The heat sure is nature’s reminder that we’re knocking on summer’s door…and is very timely for what’s to take place in Rockland Saturday night.The tenth annual Summer Solstice will be held on Main Street–with local restaurants and shops offering food and sidewalk sales.This year, a new event at the festival: the first ever rock dogs pooch parade.It steps off at five at Camden National Bank with the finish line at Loyal Biscuit, which is a pet supply business: a dog contest will be held there following the parade.Summer Solstice fun in Rockland runs from 5 to 9 Saturday night.
There was a free health fair in Hallowell Friday, and more than 2-hundred people showed up for it.It’s the second year for the Healthy Aging Learning and Living Expo at the Cohen Community Center…There were about thirty vendors offering free sun safety screenings, spinal screenings, and much more including free hair cuts.
The American Red Cross is looking for folks to come out and donate– they say the need for type O blood is critical right now.To encourage folks to donate, the Red Cross is holding their annual chill ‘n grill super blood drive tomorrow at the Brewer Auditorium.The event features a pancake breakfast at 8:30 in the morning, and Texas Roadhouse will be grilling at 11.
The Annual Canoe Hullabaloo in Old Town promises to offer lots of activities tomorrow–many of them, focused on entertaining children.Kids can get their faces painted, play games, participate in a hula hoop contest, and visit the public safety building, where firefighters are offering tours and the opportunity to be photographed with fire trucks.There’s also a silent auction, music, and food.The event is sponsored by the Friends of the River Coalition in cooperation with the Old Town Rec Department and the Old Town-Orono YMCA.The fun begins at 10 tomorrow morning, and ends at 2.
A man initially charged in the murder of an Old Orchard Beach man took the stand again today to testify against two people who are on trial for that murder.Winston George was killed inside his home two years ago.Rennie Cassimy was charged with murder but struck a deal with prosecutors.
The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department wants people to know that 9-1-1 service has been restored to the Ellsworth area.Friday afternoon, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department had reported that the 9-1-1 system for Trenton, Lamoine and likely some surrounding area was not working.It is not known what caused the interruption in service, but again, that service has been restored.
The University of Maine is saying farewell to two very special long time employees.Doreen Vaillancourt has spent the past 45 years working at the College of Engineering at U-Maine.Jimmy Vaillancourt, her husband, has worked in the Print and Mailing Department for the past 44 years.Both are retiring at the end of June.
The stage has been set for a KahBattle in Bangor.It’s a battle of the bands organized by the folks who put on the KahBang Festival on the Bangor Waterfront.They asked musicians to submit their work, and Friday organizers announced the seven bands that were chosen to take part in the KahBattle of the bands.That will take place on July 16 at Peakes Auditorium in Bangor.
The vote was close, but when all the ballots were counted, clifton residents turned down a moratorium on a proposed wind farm.The final count was 86 to 75.Clifton planning board member Bill Rand says the turnout for Thursday night’s vote was so large, the meeting was moved outside to accommodate everyone.At issue is four wind turbines that Bangor developer Paul Fuller wants to build on Pisgah mountain.A resident of Clifton pioneered the petition to get the 180-day moratorium on the ballot.Crystal Phillips felt many citizens were still uneducated about the wind farm project.”We started the moratorium to try to buy more time,” says Crystal Phillips.
Police in Aroostook County are looking for a Littleton man who they say led them on a short chase through Houlton Tuesday night.They say a man called 9-1-1 to report his daughter was being followed by her ex-boyfriend, 20-year-old Ronald Lewis.Police say Lewis was under house arrest on an unrelated charge at the time.Houlton Police then received a report from State Police that both vehicles were seen at a residence.When police approached, they say Lewis fled.Police say after his vehicle crashed into woods, Lewis took off on foot.