University of Maine trustees have approved changes to the U-Maine field house and Memorial Gym on the Orono campus.They agreed to issue bonds to refinance 30-million dollars of debt and to provide seven million dollars for the 14-million dollar renovation project.The project will focus on improving ventilation and access for the disabled, as well making improvements with regards to hazardous materials in the facilities.
Radio station Z107.3 is once again trying to get turkeys on the tables of lots of folks who otherwise might have to do without this Thanksgiving.It’s the tenth year for the “Free the Z” turkey drive.Starting Tuesday, morning show host “The Kid” will be camping out in an rv at the Hannaford parking lot in Brewer.And he’ll stay there until 2,011 turkeys are donated.”From little kids with their pennies to businesses who challenge each other, you get to meet different people from all walks of life,” he said.All of the turkeys collected will go to Manna Ministries in Bangor, which will pass them out to area families.You can also give a ten dollar donation, which covers the cost of a turkey.
Maine’s community colleges will receive 11.3 million dollars in private support.Governor LePage made the announcement Monday.The money will be used to help expand occupational programming, upgrade facilities, buy instructional equipment and technology, and provide financial aid to students.It’s hoped it will help grow enrollment in Maine’s seven community colleges from 18,500 students to 25,000 over the next seven years.
The effort by some Maine wreath makers to decorate every headstone in Arlington National Cemetary with a holiday wreath took a step forward Monday.Jersey Mike’s Subs donated one hundred thousand dollars to Wreaths Across America.The sandwich shop has hundreds of locations nationwide donated the money raised during their Christmas in July celebration.The money raised will be enough to cover the cost of placing wreaths on 60 thousand of the 220 thousand headstones.Those wreaths will be placed Saturday December 10th, during the National Day of Remembrance.
The Bangor City Council held a swearing in ceremony this morning for three new membersl….Ben Sprague, Joe Baldacci, and James Gallant were elected last week…Cary Weston was voted new Council Chair, replacing Susan Hawes, who served as chair for the past year.Two years ago when Weston was elected to the Council, he was the youngest member, now the council has gotten even younger.”I was the young guy by ten years and now I feel like I have gray hair,” said Weston.
The state fire marshal’s office says it will never know what caused a fire that destroyed a home in skowhegan yesterday.Due to the extent of the damage, the fire marshal’s office has ruled the fire as undetermined.It happened just after 9 o’clock Monday morning.
The Orrington community is coming together, to help a single mother in her battled against cancer.Dawna Moore Hensley has Stage 3 Multiple Myeloma, which is a rare blood cancer.She’s in Boston this week for a bone marrow transplant.Friends have organized a benefit for Hensley at the Center Drive School in Orrington.It’s Sunday, November 20th from 4 p.m.
The Bangor City Council has three new members.The three winning candidates from last Tuesday’s election, James Gallant, Ben Sprague, and Joe Baldacci were sworn in Monday morning and a new Council Chair was selected.Nelson Durgin nominated Cary Weston for the position of chair and Pat Blanchette nominated herself.Five council members voted for Weston, giving him the position as the Chairman for the next year.He said Bangor has some tough challenges ahead, but overall is in good shape “Quite honestly, what we need to go to work for is looking at the budget, we have some revenue shortfalls that we can’t control, we have some things that we know but we also have some things that we don’t know, and that’s the number one concern for this council, making sure that the tax rate is appropriate and we do what’s right for keeping the services for the city of Bangor and we’re going to go to work on that very, very quickly.”Weston takes over for Susan Hawes, who served as council chair this past year.
It’s a sound that signifies the holidays are here.The Bangor Salvation Army is again looking for bell ringers.This year, they’re asking groups to volunteer their time.Slots are available Tuesday through Saturday.Folks can work in shifts, or by themselves.Money raised through the kettle drives helps the Salvation Army provide food, clothing and other assistance year round.
Police are still trying to determine what caused the death of Reverend Robert Carlson.His body was found in the Penobscot River near the Penobscot Narrows Bridge, Sunday morning.The Waldo County Sheriff’s Department says police received a call from a Bucksport resident at 3:55 a.m.
An historic hotel in Bucksport will soon have a new ownerA Calais couple plans to to buy the Jed Prouty Inn on Main Street.The 230-year old building has been closed for several years.Bucksport’s Economic Development Director tells TV 5 that John and Rhonda Chambers put in an offer, and the current owner accepted it.Dave Milan says extensive repairs are needed to the outside of the building, but the inside is in “pretty good shape.”The chambers plan to turn the former Inn into a senior living facility.They operate five others in Washington County.The new facility will feature 16-units.