The Bangor Area Homeless Shelter has added a new room to accommodate the growing demand for beds and services.The new room will have five beds and a television.Six businesses including Hollywood Slots, Lowe’s and the Maine Fire Protection Agency donated time and money to build the room.Christopher Haywood has been living in the shelter since June and credits its staff for helping him get his life back together.He hopes the extra beds will help others in his situation.”Forget about the cable, it’s just a bed to sleep in it, but I call this home for now, it feels good to know I’m safe,” he said.The folks who run the shelter say they can always use more volunteers and donations.If you’d like to help, log onto volunteermaine.org
The Salvation Army and Target are teaming up to make sure a group of local kids get everything they need when they head to school this fall.30 students who needed a little help were chosen by the Salvation Army and Target gave each one an $80 gift card.
The Augusta planning board will hear from the public tonight about a zoning change that could allow for a medical marijuana dispensary to open in the city.City leaders are considering expanding Augusta’s medical district along Old Belgrade Road.
A water main break in Old Town overnight left 500 customers without water on Stillwater Avenue, but service is now restored.The break happened near Governor’s Restaurant and affected customers from College Avenue to Jefferson Street.The Superintendent of the Old Town Water District tells TV-5 service was restored around 8:30 this morning.
Traffic on Route Nine in Wesley was down to one lane for several hours as Wesley Fire Departments and the State Police dealt with a tractor trailer fire.Around 5:30 this afternoon, 58-year-old Reginald Allen of Saint John was traveling to Boston with a load of concrete counter balances when he heard a loud bang under the hood of the vehicle while driving up Day Hill.Allen used three fire extinguishers but was unable to put out the fire before it engulfed the cab.No injuries were reported.
Nearly fifteen hundred tons of gasoline-contaminated soil is being removed from the site of a former store in Smithfield.The Maine Department of Environmental Protection and US Environmenatal Protection Agency are overseeing the removal of two underground petroleum storage tanks and contaminated soil at the former Smithfield General Store.120-thousand dollars in federal stimulus money is paying for the project.Officials say it will help protect both private and public drinking water wells in the area.
A man from Maine is a suspect in a kidnapping and rape in Pennsylvania.Police aren’t naming him but say he could be from the Gardiner area and has a vehicle that’s registered in Maine.Police say the suspect approached a couple Tuesday afternoon at an information center in the Allegheny National Forest.They say he tied up the man and forced the woman into his pickup truck.Pennsylvania and federal authorities are investigating.