The list of legislative confirmation hearings is growing for Governor Paul LePage’s nominees to boards, commissions and councils in advance of a special session later this month.Lawmakers are meeting September 27 to vote on a congressional reapportionment plan.
Maine utility regulators are joining a national effort this week to remind low-income residents that they can get discount rates for basic telephone service.The Maine Public Utilities Commission says a nationally organized “Lifeline Awareness Week” runs Monday through Friday.
Bowdoin College has finished preserving a rare film of some of Arctic explorer Donald MacMillan’s journeys to Greenland.The Brunswick school used a National Film Preservation Foundation grant to have a film lab preserve what is believed to be the only existing copy of MacMillan’s first film, “Visiting with the Eskimos of Smith Sound,” made in 1930.The 15-minute silent film – apparently shot between 1923 and 1925 in northwestern Greenland – shows footage that staff at Bowdoin’s Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum had never seen before.
The Orono Fire Department will be honored with a special award from the Maine Department of Labor.On Monday, the department is being recognized with the safety award.Firefighters worked with Department of Labor consultant for over a year to identify risks, reduce workplace hazards, review policies, and analyze injury statistics.
Ten years after so many lives were lost, some Mainers spent Sunday giving the gift of life.They stopped by the Bangor Red Cross Blood Donor Center.The center isn’t usually open sunday, but the staff wanted to collect donations on the tenth anniversary of September 11.After the attack in 2001, the center says the response from the community was overwhelming and they hoped Sunday would inspire more people to donate.”It was unprecedented the response that we saw from donors, from the community, community coming and just really supporting and having that patriotism, but again we’re looking for people to come out year round to kind of keep that momentum going,” said Lisa Frazell of the American Red Cross.The center says that it’s important to maintain their supply year round in the event the demand suddenly increases.
It looked like any other holiday parade.”It’s exciting,” said Sullivan resident, Raquel Eklund.Kids lined up and the caravan of fire trucks in tow, but there were no sirens or Grand Marshall needed here.Instead, the crowds were rooted in place by the weight of a piece of cargo passing by.”That’s coming in with a big escort,” said Ellsworth Fire Chief, Richard Tupper.The fire department wouldn’t have it any other way.”It’s kind of dear to us.
A variety of pops favorites filled the air at Husson University earlier Sunday as part of what organizers hope will become a new tradition.The inaugural Pops on the Green community concert was held at Winkin Stadium.People brought lawn chairs and sat on the field while listening to the sounds of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.The orchestra was later joined by Motor Booty Affair and performed a collection of disco tunes.”We really benefitted from being in this area and we wanted to say thank you.
The city of Brewer wrapped up its annual hometown celebration with a car show.Classic cars and contemporary models filled the Brewer Auditorium.Boy scout troop 15 hosted the car show.Organizers say it’s a chance for them to stroll down memory lane and to get younger kids interested in cars.”It brings the community together.
It was the perfect weather for a bike ride.Bicyclists took in the beautiful sites along the Penobscot River Sunday morning to help the Bangor Land Trust.It was all part of the annual Pedal the Penobscot bike ride.Riders could choose between a 28-mile ride or a 76-mile ride.The ride is the Bangor Land Trust’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
The Bangor Firefighters honored the heroes of 9-11 Sunday morning.Firefighters at the Central Fire station held a moment of silence at 9:59 am, the time the south tower collapsed and at 10:28 am, the time the north tower collapse.A Veazie carpenter created a replica of the world trade center and donated it to the department.It was on display Sunday as a tribute to the first responders on that tragic day.Captain Matt Costello says tragedies such as the attacks on 9-11 hit close to home for the members of the department.”When it does happen it does affect us all.
The Maine Troop Greeters came together Sunday morning to honor those who lost their lives on september 11, 2001.Waving flags and carrying signs the troop greeters stood on the corner of Godfrey Boulevard and Union Street.The troop greeters held a moment of silence at 8:46 am and 9:03 am, the times each of the towers were hit.They also paid tribute to the many troops who have fought and made the ultimate sacrifice in the past ten years.Nory Jones says small tributes like this are important to remind us to never forget.Sunday morning, two different flights with troops on board went overseas.
Nearly a thousand people turned out in Augusta for the thirteenth annual Cancer Survivors Day.The event brought survivors and their families together for an afternoon of food and games, Saturday.It’s a day organizers say is an important part of the healing process, but also serves as a show of support for patients still undergoing treatment.
In honor of the 10th Anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Governor LePage has asked that all flags be flown at half-staff on Sunday.In a statement released by Governor Lepage, he says “I ask all Maine citizens to honor the memory of the Americans who lost their lives that day and to remember all our military members serving overseas.” 2, 752 Americans were killed on September 11th, 2001.