It looks as if the State Troopers will be putting out the help wanted sign.The Maine State Police force currently has 27 openings, and that number could increase soon.State Police Chief Colonel Patrick Fleming says another 40 troopers are expected to retire in the next year.Recruiting efforts have been under way, but it still leaves a shortage during the time it takes to train a trooper.The state police force is authorized have 326 officers.
Almost Maine is a fictional story about a remote, mythical town where things are a bit on the quirky side.This weekend, you can watch the it come to life on stage in Winterport.Winterport Open Stage is performing the comedic play, starting Friday night.Almost Maine has characters falling in and out of love in unexpected and often ridiculous ways.Performances are at the Wagner Middle School.
Deer hunters have found the body of a man in Stacyville and State Police are seeking help figuring out who he is.The body was found Thursday in woods about a mile in from Route 11.An autopsy is planned for Monday.Police think the man may have died sometime in the past two months.They’re going over missing persons reports.He’s described as middle aged and was wearing a blue and white knit cap with the name Chris marked inside, a blue and white plaid shirt, khaki pants, white size ten new balance sneakers and a brown jacket.A black, soft nylon briefcase containing clothing was found near the body.Anyone with information is urged to call Maine State Police in Houlton at 532-5400.
Maine Veterans for Peace kicked off their Maine Walk for Peace, Human Needs, and Veterans Care in Farmington on Tuesday.Today, they made a stop in Bangor.The VFP says the goal of their walk through the state is to bring light to the amount of money Mainers have put into the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.They say that money could have been put to better use on the home front.The veterans are headed to Belfast tomorrow and will end their walk on November 11th in Portland, where they’ll take part in a Veterans Day parade.
Christmas may be well over a month away, but the folks at a local radio station are getting an early jump on the season.92.9 WEZQ, is ready to push play on Christmas music.The holiday warm up music will start tonight at seven.For now, the station will be playing Christmas music every day from 7 at night to 4 in the morning.On Thanksgiving day, WEZQ will fully convert its song list to christmas holiday music, twenty four hours a day, until the holiday season is over.
If you’re a parent doing what you can to raise a “green” baby, or you’re someone who likes to dabble in do-it-yourself projects like brewing your own beer, there’s a store in Downtown Bangor right up your alley.Chelsey Anderson visited the Central Street Farmhouse, which is holding its grand opening this weekend.
A man from Bangor accused of causing a 6-hour standoff last month made an appearance in federal court this afternoon.34-year old Domingos Nobrega is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.Bangor Police say they used tear gas to get Nobrega to surrender.Several homes and businesses on Main Street near the Hampden town line were evacuated for precautionary measures because they believed Nobrega had access to weapons.Nobrega has another court appearance scheduled next week.
Strong winds knocked out power to thousands of people in Washington County.Bangor Hydro crews have been working to restore it.The winds downed trees and power lines.Towns affected include Addison, Beals and Eastport.Bangor Hydro would like anyone who sees a downed power line or a tree touching a line to call them at 800-440-1111Please keep in mind that wind could cause more outages and delay power restoration.
A judge in Machias heard more evidence Friday in the case of Ralph Nader against the Maine Democratic Party.In November of last year, Nader, a consumer advocate and former independent presidential candidate, and his 2004 Maine electors, filed suit against the democratic party.They claim democratic leaders conspired to use the courts to keep Nader off the ballot in 2004.They were unsuccessful, but some states were able to keep Nader off their ballots.The case is being brought in Maine because it has the longest statute of limitations in the country.”The evidence we submitted was evidence that they submitted that Democrats furtherance of this effort submitted baseless claims with a deliberate attempt to just cause harm to the Nader Campaign by draining their resources and by smearing them with false allegations of fraud.””I think it’s too bad that this case is continuing.
Union nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor have rejected the hospital’s final offer on a new contract.The vote paves the way for the nurses’ bargaining team to call for a strike.850 nurses at EMMC are members of the Maine State Nurses Association.The union’s been pushing for higher nurse-to-patient ratios.
On Sunday, emergency management agencies from Maine and Franklin County will monitor an emergency drill on Sugarloaf Mountain.Emergency management crews from several New England ski areas will be involved in the drill.The teams will be tested according to the National Incident Management System standards.The drill will take place from 9 am until 2 that afternoon in Carrabassett Valley.If you’d like to watch the drill, you can contact Tim Hardy at 778-5892.
If your commuting plans take you to the downtown area, we have construction to warn you about.Beginning Monday, the city of Bangor will begin work installing manholes on State Street.The manholes will be installed on State Street near the intersection of State and French Streets, and the intersection of State Street and Broadway.Work is expected to finish by November 15th.If you have any questions, contact the City of Bangor Engineering Department at 992-4252.
Maine’s largest construction company is expanding.And this time into the refining and petrochemical service business.Pittsfield based Cianbro Corporation has announced the purchase of Starcon International, Incorporated.Starcon is based out of Texas and employs about 15 hundred people around the U.S., they provide mechanical and contractor services to many of the refinery operations in the country.The relationship between the two companies began in 2009 when they formed a marketing alliance.After purchasing 100 percent of the outstanding stock Starcon is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Cianbro.More details will be released today at the Cianbro headquarters in Pittsfield, when CEO Peter Vigue will make the official announcement at eleven o’clock.