The Girl Scouts of Maine gave troops a special homecoming at Bangor International Airport Saturday evening.The girls welcomed troops from Unit 144 ASMC and the 330th MP Unit.The troops served in Afghanistan for a year.The girl scouts had their famous cookies on hand to give to the troops.Jill Cram is a mother of one of the girls and is proud to give back to those who served overseas.”I want my daughter to learn that no matter what your views are on war or anything we need to support our troops until they are home.”This is second year the Girl Scouts have greeted troops.
The Maine Discovery Museum was all about music Saturday.The day started with a parent-child music workshop and then the children were able to build their own instuments.The museum provided different recycable items that the kids could use while building.These included cans, tubes, rubber bands and rattles.They were given samples of possible instruments they could create.But Director of Education Trudi Plummer says she was impressed with what the kids came up with.”I was surprised actually how creative they were.
A designer t-shirt company is moving its headquarters to Portland from New York City.Elykssor Clothing specializes in clothing for men and women and has attracted the likes of athletes and musicians.Kyle Poissonnier, one of the company’s founders is no stranger to Maine, he’s a graduate of Skowhegan High School.The clothing line actually started out as a project for him and two friends at Husson University.According to the company’s website, it’s seen steady growth in sales both here in the United States and in Canada since it was founded in 2008.
Volunteers with the Arena Yes campaign spent Saturday morning going door to door to inform Bangor residents about the proposed arena and convention center project.The group met at their headquarters on state street in Bangor.Arena Yes is a committee of members of the community who are want the arena project to move forward.According to an independet study by the group Friends of the Maine Center, the new arena and convention center would bring 27-million dollars in annual economic activity for the region and about four hundred additional permanent jobs.Volunteer Julia Munsey says by going door to door, she hopes voters will be more informed before they head to the polls.”The city council and the city staff have done their due diligence about this project, this project can be paid for with no new taxes to the Bangor residents and we want to make sure that people are informed so that when they go to the polls on Wednesday, May 4th, they are voting for a project that they can feel good about that will ensure the longevity of our community,” she said.To learn more about Arena Yes visit their website here.A vote for the project is scheduled for May 4th.
Kids were rocking the night away at the YMCA in Bangor, but it wasn’t what you’d think…..The Bangor Y’s Interact Leaders Club held it’s 2nd annual Rock-a-Thon Friday night.The teens will be participated in different activities all while rocking in rocking chairs.The event began at 7-o-clock in the evening and the fun didn’t stop until 9 Saturday morning.The students weren’t just rocking for fun though.
A surgeon at Eastern Maine Medical Center is trading in a scalpel for a microphone.Saturday you can catch orthopedic oncology surgeon Ian Dickey on stage.Dickey will be performing with the rock band, The Stone Doctors, at the annual Chords for a Cure event at Sugarloaf.You can catch him Saturday from 4 to 6.Admission is $10.
The Bangor land trust invites you to step into your snow shoes Saturday.The trust is hosting a snowshoe trek.Snowshoers will look for signs of spring while taking in the views of the northeast Penjajawoc Preserve.If you’d like to participate, meet at the BLT Kioak on Kittredge Rd.
Hampden has done away with its new comprehensive plan, one that’s recently raised controversy in town.TV 5 news has obtained a copy of an e-mail town manager Susan Lessard sent to town councilors Thursday.It says even though the town approved the plan, it never got the okay from the planning board.Without that approval, the town charter says the plan can’t be adopted.Some residents had raised concerns over the plan, saying it’s too intrusive and threatens their rights.Crowds have turned out at town meetings in recent weeks calling for a repeal of the plan.At a meeting earlier this week, councilors decided to form a committee of citizens to review the plan.In the e-mail from Lessard, she says she asked the town attorney to review the adoption rules for the comprehensive plan.Lessard says the attorney’s opinion is that since the 2010 plan was not properly adopted, the 2001 plan remains in effect.The issue is on the agenda for the next town council meeting Monday, March 21st.
People around the world are watching in disbelief as they see the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.It’s certainly got the attention of folks at Umaine because of the science involved and for one employee there, it’s because her family lives in Japan.A seismograph at UMaine picked up readings of waves about fourteen minutes after the first quake hit in Japan.The 8.9 quake unleashed a deadly 23-foot tsunami and was followed by more than fifty aftershocks.News spread fast and was alarming for UMaine employee Keiko Myer.She immediately tried reaching her family.After some difficulty she got through and found out they’re all safe.She says her heart goes out to all those affected.”It kills me.
A study by the Maine Integrated Youth Foundation shows kids typically begin smoking at the age of 11.It’s a statistic Tyler Cespedes and Zachariah Borque know all too well.They weren’t even teenagers when they started smoking.The addiction to cigarettes soon took over their lives.”I ditched my friends, they wanted to go hang out and ride bikes and I was like I’ll be right back and I’d go hide in the woods and light a couple of cigarettes,” Zachariah said.The two high school seniors are currently trying to put cigarettes behind them, Zachariah hasn’t had one in a week while Tyler has cut back.”It’s just a lot better to be able to get your lungs back and be able to run around with your friends and have a good time,” Tyler said.They spoke to the sixth graders at mount view middle school as part of “Tobacco Free – Passport to Health.” Tyler and Zachariah hope their personal experiences inspire others to say no.”They shouldn’t have to go through a road I already went down.
Camden police are looking for a man who robbed a Rite Aid Thursday night.Lieutenant Michael Geary of the Camden Police Department says the man went into the store just before 8 o’clock Thursday night, went to the pharmacy, showed a hunting knife and demanded pills.Police say he made off with Oxycontin and Ritalin – 100 pills of each.The suspect is described as being about 6’1”.Police say he was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black hat, dark reflective sunglasses and a mask covering his face.Anyone with information is asked to call Camden police at 236-7967.