Armed with gift wrapping essentials, these volunteers are ready for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.Tish Pendergast with UCP of Maine says “We kind of are here to get people in the holiday spirit and to help the busy holiday shoppers.”But these holiday helpers aren’t just hoping to get presents under the tree in time for Christmas.The holiday gift wrapping center in the Bangor Mall is a major fundraiser for the United Cerebral Palsy Organization.Pendergast says that 100% of the money raised will go to UCP, “Every penny raised at this event will come back to UCP to help the children and adults in our area living with disabilities.”From books to bikes, no gift is too big or too small.Pendergast remembers a difficult gift to wrap last year, “They don’t have to be bought at the mall, there’s no limit.
In the heart of Old Town, along side the traffic of city streets, lies nearly six acres that has become no man’s land.”It’s an old, old factory,” said city manager, Bill Mayo.Lined with asbestos and accented by dreary and dilapidated walls, the three former buildings of Old Town Canoe have sat practically untouched since the company moved out two years ago.”We were afraid that it would stay here in this condition and not have any reuse,” said Mayo.That is, until the city bought it for $1.00 in November.”The biggest thing was to make sure we had control of this facility,” said Mayo.Second on their list was to find a way to remodel and possibly convert the buildings into apartments, or maybe even create a city park.”It was going to be approximately six million dollars to renovate,” said Mayo.Instead, Mayo decided to try for a Brownfield Grant, a federal fund used to finance environmental cleanup projects.”We had to apply for three of them and they’re $200,000 a piece and it’s for the remediation work, which is to clean up asbestos or any contamination in the soils.”Mayo says they will find out in the spring if the city has been selected.”There’s applications from all over the country that are competing for that money.”If denied, they plan to apply for other grants in hopes of breathing life back into a valuable part of downtown, while preventing any wear and tear on the city’s budget.
Nobody was hurt, but Burrill Street in Fairfield is closed after part of a train derailed.Railroad Police Chief Tim Falvey said the derailment happened around 9:00 Tuesday morning.A worker from Pan-Am railways says the train was headed from Waterville to Bucksport when two lumber rack cars went off the tracks.Falvey says they’re unsure what caused the two cars to derail.
Perry Marine and Construction has purchased the 17 acres and three buildings that make up the school for 3 hundred thousand dollars.The company will be using 8 acres of the land to expand their business operations, the rest of the land, including all three buildings, have been gifted by P.M.C.
The State Fire Marshalâ€™s Office say a tent was set on fire Monday afternoon at the Capitol Park encampment of Occupy Augusta.Fire investigators say the fire that destroyed the homemade A-frame tent was intentional.Occupants of the encampment reported the fire as they were returning from protest at the near-by corner of Capitol and State St.No one was in the encampment at the time of the fire, and no one was injured.
The search continues Monday night in Maine for a prisoner on the run.33-year-old David Hobson of Alfred escaped last week from a New Hampshire prison where he was awaiting trial for burglary.Maine State Police believe he escaped to harm two people in York County.Police say they’ve been notified and are in a safe place.Police also believe Hobson stole a 1992 red and white Chevy S10 pickup truck in Sanford Monday.It has Maine license plate number 7518IM.Hobson is considered armed and dangerous.Police arrested his father, 55-year-old Glenn Hobson, Saturday night for leaving a stash of supplies for his son, just outside his house.The elder Hobson is charged with hindering apprehension and refusing to sumbit to arrest.Anyone who has seen David Hobson or knows where he might be should call Maine State Police in Gray at 657-3030.
A federal judge said Monday she’ll take up to 48 hours to decide whether Occupy Augusta protestors can remain in Capitol Park without a permit.Last week, protestors agreed not expand their campsite near the state house and police agreed not to evict them.Occupy Augusta is seeking an injunction to stop police from forcing them out.”The parties want to have this resolved, at least for the moment, as soon as possible so the Occupy Augusta people can figure out where they’re going to go next,” said Deputy Attorney General, Paul Stern.The judge wants to give Occupy Augusta’s attorney, Lynne Williams, time to review the state’s argument that forbidding overnight camping in parks is a long-standing practice.”I’m not so sure that it’s a valid argument to say that just because you’ve been doing something for a long time with no law that mandates it is a valid regulation,” said Williams.Williams has until ten o’clock Tuesday morning to review the cases the state cited in their argument.
Their tents and signs no longer grace the lawn of the Bangor Public Library, but the city’s Occupy movement still has a presence in town that’s shaping the opinions of a younger generation.”What I was most curious about was their whole plan for how they plan to go about their expenditures economically,” said Charlie Volkwein, a student at John Bapst Memorial High School.The school invited members of Occupy Bangor to attend a forum hosted by Volkwein and a panel of other students.”We think they had a high level of interest and we think that’s great,” said Occupy member Lawrence Reichard.Reichard spent Monday morning answering questions prepared by students.
The Girl Scout troop in Oakland is once again doing their part to help out those less fortunate in their community.For the third straight year 45 Girl Scouts gathered at the Williams Elementary School in Oakland to decorate and stuff Christmas stockings.When they’re finished the stockings are taken to children staying at the Waterville Homeless shelter during Christmas.
A 24-year-old Bangor man pleaded no contest in Machias Monday to four charges stemming from a fatal accident in Baileyville last year.Daniel Dwelley was sentenced to five years in jail for the crash that killed Andrew Dow.He also had his license suspended for ten years.A tearful Dwelley addressed the Court and the family of his best friend.
Folks in Hudson are reaching out to a family whose house caught fire Saturday, establishing a relief fund.The home is on the Hudson Road.Fire Investigators say the fire was started accidentally when a candle was knocked over in a downstairs bathroom and spread to the second floor.We’re told the house is salvageable but there’s extensive damage to the first-floor bathroom and smoke and water damage to bedrooms upstairs.Donations can be sent to:The Johnson Family Relief FundTD Bank1067 Union Street, Bangor 04401