An event that was out of this world took place in Bangor Friday night.The 4th Annual Astronauts Ball was put on by the Challenger Learning Center of Maine.While food, fun and drinks were had by all, the night was about fundraising for the Challenger Center in hopes to raise money to inspire Maine students in the fields of math, science, engineering, and technology.Some special guest were at the ball Friday nightFormer astronaut Rick Hauck and June Scobee Rodgers, who is the widow of Challenger Commander Dick Scobee, were in attendance.
A non-profit theater that has been entertaining the Mount Desert area is in danger of shutting down.The Criterion Theatre and Arts Center is in need of repair and renovation.Theatre officials say with several rental payments, debt and no operating budget, they will be forced to close operations at the end of the month.If you would like to help, call Jeff Dobbs at 288-1208 or email him at [email protected]
A 10-year-old boy from Bangor will be this year’s Champion the Cure Challenge Grand Marshall.Tommy Hosmer will lead the 1K family fun run this August.He’s raised thousands of dollars to help those with cancer in honor of his late grandmother.The annual champion the cure challenge raises money for local cancer research.There will also be 5K and 10K runs as well as bike and motorcycle rides.
The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles is gearing up for an increase in license renewals.Beginning July 1, renewal numbers are projected to double.It’s due to a change in the renewal cycle back in the mid-nineties.If you’re one of the drivers who will be renewing your license next month, you’ll need two documents to do so.The first is proof of legal presence in the U.S., like a birth certificate or passport.You’ll also need proof of residency in Maine, such as your driver’s license or vehicle registration.For a full list of accepted documents, you can visit maine.gov.
Residents got quite the surprise when a car slammed through their home in Pittsfield Friday morning.Authorities say, Ruth Collins, 78 of Fairfield, lost control of her car and plowed through a wall of a unit in the Park View Apartment Complex.Merita and Joseph Sanborn were home at the time of the accident and were actually in the living where the car ended up.Joseph Sanborn says the car came to a stop just inches from where he was sitting.Luckily, police say no one was injured, but Collins car is a total loss
They say the most important thing about goals, is having them.” We’ve got the biggest group of kids as to date,” said Vanessa Koch, summer camp director.For more than 70 kids, this summer’s goal is to have fun and be safe in the great outdoors.” My family likes to go camping a lot and we like to go fishing,” said Emily Leclair of Milford.At the Maine Youth Fish and Game Summer Camp, even kids who don’t camp, get the chance to learn.” Wood burning, fishing and kayaking,” explained Natalie Swift of Bradley.Jacob St.
Unity College is putting themselves on the “green” map.As Meghan Hayward tells us, they’re building a passive house residence, the first of its kind in the United States.Unity College is taking the slogan “go green” to another level.”We really believe there has to be consistency between the lifestyle our students experience on campus and what we’re teaching in the classroom.
Outdoor enthusiasts will be flocking to Skowhegan this weekend.It’s the fifth annual River Fest and Upper Kennebec Outdoor Expo.The event offers a variety of family-friendly entertainment, including free rafting trips, a rock climbing wall, youth fishing tournament, 5-k road race and more.Organizers say the event started to promote the river project, working to preserve and enhance the Kennebec River, but they say the event has grown.” It’s a huge economic impact to Skowhegan with the hotels and restaurants.
It’s beginning to look a lot like summer and that means strawberry season.Here at the berry sweet land of Tate’s Strawberry Farm in Corinth, Albert Tate and his crew are getting ready to open to the public for the 2011 season.Even if the cold spring delayed it, Tate says the strawberries are as delicious as ever.”We have a real good set of crops, a lot of big green berries, we just need to be hot and sunny here shortly.”The wet spring may have been unpleasant but it’s had a lot of benefits for the fruit.”They’ve got some good sugar content to them this year, we had a nice, warm spring when it started out.
A man from Parkman arrested on federal gun charges pleaded not guilty in court Friday morning.43-year-old Michael Demaria pleaded not guilty to the charges of possession of firearms while addicted to and an unlawful user of a controlled substance, and possession of firearms while subject to a protection from abuse order during his arraignment.Demaria was arrested earlier this month for allegedly trying to sell guns.He was initially arrested last month after an FBI raid on his home.
A Bangor woman charged with murdering her husband appeared in court this morning.48-year old Roxanne Jeskey did not enter a plea, and a judge ordered her held without bail until a hearing on July 5th.Jeskey was arrested Wednesday night for killing 53-year old Richard Jeskey in his Ohio Street apartment on June 13th.Police say he was naked in the bathtub.According to court documents, Roxanne Jeskey admitted to assaulting her husband with various weapons, including pliers, a box cutter, and a plastic baseball bat.
Nearly 2 years after 19-year old Holly Boutlier was stabbed to death on the Bangor waterfront, the man convicted of her murder will be sentenced for that crime.Jurors found Colin Koehler guilty in October.In May, Koehler requested a new trial after a witness that testified in the original trial admitted to giving wrong information, after hearing the testimony of the witness the judge denied that motion.Monday Koehler will be sentenced for his role in the slaying.In May of last year, Justin Ptaszynski was sentenced to six years in prison as part of a plea bargain for hindering arrest in Boutlier’s death.
A 22-year-old Maine man is facing charges he assaulted a man at a party with a samurai sword.Belfast Police say Anthony Roderick of Belfast was arrested Thursday on charges stemming from a May 28 incident in which he tried to get the victim to leave a party.Police say Roderick and the man wrestled and fell to the ground.