Members of the Maine Human Rights Commission say they’ll wait until after a new Governor is elected before they issue new guidelines on how schools should accommodate transgendered students.Commissioner Ken Fredette brought the issue up at this morning’s meeting in Augusta.
GOP gubernatorial hopeful Paul Lepage still holds a big lead in the five-way race, according to a new survey.Critical Insights’ survey for several state newspapers gives Lepage 38 percent, followed by 25 percent for democrat Libby mitchell and 11 percent for independent Eliot Cutler.
A man from Sullivan was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation after trying to save some items from his burning garage Sunday.Sullivan Fire Chief Mike Hiser says Brian Hastings was treated and released from Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.Hiser says the fire started while Hastings was welding in the garage.The garage, and the contents inside, were destroyed.Hiser says he believes Hastings was insured.
A man has died following an accident on Route 17 in Jay Sunday.Police say 75-year-old William Espeaignette of Weld called 911, following the accident.They say he collapsed while on the phone with dispatch.He was found on the road next to his cell phone unresponsive.His truck was located off the road in the woods, over an embankment about 50 yards away.He was pronounced dead at the scene.
It was a comic book lover’s dream Sunday at the Spectacular Events Center in Bangor.The third annual Bang Pop, Comic and Pop Culture Con took place.There were comic book creators, writers and artists on hand.And plenty of merchandise and collectibles.Organizers say one of the big attractions was the exclusive replica of Joe Hill’s Locke and Key Series, the echo key, which was debuted at the event.They say the event draws a variety of folks of all ages.” You get to sort of get in touch with where the roots are for comic books.
The Maine Valley Artists have teamed up with six Tim Horton’s Restaurants in the greater Bangor area for a good cause.Each artist is raffling off a painting and all the proceeds will go to Spruce Run in Bangor.Spruce Run is a non-profit organization that helps people affected by domestic violence.The artists feel it’s important to raise awareness about domestic violence and let people know anyone can be affected by it.Part of the project includes a meet and greet with the artists at a variety of local Tim Horton locations.Artists Lisa Lawson-Miller and Terri De Natale were at the Broadway location Sunday.” It’s important because first of all that artists are willing to paint for a cause.
Folks boarded a bus in Bangor Sunday and took part in the Tommy Knockers Tour.The annual tours have been taking place since 2004 and is the literary tour for well-known and Maine native author, Stephen King.Organizers say Sunday’s trip had people from Maryland and Canada.They also say it’s not uncommon to have international folks wanting to take the tour.Two of the stops include the Thomas Hill Standpipe and the Mount Hope Cemetery.The other stops are kept a secret.” Stephen King is world renown.
Fixing up your house can be a costly proposition.But local financial advisor Marion Syversen has some frugal ideas on how to get the job done.Syversen has written a book about it called, ” The Real Deal, Making Big Changes with Small Change.”And she was at the Bangor Public Library Saturday for a book talk and selling copies of it too.Syversen says she loves having these kinds of opportunities because she gets to help people hear her passion.” Doing a book talk kind of allows people to hear what’s inside your brain and hopefully it won’t make them frightened.
National Child Safety Week starts Sunday, September 19th.On Saturday folks in Bangor could get a free car seat safety check.Suzanne Grace is the training coordinator for Maine Child Passenger Safety.She says nine out of ten car seats are used improperly in Maine.Maine law requires kids to be in some sort of child restraint seat until they are at least 8-years-old, 80 pounds or four feet, nine inches tall.She says they had a great turn out Saturday and is happy folks took advantage of the opportunity.” We have the training to be able to assist a family.
After more than a year of work, folks in Jackson gathered Saturday to dedicate the community’s new veterans memorial.The monument was made possible by Chuck Bickford Junior, who paid for the entire monument himself.Marlene Thompson is the chair of the committee and says it would have taken them much longer to come up with the funds if it wasn’t for Bickford’s generosity.Jackson’s oldest veteran, Cliff Grant was even on hand at the dedication.
Folks tied on their tennis shoes and walked for a good cause Saturday morning in Bangor.The Grace United Methodist Church hosted its Fourth Annual Walk for Hunger.The four mile walk began at the church on Union Street in Bangor.Proceeds of the walk benefit the Hammond Street Ecumenical Food Cupboard.Daralene Shortt founded the event four years ago and said it’s important to give back to this cause.”It’s just that it’s a very big need in this time and place of people out of work and more and more families are coming to the food cupboard asking for help so it’s very important that we give,” she said.Last year, the Walk for Hunger raised one thousand dollars.If you would like to help the food bank, you can donate money or non-perishable food items to the church.They are located at 193 Union Street.
Instead of spending Saturday sight-seeing on Bar Harbor’s beautiful coast, a group of volunteers spent it cleaning up.”This island is so important to Maine it’s unlike any other and I think the people that live here need to be conscious of that.”Alexis Burne has lived in Bar Harbor for the past four years, but has vacationed here ever since she can remember.