The Maine Forest Service will be releasing a lot of laboratory-raised beetles in Southern Maine.It’s an effort to save trees.The predator beetles attack an aphid-like insect that kills eastern Hemlock trees.More than 9-thousand of the lab-reared beetles will be released in Saco and York.The Forest Service has been releasing the beetles as pest control since 2004.
Members of the Orono High School Honor Society gave quite a donation to the police department Wednesday.As Meghan Hayward tells us, the furry bears will help many children.Members of the Orono High School National Honor Society are helping the police department out, one teddy bear at a time.”We like working with the community a lot.
An unidentified woman has been taken to the hospital after police say she was stabbed on the campus of Husson University this morning.45-year-old Horst Wolk of Bangor is in the custody of the Bangor police this hour.Police say they received the call around 7:40 this morning after witnesses reported a domestic fight between a man and a woman.When police arrived several female students had reportedly subdued Wolk and were holding him on the ground.The female victim is being treated at the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.We’ll have more on this story for you throughout the day.
On Wednesday, May 5th, Rob Crone stopped by our studio to discuss the Commodity Supplemental Food Program: Getting nutritious meals for older folks in need.For more information give them a call at: 1-800-432-7812, or head on down to the Senior COnnections Expo, May 21st from 9am-2pm at the Spectacular Events Center in Bangor.
An international road rally made a stop in Bangor on Tuesday.The Gumball 3000 rally is a 3,000 mile road race tour that takes place on the public roads of seven different countries.The rally started in London and traveled through other parts of Europe.Then, the drivers had their cars shipped to Bangor to begin the North American leg of the rally.They arrived at B.I.A.
The lawyer for a Florida man accused of causing a trans-Atlantic flight to be diverted to Bangor says she’s exploring his possible use of Ambien.Virginia Villa says it’s too early to say whether the sleep aid, or something else, caused his bizarre actions.27-year-old Derek Stansberry told flight attendants he took Ambien before giving them a note stating his passport was fake.Authorities say the former Air Force intelligence specialist also claimed to have dynamite.Court documents state Stansberry later said he made that up because, he claimed, he possessed classified information and wanted to divert attention from it.Stansberry is charged with making threats and interfering with a flight crew.
A former corrections officer in Hancock County faces jail time after pleading guilty to stealing more than $11,000.53-year-old Janine Gardner entered into a plea agreement, which keeps her out of jail until next spring to give her time to pay back the money.She was accused of stealing the money by falsifying her time sheets for four years when she worked at the Hancock County Jail.Her attorney says Gardner is trying to find work and sell her house to pay back the county.
A few of the people who work to support tourism in our region, and the support it provides to our local economy, were honored Tuesday night.It was the annual tourism awards dinner and silent auction.One of the organizations being honored was the Senior Little League World Series, which brings baseball teams to Bangor from across the country and around the world.Kerrie Tripp is the Executive Director of the Greater Bangor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Medical marijuana was discussed Tuesday evening at a meeting at Bangor City Hall.An infrastructure committee and citizen review panel talked about a city council move to hold off establishing medical marijuana dispenseries.The committee ended up voting in favor of a 90 day moratorium on dispenseries.They will revisit the issue at a committee meeting in June.
Some local parents are concerned after a drug company issued a voluntary recall of their children’s medication.McNeil Consumer Healthcare has recalled more than 40 over-the-counter infant’s and children’s liquid medications because they don’t meet quality standards.Recalled products include certain children’s versions of tylenol, tylenol plus, motrin, zyrtec and benadryl.The company says it’s a precautionary measure, and the potential the drugs would cause medical harm is remote, but they’re still asking parents and caregivers not to give these products to their children.The company says some of the recalled drugs contain a higher concentration of active ingredient than is specified, some might contain inactive ingredients and others could contain tiny particles.For more information on the recall, go to mcneilproductrecall.com, or call 888-222-6036.The company says they’ve identified corrective actions to put in place before new manufacturing of those drugs begins.
University of Maine President Robert Kennedy announced Tuesday his recommendations on what academic programs should be cut.The suggestions would save more than 12-million dollars over three years.Meghan Hayward reports.UMaine President Robert Kennedy accepted most of the recommendations suggested by UMaine’s Academic Program Prioritization Working Group.The cuts will help reduce UMaine’s academic budget by 12 point 2 million over a three-year period, beginning next year.They include suspending several majors.”Starting with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, I am recommending suspending certain majors in graduate concentration namely in German, Latin, theater and women’s studies.”The cuts also include:Eliminating the Department of Public Administration.The reduction of music masters degree concentrations from five to two.Downsizing of the masters of arts in teaching program.eliminating bachelors degrees in aquaculture, wood science, forest operations, and forest ecosystem science.And consolidations in the college of engineering.kennedy also unveiled an 8-point plan he calls “UMaine 150” to make the school more financially sustainableIt includes a new division of health and biomedical science.”Definitely excited to see that he’s taking this negative opportunity and turning it into a positive and a chance to collaborate, create better programs and be more efficient on campus.”Kennedy also announced areas where the university will invest in the future, including online academics.”We appreciate the significance of expanded online education.