Power is out in Hermon and parts of Bangor as Bangor Hydro crews work to repair a transformer pole on Odlin Road following a crash late Monday night.Route 2 from Hammond Street to the junction of I-395 has been closed to traffic until at least 6am Tuesday.The crash occurred at approximately 10:30pm in front of the Ramada Inn on Route 2 when a pickup truck reportedly crashed into the pole.Authorities say that the driver did sustain non life-threatening injuries in the crash.No word yet on when power will be restored.
Sub-contracting custodial services for the new Brewer Community school was discussed Monday night.Committee members voted to approve the sub-contracting of cleaning services.Folks both for and against the plan gathered at the Brewer School Committee meeting to have their opinions heard on the topic.Brewer Superintendent Daniel Lee says that the new school will need eight people to clean it, but they only have six custodians right now.Lee says it’ll cost about $100,000 to hire two more workers and that’s money, he says, they don’t have.Service Master is the cleaning franchise the school has received a quote from.
There’s a two-month food drive taking place in Washington County.From now through May the Washington County Food and Fuel Alliance and Suprtek are taking donations of canned and boxed foods.The goal is to collect 6-thousand cans and 6-thousand dollars.The donations will be distributed to a dozen food pantries around the county.There are 23 collections sites in 13 towns.For a list of drop off points or to donate money through Pay Pal you can visit the website www.foodandfuel.org.Harrington Elementary School got the drive off to a good start with more than five hundred cans of food.For more information you can visit the website or call 546-4466.
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield policy holders will again have a chance to speak out about proposed price hikes.The State Bureau of Insurance will hold another public comment session Tuesday night.It will take place at the University of Maine in Orono.Anthem wants to raise rates by about 10-percent on several of its health insurance plans.If approved, they’ll take hold July 1st.Tomorrow night’s session is from five to seven at Murray Hall on the U.
Hundreds of Maine hockey players and their supporters are urging the owner of a Hallowell Skating Rink to rebuild.Last month heavy snow caved in its roof.That displaced numerous hockey and skating organizations.Rink co-owner Peter Prescott says a decision to rebuild hasn’t been made because details are still being worked out with the insurance company.Proceeds raised by Sunday’s rally would go toward any effort to rebuild.
Eight Republican State Senators say they’re dismayed by the tone and spirit of some of the comments recently made by Governor LePage.In a column posted in the Portland Press Herald on Monday the lawmakers say they support the governor’s agenda to lower taxes, reform welfare and reduce regulatory red tape.But they’re concerned that the governor has been taking the focus off that agenda by picking personal fights that, they feel, are not worth fighting.
A diverse group of Mainer’s was at the State House on Monday to speak out in favor of a bill that would pave the way for racinos in Biddeford and in Washington County.At the press conference the group said the law could help create around 500 new jobs.The bill would help the project’s developers speed up the process of getting their racino up and running.Not everyone at Monday’s gathering was in favor of the new bill.Peter Martin, who represents the Oxford County Casino Project, says the bill is unfair.He says this group is trying to use lawmakers to avoid the expense of putting their issue on the ballot.
Authorities believe a Hermon man was driving drunk, when he rolled his SUV over on the Fuller Road in Hermon Monday afternoon.The crash occurred around 12:30 p.m.Police say 63-year old James Green had just left his business.He told authorities he doesn’t remember how he lost control of the SUV or how it landed it a ditch.Police say there were some clues at the scene that Green had been drinking.”[He was] still in the vehicle, trying to climb out but didn’t know how to open the door, which was the roof and which was the door,” said Deputy Mike Parady with the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department.Police say they had to break a window to get Green out.He had no obvious injuries, but was taken to the hospitalCharges are pending the results of blood alcohol tests.
The Ellsworth Police Department is looking for vandals.Three businesses and the Ellsworth Elementary Middle School had windows shot with what Police believe is a “B-B” gun.One of the broken windows was reported Saturday, three more were reported Sunday.The businesses are on Water Street, Main Street, and this building on High Street.Police believe the incidents took place early Saturday and Sunday morning.If you have any information call Ellsworth Police, 669-6614, You can remain anonymous if you choose.”Any information, any suspects, anybody saw a suspicious vehicle in the area, anybody that knows someone that happens to have just bought a BB gun,” said Ellsworth Police Detective Dotty Small.
There’s a place in Bucksport for seniors to go to grab a good meal and catch up with friends.” Well, I hope they’re all friends,” said Esther Landry with a smile.For years, lunch at the Bucksport Senior Center was the place to be, but as time went by, there started to be a lot of empty seats at the tables.” Some of them have moved away, some are in nursing homes and some of them have passed away,” said Colon MacDonald, an Orland resident taking part in the meal program.To bring the meal program back an important ingredient was needed, a cook.