With the vote over the proposed Bangor arena set for next week, the Arena Yes campaign isn’t wasting any time persuading voters to vote yes.The arena was the topic of the bangor region chamber of commerce’s early bird breakfast at the sea dog restaurant in Bangor Wednesday morning.The chamber discussed revised plans for the arena and how the city will finance it.The Arena Yes campaign says the arena will create four hundred permanent jobs and will pump in about 26 million dollars annually for the city of Nangor.Chamber President John Porter says this is the kind of economic impact the city needs.”It’s going to help replace something it already has that’s aging and needs to be torn down but it’s also going to give Bangor something it doesn’t have particularly as a convention center.
The FBI has joined the investigation into the disappearance of a 20-year-old Portland, Maine, woman whose car and 14-month-old daughter were found at a New Hampshire ski area parking lot.Conway Police Lieutenant Chris Perley says three FBI agents from the agency’s New Hampshire office joined the investigation Tuesday afternoon.
A year after state lawmakers rejected a bill requiring warnings about cellular phone use, a Sanford lawmaker is back with a new version of the legislation.Democratic Representative Andrea Boland’s new bill faces a hearing today before the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee.
The LePage administration says it understands the intent behind bills to bolster residency requirements for welfare programs, but the proposals violate federal regulations.The bills reviewed by the Health and Human Services Committee yesterday also generated opposition from the Maine Civil Liberties Union, which called them unconstitutional, and religious organizations, which said they could push the poor into a deeper spiral of poverty.The bills surfaced as welfare reform looms as a big issue this session and amid anecdotal reports of people migrating to Maine to enroll in welfare.
Art students in Brewer are helping out a good cause.They’re holding an empty bowls benefit supper using bowls they made in class.It’s happening Wednesday in Brewer High School’s cafeteria from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.Guests get to enjoy soup and bread and then take their bowls home.There’s a suggested $6.00 donation and all proceeds will go to the Brewer Food Cupboard.
If you were in Brewer or Bangor Thursday, you might have seen signs saying May 21st is judgment day.A group of non-denominational christians is traveling around Maine spreading that message.They believe that biblical proverbs indicate god will destroy the world on May 21st.They aim to make sure that you know the day is near at hand.After spreading the word throughout Maine the group will head to New York, and plans to keep on going all the way to California.
Their senior year at maine is coming to an end…but there’s one last hurdle for mechanical engineering students…their senior design capstone projects.”The students work for an entire year to apply what they’ve done in the first three years of their engineering education on a project that has interest in some outside constituent.”Student Robert Collins is looking to improve the prosthetic field with his team’s robotic hand…from conception to the final design, it wasn’t an easy road.”We started looking at all the other robotic hands that are out there today and there are 1000’s of them across the U.S.”Collins thinks his team has the right *touch*.”A lot of the hands are really stiff, they grasp rather than the human hand which has give to it, if something is soft you can tell it’s soft”With head injuries sustained during athletic events in the spotlight these days, many folks were focused on Nathan Hayes’ team’s wireless head impact system.”We made it wireless so we can imbed it in these sports helmets while players are using them in the field to see how hard they got hit.”Injuries once thought to be minor, like a concussion, could actually be quite serious.”The limit we had before was actually too high and people were getting injured even on small hit or small bumps.”Systems like Haye’s could be used to test helmets and their structural integrality…which could prevent serious injuries on the playing field.”Sometimes they’re important to science, they’re incredibly important to the experience of students because at this point they get to put together all the pieces they’ve been working on.”Many students plan to go on to graduate school, but for now, they’re breathing a sigh of relief…”It’s great to be like we’re done.
Finals week is just around the corner but students at Eastern Maine Community College weren’t hitting the books, instead they hit the gym for some pre-finals fun.Whether it was riding a mechanical bull or suiting up in velcro, Director of Student Life Dan Belyea says there was something for everyone to enjoy at the college’s annual Tech Day celebration.”This is a chance for students to interact with faculty, staff, have a relaxing day off just before finals coming up in several weeks,” he said.Belyea participated in the fun as well becoming a victim of a pie in the face contest.Amidst the fun and games, some events raised awareness to serious issues.Some students united to shed light on suicide prevention.By releasing a balloon they released a little bit of stress from their lives.”I personally released stress from my homework so stress for my family,” one participant said.On Tech Day, the students joined their campus family to have some fun outside before heading back inside to cram for their big exams.
If your child wanted access to birth control, do you as a parent have the right to know about it?LD 31 would not allow minors to be given prescription medication or have access to contraceptives or medical treatment for STD’s without parental consent.Supporters say it would keep parents in the loop about what their kids are up to.