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.
November is National Alzheimer’s Month.As loved ones become older, family members are often faced with the difficult question of how to take care of them.There are many options, including at home care, assisted living and nursing homes.This Thursday, Westgate Manor in Bangor will host a workshop to help care givers sort through the choices.Folks can learn about the differences between skilled nursing and long term care, among other topics.There will also be a class on how to help seniors organize and downsize their belongings.It goes from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Maine environmental officials are giving recognition to three grocers for efforts to reduce their impact on the environment.The Department of Environmental Protection has certified Food City in Turner, Royal River Natural Foods in Freeport and Bathras Market in South Portland as Environmental Leaders.The DEP’s Environmental Leader program encourages grocers, restaurants and lodging establishments to voluntarily minimize their impact on the environment.
Now that Maine voters have made clear their support for same-day voter registration, the focus shifts to another proposal to come up during the 2012 legislative session: voter identification.A bill requiring voters to have photo IDs in order to cast ballots has been carried over to the session starting in January.On Tuesday, Maine voters rejected by a 3-to-2 margin a law requiring voters to register at least two days before voting.
Former senator and special envoy George Mitchell is returning to his alma mater to talk about his experiences in the Middle East and other topics.The former Democratic Senate leader from Maine, a member of the Bowdoin College Class of 1954, will speak at Bowdoin Monday evening.He plans to speak about his experiences in the Middle East, where he served as President Barack Obama’s special peace envoy, and the importance of education and scholarships given in his name.
A panel studying reforms to Maine’s Land Use Regulation Commission will hold a meeting this week in Greenville.The LURC Reform Commission will hold a work session on Thursday at the American Legion Hall in Greenville.The 13-member study panel was established by the Maine Legislature earlier this year following proposals to abolish or reform LURC, which regulates development in Maine’s Unorganized Territory.The meeting is a work session for the committee members, but the public is welcome to attend.A future meeting is scheduled for Dec.
A Bangor man remains hospitalized in critical condition, after being hit by a pick up truck Friday night while crossing the street.It happened near John Bapst High School.Police say 34-year old Leon Shtivelman was walking across Broadway when he was struck by the vehicle.The driver told officers that he was attempting to turn and didn’t see Shtivelman.No one witnessed the accident.Shtivelman was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with reported head injuries.
Twenty locations throughout Androscoggin County were searched Sunday for any sign of a Lewiston woman whose been missing since July.Thirty-year-old Buddy Robinson pleaded not guilty earlier this week, to the charges of murdering 22-year-old Christina Fesmire.Authorities say Fesmire advertised her escort services on the internet and Robinson was a neighbor of hers.The search was coordinated by the Maine Warden Service.
A man known for his service to the community was found dead Sunday morning.68-year old Reverend Robert Carlson’s body was found in the Penobscot River.The Waldo County Sheriff’s office say Carlson was found near the Penobscot Narrows Bridge, which crosses the river between Verona Island and Prospect.Police say his death is still under investigation and won’t release any more information, but for those who knew and worked with Carlson, the news has been devastating.Caroline Connolly spoke with some of them, Sunday.====You can measure the loss by simply talking to those who’ve gained so much from knowing Reverend Robert Carlson.”He was like my second Dad.
Folks hit the ground running Saturday in Guilford to help give families Thanksgiving dinner.Friends of community fitness hosted a 3-mile run.Folks entering could either pay $15 or donate a frozen turkey.All of the money raised and turkeys collected will help stock food pantries for the holidays.”We want to help the community.
Power in Community Alliance is celebrating 25 years.Sunday they held their annual benefit auction, which includes live and silent auctions.They had artwork, gift certificates and food items up for grabs.PICA is a human rights group that is interested in what’s happening around the world.
President Barack Obama’s first national security advisor will speak at the University of Maine this week.James Jones will be the guest speaker at this month’s William Cohen lecture at the Orono campus.The lecture is Thursday at 10:30 at the Collins Center for the Arts.