Two meetings are scheduled for the next month in Bangor to talk about a proposed Neighborhood Revitalization plan.The plan is to revamp the area between Main Street to Third Street and Union Street to Buck Street.It’s going to be done in three phases, the first part will focus on the area to First Street and the lower half of Cedar Street.But before they make any concrete plans or time tables the City Council wants to get input from the community.It is going to be a big project and cover a number of topics, and will be for both residential and commercial properties.”Ultimately the goal is to make the area a better place to live,” said Bangor City Councilor James Gallant.
The United Technologies Center in Bangor has plans to bridge the gap between high school and college.Through a new program, high school students will get hands-on vocational and technical training while picking up Community College credits.Governor LePage and Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen toured U-T-C Monday to help advance the school’s new bridge program.”It’s getting everyone’s attention,” said Governor LePage.
State Police say speed and alcohol are likely factors in a deadly crash Sunday in East Machias that killed a Washington Academy student.Frank Finn, 16, of Whiting, was killed when the pick up truck he was a passenger in crashed on Route 191 just after 11:30 Sunday morning.
Police say a medical emergency is to blame for a fatal accident in Auburn Sunday.Authorities say 37-year-old Matthew Harris of Arundel was driving west on Minot Avenue when he suffered a medical emergency and lost control of his car.They say he crossed the center lane and slammed into a vehicle being driven by 43-year-old Rick Farr of Auburn.Police say Farr was killed instantly.The accident forced Harris’ vehicle into a utility pole, which knocked out power to about 150 people.Harris was taken to Central Maine Medical Center, where he’s listed in critical condition.Harris’ passenger, 35-year-old Sherri Walkeling of Arundel is in satisfactory condition.
Police are looking for a suspect in a home invasion in Westfield Saturday night.Authorities say a man armed with a handgun forced his way into the home of 29-year-old Tyler Dennett and stole an undisclosed amount of cash and prescription drugs.The suspect is described as a while male, about 5 feet six inches tall and 150 pounds.He was wearing a ski mask, blue sweatshirt and blue jeans.Anyone with any information is asked to call State Police at 1-800-924-2261.
There’s progress being made as Maine legislators work toward a bipartisan agreement to fill a $220,000,000 state budget hole.The Appropriations Committee has finalized $25-million in savings recommended by a special task force.Lawmakers have also okayed more than a dozen other initiatives to cut the budget.Democrats say they include compromises with Republicans on savings relating to methadone clinic rate reductions, better managing opiate drugs for MaineCare patients, salary plan savings and other items.Governor LePage wanted the revised budget finalized by the end of January to avoid cuts in MaineCare programs this April.
Maine turnpike officials want more people to use the electronic toll collection system.They are reducing the price of the EZ Pass windshield transponders from $25 to $10.The transponders are mounted on windshields and activate antennas that are overhead at toll plazas to automatically deduct toll amounts from prepaid accounts or record transactions for those with commuter EZ Passes.
Some folks will stay at home and host their own Super Bowl party, while others will want to hit a local sports bar.Hero’s Sports Bar in Bangor is ready for the football fans.They say it brings people in that wouldn’t normally venture out on a Sunday evening.They say they are quite busy with to-go orders for those that are staying at home.But for those watching the game there, they will be sure to find a fun atmosphere.Along with a unique food option that isn’t always on their menu.” Ten dollars all you can eat wings for the night.
Searsport firefighters put in some overtime this weekend for a good cause.They’ve spent the last two days trying to fill a truck with as much food as possible.All of it went to the Searsport Food Cupboard Sunday afternoon.Searsport Fire Chief Jim Dittmeier said he had heard the cupboard was looking a little scarce this year, and the department wanted to do their part to help.