A new motorcycle group to the area got under way in Orono Saturday.And Meghan Hayward caught up with the bikers to see what it’s all about.Friend and Friend in Orono had some extra motorcycles and people at their store.It was the kick-off event for the Bangor Chapter of Star Touring and Riding.” Before a chapter for Star Touring and Riding becomes official we have to read our chapter which is a license agreement between the organization and association start and the chapter.”Bangor’s chapter will be the second in Maine, the other one is in portland.” There really aren’t a lot of groups that welcome any kind of motorcycle.
Girls were waiting in line early Saturday morning in Belfast to find their perfect prom dress.It’s called the Cinderella Project.And they’ve collected dresses, shoes and all the accessories a girl needs to go to prom in style.The best part, it’s all free.Saturday, the girls got to come try on the dresses and find the one that is perfect for them.Organizer, Mandie Sawyer says she is happy with the response they have gotten over the years and how much it’s grown.” The biggest surprise I have with the growth is how far away girls come from.
More than 100 Civil Air Patrol members attended the Maine Wing Conference in Bangor Saturday.The annual conference is a time for all the members to get together and celebrate their accomplishments for the year and mingle among each other.There is also training that takes place.Commander of the Maine Wing, Dan Leclair says they have saved the state of Maine a lot of money this year by doing fire watch flights for the Maine Forest Service.Leclair says they have patrolled the skies and Maine woods to look out for forest fires on an unpaid volunteer basis.He says they also assist the US Navy in escorting ships out to sea.Civil Air Patrol pilots participated in an all-day seminar to sharpen their skills and make sure they are staying safe.Leclair says they look forward to conference every year.” It’s important to have a Wing conference on an annual basis to recognize our members and also to keep our skills sharp so we can do the things we do for the state of Maine.”” This weekend we’re actually doing the firearm training stimulators at the Air National Guard Base.
A place for relative caregivers to mingle with folks in similar situations and relax for a bit.That was what the Maine Kids-Kin Agency offered Saturday.It was a parenting retreat where these folks could learn new parenting techniques and talk to folks who know what it’s like to raise a granchild, niece or nephew.Maine Kids-Kin Director, Barbara Kates says there about 11,000 children in Maine living with their relatives and not their parents.About 15 families attended the retreat.Kates says there are struggles that come with relatives raising children instead of the parents.And she says the more support they can get, the easier it will be.” Well one of the things is the relatives typically didn’t plan for this to happen.
There was an accident involving four vehicles in Newburgh Friday night.The call came in just before 5 pm.Sergeant Scott Young with the Penobscot Sheriff’s Department says they responded to the intersection of Route Nine and 69 in Newburgh.Young says the driver of a Dodge Intrepid took a left-hand turn and cut in front of a GMC Envoy, causing them to collide.Which also caused them to collide into two more vehicles stopped at a stop sign.Young says the driver and the two passengers in the Envoy were taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for shoulder and neck pain.He says the driver of the Intrepid was treated for some cuts from the seat belt.No one was cited in the accident.
Newburgh residents received shocking news at an annual town meeting Saturday morning.First Selectman Leonard Belcher told more than 100 residents that former Town Deputy Treasurer Cindy Dunton has admitted to having taken 147-thousand dollars in funds from 2007 to 2009.Belcher says she did so by manipulating the warrants once they had signed them.He says Town Manager Nancy Hatch also resigned.Belcher says Hatch knew it was going on during the last part of it and did not let them know what was going on.The town has already spent $14,000 on the audit, which Belcher says is expected to cost the town up to $40,000.Belcher says there were a lot of gasps from residents when the information was revealed at the town meeting.And he says now they must move forward.” Well we number one learned by our mistakes.
Some soldiers arriving at the Bangor International Airport were sweetly surprised Friday night.They were greeted by some girl scouts from the McGraw School in Hampden.The girl scouts shook the soldiers hands and gave them boxes of girl scout cookies.Organizers say they handed out over 400 boxes.And the soldiers say it was a nice surprise and they were happy to see the girl scouts.” I thought it was very great.
Beginner and experienced paddlers were on hand at Husson University Friday night.It was the tenth annual Bangor Paddle Smart Safety Symposium.There were race preparation workshops and river reading.Folks got to learn paddle safety on fresh and salt water.Some of the seminars included how to survive cold water immersion, selecting the right kayak or canoe and packing your boat for a picnic or overnight trip.” Our primary concern is that people going on the water do so in a safe manner.
There’s an effort underway in Hermon to build a facility for people in need.It will have a food pantry, soup kitchen and an emergency shelter.But the folks behind the project need a little help to make it happen.Volunteers with the Neighbors Supporting Neighbors food pantry in Hermon, are used to handing out food to those in need, but today they’re picking up platters full of food.They’re getting ready for Saturday evening’s fundraiser which will include entertainment by the Beecher Boys N Girls Hillbilly Band, and lots of tasty dishes donated by 26 area restaurants.”It’s all you can eat.