A local fire department is transforming its fire house into a haunted house.On Saturday night, the Eddington Fire Department is hosting a haunted house at its fire station on Main Road.We were there as crews put the last minute touches on the house.Crystal Hammond, one of the organizers of Saturday night’s event, says guests can enjoy a haunted maze and will be visited by creatures from the unknown.This is the sixth year the event is being put on.The event begins at 6:30.It is free but donations are being accepted.
Halloween may be on Sunday, but some kids got an early start on their trick or treating at the Bangor Auditorium Saturday afternoon for Pumpkins in the Park.”I think it’s fantastic because it’s a safe place for the kids to go,” said Donna Pare.Pare has been coming to Pumpkins in the Park for the past several years.This year, she brought her grandson to enjoy the bounce houses, pumpkins and of course the trick or treating.This is the eighth year United Cerebral Palsy hosted Pumpkins in the Park.Tish Pendergast, a member of the resource development team, says this is the organization’s biggest fundraiser that brings the community together.”It’s held every Saturday before Halloween so that’s when we hold the event so normally there’s a lot going on so families can make a day of it.”UCP serves 1,500 families and children with Cerebral Palsy, but also helps people with other disabilities as well.”Our name is United Cerebral Palsy but only about 3 percent of our clients actually have CP we do a wide range of disabilities from the autism spectrum to behavorial diseases,” she said.The money raised from the event goes to the organization’s program fund to help them continue to serve the community.Matthew Pinkhim volunteered for Saturday’s event, an event he remembers coming to when he was a kid.”It’s a great feeling to be able to hand back because I know I enjoyed coming here when I was a kid and it’s great to be the person that’s now giving the candy out to the kids,” he said.Last year, about 300 children attended the event.
Downtown Bangor is in the Halloween spirit.Events are being held throughout the day Saturday across the downtown area.More than 16 vendors took part in the Outdoor Market that was held.In the morning there was a parade, and businesses and outdoor market vendors had candy on hand to give out to any tick-or-treaters that stopped by.Organizers say events like this are great ways to get folks to see all that downtown Bangor has to offer.” Downtown Bangor is an amazing place.
A local business hosted a Halloween costume event for charity Saturday.Northstar Photography in Bangor collected canned goods and money for Manna Ministries.Parents and their children ages 1 through 12 were asked to donate five dollars or five canned goods.With the donation kids got their picture taken in their Halloween costumes for free.Owner and photographer David Brown says the event is a way for his business to give back to the community.
An Orland woman is asking the community to help support a local woman battling cancer.Dallas Cutliffe of Bucksport has had three heart attacks and now has stage 4 colon cancer.Jonnie Coolidge is organizing a benefit supper for Cutliffe.The event will take place Sunday, November 7th from 4pm to 7pm at Bucksport High School.Tickets can be purchased at the door and cost $8 for adults or $25 for a family.There will be numerous raffles and entertainment at the event as well as supper.
Central Fire Station in Bangor opened its doors for an open house on Saturday.The station holds the event each year in October in honor of Fire Prevention Month.Lots of activities were going on including a smoke house demonstration, games, Jaws of Life demonstrations and a another on the importance of wearing a seat belt.A Halloween costume contest took place in the morning, judged by the Anah Shrine clowns.The goal of the fun family event is to provide adults and children with fire safety tips that could save their lives.”This time of year is when fires start to increase so it’s a good idea to try to get people to think about fire safety.
Maine scuba divers who got quite the fright in the ocean off of Eastport told the nation about their encounter Friday morning.Scott MacNichol and Shaun Small appeared on the “The Early Show” on CBS.MacNichol was filming on the ocean floor when a shark attacked his camera.After the attack, Small went back down into the water.No one was hurt in the attack.The divers believe the shark mistook the camera for a fish.
Pink tulips will be popping up this spring in madison thanks to a local group.The Independent Order of Oddfellows and Rebekah’s planted thirty bulbs today in front of the library and veteran’s memorial.The group says the tulips are a way to show their support for breast cancer research and get their name out in the community.The grand lodge has given every local lodge bulbs to plant in their community.The ladies we spoke with say there are about forty members of their group in the Madison area and about one thousand throughout the state.
Nurses and administrators at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor headed back to the bargaining table Friday.Nurses have been working without a contract for several weeks now.Vanessa Sylvester of the Maine State Nurses Association says they received another offer from hospital administrators Friday.Sylvester says they will vote on it sometime next week.A hospital spokesperson says they did spend the day negotiating again and that they are still confident that a contract resolution will be reached.
Funding for the 101st Air Refueling Wing in Bangor – which threatened to run out on Sunday – is now being extended to the end of November.Senator Susan Collins says the Air Force is offering the reprieve as it reconsiders budget cuts for air refuelings of military aircraft overseas.
They call themselves the east coast ghost trackers and up until now, their tales of paranomal investigations have been kept secret.But tomorrow, those secrets will be revealed during a screening of a pilot television series they created.”A lot of this stuff you don’t hear about, until you go over the evidence, it’s amazing what you find,” says Ken Ort, the founder of East Coast Ghost Trackers.Ort and his team of ghost trackers have been performing paranomal investigations throughout the state of Maine.One of the team’s earliest investigations took place at Fort Knox, where they came in contact with one of the fort’s most intriguing spirits.”There’s an apparition we think is Leopold Heghyi that manifested down at the fort and then walked in front of the camera,” he said.Heghyi served at the fort for 13 years and died in a nearby house.”We’ve had him ask us who we are and he said ten hut.”The East Coast Ghost Trackers are paranomal investigators using high end equipement like this laser to hunt down ghosts.
An event is being held in Bangor to help spread the teaching of Chinese culture and language.The Maine Chinese Conference is being held on the Husson University Campus.Coordinator Jing Zhang says it’s a great chance for folks to indulge in the Chinese culture and learn how to bring it to more maine schools.The two day conference features workshops ranging from methods of teaching foreign languages, to the use of advanced classroom technology in teaching Chinese.”It’s very, very important for everyone.
A Mainer killed when a B-26 bomber crashed in 1944 will be honored in France next Summer.Meghan Hayward talked with some of his nephews who say the ceremony will offer some closure for their family.”We got word from our uncle John who was in Germany over in France during the war that his letters had stopped and it was a short time after that we got word his plane had gone down in France.”Wilbur Birmingham was only five-years-old when his uncle, Robert Birmingham went missing in action after a 1944 bombing raid over Normandy.Robert was the youngest of eight children and grew up in Winterport.