Maine blueberries are at the center of a food fest coming up this weekend.Blue Hill will host its third annual Blueberry Festival.It starts with a blueberry pancake breakfast.There will be lots of food vendors, as well as games for the kids too.The Blue Hill Blueberry Fest is Saturday from 7am to 3pm.It takes place on the grounds of the Blue Hill Congregational Church on Tenney Hill and across the street at the Legion Hall.
As a singer, Maine resident Gene McDaniels had pop chart success in the early 1960s, including his biggest hit “A Hundred Pounds of Clay.”He was versatile, transitioning to jazz and soul, composing the anti-war soul classic “Compared To What.”He kept writing songs, including Roberta Flack’s number one hit in the seventies, “Feel Like Makin’ Love.”Others who sang his songs include Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Johnny Mathis and Ray Charles.McDaniels died Friday as his home in Kittery after a short illness.He leaves behind his wife and six children.Gene McDaniels was 76.
The Maine Department of Transportation will use an underground camera to help figure out what triggered an 8-by-10-foot sinkhole at a Route 1 intersection in Ellsworth.The hole opened up following Monday night’s storm.Road crews filled it with gravel.
A Florida man has been rescued after taking a fall along the Appalachian Trail in Dead River Township Tuesday morning.Wardens say it took nine hours to get 52-year-old Douglas Doane from the wilderness to the hospital because of the terrain.They say he might have broken his shoulder.
A stabbing in Brewer lands one woman in the hospital.Police responded to the Riverhouse Apartments on Penobscot Square in Brewer Wednesday afternoon.While authorities can’t say much at this time, they will say two sisters got into a fight, and one of the woman received a puncture wound to the back of her shoulder.That injury is said to be minor.No charges will be filed at this time
The Orono Police Department has charged two people for breaking into the Orono Bog Boardwalk.Surveillance video from the night of July 24th shows two young women and two young men on the walk.18-year-old Tyler Thomas of Bangor and a 16-year-old boy from Bangor are charged with criminal mischief.Thomas was arrested for violation of probation from a previous charge.Police say the juvenile was in violation of probation from a theft charge.Police say three benches were vandalized, about a thousand dollars in damage.Orono Police Captain Josh Ewing says they were able to track down the vandals with the public’s help.
Manna ministries is helping students get the tools they need to head back to school.It’s Manna’s 15th school supply drive.You can drop off new items at Manna at 629 Main Street in Bangor.Executive Director Bill Rae says this year the need is greater than ever.”This is one of the most difficult seasons of the year and the hardest for people to understand the necessity of giving our students, our neighbor’s kids tools to go to school because that’s what these are, these are tools to go to school and I use tools because that’s what these are, napsacks, pencils, paper, 3-ring binders, they’re all tools for these kids to go get a quality education,” Rae said.If you’d like to sign up to receive the donated supplies, you can sign up at Manna on August 15th through August 19th from the hours of 9 am to 3 pm.For more information, you can call Manna at 990-2870.
A new committee has been formed to study the feasibility of a national park near Baxter State Park.Environmentalist Roxanne Quimby has proposed the 70,000 acre park.The committee will work with her to find out the economic and social impacts the park would have on the area.Quimby wants to give the land to the Federal Government.She wants to give 30,000 other acres north of Dover-Foxcroft for recreational use.The committee thinks the study will answer several questions residents have and let them come to the right conclusion about the park.”I see a lot of plusses for it and we need to get the facts out there and put all the information together and get it to the public so they can be supportive of a feasibility study.
The Shellac nail trend is kicking acryllics to the curb, raising money to help out too.The L Factor salon in Brewer will offer the manicure Thursday afternoon from 3-5:30 pm to help orphans in Ukraine.The treatment is 35 tax deductible dollars, with all the money going to fund a family’s upcoming mission trip.Salon owner Regina Leonard said she was inspired to do this by her friend Shannon Wheeler.Wheeler and her husband are going to Ukraine through Project Hopeful to help children living with HIV and Aids.”As a salon we really care about our community and I think it’s important for everybody to give back in their own way and find something that they’re passionate about because paying it forward is going to become a domino effect and people are going to be inspired to do the same thing,” she said.To schedule an appointment for a Shellac manicure, call the L Factor at 989-5515.If you’d like to learn about Project Hopeful, visit the organization’s website here.
The Maine Civil Liberties Union is taking part in a nationwide effort to find out how law enforcement agencies are using cell phone tracking data.Thirty-four ACLU affiliates filed nearly four hundred requests in thirty-one states.In Maine, requests were filed with the Maine State Police, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, and the police and sheriff’s departments of the state’s largest cities and counties.The MCLU says the requests were made to make sure the rights of americans are not being violated.
Do you know a teen actor looking for his or her big break?They could find it this week at the University of Maine.An independent New York production company is holding a casting call Friday at Lord Hall.They’re looking for area actors aged 15 to 19.
Police say a Carthage man was lying in the road when a truck hit and killed him Wednesday morning.Forty-four year old Bert Knox died instantly.Officials say Knox was lying in the middle of Route 142 when a pickup truck ran into him around five o’clock.Police believe he had been drinking, and say this morning wasn’t the first time Knox had been seen lying in the street.The driver told police that he thought there was an animal in the road.He was not injured, and police say no charges will be filed.
The Orono Police Department needs your help in identifying a group of people they say broke into the Orono Bog Boardwalk last week.Surveillance video captured the group of four on the night of July 24th.Orono police say the two girls and two boys appear to be in their late teens or early twenties.