steel machine with 50 gallons of water that’s heated at 208 degrees.In 12 hours, the body dissolves into a liquid, leaving behind bones that are then turned into ash.The remaining liquid from the process gets drained into the local wastewater treatment system.
The Bangor Police Department held a special send off Thursday for one of their own.Officer Daniel Herrick is retiring after nearly 18 years with the department.Herrick has served in law enforcement for far longer, but says he’ll look back on his time in Bangor fondly.”I miss them.
A change in fishing laws at a lake in Washington County has prompted a local organization to cancel their annual tournament.State officials say they can still fish, but the anglers are too frustrated with the new rule.At the Mitchell home, the rods and reels are already laid out for spring.”It’s not just a hobby, it’s a passion,” said Matthew Mitchell.But they might collect some dust before they see water this season.The pair, along with their fishing group the Maine Blade Runners, have decided to cancel their annual tournament at Grand Falls Flowage thanks to a change in the lake’s rules.
A Maine man has pleaded guilty to two counts in what authorities in western Pennsylvania alleged was a kidnapping and sexual assault on a couple in Allegheny National Forest.The Erie Times-News says 37-year-old Mike Beaulieu, of Anson, Maine, pleaded guilty Wednesday to kidnapping and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence in the August 2010 attack on a couple visiting the Kinzua Point Information Center.The paper says he faces a possible sentence of 37 years to life according to federal sentencing guidelines detailed in court in Erie.U.S.
Mayors of 10 of Maine’s largest cities are announcing a coalition to push for jobs and economic development.The mayors of Auburn, Augusta, Bangor, Biddeford, Lewiston, Portland, Saco, South Portland, Waterville and Westbrook plan to announce their coalition Thursday in the State House.They will also present a statement of principles that will be a guide for their work and set forth an agenda for the remaining weeks of the legislative session.Mayors have already been vocal on at least one topic: the state budget.They say Governor Paul LePage’s proposal to change the way general assistance money is distributed would shift costs to property taxpayers and increase homelessness.Portland Mayor Michael Brennan says the plan calls for the most far-reaching change to Maine’s General Assistance funding in two decades.
Maine Realtors say homes sales were up by nearly 30 percent in February, compared to the same month a year ago.Figures from the Maine Real Estate information System, a statewide multiple listing system, show 624 single-family homes were sold in February, a 29.5 percent increase over the number sold in February 2011.Meanwhile, the median sales price dropped by nearly 6 percent, to $149,900 last month.
An 18-year-old Owls Head man has been charged with manslaughter in connection with a June car crash that claimed the life of his 17-year-old passenger.State police say Evan Altiero was the driver of a sports car that crashed on Route 73 in South Thomaston shortly before midnight on June 20.