Bangor City Councilors are re-thinking their decision to buy a fire rescue boat from a Washington based company.Last week, the Councilors voted to buy the boat, which is set to cost about $180,000 dollars,but one Councilor wanted to take another look at the plans.After Wednesday’s Special Meeting, Councilors decided to postpone their vote on whether or not to continue with the plan to purchase from an out of state boat maker.The Council will revisit the decision to purchase a fire rescue boat from an out of state builder at the next council meeting, which is July 25th.
There’s a new scholarship opportunity for future astronauts.The Challenger Learning Center of Maine has received a $2,500 grant from NASA Summer of Innovation.The money will be used to give middle school students scholarships to camp.The one week camps run between mid July and early August.
Many people traveled in and out of Maine over the holiday weekend.But not as many as did during last year’s Fourth of July weekend.The Maine Turnpike Authority says traffic through the York Toll Plaza for the three-day weekend just completed was down more than 4% from last year.
This year’s Fourth of July parade in West Athens might be the town’s last one.That’s what Anna Freeman says.She’s helped organize the event for 40 years.Wednesday night she’s apologizing for the way things went this year.She’s upset over the way some in the crowd behaved.That behavior reportedly included fistfights, signs urging women to go topless, drug dealing and the spinning of truck wheels that sent tire shards flying and smoke into the air.State police say as many as twenty people got into fights and one person wound up in the hospital.
Bangor officials continue to talk about changing the way trash is thrown out.Tuesday night the city council’s Infrastructure Committee met to talk about recycling, and pay-as-you-throw proposals.The numbers tossed around ranged from 50 cents for a 15-gallon bag to $2.00 per 30-gallon bag.They discussed strategies to help the public better understand the plans.The Infrastructure Committee will meet again in two weeks to advance the trash programs.
Maine State Police say the Governor’s oldest son was in a car crash on I-295 in Freeport last week but was not hurt.Trooper Matt Williams says 22-year-old Paul LePage II lost control of his car on uneven pavement in a constuction zone near the Brunswick line, hitting a guardrail twice.The car was totaled.
Parents of Lewiston High School students have been informed that a student at the school is being treated for tuberculosis.The school is working with state health officials to identify students and staff who had prolonged, close contact with the infected student.Skin testing will be done in the next couple weeks.The infected teenager has been out of school since May 27th.
Bangor’s newest attraction has 12-year-old Makayla Quimby bouncing with excitement.”When I heard about it I thought it was going to be one of those things where there’s like one big bounce house and I was like that’s gonna be hard but I came there’s like multiple different ones I think it’s really neat,” she said.The Maine Jump, on Hogan Road is providing Makayla and children of all ages a healthy way to have fun.Owner John Dobbs was inspired to give the kids of Bangor something new when he saw the popularity of bounce houses at birthday parties.The four bounce houses are lead free and knowledgable staff members are on hand to make sure kids keep moving, safely.
Homeowners struggling financially may have the chance to turn things around.A federal agency could provide up to fifty-thousand dollars in mortgage assistance to qualified applicants.It’s called the Emergency Homeowners Loan Program.It aims to help people who are unemployed or unable to work enough to afford their monthly payments.They must be at least ninety days late on on a payment to be considered.Homeowners can apply until Friday, July 22.To get an application or locate an agency office, visit www.FindEHLP.org, or call 1-855-FIND-EHLP (346-3345).