Nearly four years after launching a fundraising campaign, the SPCA of Hancock County is ready to show off its new digs.There were several phases to the multi-million dollar project, with the goal of providing enough space for animals of all shapes and sizes that either need temporary housing or are put up for adoption.More than 900 donors from across Hancock County pitched in.A grand opening and open house is set for Saturday from 11:00 a.m.
Another country music favorite is coming to Bangor.It’s Holiday Jingle Ball Jam.Sara Evans will be celebrating the season with all her hits and holiday favorites too.The concert is friday night, December tenth at Bangor Auditorium at 7:30.Reserved seats are available at www.waterfrontconcerts.com or by phone at 947-5555.Tickets start at 28.
There will be quite the car display at Hermon High School Saturday.The benefit car show runs from 2 to 6.Donations will be accepted at the door.All proceeds will go to the families of Hermon High School students, David Priest, who is battling leukemia and Jeffrey Buzzell, who needs a new kidney.There will also be concessions, raffles, music provided by a local dj and things for the kids to do, too.For more information call Nicole Griffin at 848-4000 extension 1111.
The Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway is getting $10.5 million dollars that’s expected to save more than 17-hundred jobs.Last winter, that railroad announced it wanted to abandon more than 200 miles of track in northern Maine after piling up 13 million dollars in losses.Earlier this year Senator Susan Collins made a pitch for support for the rail line from the US Department of Transportation.Senator Collins along with Senator Olympia Snowe and Representative Mike Michaud worked closely on this delegation effort to continue the freight rail service.Friday morning, the Federal Government announced the $10.5 million dollar grant to repair the track.”It is absolutely essential to preserving jobs in these businesses but for the future it means that we have an economic development tool to attract more businesses in Northern Maine,” Senator Collins said.Senator Collins says the improvements will help the track operate more efficiently and will speed up travel time.
It was a huge day for UMaine athletics.Two sports arenas on the UMaine campus in Orono will be vastly improved, thanks in large part to a 5-and-a-half million dollar gift Friday.Meghan Hayward reports.The Harold Alfond Foundation is giving 5 point 5 million dollars toward upgrades to the Alfond Arena and Memorial Gym and Field House.”In the arena it’s upgrading the cooling system.
Seven Midcoast residents are facing marijuana charges after three houses were searched this week in Hope and Waldoboro.Wednesday, officials searched a residence on Easy Lane in Hope.Drug agents say they seized more than 90 marijuana plants.Thirty-two-year-old Jared Hansen is charged with aggravated trafficking of marijuana, aggravated cultivation of marijuana and possession of methadone.Thirty-one-year-old Holly Marble is charged with trafficking marijuana and possession of methadone.Sixty-two-year-old Joyce Marble is charged with cultivation of marijuana.A residence on Old County Road in Waldoboro was also searched today.Officials say they found twelve pounds of processed marijuana and ten marijuana plants.Fifty-one-year-old Scot Winchenbach and 47-year-old Linda Cronk are both charged with possession of marijuana.Agents also conducted a bail check at the Old County Road residence of 25-year-old Erik Cronk and 28-year-old Alissa Sprague.They say they found five pounds of marijuana.Both Cronk and Sprague are charged with violating bail conditions.
A bus in Orono has been transformed into a large pantry.Several UMaine groups would like you to help them fill that bus with food.Healthy, nutritional high-protein foods are most desired.The donated food will help wind up on the shelves of the Black Bear Exchange Food Pantry, located in Estabrooke Hall.The pantry helps feed members of the UMaine community and others in the area in need.”There is such a need out there.
Bangor could have a new City Manager next month.Catherine Conlow is expected to take over the position near the end of November.She’s currently Orono’s Town Manager, a job she’s held for nearly seven years.Bangor Mayor Richard Stone says the council believes Conlow will be “a very good fit for Bangor.”The council is scheduled to formally appoint Conlow at a special meeting Monday afternoon.
”Get Trevor to Denver” that’s the plea to the community from one local mom whose son is very sick.10-year-old Trevor Allen of Old Town and his twin brother Evan both have autism, but Trevor also suffers Chron’s disease, severe bronchitis, and brochiectasis which is like Cystic Fibrosis.This last year alone Trevor was hospitalized 11 times.His mom recently had to leave her job to care for him and he lost his private insurance.
Police have identified the men believed to have broken into a landscaping business in Orrington over the past few weeks.The folks at Seasonal Services say the thieves took mostly metal.The most recent attempt was caught on surveillance video.The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department says a number of tips have led them to the alleged crooks, and will be conducting interviews today.Chief Deputy Troy Morton says he believes charges will be filed later today.This video shows the suspects back a truck behind the building, getting ready to make a heist.Authorities say tips called in by the public greatly helped their investigation.
People filled the Gracie Theater at Husson University Thursday night to hear from the five candidates running for Governor.The Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce along with lawfirm Rudman and Winchell put on the gubernatorial debate.Candidates answered questions on Dirigo Health, the state’s forestry business, as well as whether or not they feel money should be spent on a new Bangor Auditorium.Shawn Moody, (I) Gubernatorial Candidate: “We’ve got to band together and look at what that capital investment is and really study and research and say is this something that’s going to benefit Maine.”Libby Mitchell, (D) Gubernatorial Candidate: “It does cost money and if there is a dividend paid back through tourism, we talked about that earlier, job growth, our building, then certainly it should be considered, but it should not be driven by the state level.”Paul LePage, (R) Gubernatorial Candidate: “I can’t envision participating in the next biennial budget and providing funds for a new arena in Bangor.”Eliot Cutler, (I) Gubernatorial Candidate: “We’re not going to be able to identify state money to the next biennial.
Critics of the new “smart meter” technology say they could pose possible health risks.But Maine’s top doc says they are safe.Maine’s smart meters contain small antennas that transmit data wirelessly to Central Maine Power’s headquarters in Augusta.Some say they are opposed to the new technology because federal safety guidelines do not address the effects of long-term exposure to these types of radiowaves.Maine public health director Dr.