If you’re in the market for a new handbag for yourself or for a gift, you might want to head over to the Hampden Highlands United Methodist Church Friday night.The church is hosting a handbag and purse silent auction from 5:30 to 8:00.There will also be a “buy it now” table, with prices ranging from 3 to 10 dollars a purse.All money raised will go to the Book Angels Program.That will create a resource library and literacy services for folks who turn to Bangor’s step up residence for help.Step up takes in homeless pregnant or parenting women.The church is located at 44 Kennebec Road in Hampden.
The completion of a big energy project was celebrated in Brewer Thursday.Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline held a ribbon cutting for their expansion project.The natural gas comes from New Brunswick.The pipeline places Maine as the starting point of the U.S.
School was back in session for the folks at the Hammond Street Senior Center in Bangor Thursday.Folks were invited to check out the center, and see what activities they had to offer.They had card games, a computer lab, yoga, art classes, and much more to try out.The Senior Center is free for anyone sixty or older, who lives in the greater Bangor region.Classes are about 25 dollars including most supplies.Liz Donald has been a member for about 4 years.She says it’s one of Bangor’s best kept secrets.”It’s just a wonderful place to come and expand your mind and to give yourself something to do.
A Greenville businessman is facing gross sexual assault charges, after police arrested him Tuesday in a sting operation in Dover-Foxcroft.Authorities say 67 year old Donald Denbow of Shirley owns a barbershop and hired a 14 year old girl to work for him.Lt.
Folks gathered Wednesday night for the 13th annual Rape Response Services annual fall auction.There was a live and silent auction held to raise money for the cause.Anna Mae Mitchell and the Rising Tide provided the entertainment for the evening.All the money raised goes to support survivors of sexual violence.Tina Boigt is the community outreach educator for Rape Response.She says these events are important to spread awareness.
Retail sales took a tumble last month.The commerce department says they dropped 1.5%.That’s the largest monthly drop since sales fell 3.2% in December.Experts say a big reason was the end of the government’s cash for clunkers program.September car sales plunged more than 10%.
Some Bangor Hydro customers got double-dipped when it came to paying their power bill.Bangor Hydro is working with its third party payment vendor to correct the error, which affected about 4,000 customers this week.Duplicate deductions were made from the bank accounts of those who paid their power bill by check sent through the mail.The error affected transactions received Tuesday and the funds were withdrawn from accounts Wednesday.” They attempted to send a file and correct the problem.
Our state government is facing another revenue shortfall, this one is up to 200 million dollars.Governor Baldacci is now asking state departments to recommend ways to cut their budgets to account for lower-than-expected revenues.The appropriations committee will meet Thursday and Friday to discuss the issue.Budget revisions are set to begin when the legislature returns in January.Until then, the governor could issue a spending curtailment order without legislative approval.
Four Maine partner organizations have been given a grant of 1.2 million dollars to fund research and economic development.”28 projects that, like this one, involve excellent science, involve collaboration, often between non-profit organizations, the universities in Maine as well as private companies.” says Betsy Biemann, President of the Maine Institute for Technology.The Maine Institute For Human Genetics and Health, Trillium Diagnostics, Dahl-Chase Pathology Associates, and The University of Maine are working together as part of the Maine Regional Flow Cytometry Collaborative.”The gift of flow, cytometry, is very quick to build a diagnostic on this particular technology and take it into the clinic.”Flow Cytometry can help diagnose some cancers as well as heart disease.
A new state law requires carbon monoxide detectors in homes and apartments.As Meghan Hayward tells us, everyone affected sees the law as beneficial.The law is intended to protect Maine residents from carbon monoxide poisoning.It requires carbon monoxide detectors in all apartments, rental homes, new homes and homes that are sold or transferred.”It’s definitely a good thing.
“Everybody in, Nobody out.”That chant could be heard outside the Bangor office of Senator Olympia Snowe today.Members of the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine were doing the chanting.They cited findings from “the Move-On Report” saying it shows that if Senator Snowe opposes health care reform she’s siding with big insurance companies.The group is pleased Senator Snowe voted yes on a health care reform plan approved by the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday.Through they say that’s only a small step in the right direction.”She needs to reconsider her opposition to the public option and come around to supporting it because it’s the only way within the present context of legislation that healthcare costs are going to be lowered through true competition in the industry.”Ron Davis says they will continue to rally for support for a reform plan that provides health care for everyone.