The budget gap may not be as big as initially anticipated in Augusta.What was once forecast to be at least a billion dollar shortfall may wind up at about half that number.The revenue forecasting committee has released new numbers for the next two year budget and reduced the shortfall by more than 450 million dollars.Those new figures could ease the prospect of deep budget cuts.Those numbers changed due to improvements in individual income taxes and corporate profitability.
Maine’s attorney general says a big settlement in a price-fixing case is going to help feed the hungry this holiday season.About $135,000 in proceeds from a multistate lawsuit against major vitamin companies will be donated to the Good Shepherd Food Bank.Attorney General Janet Mills says the settlement money, which is aimed at compensating the public for high food prices between 1988 and 2000, will go to the state’s largest distributor of emergency food to those in need.A small portion of the settlement will go to the state’s Emergency Food Assistance Program, which buys food for low-income Mainers.(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.
Thanksgiving came early at the Salvation Army in Bangor.The organization hosted is annual Thanksgiving meal Tuesday.Folks from local churches and civic groups lent helping hands.More than eighty people turned out for the traditional Thanksgiving feast of turkey, mashed potatoes and all the pie they could eat.The Salvation Army’s Bangor soup kitchen serves about a hundred people per day.
Thanksgiving came early at the Salvation Army in Bangor.The organization hosted it’s annual Thanksgiving meal today.Folks from local churches and civic groups lent helping hands.More than eighty people turned out for the traditional Thanksgiving feast of turkey, mashed potatoes and all the pie they could eat.The Salvation Army’s Bangor soup kitchen serves about a hundred people per day.
Mike and Mike of 94.5 are braving the cold and rain, collecting non-perishables outside of the Bangor Mall.This is the 12th year the duo has held the food drive.They say last year they collected more than 39 tons of food and helped to stock Manna’s pantry into April.The duo will be camping out until 6 p-m tomorrow night.They say they will also take cash donations, which will be used to buy non-perishables.
A Bangor business group is encouraging businesses to get involved in decorating the downtown for Christmas.The city’s third annual holiday decorating contest begins December 1st.Businesses can decorate their storefronts however they like.While the decorations may put people in the spirit of the holiday season, some hope it will infuse the spirit of shopping in folks too.There will be a panel of judges as well as community input to decide which storefronts stand out the most…the judging takes place from December 1st to the 12th.There are cash prizes for the first, second, and third place winners.An online People’s Choice award will also be presented.If your business is interested in competing, register with the Downtown Bangor Partnership by Monday, November 29th.You can email the office at [email protected] or give them a call at 992-4234.
Elementary students in Bar Harbor lived life with some extra challenges Tuesday.The school hosted a “Special Needs Awareness Day” where students performed everyday tasks with a twist.”I definitely have a better understanding, it’s harder for them to move around and stuff,” said seventh grade student Haleigh Smith.The students of Conners Emerson School in Bar Harbor performed different tasks in new and challenging ways as part of “Special Needs Awareness Day.””I think it definitely raises awareness in children, it teaches tolerance of others it shows that kids aren’t necessarily disabled,” said teacher Jeanne Gilpatrick.Stations were set up throughout the gym where students participated in different activities to learn about disabilities and their effects.At the Cerebral Palsy station, students were challenged to spread jelly on bread while someone tugs at their arms.The lesson was to teach students how a message from the body to the brain gets confused.”It was pretty hard because they’re yanking your arms and you’re trying to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich,” said Smith.The students then wrote their feelings on a board in the gym.Former student Brian Cummings spoke at the event.
Students of Ellsworth Elementary Middle School got together for one more act of kindness before their Thanksgiving holiday.Kids from Pre-K through Grade Four made a circle around the perimeter of their school, passing food around until it reached the Emmaus Center and Shelter’s van.The school has been collecting non-perishable food items for the past couple of weeks.”They’re actually playing an important role in helping others so they have a nice Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner,” said teacher Deb Arnold.
An elderly couple from Trenton has been found dead inside a car submerged in the ocean in the town.The Maine Marine Patrol says 92-year-old Lewis Lawton and his 86-year-old wife, Inez, were inside the vehicle.Authorities received a 911 call around 7:30 this morning.
You may want to have your tap water tested.The Bangor Water District found elevated levels of lead in the drinking water of some homes and buildings.They say the increase is only related to certain places with internal plumbing.The tests show results for “worst case scenario” homes where the plumbing wasn’t used for six to ten hours.
If you’re pressed to make a pie for Thanksgiving or you’d just like some else to do the work, you might want to head to the Airport Mall in Bangor Wednesday.Dozens of homemade desserts will be up for grabs during the United Cerebral Palsy of Maine’s annual pie sale.Most of the pies are $7 each and all of the money goes to UCP.
A couple from Bangor is facing charges after a reported assault in Bangor Monday.Police say 21-year old Bradley Murray threatened a woman with a gun, demanding that the victim and his wife, Amber Murray, stop fighting.Police were called to a home on Patten Street by a woman who says she was attacked by Amber Murray.Bradley Murray was found later that day on Ohio Street and was arrested for criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and assault.Police say they searched him and found more than 300 pills in his possession, mostly oxycontin.Amber Murray was summoned for assault.