Folks who started off their morning with breakfast at Dysarts where served by some local celebrities.Disc jockeys Mike and Mike from Kiss 94.5 played the parts of waiter for a good cause.The duo broadcasted live from Dysarts to raise awareness for the Champion the Cure Challenge, an event where participants can walk, run or ride their motorcycle in the fight against cancer.The challenge raises money for the Lafayette Family Cancer Center.Dysarts was chosen as a champion because of their support for the challenge, the restaurant donated all proceeds of its sales Friday morning to the cause.Cancers hits close to home for Mike Elliott.”It’s important to me personally because I lost my mom to breast cancer 11 years ago with the technology and the way things have developed over the past 10/11 years there’s a very real possibility she could still be alive today so we had to keep that momentum going and this is one way you can do it,” he said.The Champion the Cure Challenge will be held August 20th at the Lafayette Cancer Center.Organizers say they will need volunteers for the day of the event.
A judge is reducing the restrictions on a Maine woman who starved her 5-year-old daughter to death and claimed she turned up her radio to mask the screams.In 1995 Tonia Kigas Porter of Bangor, now 46, was committed indefinitely to the then-Augusta Mental Health Institute after being found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity in the November 1993 death of her daughter, Tavielle Kigas.The girl was starved to death over a 30-day period.
A lady from Hermon received the Boston Post Cane Thursday evening.Ninety-six-year-old Linnet Archer has lived in Hermon since 1947.She still lives in the farmhouse she and her husband bought back then.Four generations of her family were on-hand to see her receive the cane.Since the early 1900s, the Boston Cane has been given to honor the oldest member in a community.” Well it’s quite an honor in a way.
A man from Mexico is going to prison for 15 months for entering the US after being deported.Federal court records also state that 36-year-old Cesar Benitez-Salazar fraudulently used another person’s social security number.Prosecutors say when he was arrested in Belfast last fall for drunk driving he gave police a Maine identification card that he obtained by using someone else’s social security number.Authorities say Benitez-Salazar had been removed from the US and sent back to Mexico in 2009 and again in 2010.
The Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce is moving to make way for the city’s new arena.The chamber has been headquartered in Bass Park since 1982.It’s moving to a temporary set up near the airport, while continuting to look for a permanent spot.Chamber leaders say they support the arena project and are excited to see it come about.”This is exciting for us that the shovels are going in the ground.
A conservation project along the Androscoggin River is taking shape.The state approved a 259-thousand dollar grant for a project between Verso Paper Corporation’s Androscoggin Mill and the Androscoggin Land Trust.The mill plans to donate or sell 13-thousand acres of land along the river for recreational use.
School may be out for the summer, but kids in Hampden are keeping busy with some high flying fun.The zipline has become the most popular activity at the Bangor Y’s summer camp.It was added this year thanks to donations from Bangor Hydro and NH Bragg.Camp counselors went through extensive training to help keep things safe.They say the zipline is more than just fun, it’s a personal challenge for the campers to step out of their comfort zones and conquer their fears.”If you’re staying inside the safety zone you’re never stretching yourself you don’t learn you have to step out of that comfort zone to get the most value out of your experiences,” said Camp Counselor John Aidney.The zipline is for campers ages five through twelve.WABI’s own Diana Bosch took a ride on the zip line.
Maine’s highest court has upheld the attempted murder conviction of a man from Bangor.36-year-old David Archer was sentenced to thirteen years in prison last summer for stabbing his ex-girlfriend.He appealed the conviction, his lawyer claiming that some testimony from Archer’s mother should not have been admitted at trial.In court, Archer’s mother said he told her he would kill his ex-girlfriend when he saw her with a new boyfriend.The Maine Supreme Court unanimously upheld the conviction.
A man from Island Falls who’s accused of a sex crime against a minor pleaded guilty Thursday to failing to register as a sex offender when he moved to Maine.36-year-old Robert Goguen was required to tell the state when he came to Maine two years ago that he was a convicted sex offender because of a crime he committed in Connecticut in 1996.Goguen originally pleaded not guilty but changed his plea in federal court in Bangor.
It’s the end of an era for millions of fans nationwide.The final installment of the Harry Potter series hits the big screen tonight, and at the Bangor Mall Cinemas, the magic begins at midnight.Doors will open at ten tonight for muggles who were lucky enough to get a ticket.The theater sold out all five of its midnight shows days ago.And Thursday, ticket holders will get to enjoy face painting, homemade wizarding treats and a visit from some Hogwarts characters.It’s a night the cinema’s General Manager, Susan Bragdon, says is fun for everyone, young and old.”Lots of buzz, lots of fun.