Pirates invaded the Bangor Public Library this morning, as story hour came alive.Dozens of kids came dressed in costume, to the pirate party in the story room.Librarian Maryanne Linzikos says it’s a great way for kids to beat the winter doldrums and enjoy their vacation, while still being inspired to read.Kids attending the party were treated to some pirate snacks, pirate games, and pirate arts and craft projects.Even the story had a nautical theme today….it was called”how i became a pirate”.Linzikos says she can’t believe how many kids showed up to today’s celebration.”Especially with the weather the way it is today, i’m surprised we got such a good turnout. and i’m amazed…they must have been waiting for this, is all i can say…to get their mom’s to come out and enjoy themselves…but they look wonderful…look at them….they’re adorable.”We’re told the library is planning a poetry party for the next school vacation, which runs in April.For more information on children’s activities, at the library, you can log on to www.bpl.lib.me.us.
The Bangor City Council has changed its mind and will now fund a new market study on replacing the Bangor auditorium and civic center.”The decision that they made a couple of weeks ago, I think we were all really nervous and tense about, but in talking with the city, and talking with some of the employees over there, I think it became more apparent that they really wanted to be fiscally responsible and make sure things were moving in the right direction, before just doing it.”For years, the Bangor City Council has been discussing what to do with the aging Bangor Auditorium and Civic Center.The council recently voted to reject a plan to spend tens of thousands of dollars on another market and sizing study. The last one was done in 2002.But, they unanimously reversed that decision Wednesday night.”In the process of that decision, a number of concerns came up…first was, is this the right time to do it. Second, were we narrow enough in what we were looking to do here, that would actually produce a detailed road map to go forward.””I think part of the council’s concern is we would get answers that were kind of fluff, or that we want to hear, and maybe not what we need to hear, and maybe not the reality.”City Councilor Rick Bronson says that’s definitely a concern.He says while the dream of a new auditorium is fine, the reality of what its going to take, and what it’s going to cost, still needs to be examined.
February is Black History Month, and folks from the Maine Human Rights Coalition plan to celebrate. James Varner, President of the coalition says this year’s activities take on special significance. This is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the NAACP, and our country has elected its first African American President. Varner says the election of President Barack Obama shows how far our country has come, and gives inspiration to all black Americans. “I don’t think of myself so much as a black American anymore, I think of myself as an American, and that’s the way it should be. And I think that ‘hey, my kids can be President of the United States’. Before it wasn’t possible.” The event by the Maine Human Rights Coalition will be held Sunday, February 22 from 5 to 7 in the evening at the Old Town United Methodist Church on Stillwater Avenue. Varner will offer a presentation on the importance of black history, as well as displays. There will also be a potluck dinner. For more information you can call James Varner at 827-4493.
The weather is to blame for not one, but four water main breaks in Bangor in the last day. They’ve all been repaired and customers do have running water again. Water district officials started working at 7 o’clock yesterday morning to tackle the breaks on Pine Street, Garland Street, Bellevue and Mount Hope Avenues. They all happened at different times in the day.We’re told heavy frost put pressure on the water mains and weak spots that couldn’t handle it, cracked. Crews finally got everything repaired about 7 o’clock this morning. About four dozen customers were completely without water at some point. A few more lost water pressure for awhile.
A driver from Holden is facing charges, after a head-on collison in Bucksport Wednesday.Police say Larry Costain has been charged with operating under the influence. He was heading north on Route 46 around 8 p-m Wednesday, when his vehicle crossed the center line, as if to make a left hand turn, and slammed into another car, driven by Delana Macomber of Castine.Both trucks were so mangled rescue crews had to use the jaws of life to free the drivers and another person in Macombers truck. Macomber and her passenger Scott Lapointe of PenobscotM were taken to the hospital. We’re told Lapoint was treated and released from the hospital. But there’s no word on the condition of either Costain or Macomber as of Friday morning.
Maine Education Commissioner Susan Gendron is telling school superintendents that new federal legislation should allow the state to restore $27,000,000 in school aid that was cut last month.Gendron said that the state has not received definitive spreadsheets from the U.S. Department of Education, but once they do, Governor Baldacci will issue a financial order to restore funding cut from schools.A $787 billion bill signed into law Tuesday by President Barack Obama includes $44.5 billion in aid to local school districts nationally to prevent layoffs and cutbacks, with flexibility to use the funds for school modernization and repair: $25.2 billion to school districts to fund special education and the No Child Left Behind law for students in K-12: $15.6 billion to boost the maximum Pell Grant by $500 to $5,350: and $2 billion for Head Start.
To nominate someone for the George Hale Silver Frame Award, click, or log on to www.eaaa.orgIf you’d like to donate to Tim Berry’s walk across Maine, to benefit the United Way, you can check out his website, www.firstgiving.com/timothyberryTo learn more about Monday morning’s Arts and Crafts segment with Tracy Marceron, click, or log on to www.betweenfriendsartcenter.comIf you think you might be at risk for lead poisoning, call the Maine Childhood Lead Prevention Program at 1 (800) 292-3474.If you are having issues with internet service, you can call FairPoint at 1 (800) 240-5019, or log on to their website at www.myfairpoint.netTo find out about how to qualify for a Camp Bangor scholarship click, or log on to www.unitedwayem.org
A former top prosecutor in Maine has pleaded not guilty to child pornography charges. James Cameron is charged with 16 counts of transporting, receiving, and possessing child pornography. The 46-year-old man is a former Assistant Attorney General in Augusta. He now lives in Westland Michigan. Cameron was arrested on Tuesday after a federal grand jury in Bangor indicted him. A Maine State Police investigation revealed that between July 2006 and January 2008 Cameron allegedly uploaded child pornography to a Yahoo photo album under multiple screen names. The investigation also showed he was sending digital images online.
Police say they’ve arrested the people responsible for robbing Bob’s Country Market in Benton. 18-year-old Jacob Smith of Norridgewock and 19-year-old Raymond Ellis, Junior of Skowhegan are charged with robbery, criminal conspiracy, and criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon. Police say the pair were armed with a baseball bat and a metal pipe when they ordered the two clerks to hand over money from the cash registers. They also reportedly smashed a display case and stole 10 handguns. Four of the guns have since been found. A juvenile also faces charges relating to the case.
Paul Schipper, an avid skier who hit the slopes every day of the season for 24 years, died Monday in Bangor. He was 85. Schipper was a legendary figure at the Sugarloaf ski resort. Between 1980 and January 2005, he skied 3,903 consecutive skiiable days. He even put off removing a cancerous kidney once to keep his streak alive. A trail at Sugarloaf, named Schipper’s Streak, is named in his honor.
Outbreaks of illness have been sweeping through schools and businesses in recent weeks. Medical officials say those places are a breeding ground for germs because people are in close contact with each other for long periods of time. They are hoping this week’s school vacation will help. Medical officials say the worst could be over when kids return to school, if parents do a few simple things. They say making sure children get plenty of rest, eat well, and take a break from stress over vacation can make a difference. “Bundle them up even if they are sick and they just want to sit there in the sun.” Said Blue Hill Memorial Hospital nurse practitioner Zoe Tenney. “That sunlight and fresh air are absolutely important for boosting their immune system.” Tenney says there is a lot of pressure for parents to keep their kids in school and keeping themselves at work. She says if you feel sick, feverish or you’re coughing, staying home is the best thing to do. This year may seem worse but bouts of illness go through communities every winter. Nurse Tenney says the illness usually passes by early spring but getting kids over the worst this week will be a big step in the right direction.
Investigators are trying to figure out what started a house fire early this morning that killed two people in Searsport.The fire broke out around 6:30 Monday morning at a home on Porter Street. Investigators from the fire marshal’s office arrived on the scene around just a couple of hours ago. The home is on a dead-end street and reporters are being kept from the scene, so we don’t have a lot of information.There is no word yet on the identity of the victims.
Police at the University of Maine at Farmington are on the lookout for a 19-year-old sex offender from South Carolina who may have shown up on campus, armed with knives…Police believe that Robert Tilton of Clarendon, South Carolina, rode on a bus more than 1,200 miles to meet a female student he’d contacted through an on-line gaming site.Police say Tilton got into a locked residential hall after giving a security officer a false name.Investigators say they later found two large knives hidden in the area where Tilton entered the building.Tilton is listed on the South Carolina sex offender registry for a 2006 conviction involving a 6-year-old.
Police are trying to figure out what killed a University of Maine student over the weekend.Dylan Lyford was found dead in his apartment Sunday morning in Old Town. The chemical engineering student is originally from Milo. Police responded to a call on stillwater avenue just after 10:30 A.M.When they arrived they found the 19-year-old student unresponsive. He was taken to to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor where he was pronounced dead. The university has had support staff and counselors on hand to help students cope with the tragedy.Old Town police are not releasing details about the circumstances surrounding the death.
Brewer Public Works crews were busy overnight trying to determine the source of a loss in water pressure in the northern section of the city. After several hours of fruitless searching, they discovered a water main break near Indian trailer park on North Main Street at around 5:30 Tuesday morning. The teams went to work on the problem immediately, but say that they may not have water fully restored to all residents effected until mid afternoon on Tuesday.
The state’s medical examiner says the manner of 19-year-old Dylan Lyford’s death is pending further investigation. But Umaine officials have previously said alcohol may have been a factor.
Police were called to an apartment on Stillwater Avenue around 10:30 Sunday morning for a report of an unconscious man. Lyford, who lived on campus, was a first-year student studying chemical engineering. He was taken to a hospital in Bangor where he was pronounced dead. Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding Lyford’s death.
Tom Cavanaugh and his wife have owned the business for more than thirty years….
Last fall, they received a notice from maine revenue services stating they’d have to stop mailing in their tax payment, and file electronically, or face a fifty dollar fine for each month they failed to comply…..
Organizers met at the muddy rudder this morning, to run down the schedule of events for this year’s festivities…..
There will be lots of fun activities, for the whole family…..
It starts Friday evening at 5pm, when the Muddy Rudder will serve free appetizers, as folks get ready for the fireworks, which are scheduled for 7-30…..
A fire broke out around 4:30 p.m. in the building that houses Court Street Market, as well as several apartments.
It’s not the first time the building there has been hit by fire. The owners had just finished rebuilding from the last fire.
According to the Michael Riley, Superintendent of the Brewer Water Department, there were two water mains that run to the area of North Main Street.
Riley says one of the mains in the area of the Indian Trail Park broke.